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Subsidy Culture: LPG Supply & Distribution In India

LPG has been a contentious issue for Indian masses for long. That’s because the supply of the Liquified Propane Gas is highly regulated in the energy-starved nation that imports the bulk of oil and gas for both domestic and industrial consumption. India produces a token minimum local output while imports constitute a huge proportion, driving up our export bills. Suppose India is to cut the energy bill, then we could be 100% totally self-sufficient overnight. The gas bill eats into the GDP and even into individual PCI of every Indian citizen. Yes, we use fossil fuel for our domestic consumption as well as for commercial-industrial purposes.

As LPG was expensive, government not only regulated the supply chain but also subsidized it to domestic consumers irrespective of their socio-economic status right from the days of India’s independence. The regulated distribution of LPG was akin to issue of groceries rationed through state-run PDS (Public Distribution System) outlets to cater to the masses who lived under the poverty line (BPL families).

However, Indian middle-class benefited immensely with a booming economy since the 1990s and therefore there arose a necessity to suspend the subsidies including rations. Successive governments at the center have handled the supply of LPG and Family rations in their own way but the most effective step was recently taken by none other our BJP prime minister Shri Narendra Modi, who went on with execution of bold, extreme and path-breaking measures such as demonetization of high-denomination currencies, unconcerned about the drastic impact these could leave on his vote bank in the subsequent general elections.

This post is an attempt at listing how unsuccessfully the same issues were tackled by the previous Congress government which was corrected in a single stroke by Modi administration with the abolishing of LPG subsidy for those over BPL, and crediting of LPG subsidy directly to the bank accounts of genuine BPL families with grievances. I understand that, if Modi could get re-elected, our PDS could be following similar lines which is a great and welcome move when it comes to curbing corruption. On other hand, this will also serve to plug the wastes and spillages in state-spending. It is a win-win situation for everyone.

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Things are getting easier only since the turn of the millennium in India. Telephones and LPG connection for instance were something you had to wait for years once upon a time because these were state owned. I booked my landline after getting married and got it finally in 1997 just before we moved to Malaysia. It was supposedly shortest waiting period. However for LPG connection, my aunt booked mine when I was still in higher secondary school that finally was delivered to me in the year 2000 in my absence (as I lived in Malaysia then). After a lot of deliberation, after my in-laws produced my ID proofs, the department officials reluctantly ordered my connection that was secured by my mother-in-law.

However, miraculously in India things changed from 2001. How we crossed the gulf and how these basic amenities that the rest of the world took for granted became affordable like a magic, is an unbelievable story. Perhaps believable. Indian economy was opened up in the 1990s and privatization of services and industry was afoot like never before. We have to thank our IT guys who made it all possible for us chiefly – as India became a software giant although we had been working in that direction right through the ’70s and ’80s. The ’90s was a consolidation phase and life has never been the same for average middle class Indians since the dawn of the century. There is no looking back ever since. India is on the move. It may have taken longer, but it is better this way.

On retrospect, looking back I think I was lucky to have been asked to wait for my telephone connection! I understand, my wait was because of the nation-building process that was slow but steady.

The LPG story of India is really worth a read. It has been trial and tribulation for the middle-class, some 500 million of us anyway. More number of Indians have been lifted out of poverty in last 20 years. Now central census and statistics peg less than 30% of Indians below the BPL*  – and the parameters of poverty calculation have since been revised. For a 1.2 billion nation that refuses to tread the China road, this is a big, big feat indeed. We feed over a billion who do not starve for a square meal in this 2019. And we are Satellite club, not just the Software hub of the world. All the same we ration our LPG refills!!! Pretty interesting!

In India today, if you live below the poverty line as BPL family, it means you still own a tv, fridge, mobile phone, bicycle and even little gold

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ONE MORE CHANNEL FOR CORRUPTION IS SEALED FOREVER – HOPEFULLY.  ONE THAT AFFECTS THE LIVES OF A BILLION PEOPLE.  BUT THEN, WHY DO WE NEED AS A NATION, INSTRUMENTS OF REGULATION TO CONTROL US ALWAYS?  WHY DO WE LACK SUCH A SELF-DISCIPLINE IN EVERYTHING?   SHOULD WE DESIST FROM COMMITTING A CRIME ONLY FOR FEAR OF PENALTY?  CORRUPTION SADLY CONTINUES TO BE SINGLE GREATEST SCOURGE TO AFFLICT INDIA.

These are my exact words penned on July 11, 2011. Today, I have the same to say about the LPG subsidy being withdrawn by the Modi govt to those above BPL limit and the subsidy benefit directly credited to the BPL family bank accounts everytime an LPG refill got booked/delivered. For this, the first major move from Modi government was, introducing the zero balance Pradhan Mantri Jandhan Yojna account which was introduced in our banks soon after Modi govt took over at the center. This is a zero balance savings bank account for the BPL families to get direct credit of subsidies and the scheme covered entire India, bringing up zillions who stayed out, into banking network.

I am saying this because in spite of many loopholes plugged in LPG distribution over years, I as someone who kept shuttling between two countries for years, still found that my LPG was getting booked without my knowledge in my absence. One refill would last me two months in Chennai, but to my dismay I found that almost every month, there was booking done in my name. I changed my agencies multiple times to no avail. I gave up finally. It did not affect me directly but I knew that someone, probably a commercial unit, was reaping subsidy in my name. Cooking fuel is like oxygen to Indian homes.

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Here is what I blogged in the matter in 2011 (with some edits):

The new LPG Refill booking method has taken me by surprise.   Its in force for sometime now – but my LPG cylinder lasts me usually for well over 2 months so its a while since i booked mine last time. Moreover, i wait for 10 days to lapse after switching my second cylinder to place my next booking order as I don’t like the idea of stocking 2 full LPGs in my kitchen anytime.  (Many buildings are now opting for pipeline gas systems but so far we have declined the offer – My sister is using pipeline gas system for almost 10 years now in Mumbai.  Says its most convenient. She pays the bill online just like for electricity and water).(she says we are fools not to opt for pipeline gas in this advanced age. My BILs are saying a big ‘no.’ (the brothers share an apartment building)).

I called up last evening at my agency closing time to book for a refill.  I was given a call centre number and was asked to speak to a recorded voice by my agency people.   Now for almost everything i am already speaking to recorded voice only – whether it is for my broadband Airtel or my water purification system Aqua Guard or for dish TV/Tata Sky whatever. There is no more human touch to anything.  I press numbers for options, hear a mechanical voice, register as per choices and I get an SMS/e-mail confirmation – whatever the service could be, whether its fault repair or otherwise.
Last thing where i expected to talk to a machine was while for a re-fill booking of my LPG cylinder.
I booked LPG through a machine for the first time yesterday – but did not register my phone no.  As soon as the machine voice came on, at least i had the presence of mind to get a pen ready to scribble down the registration no. for re-fill. On second thoughts, I needn’t have bothered. My registration number was SMSed to me the very same moment.  I was still annoyed at having been caught off-guard – but now leisurely i reflect, it was bound to happen someday anyway and its high time there is some strict regulation when it comes to LPG demand/supply market conditions.
I was told by the machine, i am allowed only 4 LPG re-fills now every year at the prevailing costs – if i wanted more fuel, from the 5th refill, i will be charged over 800 bucks for a single extra LPG cyclinder.  So that’s it.  Maximum no. of refills allowed per customer is now ONLY 4 PER YEAR – to regulate fuel usage.
I called up my agency to double-check this morning and was told, they have got their refill confirmation order for me via the central supplier (Indane in my case – Indane is the brand name of IOC (Indian Oil Corporation)).
So what is the reason for the new LPG refill booking regulations?  Why should LPG refill bookings/supply be centralized like this after all these years?  If you analyse deep, its because, the middlemen/agencies are over booking from the govt suppliers like Indane (IOC or HP or BP or whatever the company is) and selling the LPG cylinders at astronomical costs for commercial users.  There are even cases where these LPG cylinders are used in CNG cars. Which is thoroughly illegal and also dangerous business. Govt of India supplies LPG at subsidized rates to domestic consumers whereas the commercial users like restaurants are charged at commercial rate, i.e., thrice the domestic rate. So the agencies have got into the side business of supplying the domestic quota to commerical users for a neat profit, and in the process sometimes neglect even supply to desperate domestic users.
The last regulation for LPG connection came when i had to get my ration (PDS) card stamped in my agency mentioning I have 2 cylinders at home. I had to take my LPG regulator to my agency office, where an official checked the number and did the chapa with the regulator number in my ration card. ONLY ONE LPG REGULATOR/CYLINDER CONNECTION IS ALLOWED EVER SINCE, PER RATION CARD. The chapa is to ensure, i don’t get any more LPG connections/cylinders. I had earlier applied for an extra (2nd) cylinder in the same connection. Only one connection is now legal. But double cylinders for the single connection are allowed.
So at that time,whoever had a second LPG connection had to get the second one cancelled as the ration card allowed only one chapa for one connection. And only one member in a family (in the ration card) could possess an LPG connection.  In case 2 members in a family had 2 LPG connections until then, one had to forego a connection and retain only one for the family. LPG consumption is calculated NOT ON INDIVIDUAL BASIS BUT ON FAMILY BASIS.
Thank god, my second cylinder was under the same single LPG connection. The connection is in my name.  And there is none in my husband’s name.  Soon as i returned from Malaysia, i followed up and acquired a new ration card for just 3 of us – me, my hubby and my son. That was in the year 2001. Two of my BILs and their families were still listed in the same old joint family ration card – and as the new regulations allowed only one chapa per card, it gave rise to some family issues.  I also applied for Voters’ IDs, PAN** cards, everything on war-footing basis.  Nothing is organized in India – and such a trivial matter is made very complicated.  Why can’t we streamline basic things like these in our society?  Harassment is waiting for you in every corner when after all what you try to do is, get yourself equipped with bare minimum necessities for survival like the Ration Card, the Voters’ ID.
90% all second LPG connections in a single name also were thus made null and void in a single stroke at that time (must be 7-8 years back).
As a further step, i was given a stamp book. I was asked not to sign in my receipt slip but to stick a govt issued Indane stamp in the receipt to the delivery man whenever my refill came through. This was to ensure, the LPGs meant for domestic purposes were not misused for commercial purposes. However, this was never followed for more than a few months. So I never got to know how many LPG refills got booked in my name over years.
I came to know my connection was misused only when once I tried to book a refill, the recorded voice told me, it was not yet 21 days since my last booking date/delivery  of LPG!!! In the said period, I was not even in India! I never did the booking! I never took the delivery! Hello, so what was going on?!
I got vague replies from my agency as expected. I didn’t have to be told what was going on. I got cold answers.
Illegal business in LPG thus continued despite some regulations in the Congress period. I have personally witnessed the agency boys deliver LPG refill cylinders to small restaurants and bakeries – the ones meant for domestic consumption – at far higher rates. Of course, it is an open secret. Nobody denied and everyone knew.
The final noose I thought was in place around the neck of  the Agency men and the delivery boys WITH NEW LPG REFILL BOOKING REGISTRATIONS MOVED TO IOC CALL CENTRES. I was again mistaken. We needed not have to book our LPG through call center using our registered mobile number necessarily. The agency guys still held our details and they could make a call and book a refill in our name.
An astronomical charge of 800 bucks for your 5th refill booking in an year (in 2011) was utility/consumption based – priced just like electricity/water charges. The more you consume, the higher the surcharges, as it means you are economically in a position to consume more. The 4 cylinder slab pricing is ok – but i think it could be relaxed to 6. Why should we complain when we are so adapted to slab-pricing of electricity already? From your 300th unit of consumption, slabs exist for every 100 units of electricity consumption in our states.
This was supposedly one real good means to control corruption in LPG demand/supply markets.  The actual and optimal consumers stand to benefit maximum with this – then again, the 800 bucks price tag for an LPG still worked out economical to commercial users who continued to benefit from our 5th high-priced refill! There just was no way stopping them! Corruption in India is deep-rooted and our men get innovative all the time!
So what happened in 2014? Modi was the game changer. Subsidy for middle classes got abolished. Your LPG refill/delivery account had to be linked with both Aadhar and Bank account for subsidy if at all you wanted to claim. Plus the LPG for commerical and domestic consumption now came in different colours!!! Genuine BPL families benefited while rest of us gave up our benefits that has proved to be healthy for our exchequer. 
Aadhar*** was the brainchild of the previous Congress government. A good administrator will not depose of the old good. Modi government continued the Aadhar enrollment and in a masterstroke decided to link it with LPG connection, Ration (PDS) card, Bank account, PAN number, everything. Many, many more loopholes have been plugged.
Very recently the Supreme court ruled that the Aadhar seeding need not have to be mandatory. Very cleverly now, the government linked still the PAN number with Bank account and Aadhar that we cannot easily evade the tax net.
Ever since, there is some regulated and disciplined supply and distribution of LPG in my opinion. There is an orderliness about these things as finally there is some clear streamlining. These are after all the basics, but it requires courage and direction to implement such measures. It needs foresight and action. Clarity of thinking and execution. So this is why the nation loves Modi.
Imagine the number of years crores and crores of state subsidies meant for BPL families mis-utilized by those living above the BPL limit and the commercial users. I have been one of them too. Principally because, I could not get excluded from the system even if I might have desired. My condition as well as many of my compatriots who saw the injustice remained the same. Helpless.
Now finally we have Smart cards replacing the Family PDS Ration card. The digitalized one in linked to our Aadhar. I have never used mine – my maid uses it. It is in her possession always. Here too, the benefits to families above the BPL  limit have been stopped forthwith. Must have been done long, long ago.
Just as Modi ordered a rollback of subsidies to those living above the BPL, Rahul Gandhi of Congress government offered Rs.72,000/- per annum (pay without work) to each BPL family (his voters) with a Family PDS Ration card. This man is toxic. A poison weed. His mother Sonia Gandhi was the rotten brain behind the  Rajiv Gandhi Minimum Employment Guarantee Scheme**** of paying farm wages for 100 days an year to agricultural labourers and rural workers whether they worked or not. That has killed farming business like anything in India. Destroyed India maximum already. Rahul Gandhi is a cancer. Italian Mafia used to stealing, robbing communities and nations. Real independence for India will be the day when this Italian mafia quits India for good.  One man Modi is working for uplifting the poor by restoring their dignity, the other one Rahul Gandhi wants to keep them perpetually poor and lazy – like in a drugged state. Shameless fellow who reportedly got caught red-handed in America for possession of drugs (as claimed by Subramanyam Swami). Vajpayee must have left him to rot in US jail for 128 years. How and why is the Election commission keeping mum. Rahul must be prosecuted for his open bribery or cash incentive offer to public for casting vote in his/party’s favour. Is this even legal.
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*Source : wiki : India central census
**PAN card: Personal Assessment Number (for Income Tax) in India. PAN number/card is unique and mandatory without which one cannot have bank accounts or insurance in India today. PAN has to be linked to bank account failing which TDS will be deducted @ 20% from your savings or Form 15 G filed (in case you seek exemption from taxes as non-assesee). Even non-assessees have to have PAN for Demat accounts (to deal in stocks), bank accounts, insurances, for purchase/sale of movable/immovable assets, purchase of jewelry over a limit etc. Well, my MIL was forced to get herself Aadhar and PAN cards in her 80th year!
***Aadhar:  Unique Identification card for Indian citizens with biometrics with multipurpose avatars such as ID, Debit card (with bank account linking) etc.
****Rajiv Gandhi Minimum Employment Guarantee Scheme: Congress govt named all their schemes after themselves Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi. BJP govt names all schemes as ‘Prime Minister Yojna’ – not a single social benefit to the nation is named after Shri Narendra Modi or his predecessor from BJP Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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When Law Needs To Take A Walk: Medical Termination Of Pregnancy After 20 Weeks

(this is an old blog post of mine, dusted and brought to life because this escapes our government and court attention that it very much merits)

ONE SIZE FITS ALL, SAYS WHO?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sc-refuses-urgent-hearing-on-abortion-law-vis-a-vis-26-week-old-down-syndrome-foetus-will-hear-after-vacation-it-says/articleshow/57424540.cms

This illogical legal standing is the reason we have a baby born in our friends’ family that is mentally and physically retarded (no way I shall use the word ‘challenged’ ; is this really a challenge? what kind of challenge is this?) and immobile in bed for last seven years. Not in kindergarten with other kids, not running about playing mischiefs and breaking things. Just in his same baby cot, same room, same home, same town. The baby is the reason for marital friction between his parents, cause for terrible grief for his entire family. Add to it the huge medical bill every month plus physiotherapy charges and frequent hospitalization expenses. The medical cover hardly proves sufficient.

The little one’s mother is suspected to have caught a viral throat infection in her pregnancy (which she cannot recall – CMV virus as postnatal tests later revealed) By her 6th month in second term, it was still established via routine ultrasound scan that the baby’s brain as well as physical growth had stopped forthwith.That is valid ground for medical termination of pregnancy but it was past 20 weeks under Indian statute. The parents wanted to go for an abortion. Since law was against it, hospitals refused. The girl in her twenties was forced to continue with her pregnancy against her will without an ounce of happiness. They waited in desperation for the birth of the first child in family after nearly 30 years – in the third generation – knowing what was to come. So sad…

Now hopefully Government of India, the Supreme court everyone one is ought to be happy. Yes, in larger interests of the nation, the girl went ahead with her pregnancy, delivered an unhealthy boy, and is now trapped in a tragic situation, caring for her little son for over 7 years. So what, justice is served after all. Law was adhered to, to the last letter. The baby is fed (only soya milk nothing else) through a tube that is inserted into his nostril sometimes and if when his condition worsens (as it does every now and then), through a tube inserted directly into his stomach. How nightmarish life is for the little one since his day one! Can’t be more painful and torturous. How long will he live is a question mark. Can you imagine situation like this: wherefrom parents to grandparents everyone is praying and waiting for the baby to die?

The emotional and physical toll the sick baby is taking on his father and mother as well as on others is enormous. Life turned upside down for them just like that. They were only newly married happy couple. Young and throbbing with life.  Ambitious. My heart goes out to the innocent little bundle of profound sadness – who needn’t have to be, but for some obstinate laws we have here in India that do more harm than good. The disillusioned young parents have totally lost interest in life. Both are successful IT professionals. But after the boy’s birth, the mother had to give up her job. After what happened with the first born, the young couple do not even want to try for a second baby.

Are you happy India? Are you happy Judges that justice is served? That Law is upheld? You killed no son of India. You saved his life. For what purpose? To our government and perhaps the justice system, this is a mere collateral damage to pay when it comes to upholding law, from preventing misuse of the statute. But what medical expertise do our legal experts boast of, to rule on exigency cases like these?

Why cannot there be case to case exceptions where a judge can decide suo motto on the issue in medical situations like this one. These are special cases that need to take into account expert opinion and have to be judged on humanitarian ground. When we have family courts for divorces in India, why cannot we have a similar system for civil medical suits?

India’s Supreme court has NO time to hear sensitive, critical issues like these that may mean life and death to citizens: our judges will decide on fellow Indians’ precious lives at their leisure. Whether it is about medical termination of foetus after 20 weeks or Jallikattu matter pending for years before Supreme court, you will have to wait. How can one ever repose faith in an institution where the welfare of citizens seems to be of least consequence. Vacate the vacation, if you have to. Timing is precious and sacrosanct in these cases. The purpose of Law and Judiciary is to serve citizens JUSTICE. Not to deny or delay justice to the needy and desperate. Justice delayed is justice denied. It is understandable that the mother’s life and health are more of a concern. Still, unilateral ruling without taking into consideration case specifics will serve no purpose. It is time, our stone age statutes are revisited and Draconian ones like the abortion laws are repealed and/or amended/revised/restructured on expert opinion.

Rise in birthrate of abnormal children with birth defects (congenital or otherwise) is a big loss to not only the concerned parents/family but also to Indian nation. A healthy population means a healthy nation. And now, we have increased number of such births in India (and in entire world) (reasons being use of pesticides/fertilizers/pollution whatever). Prevention of these undesirable births does not make one cruel or heartless. Just ask the parents.

Finally, what is the purpose of ultrasound scans or other advanced tests carried out with amniotic fluid in the womb? It is to rule out anomalies in the foetus that these tests are recommended right upto the trimester term, why even 24 hours before delivery.  If you cannot amend the law, why go for them? Not to mention they are expensive.

 

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Hindu Reaction (or Non-reaction?) to New Zealand

 

One comment for New Zealand from a Hindu friend in social media summed up our typical and expected reaction:

‘Unakku vandha raththam, enakku vandha thakkali chutneyaaahhhh?’

(if you bleed it is blood, if i bleed is it tomato chutney to you?)

NO NATION/SOCIETY HIT BY REPEATED TERROR ATTACKS HAS A STATEMENT TO MAKE ON NEW ZEALAND – QUITE LIKE MY INDIA. We are fighting terror on day to day basis. India’s powerful statement on New Zealand is Her STOIC and DEAFENING SILENCE. Refusal to comment.

I see no sympathy whatsoever in my desi brothers and sisters. Pulwama is still in our memory. Hindus are in no mood to forgive or forget. Can anyone blame us? China by the way reiterated their support to world terror via Pakistan by vetoing in UN, against the incrimination of Masud Azhar as global terrorist. India will have to gear up and ban Chinese products with a full vengeance now. We shall do it.

All the same I would like to remind the New Zealanders and Australians or even Americans and Spanish that they are immigrants too. Who are they? Is there something called Good Immigrant- Bad Immigrant. Pakis know because they play this Good terrorist-Bad terrorist game always to hoodwink the rest of the world. For instance, their media especially journalists are ‘good terrorists.’ Jai Hind!

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India Bombs Pak Terror Bases Deep In Pakistan Territory: Beginning Of An Ending?

They lied about Osama Bin Laden but were caught redhanded in Abottabad. They lied about Mumbai 26/11 but were caught redhanded with Ajmal Kasab. They are habitual liars. They will lie time and again. They violated our sea limits and sovereign territory when they executed Mumbai 26/11, so they have to gulp down today whatever India imposes on them and choke with shame and self-disgust. They earned this. This is Pakistan, the world’s epicenter of terrorism. Every single Pakistani is a terrorist one way or other: if not taken to arms, expect him/her to be a supporter of terror ideology. Sickening to see their published journalists writing for spy organizations selling their soul for a penny. That is Pakistan for you. There seems to be not a single ‘clean’ Pakistani untouched by terror. They are all TERRORISTS. 

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India in a pre-dawn daring airstrike yesterday, bombed three different locations in POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and deep within Pakistan territory destroying in a span of 21-25 minutes, major terror bases housing half to a dozen terror camps each training hardcore terrorists. In deed, India has rendered the world a great service. 

We Indians heaved a sigh of relief after our IAF avenged Pakistan for the massacre of our CRPF Jawans, 40 of them, in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir, this February 14th. Balakot, the Hizb and Jaish terror training base with over half a dozen camps reportedly, is 91 km inside Pakistan from LOC while the other two locations Chakoti and Muzaffarabad are in POK. 

Pakistan Defence minister admitted, it was ‘too dark’ when the attack happened !!! As Pakistan PM Imran Khan rocked away their high level meeting fitted in a stylish leather jacket, Indian television reeled out the probable list of important terrorists whose heads rolled this morning – as IAF liquidated high commands of terror in a daredevil retaliatory action (not to be mistaken for military attack). This is purely a Politico-Military Surgical Strike 2.0 after Uri – a counter terror operation. But if Pakistan is to treat this as war, they will be not exist to learn their third valuable lesson in reality. 

Time has also come for India to put things in proper perspective and assess various options. 

  • Can a perpetual liar like Pakistan be trusted (after Osama and Kasab)
  • Can a terror mastermind like Pakistan reform (after Kandahar Indian Airlines Hijack in 1999 and Mumbai 26/11 and a dozen or more bomb attacks throughout India in last 2-3 decades)
  • Can a saboteur like Pakistan be trusted. Because, it is unimaginable that a productive nation like India would waste energy and resources devising a destructive mission like Mumbai 26/11 to punish Pakistan. It is not in our DNA. It takes a very sick mind to go to this level of planning and execution of terror attacks. But Pakistan will not stop. 
  • Pakistan can be stopped only when it CEASES to exist. 70 years after India’s independence, this is the conclusion, Indian nation has arrived at. In order for India to live, Pakistan must not continue to exist. It has to be broken down into bits and pieces.
  • Pakistan is also a menace to the entire world. World is waking up to this undeniable irrefutable fact. India must capitalize on our goodwill hardearned through our channels of diplomacy. Both India and Pakistan were born as two independent nations in 1947. Each however traveled in a different direction. Pakistan is extremely jealous and filled with unabated hatred and vengeance for India. They will not come around or mature with time.
  • Pakistan economy is in doldrums. Their foreign reserves have plunged to under 6 billion $ and this would be right time for India to take them out. Is Modi thinking like me. 
  • China has vested interests in Pakistan. But China is also extremely self-centered. India can count on Chinese selfishness. China will stick to their CPEC corridor and may not venture out given the sheer size of business the Chinese do with Indians. One month of boycott of India of Chinese products could have a devastating effect on Chinese economy. Noticeably, China is not issuing statements for Pakistan any longer. Deafening silence from China, well, well, well….
  • India came menacingly close to CPEC corridor with Balakot strike. India must frustrate China-Pakistan. China has to feel the heat.
  • India has turned off the river waters for Pakistan right after Pulwama (will be secured completely in under six months). Over 90% of agricultural lands in Punjab province of Pakistan that is major wheat and food grain producer will be hit with this extremely crucial political maneuver by India. Pakistan can move any world court. Taps turned off, that is final. Bring in the waters from China, if you want. Lay water pipes in CPEC. Or ship from Saudi. This can have a debilitating effect on an already floundering Pakistan economy.
  • India holds the diplomatic leverage over Pakistan which stands totally and one hundred percent isolated today in world stage as Modi pushed relentlessly for just that in last 4 years. Pakistan is unwelcome even in Arab nations where their PM Imran Khan has to self-invite himself swallowing his pride. 
  • Close all Pakistan Lawn shops in Delhi and in other cities/places with immediate effect. Terminate contracts with all Pakistan artistes/sportsmen, cancel their visas and boot them out. 
  • India did cancel MFM status for Pakistan that was long pending.  No more trade sops or duty concessions to Pakistan. 
  • There is news of blockade on medicinal/pharmaceutical supplies to Pakistan from India. India is a global pharma leader. The common man in Pakistan will be hit drastically in this case. The Aam Aadmi in Pakistan must rally in unison to fight their terror propagators – their army – and bring them around which is the only solution for lasting peace in the Indian subcontinent and in the entire world.
  • Block Pakistan in every sphere in global forum. They stand isolated already. Take it to next level. Sever their contacts and relationships with a fresh vigour. Counter them at all levels. Kill them diplomatically.
  • We need a multi-pronged strategy when it comes to dealing with Pakistan: Military, Diplomatic and Economic blows all at the same time that could prove to be a lethal combination
  • India is aware, there  will be a little collateral damage in the process. Today as I blog this, Pakistan claims that IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman is in their custody. 
  • Pakistan’s curse is that, they will always have to live in India’s shadows. India does not need Pakistan, but Pakistan needs India for its very identity. 
  • Pakistanis overrate themselves especially their journalists. 1947 was a blessing in disguise. No Indian citizen wants to unite with Pakistan. We want only our Kashmir, WE DO NOT WANT PAKISTAN which is sick, sick, sick. The India of today is our own making from after our independence from the British. We will never share our success with yours. Salute to Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. You did us Indians a great favour!
  • Finally Kashmir is India with or without Kashmir Muslims. Choice is theirs to integrate wholeheartedly with rest of India or migrate. 
  • Repopulate Kashmir with non Kashmiri Hindus – from Bihar, Orissa and Bengal, India’s poorest states. And retired soldier families. Modi govt must consider this as serious option. 

India has had numerous occasions in the past to crush Pakistan, but previous Congress governments squandered every golden opportunity. In spite of winning the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, India failed to capitalize on the mammoth winning of war. India exercised restraint after Mumbai 26/11, but that was encashed as goodwill for the nation by isolating Pakistan in every field across the globe. Military attack pending, this still was a great diplomatic drive and huge success.India still was a soft state, and has always been. May be that has got to do with our Dharmic roots. Being Hindu changes everything. We just cannot kill like they so easily butcher in the name of God. Our God is not that. Our way is not that. It takes a lot for a Hindu dharmic nation to attack someone or even retaliate. It takes a great mental resolve and strategic thinking to steel yourself and arrive at such a drastic step given our history and DNA. With Balakot, this Hindu nation of ours breached a psychological barrier. After this, it will not be easy to stop us. 

Very few dynamic leaders in the world have it in them to ‘do or die.’ Fortunately for India and unfortunately for Pakistan, we have PM Narendra Modi wielding the power not a Congress weakling, to who they are used to deal with and shortchange. This man our man Narendra Modi is a hero. He is fearless. He has nothing to lose. He came with a single box to Delhi. He says, he will leave with that one box back to Gujarat in case he loses this upcoming general elections. Losers will be us Indians, not him or Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), if that has to happen.

So is this war hysteria. Or are we psychotics. Only a badly scared Pakistani can say this. Because Pakistanis on average breed eight to ten kids through every one of their four wives (or more). Dozens of wasted young  men and women. The extra fittings, if they are girls, are married (or rather sold) off to Saudi Arabs (on temporary basis like for one month when they come camping for buzzards hunting, to serve and ‘entertain’ the aging sheikhs as one of their unnumbered wives to crossbreed the fakes who will be later useful as camel boys in Middle East). The extra boys reproduced like Ajmal Kasab may be enrolled in Saudi sponsored Madarasas for free food and terror indoctrination brainwashed from very young age with convoluted ideas and misconceptions and abject hatred, to be recruited later as expendable terrorists serving the dreaded terror outfits operating in sovereign Paki soil under the auspices of Pakistan govt and their spy organization that runs their military. This is the blood culture of Pakistan. They have big useless families feeding free like this in every village of theirs. This shame is honour for them. This is how they are Arabising and corrupting their blood line deliberately wanting to produce fair skinned sons and daughters with pea brains. Not much of difference between Pakistan and Thailand, right. Why degrade Thailand. This society that asks no questions but who can become cannon fodder easily is what Pakistan govt and army want. The girls are like the golden goose. They can feed their big families from their harems. 

Coming to their Casanova PM, what can you expect from this 60+ man who married for a third time in a gap of two years, stealing the much married mother of five children who was giving him the so-called religious indoctrination. This woman was hooded head to foot with slits just for her eye. What a modesty. Paragon of virtues really! Watching their tv soaps, it is unbelievable how the third wife of a second husband discusses her children from the first husband with another wife say second or fourth of her current husband!!! She may decide to go for a third husband whose fourth wife she could be but note, she never raises her head that is always covered. No shortage for boys, as the reproductive machinery of Pakistan keeps running 24 hours, 365 days an year nonstop with world record output of dreaded terrorists. No need for industrial jobs or white collar jobs for this booming young population. Madarasas and Jaish will take care. Otherwise there is always the camel jockey opening in Arabia. Trusted drivers and servants for Saudis are mainly these crossbreed sons who will never become pedigree or belong, but remain unpaid and ‘taken care of’ lifelong as shameless but loyal slaves waiting on their bid and call. For a wage.

As noose  is tightening over Pakistan, we can expect them to undertake desperate measures. A Paki media guy was screaming, they were not jingoistic or sensationalizing things like Indian media. Oh is it. You only go ballistic LYING right. How many screeching headlines in your media owning upto Osama Bin Laden. How many of you hung your heads in shame for Ajmal Kasab. Can you even today write a line in your papers about Mumbai 26/11? You can, with your heads rolling in your press. Intellectual Honesty: this is the basic characteristic for any journalist. Not a single Paki journalist comes with it. A nation that lies like that, a nation that is cowardly can never be heroic. That is why you are producing scum. You deserve the Hafez Sayeds and Masood Azhars. This is what you are capable of. 

Today the Pak PM was already seen begging India not to escalate the tensions, but it is in India’s benefit to finish this issue once and for all. Nuclear or non nuclear. Anyday in a conventional warfare, India will outclass Pakistan because we have won each and every war with Pakistan in the past. It is our mistake, we failed to capitalize huge on the back of such glorious victories. Adharma does not deserve Dharma. Adharma has to be broken with Adharma only. 

Break Pakistan ECONOMICALLY first. Crush them from every side. Cut short their imports. Initiate the internal civil war. Make them like Rwanda and Zimbabwe – paupers with worthless currency. Get nations to eject Pakistanis from every fold. Let Pakistan break into bits and pieces. May be not today or tomorrow, but it will happen before the turn of this century because every single Pakistani who is in denial, who is a coward to admit truth, is working on that already.

What is her name, Shameem? Stripped of her UK citizenship for her IS association, very soon she will be flying back to Pakistan. This is your shame Pakistan. Take her back and flaunt her to the world in all your tv channels. All avenues closed for you as far as India is concerned. 

 

 

 

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A Billion Heartbreaks

A quick recap on terrorism in sovereign Indian soil sponsored by Pakistan in my adult memory. Interesting, how terror reporting has also evolved over years in India. By Pakistan I mean here, the involvement of Pakistan state, Pakistan army (armed forces) and their intelligence agency ISI who all tirelessly work together to wreck havoc not only in India but around the world.

As India grows and prospers, is terrorism a price we have to pay for our progress?

BOMBAY STOCK EXCHANGE BLAST (1993)

Bharat, my nation, has seen a series of bomb blasts owing to Pakistan terror outfits sponsored by both their military and elected governments over decades. The first earth shattering one happened in March 1993, the Bombay Stock Exchange blast. As a single and working girl about to be married, I recall hearing the radio commentaries in my workplace as my colleagues stayed glued to news bulletins on hourly basis. In those times, many of us were trading already albeit meagerly in equity markets – manually. Only brokers had access to computers (as our departments and workplaces were getting computerized one by one starting that year). BSE was computerized and my male colleagues would be frequently on phones talking to their brokers who then did a roaring business having access to computers in their workstations and internet. (I think I heard the word internet first in real life when a cousin got his dial up internet connection in the city for his new computer that cost six-figure in Indian currency). For the first time in financial markets, stock values were transmitted live which was a feat over a quarter century back. In fact my interest in stock markets perked in that phase of life. Which is why BSE mattered so much to me, especially in that exact point of time. Looking back, I realize how technologically advanced even then India was in a way – for a third world nation. Infosys and HCL and Wipro were starting to make waves. Bank reforms were on cards and the Indian economy was going for a big change. On top gear was BSE driving the growth indices of the India story that was at last kick-started by Narasimha Rao government.

So nothing could have devastated us more than the bomb blast at BSE masterminded by Dawood Ibrahim, planted by Pakistan, now living like a prince in Pakistan with their government and military protection. The blasts killed hundreds of innocent Indian traders and investors in the stock exchange and nerve center of the financial capital of India. The terror attacks aimed at bringing the Indian economy to a stunned standstill and collapse, and India to her knees. Well, the terrorists could not succeed on that ground. If anything, we Hindus are made of sterner stuff. We picked up from the pieces even if we had paid a huge price, and made good the huge human and financial losses through sheer spirited hard work, with a vengeance to succeed.

The Mumbai Stock Exchange blasts got etched in my mind in that young age as exchange brokers became our news bearers from national tv news that was relayed from Delhi. It was an age when credit cards and mobile phones and computers still remained a novelty in the nation, out of reach of the masses, privilege of very few. We had only the print media apart from radio and tv news casts. BSE bomb blast was the first major mass terror attack in India in my adult memory. Things as ghastly as that were unheard of until then. We had had two prime ministers assassinated beforehand, still that did not daze the nation as the bomb blasts did. Only train accidents killed us Indians in hundreds before that. That an Indian muslim and Pakistani govt/military together orchestrated the blasts was incomprehensible for us Indians. Although we put behind the economic losses in days, the shock and dismay stayed with us for a long time. We Hindus learned a hard lesson: who we should NOT AND NEVER TRUST. This is something America and UK and Europe and starting to learn just now.

MUMBAI 26/11 (2008)

MUMBAI, DELHI, BANGALORE, HYDERABAD, COIMBATORE, VARANASI, AHMEDABAD AND OTHER TERROR ATTACKS (VARIOUS DATES)  (MULIPLE AND SERIAL BLASTS)

Ever since there have been periodical and multiple bomb blasts in Mumbai (Zaveri Bazaar and other places), Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore (serial), Delhi (Karol Bagh and other places) and of course in Kashmir. Each killed and maimed hundreds of innocent Indian civilians. The Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks by Pakistanis gained media attention worldwide. Pakistan once again was in denial mode. But their own God spared Ajmal Kasab who would live on to reveal to the world the Pakistani hand in planning and executing terror attacks in sovereign Indian soil. This was one more mission of theirs that had the army and government connivance, sickening. Kasab was later hanged to death. Had it not been for Kasab, Pakistan and China and even our own leftists in India would have blamed Hindutva men for ‘staging’ the Mumbai attacks.

I have to share this on Coimbatore blasts. Friends from Coimbatore reported how they were personal witnesses to funds remittances to Coimbatore terrorists and muslims from Saudi Arabia for a long time after the blasts. These were direct eye witnesses, something that will never be reported by/in the media. The Coimbatore blasts of 1997 revealed to us how sinister the network of terror is and wherefrom it is fueled. All remittances to Indian muslims need a vigilant monitoring especially from offshore.

Everytime there is a bomb attack in India, we Indians go numb; we freeze; terrorism is such a dastardly cowardly act that you forget how to react for a moment. During Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 when Pakistan terrorists got to Mumbai via sea in unearthly hours hoodwinking patrol and laid siege ransacking the city in different locations, no fires burned in our kitchens; nobody celebrated or partied; whole of India went into mourning. I know, because I felt heartbroken, I remained so for days after that. It took time for us to return to normalcy. Social media was not as active then as it is now. Still, I know how India stumbled. There was round the clock news coverage in tv news channels from local to international like the BBC and CNN. Right then we Indians wanted a revenge on Pakistan. To blow up Pakistan. We missed a golden chance.

Mumbai stays fresh in world memory even today because it came after Newyork 9/11 that remained a raw wound in world psyche. By this time, world had woken up to ugly reality of Terrorism and Hatred the way it never did until then.

Through all this, Israel has been a good and trusted friend of India. India benefits from precious Israeli wisdom.When we have Israel on our side, we need none other. Love and respects and prayers from India.

KARGIL WAR (1999)

During Kargil war started by Pakistan, I was a resident of Malaysia. How much we hung on to tv news from India in those days in foreign news channels. Almost everyday we called home to check what was going on. Although we had internet even then by way of dial-up network (year was 1999), news was never up to date. What we NRIs went through then was miserable. Out of India, but our hearts beating for India. India had the moral support of all Asians then, no doubt. To my knowledge no one supported Pakistan at least in theory. No chinese liked Pakistan, at least Malaysian chinese. For one main guessable reason. Terrorism and war were still new vocabulary in the world gaining notoriety since the turn of the millennium only. India however was fighting her own lonely battles already.

At the start of the Kargil war I was in the last leg of our Singapore tour. Grateful forever to Singapore for unbiased news coverage in their television and radio and 100% moral support to India all the way! The tiny nation had the courage to call a spade a spade.

Ethnic Malaysian Indians expressed their solidarity with India and BJP government in particular during our Malaysian days. Hindu interests are important not only for the sake of India, but for the great Indian diaspora spread around the world as well.

INDO-PAK WAR & CREATION OF BANGLADESH (1971)

Kargil is the only Indo-Pak war in my memory as I was barely three during the last one in 1971 when India broke Pakistan into two parts carving Bangladesh out of their east wing. The first war after the 1947 violence was in 1965. PM Indira Gandhi the Iron Lady of India, took on the likes of US President Nixon and Henry Kissinger single handedly in 1971 and led India to a massive victory. America remained anti-India and pro-Pakistan for a long time. Indira Gandhi kicked out Coca Cola and IBM out of India which were to return to the nation after a 20 year hiatus, only in Rao period when Indian economy was opened up after globalization. China deserted Pakistan in the 1971 war and will do it again in future when it really matters. India can count on Chinese cunning and selfishness one hundred percent if not on Pakistan cowardice and ineptitude.

PATHANKOT & URI (2016)

Pathankot and Uri were very recent terror attacks by Pakistan in India. There have been terror attacks in India carried out by Pakistan on daily basis in Kashmir that we have lost count of our martyred brave soldiers ambushed and slain to death in connivance at times with local Indian muslims. This we call Cross-border Terrorism and it is worse than a full scale war. It takes a huge toll on soldiers’ morality and bleeds you gradually. It is proxy war really. This is the dirtiest work and injury inflicted by Pakistan on India.  Indian muslim implication is the hardest thing to digest. That your own blood could turn against you. This harsh reality tears your heart. Disloyalty and betrayal are the worst crosses we Indians especially Hindus have to bear. Yes, we breed local terrorists. I hope even America and UK will agree because they are facing a similar situation: homegrown terror.

Social media took over from mainstream media by this time. Social media is a double edged weapon. But it gave common man in India a forum to express his/her wrath on Pakistan and Kashmir during Uri.

KASHMIRIS WILL PAY THE PRICE

I shop for handloom textiles in exhibitions and fairs. We buy routinely from our Kashmiri muslim brothers wanting to give them business. Wanting them to grow.They always return to our cities and towns throughout India selling their wares. We invite them into our homes in case they are street hawkers and they normally invite us to Kashmir for tourism as well. Many have given us visiting cards. To be fair to them, most of them like and respect the Hindu literate and business mind and acknowledge that their growth and prospects are with rest of India only. They speak our language now, quite a few of them. Even a few months back I and my friend were chatting up two Kashmiri muslim men in Chennai. We shopped for 5 minutes but lingered with them for 50 minutes talking this and that. The guys were making us laugh with bits of Tamil they picked up singing to us Tamil songs. I doubt if any Indian will trust Kashmiris in future after Pulwama. Gone to wind is the bonhomie. In handloom expos, every state in India has representation. The Kashmiris never stood out of the crowd. They were one and the same as rest of India. As I frequent these expos, I and my friend are now familiar with our regular Punjabi, Gujarati, Bangali, Maharashtrian cooperative staff. To the extent we exchange pleasantries. The exhibitions are pan India bringing everyone together.

I wish Kashmiri youth who turn to terrorism can come and see for themselves how much they are loved and wanted and included in everything Indian. We send our Kashmir brothers back home with bags of money. Even if they have been stone pelting our soldiers. May be now, we must revise our opinion. I have not come across a single Indian threatening or troubling a Kashmiri in all these years. The Kashmiris know it deep down.

Amidst the Pulwama terror attack, Indian airforce still plied over 300 Kashmir students to their exam centers to enable them take up their GATE exams. Thousands of Kashmiri students attend universities all across India. Many thousands work in Indian banking sector/IT companies etc., earning their livelihood in India. Now how to trust them any longer. What if they are sleeper terror cells.

During Kashmir floods in 2014, the same Kashmiri terrorists were thrown lifeline by Indian army that saved hundreds of lives and restored their damaged properties.

The Hurriyat security is withdrawn finally today by Indian govt. India has been spending a whopping 5000-6000 crores of rupees on their security cover.

Music has started for Kashmiris as their undergrads are evicted from universities and sacked from their jobs across the length and breadth of India. Now this is new: this retaliation.

Pro-terror Kashmiri students get expelled from universities across India while their working counterparts get sacked. Bihar villages evict Kashmiri tradesmen as Indians rise in waves of unabated rage and disgust against Kashmiris (image from WhatsApp and Facebook posts)

Every Kashmiri muslim must ask himself/herself, why no Kashmiri Hindu Pundit is a terrorist. Why no Hindu pundit KILLS. After all, the Kashmiri terrorists had raped and killed thousands of Hindu Pundits burning their homes and evicting them from Kashmir. Today, the Kashmir Hindu Pundits are refugees in their own homeland living in pitched tents in and around Delhi in inhumane conditions. So what makes you a terrorist that does not make a Hindu a terrorist who has lost much more than you can ever give back. You have ethnic cleansed Kashmir of Hindus. If anything, the Hindu Pundits must have become hardcore terrorists by your own logic. Why haven’t they? Let me give a one word answer here that you can never bring yourself to admit: HINDU-DHARMA. The corollary is implicit.

PULWAMA (2019)

Pulwama has broken a billion hearts. Not seen such a collective rage and anguish in India in a long time. Precisely I am seeing the same reaction I saw after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. At that time however, it was Congress govt in power.  Now it is BJP headed by Modi. It makes one hell lot of a difference.

History shows how every single Indo-Pak war was initiated by the Pakistanis who were defeated in everyone of them. Every single terror act not only in India but also around the world similarly has a Pakistan hand in it.

The Times of India came under fire for underming the Indian sensitivities and security concerns as the group owned by foreign church came out with deliberately misleading headlines as usual. Many including me quit reading print/online TOI group of publications months/years back. Subscriber base wearig thin for anti-nationals like The Hindu and TOI owned by Christian conversion missionaries as the Hindu are on staff retrenchment mode reportedly. (Image from Whatsapp and Facebook posts)

Mainstream media has received flak for biased coverage of Pulwama, from Indian public who have gone on to put the anti-nationals in the dock with the aid of Social media. The pro-terror have had it coming, and a virtual war rages in social media where the common man again can express his angst without restraint, directly debating the national issues and security. For a first time, the public voice is heard loud and clear, and it is not one-way like it has been when mainstream media reigned supreme.

Media in India has proved to be untrustworthy as it has now emerged crystal clear how they are owned, managed and run by either pro-terror and terror sympathizers or foreign church/conversion missionaries.

Projecting terrorism and terrorists as normal and regular: How India Media act pro-terror and glorify terrorism (Image from Facebook). India Today and The Quint aware, most serial killer psychos are just your average guy next door on surface? Bet what the editors get slapped with. Sedition charges?

Over 25 years have passed since the Bombay Stock Exchange terror attack. India has come a long way. Now we are a booming economy and we are in driver seat. We command world respect and Hindus are a dominant and acknowledged intellectual community today on the global stage. We have a voice. We have powerful lobbies and we have sympathizers. We have bargaining capacity in the present as we have never had in the past. We can push agendas. We can dictate terms. We can broker and deal what is best for us. We can afford to take some collateral losses as well. And finally we are ready to deliver Pakistan the knock-out punch. At the same time our enemy has been spiraling down and down… that if they are not to be dealt with their death blows by us Indians, they will anyway have it coming from China the friendly neighbourhood backstabber. Either way it is win-win for India.

Hopefully the sacrifices of our bravehearts in Pulwama will not go in vain. The martyrs have laid down their lives for the motherland: 40 of them. It is easy to preach that hate is wrong, but then a venom must be and can be broken only with another equal venom. Adharma does not deserve Dharma. Adharm has to be fought with Adharm only. So says even Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita.

A billion hearts lie broken. They will heal only when we avenge Pakistan for our martyred heroes. Jai Hind!

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Where Did The 300 Kg RDX Come From.

Tweet by Arti Bajpai Dubey (hope that’s okay):

I am #Pulwama I am Charlie I am Paris I am Orlando I am Brussels I am Nice I am Munich I am Berlin I am Westminster I am Barcelona I am London I am Norway I am Manchester I am Kabul I am Uri I am Mumbai I am Madrid I am New York I am Ankara I am tired …

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Where did the 300 Kg of Explosives come from for one of the worst terrorist attacks in Indian soil. Of course from Pakistan, where else. Now cross check the Pakistan connection to all these terror attacks around the world.

Jammu & Kashmir is a landlocked state of India with Indian army troops guarding the Himalayan paradise from our terrorist neighbours. Kashmir shares borders with China and Pakistan. The explosives for the Pulwama terror attack on February 14th could have originated from only one source: Pakistan. Smuggled into India through our porous borders. This is if we are to give the benefit of doubt to China, unless otherwise China is hands in glove with Pakistan in masterminding terror attacks. China anyway has been blocking India from getting the terror chief Masud Azaar on the docks for a while now, at the United Nations. Role of China cannot be entirely ruled out in acts of terror given their nexus with Pakistan. At the least, the financial arrangement is a possibility given the Chinese vested interests in Pakistan.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pulwama-kashmir-terror-attack-mastermind-ghazi-abdul-rasheed-trained-adil-ahmad-dar-1457584-2019-02-16https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pulwama-kashmir-terror-attack-mastermind-ghazi-abdul-rasheed-trained-adil-ahmad-dar-1457584-2019-02-16

India is the wise old Elephant that shall neither forgive nor forget. For a first step, river waters flowing from India to Pakistan will be summarily stopped forthwith. Not a single drop of water. Taps to be turned off for Pakistan.

https://postcard.news/boond-boond-pani-ke-liye-tarhpega-ab-pakistan-modi-govt-decide-to-stop-the-flow-of-water-to-pakistan-and-divert-it-to-indian-states/?fbclid=IwAR2S5k0zVPssovwGUOei3_IDa-O-01Rm4zu7ldTpsIeEE9TlXKKU7tuNklc

The pro-terror tweets and social media comments of our desi anti-nationals to be viewed seriously by government and dealt with accordingly, because facts can be misconstrued easily here. Men and women who are terror sympathizers are losing their jobs and livelihood left and right with their misplaced loyalty. The idea is to make clear the India stance against terror ideology. Either you are with us or against us, that is it. All Indian citizens must furnish our government with proofs of any pro-terror remarks and posts in Indian mainstream media and social media for necessary legal and criminal action as deemed fit.

https://www.opindia.com/2019/02/ndtv-suspends-deputy-news-editor-for-celebrating-pulwama-terror-attack-may-take-further-action/?fbclid=IwAR29CeVpfiLTfpUctkL1cgcElODpNxc5I0emmERgHvBXVLgR2eDYRQidOqQ

Indian Army may be given full control of Kashmir shortly. India will choose where and how to bleed Pakistan and to what degree. Before the turn of the century, there won’t be a nation ‘Pakistan’ – India will erase the terror state from world map. This is a distinct possibility now.

Security cover to Hurriyat to be withdrawn laying them bare to decimation anytime, and stone pelters to be shot dead at sight. Very soon this will be a reality. Kashmiris were being funded with fake Indian currency notes (Rs.500/- denomination precisely) by Pakistanis who are notorious counterfeit currency printers and suppliers in the world blackmarket. PM Modi’s overnight Demonetization of higher denominations of our currency brought the stone pelting to a grinding halt in Kashmir as supplies dried up from our terrorist neighbour.

It is also time to throw out the Kashmir undergrads and post grads and research assistants from Indian universities into their own hell hole. Kashmiris to be stripped of their employments /positions through out India and businesses to Kashmiris to be actively discouraged.

In 1947, before the state of Jammu & Kashmir acceded to India there was a looting and raping spree by Pathans and other Paksitanis in entire Kashmir that the Maharaja of Kashmir begged PM Jawaharlal Nehru to rescue Kashmir and drive out intruders. As winter closed in, Indian army secured the rest of Kashmir except for what remains today as POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) driving out rapists and looters. Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir signed the letter of accession of Kashmir to India LEGALLY. If not for Indian intervention, there would be no Kashmiri left in today’s Kashmir with his/her dignity intact. Pakistanis would have resettled in the valley reducing and depopulating ethnic Kashmiri race. Present day Kashmiris have forgotten their turbulent past and especially the aftermath of 1947 and what could have happened to them if not for India. If not for the solid weight of India behind them, Kashmir would have been the next Afghanistan by now.

Kashmir has had a Hindu ancestry from before the time human history got recorded. Kashmiris were force converted by Aurangzeb as late as in the 17th century CE at the point of sword. It is not uncommon for Kashmiris to sport their surnames Butt/Bhat or Guru for instance even today, a telltale giveaway, as their ancestors never wanted to remain for long in the converted alien faith. The Kashmiri forefathers hoped for one day to return to their Hindu Dharmic roots, so they adhered to their surnames doggedly for centuries. Today it is the same Kashmiri Pundit and Baniya who are transformed into worst world terrorists. Three centuries of foreign faith seems to have erased the complete good of Dharma from their bloodstream. Thousands of years of Hindu roots destroyed beyond recognition. Kashmiri terrorists later ethnic cleansed the state of their Hindu neighbours in the 1980s, at the instigation of slain Pakistan PM Benazzir Bhutto. Kashmir is one classic case of what can happen to you if you are ‘infidel.’ Your own neighbour can take your life before raping your daughter in front of your eyes and setting your home to fire. Just ask the Kashmir Hindu Pundits driven out of Kashmir, forced to live as refugees in makeshift camps in their own native country India.

If Kashmiri terrorists are in the right, then Germany and Canada may follow suit and become Caliphates in near future. Canada is teeming with terrorists drawn from every corner of the globe. It is a pressure cooker waiting to burst anytime. This is what happens when a wrong ideology is supported baseless and the essential truth is brushed under the carpet.

Kashmir needs to be repopulated with Hindus, recolonized with Hindus once again. So long as Hindus formed majority of Kashmir, the region was peaceful. Along with the Kashmiri Pundits, Government of India must rehabilitate retired army personnel with their families and Biharis in Kashmir.

All Kashmiris living in other states of India to sign in nearest police station every fortnight. All Kashmiris with Indian passports working in foreign countries must be asked to sign in Indian embassy every month. This will help keep track of their sleeper cells of terror, just in case. Kashmiris are tainted blood who just cannot be reformed. Terror corruption runs deep in their veins. We Indians have been in denial of this acid truth for long. Time to let reality sink in and remove Kashmiris from Kashmir in entirety. These traitors belong in Af-Pak or in Middle East or wherever. No place for them in the land named after Hindu sage Kashyap or in the valley of Mother Vaishno Devi with capital ‘Sri Nagar.’

India to warn world nations to limit their business interactions with Pakistan. India must take up with each and every Arab nation in middle east on this on warfooting basis. Pakistanis need further isolation.

India must reduce trade contracts with nations which engage with Pakistan on favourable conditions. India must review relations with nations sponsoring or sporting Pakistanis or Pakistani businesses.

India should disrepair and undermine the CPEC project of Pakistan with China, but why bother. India will benefit hugely as Pakistan sells itself more and more to China like some African nations have done. Day is not far when the entire strip of their territory leading up to Gwadar will not only be under Chinese control but also under Chinese sovereignty.

Mutilating Pakistan must be first priority for India, breaking them to bits and pieces. Balochistan is ideal ground to start with. Not in a million years can Pakistan tear away Kashmir or Punjab from India. They know it well.

A low key but severely debilitating war that will bleed Pakistan slowly and surely to death is the best viable option. India has been steadily breaking their wings: stalled the sale of F16s to Pakistan by America, annulled the US aid to Pakistan among other things. Pakistan is steeped in debts and economically crushed already, head barely above waters where it concerns China. Last year India dealt a severe blow to Pakistan by way of Uri Surgical Strike that reportedly vaporized a Paki terror camp of 400 armed corps deep in their terrain. In 1971, India bifurcated Pakistan into two parts carving ‘Bangladesh’ out of the eastern one.

Hopefully Modi sarkar will be analyzing issues from all feasible angles and arrive at a tangible solution/plausible conclusion.

We cannot let this proxy war against India to go on forever. Let us get it over with.

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Who Are We Stealing From

Modi’s 10% reservation for the so-called economically backward FCs is the reason for this post.

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My part-time maid lives off my street. Hers is a dead-end. No thatched roof can be seen within city limits (except in north Madras extension areas that are fishing colony) but since this is a fag end of the street with no traffic, the civic authorities have spared the little murky corner. Coming from a dirt poor family, it is also true that my girl’s home stands out like a sore thumb in the otherwise crudely made out cement and concrete lower middle-class neighbourhood of hers.  Most constructions here were originally unauthorized but gradually regularized by the corporation who routinely ratify illegal tenements/housing/encroachments within city limits. Is there any other way of providing decent shelter to the poorest of poor in our metro (other than in Housing Board colonies that have sprung up for the purpose). Displacing the masses is unthinkable. One has to consider their livelihood.

Let’s call my girl ‘S.’ She  lives in a single room thatched hut – the walls are exposed brick work cemented in patches and whitewashed here and there. Her husband is a house painter. She shares the meager living space with her husband and 2 grown-up children. Her In-law occupies the adjoining room. She says there is a 4 feet verandah running in the sides where she has built a rudimentary toilet. When the Jayalalitha government installed for her a free hand pump, my maid’s water woes were temporarily solved. Now in harsher times, once again in her late thirties, she is back to running after the water tankers to fetch precious potable water for her family. Minimum of 20 times a day that is. Tanker stops at the street turning. Calculate the distance of one street, the weight of each plastic pot loaded with water, the carrying time and energy. This is going on for years sans a small break in good monsoon years. The girl suffers greatly with painful hips and excess bleeding thanks to the ordeal. The hand pump was a blessing to her. Now it is useless.

Water tanker dispensation is also not free. Is in’t strange that a valuable two rupee is levied by the tanker crew per pot (officially or unofficially) from the poorest whereas we the upper middle classes have all along sat back to enjoy the corporation water from our sumps paying a flat tax and water charge. Pittance compared to what the lowest and most unprivileged menial work labourers have to shell out for water. In fact this is a good part of their daily wages.

My girl was using wood/coal for cooking. I booked an LPG connection for her over 10 years back when she started working for me, and got her the first gas cylinder. I did not know then how much it saved her money and energy. Thankfully, she gets her subsidy credited to her account these days.

A day in my maid’s life dawns at about 4 am. She cooks and cleans for her family, packs lunch, leaves food for in-law (rich or poor it is a must in most families in India to take care of husband’s elderly parents; and parents prefer staying over at their son’s over their daughter’s). Later she comes to work for me. Returns to her home to do the dishes and wash clothes. Goes to sleep with the lights on by 10 pm. Her husband is the chief earning member. Daily he brings home 200 bucks which is big sum for them.

During monsoons (lean season), the husband whose painting job is not regular but seasonal, opts for any kind of manual work like cleaning homes, water tanks etc in the neighbourhood. It is predictable he is out of job for over a month or perhaps longer whenever the skies open up. That is when the family suffers the most.

Husband and wife are hard and sincere workers. Whether standing in queue for hours to get their rations supply from the govt PDS shops or taking care of their children and aged parents, they discharge their familial duties without a murmur. Beach and cinema happen once an year during vacations. Holiday means a 2-day bus trip to Tirupathi Balaji temple, a bi-annual pilgrimage for the family. For lower middle class India, temple towns are the Himalayan hill stations.

Even if poor my maid’s family celebrate all our festivals as it fits their capacity and are very religious. My maid fasts many more times than me, and her kind of unadulterated raw piety always impresses me. When I chant the Lalitha Sahasranama, she would adjust her work near my pooja so she hears me. She comes to work after showering, so makes fresh flowers into garlands for my Mother Goddess. She is always my temple companion. I tell her, Shakthi will be more delighted with her than me – because it is her devotion that is matchless. Mother sees what we the mortals cannot see. Mother notes what we the earthlings miss.

Even as she is steeped in such an abject poverty, my girl’s cheer and zest for life always bowls me over. There is so much to complain if she has to. But she never does that. And no gossip either. Virtues you find nowhere these days.

The family though suffers from a strange but severe stress: 

They sleep with their single tubelight on during the nights  – as otherwise they have to deal with rodent menace. Once their boy’s toe was bitten by a furry rat and he had to get a shot to overrule any viral/bacterial infection. Ever since the family do not dare switching off the light when it is bedtime.

‘How do you manage to even get a wink of sleep’ I ask my girl and she says as a matter of fact, ‘now I can’t go to sleep with lights off!’

Sleeping with the lights on…

I have no tears left in my eyes to shed for my girl. The single factor that she and family sleep with the lights on was on my conscience for days when I learned of it the first time.

Monsoon times leave her place with damp walls, wet floors, drains overflowing. I try to help by giving out blankets, food etc. Whatever we do is simply not enough I know.

My heart goes out to millions in this country who jostle up in dungeon-like quarters for shelter that they call ‘home.’ My girl is a lot luckier – she has someplace to call ‘home’ and she owns her small plot of 600 sq ft which is still a good bet in a city like Chennai. Think about the homeless.

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I ask my girl about her daughter always. I still love and long for my unborn daughter.

‘She is still bed wetting!’ said she the last time i inquired.

Her 15 year daughter, was in the habit of wetting the bed during sleep. I keep asking ‘S’ to refer to a doc but she says, she had had such an anxiety problem herself. Now combined with her menarche, the problem has worsened for her daughter. ‘Why didn’t you tell me earlier?’ I asked her totally perplexed. The girl’s bed-wetting had totally slipped my mind. I could see the agitation in my maid’s face. I gave her a bunch of blankets. ‘Throw away the soiled ones. Use fresh ones, how much ever you want, ask me’ I said.

‘Akka my hands are aching washing the sheets day in and day out!’ she said, ‘our little house stinks and everytime my daughter has to change her napkin, we all have to troop out of the hut. Even if its midnight.’

How many ever bedrooms and bathrooms and wardrobes we have, we want more. How much ever clothes and jewels we own, we want new. Is ours the latest car? Cell phone? Well now, welcome to poor and miserable India. Come meet my girl ‘S.

We all come across so many, many stories in daily life, media and internet, but nothing moves me like this girl’s. I could get her a washing machine but its not advisable given the nature of their muddy damp walls. Besides there is not a square inch to spare. As such they live like cattle in a shed. The single room-hut serves as my maid’s family’s bedroom, kitchen and living. There is a tv, a fridge, a steel bureau and a cooking counter. Too many electronics and electricals to my comfort. There is barely any moving space and they sleep in the floor in a row. Any guests may mean, the family have to squeeze them in that cramped hole they call home. They don’t even use a ceiling fan – only a pedestal is possible in the low-roof thatched space.

My heart goes out to the little girl who has blossomed into a young woman last year. Where is the privacy the teenager desperately needs in this hour. The girl is upset and crying because she knows her condition and she is ashamed about it. She has no control over her bladder having slept with the lights on since the day she was born. And now onset of the menstrual cycle complicated matters for her. She is still a child – of 15 years. 

Quarrelsome abusive grandmother , alcoholic grandfather (who recently passed away), and an impoverished neighbourhood, the little girl seems to suffer from some suppressed emotions surrounded by misery from all sides, leave alone the economic condition.

I remember my doc’s warnings to me when my son was an infant and I was a working mom. That was a long, long time back. His first advice was to strictly keep the lights switched off after 9 pm so the baby learns the difference between day and night. My son stopped bedwetting in night hours under one year. He started sleeping the whole night around the same time, not keeping awake, giving me complete rest and full night’s sleep that I badly needed in those days. Many years may have rolled since, but whatever concerns my son as a mother, I never forget. (One more reason is, the Pampers (children’s napkin) commercial I see in tv bombarding Indian homes with misinformation and harmful ideas on parenting. Unhealthy things are wrongly promoted in the name of hygiene, soaking wet in diapers for hours is advised against quickest disposal of soiled napkins. Mothers of my generation never did that.) (My diapers I used for my son were my FIL’s old cleanly washed and cut white cotton dhotis! My MIL made a fine job out of them!) (That’s a keepsake for another blog post in future!) Anyway, things like these strangely remain in your memory forever for whatever reasons…

I think perhaps the girl would be alright with time. Would outgrow the habit. My maid who endured the same problem got okay only with her marriage. She was bed-wetting until her 18th year that is. Sudden thrust into married life must have done something to her psychologically. She says with her wedding night, she lost the bothersome habit unaware. I did not tell her, the reason was perhaps marriage freed her from her miserable existence easing her anxieties and giving her a sense of security. She needed no more to toil for hours in hot sun in farm lands in her village and walk back the long distance home to slog the rest of the waking hours until she went to sleep. Urban life was easy neither but comparably less daunting.

On my advice and on doctor’s the mother tries many remedial measures with the little girl. Like not giving her liquid food from the evening hours. From rousing her from sleep to take her to toilet every 1-2 hours. Still nothing works.

I said may be her daughter’s problem is hereditary. Then I suddenly remembered and asked her ‘Did you tell the doctor about sleeping with the lights on?’ She said no, she never thought that could be a reason. I said perhaps that is the main reason. My maid is too scared and shy to approach any doctor or psychologist any longer on the issue. She feels her daughter has grown too old for that. She is concerned about what her neighbours may think,. whether it would later on affect her daughter’s married life. How much ever I try to convince her to come with me to a specialist, she refuses. She believes her daughter will be fine some day as she herself grew out of the habit over time  …

May be she is right, we must try to ignore the problem. And the girl who is self-conscious up until now about the bedwetting would get alright on her own…

The mother and the girl – and their dreams and trials and tribulations… Its a moving story. I am ashamed of my nation, my society, of the class divide, of the insecurity of the masses, of the injustice they suffer from and more than all by the way they meekly surrender without a fight. They know they have lost it. What it is to be really poor and at receiving end in India – I am seeing before my eyes every single day.

The little girl’s menstruation coupled with the bedwetting habit totally funks me. Sleeping with the lights on…

The silver lining in the cloud is that hopefully one day in the future the teen girl will become a graduate – the first woman to earn a degree in her entire clan. So its high time her medical or psychological disorder is dealt with with the seriousness it deserves. More than anything, hygiene is important. If a qualified expert says all will be well without treatment, I am willing to consider that. Or whether the girl should wait until she marries as her mother says… Is it alright to meddle in others’ life. These are the questions I ask myself now.This is why I stop right here without overstepping certain boundaries.

What are the long term effects on health of individuals who are deprived for years, fitful night sleep. Is it normal to be in light all 24 hours a day – in sunlight during the day and electric light by the night hours. What are the psychological side effects. Very disturbing to think.

I keep calling my maid from wherever I am as I divide my time between places. Never fail to ask her about her daughter. She is getting her regular monthly periods. But the bed-wetting continues… The mother sometimes sounds tired and hopelessly sad. The men in the family – her husband and son are suffering in a way too. The little girl’s habit has now multiplied many times over. And then there is the grandparent to consider … ‘We all are keeping awake the whole nights for 5 days now every month’ said ‘S.’ Never have i felt more sick.

How many of us even bother to spare a moment to think of the lives of our house helps or drivers or cooks. Many times I think about helping the family with their housing needs but I decide, helping with the children’s education is more important. The family as I said, is very proud even if poor. Any extra help you may want to give them, they shy away with shame cursing their own helplessness. They are the kind of rural folks who can be easily wounded. They don’t want help – beyond a certain point. I am actually happy with that. How much they value self-respect, honour and dignity even in their desolate living conditions unwilling to compromise. What a difference from our politicians. And even our FCs who want to compare themselves with this poor lot of the nation. ‘Akka when my son starts working, he will raise a loan and build us a proper home’ says my maid.

I have tried to sleep with the lights on – never succeeded.

India’s issues are very complex, complicated. Poverty and gender discrimination and illiteracy compound to our woes. Those of us who are lucky are so very insensitive to care for those on who we tread over. Our greed snatches away the poors’ just share. Every 2nd or 3rd flat or house we buy, we are pushing the unfortunate into a further cramped dark corner.  Their petty world is bleak and hopeless. The day my maid told me she washed as many soiled sheets and mats of her daughter in their dirty bathroom after the night bed-wetting by her daughter on her getting her periods, I could not sleep in my comfortable bed. I tossed and turned for hours thinking of the girl, the family sitting or lying with the lights on, and mother and daughter making numerous trips to their dingy bathroom… the whole night… If I don’t feel guilty after this, I am not human.

Modi government, please think twice before any big decision/ruling. Be it Reservation or Land Acquisition. This is my hearty, earnest request to you. We can beat the mute and the invisible black and blue and they can take it, but it breaks my heart to see this happen to them. Industrialization, urbanization is necessary, but please do it without trampling upon our poor and squashing them into pathetic pieces. There is nobody to take their sides, nobody to argue their cases, they will give up easily – but think of the spirit we crush, the hopes we dash, the lives we crumple… I am certain my government will have some humanitarian considerations… If you have to uproot anyone at all, relocate them favourably.  Ambanis can have 27 storied palatial houses. The poor of India are not clamouring after big bungalows. All they want is to be left alone and not disturbed.

Giving the FCs of India equal footing with the suppressed and downtrodden communities of the nation is the most heartless injustice one can do to them. To be clubbed with their exploiters in one economic bracket is the worst thing that can happen to the poorest of India.

I have never felt as hopeless about my nation as I do now. Social Justice died a cruel death in India yesterday right in our parliament.