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Is Uniform Civil Code anti-Islam?

By N. Kunju After 55 years of the Constitution coming into force, nothing has been done towards securing a Uniform Civil Code. What we have today are Hindu code, Christian code and of course the Muslim religious code based on the Shariat. It is a myth to claim that the Muslim communal leaders represent the Indian Muslims as a whole. But this myth has been taken as the gospel truth by politicians in general. As a result, the very party that had been instrumental to the Partition of the country, the Muslim League, was made a partner for sharing power by the so-called secular parties. When the NDA Government was formed in 1998 with the help of smaller so-called secular parties, the BJP had to omit three items from its agenda as desired by its partners. These were (1) the removal of Article 370 of the Constitution regarding special status to J&K State, (2) building of Ram temple in Ayodhya and (3) legislation of a Uniform Civil Code for all Indian citizens. Out of the above three

Bangladesh Election and Dawood's mission worries India and West

Sumit Sen [ NEWS NETWORK ] KOLKATA: Reports of a recent secret meeting between absconding underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and two high-profile Bangladeshis — one, an extremely powerful young politician belonging to the ruling alliance and the other, a top national security intelligence officer — in Dubai have sent both Indian and Western intelligence agencies into a tizzy. This, according to highly-placed sources, is part of a well-concerted move to smuggle in arms consignments to Bangladesh for creating countrywide disturbances well before the next elections. According to sources, the discussion during the Dubai meeting veered around the urgent need to import small arms and explosives for terrorists enjoying the tacit support of a powerful section of the ruling group . The meeting was reportedly arranged by ISI agents, though the supportive role of a powerful foreign agency in the entire scheme of things is not being ruled out. The meeting led to prompt results. On April 16, a com

Billion Dollar Fraud of the Iranian President’s Brother

Meysam Tavab 08 Jul 2006 The inspector of Tehran municipality recently submitted a report to the city council and the mayor of the capital, in which it expressly states that the elder brother of Mohammad Ahmadinejad who was the contractor for the development of Tehran’s Noor Circle had embezzled about 2 billion Toman (a Dollar is traded for approximately 1000 Tomans in the Iranian black market). Dawood Ahmadinejad is currently the head of the president’s inspectors office whose responsibility is to track and investigate government corruption and fraud. According to a Rooz reporter, the contract for the development of the Noor Circle project during Ahmadinejad’s mayorship was awarded to the Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps, as were many other municipality projects. At the same time, the sub-contractor for all the municipality urban projects that the Passdaran had was the current president’s elder brother. This fraud is made public at a time when there have also been reports ab

Musharraf Proposal : India must do reality check on Pakistan

India is not seeking a settlement with Musharraf. It is dealing with Pakistan. The latest proposal from him should, thus, be assessed after a reality check on Pakistan. RAJINDER PURI President Pervez Musharraf has now presented his "final solution" on Kashmir. In a TV programme last month he said: "I have proposed demilitarisation as a final resolution. Demilitarise Kashmir, give self-governance to the people of Kashmir with a joint management arrangement on top." Musharraf spoke after returning empty-handed from Beijing. He failed to get a nuclear deal from China. China refused to sign even other deals but preferred to study them further. Musharraf’s proposal on Kashmir, therefore, sounded a trifle desperate. Take a reality check on Musharraf. He is a successful Mohajir. The Mohajirs, unlike most Pakistani Punjabis who opposed the Partition, were the pro-Pakistan ideologues who migrated from India. Later, many recognised their folly and settled abroad.

The Khan job and the 'back-off' directive

Armed Madhouse (Eds. note: Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse book tour is co-sponsored by Working Assets. Click here for more information about the book.) Continued from Part III The Khan Job and the "Back-Off" Directive On November 9, 2001, BBC Television Centre in London received a call from a phone booth just outside Washington. The call to our Newsnight team was part of a complex prearranged dance coordinated with the National Security News Service, a conduit for unhappy spooks at the CIA and FBI to unburden themselves of disturbing information and documents. The top-level U.S. intelligence agent on the line had much to be unhappy and disturbed about: a "back-off" directive. This call to BBC came two months after the attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Towers. His fellow agents, he said, were now released to hunt bad guys. That was good news. The bad news was that, before September 11, in those weeks just after George W. Bush took office, CIA and Defe

North Korea’s Missile: Fired by Kim Jong Il, Built by Team Bush

Published by Greg Palast July 5th, 2006 in Articles George Bush is upset, distraught, that North Korea has fired a missile that could reach Alaska — carrying a nuclear warhead. Well, Mr. President, you have only yourself to blame. In case you can’t recall, your intelligence chiefs ordered US agents to curb their investigation of A.Q. Khan, head of Pakistan’s bomb-building program. There was mounting evidence Khan was selling his nuclear and missile material technology to Libya and North Korea. The reason for the spike order, the “back off” directive, was that the investigators had tracked the source of funds for Mr. Khans flea market in fissile material to Saudi Arabia. Apparently, Team Bush did not want to make the Saudi’s uncomfortable by exposing their payments to Khan. We reported this on BBC in November 2001, based on informants within the top levels of our intelligence agencies, men unhappy with politicians who would have them avert their gaze. Greg Palast is the author of

Indo-China : The opening of old passes Claude Arpi The mandarins of South Block scored a good goal. Or is it the babus of the Foreign Ministry in Beijing who put a self-goal? On July 6, when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 71st birthday, the Gate of Tibet will be reopened after 44 years. The Tibetan leader, who has dedicated most of his life to dialogue and better communication between human beings, will undoubtedly be happy with this development. Humans and goods will circulate in relative freedom between India and Tibet. The resumption of the old route between India and Tibet forces to reflect not only on the past, but also on the future of the region; particularly on the relations between Asian neighbours. A few days back, while watching a World Cup match (with France not faring well at all), I received a phone call from Washington. Voice of America (Tibet language) wanted my opinion on the reopening of the legendary pass. As only a few crucial minutes were left to play, I could not stop l

Nuke the doubts : SIX Myths

HINDUSTAN TIMES Nuke the doubts Pramit Pal Chaudhuri July 6, 2006 The critics who have howled their disapproval of the Indo-US nuclear deal have been small but loud. They formed packs in both India and the US, they have included both right and left, war hawks and peaceniks. That they have emerged from the extremes is as good evidence as any that the deal is a win-win for India and the world. Here's a checklist of the main arguments against the deal - and why they're hogwash. Myth 1: The deal caps India's fissile material production. Elements in the BJP argue that the deal puts curbs on how much bomb-making fissile material India can make. The US non-proliferation lobby argues the deal places no curbs on fissile material production. They both can't be right. The truth is closer to the latter stance. The deal gives India the option of piling up fissile material: India can build as many military reactors as it wants and continue developing its breeder reactor

Nathu La endangers Indian security: Experts

Nathu La endangers Indian security: Experts PERCY FERNANDEZ [ JULY 04, 2006 05:33 PM ] India has compromised national security by opening the Nathu La Pass for trade with China, say experts including many from the military and the intelligence. "Nathu La is a strategic opening. The Chinese have started by targeting trade. Later they will use this bid to reach the outline provinces for oil and other strategic items", says Bharat Karnad, a security affairs specialist at the Centre for Policy Research, a think tank based in New Delhi. "This will also strengthen China's military presence in the area. "China is growing by leaps and bounds. This is indeed an ambitious growth. It is all well to say that trade will increase. But this may nurse problems in the future. This is just a beginning to a full blown trade corridor China needs to supply variety of items for its military requirements to the outflanked regions." "China has already laid defence networ

Sethna prefers NPT to Indo-US nuclear deal

Sethna prefers NPT to Indo-US nuclear deal MUMBAI: India would be better off signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which permits the exit of any signatory nation, rather than the nuclear deal with the US that will bind the country for 'perpetuity', top nuclear scientist Homi Sethna has said. “NPT may be discriminatory, but we will still be allowed to exit whereas in the current Indo-US deal which is under negotiation, India will remain bound in perpetuity,” Sethna said while delivering a key note address at the Forum of Integrated National Security (FINS) here on Saturday evening. "Therefore, I prefer signing the current deal (with the US)," said Sethna, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission that has been linked to the country's civil and military nuclear programmes. "India is supposed to get only uranium for its nuclear programme to expand. Simply for this, so much compromising... is uncalled for," he said. "T

Why US want a nuke deal with India?

Why US want a nuke deal with India? The reasons as to why US wants a nuke deal with India are 1. Stop India from testing further nuclear weapons perpetually. 2. Curtail the progress on India’s Fast Breeder Reactor program or Thorium based fuel cycle. 3. Allow the Tritium reserves to exhaust (half life period is very less) so that India will lack the raw materials for making Hydrogen bombs in the future. 4. Dramatically reduce the Plutonium nukes in India by making India part of FMCT. 5. Get extra advantage with India’s support for maintaining US global order. 6. Get India sucked into Uranium market customer perpetually.


CO-OPERATE WITH US, BUT CAUTIOUSLY by B. Raman Ironically, the first anniversary of what some consider as the historic Indo-US deal for civilian nuclear co-operation (July 18) has coincided with the unearthing by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) of a worrisome case of suspected penetration of our National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) through the Indo-US Cyber Security Forum set up in 2002. 2. One understands that the idea of the Forum came from Mr. Richard Armitage, the then Deputy Secretary of State, who had spent some years of his colourful career in the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA ) and in the CIA. He was a blue-eyed boy of the late Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, who had decorated him for his contribution, as an intelligence officer, to the cause of US-Pakistan friendship. 3. The Govt. of India, which was looking for US assistance for strengthening its capability for ensuring the security of our computer networks, reportedly accepted hi

Secularism Combat : July Edition ,2006

Inside - Christian Evangelism In Tirumala Tirupati - The Conspiracy of Selective Silence - Excerpts from the Petition for Formation of United Hindu Dharma Samsthan - ‘Christians Under Siege’: A Missionary Ploy - Rewarding Conversions - Exclusive Glorification of Nehru Download

The perils of cooperating with the US

-- B.Raman 'In recent years, the increase in acts of terrorism and the understandable emphasis on the need for strengthening international intelligence co-operation have led to a dilution of the effectiveness of the counter-penetration measures laid down in the past. 'As a result, innumerable contact points are believed to have emerged, with no centralised system of control, supervision and record-keeping and with even many who are not professional intelligence officers and who have not had the benefit of counter-intelligence and counter-penetration training jumping into the game of intelligence co-operation. 'Nothing would gladden the hearts of the trained penetration experts of foreign intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, more than the perceived loosening of control. Unless this dangerous trend is checked and reversed, we might find one day that the sensitive establishments of this country have been badly penetrated under the guise of intelligence cooperation.

Are we heading towards a Christian India ?

François Gautier I am a westerner and a born Christian. I was mainly brought up in catholic schools, my uncle, Father Guy Gautier, a gem of a man, was the parish head of the beautiful Saint Jean de Montmartre church in Paris ; my father, Jacques Gautier, a famous artist in France, and a truly good person if there ever was one, was a fervent catholic all his life, went to church nearly every day and lived by his Christian values. There are certain concepts in Christianity I am proud of : charity for others, the equality of system in many western countries, Christ’s message of love and compassion…. Yet, I am a little uneasy when I see how much Christianity is taking over India under the reign of Sonia Gandhi : according to a 2001 census, there are about 2.34 million Christians in India ; not even 2,5% of the nation, a negligible amount. Yet there are today five Christian chief ministers in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. One should add that the majority of poli

Half-baked reforms at RAW

Facing an exodus of key personnel and increasingly vulnerable to penetration, India's external intelligence service is beset by crisis. By Praveen Swami Opinion The Hindu Wednesday, July 5, 2006 "All wish to be learned," wrote the Roman satiric poet Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, "but few are willing to pay the price." Those who depend on India's covert services to help them negotiate an increasingly dangerous world ought to be considering the dictum with care. Last week, the Delhi Police arrested S.S. Paul, a computer systems operator at the National Security Council Secretariat, on charges of espionage. Intelligence Bureau counter-intelligence personnel believe Paul was passing on NSC documents to Rosanna Minchew, a Central Intelligence Agency operative who operated under cover at the United States of America's embassy in New Delhi. Just how serious the damage is remains unclear -- NSC assessments provide an overview of India's strategic op

Intelligence Brief: Russia's Moves in Syria

In early June, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Moscow's decision to establish naval bases in the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia. The Russian Defense Ministry officially denied the report, even though more than one source confirmed it. As part of the plan, the port of Tartus would be transformed into a naval base for Russia's Black Sea Fleet when it is away from the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. The Russian plan involves the installation of an air defense system with S-300PMU-2 Favorit ballistic missiles. The missiles have a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles), allow a larger warhead and are equipped with a better guidance system than the previous version. The air defense system would be operated by Russia for the defense of the Tartus base and would provide potential protection for a large part of Syria. Through these initiatives, it is clear that Russia wants to strengthen its position in the Middle East. Russia is searching for a new role in the diplomatic ba

Economic deprivation of Balochistan

Sheikh Asad Rahman We have so far in this series discussed the political background of the ‘Balochistan problem’ and touched upon the province’s economic deprivation as well. This economic deprivation needs to be examined in more detail for all our readers to understand the real issues and problems faced by the people of Balochistan. There are a handful of rivers that carry very small amounts of water year round. This is not enough to use for irrigation as most of these river courses are through difficult mountainous terrain and the beds are lower than the small pieces of land that could be used for agricultural production. The main rivers are the Bolan, Mullah, Nari Gaj, Chakar, Lahri and Beji, with a few other streams of no real consequence. By the time these waters reach the larger valleys or plains the water has disappeared into the ground. The scanty rain and snowfall, averaging 6-7 inches due to the desertification of the whole of Balochistan, is nowhere sufficient to ensure