April 26, 2019

Is Ancient India Overrated.?

A mindblowing analysis by *Chinese Ex Professor from University of Toronto.*

Author: Pak L. Huide
Publication: Postcard.news..
Date: July 22, 2017
URL:   http://postcard.news/is-ancient-india-overrated-a-mind blowing-analysis-by-chinese-professor-from-university-of-toronto/

Seriously.? If anything, Ancient India is sorely UNDERRATED..

I mean, *I’m an ethnic Chinese living in Canada.* But when I was growing up in Canada, I knew Jackshit about India.. Besides maybe Curry..

I mean, people here have a vague understanding of Chinese History but they have NO idea about Indian History.. For example, most people know that the Middle Kingdom is how China referred to herself but how many people know about *Bharat.?* How many know about even the Guptas.? People know that China was famous for Ceramics and Tea but how many people know about *Ancient India’s achievements in Metallurgy.?* People know about the Great Wall, but how many know about the *Great Temples of Southern India.?*

This is partly due to the lackluster Historical records that Ancient Indians kept and also partly because *Modern Indians have a tendency to look down upon their Ancient Heritage and view Western ideas and ideals as Superior.* China also has this problem but not nearly to the same extent..

The Discovery that the *Earth is Spherical* is credited to the Greek Philosopher Aristotle, who was born in 384 BCE.. However, very few people know that a Man from Ancient India established the idea of “Spherical Earth” during the 8th-9th Century BCE.. *The Man was called Yajnavalkya* who first discovered that the Earth is round.. He was the first to *propose the Heliocentric system of the Planets.* In his work Shatapatha Brahmana, he proposed that the Earth and the other Planets move around the Sun.. He also *calculated the period of one year as 365.24675 days.. This is only 6 minutes longer than the current established time of 365.24220 days.*

Take the example of Kung Fu.. The whole world knows about the Martial Art called Kung Fu.. The person who founded *Kung Fu was none other than a Prince of the Pallava Dynasty from Kanchipuram,* Tamil Nadu who visited China during the 5th century CE.. He became the 28th patriarch of Buddhism and *established the Shaolin Temple* and founded the Martial Art which became World famous today.. That Prince was called Bodhidharma..

But how many people know about that Kung Fu and Shaolin was founded by an Indian.?

Precisely, if Indians are unaware of their heritage, why should they expect that someone else will know about their History and achievement.?

The achievements of Ancient Indians are lost in obscurity.. India’s Ancestors had invented many ways which eased the basic life of a common Man.. These inventions may seem primitive today, but we can’t ignore the fact that these were Revolutionary achievements during their Era..

The Indus Valley Civilization is *known for the broad and the Sanitized drainage system* which was no less than a miracle during those Ancient times.. But how many people know that the Ancient *Indians from Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) were the first to invent a Flush Toilet.?*

The people around the World use Rulers to measure everything.. How many people know that *Indus Valley Civi lization was the first to invent the Rulers.?* A Ruler has been found at Lothal which is 4400 years old.. Not only this, the people of IVC were *the first to invent Buttons.* The World knows that the Chinese discovered the Art of Weaving Silk dresses.. How many people know that *IVC people were the first to Weave dresses made of Cotton.?*

The Ancient Indians were *first to invent the Weighing Scales.* Archaeologists have discovered Weighs and Scales from the excavation sites of Harappa, Mohenjodaro, Lothal etc.. These Scales were extensively used for Trading..

Ancient India has given *Yoga to the World, which is widely practiced almost all over the World to keep people fit and fine.* Models, Supermodels, Film Stars, Athletes, etc, regularly attends Yoga session to keep themselves fit..

*Aryabhatta, Brahmagupta and Bhaskaracharya* were the 3 Eminent Mathematicians from Ancient India who established the *concept of Zero as a Mathematical value in different Eras.* Brahmagupta was the first to invent a symbol for the value *Shunya* (Zero)..

Bhaskaracharya was the *first to use it as Algebra.* The oldest inscription of Zero can be found at the *Chaturbhuj Temple in Gwalior Fort.*

Ancient Indians were pioneers in the *field of Chemistry* too.. The person who first invented the *“Atomic theory” was none other than Acharya Kanad from Ancient India.* He explained the Atomic Theory using terms like *Anu*(Atom) and *Paramanu* (Nucleus)..

Ancient Indians were advanced in *Medical Science* too.. The Great Physician of the time, Sage Shusrut was the first to carry out different Surgeries which included Plastic Surgery and Cataract Surgery.. His works are composed in his book called Shusrut Samhita (The works of Shusrut).. The World hardly knows about *Charak, the Great specialist in Medicine from Ancient India.* He was the first Physician to establish the Problems and Medicinal treaties in fields like *Physiology, Embryology, Digestion, Sexual disease, Immunity, etc.* His works on Ayurveda is composed as a book called Charak Samhita (The works of Charak)..

The Chera Dynasty of Tamil Nadu invented the idea of *producing finest Steel by Heating Black Magnetite Ore along with Carbon.* The mixture was kept in a Crucible and heated in Charcoal Furnace.. The Wootz Steel originated from India, but today, is popular as Damascus Steel..

India’s Monuments are grand and are probably, the only way others recognize the importance of Ancient Indian Civilization.. India’s gigantic Monuments bear the testimony of the greatness of Ancient India..

This is the *Kailash Temple.. It is a Megalith* which was constructed by cutting out a single rock- a Mountain.. The whole Mountain was cut from the top to carve out the Temple Campus..

This is *Dwarka, the Grand and Mysterious City submerged in the Arabian Sea on the extreme West of India.* The submerged Heritage is no less than a Treasure bearing the Pride of Indian race.!

This is *Khajuraho, the marvel where the Rocks* has taken the form.. The Best of our Monuments are not built on Soft Rocks like Marble.. Our Ancestors carved out even the hardest of the Rocks to give it a beauty..

The Grandest and Largest Temple in India- *Brihadeshwara* Temple.. Breathtaking, isn’t it.?

India is the Land of Grandest Temples and breathtaking Architectures.. The Heritage of India can’t be encapsulated within a small answer.! To end the answer with, I will now share my personal favorite, *The Sun Temple of Konark.!*

The main structure of the Temple was partially destroyed by invaders like Kalapahad, a Military General of the Medieval period.. Later, the Prime structure totally collapsed when British stored Gunpowder inside the structure and it caught fire accidentally..

Even though the main Temple is gone, the amount of what left is still breath taking by every means.. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote about Konark- *“here the Language of Stone surpasses the Language of Man.*”

The whole Temple was designed like a huge Chariot of Sun God having 24 Wheels pulled by 7 Horses.. Each Wheel had 8 major Spokes denoting 1 Prahar (Hindu time period of 3 hours).. There was a huge Magnet at the top of the Temple which used to keep the Idol of the Sun Deity suspended in the Air due to Magnetic arrangement..

Still think, that Ancient India is overrated.?

Ancient India was a hub of Culture and Technology and the absolute Capital of World Spirituality.. I could talk about India for hours.. India is many things but OVERRATED is definitely not one of them..

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PROFILE: Atishi Marlena is the candidate of AAP from East Delhi

Atishi Marlena is the candidate of AAP from East Delhi and she's fighting elections against Gautam Gambhir of BJP.

I first heard her name when I stumbled upon a Facebook ad (obviously sponsored) by AAP. Something told me that there's something really fishy about her. She had this 'too good to be true' image in that particular video. Thus I tried to dig a little deeper and found out some really interesting facts.Atishi Singh was born to Delhi University professors Vijay Kumar Singh and Tripta Wahi and she was given this rather unusual middle name "Marlena" by her parents which is a blend of Marxist and leninist. In other words, she's a born communist.In 2006, after the honourable Supreme Court of India gave capital punishment to Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru, Atishi's mother Tripta signed his Mercy petition along with other "eminent" personalities.Also, in 2013, both her parents signed a crying letter to contemporary president as Afzal's mercy petition got rejected.

Look who belongs to the family of original tukde tukde gang! Her mother also helped in raising money for 2001 Parliament attack accused SAR Gilani. Also, as per her colleagues, at the time of the Kargil war, Ms Wahi refused to donate money for the soldiers killed or maimed in the conflict."Why do we need to pay them? These soldiers are paid to die," Ms Wahi had allegedly remarked, as per a report.
Wait! I think we all have heard this before? Her father Prof. Vijay Singh of Revolutionary Democracy, Kavita Krishnan and Somnath Chatterjee from CPI(ML) who were the executive committee members of Indo-Nepal People’s Solidarity Forum (INPSF) wrote 'Radical Notes' on Maoist Resistance to oppose Indian Hegemony in Nepal. In other words, her family is the textbook example of the term #UrbanNaxals.

Now coming back to her own work. She's hailed as some sort of "education reformist" by liberals and their ignorant fan base. But in reality, she's has done nothing extraordinary. On the contrary her entire fame is based upon lies
the quality of education in Delhi schools is pathetic!

All the reforms which are advertised by AAP are just huge infrastructural expenditures. These too are limited to a handful of schools.The AAP govt misused the sections 18 & 19 of the RTE Act to curb private investment in education and thus the hike in the enrollment data is just a forceful migration of children, belonging to lower middle class, from low fees private schools to government schools. Also fancy infrastructure can never be a replacement for a good teacher. It won't be an exaggeration to say that teachers are "missing" from Delhi schools.
"The CAG report said that poor planning, continuing vacancies, and delay in the release of funds and their utilisation by the Delhi government have become a hurdle in the implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, in the national capital."

In conclusion,
Please be responsible with your vote. You are voting for the future of your kids, don't let these enemies of the nation reach parliament. As far as Gautam Gambhir is concerned, I don't think I need to say anything. Delhi folks, it's redemption time!
---Ananya!

April 25, 2019

Investigations for the horrible Easter Sunday bombings continue

As the investigations for the horrible Easter Sunday bombings continue, more bizarre details are beginning to emerge. Apart from the fact that the Christian-targeted attack killed over 359 people and has left over 500 people injured, the most unusual aspect of the Sunday’s terrorist attacks is that two of the suicide bombers were found to be the sons of one of Sri Lanka’s richest men, spice trader Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim.

Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim is one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent, successful and richest men. He is also a prominent figure in the country’s left-leaning Janatha Vimukti Peramuna Party. He is also a close friend of Sri Lanka’s minister of trade and industry Rasheeth Badruddin and has often attended parties and receptions hosted by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim’s two sons, Imsath Ahmed Ibrahim(33) and Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim (31) were the two suicide bombers who had detonated explosives and blown themselves up at the breakfast buffet of the Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels, killing dozens of people along with them.

The police had closed in on the Ibrahim family when they discovered that one of the two brothers had entered the hotel with his real name.

As per a report in Firstpost, When the police entered the luxury home in Deamatagoda to conduct searches, they found it to be booby-trapped with explosives. Ilham’s wife Fathima reportedly set off another bomb killing herself, her own three children and three policemen.

Intelligence sources have reportedly stated that the family might have been an operational cell of the ISIS, from the level of expertise and the attempt to wipe out evidence by blowing up their luxury apartment by the terrorists’ wife, the police now suspect the involvement of other family members. Investigators have stated that the extended family is now being investigated into too.

The spice trader Yusuf Ibrahim and his third son Ijas are now being questioned by the police.

The most crucial link, however, can be the millionaire’s fugitive son Ismail, who is the youngest. As per reports, Ismail Ibrahim has been a fugitive after Sri Lankan forces had discovered stockpiles of explosives at a compound at Wanathawillua earlier this year, where the Easter Sunday attackers are now believed to have been trained.

Late last year, Ismail Ibrahim and his associates were allegedly involved in the attacks where they had attempted to destroy Buddhist shrines ancient monuments at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital city. In late 2018, there were a series of anti-Buddhist hate crimes in Sri Lanka.

It has been revealed now that the bombers were acting on behalf of ISIS. In a video released by its mouthpiece AMAQ, ISIS had yesterday claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks.

In a 59-second video released yesterday by the AMAQ, ISIS’s media mouthpiece, Zahran Hashmi, the alleged mastermind of the attacks is seen taking a pledge with the alleged suicide bombers, pleading their allegiance to the Islamic Caliphate and the caliphate’s self-proclaimed leader, Abu-Bakr Al Baghdadi

As per reports, the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had warned the Sri Lankan authorities earlier this month about a possible terrorist attack targeting places frequented by tourists and Indian nationals. The Sri Lankan government had declared that the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the attacks. But now that the ISIS has claimed responsibility, the roots and the international support system of the radical Muslim outfits in Sri Lanka seems to run a lot deeper.

The Easter Sunday attacks are being regarded as one of the most sophisticated attacks in recent years. The bombs were all highly impactful and were detonated at precise locations with impeccable timing, ensuring maximum impact and maximum casualties.

The Sri Lankan attacks also give rise to some very serious questions. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister has already admitted that their government simply failed to act on prior warnings and intelligence. The government has accepted that the attacks were a result of ‘colossal intelligence failure’ on their part.  Apart from the obvious intelligence failure and security lapses in their system, the involvement of Ibrahim’s family takes it to a whole another level.

All over the world, the terrorist attacks by radical Islamists are immediately served with long and extensive excuses about how social ills, discrimination, poverty, lack of education, hardships and atrocities lead to terrorism. Even dreaded ISIS terrorists and their brides are painted by a section of media as the victims of torture and discrimination. Even in the Sri Lanka bombings, the left-liberal cabal had jumped in immediately to paint the attacks as a result of social oppression meted out by the Buddhist majority.

In India, self-proclaimed liberals and even journalists like Barkha Dutt have mirrored the Nazis in the past to sympathise with terrorists. All in the name of giving Islamic terrorism a context, the massacre of Kashmiri Hindus was painted as a result of ‘economic domination’ and social inequality as an excuse for the killings, just like the Nazis argued for killing the Jews.

The excuses of oppression, lack of education and other ‘reasoning’ the terror sympathisers often give, have been shattered by Islamic terrorists again and again. Osama Bin Laden was an engineer, Al Zawahiri is a doctor, hundreds of educated, affluent youngsters from families living in the UK, Australia, and the USA had gone to join the ISIS.

However, the involvement of the Ibrahim family shatters all those narratives. The family was rich, politically connected and lived in luxury most Sri Lankans cannot even dream of. It also raises questions on how, even after the suspected involvement of the youngest son in terrorist activities, the family escaped scrutiny and succeeded in carrying out the training, recruitment, logistics, and planning involved in such a large scale attack.

Anirban Sardar

Link : https://twitter.com/hashtag/amaq?lang=en

April 24, 2019

Online disinformation campaigns will proliferate

Oxford ANALYTICA

Thursday, April 11, 2019

As polls approach in regions such as Europe, Canada and Australia, disinformation has become a major worry.

Source: Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, Zannetou et al 2018, Hine et al 2017, Freedom House, media reports

Outlook

Since the disclosure of Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, social media disinformation campaigns have proliferated due to their low cost, vast scale and unprecedented speed. Their actual scale almost certainly far exceeds the number of accounts that have been removed.

Much of this activity is likely to remain domestically focused, while Russia and Iran will continue adapting their campaigns to tightening social media content filters. However, as the 2017 French experience shows, their effectiveness is not guaranteed; much depends on the target country’s response.

Pressure on ‘big tech’ to do more is rising, but technical and human filters are as imperfect as regulatory solutions. Notably, smaller platforms and fringe communities are controlled lightly, if at all, despite their role in fuelling political polarisation and disinformation.

Impacts

Regulation will focus on ‘big tech’ due to their global dominance.Governments will trial creative approaches to neutralise online disinformation, including drowning it out with facts.Over-regulation of ‘big tech’ would inadvertently erode freedom of expression online.Those with more extreme views will dominate social media conversations on mainstream platforms, accentuating online polarisation.

Sri Lanka: Explosions in Colombo- Who could be the Perperators?

Paper No. 6529                Dated 21-April-2019

By Prof. Suryanarayan

South Asia Analysis Group

The explosions that took place in few churches across Sri Lanka as well as two popular hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday were completely unexpected. The sudden developments came as a shock to Sri Lanka watchers. The Government has not officially reacted so far nor has any organization claimed responsibility. Therefore, I have no clue about government thinking or of the culprits. Given below are my tentative views.

The minorities in Sri Lanka have been treated very badly by majority Sinhalese as well as successive Sinhalese - dominated governments. Sections of Buddhist monks are in the forefront preaching violence against the minorities, especially Christians and the Muslims. It must be added that the Muslims fared no better under LTTE dispensation. They were driven out of Jaffna peninsula by the Tigers when they were in de facto control of the Jaffna peninsula. Majority of them still live in refugee camps in Puttalam.

          Compounding the situation had been the increase in the activities of Christian evangelical groups like the Pentescoastal Mission and Seventh Day Adventist Church. Many Tamils and Sinhalese have been lured into Christianity. It is estimated that nearly 15 per cent of the hill country Indian Tamil population has been converted into Christianity. The on-going evangelisation should be a matter of concern for the Buddhist monks though they have not done anything meaningful to counter this evil except indulging in selective attacks on churches.

          Who could have been behind the dastardly attacks? I rule out the Sinhalese extremists. While they are capable of mob violence as in July 1983, attacks on selective targets by suicide bombers is not their way of functioning. Is it the work of the Tigers who still have considerable support among Tamil Diaspora? I rule out that possibility also because there is no evidence of any linkages between Tiger remnants and disgruntled Tamil civilian population in Sri Lanka.  

          My tentative assumption is that it is the handiwork of Muslim extremists with support either from the ISI or Muslim terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e -Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammad or both.  What happened today fits in with their long term objective of destabilizing India. The only part of India which is relatively tranquil is South India. The objective of destabilizing South India can be achieved through Muslim extremists from Sri Lanka, encourage them to develop contacts and linkages with Muslim extremists in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It may be recalled that a former ISI chief was Pakistani High Commissioner in Sri Lanka few years ago. He used to visit the Eastern Province regularly and encouraged the younger elements to have education in the Madrasas in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The Muslims constitute 7 per cent of the total population of Sri Lanka. Though majority of them live in Sinhalese areas there is a concentration of Muslims in the Eastern Province where they constitute roughly one third of the population. In the Eastern Province they speak Tamil whereas in the Sinhalese areas they speak both Tamil and Sinhalese. The Muslims seek their identity in terms of religion and not on the basis of language. Over the years they are getting more and more Islamised, they have started learning Arabic language. Muslim women have taken to Islamic dress and what is more the younger elements who have gone to Madrasas abroad are getting more and more radicalized. My tentative assumption is that the incidents which took place today are the handiwork of these radicalized suicide bombers.   

India should be concerned with these developments, because what happens in Sri Lanka will have a profound impact in Tamil Nadu. We are like Siamese twins what afflicts one will affect the other. The need of the hour is for the two governments to work closely and tackle the common problem.  

*Dr. V. Suryanarayan is Founding Director and Senior Professor, Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras. His e mail id :suryageeth@gmail.com

April 23, 2019

PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia meet Tauheed Jamaat leaders on Muslim quota

http://twocircles.net/2010jul08/pm_sonia_meet_tauheed_jamaat_leaders_muslim_quota.html



July 9, 2010

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: The Congress-led UPA government at the Centre seems to have felt the impact of the grand Muslim reservation rally organized on Sunday by Tamilnadu Tauheed Jamaat in Chennai. Day after the massive rally that was attended by several thousands of people, Jamaat leaders met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and reiterated their demand for Muslim reservation.

Tamil Nadu Tauheed Jamaat Founder and Islamic Scholar Maulvi P. Zainul Abideen presented a memorandum demanding implementation of Ranganath Mishra reportthat recommended 10% reservation for Muslims.


Maulvi P. Zainul Abideen (Second from left) presenting the memorandum on behalf of TNTJ 

Both PM and Sonia in 15-minute meeting separately, assured the Jamaat leaders that the government will do the needful in the matter at the earliest.

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A source close to Tauheed Jamaat says that feeling the impact of the massive rally PM and Sonia had called Jamaat President Zainul Abideen for the meeting.

Maulvi Zainul Abideen presented to both PM and Sonia a copy of English translation of Holy Quran and his book “Mohamed (PBUH) the Man Supreme”.

At the grand rally in Chennai on Sunday Jamaat had demanded 10% reservation for Muslims in education and job in the light of Ranganath Mishra Commission report. The Jamaat also demanded quota for Muslims in police and armed forces and intelligence agencies. In favor of the demand, the Jamaat had cited the reports of Justice Rajendra Sachar and Ranganath Mishra Commissions.

Sri Lanka's Faustian bargain with Pakistan: Exit LTTE, enter ISI


Rakesh Krishnan | New Delhi, Monday, April 22, 2019 | 20:31 IST

Not surprisingly, the Easter blasts that killed hundreds in Sri Lanka have revealed a Pakistani connection.

Wherever there is a terror attack, chances are you will find Pakistani fingerprints all over the place. From Times Square in New York to the streets of Kabul and of course across India, virtually every bombing can be traced back to the terror factories located in Peshawar, Bahawalpur or Karachi. Not surprisingly, the Easter blasts that killed hundreds in Sri Lanka have revealed a Pakistani connection. Among the suicide bombers was Zahran Hashim, an Islamist extremist imam, who is believed to have visited Pakistan in 2018.

Hashim was a demagogue for the National Thowheeth Jamaath, which was known in Sri Lanka for vandalising Buddhist statues, but has the larger aim of spreading global jehad. His speeches are straight out of the Islamic State's playbook, inciting Sri Lankan Muslims to attack Buddhists, Hindus and Christians.

Islamic terrorism in Sri Lanka seems counter intuitive because the country's less than 10 per cent Muslim minority has no beef with the 70 per cent Buddhist majority. To get to the root of Islamic terror in the island nation, one must understand the outlook of the Sri Lankan Muslim.

Decades before the Gulf sheikdoms and ISIS had started exporting the doctrine of jehad, Sri Lankan Muslims had become infected with the virus of fanaticism. Sabiha Hasan, a Karachi-based researcher, writes in Pakistan Horizon (Vol. 38, No. 2) that in the 1940s when Indian Muslims "demanded a separate homeland for themselves, Sri Lankan Muslims supported their struggle". Basically, Sri Lankan Muslims were supporting India's breakup despite having no skin in the game.

Instead of being wary about the extraterritorial loyalties of its Muslim population, Sri Lankan politicians went full-tilt chummy with the country that its Muslims identified strongly with - Pakistan. The heads of state of both Sri Lanka and Pakistan exchanged official visits. In 1954, Sri Lankan Prime Minister John Kotelawala said in Islamabad: "We were so close to each other. We should know each other better and try to help each other."

During the 1971 Bangladesh crisis, after India withdrew landing and overflight rights to Pakistan, Sri Lanka granted refuelling facilities to Pakistan International Airlines. In March-April 1971, as the Pakistan Army launched Operation Searchlight to crush the Bengali independence movement in East Pakistan, Pakistani civilian and military aircraft made 174 landings at the Katunayake international airport. While Sri Lanka denied these aircraft were ferrying soldiers or weapons, in reality they were purely military flights that transported thousands of heavily armed troops who killed three million Bengali citizens over the next eight months.

Ironically, as Pakistani military flights passed through Katunayake in April 1971, a contingent of Indian Army troops was guarding the airport during a communist insurgency that took 10,000 lives across Sri Lanka. Indian Navy warships were also deployed off Colombo to defend the port.

The bonhomie continued after the war. In December 1976, the Colombo Municipal Council named a public ground in the national capital as Jinnah Maidan.

War in the north

It was during the civil war involving the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that the Pakistani military and its shadowy spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was able to develop close links with Sri Lanka's military. In May 2008, Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka, the chief of the Sri Lanka Army visited Islamabad with a shopping list that included 22 tanks, hundreds of thousands of grenades and other weapons and ammunition. The deal was worth over $100 million. According to 'The News' of Pakistan, as part of the cooperation, PAF pilots participated in air strikes against LTTE bases in August 2008. Islamabad also positioned a group of Pakistan Army officers in Colombo to guide the Sri Lankan security forces in their operations.

According to Bahukutumbi Raman, who headed the counter terrorism division at the Research and Analysis Wing, Pakistan's military assistance took on an ominous turn in September 2003 after the unpublicised visit of General Mohammed Aziz Khan of the Pakistan Army to Colombo. Since the Indian policy was to defeat the LTTE - without overtly entering the conflict - New Delhi had never objected to the growing military ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but Khan's secret visit upset Delhi. The Tamil Guardian says this was because Khan "had co-ordinated Pakistan's proxy war against India through various jehadi terrorist organisations" and "played an active role in the clandestine occupation of Indian territory in Kargil".

The Dawn newspaper reports that in 2011 the then Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari offered training to Sri Lankan police and intelligence agencies.

Exit LTTE, enter ISI

The ISI had for years been trying to get a foothold in Sri Lanka. Since it could not obviously get sympathisers among the country's Buddhists, Hindus and Christians, the spy agency's hope lay with the Muslim minority. However, the LTTE's dominance prevented outsiders from setting foot in these areas.

In fact, the LTTE had expelled most of the Sri Lankan Muslims from their coastal enclaves in the east, after the Tigers discovered they were collaborating with the government forces. Despite being condemned to second class status by the Sri Lankan constitution, the Muslim population - largely of Tamil origin - refused to join the Tamil struggle for equal rights. Their refusal to support the Tigers is reflected in Zahran Hashim's words: "The loyalty of Muslims should only be for the nation ruled by Muslims."

After the Sri Lankan security forces eliminated the LTTE with help from Pakistan, the field was safe for the ISI to move in. The long interaction between the Sri Lankan security forces and the free hand given to Pakistani military and spies no doubt allowed the ISI to develop contacts among the local Muslims once they returned to their eastern strongholds. According to Ceylon Today, the ISI has used the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and its charitable wing, the Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq, as proxies to radicalise Sri Lankan Muslims.

Madhura Seneviratne of Australia's government owned Special Broadcasting Service reveals Pakistan's motives: "Using Sri Lanka as a staging post, the ISI's primary and apparent objective is to encircle India from all sides. It wanted to use the island nation to access south India, both in terms of finding terror networks as well as for recruitment of cadres."

N. Manoharan of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies explains why Sri Lanka has entered into a Faustian bargain with the jehadis in Pakistan: "Pakistan's activities in Sri Lanka have not been seen with suspicion by the security establishment of the island state. Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations have been good without any irritants. Sri Lanka is ever grateful to Pakistan for all the military support during the Eelam War. In addition, when Sri Lanka was hauled (up) by the international community for human rights excesses during that war, Islamabad rendered unstinted diplomatic support."

Clearly, despite the collapse of Sri Lanka's once vibrant economy due to the civil war, the Sinhala elites have learnt nothing. It was their Apartheid-like policies aimed at the Tamils that resulted in the rise of the LTTE. Now, their carte blanche to the ISI could spawn more Islamic terror groups like the National Thowheeth Jamaath which could send the country into another cycle of violence.

Threat to India

The ISI penetration of Sri Lanka presents a huge threat for India. In 2013, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested two Sri Lankan Muslims, Mohammed Sakir Hussain and Suleman Hussain, and an Indian Tamil, Thameen Ansari, on charges of spying. All three confessed that their handlers were agents posted at the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo. In 2014, the NIA arrested a third Sri Lankan national named Arun Selvarajan in Chennai for spying on behalf of the ISI. Selvarajan's arrest indicates that Pakistan has been able to make inroads into peninsular India.

The ISI's Sri Lankan bureau has collected information on a large number of strategic assets in Tamil Nadu and its neighbouring states. Sri Lankan Muslims were able to easily blend into the local population and do the recce work for the Pakistanis. According to Manoharan, the ISI has already obtained data on critical assets including the Kalapakkam nuclear plant, NSG hub in Chennai, Coast Guard installations on the eastern coast, Officers Training Academy in Chennai, and the ports of Nagapattinam, Chennai, Ennore, Vizag and Kochi. "Going by the confessions of the arrestees, information gathering was meant for planning a terror attack," he says. "The first ever terror attack in Chennai in May (2014) was not unconnected to the larger ISI plot."

Checkmating the ISI

India must accept a large part of the blame for the mess in Sri Lanka. Firstly, by refusing to carve out an independent Tamil Eelam, New Delhi failed to protect the interests of the Sri Lankan Tamils. At the very least, it should have ensured an autonomous Tamil area in the North and East. For, if India could provide special status to J&K then why not provide the same to Sri Lankan Tamils who are more loyal to India than the Kashmiris.

Secondly, if India was prepared to sell out the Sri Lankan Tamils for larger strategic reasons, then it should have got a good value for the deal. Instead, it stood by as both Pakistan and China stepped into the vacuum created by the LTTE's downfall and India's exit. In fact, General Fonseka has gone on record that his country turned to China and Pakistan for military purchases only after New Delhi refused to supply weapons to it.

One way to retrieve the situation is to conduct a massive counter intelligence sweep that will dismantle the ISI network in Sri Lanka. India's advantage is that it still commands goodwill among the island's Tamils who can be relied upon to identify the jehadis. Also, Sri Lanka's cosiness with Pakistan can't be allowed to become a security threat for India. Just as the US won't allow the Russians to meddle in Mexico, India shouldn't permit Islamabad to buy influence in Colombo. First up, the islanders must be told they have to find alternate sources for their weapons and ammunition.

The Sinhala leadership must be reminded that while Sri Lanka is literally in India's backyard, it is thousands of miles from Pakistan. Colombo cannot fight local fires with water from distant shores.

(The author is a New Zealand-based defence and foreign affairs analyst)


https://www.businesstoday.in/opinion/columns/sri-lanka-faustian-bargain-with-pakistan-exit-ltte-enter-isi/story/339389.html

The right to travel abroad

The right to travel abroad is an important basic human right for  it nourishes independent and self-determining creativecharacter of the individual,_ *not only by extending his freedomsof action, but also by extending the scope of his experience.

The right also extends to private life; marriage, family andfriendship are humanities which can be rarely affected through refusal of freedom to go abroad and clearly show that thisfreedom is a genuine human right. (See: Mrs. Maneka Gandhi v.Union of India and Another (1978) 1 SCC 248).

In the said judgment, there is a reference to the words of Justice Douglas in Kent v. Dulles 357 US 116 which are as follows:
Freedom to go abroad has much social value andrepresents the basic human right of greatsignificance.”

HOW TO HANDLE TERRORISTS, SRI LANKAN STYLE

Interesting perspective:

1. Within hours, around 25 people arrested.

2. Religion of arrested persons announced; let there be no doubt who these murderers are.

3. Names of arrested persons not announced. "We don't want them to become martyrs," says police chief. That means they are certain to be executed.

4. Island-wide dusk to dawn curfew to prevent escape.

5. Emergency declared. This means the terrorists will be tried by military court and will face the firing squad. That is if they are not first shot on sight.

6. India's cooperation obtained. Indian Coast Guard will shoot out of the water anyone trying to escape to Tamil Nadu.

NOTE: Sri Lanka does not have to worry about liberal TV anchors and terrorist sympathizers condemning the government. No politicians to visit the relatives of the terrorists. No crocodiles to shed tears. No liberal lawyers waking up the courts at midnight.

April 22, 2019

The Turkish destruction of indian culture

The turkish destruction of indian culture-
i do not actually wanted to post this, but for few friends who deny a bloody holocaust that happened once in history,this would a sample of references from authentic historical sources to substantiat the "turkish invasion of india"

Will Durant argued in his 1935 book “The Story of Civilisation: Our Oriental Heritage” (page 459):

“The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride the slaughters of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction of Hindu women and children to slave markets and the destruction of temples carried out by the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD. Millions of Hindus were converted to Islam by sword during this period.”

Francois Gautier in his book ‘Rewriting Indian History’ (1996) wrote:
“The massacres perpetuated by Muslims in India are unparalleled in history, bigger than the Holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis; or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese.”

Writer Fernand Braudel wrote in A History of Civilisations (1995), that Islamic rule in India as a

“colonial experiment” was “extremely violent”, and “the Muslims could not rule the country except by systematic terror. Cruelty was the norm – burnings, summary executions, crucifixions or impalements, inventive tortures. Hindu temples were destroyed to make way for mosques. On occasion there were forced conversions. If ever there were an uprising, it was instantly and savagely repressed: houses were burned, the countryside was laid waste, men were slaughtered and women were taken as slaves.”

Alain Danielou in his book, Histoire de l’ Inde writes:

“From the time Muslims started arriving, around 632 AD, the history of India becomes a long, monotonous series of  murders, massacres, spoliations, and destructions. It is, as usual, in the name of ‘a holy war’ of their faith, of their sole God, that the barbarians have destroyed civilizations, wiped out entire races.”

Irfan Husain in his article “Demons from the Past” observes:

“While historical events should be judged in the context of their times, it cannot be denied that even in that bloody period of history, no mercy was shown to the Hindus unfortunate enough to be in the path of either the Arab conquerors of Sindh and south Punjab, or the Central Asians who swept in from Afghanistan…The Muslim heroes who figure larger than life in our history books committed some dreadful crimes. Mahmud of Ghazni, Qutb-ud-Din Aibak, Balban, Mohammed bin Qasim, and Sultan Mohammad Tughlak, all have blood-stained hands that the passage of years has not cleansed..Seen through Hindu eyes, the Muslim invasion of their homeland was an unmitigated disaster.

Islamic methods of punishment in India.

“Their temples were razed, their idols smashed, their women raped, their men killed or taken slaves. When Mahmud of Ghazni entered Somnath on one of his annual raids, he slaughtered all 50,000 inhabitants. Aibak killed and enslaved hundreds of thousands. The list of horrors is long and painful. These conquerors justified their deeds by claiming it was their religious duty to smite non-believers. Cloaking themselves in the banner of Islam, they claimed they were fighting for their faith when, in reality, they were indulging in straightforward slaughter and pillage…”

A sample of contemporary eyewitness accounts of the invaders and rulers, during the Indian conquests

The  Afghan ruler Mahmud al-Ghazni invaded India no less than seventeen times between 1001 – 1026 AD. The book ‘Tarikh-i-Yamini’ – written by his secretary documents several episodes of his bloody military campaigns : “The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously [at the Indian city of Thanesar] that the stream was discoloured, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it…the infidels deserted the fort and tried to cross the foaming river…but many of them were slain, taken or drowned… Nearly fifty thousand men were killed.”

In the contemporary record – ‘ Taj-ul-Ma’asir’ by Hassn Nizam-i-Naishapuri, it is stated that when Qutb-ul- Din Aibak (of Turko – Afghan origin and the First Sultan of Delhi 1194-1210 AD) conquered Meerat, he demolished all the Hindu temples of the city and erected mosques on their sites. In the city of Aligarh, he converted Hindu inhabitants to Islam by the sword and beheaded all those who adhered to their own religion.

The Persian historian Wassaf writes in his book ‘Tazjiyat-ul-Amsar wa Tajriyat ul Asar’ that when the Alaul-Din Khilji (An Afghan of Turkish origin and second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty in India 1295-1316 AD) captured the city of Kambayat at the head of the gulf of Cambay, he killed the adult male Hindu inhabitants for the glory of Islam, set flowing rivers of blood, sent the women of the country with all their gold, silver, and jewels, to his own home, and made about twentv thousand Hindu maidens his private slaves.

This ruler once asked his spiritual advisor (or ‘Qazi’) as to what was the Islamic law prescribed for the Hindus. The Qazi replied:

“Hindus are like the mud; if silver is demanded from them, they must with the greatest humility offer gold. If a Mohammadan desires to spit into a Hindu’s mouth, the Hindu should open it wide for the purpose. God created the Hindus to be slaves of the Mohammadans. The Prophet hath ordained that, if the Hindus do not accept Islam, they should be imprisoned, tortured, finally put to death, and their property confiscated.”

Timur was a Turkic conqueror and founder of the Timurid Dynasty. Timur’s Indian campaign (1398 – 1399 AD) was recorded in his memoirs, collectively known as ‘Tuzk-i-Timuri.’ In them, he vividly described probably the greatest gruesome act in the entire history of the world – where 100,000 Hindu prisoners of war in his camp were executed in a very short space of time. Timur after taking advice from his entourage says in his memoirs :

“they said that on the great day of battle these 100,000 prisoners could not be left with the baggage, and that it would be entirely opposed to the rules of war to set these idolaters and foes of Islam at liberty.

“In fact, no other course remained but that of making them all food for the sword’

Timur thereupon resolved to put them to death. He proclaimed :

“throughout the camp that every man who has infidel prisoners was to put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death. 100,000 infidels, impious idolaters, were on that day slain. Maulana Nasir-ud-din Umar, a counselor and a man of learning, who, in all his life had never killed a sparrow, now, in execution of my order, slew with his sword fifteen idolatrous Hindus, who were his captives“.

During his campaign in India – Timur describes the scene when his army conquered the Indian city of Delhi :

“In a short space of time all the people in the [Delhi] fort were put to the sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels, and all the goods and effects, the treasure and the grain which for many a long year had been stored in the fort became the spoil of my soldiers.

“They set fire to the houses and reduced them to ashes, and they razed the buildings and the fort to the ground….All these infidel Hindus were slain, their women and children, and their property and goods became the spoil of the victors. I proclaimed throughout the camp that every man who had infidel prisoners should put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death.”

The Mughal emperor Babur (who ruled India from 1526 -1530 AD) writing in his memoirs called the ‘Baburnama’ –  wrote : ” In AH 934 (2538 C.E.) I attacked Chanderi and by the grace of Allah captured it in a few hours.  We got the infidels slaughtered and the place which had been Daru’l-Harb (nation of non-muslims) for years was made into a Daru’l-Islam (a muslim nation).”

In Babur’s own words in a poem about killing Hindus (From the ‘Baburnama’ ) he wrote :

“For the sake of Islam I became a wanderer,
I battled infidels and Hindus,
I determined to become a martyr
Thank God I became a Killer of Non-Muslims!“

The atrocities of the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan (who ruled India between 1628 – 1658 AD) are mentioned in the contemporary record called : ‘Badshah Nama, Qazinivi & Badshah Nama , Lahori’ and goes on to state : “When Shuja was appointed as governor of Kabul he carried on a ruthless war in the Hindu territory beyond Indus…The sword of Islam yielded a rich crop of converts….Most of the women (to save their honour) burnt themselves to death. Those captured were distributed among Muslim Mansabdars (Noblemen)”

The Afghan ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali attacked India in 1757 AD and made his way to the holy Hindu city of Mathura, the Bethlehem of the Hindus and birthplace ofKrishna.

The atrocities that followed are recorded in the contemporary chronicle called : ‘Tarikh-I-Alamgiri’ :

“Abdali’s soldiers would be paid  5 Rupees (a sizeable amount at the time) for every enemy head brought in. Every horseman had loaded up all his horses with the plundered property, and atop of it rode the girl-captives and the slaves. The severed heads were tied up in rugs like bundles of grain and placed on the heads of the captives…Then the heads were stuck upon lances and taken to the gate of the chief minister for payment.

“It was an extraordinary display! Daily did this manner of slaughter and plundering proceed. And at night the shrieks of the women captives who were being raped, deafened the ears of the people…All those heads that had been cut off were built into pillars, and the captive men upon whose heads those bloody bundles had been brought in, were made to grind corn, and then their heads too were cut off. These things went on all the way to the city of Agra, nor was any part of the country spared.”

The Indian historian Professor K.S. Lal estimates that the Hindu population in India decreased by 80 million between 1000 AD and 1525 AD, an extermination unparalleled in World history. This slaughter of millions of people occurred over regular periods during many centuries of Arab, Afghan, Turkish and Mughal rule in India.

Many Indian heroes emerged during these dark times – including the 10th Sikh Guru – Guru Gobind Singh and also the Hindu Maratha king – Shivaji Maratha – who led the resistance against this tyranny and eventually led to its defeat by the late 1700s – after centuries of death and destruction.

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Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine?

Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine? Did he act illegally to prove the theory of Saffron Terrorism? Was he a puppet of congress party’s political leaders? Did he arrest and inhumanly tortured innocent citizens to falsely implicate them in the theory of Saffron Terrorism?

Sadhvi Pragya’s statements on this has created political storm. People who suffered because of Saffron Terrorism and people who suffered because of 26/11 have divergent views.

But what is the fact?

I am putting lot of information in front of you to decide. This analysis does not show any political inclination or any religious bias. You read it and you decide.

I have done more than three years of research on 26/11 and I collected lot of information from various sources. I am writing a blog “Failed Journey of Saffron Terrorism” and the following details are from the same blog.

Home Ministry Under Secretary Mr. Mani in his book - Hindu Terrorism.

Home Ministry Under Secretary Mr. Mani has written in his book “Hindu Terrorism”. He has said, one day in 2006 he got a call from the home minister’s office asking him to come to see Home Minister immediately. Since all his seniors were out of office and he was the senior most officer, he went to the Minister, Mr. Shivraj Patil’s chember, who was home Minister. There were two more people in the chamber before Mr. Mani went. One was Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mr. Digvijay Singh and second was a new face to Mr. Mani. Digvijay Singh introduced the second person as Mr. Hemant Karkare, IPS officer from Maharashtra cadre. Mr. Mani was wondering what a Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Karkare doing here with M.P. chief minister? What is the connection?

Slowly these two started discussion about Saffron Terrorism, a term totally unheard by Mr. Mani earlier. They were talking about a fire and a small blast in the industrial area in Nanded. Apparently, a small scale manufacturing unit had caught fire and there was a small blast of some industrial gas cylinder. Local police had arrested the owner of the unit, named Mr. Kulkarni. The local police had a suspicion that Kulkarni deliberately set the fire to claim insurance. Mr. Mani could not give any inputs on this case because Home Ministry had never heard of this incidence. 

But Digvijay Singh and Karkare were discussing the possibility of converting this fire and the blast as a act of some sort of Saffron Terrorism. At that time, Mani had no idea what “Saffron Terrorism” was. With the conversation going on between Karkare and Digvijay Singh, Mr. Mani understood that Hemant Karkare did try to arrest Kulkarni for Saffron Terrorism but could not find enough evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Kulkarni and they had to let him go. Basically Karkare was trying to “FIND” evidence to make arrests for Saffron Terrorism.

While all this was going on, home minister Shivraj Patil was sitting in a different area in his office. Being a Home Minister, he was not part of this discussions.

Meaning, UPA government was trying to create a false case on Saffron Terrorism.

No congress party leader has refuted these observations so far. This means, Karkare was indeed colluding with congress leaders to create false charges.

Now let’s check other aspects.

Let’s look into Lt. Colonel Purohit’s arrest

Lt. Colonel Purohit was the active army officer at the time of arrest. He was not a regular infantry Colonel but was working in highly sensitive department of Military Intelligence, or popularly known as M.I. The purpose of MI is to gather intelligence within the country and outside the country about the different threat perceptions and neutralize them. It is a very secretive department where only select few are inducted after thorough invasive background check.

Officers working under this department often have to go deep undercover in the terrorist organization to gather intelligence. This is a very risky job because any small mistake can blow up their cover and they get killed. The undercover officers cannot always choose the “Right” way because in their world, everything is in the shades of gray. Hence sometimes they may have to cross the lines to earn the trust from the bad people. But they do it for the country.

Their undercover job is so bad that their family never knows where they are, what is their new identity, what is the phone number to call and what is the email to connect. They have no contact with their family for months!!! Family gets the updates from the military only.

Arresting such a decorated and trusted military officer under the changes of terrorism was unbelievable. Arresting a military officer by the civilian authorities is not simple. The local police have to follow the protocols, which are as follows. If the arrest is made outside the military camp then police have to inform military within stipulated time. If the person of interest is inside the military camp then police have to inform military establishment, give all the details of the case and then Military Police (MP) handover the suspect to the civilian police. In each case military would conduct its own internal investigation. But in colonel Purohit’s case, he was detained w/o any warrant (abducted) by Maharashtra ATS headed by Hemant Karkare and military was informed about his arrest after couple of days. 

Colonel Purohit was illegally arrested as follows.

While Colonel Purohit was attending a training course at Panchamarhi, MP, his superior Colonel R. K. Shrivastava issued the travel order for him to go to Delhi on 29th October 2008. Colonel R. K. Shrivastava accompanied him to the Bhopal Airport. But before reaching Bhopal airport, Colonel Shrivastava took away cell phone from Colonel Purohit and did not give him air tickets. It was Colonel Shrivastava who did the check in at the airport. After check in, Colonel Shrivasta told Colonel Purohit that they were going to Mumbai and not to Delhi. After hearing this, Colonel Purohit asked for the cell phone to inform his wife but Colonel Shrivastava threatened him for using cell phone. As per the military practice, if the travel plan is changed then a new travel order has to be issued. In this case, the earlier order was to reach Delhi but it was changed to Mumbai, and as such, a new order should have been issued but his official travel order was not changed! If it was official business then why so much secrecy?

After reaching Mumbai airport late in the evening, Colonel Purohit was pushed into a private vehicle and was driven to a bungalow in Khandala. Hemant Karkare and his ATS team was waiting there. Hemant Karkare, Colonel Shrivastav, ATS deputy chief Parambir Singh (IPS) and his staff tortured Colonel Purohit beyond third degree and in a very inhuman way for a week. He broke several bones and ruptured several tissues. Finally on 8th November 2008, Maharashtra ATS formally announced arrest of Colonel Purohit.

Please watch the video of Colonel Purohit’s wife narrating how her husband was tortured by the ATS team led by Hemant Karkare.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMmUa5twaUE

In 2013 Colonel Purohit himself wrote a letter to the Human Rights Commision about the illegal detention and torture and copy of this letter was sent to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Please see this news clip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdx8GMTJApI

Please read the ACTUAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER written by Colonel Purohit to the Human Rights Commission.
Warning - This letter has very graphic and disturbing description of the torture hence read it only if you feel comfortable.
https://www.pgurus.com/shocking-letter-by-colonel-purohit-to-human-rights-commission-exposes-how-he-was-tortured-for-admitting-crimes/

No one from NHRC or PMO cared to investigate the charges leveled by Lt. colonel Purohit. Why????

Otherwise very active NHRC chose to keep quite. 

Please note, in his letter Colonel Purohit says, at one point of time, his boss Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare talked about parading his mother, wife and daughter naked in front of everyone. They also talked about bombing his house to kill his entire family. This was of course done to terrorize Colonel Purohit so as to get his confession but this shows how low Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant karkare had scooped! Really shameful.

It did not end just with illegal arrest and torture. Karkare raided Lt. Col. Purohit’s house and announced, he recovered RDX from his house in Pune.

Karkare claimed that Lt. Col. Purohit stole the RDX from the military stock.

Now realize the situation here with your common sense. Lt. Col. Purohit is a highly trained military officer who knows about explosive. Would he keep a highly explosive material like RDX at his home where his family lives? Will he risk his neighbors and community, which is mainly Hindu? And he was arrested for supporting Saffron Terrorism?

Army refuted the charges of steeling of RDX from its stock saying Indian military does not use RDX hence they don’t carry any stock.

Then Hemant Karkare changed his story and said, this RDX was seized in a raid conducted by Lt. Col. Purohit in Kashmir and he stole some quantity from this lot. The same was used in the bombing of Samjhauta express, Malegaon bombing and rest was seized from his house in Pune.

Military again said, that raid in Kashmir was a joint operation and many military officers, local police officers were in that raid. It was not just Lt. Col. Purohit that was present and every gram of seized RDX is accounted for and there is no missing quantity. 

What does this show? Was Karkare fabricating the evidence to implicate Lt. Col Purohit?

If this is true then it is completely deplorable. Treating an army officer in this way is disheartening. It is a shame and disgrace to the police uniform.

Karkare is dead but Prarambir Singh and Col. R. K. Shrivastav are still alive. They must be arrested based on Col. Purohit’s charges of torture and must be investigated. 

Please note, Sadhvi Pragya too has leveled similar charges of torture against Karkare.

Now following are my views.

If multiple people level charges on Karkare about of false cases, illegal arrests, collecting illegal evidences and brutal torture charges then it must be investigated.

If these charges are found correct then his Ashok Chakra medal, his status of heroic death, his pension and all his medals must be stripped posthumously.

Similar punishment must be given to all the other police officers who were involved in the torture.

Col. R. K. Shrivastav should also be court marshaled and punished.

No one is above the law and no one should be treated softly because they died in action or they are rich and powerful.

Kishor Katti.

Indira Gandhi offered to share Nuke technology with Pakistan


NEW DELHI: They are hostile neighbourswidely seen by many as competing to have a bigger nuclear arsenal. However, after its first nuclear test in 1974, India offered to share nuclear technology with Pakistan. In her statement to Indian Parliament after the tests on July 22, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said she had told her Pakistani counterpart, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto , that New Delhi would be ready to share the relevant technology with Islamabad.
Quoting her statement the US embassy reported, as revealed by Wikileaks, “I have explained in my letter to Prime Minister Bhutto the peaceful nature and the economic purposes of this experiment and have also stated that India is willing to share her nuclear technology with Pakistan in the same way she is willing to share it with other countries, provided proper conditions for understanding and trust are created. I once again repeat this assurance.”
The offer was extraordinary in its audacity, but equally in its foresight. The Indian offer came as Bhutto termed as insufficient Gandhi’s assurance that tests were not meant to harm Pakistan. In his response to Gandhi, Bhutto said, many past assurances from India "regrettably remain unhonored". Testing of nuclear device is no different from detonation of a nuclear weapon, he wrote.
Pakistan tested a nuclear weapon for the first time in May, 1998 — a fortnight after India conducted its second nuclear test.
But Gandhi’s offer to share nuclear technology with Pakistan was not the move of a potential nuclear proliferator. Instead, it showed the confidence of a leader who probably believed that India, after the test, could seamlessly become part of the international nuclear system, where New Delhi could become a legitimate nuclear supplier. Gandhi’s confidence, as it turned out, was misplaced. India was immediately placed under a tough technology denial regime. In fact, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was created as a result of the 1974 test precisely to keep countries like India beyond the pale. It took a hard-fought nuclear deal with the US to open that door for India in 2008.
But on July 22, 1974, Gandhi was looking ahead, and wanted to ensure that the craters formed by nuclear explosions could be used for strategic storage of oil and gas or even shale oil extraction. In her statement to Parliament, she seemed bemused by the international reaction to the first Pokharan test. “It was emphasized that activities in the field of peaceful nuclear explosion are essentially research and development programmes. Against this background, the government of India fails to understand why India is being criticized on the ground that the technology necessary for the peaceful nuclear explosion is no different from that necessary for weapons programme. No technology is evil in itself: it is the use that nations make of technology which determines its character. India does not accept the principle of apartheid in any matter and technology is no exception.”
Referring to Bhutto’s letter, she scoffed at his suggestion that there was radioactivity leakage as a result of the test. “This was impossible as there was no venting of radioactivity to the atmosphere and no formation of a radioactive cloud. Moreover, the wind was blowing in the opposite direction as it normally does at this time of the year and even in theory, any hypothetical radioactivity could never have gone to Pakistan. The wind pattern on May 18, 1974 was from, repeat from, the south-west.”
However, Gandhi remained ambiguous about weaponization of India’s nuclear capability. In an interview to CBC, Canada, she had ducked the question. “If our scientists have the basic know-how, without which they couldn't have done this, then any government could have directed them to make a bomb if they had so desired,” she had explained.

Due to few Terrorist organisations you cannot blame the entire Islam.

Due to few Terrorist organisations you cannot blame the entire Islam.
Below is a list of a FEW TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

1.Al-Shabab (Africa),
2.Al Murabitun (Africa),
3.Al-Qeada (Afghanistan),
4.Al-Qaeda (Islamic Maghreb),
5.Al-Qaeda (Indian Subcontinent),
6.Al-Qaeda (Arabian Peninsula),
7.Hamas (Palestine),
8.Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Palestine),
9.Popular Front for the Liberation of (Palestine),
10.Hezbola (Lebanon),
11.Ansar al-Sharia-Benghazi (Lebanon),
12.Asbat Al-Ansar (Lebanon),
13.ISIS (Iraq),
14.ISIS (Syria),
15.ISIS (Cauacus)
16.ISIS (Libya)
17.ISIS (Yemen)
18.ISIS (Algeria),
19.ISIS (Philippines)
20.Jund al-Sham (Afganistan),
21.Al-Mourabitoun (Lebanon),
22.Abdullah Azzam Brigades (Lebanon),
23.Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (Somalia),
24.Al-Haramain Foundation (Saudi Arabia),
25.Ansar-Al-Sharia (Moroccon),
26.Moroccon Mudjadine (Morocco),
27.Salafia Jihadia (Morocco),
28.Boko Haram (Afrika),
29.Islamic movement of (Uzbekistan),
30.Islamic Jihad Union (Uzbekistan),
31.Islamic Jihad Union (Germany),
32.DRW True-Religion (Germany)
33.Fajar Nusantara Movement (Germany)
34.DIK Hildesheim (Germany)
35.Jaish-e-Mohammed (Kashmir),
36.Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Syria),
37.Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Syria),
38.Jamaat al Dawa al Quran (Afghanistan),
39.Jundallah (Iran)
40.Quds Force (Iran)
41.Kata'ib Hezbollah (Iraq),
42.Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (Somalia),
43.Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Egypt),
44.Jund al-Sham (Jordan)
45.Fajar Nusantara Movement (Australia)
46.Society of the Revival of Islamic 47.Heritage (Terror funding, WorldWide offices)
48.Taliban (Afghanistan),
49.Taliban (Pakistan),
50.Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistan),
51.Army of Islam (Syria),
52.Islamic Movement (Israel)
53.Ansar Al Sharia (Tunisia),
54.Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of (Jerusalem),
55.Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (Libya),
Movement for Oneness and Jihad in (West Africa),
56.Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Palestine)
57.Tevhid-Selam (Al-Quds Army)
58.Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (Morroco),
59.Caucasus Emirate (Russia),
60.Dukhtaran-e-Millat Feminist Islamists (India),
61.Indian Mujahideen (India),
62.Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (India)
63.Ansar al-Islam (India)
64.Students Islamic Movement of (India),
65.Harakat Mujahideen (India),
66.Hizbul Mujhaideen(India)
67.Lashkar e Islam(India)
68.Jund al-Khilafah (Algeria),
69.Turkistan Islamic Party,
70.Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Egypt),
71.Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front (Turkey),
72.Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Pakistan),
73.Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (Pakistan),
74.Lashkar e Toyiba(Pakistan)
75.Lashkar e Jhangvi(Pakistan)
Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (Pakistan),
76.Jamaat ul-Ahrar (Pakistan),
77.Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (Pakistan),
78.Jamaat Ul-Furquan (Pakistan),
79.Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (Syria),
80.Ansar al-Din Front (Syria),
81.Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Syria),
82.Jamaah Anshorut Daulah (Syria),
83.Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement (Syria),
84.Liwa al-Haqq (Syria),
85.Al-Tawhid Brigade (Syria),
86.Jund al-Aqsa (Syria),
87.Al-Tawhid Brigade (Syria),
88.Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade (Syria),
89.Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (Syria),
90.Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (Afganistan),
91.Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (Afganistan)
92.Hizb ut-Tahrir (Worldwide Caliphate),
93.Hizbul Mujahideen (Kasmir),
94.Ansar Allah (Yemen),
95.Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (USA),
96.Jamaat Mujahideen (India),
97.Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (Indonesia),
98.Hizbut Tahrir (Indonesia),
99.Fajar Nusantara Movement (Indonesia),
100.Jemaah Islamiyah (Indonesia),
101.Jemaah Islamiyah (Philippines),
102.Jemaah Islamiyah (Singapore),
103.Jemaah Islamiyah (Thailand),
104.Jemaah Islamiyah (Malaysia),
105.Ansar Dine (Africa),
106.Osbat al-Ansar (Palestine),
107.Hizb ut-Tahrir (Group connecting 108.Islamic Caliphates across the world into one world Islamic Caliphate)
109.Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order (Iraq)
110.Al Nusra Front (Syria),
111.Al-Badr (Pakistan),
an),
112.Islam4UK (UK),
113.Al Ghurabaa (UK),
114.Call to Submission (UK),
115.Islamic Path (UK),
116.London School of Sharia (UK),
117.Muslims Against Crusades (UK),
118.Need4Khilafah (UK),
119.The Shariah Project (UK),
120.The Islamic Dawah Association (UK),
121.The Saviour Sect (UK),
123.Jamaat Ul-Furquan (UK),
124.Minbar Ansar Deen (UK),
125.Al-Muhajiroun (UK) (Lee Rigby, London 2017 members),
126.Islamic Council of Britain (UK) (Not to be confused with Offical Muslim Council of Britain),
127.Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah (UK),
128.Al-Gama'a (Egypt),
129.Al-Islamiyya (Egypt),
130.Armed Islamic men of (Algeria),
131Salafist Group for Call and Combat (Algeria),
132.Ansaru (Algeria),
133.Ansar-Al-Sharia (Libya),
134.Al Ittihad Al Islamia (Somalia),
135.Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia),
136.Al-Shabab (Africa),
137.al-Aqsa Foundation (Germany)
138.al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Palestine),
139.Abu Sayyaf (Philippines),
140.Aden-Abyan Islamic Army (Yemen),
141.Ajnad Misr (Egypt),
142Abu Nidal Organization (Palestine),
143.Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (Indonesia)

Still some people try to destroy the image of Islam by calling it a major role player into world terrorism.

GCSC Cyberstability Update,19 April 2019



Your weekly news updates on the GCSC, its members, and relevant developments in the field of international cyber affairs. For more information about the GCSC, please visitwww.cyberstability.org.

INTERNATIONAL CYBER AFFAIRS:

DNS Hijacking Abuses Trust In Core Internet Service

This article by Danny Adamitis, David Maynor, Warren Mercer, Matthew Olney and Paul Rascagneres was published in Talos Blog, 17 April 2019.
 
This blog post discusses the technical details of a state-sponsored attack manipulating DNS systems. While this incident is limited to targeting primarily national security organizations in the Middle East and North Africa, and we do not want to overstate the consequences of this specific campaign, we are concerned that the success of this operation will lead to actors more broadly attacking the global DNS system. DNS is a foundational technology supporting the Internet. Manipulating that system has the potential to undermine the trust users have on the internet. That trust and the stability of the DNS system as a whole drives the global economy. Responsible nations should avoid targeting this system, work together to establish an accepted global norm that this system and the organizations that control it are off-limits, and cooperate in pursuing those actors who act irresponsibly by targeting this system.

 

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Cybersecurity Culture Guidelines: Behavioural Aspects of Cybersecurity

 

This report was published by ENISA, 16 April 2019
 
There is a growing recognition that technical cyber security measures do not exist in a vacuum, and need to operate in harmony with people. This has led to a plethora of academic research that seeks to address the role of the human in cybersecurity. It is against this backdrop that ENISA has conducted four evidence-based reviews of human aspects of cybersecurity: two based on the use (and effectiveness) of models from social science; one on qualitative studies; and one on current practise within organisations.

 

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Cyber hygiene is at an all-time low

 

This article by Ian Barker was published in Beta News, 15 April 2019
 
Well-known attacks and attack vectors remained successful because security personnel did not address vulnerabilities and apply patches according to a new report from cybersecurity and visibility business Ixia. IT vendors created code or configurations that led to many successful security breaches in 2018, but IT operations and security personnel shared the blame due to ignorance of the latest patches and challenges in deploying patches in a timely manner. In addition Ixia observed more new devices joining networks than ever before, but also more devices designed and deployed without proper measures to stop or even limit threats. Well-understood SQL injections and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities have been used by bad actors to target web applications. Code sharing poses a risk too, despite efforts by the open source community to standardize controls and measures in web development.
 
You can find out more about the findings on the Ixia website.

 

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Microsoft Email Hack Shows the Lurking Danger or Customer Support

 

This article by Lily Hay Newman was published inWIRED, 15 April 2019
 
On Friday night, Microsoft sent notification emails to an unknown number of its individual email users—across Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail—warning them about a data breach. Between January 1 and March 28 of this year, hackers used a set of stolen credentials for a Microsoft customer support platform to access account data like email addresses in messages, message subject lines, and folder names inside accounts. By Sunday, it acknowledged that the problem was actually much worse. It may seem odd that a single set of customer support credentials could be the keys to such a massive kingdom. But within the security community, customer and internal support mechanisms are increasingly seen as a potential source of exposure. On the one hand, support agents need enough account or device access to be able to actually help people. But as the Microsoft incident shows, too much access in the wrong hands can cascade into a dangerous situation.

 

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IARPA working on ways to protect AI training data from malicious tampering

 

This article by Jory Heckman was published in theFederal News Network, 17 April 2019
 
The intelligence community’s advanced research agency has laid the groundwork for two programs focused on ways to overcome adversarial machine learning and prevent adversaries from using artificial intelligence tools against users. Stacey Dixon, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), said the agency expects both programs to run for about two years. “We appreciate the fact that AI is going to be in a lot more things in our life, and we’re going to be relying on it a lot more, so we would want to be able to take advantage of, or at least mitigate, those vulnerabilities that we know exist,” Dixon said Tuesday at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) conference in Arlington, Virginia. The first project, called Trojans in Artificial Intelligence (TrojAI), looks to sound the alarm whenever an adversary has compromised the training data for a machine-learning algorithm. Another program, which Dixon said would have a draft announcement coming later this year, will look to protect the identities of people whose images have served as training data for facial recognition tools.

 

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Breaking Down Modern Botnets

 

This article by Geraldine Hunt was published inTitanHQ, 17 April 2019
 
“Botnets” is the term given to a group of computers infected with malware and used in collaborated attacks against publicly accessible servers. An attacker controls all malware-infected computers from a central location. Once the attacker determines a target, the central location sends commands to botnet computers to flood traffic to the target. The result can be an overwhelming amount of traffic sent to a server that is unable to handle these traffic volumes and services are taken offline. Botnets are responsible for DDoS attacks on Internet resources.

 

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Big Companies Thought Insurance Covered a Cyberattack. They May Be Wrong.

 

This article by Adam Satariano and Nicole Perlroth was published in The New York Times, 15 April 2019
 
Mondelez, owner of dozens of well-known food brands like Cadbury chocolate and Philadelphia cream cheese, was one of the hundreds of companies struck by the so-called NotPetya cyberstrike in 2017. After the ordeal, executives at the company took some solace in knowing that insurance would help cover the costs. Or so they thought. Mondelez’s insurer, Zurich Insurance, said it would not be sending a reimbursement check. It cited a common, but rarely used, clause in insurance contracts: the “war exclusion,” which protects insurers from being saddled with costs related to damage from war. Mondelez was deemed collateral damage in a cyberwar. In a closely watched legal battle, Mondelez sued Zurich Insurance last year for a breach of contract in an Illinois court, and Merck filed a similar suit in New Jersey in August. In the Mondelez and Merck lawsuits, the central question is whether the government’s attribution of the NotPetya attack to Russia meets the bar for the war exclusion.

 

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The Daily 202: How the nature of cyberwar is changing

 

This article by James Hohmann was published inThe Washington Post, 15 April 2019
 
Lisa Monaco, who served as the homeland security adviser in Barack Obama’s White House, said many countries are changing how they approach the digital battlefield, from focusing primarily on espionage toward “geopolitical one-upmanship.” “The game is getting disrupted,” she said. “If we had this conversation two and a half years ago, I would have described the threat I was seeing at the time as more diffuse, more sophisticated and more dangerous than at any other time in my career in government. Today I have an overwhelming sense that if we look at the threat actors as basically aligned in a drag race – nation states, non-state actors, hacktivists, criminal groups – the nation states have far and away set themselves apart.” Monaco spoke on Friday night during a four-day cybersecurity conference sponsored by the nonpartisan Hewlett Foundation, which convened a few dozen insiders from the national security community along with executives from technology companies to discuss threats facing the United States in the brave new digital world and how to better respond to them.

 

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The Cybersecurity 202: Why a hacking operation by a proto-state in Ukraine could spell trouble for the U.S.

 

This article by Joseph Marks was published in The Washington Post, 17 April 2019
 
The Luhansk People’s Republic, a region that has claimed independence from Ukraine with the backing of Russia’s military, isn’t recognized by the United States, the European Union or NATO. But it has a hacking army and it’s targeting the Ukrainian government and military, according to new research from the cybersecurity company FireEye.    This is probably the most extreme case to date of an ultra-small group targeting a national government with a sophisticated hacking operation, John Hultquist, FireEye's director of intelligence analysis who co-wrote the report, told me. And it could usher in a new era of small nations or nonstate actors developing sophisticated hacking operations, he said. That could mean a big headache for the United States and other global powers, which will have to defend themselves against a new slate of digital adversaries.

 

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The Cybersecurity 202: This is the biggest problem with cybersecurity research

 

This article by Joseph Marks was published in The Washington Post, 18 April 2019
 
Want to know the most effective ways businesses defend themselves against hacking? Good luck. There’s a mountain of marketing material about that and other cybersecurity topics, but a dearth of high-quality, vetted data that researchers can use to draw their own conclusions, cybersecurity academic Tyler Moore tells me. That’s because most cybersecurity research relies on data from companies about hacking attempts against their clients — and the companies are wary of sharing that data too broadly because of privacy concerns. But without more public raw data, researchers are only seeing a slice of the pie. And that makes it difficult to draw big-picture conclusions or to give definitive answers to even basic questions -- such as where our greatest digital vulnerabilities are and which defensive measures are most effective at combating them, said Moore, an associate professor of cybersecurity and information assurance at the University of Tulsa.

 

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Concerns raised over Australia’s electoral cyber security

 

This article by Sean Parnell was published in The Australian, 19 April 2019
 
A major review of electoral cyber security has raised concern hackers might find a weak jurisdiction, with weak systems, and use it to “sow doubt in the security and integrity” of Australian democratic processes. The Deloitte review, commissioned by the Department of Home Affairs and obtained under Freedom of Information laws, called for a national approach to safeguarding all electoral systems. In the United States in 2016, Russian hackers targeted electoral systems in 50 states, it emerged last week, more than twice as many as initially suspected. The following year, the US Department of Homeland Security declared ‘elections infrastructure’ to be critical infrastructure warranting additional national protection. However, the Australian government’s Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 focuses on electricity, port, water and gas assets. While the government would be expected to protect the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), it has no authority over other jurisdictions’ systems under the Act. Yet the review found every jurisdiction and every system “can be seen as critical to our ‘social and economic wellbeing’ and therefore consideration should be given to designating Australia’s electoral systems as ‘critical infrastructure’.”

 

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WikiLeaks and the Lost Promise of the Internet

 

This article by Quinta Jurecic was published inLawfare, 15 April 2019
 
Julian Assange’s arrest was a long time coming. After seven years hiding in Ecuador’s London embassy and a number of false alarms, the WikiLeaks founder was finally evicted from the building and passed to British law enforcement on April 11. Though journalists and commentators have long speculated that U.S. charges against Assange might stem from Assange’s role in coordinating the release of Democratic Party information hacked by the Russian government, the truth turned out to be very different: The United States unsealed an indictment charging Assange with conspiracy, dating back to his 2010 exchanges with Chelsea Manning that led to the release of 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables. The indictment and arrest created a natural opportunity to look back over the controversies that have long swirled around Assange. In the days after his arrest, I sat down to watch two documentaries on the WikiLeaks founder: “We Steal Secrets,” a 2013 film by Alex Gibney, and Laura Poitras’s 2017 “Risk.” Though the documentaries are very different, both are accounts of the filmmakers’ darkening view of Assange, who goes from a maverick hero to a much more difficult and complicated figure over both features’ running time. Poitras, in fact, recut her entire movie to show Assange in a harsher light following the 2016 election.

 

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