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Where’s the Ahmedabad blasts probe headed?

5 days have passed since the Ahmedabad and the Bangalore bombings. 17 blasts in Ahmedabad and 9 blasts in Bangalore.  23 bombs recovered in Surat in a single day, 18 of them in just 4 hours. We still dont know who conducted the blasts. As every other time, there was an exponential growth in the number of suspects in the first 3 days and then a lull.  As every other time, in a month’s time or so, the governments in both the states will prop up some suspicious-looking creature as the bomber and parade him before the media. And then, the DGP will say that the main perpetrators are in Pakistan, we know their locations, but cannot do anything. The Indian Government will blame ISI, condemn Pakistan’s support for terrorism and appeal secretly to US to do something about it. And then, everything will cool down…people will forget that the blasts ever happened…until the next ones happen…

And then again the cycle will continue. The media will bring up statistics of past cases and how they havent been resolved yet. There will be an intense scrutiny of the failure of the Indian intelligence. People will cry hoarse over how the RAW has broken down as an institution, about how the police force is so over-worked, and how the Muslims are being targeted by the government. While the media is busy printing its reels and drying its ink on these issues, the state will continue the same dance it performs everytime and the cycle will go on and on and on and on and on and on……

Is there any hope in sight? Is there a sign that the police force would actually be strengthened? Is there an indication that the intelligence agencies will actually be given some muscle? Or will they be used to spy on the Opposition parties, as has been the case till now? When will things change?

I feel sorry to be an Indian when I see whats happening in India. There hasnt been a single terrorist incident in the US since the September 11 bombings. Only 2 incidents in the UK after September 11. While in India, including the terrorist incidents in the North-East, there have been in all forty-two different terrorist acts since 2003, just in the last 5 years.

And what is our nation bothered about? Its bothered about winning the trust-vote at all costs…may it be bribing opposition MPs by giving them 3 crores each or sacrificing 319 animals to please God.  It is bothered about keeping the throne at Delhi at all costs. It is bothered about sucking tom aintain vote-banks, at the cost of the nation. If thats the case, why in the holy world would anybody care for the country??

This time however, I am giving the benefit of doubt to Narendra Modi, the CM of Gujarat. I have a feeling he will make this investigation a model for governance. I have a feeling that we will be seeing many changes in how Gujarat is run and operated after this. Also, I just hope innocent Muslims are not made scapegoats to satisfy the public. Let us all see what happens in another 2 months…

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August 1, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Is the Indian Left on China’s secret payroll?

The attitude of the Indian left is amazing. Never have I seen a more hypocrite organization. Their chief ministers in Kerala and West Bengal are going out of their way to lure in capitalist investments. They go abroad and compete intensely with other states to woo foreign investors and foreign tourists to their states. But when it comes to the centre, they oppose anything remotely capitalist…their latest stance at the Indo-US nuclear deal agonizes me to the limit of my tolerance…!!

The opposition of the left is not borne out of rationality, but on arrogance and adamancy. It is not borne out of care and regard for the nation, but out of petty political gains. No far-sight, not even short-electoral gains, just egotism. Ours is a country thats desperately seeking energy resources. To sustain our growing economy, at the same time keep the environment safe, we need to go nuclear. The US produces 20% of its electricity by nuclear energy. This deal was a boon for us Indians (barring a few exceptional clauses, which could have been ironed out), since no member of the NSG is currently ready to give us nuclear fuel for running our civilian nuclear reactors. Without the nuclear fuel, India wouldnt be able to reach its target power generation by 2020, according to the Atomic Energy Commision director Dr. Anil Kakodkar.

That means more power cuts, more pollution, reduced industrial production targets and stifled growth rate. So what options do we have…how many more coal-fired/gas-fired power plants? How many more hydroelectric projects? Is anyone seriously going after wind and solar? What will the effects be on the environment? No answers to these questions…

I simply dont understand WHY the Left is opposing the nuclear deal. Agreed, till those “treacherous” clauses are ironed out, we shouldnt sign the bill. But the Left refuses to do even that?!! Here’s a recent article on HindustanTimes, with the title:

Left not to allow even India-specific accord with IAEA

In this article, AP Bardhan says:

“If they are so concerned about energy security, what about the (Iran-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline. Why are you (government) dragging your feet? If you are really keen on energy security, you should be keen on the gas pipeline also,” Bardhan said.

Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remark that the deal would help India come out of the nuclear aparthied, Bardhan said “there is no question of us getting out of this apartheid, unless America, which has created this apartheid, gets us out of it.”

This is so disgusting. This is opposition for the sake of opposition. I havent seem them come up with one decent, rational argument as to why the nuclear deal should be sanctioned, unlike the BJP, which has specifically laid down its concerns.

I sometimes wonder if the Indian Left is on the payroll of Chinese/Russian intelligence agencies. Think about it. This is not entirely impossible. The Mitrokhin Archives told us a lot, and more of things that happened in the 1970s and the 1980s, wherein most of the intelligence “encroachment” was effected by the KGB of the then communist Russia into the Indian Left (For more, read this article by respected Indian journalist and ex-minister Arun Shourie). The same might be happening now, its a highly possible scenario. China has every interest in de-stabilizing the Indo-US nuclear deal. It wants Sikkim, it wants parts of Arunachal Pradesh, its encroaching on Siachen, its overshadowing our economy, it gives clandestine support of all sorts to Pakistan…there is no reason why China shouldnt be a bigger player in this, than the Indian Left…using the Indian Left would be a pretty neat way to stifle the potential competition, without publicly saying a word!

I seriously think this should deserve an independent, media investigation….If you think so too, please forward this view to as many people you know, or start a petition or something, so that someone in the media takes a peep into it…

June 18, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment