Monday, May 29, 2017

Azaaniyat - A clash of the Interests


Let’s concede one thing – the Azaan has to be sweet sound for all religious Muslims. It’s like a call to their conscience to pray and be a good human being. To that end, every sentiment behind that call deserves respect.  But when you add a loudspeaker to it and blare it five times a day, there is nothing pious about it. It’s an assertion. Most people who appeared on debates over this lousy loudspeaker practice made it about “noise pollution”. That’s the dumbest argument put forth by idiots who keep covering up Islamic nonsense.  Surely, the noise of Azaan is not louder than the aircrafts that fly over Santacruz or Andheri all through the day in Mumbai. We can forgive the aircrafts because it’s the nature of the beast and not some conspiracy against people trying to sleep but the Azaan is not a Pratt-Whitney or Rolls Royce engine design – It’s a man-made assertion and conspiracy. It is not an environment issue, it is a religious issue. All it took was a couple of tweets by singer Sonu Nigam for Islamic defenders to rage over this issue:

I have written before, that since the early 1990s Muslims in India have started asserting their identity far more than ever before. Yusufbhai passed as Dilip Kumar for a long time in Bollywood. Now, if you have a Muslim name or if you are a Paki, your chances of making it in Bollywood are better. There’s a movie called “Noor” about a Paki journalist. Naturally so, because Indian journalists were portrayed better by Martin Scorsese in “Goodfellas” – the mafia wiseguys. The loudspeaker-Azaan is a nuisance all day – five times a day. If it were limited to some festivals or Ramzan or Eid, we could understand. That is not the case.

When I travel to Delhi or Bangalore or Chennai, wherever I stay, I hear this Azaan stuff from 5am in the morning till 9pm in the evening. Don’t point to Hindu stuff like Ganesh festival or Diwali. That argument is bogus. Hindu festivals last a few days – Azaan lasts forever. In any case, I am also for a ban on band-baaja processions on our roads in this day and age. It can be limited to a few metres for symbolism. But I don’t think Azaan is merely a call to pray anymore. Muslims in India since the early 1990s have been encouraged to assert their identity strongly and Azaan is just one part of it. Wherever there are Muslim pockets, you will find men clad in Pathani garb, with beards without moustache, a skull cap and women with black tents adorning them. This is to let you know – “We are Muslims, we are a clear separate community distinguishable from common Indians”.

At the Golden Temple in Amritsar the reading of the Holy Granth Sahib is amplified but the sound doesn’t travel beyond the complex. At Hindu temples, the century-old bell is still the symbol and not loudspeakers. Azaan on loudspeakers is not merely a call, it is an assertion and imposition of Islam over Kafirs who have to be forced to listen to it. This is worse early mornings when everything else is quiet and the noise becomes more amplified. Pre-1990s Muslims in India were not distinguishable from other Indians. They dressed just like other Indians. It’s only now that you see everywhere that the Pathani garb, the skull cap, the nonchalant defence of beef-eating that has grown dramatically. This is nothing but deliberate and planned assertive Islamisation of many towns in India. This has nothing to do with noise pollution. The usual media morons find faults with Nigam’s tweet with holes they see in their cheese in terms of English grammar, like the “Wheeler-Dealer” of Lutyens who is probably funded by anti-Indian forces:

The problem for these redundant, workless folks like Shekhar Gupta is that Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sonu Nigam or Phogat sisters or our wrestlers are standing up for India, standing up for our Jawans and standing up against Islamic invasion of our culture. Make no mistake about it. As more prominent voices become assertive about such invasions, the more the discomfort for media mafia and the Sickulars. Sometime back, the Bhagyalakshmi temple in Hyderabad was shut down its Aarti sounds because Muslims agitated. Why should Azaan be an intrusion in our lives? Keep it to your home or mosque! Not just loudspeaker-Azaan, the very call to Azaan has motives that we aren’t aware of, followed by sermons we are unaware of. History has a reason and logic:

I will write more when time permits. But I know this – The Azaan in places like Kashmir and Namaaz (especially on Fridays) has become a call for violence. This cannot pass anymore. Azaaniyat is not a prayer or call to pray. It is more of an assertion of Islam dominating every other faith. It is not merely the noise pollution as some idiots would like to argue – It is thought invasion, and Faith invasion
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam

Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes calls himself a "soldier" in the war against radical Islam. This description is in keeping with Pipes' belief that the "war's center of gravity has shifted from force of arms to the hearts and minds of citizens." Because so many people in the West still don't believe that they are at war, specialists like Pipes are performing an essential role by warning of the dangers of radical Islam.

The most recent battlefield in the war of ideas is Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, where Pipes spoke about "Radical Islam and the War on Terror" on March 29. Pipes, who is currently teaching a graduate seminar on "Islam & Politics" at Pepperdine University, began his talk by posing two questions that need to be answered before the West can even think about triumphing against the enemy it faces. Of course, to beat the enemy it is necessary to know the enemy, which is why the first question was: Who is the enemy?

The original answer to this question after September 11 was terrorism. Indeed, "War on Terror" became the standard way to refer to the greatest existential threat to face the West since the Cold War. But it must be remembered that terrorism is just a tactic. As Pipes made clear, we did not call World War II the "war against surprise attacks" in response to Pearl Harbor. Furthermore, if terrorism were the real enemy, non-Islamic terrorist groups such as the Shining Path in Peru would have to be mentioned by Western leaders more often than they are.

Does this mean that Muslims are the enemy? Pipes doesn't think so. Such a view is ahistorical: Islam has never been at such a low point as it is today. Viewing Islam as the problem also turns all Muslims into enemies, when, in fact, the West has Muslim allies. Here, Pipes mentioned the Algerians, who have been victims of radical Islamists during the last decade. In order to have achievable war aims, Pipes stressed the importance of creating secular goals. After all, the United States is not engaged in a crusade against Islam.

According to Pipes, the true enemy is not a religion but a political ideology called radical Islam. Radical Islamists believe that Islam is the answer to all the problems in the world. Put another way, radical Islam is the transformation of faith into a totalitarian ideology. Like fascism and communism before it, radical Islam seeks world hegemony. The rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan from 1996-2001 showed the nightmare that awaits the world if radical Islamists ever achieve their dream of applying Islamic law across the globe. A regime that banned the flying of kites and prevented women and girls from attending school is at odds with the principles of Western civilization. This is the reason why radical Islamists believe that a clash of civilizations is underway.

This clash is often expressed violently, whether it is through terrorism in New York or London, civil insurrection in Algeria, revolution in Iran or civil war in Afghanistan. But Pipes warned of a second wing of radical Islam that attempts to achieve its goals by working within the system. For example, the Egyptian terrorist group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiya renounced violence after its 1997 attack in Luxor which killed 57 tourists. This was a change of policy rather than a change of heart, as Al-Gama'a al-Islamiya believed it had a better chance of implementing its goals peacefully.

In Pipes' view, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan of Turkey is a greater threat to the world than Osama bin Laden. The latter's prospects have actually dimmed since September 11, while the former has the ability to make Turkey an Islamic state by promoting the Islamist agenda politically. Americans need to be aware of the non-violent wing of radical Islam. Groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—which Pipes calls an indirect offspring of Hamas—and the Muslim Public Affairs Council share the same goals as the terrorists, even if their means of attaining them are different.

Pipes then moved on to the second question: What can we do about radical Islam? He believes that we need to overhaul the Muslim world like we did with the Soviet Union, Germany and Japan in the 20th century. A refrain that Pipes repeated throughout the night was "Defeat radical Islam, strengthen moderate Islam." Only by marginalizing the ideas of our enemies can we defeat them. Muslims can and need to play an important role in bringing this about. Today, isolated individuals live like moderate Muslims, but there is no mass movement of moderate Islam. Such a movement takes a great deal of money and organization, two things Muslims reformers don't yet have.

Pipes reminded his audience that since 1945, fascist ideas have not threatened the world. Similarly, 1991 saw the end of the powerful influence of Marxist-Leninist ideology. Pipes views the years 1945 and 1991 as bookends of the alternatives that face us now. He predicts that the current war will end somewhere in between the violence of 1945 and the non-violent collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
It won't end, however, until Western allies start seeing things on the same page. Pipes described the case of the Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan, who has been banned from the United States because of his support for terrorism. Meanwhile, Ramadan was employed by Tony Blair's government to examine the roots of Islamic radicalism after the London bombings of July 7. Western countries need to develop similar strategies and show solidarity if they are ever going to be able to deal successfully with issues like Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

While the West no longer faces a powerful state like the Soviet Union or Germany (a nuclear Iran would change this), there are probably over 150 million Islamists today. This number is greater than all the communists and fascists who ever lived. Moreover, radical Islam is a utopian movement that has a powerful body of ideas to offer. Proof of this can be found in the increasing number of Western converts to radical Islam. Thus, it is dangerous to view terrorism in cynical terms or—like John Kerry—to call it simply a nuisance akin to gambling or prostitution. Even worse is not to think about radical Islam at all. Pipes said that most of the Republican presidential candidates seem to be deeply affected by the threat radical Islam poses to the United States. The Democratic candidates, meanwhile, hardly seem to mention it at all.

Pipes ended his talk with a list of things people can do to counter the threat: Learn about and research the subject, write letters to the editor or opinion pieces, get active in politics and organizations, and talk to people. In other words, they can join Pipes by becoming informed and, in turn, informing others in the war against radical Islam.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

"जब तक मैं रहूं, शांति रहे” की फितरत है कश्मीर में संघर्ष प्रबंधन की घातक रणनीति

“शांति का अर्थ यह नहीं है कि संघर्ष नहीं है’;शांतिपूर्ण साधनों से संघर्ष को रोकने की क्षमता ही शांति है।”
कश्मीर पर नजरिया
रॉबर्ट ग्रीन कहते हैं: यह कभी नहीं मानना चाहिए कि आपकी अतीत की सफलताएं भविष्य में भी जारी रहेंगी। अतीत की सफलताएं सबसे बड़ी बाधा होती हैं क्योंकि प्रत्येक संघर्ष, प्रत्येक युद्ध अलग होता है और यह नहीं माना जा सकता कि जो अतीत में कारगर रहा था, वही भविष्य में भी काम कर जाएगा। कश्मीर में संघर्ष राजनीतिक नेतृत्व एवं कानून प्रवर्तन एजेंसियों की यथास्थितिवादी मानसिकता पर अड़े रहने का नतीजा है। यह समझना चाहिए कि यह अलग संघर्ष है और इसमें मिला-जुला, विषम, इंतिफदा (आंतरिक संघर्ष) और छद्म युद्ध शामिल है। धारणा, राजनीतिक ध्रुवीकरण, धार्मिक कट्टरपंथ और अनिश्चित वातावरण में जीवित रहने की जंग वाले इस संघर्ष को किसी संकरे नजरिये के साथ नहीं सुलझाया जा सकता। कश्मीर के संघर्ष को सुरक्षा समस्या के चश्मे से देखना घिसा-पिटा विचार है।
जमीनी स्थिति ऐसी है कि सरकार तथा जनता, आतंकवादियों तथा सुरक्षा बलों और चरमपंथियों और उदारवादियों के बीच खूनी संघर्ष हो सकता है। लेकिन यह नहीं दिख रहा है कि कश्मीरी समाज स्वयं चौराहे पर खड़ा है और यह भी स्पष्ट नहीं है कि यह लड़ाई आजादी के लिए है या इस्लामिक राज्य कश्मीर के लिए। यह मानना भूल होगी कि कश्मीर में इस मिले-जुले (हाइब्रिड) युद्ध का लक्ष्य केवल जम्मू-कश्मीर में सीमित है। पाकिस्तान तो कश्मीर को भारत के दूसरे हिस्सों में अस्थिरता लाने के लिए धुरी के तौर पर इस्तेमाल करना चाहता है।
कमजोर सरकारी संस्थाओं से बढ़ती है अस्थिरता
जो संघर्ष ऐसे मुकाम पर पहुंच सकता है, जहां से कभी वापसी नहीं होगी, उसके बारे में पुराना नजरिया बहुत खराब और घिसा-पिटा है। पुराने नजरिये के साथ सबसे बड़ी दिक्कत यह है कि समय के साथ विचार एकदम जड़ हो गए हैं और नीति निर्माता भविष्य के रास्ते पर तथा बदलते समय में संघर्ष प्रबंधन की रणनीतियों पर नए सिरे से नजर डालने को तैयार ही नहीं हैं। इस रणनीति ने न तो भारत का भला किया है और न ही कश्मीरी जनता का। इसमें एक कड़ी गुम है और वह है दीर्घकालिक अभियान की रणनीति। “हमारे रहते शांति बनी रहे” की मानसिकता के साथ ऐसे संघर्षों से जूझना वास्तव में रणनीति के बगैर काम करना है। आज कश्मीर में स्थिति इतनी विस्फोटक है कि वहां स्थिरता तथा शांति को आतंकवादियों के मुकाबले ‘योजनाकारों, संचालकों और आंदोलनकारियों’ से अधिक खतरा है। कश्मीर को इसी जमात ने बंधक बना रखा है और अभी तक न तो कानून और न ही सरकार उनसे निपट रही है। सरकार ने उन्हें न तो दंड दिया है और न ही रोकने की कोशिश की है। इतने लंबे संघर्ष में योजनाकारों, संचालकों तथा आंदोलनकारियों को पहचानने के लिए धारणा और सामाजिक व्यवहार के विश्लेषण को योजना की प्रक्रिया में जरूर शामिल करना चाहिए। यह संघर्ष प्रबंधन का प्रभावी जरिया है और अस्थिरता एवं विद्रोह के विरुद्ध रणनीति बनाने के लिए ऐसी तकनीकें अपनाना बहुत महत्वपूर्ण हो जाता है। सरकारी तंत्र अगर अन्य पक्षों पर काबू कर ले तो आंदोलनकारियों से सुरक्षा बल सख्ती के साथ निपट सकते हैं।
सार्वजनिक उपद्रव करने और आतंकवादियों के लिए भीड़ जुटाने पर किसी तरह का दंड नहीं मिल रहा है; नतीजा यह है कि चरमपंथी बढ़ते जा रहे हैं और उनका प्रभाव क्षेत्र भी बढ़ता जा रहा है। जमात-ए-इस्लामी लोगों को चरमपंथी बनाने का अपना काम बेरोकटोक कर रहा है। चिंता की बात यह है कि वे दक्षिण पीरपंजाल के नए और अपेक्षाकृत शांत इलाकों को अपना निशाना बना रहे हैं। दक्षिण पीरपंजाल में यह आंदोलन इसीलिए नहीं फैला है क्योंकि वहां सूफी इस्लाम का वर्चस्व है। वहां बाबा गुलाम शाह बादशाह (शाहदरा शरीफ) समेत कई सूफी दरगाहें होने के कारण ऐसा है। जमात का उद्देश्य शांति नहीं बल्कि लोगों को चरमपंथी बनाना है ताकि कश्मीर में निजाम-ए-मुस्तफा (शरिया कानून) का लक्ष्य हासिल किया जा सके। इच्छाशक्ति की कमी और जमात के धन के स्रोत तथा भारत भर में उसकी गतिविधियां बंद करने में नाकामी चरमपंथ को बढ़ावा दे रही है। तंत्र में शामिल जो लोग काले धन को सफेद बनाने वालों के साथ सांठगांठ करते हैं, कश्मीर में उन्हें भी दंड नहीं दिया जा रहा है क्योंकि वहां तंत्र अलगाववादियों के हुक्म का गुलाम बन गया है।
कई खूंखार पाकिस्तानी आतंकवादियों को पकड़ने के लिए जम्मू-कश्मीर में सुरक्षा बलों और सेना ने खूब मेहनत की है, लेकिन उनमें से एक भी मामले में तार्किक परिणति देखने को नहीं मिली है और किसी को भी देश के खिलाफ युद्ध छेड़ने के आरोप में सजा नहीं मिली है। ऐसे में पुलिस तथा अन्य सरकारी संस्थाओं ने मान लिया है कि दोषी खुलेआम घूमते रहेंगे और राष्ट्र की सेवा करने के कारण उनके परिवारों को आतंकवादियों तथा उनके समर्थकों के हाथों सजा झेलनी होगी। जवाबदेही केवल पुलिस की नहीं है बल्कि सरकार के अन्य अंगों की भी है। पाकिस्तानी आतंकवादियों (जिनमें से कुछ को पहले ही रिहा किया जा चुका है) को युद्ध अपराधों के लिए मृत्युदंड क्यों नहीं मिलना चाहिए? सरकार को न्यायपालिका पर दबाव बनाना होगा ताकि सुनवाई तेजी से हो और कड़ा संदेश जाए।
“अच्छे उपायों” से पड़ेगी संघर्ष समाधान की बुनियाद
ऐसे नाजुक जन-केंद्रित संघर्ष में ग्रामीण जनता के विचारों पर नजर रखना बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि इतिहास बताता है कि माओ के जन संघर्ष से लेकर बांग्लादेश मुक्ति संघर्ष तक विभिन्न आंदोलनों को नए स्तर तक ग्रामीण जनता ही ले गई है। कश्मीर में 2016 में जो बदलाव दिखा है, उसका असली कारण यह है कि इस बार ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में महिलाओं के समर्थन से अस्थिरता उत्पन्न हुई है। यह खुफिया एजेंसियों की प्रारंभिक जिम्मेदारी है और इसमें संभवतः वे पूरी तरह नाकाम रही हैं क्योंकि उन्हों शहरों और कस्बों पर नजर रखी, लेकिन गांवों को पूरी तरह नजरअंदाज कर दिया। संघर्ष के निशानों, हलचलों तथा भविष्य की स्थितियों का सघन विश्लेषण करने के लिए गहन दृष्टि और अलग किस्म की बौद्धिक संरचना की जरूरत होती है।
यह बात सिद्ध हो चुकी है कि आतंकवादी तथा उन्हें उकसाने वाले लोग जनता में ही होते हैं, वे लोगों की जानकारी तथा समर्थन के साथ ही बने रहते हैं और काम करते हैं। इसलिए उनकी गतिविधियों की जानकारी लोगों को होती है और लोगों के बीच अपने गुप्त सूत्र विकसित कर उन्हें खत्म किया जा सकता है अथवा हाशिये पर डाला जा सकता है। आतंकियों के प्रतिनिधियों और उनके समर्थकों के बीच की कड़ी तोड़ने का यही अकेला रास्ता है। लोगों के बीच उन्हें खतरा और जोखिम महसूस होना चाहिए। ऐसा कहना तो आसान है, लेकिन ऐसी क्षमताएं तैयार करने में बहुत समय लगेगा और इसके अलावा कोई विकल्प भी नहीं है। जिन पर वे सबसे ज्यादा भरोसा करते हैं, सबसे पहले उनमें ही अपने गुप्त सूत्र तैयार करने चाहिए। पाकिस्तान ने अपनी रणनीति आगे बढ़ाने के लिए लोगों का इस्तेमाल किया है, इसीलिए इंटर-सर्विसेज इंटेलिजेंस (आईएसआई) और कश्मीर में उसके नुमाइंदे आतंकवाद के लिए भीड़ जुटा रहे हैं और प्रशासनिक संस्थाओं पर हमले के लिए उसका इस्तेमाल कर रहे हैं। इस खतरे की दिशा तभी मोड़ी जा सकती है, जब इस रणनीति का तोड़ने के लिए इसी हथियार का इस्तेमाल किया जाए और आतंकवाद से मुकाबले के लिए भीड़ को ताकतवर हथियार बनाया जाए।
एक संघर्ष से ठीक से निपटे तो रुक जाएंगे कई भावी संघर्ष
कश्मीर में संघर्ष से कैसे निपटना चाहिए? हालांकि राजनेताओं में विश्वसनीयता की कमी के कारण यह भरोसा नहीं है कि वे संघर्ष का हल निकाल पाएंगे, लेकिन राजनीतिक संघर्ष समाधान का अच्छा साधन है। इसीलिए संघर्ष से निपटने की प्रक्रिया को राजनीतिक स्वीकार्यता एवं अधिकार दिलाना जरूरी है। कश्मीर जैसे जटिल संघर्ष को निपटाने के लिए जरूरी है कि विभिन्न दबाव समूहों तथा पक्षों से निपटने के तरीकों को सतर्कता के साथ पहचाना जाए। लेकिन दूसरे पक्षों को ऐसा नहीं लगना चाहिए कि सरकारी संस्थाएं कमजोर हैं और वे अलगाववादियेां तथा असंतुष्टों की बेतुकी मांगें भी स्वीकार कर ली जाएंगी। रणनीति तैयार करने के लिए सभी हितधारकों से विस्तृत बात करनी होगी, रचनात्मक विचार लेने होंगे और जमीनी स्थिति भी जाननी होगी।
संघर्षों को हमेशा सरकार की मध्यस्थता वाले समझौतों/संधियों से ही नहीं सुलझाया जाता; संघर्ष समाधान ऐसी प्रक्रिया है, जिसके लिए बहुआयामी प्रयास करने पड़ते हैं। समाधान की जमीन तैयार करने के लिए युवाओं, महिलाओं तथा संघर्ष से जुड़े अन्य पक्षों से बातचीत बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि संवाद नहीं होगा तो समझ भी नहीं होगी। कश्मीर में जनता के मंच द्वारा “वैकल्पिक संघर्ष समाधान” की पहल दिखाई नहीं देतीं। ऐसा नहीं लगना चाहिए कि ये पहल सरकार के कहने पर हो रही हैं बल्कि यह काम निष्ठा और पेशेवर क्षमता वाले ऐसे लोगों को करना चाहिए, जिन्हें संघर्ष की पूरी जानकारी है और जो आगे का रास्ता तैयार कर सकते हैं। कश्मीर घाटी में शांति तभी बहाल हो सकती है, जब लोग ऐसा चाहेंगे या जब शांति बनाए रखने की क्षमता आ जाएगी। शांति के लिए आधार सुरक्षा बलों से तैयार नहीं हो सकता; यह समाज के भीतर से ही आएगा। उसके अलावा राज्य एवं केंद्र सरकार को नीचे दिए गए मसलों पर गंभीरता से विचार करने की जरूरत है क्योंकि कश्मीर की शांति एवं स्थिरता के लिए असैन्य खतरों से निपटने में ये बहुत सहायक होंगे।
कश्मीर में ऐसे बहुत लोग हैं, जो वहाबियत या निजाम-ए-मुस्तफा के मत का विस्तार नहीं चाहते। संस्थागत समर्थन नहीं होने के कारण वे मजबूरन चुप रहते हैं और चरमपंथ के विस्तार का विरोध नहीं कर पाते। इसलिए सरकारी संस्थाएं पाकिस्तान के छद्म प्रतिनिधियों और कश्मीर में चरमपंथियों से जन सहभागिता के साथ निपट सकती हैं। लोगों को लोगों के खिलाफ इस्तेमाल करने की रणनीति न्यायोचित युद्ध लड़ने का न्यायोचित तरीका होता है।
केंद्र तथा राज्य सरकार को यह समझना चाहिए कि पुलिस का मनोबल टूटना घातक हो सकता है और इसे रोकने के लिए उन्हें प्रोत्साहन दिए जाने चाहिए, प्रतिकूल माहौल में कानून-व्यवस्था बनाए रखने में उनके योगदान को मान्यता मिलनी चाहिए, प्रशिक्षण मिलना चाहिए और उनका आधुनिकीकरण होना चाहिए। आतंकवादी पुलिसकर्मियों को भी धमकियां दे चुके हैं क्योंकि आईएसआई जानता है कि कश्मीर में उसका उद्देश्य पूरा करने के लिए जम्मू-कश्मीर पुलिस का मनोबल तोड़ना अनिवार्य है क्योंकि उसके पास खुफिया नेटवर्क है, वह आतंकी गुटों के सदस्यों, समर्थकों तथा उनके काम करने के तरीकों को अच्छी तरह से जानती है। इसीलिए अन्य केंद्रीय बलों के मुकाबले राज्य पुलिस को अधिक सशक्त किए जाने की आवश्यकता है ताकि ऐसे विषम समय में भी वह ठीक से काम करती रहे। जो लोग रोज अपना जीवन खतरे में डालते हैं, उन्हें पुरस्कार मिलना ही चाहिए। पुलिसकर्मियों को अपना काम करने में जो मुश्किलें आती हैं, उन्हें देखते हुए मौजूदा भत्ते बहुत कम हैं। उग्रवाद निरोधक - आतंकवाद निरोधक अभियानों में लगी राज्य पुलिस को केंद्रीय सशस्त्र पुलिस बल (सीएपीएफ) के बराबर प्रोत्साहन मिलने चाहिए। घाटी में सीएपीएफ की यूनिट बढ़ाने के बजाय अशांति से निपटने के लिए जम्मू-कश्मीर पुलिस, महिला पुलिस तथा विशेष अभियान दल की और भी बटालियनें गठित करना अधिक समझदारी की बात होगी। कुछ लोग पुलिस बल छोड़ जाएंगे और कुछ हथियारों से भी हाथ धोना पड़ेगा, लेकिन अहम बात यह है कि स्थानीय युवा ही आंदोलनकारियों द्वारा पैदा की गई अशांति से बेहतर तरीके से निपट पाएंगे।
यही समय है, जब खुफिया एजेंसियों को संघर्ष वाले क्षेत्र से उन्हीं जातियों के ऐसे लोगों, जो जनता के बीच घुलमिल सकते हैं, को चुनकर अपने ‘विशेष गतिविधि प्रकोष्ठ’ बनाने चाहिए। यह प्रकोष्ठ अभियान चला सकता है और सहायता के लिए अपने भीतर ही उप-प्रकोष्ठ गठित कर सकता है। अधिक जागरूक युवाओं के भीतर अंदरखाना आक्रोश है क्योंकि वे समझते हैं कि कश्मीर को इस्लामिक राज्य अथवा निजाम-ए-मुस्तफा बनाने का उद्देश्य घातक है तथा कश्मीरियत की सांस्कृतिक विरासत को खत्म करने का प्रयास है। ऐसे युवाओं को पहचाना जाना चाहिए और विशेष गतिविधि प्रकोष्ठ अथवा विशेष अभियान यूनिटों में शामिल किया जाना चाहिए। किंतु उन्हें स्थानीय संपर्क के बगैर चुपचाप सुरक्षा प्रतिष्ठान के साथ काम करना सिखाया जाना चाहिए।
शांति बनाए रखना गंभीर जिम्मा है तमाशा नहीं
सरकार की नींद अक्सर तभी खुलती है, जब संकट आता है और स्थिति नाजुक हो जाती है। बिना सोचे समझे प्रतिक्रिया देना अच्छा विचार नहीं है। कश्मीर में संघर्ष कोई तमाशा या जलसा नहीं है; उसके लिए तालमेल, निरंतरता तथा स्थिति के अनुरूप बदलते अभियान की रणनीति चाहिए। रणनीति परिवर्तनशील होनी चाहिए ताकि अभियानों में अप्रत्याशित तत्व बरकरार रहे, जिसे बाहरी दबाव तथा सांगठनिक बाधाओं के कारण थकावट नहीं होने लगे। सुरक्षा बल विभिन्न उद्देश्यों के साथ विभिन्न मंत्रालयों के अधीन काम कर रहे हैं। अभियानों, खुफिया तरीकों तथा असैन्य उपायों को तालमेल के साथ प्रयोग किया जाना चाहिए। अब समय आ गया है कि सरकार तुष्टिकरण की नीति छोड़ दे और नियंत्रण की रणनीति अपनाए। यह रणनीति सभी दिशाओं में काम करने वाली हो क्योंकि खतरा केवल एक दिशा से नहीं आता।
पेशेवरों, समाज विज्ञानियों तथा शिक्षाविदों की आवश्यकता है, जो सरकार के प्रतिक्रिया के उपायों पर घटनाओं के हावी होने से पहले कार्रवाई की योजना बनाने तथा उस पर नजर रखने वाले कार्यबल में शामिल हो सकें। उत्तरी कमान के पूर्व सैन्य कमांडर जनरल डीएस हुड्डा इस कार्यबल का नेतृत्व करने योग्य क्षमतावान व्यक्ति हैं क्योंकि वह नियंत्रण रेखा के दोनों ओर मौजूद योजनाकारों, संचालकों एवं आतंकवादियों तथा आतंकी संगठनों को अच्छी तरह समझते हैं। कश्मीर में संघर्ष की उनकी समझ के कारण घाटी के लोग भी उनका सम्मान करते हैं। अधिक महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि कार्य बल को संघर्ष प्रबंधन के उन सिद्धांतों पर विचार करना चाहिए, जिनका प्रयोग कश्मीर को स्थिर बनाने तथा मौजूदा अस्थिरता को खत्म करने में किया जा सकता है। संघर्ष प्रबंधन के निम्नलिखित सिद्धांतों को रचनात्मक तरीके से कश्मीर में इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता हैः-
संघर्ष से बचें - कश्मीर के मामले में संघर्ष से बचाव का मतलब यह नहीं है कि उग्रवाद/आतंकवाद निरोधक अभियान समाप्त कर दिए जाएं। इसका मतलब यह है कि राजनीतिक दल तथा मुख्यधारा से दूर के तत्व घाटी में तनाव फैलाने वाले मसलों को हवा देने से बच सकते हैं। ये मसले गुस्सा बढ़ा सकते हैं या आग में घी डाल सकते हैं अथवा पहले से ही कमजोर कानून व्यवस्था को बिगाड़ सकते हैं। भावनाओं को बेकाबू करने वाले प्रयासों से दूर रहना चाहिए।
दृढ़ता का रुख अपनाएं - सरकार को उग्रवाद/आतंकवाद निरोधक अभियानों तथा पत्थरबाजों एवं राष्ट्रविरोधी गतिविधियों के दमन के मामलों में किसी तरह का समझौता नहीं करना चाहिए। लेकिन प्रशासन को मानवाधिकारों, धार्मिक तथा सांस्कृतिक भावनाओं के सम्मान के प्रति बेपरवाह नहीं होना चाहिए।
मिलकर काम करें - बातचीत में कोई अछूत नहीं होता। स्थिति स्थिर करने के लिए सबसे पहले सभी राजनीतिक दलों को साथ मिलकर काम करना होगा। अनिश्चितता भरे वातावरण से किसी को लाभ नहीं होगा। इसलिएसबसे कमतर और महत्वहीन पक्षों को भी बातचीत में शामिल करना चाहिए। सहयोग करने का मतलब यह नहीं है कि अलगाववादियों की मांग को स्वीकार कर लिया जाए बल्कि इसका मतलब यह है कि अनूठा तथा रचनात्मक बना जाए और संघर्ष के सभी पक्षों का नजरिया समझा जाए। शिकायतें सुनना भी सहयोग का ही हिस्सा है।
पीछे हटना - इसका मतलब यह नहीं है कि बेतुकी मांगों पर झुका जाए। मतलब यह है कि सभी के नजरिये तथा वास्तविक एवं वैध मांगों को शामिल किया जाए। विकास तथा स्थानीय प्रशासन ग्रामीण कश्मीर में बड़ा मसला हैं। इस मामले में हाथ पर हाथ धरकर नहीं बैठा जा सकता, इसे सुलझाया जाना चाहिए। जन मंच के विचारों का सम्मान करना चाहिए।
समझौता - समझौता केवल तभी हो सकता है, जब दोनों पक्ष हालात स्थिर करने के लिए बातचीत करने और शर्तें मानने को तैयार हों। यह दोतरफा प्रक्रिया है, एकतरफा नहीं।
“अपने विचार बुलंद करें” मुट्ठियां नहीं
कश्मीर की असंतुष्ट जनता विशेषकर युवाओं को यह संदेश देने की जरूरत है कि “अपने विचार बुलंद करें, मुट्ठियां नहीं।” धारणा में, विश्वास, आस्था एवं धर्म की धारणाओं से निकलने वाले तर्कों में अंतर हो सकता है, लेकिन इसे घृणा में परिवर्तित नहीं होना चाहिए। संघर्ष के समाधान से हमेशा हिंसा का अंत नहीं होता बल्कि घृणा एवं धारणाओं में अंतर समाप्त हो जाता है। हम अक्सर विद्रोह करने वाली जनता एवं चरमपंथियों पर संघर्ष के समाधान में बाधा बनने का दोष मढ़ते हैं। लेकिन उनका अड़ियल रुख समस्या नहीं है, समस्या तो यह है कि उनमें से प्रत्येक संघर्ष को अलग नजरिये से देखता है। संघर्ष रणभूमि होता है और कश्मीर भी अलग नहीं है, जहां तस्वीर को अलग चश्मे से देखा जाता है। विभिन्न तरीके आजमाने का विचार सभी हितधारकों को एक साथ लाने के लिए है ताकि वे एक ही चश्मे से समस्या देख सकें। इस तरह सैन्य अभियानों को भी वैसा ही महत्व मिल जाता है, जैसा लोगों के बीच तथा समुदायों के बीच संपर्क का है। किंतु ध्यान देने की बात यह है कि सभी कार्य अभियान की रणनीति के अनुसार ही होने चाहिए और बहुआयामी प्रणाली के अनुकूल होना चाहिए। वे सभी एक दूसरे के पूरक होते हैं। यह समझना महत्वपूर्ण है कि “जब आप बिल्कुल कगार पर पहुंच जाते हैं तो कभी-कभी पीछे हटने से भी काम बन जाता है।” (अज्ञात)
(ब्रिगेडियर नरेंद्र कुमार, एसएम, वीएसएम सेंटर फॉर लैंड वेलफेयर स्टडीज में सीनियर फेलो हैं)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Why the notion of ‘Hindu Nation’ alone is chosen for criticism?

I sometimes wonder who influences whom: the Indian mainstream journalists influence the foreign correspondents or the other way round, as they always hold the same view. Or is there even a directive from the top of the media houses about who must be protected and who can be abused?
Obviously, Hindus can be abused. I was shocked when I recently checked articles in major newspapers like the New York Times on the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister in Uttar Pradesh. Like in the run-up to the general elections in 2014, when a Modi victory loomed large, the media went berserk. The gist was: By appointing Yogi Adityanath, Prime Minister Modi has finally shown his true face of a Hindu fundamentalist who wants to make India a ‘Hindu nation’ where minorities have no place. The articles peddled untruths and drew unacceptable conclusions. The Swiss NZZ for example wrote that it is hardly possible for Prime Minister Modi’s government to call itself the representative of all Indians after appointing a figure like Yogi Adityanath.
A Hindu nation is projected as the worst possible scenario by the wrongly called ‘liberal’ media. Yet, the same media don’t react when America or most other western countries are referred to as Christian nations. Nor do they get agitated about the numerous Muslim nations; not even about those which still have harsh blasphemy laws. Why are these ok, and a Hindu nation is not ok? They don’t explain; they just insinuate that minorities (read Muslims and Christians) will suffer in a Hindu nation.
Maybe they came to this conclusion because minorities like Jews or Hindus suffer in certain Christian or Muslim nations though the media hardly pulls those countries up for it. However, even otherwise, this conclusion is wrong, as Hindus have a different mind-set. They are open towards other views, unlike ‘good’ Christians and Muslims who feel obligated to make everyone believe what they believe, if necessary by deceit or force.
Hindus cannot be put into one single box. There are too many different ways to reach the goal of life. As it were, there are many minorities within Hinduism. But they all are based on the Vedic insight that everything, including our persons, is permeated by the same divine essence which is called by many names but is ultimately ONE. Our human consciousness (Atman) is one with the cosmic consciousness (Brahman) and to realize this, is the goal and fulfillment of life. “Satyam vada, Dharmam chara” the Veda exhorts – speak the truth and do what is right under the given circumstances. And find out who you really are: you are not a separate entity but in the depths of your being one with all.
From this follows that ‘good’ Hindus are those rare human beings whose dharma makes them regard all others as brothers and sisters. Their dharma makes them further respect nature and not harm unnecessarily any living being.
Hindus do not, unlike Christians and Muslims, divide humanity into those who are chosen by God and those who are eternally damned. Hindu children are not taught to look down on those who are not Hindus, unlike children of the dogmatic religions who are taught that their God does not love those others unless they join their ‘true’ religions.
Hindus are also comparatively kinder to animals. The great bulk of vegetarians worldwide are Hindus.
Hindus never fought crusades or jihads to establish their dharma in foreign lands. In fact, they didn’t need to, because they convinced most of Asia merely by solid arguments.  Yet, for the past thousand years Hindus were at the receiving end of jihads and conversion campaigns and millions of Hindus were killed in cold blood because they were Hindus.
It has to be held in favour of Hindus that they held on to their tradition and did not succumb to the pressure and even violence brought on them to adopt blind belief that only one particular person has revealed the full truth. Instead, they continued trusting their sages who never asked for blind belief, but asked to verify their insights through experience.
So why do media worldwide get so worked up about ‘Hindu fundamentalists’ and a possible ‘Hindu nation’. What is wrong with the fundamentals? There is nothing wrong with the fundamentals. But there is one major difference: For Hindus, the Divinity is in all and all is in the Divinity, whereas for Christians and Muslims the Divinity is separate from his creation watching us from somewhere.
The concept of Divinity is also different. For Hindus the best description for the absolute truth is sat-chit-ananda (it is true, aware and blissful). The many personal gods help the devotee to realize the Absolute. Christians and Muslims perceive Divinity in its highest form as a personal, superhuman entity who is jealous of other gods. The first commandment in Christianity and a very important issue in Islam is the claim that nobody must worship other gods except the ‘one true god’, which both religions claim is only with them.
In all likelihood the Hindu view comes closer to truth. When the first translations of Vedic texts appeared in the west, the greatest minds in Europe were greatly impressed by Indian thought. It did spread among scientists, too, who used it to push the frontiers of science further. It is no coincidence that modern science discovered that all is one energy after Vedanta became known in the west. It is also no coincidence that the Church lost much of its power in Europe when some of India’s wisdom filtered down to the masses
Why then are the media worldwide so worried about a nation where the Hindu roots are fostered? Where Sanskrit is taught, which is the most perfect, dignified, powerful language on earth? Where yoga is practised in schools, which is an ideal means for all-round development and which, on a deeper level, helps to find fulfilment in life? Where Vedic philosophy is studied, which inspired the new scientific discoveries for example in nuclear physics? Where the amazing wisdom of Mahabharata and Ramayana becomes common knowledge, which is already taught in business seminars abroad? Where children chant “Loka samastha sukhino bhavantu” (let all be happy) instead of Humpey dumpey, which happens already in certain schools in the west?
Yet as soon as Hindus make suggestions for India to keep its Hindu character or rather, to gain back its Hindu character, as even after Independence, the youth was encouraged to abandon it, there is an outcry by the media that “Hindu fundamentalists” want to make India a Hindu nation and exclude religious minorities. Ironically, ‘Hindu’ is a geographical term, with the same root as Indian – people who lived beyond the Sindu or between the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean.
So why would Indians who rather recently converted to Islam or Christianity not be proud of the achievements of their ancestors? India was the cradle of civilization, a knowledge hub and the richest country on earth. It was known for its wisdom. Greeks, including Pythagoras, are said to have come to India for knowledge and today everybody knows his name, but not the name of the Indian mathematician (Baudhayana) who originally discovered the Pythagoras theorem. Surely Christians and Muslims cannot have any objection that students are taught this fact or the fact that the Rishis of the Rig Veda (10.22.14) knew many thousand years before Copernicus that the earth goes around the sun. Surely they also cannot have any objection that students chant “May all be happy” in Sanskrit, the language of their forefathers. If someone calls such teaching communal, it is malicious. If someone objects to this teaching, should not he be shouted at by the media instead of those who want to revive their ancient culture? Is not he the one who tries to divide society and not those who say “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (all is one family) due to their philosophical outlook?
Hindus are the exemplary role model for ‘how not to exclude others’? Where else have religious minorities flourished and grown like in India? Is not the relative harmony in this amazing diversity in India generally admired abroad? Media persons need only to look around in the world to realize this fact.
Why then are Hindus of all people accused of excluding others?
The reason may be this: neither the west nor Muslim countries want a strong India.  India was the cradle of civilisation and over most of the known history economically very powerful. They may fear that based on her ancient culture, India may rise again to the top. Is it the media’s job to put Hindus perpetually on the defensive by spreading this bogey of Hindu fundamentalism and prevent a better education policy which would give India an edge?
“Imagine, India would become a Hindu nation!” the media shout infuriated. The problem, however, is that they don’t imagine it and don’t ask basic questions. If they only imagined what a Hindu nation looks like, they might start propagating Hindu nations all over the globe.
One day, when people have become tired of blindly believing strange things, and when nobody is threatened any longer with dire consequences if he stops believing in those strange things, the world may be grateful to Bharat Mata that she has conceived and preserved over millennia those eternal, precious insights for the benefit of humanity.
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My elder Sister  Ms Maria Wirth

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hindutva is the cure for corruption

Corruption in India is now a major concernfor all patriotic citizens because of scams galoresuch as Satyam, IPL, CWG, and 2G Spectrum etc., etc..By all objective criteria, India today has by far one of the most corrupt governance.It is fueled by greed and single-minded adherence to materialism.
Corruption generally is any inducement, or bribe, to do or not to do anything that the bribe giver wants from the bribe taker who otherwise will not do or will do. By this broad definition even dowry payments is corruption. We are however concerned here with misuse of public office for private gain either for oneself, family or friend. This represents a governance failure and hence of primary national concern. Corruption is therefore inherently bad for the efficient functioning of any economic system. It blurs the incentive to perform and discourages relying on merit as a means to success.
It is prosecutable in India under the Prevention of Corruption Act which was re-cast in 1988, or Money Laundering(Prevention) Act, which any citizen can set into motion subject to some safeguards such as Sanction. A more drastic law sought by the civil society at large, to be known Lok Pal Act obviates the requirement of Sanction, and institutes an independent prosecutor who can order a CBI inquiry without government permission. Corruption under the case laws of the Supreme Court is also sue-able such as under the Doctrine of Public Trust, for malfeasance in office.Hence, attach or confiscate the properties public officials once they are convicted of the crime.
However, India although is a signatory to the UN Convention Against Corrupt adopted by the General Assembly in October 2003, it has not yet ratified the Convention. The Convention however came into force on December 14, 2005 when the 38 countries ratified it. Its asset recovery provision is very appealing, and yet the Indian government is not yet moved to ratify the Convention. Switzerland was therefore compelled to enact a law called Restitution of Illicit Assets Act[2010] especially of “Politically Exposed Persons”. It was by this Act that Egypt’s Mubarak’s and Libya Gaddafi’s accounts in Swiss Banks were frozen.

An international watchdog committee conducted a study on the illicit flight of money from India, perhaps the first ever attempt at shedding light on a subject steeped in secrecy, and concluded that India has been drained of $462 billion (over Rs 20 lakh crore) between 1948 and 2008. The amount is nearly 40% of India's gross domestic product.

One of the worst problems with corruption in India is the creation of “black money,” i.e., money that is used in such transactions which is neither taxed nor is spent openly. It travels to and from secret bank accounts abroad, or, worse, is used by the corrupt to indulge in gross luxurious consumption and bribery. Black money also funds elections and there is no proper accounting. It tempts the receiver to stash and salt away part of the campaign funds. Since elections leads to political power of those thus funded and enriched, future governments become bribe-compliant and therefore protect the crooked.

This money enables politicians and business persons to carry cash around the world for pleasure, and sometimes even be caught with it. For example, on September 27, 2001, Rahul Gandhi and his live-in girlfriend were arrested by the FBI at Boston’s Logan airport with $ 160,000 in cash, for declaring it to the US Customs. US law requires cash at hand of more than $10,000 to be so declared. But he was let off after nine hours in FBI custody at the intervention of the then BJP- led government, which for some mysterious reason had played guardian to Ms.Sonia Gandhi and her family throughout their tenure.
2. Impact of Corruption : Corruption impacts on economic development of a nation in five dimensions:

1. Decisions taken for corrupt motive sub-optimises the allocation of scarce national resources and hence in the long run lowers the rate of growth in GDP. It also encourages buccaneers and robber barons to flourish instead of innovative entrepreneurs.

2. By the use of bribe money which escapes the tax net and is mostly stashed away in banks abroad or in trunks in safe houses, is deployed in luxury goods purchase, ostentatious life, splurging in five star hotels, real estate, and on partying. This raises demand for luxury production and services, and in turn distorts investment priorities. In India 70 percent of the investment goes directly or indirectly to sustain the luxury sector.

3. Unaccounted bribe money is lent to hoarders and speculators who then cause artificial shortages and thus inflation and property bubbles.

4. Since the most in corrupt activities would be in public office, they enact laws to not only to safeguard the booty by lax criminal investigations and prosecutions, but to enable earning interest or return on the bribe money. The invention of Participatory Notes (PNs) and the Mauritius Tax & Capital Gains exemption treaties is aimed at that sordid objective [see below].  

5. Corruption enables beneficiaries to involve foreign governments seeking influence and criminal gangs resident abroad to launder money and provide protection.
Hence, as a country becomes industrialized, its governance and corruption challenges do not disappear. They simply morph and become more sophisticated: It becomes a complex phenomenon than just transfer of a briefcase stashed with cash in a Swiss bank. The formation of shell companies in tax haven islands, for example, makes the tracing of the money trail very difficult.

Now subtler forms of "legal corruption" also exist e.g., an expectation of a future job for a regulator in a lobbying firm, or a campaign contribution with strings attached. In many countries this may be legal, even if unethical. In industrialized nations undue influence is often legally exercised by powerful private interests, which in turn influence the nation's regulations, policies and laws.

2.Subversion of the Indian Financial System by Corruption : As I have pointed out in my earlier writings, the Participatory Notes (PN) which account for 55% of the foreign funds into the Stock Market in India have no requirement to comply with even the SEBI disclosure rules, and are obviously meant for laundering black money of politicians, industrialists and even including those of terrorists. Even after Tarapore Committee ridiculed the PNs, the SEBI had to keep silent because the then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram favoured P-Notes to launder ill-gotten money of his own and of his political masters. The lack of ethics and patriotism thus appears maximum inside the government today.

Investments through the P-notes route are believed to be largely responsible for sudden, unexplained fluctuations in the stock-market indices, including the huge falls which have even resulted in suicides in Dalal Street. The Finance Ministry however has failed to answer why this special exemption to P-Notes is being provided. The Ministry has refused to publish the list of P-note holders, along with their details and the amount of investment, on its website, or on the website of SEBI, or anywhere else. The Finance Ministry does not track the names of the owners/promoters of beneficiaries of that company. Hence company using P-notes in the BSE could well be promoted or funded by an Osama bin-Laden, a Dawood Ibrahim orthe late VelupillaiPrabhakaran?
Corruption as a Grave National Security Threat : In his address to the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy on February 11, 2007, M.K.Narayanan, the National Security Advisor to the Government of India, listed out the various ways by which terrorists in India were funded. He admitted: “Instances of terrorist outfits manipulating the stock markets to raise funds for their operations have been reported. Stock exchanges in Mumbai and Chennai have, on occasion, reported that fictitious or notional companies were engaging in stock market operations. Some of these companies were later traced to terrorist outfits”. This is a truly shocking admission.

Thus, the Government of India is well aware that terrorists are parking funds in Indian ventures. Yet the Finance Ministry has done nothing about the system of P-notes, which gives terrorists the additional benefit of anonymity while making hefty investments in the Indian market, which could later be used to fund terrorist activities against the Indian people in India!

According to conservative estimates, there are over Rs.2,50,000Crore Rupees worth of P-notes issued abroad by FIIs and brokers being actively traded in the Indian market! At present P-Notes fuels about 53% of all foreign investments in the stock markets of India.

While an Indian citizen in India has to provide his/her address proof, photo ID proof, PAN details, etc to open even an ordinary savings bank account in a local bank, foreign investors can hide their identity under a sub-account by making use of Participatory Notes to route their investments, often running into hundreds of crores in a single transaction. In one transaction about the time the 2G spectrum licences were given, Ms. Sonia Gandhi had issued a single certified cheque of Rs 18,000 crores to Ketan Parikh at his London Office to buy P-Notes! The main reason thus for the popularity of a P-note is in fact the anonymity it provides to crooks and terrorists.

Indians have about $ 0.5 trillion to $ 1.5 trillion in Swiss banks alone, not to mention LiechtenstienIsle of ManCayman IslandsMacao etc.,etc.. They are the largest deposit holders in Swiss Banks! In 1991 the respected Swiss magazine Schweitzer Illustrate published the by-product revelations of the Marcos investigation from which,Sonia Gandhi,it can be seen had been a legatee of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination to Rs.10,000 crores(in 1991 exchange rate) in illegal Swiss bank deposits. Earlier this money used lie in the Swiss Bank vaults, but now thanks to Participatory Notes[PNs] and the Mauritius route, this money is returning to India and in the BSE to earn windfall profits. All this money can be brought back by legal methods within two months, but the UPA government has shown its brazen determination to block that by dragging its feet in the Supreme Court or by brutally beating the satyagrahis at the Swami Ramdev gathering in Ramlila grounds.

Then what is the cure ? In the short run of course, prosecuting and convicting the corrupt big fish of society is the way of curbing the greed by setting these crooks and traitors as examples. But the cure for the long run is that we must imbibe Hindutva by a national movement and political churning, and without hesitation or obfuscation.

Long years ago, DeendayalUpadhyaya had in his seminal work:Integral Humanism had warned the nation of this greed driven materialistic society. He said that our cultural values are based on Sanatana Dharma, thus embodied as Hinduness or Hindutva. This means that while we pursue material growth it has to be harmonized with our spiritual values to prevent it lapsing into greed. Greed legitimizes corruption because then acquisition of wealth becomes an end objective of life.  

Such a life can never assure happiness as now many rich Americans converting to Hindu faith are declaring openly. The richest and famous Oscar winning Hollywood actress Julia Roberts recently converted with her husband and children to Hinduism, and declared that in seeking personal contentment, Hindu values showed her the way. This why our Swamijis are attracting so many rich Westerners to their ashrams.

In a society based on Hindutva, wealth cannot determine a person’s social status. It is vidya andtyagaleading to vairagyathat merits the highest social status. Even wealthy persons by philanthrophy can get social status. Rishis Bhrigu and Bharadwaja thus devised the Varna system of society which regrettably now has degenerated into a birth-based vested interest of communities. Thus, Hindutvarenaissance culled from Vedanta is the cure for greed and of corruption in the long run. This should be every patriotic Hindu’s battle cry for the coming war against corruption.

Sabhar from Dr swamy's blog and writeup.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Watershed moment in the history of Indian politics

Let us ponder  that how  Congress has started damaging secular fabric of the BharatVarsha. The Sachchar committee report was implementted and MSDS ( multi sectoral developement scheme) was launched by the Ms Maino for minorities specially Muslims. The Anti Communal Bill was in Fray after highlighting Godhra and Gujrat Riots to its core among Indian public.   The 2002 Godhra train coach burning has given enough fuel to the Hindus for consolidation and other side  Shree Ram Mandir issue and Gujarat riots were giving opportunities to anti nationals to prosper and design their best warfare against Nationalist. if some thing was still left  the words of then PM were sufficient to fuel the fire with words like Muslims have first right to use Indian resources.
It was a mild September day in 2011, in the state of Gujarat. Modi was entertaining guests on the stage, in a public program. A mullah approached him and offered him a skull-cap; a symbol of hardcore and fundamentalist Islam, ironically offered as a symbol of ‘secularism’ to a Hindu leader.
So far nothing out of ordinary had taken place. It was the norm of Indian politics; of ‘Indian secularism’. A mullah offers a skull-cap, and the Hindu leader proudly and thankfully accepts this ‘secular’ token with obsequious humility and dons it to showcase his ‘secular’ credentials.
But then the unthinkable happened. Modi denied wearing the skull cap, the symbol of Islam in general and the very symbol of Indian ‘secularism’.
Narendra Damodardas Modi, a Hindu leader, had turned down the skull cap!
The most basic assumption of Indian secularism broke down in an instant. A prominent Hindu leader dared to publicly defy the Islamic offer of wearing a skull-cap. The most fundamental rule of ‘Indian secularism’, that every Hindu has to accept the Islamic symbols with no promise of any such gesture from the Islamic side, was broken.
It was a very small gesture, but with very great and far reaching implications. For the first time, a Hindu leader had dared to defy the secular thekedars of Indian democracy. For the first time, a Hindu leader had broken convention and defied the aggressive patronizing of Islamic leadership. For the first time, a leader had shown that Hindus too can stand up to tyranny; to bullying, and have a voice of their own, even in mainstream politics.
Here was a leader who had constantly shown spine in the face of a furious anti-Hindu onslaught by the Congress-communist eco-system, right from the aftermath of Gujarat riots to the skull-cap incident. Narendra Modi had proven that he was willing to stand up to the rights of the Hindus, under any circumstances. He had shown that he was willing to fight for them to the last mile. His turning down of the skull-cap had cemented his reputation as such a leader.
This was the moment which galvanized the Hindus. The collective Hindu psyche which had been hurt, suppressed and marginalized for centuries rose up in defiance and in defense of its leader. Until that point in independent history of India, dissent was just a dream for the Hindus. Now it had become a reality.
The suppressed, the downtrodden, and the marginalized Hindu had risen.

Jay Shree Ram!!! 
 Bharat Mata Ki Jay!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hindu unity can trump Muslim vote bank

The Uttar Pradesh assembly election results have hit the secularist lobby where it hurts most. India’s largest and politically most important state has demonstrated once again that even if half the Hindus decide to vote as Hindus, they can easily trump the Muslim vote bank. Uttar Pradesh has the largest Muslim population in the country. Muslim votes make up more than 19 per cent of its electorate. In an assembly of 403 seats, 134 constituencies have been identified as those where Muslim votes can swing the result.

Naturally, the campaign in the elections saw a fierce tussle between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party to garner Muslim votes en bloc. Most of the analyses and reports in the mainstream media typically purveyed speculation on which way the Muslim votes would swing - SP or BSP? Reading them, one got the impression that skull caps and burqas held the key to power in the most populous state. In stark contrast, the Bharatiya Janata Party did not field a single Muslim candidate. Its poll plank was inclusive development, epitomised in the catchy slogan sab ka sath, sab ka vikas.

The results were astounding: BJP and allies won 325 seats in an assembly of 403. The number of Muslims elected to the assembly dropped from 68 in 2012 to 23. This shows that Muslims cannot get elected in most places without Hindu support, although the secularists would have us believe the opposite. The BJP’s resounding victory even in Muslim dominated areas was sought to be explained by pointing out that the Muslim vote was divided between the SP and BSP, allowing the BJP to win easily. Another explanation offered was that Muslims voted for the BJP in large numbers, lured by the promise of all-round development. The Shia-Sunni cleavage and BJP’s progressive stand on triple talaq were also thrown in as part of the explanation.

On a closer look, however, both explanations appear to be erroneous. While individual votes cannot be traced, voting patterns in constituencies dominated by the community could give some indication about its preferences. Results in 59 constituencies with more than a quarter of Muslim voters show that the SP (29 per cent) and BSP (18 per cent) together polled 47 per cent of votes, almost unchanged from the 48 per cent they got in 2012 (SP 26 per cent and BSP 22 per cent), and higher than the 43 per cent they got in 2014 (SP 27 per cent and BSP 16 per cent). So, Muslim support for the two “secular” parties remained intact. The difference was made by the consolidation of the Hindu vote in favour of BJP, which managed to secure 39 per cent of the total votes, indicating a jump of 17 per cent from 2012, though a fall of 4 per cent from 2014.

Indeed, an analysis in Swarajya magazine yields an even more interesting insight. Hindu consolidation was stronger precisely in areas where Muslims formed a sizable chunk of the electorate. For instance, in Deoband which has 71 per cent Muslim voters, SP and BSP together secured 128,229 votes, whereas the BJP candidate polled 102,244. Muslim independents claimed other 11,000 votes.

The importance of this trend toward consolidation of Hindu votes cannot be overstated. Islam has distorted our democracy with its vote banks. No other democracy in the world has such a sizeable minority determined to vote tactically with the sole aim of thwarting the majority community. The care and concern of political parties for Muslim vote banks has led them to divisive and anti-national policies.

Now the wheel seems to have turned a full circle. Hindus are realising that they can capture the Indian state if only they stand together, even as Muslims are realising that they have been used by secularist parties to gain power. As this twin realisation sinks in, Hindus could not be taken for granted whereas Muslims could not be scared into voting in a particular way. All this is happening at a time when a very large part of the population cutting across all barriers is tired of identity politics and yearning for good governance and economic opportunities. This will bring about a much needed balance and sanity in our polity. A Ram Vilas Paswan, for instance, will no longer dare to campaign with an Osama bin Laden look-alike in tow.

Hindus facing increasing heat of Islamism and church machinations, as in West Bengal and Kerala, can take heart from the UP election results. All is not lost for them yet, if only they realise what is at stake and make the right choices.

The road to balance and sanity will not be smooth. Secularist parties, long used to garner votes by invoking identities and fear-mongering, will be loath to adapt to the new rules of the game. Muslims, feeling cheated by Hindu politicians, may fall for exclusively and overtly Muslim outfits floated by the likes of Owaisis and Ajmals. With that we may see a determined push towards greater polarisation in the coming years. However, Muslim outfits will risk marginalisation if they adopt aggressive anti-Hindu postures which will be supported neither by secularist parties fearing Hindu backlash nor by Muslims who are realising what it means for them.

As can only be expected, secularists may deny of demonise the Hindu assertion implicit in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. But the genie seems to be finally out of the bottle. Whatever the name given to them, what needs to be emphasised is that forces released by that election are benign and positive for the country, and our polity will not know rest till these forces finally prevail.

Quite a few Hindu nationalists are dissatisfied with Narendra Modi for neglecting Hindu issues such as freeing temples from government interference and Hindu educational institutions from discrimination. They should also give him the huge credit he has earned by breaking up the power and awe of the Muslim vote bank.

by Punarvasu Parekh on 19 Mar 2017  from