India at War with itself and it's Neighbours
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Whereas the headlines in India were on the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers in New York but the real concern centres around the bombshell dropped by General VK Singh the last chief of Indian army. His leaked statements about the involvement of the Indian Army and its intelligence agencies in Kashmir and poor state of preparedness of the Indian Army and attempts to prevent new army chief from taking over is considered the biggest security scandal that ever hit India
Former army chief Gen (retd) VK Singh’s revelations that the Indian Army directly funds politicians in Jammu & Kashmir have left many shocked and outraged. “This is not something that VK Singh has invented… it has been happening since the time of Independence,” he told a TV channel, adding that everyone from Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to the defence minister are aware of this practice
VK Singh has also been critical of corruption in the Ministry of Defence in purchase of military equipment and poor state of equipment and combat effectiveness of Indian army.
In Pakistan, General Aslam Beg and the Gen Durrani (ex Chief of army and ex head of ISI respectively) would take a sigh of relief by these revelations and perhaps feel vindicated (despite the arraignment before the Supreme Court) that if the Indian Army Chief could get away with bribing politically elected public representatives for stabilizing/keeping stranglehold on Kashmir why should they have been hounded for doling some money to politicians to keep Benazir out, who in their perception was working against the security interests of Pakistan and was ready to freeze/take out Pakistan nuclear assets, had provided list of Sikhs to India who were working for independent Punjab (Khalistan) and was ready to surrender Pakistan’s interests to India including Kashmir.
It is very strange but fact that US Federal Court, New York, issued summons to Sonia Gandhi, for allegedly protecting Congress Leaders and workers of her party (then in power) who were involved in killings, gang rapes and stabbing innocent children of Sikhs to death during 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots. Although Sonia Gandhi, President of Ruling Party of India, is on a Medical Visit to New York, at her visit “Sikhs for Justice” along with Jasbir Singh and Mohinder Singh (US National) whose relatives were killed in cold blood in 1984 Riots, filed a collective plaintiff against Sonia Gandhi, as their suit against her, she played a major role in protecting Congress Party Members including Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdesh Tytlor involved in the riots.
At this stage this is also the duty of the civilized society and international community to support Sikhs seeking justice against crimes committed against Sikhs of India during 1984, whose memories can never be forgotten. We know Pakistani as well as international media would never speak up against Indian acts of state terrorism against Sikhs during Sikh holocaust. It remains our duty to raise voice against this injustice to the Sikh Community, which had to face genocide for the fake allegations of terrorism as now Muslims are being killed worldwide and more recently in Muzaffarnagar India where violence and killing of Muslims drove a deep wedge amongst the communities.
Democratic India and its Legislators
Under the Representation of People Act, convicted criminals can continue to hold on to their seats pending higher court appeal but the court said they should now quit their office once convicted. The knee-jerk Ordinance moved by the government sought to reverse the court verdict through back-door process and the opposition BJP vehemently supported the ordinance.
The recent signing of a new extradition treaty and visa regime between India and Bangladesh marks a major shift in their relationship. India has long demanded an extradition treaty with Bangladesh, which was not forthcoming due to an adversarial relationship with the previous regime in Dhaka.
The India-Bangladesh relationship has been on the upswing since Sheikh Hasina came to power in 2009. The improved relations are largely due to her efforts to stamp out anti-Indian sentiment in Bangladesh.
Reputed Bangladesh analysts are of the view The Awami League government has decided to adopt a policy of total subservience towards India. While all the key demands of India have been met not a single requirement of Dhaka's has been agreed to by New Delhi in the last four years. The arrangement now is that with US assistance India will leave no stone unturned to secure the Awami League and Hasina yet another term in the forthcoming elections. This way India is assured of continuity of total control over Bangladesh and to extract the most important strategic transit passage through Bangladesh in order to effectively crush the insurgency in its north-eastern states and for US through its proxy of India would contain/encircle China. This is in our opinion not a relationship between two sovereign states but one of master and slave and is unlikely to be enduring... There remains good deal of unfinished business between the two countries that includes water dispute Teesta Water Treaty still unsigned, border disputes and above all a growing awareness in younger generation that feel humiliated by Indian intrusion and Hasina’s (Awami L) total surrender of Bengali national interests. (Saeed Ismat)