Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tech transfer is the real benefit of the decision to go with the Rafale jet fighter.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Baliga's invention has resulted in cost savings of over $15 trillion for consumers. "Because of the IGBT the world has not had to build at least 600 hydroelectric dams of the size [of the] Hoover Dam!" says Baliga.Jayant Baliga's invention is a power saver
IIT-JEE Will Be Missed:
“It didn’t matter where you came from; to clear the JEE you had to be good,” says professor Jayant Baliga, who was in the top 50 when he took the exam in 1965.
one word explains why italian #shooters are submitting to kollam judicial magistrate's authority: #piravam
According to one of the e-mails, the firm was shown the information papers collected from bin Laden's Abbotabad compound after the US special forces attack last May that resulted in his death. The e-mail, from a Stratfor analyst, suggested that up to 12 officials in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency knew of the al-Qaeda leader's safe house. The internal email did not name the Pakistani officials involved but said the US could use the information as a bargaining chip in post raid negotiations with Islamabad.More:
“Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots.”
– Cole Stryker, an author who has researched the Anonymous hacker movement, as quoted by the New York Times. Stryker went on: “You have four or five guys who really know what they’re doing . . . and then thousands of people spreading the word.” The Times article detailed a cyber-attack by Anonymous, which has lashed out with attacks on a number of companies and government agencies over the past year, on the Vatican web site last August. The article, drawing upon reports from Redwood City online security company Imperva, describes Operation Pharisee, an unsuccessful denial-of-service attack organized in Latin America intended to protest the Catholic Church’s ongoing child sexual abuse scandal. The Imperva report, which will be released at anInternet security conference in San Francisco this week, provides a rare look at Anonymous’ strategy, from planning to execution.
From: Ishwar Sharan
Sunday, February 26, 2012
France Télécom to Use Intel Chips
The company says the pricing (of Intel powered phones) will be at an "affordable" level. "It really is in the middle range in terms of price, but is a high-end phone in terms of features, quality and speed."
Orange will continue to work with Intel in the future, Mr. Maitre said, with the goal of introducing more competition in the smartphone market.
"Some European countries are requesting the device," he said, adding that colleagues from countries like Spain, Poland and Romania are "calling me every day to say, please, we want the Intel phone."
Mid-last year things began to change. We were now staying in three star hotels instead of the usual five star. Soon we were put up in guest houses. Our salaries were getting delayed, initially by a month or so. Then we went without salaries for months together. I have not been paid from December 2011. Initially, it was easy to manage. I dipped into my savings to pay the rent and for other expenses. Last month, I broke my fixed deposit.I guess we worry only if a pretty, English medium schooled girl has to cope with such difficulties. There are millions who share similar plight. It is common in South India for local businesses to hire more guys and girls than they need. My guess is, it is purely out of compassion. For them it is not all business, it is not all greed. That brings me to a totally different point -- will these businesses be able to continue this if they have to compete with a Walmart?
Suppose one were to break a rule of a lifetime and take Rehman Malik seriously when he announced his intention of granting amnesty to Baloch nationalist leaders and went so far as saying that he will personally receive them on arrival. It is hard to miss the condescension and arrogance of the statement since it evidently fails to recognise the very basics of the conflict and treat this as a petty quarrel which can be muffled with assurances to a few individuals and attempts to rectify it with what comes across as some cheap pillow talk. More significantly, there is a clear implication in the statement which I am not sure Mr Malik completely grasps. To guarantee the end of violence and hostilities in future, has embedded in it the assumption that the guarantor would perhaps have a semblance of control over them. So, Rehman Malik has with one statement, used as a desperate measure, has attempted to take the blood and the guilt of decades of murder upon his hands. Hence, Rehman Malik cannot be taken seriously in this case, even if one does not mention Nauroz Khan Zehri.
‘Security establishment’ is becoming too hazy a term to ascribe direct culpability. It has become an oblique way of saying that the Pakistan armed forces and their subordinate agencies are using intense, non-stop and lethal violence upon the Baloch. Remaining on imprecise terms, ‘missing person’ is a case in point. It is a seemingly innocuous term summoning to mind the image of somebody absent from dinner or someone forgetting to pick someone up. Quite to the contrary, somebody did pick them up with the intention of torture and probably murder; it is abduction or kidnapping at the very least.
The apology and the assurance will have to come from the Army Chief, the DG ISI and the IG FC. And for it to mean anything, those kidnapped have to return or be legally tried in civilian courts and for those murdered, individual apologies should be made and resignations tendered. Remember, murder is not always forgiven, but if you wish to make an effort, extend the Baloch the courtesy of making a decent one. It will still remain the prerogative of the Baloch. The proposal for an All Parties Conference (APC) is nonsensical and diversionary on the face of it – there are only two parties to this conflict, the Pakistan armed forces and the Baloch, those with no stake in the matter should not be allowed to use this exercise as a propaganda tool.
The recent academic discussion on the Balochistan question and bleak alternatives has one distressing omission. It takes as a given, the starting point that Pakistan is a nation state and hence applying the principles and nuances relevant to a nation state. This is how deeply entrenched, the influence of the single, official narrative of the ideology of Pakistan is. Also indicative of our irrational fear that if we revisit or I dare say discard the official version starting from the two-nation theory, all hell will break lose. I think it is worth a try now in the case of Balochistan, to quote Bob Dylan, “when you have got nothing, you have got nothing to lose”. We have reached the point of nothing to lose in Balochistan, except Balochistan itself.
The efforts to intensify patriotism and a monolith identity have also surged. To my mind at least, there is no doubt that the Difa-i-Pakistan Council is backed by our establishment, primarily the military and been given the task of spewing anti-American and anti-Indian sentiment to solidify national unity, etc. The DPC is like an army of clones of that clown, Zaid Hamid. Not a word from them, on the murder of Baloch or the systematic killing of the Shia in Kurram. Even if bad faith is ruled out, admittedly hard to do here, yet they find it difficult to contemplate that there may be principles of humanity beyond the imperative of a country being forced to stay together and the fact that entire world might not have the time or the inclination of conspiring against us. I do not know if and to what extent is there foreign intervention in Balochistan, however I am clear on the point that deprivation, strangulation and murder by our patriotic army has lead us to this situation.
The DPC and their likes are very vociferously imploring Pakistanis to take up arms and go die fighting America, India, Nato and Israel, etc. The tone from many in public discourse is becoming agitated, almost threatening that force will grudgingly have to be used if the Baloch do not forgive us. The casual manner in which they talk about our soldiers going to war, for obviously unjust causes to commit murder in one or to certain death in the other is repulsive, primarily because it is disrespectful of their sacrifice in our real war against religious fanaticism. Balochistan cannot be kept glued together by the use of violence; we have already tried that and still are. To put it vaguely, a new social contract will have to be devised, if it is not too late already. To mention Bangladesh, at any length here would be a cliché.
While talking about patriotism, death and armchair zealots of the DPC, to end on an elevated note, Wilfred Owen, a soldier and perhaps the greatest war poet should be referred to. He ends his greatest work Dulce et Decorum est with:
“If in some smothering dreams you too could pace/ Behind the wagon that we flung him in, / And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,/ His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; /If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood / Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,/ Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, / My friend, you would not tell with such high zest/ To children ardent for some desperate glory,/ The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est / Pro patria mori. (It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country)”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2012.
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Oh well, Indians aren't exactly famous for their cooperative capabilities - more like infamous - for their lack of them.
Barbarian Indian (barbarindian):
For Hindus, UPA Govt is like an arithmetic mean of Aurangzeb Govt and Mohammed bin Tughlaq Govt.
For Hindus, UPA Govt is likean arithmetic mean of Aurangzeb Govt and Mohammed bin Tughlaq Govt.— Barbarian Indian (@barbarindian) February 26, 2012
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
excellent wsj interview with historian on '#vanished #kingdoms': end of #history for #europe; also book review
Gunnar Myrdal's son: "Many believe caste is exclusively Indian, but it is not. You have social organisations in other countries, including mine, where voting is not carried out rationally, but on the basis of caste, clan and tribe."
Date: Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM
Subject: Swedish writer: "Many believe caste is exclusively Indian, but it is not. You have social organisations in other countries, including mine, where voting is not carried out rationally, but on the basis of caste, clan and tribe.
Though India is the largest democracy, the most prominent party, the Indian National Congress, is completely dynasty-dominated. Is that a healthy sign?
Well, I somewhat knew Jawaharlal Nehru. He was an interesting person and a leader, and I have great respect for him. But I don't think dynasty politics is good in a democracy.
I see not only his grandson, but his great grandson taking part. Heredity is usually not the best way to select leaders.
Though voting is a democratic right, elections here are dominated by the caste factor. Instead of voting for developmental issues, caste and wealth are predominant. What are your views on it?
The caste system in India is deep and destructive. Many believe caste is exclusively Indian, but it is not. You have social organisations in other countries, including mine, where voting is not carried out rationally, but on the basis of caste, clan and tribe.
I was searching around the net, trying to find a discussion forum on India's space program where I could chat with others about it, but couldn't find anything. The Indian military boards do have some space-related threads, but they don't amount to much. There really should be a dedicated forum for Indian space discussion, so that we can cultivate an online Indian space community. As a last resort, I registered and created a forum of my own, and made a bunch of topic categories within it:
Please feel free to register, and post your feedback and suggestions on what I should add, remove or change to make it better.
Otherwise, if anybody knows of a good existing discussion site for India's space program, I'd really be interested in hearing about it, because then I won't have to go to the trouble of maintaining and promoting this one.
It's really a shame that India has such an active space program with its share of achievements and dreams, but yet we don't have a single discussion board on the net for Indians to talk about any of it. Space is a vital part of our future and destiny.
Friday, February 24, 2012
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Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:01 AM
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Plenty of apps give you stripped-down versions of Office on the iPad. But OnLive Desktop gives you the complete Windows Office suite. In Word, you can do fancy stuff like tracking changes and high-end typography. In PowerPoint, you can make slide shows that the iPad projects with all of the cross fades, zooms and animations intact.
Thanks to Microsoft’s own Touch Pack add-on, all of this works with touch-screen gestures. You can pinch and spread two fingers to zoom in and out of your Office documents. You can use Windows’ impressive handwriting recognition to enter text (although a Bluetooth keyboard works better). You can flick to scroll through a list.
OnLive Desktop is seamless and fairly amazing. And fast; on what other PC does Word open in one second?
America, keep rewarding your dissidents
By Vivek Wadhwa,
Published: February 21 | Updated: Wednesday, February 22
Ever since I became an academic six years ago, I have been one of the biggest critics of U.S. competitiveness policies. I documented, for example, that we had our data wrong when it came to India and China’s advantages in engineering education and R&D, that we didn’t understand how to build innovation centers, and that our assumptions about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship were wrong. I have been particularly vocal about America’s flawed immigration policies. I quantified the amazing contribution that skilled immigrants make in the technology industry and raised the alarm about the reverse brain drain that is in progress. I testified, assertively, to Congress, and have been badgering our political leaders to act on these important issues.
My father, a retired Indian diplomat, called me on several occasions to plead that I tone down my criticism. He worried that I would anger U.S. government officials and they would find some way to have me deported. Indeed, this would have been the case in many countries, where I could have ended up in a Gulag — or worse.
But what happens in America?
The Government gives me an official recognition — Outstanding American by Choice — for my “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans.” When I received the call from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director, Alejandro Mayorkas, I had tears in my eyes. He told me that the government appreciated all of my efforts to make the country more competitive and that my criticisms of his department had motivated his team to work harder to improve the system.
This is the greatness of America and why this country leads the world: Disagreement and debate are cherished. Challenging the norms, thinking outside the box, and questioning those in power is encouraged and celebrated. The louder you speak the more prominence and respect you are given. Society’s heroes aren’t merely revolutionaries or political figures, but opinionated, non-conformist entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
This is what distinguishes American children from others and why they grow up to be innovators. From childhood, they are encouraged to pursue their dreams and to challenge authority. So they challenge their parents, then their teachers, and then their government. And they learn to work with each other and compete. There are no barriers to success. If you work hard, think smart, and persevere, you achieve success. And this success is celebrated. Reaping fortunes through entrepreneurial success even has a special label: it’s called the American Dream.
America’s unique strength is that it also welcomes foreigners. Yes there is some discrimination and there are a few hurdles to leap over. But once you surmount these, you are treated like everyone else. You are given the same respect and have the same opportunities. You can compete in any field. And this is what has been happening through American history: wave after wave of immigrants has landed on American shores, embodied its values, and helped birthright citizens to work harder and think smarter.
Today, America is in a slump. The ups and downs of the economy and rise of new global competitors are discouraging and often cause American’s to lose hope. But, as someone who came to the U.S. by choice, and who has studied the warts of this country and its competitors, I have no doubt that the U.S. will continue to prosper and lead the world.
It has to—no other country has the ingredients for long-term success.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Subject: Catholic cardinal intervenes in Italy-India shooting row
"I immediately contacted the Catholic ministers to ask the Kerala
government not to take precipitate action," George Alencherry Catholic cardinal intervenes in Italy-India shooting row http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest㗬⳽樫闟튶諲ﰍ劶諲�盓涵329319.html AFP
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 VATICAN CITY - An Indian cardinal on Tuesday urged local authorities
in Kerala not to take "precipitate action" in a row between Italy and
India and warned the opposition against trying "to exploit the
situation". "I immediately contacted the Catholic ministers to ask the Kerala
government not to take precipitate action," George Alencherry,
archbishop major of the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala, told Catholic
news agency Fides in Rome. Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday arrested two
Italian soldiers deployed as security guards on an Italian-flagged oil
tanker for allegedly shooting dead two Indian fishermen they mistook
for pirates. "It seems that the opposition wants to exploit the situation and
manipulate it for political motives by talking about 'Western powers'
and 'the drive for American domination'," Alencherry was quoted by
Fides as saying. Kerala is governed by a coalition led by the Congress Party which is
presided by the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi. The opposition is a
coalition between the Left Democratic Front and the Communist Party of
India. Alencherry was formally made a cardinal along with 21 other prelates
by Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in St Peter's basilica on Saturday. He was accompanied by Kerala native K.V. Thomas, a minister of state
in the ministry of agriculture and in the ministry of consumer
Thomas "is a man of great moral stature and significant influence,
both in the local and in the central government, who has assured me of
his maximum effort. I guarantee my constant attention in the coming
days," Alencherry said.-------------------------------2. amb TPS' view:http://www.rediff.com/news/column/kerala-fishermens-killings-acrisis-beyond-diplomacy/20120223.htm --------------------------------3. my view, reposted:http://www.firstpost.com/world/kerala-murders-why-should-we-kowtow-to-one-of-the-piigs-221118.html --------------------------------4. jagannathan finds the cardinal sinning(there was actually a fellow from the philippines in this lot earlier, and his name was Jaime Cardinal Sin, no kidding). http://www.firstpost.com/india/cardinal-sin-whos-playing-with-the-truth-alencherry-or-vatican-222541.html
Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: Interesting development on Freedom for Baluchistan
Good point. Intent then must be to pressure Pakistan to permit US Special Forces operations from Baluchistan. Another brilliant move by the State Dept Einsteins. So the Baluchi Liberation Front will now demand that Interpol be asked to add the murder of Nawab Bugti to the charges against Musharraf, and violence will ramp up in Baluchistan and Sindh. I look forward to hearing of many more oil pipelines and rail tracks being "inflated" there. :) All in all, win-win. n
i think it's the anti-iran lobby (possibly israeli). an independent
baluchistan will be at least as much trouble for iran as it is for
On 2/23/12, N wrote:
> Hadn't heard this one before. Why is the Hon. Rep. Rohrabacher on this
> wagon, I wonder.
> Past wagons, just for perspective:
> 1) Space Solar Power
> 2) Taliban-UNOCAL pipeline deal
> 3) Taliban-UNOCAL-Iran pipeline deal
> 4) Opposition to US-India nuclear deal
> and a few other not-so-stellar achievements. So my only question is: which
> lobby is paying for this resolution?
Mujtahidd: A Tweeting Thorn in the Side of Al Saud
By: Jomana Farhat
Al-Akhbar [Beirut], February 20, 2012
A controversial campaign by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia to discredit Twitter has failed to silence @mujtahidd, a rising tweeting star exposing the corruption of the royal family. In an exclusive interview with Al-Akhbar, @mujtahidd spoke about his motives and vision for change in the Saudi kingdom.
Last month, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh issued a statement calling on Muslims to avoid Twitter. He argued that Twitter is used to “spread lies,” “issue fatwas without basis and not supported by evidence,” and “smear” important religious and political figures. Many were not convinced by this argument and began to speculate about the real reason behind the Saudi mufti issuing such an injunction against Twitter in particular, as opposed to the other websites and forums popular among Saudis.
So what is happening on Twitter in Saudi Arabia, where the highest number of users in the Middle East are found? There is indeed something out of the ordinary, and he goes by the twitter tag of @mujtahidd (studious in Arabic). Since last November, @mujtahidd has been tweeting about the most prominent members of the ruling family. In the process he has revealed a great deal about their various acts of corruption and financial scandals, in addition to details about their extravagant lifestyles supported by state coffers.
The list of individuals linked to the royal family targeted by @mujtahidd thus far includes the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz and a number of his sons, including Royal Diwan chief of staff Khaled Tuwaijri, Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz (who @mujtahidd revealed has recently undergone bypass surgery), and Nayef’s son Prince Saud, who is currently serving as his father’s chief of staff.
Others targeted include Minister of Defense Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Deputy Minister of Defense Khaled bin Sultan, Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, Chairman of Al Hilal Saudi Football Club Abdulrahman bin Musa’ad, Prince Nayef bin Mamdouh, and head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice Abdul Latif al-Sheikh.
However, the biggest target of @mujtahidd’s tweets has been Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd, the youngest son of the late King Fahd that @mujtahidd refers to as “Azzouz” in his posts. @mujtahidd raises questions about Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd’s excesses, asking: “Is it true that your palace in Riyadh next to the Yamama Palace is larger than the king’s residence and cost the state around 12 billion riyals because it is comprised of several palaces? Is it true that it is 2 million square meters in area and [its construction] began in 1994 and work continued until 2003, and the real cost was 3 billion and the rest (9 billion) went between you and Hariri?”
The biggest question @mujtahidd aimed at Azzouz was “Did you resign or were you forced to resign from your post as head of the Diwan of the Council of Ministers?” He goes on to provide some details regarding Abdul-Aziz’s removal, saying “the three Tuwaijris [the King’s sons, Mutaib, Khaled and Abdul-Aziz] played a trick on King Fahd’s son [Abdul-Aziz] by sending him a message through which they convinced him that his dismissal from [his post] was imminent and that if he wanted to save face, he should tender his resignation. Then, they arranged a meeting for him with one of his uncles with whom they coordinated unbeknownst to the King [Abdullah], and he told [Abdul-Aziz] the same thing they had, so Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd was forced to accept the idea that he was dismissed upon his request.”
Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd has responded to @mujtahidd in recent weeks, denouncing his claims as slander and calling him a hired tool. He went as far as calling for a mubahala, a call for God to punish whichever one of them is lying, only to backtrack later.
Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, brother of King Abdullah, got some criticism from @mujtahidd, who asked him: “Do you deny that the total land that you own within the country amounts to tens of millions of square meters and most of it is in the major cities?” This prompted Prince Talal to respond on Twitter, saying “I do not have any land except the 40,000 square meters, which is my house and some small plots surrounding it.”
He also hinted at the possibility of releasing documents that expose members of the ruling family, saying: “one of the owners of vast tracts of land has close to 500 million square meters!!...Everybody knows this.”
Among @mujtahidd’s tweets there is a good share dedicated to Khaled al-Tuwaijri, who is the chief of staff for the Royal Diwan. He is also the private secretary of the King and the director of the Royal Guard. He discussed Khaled’s expanding powers over the past years through an anecdote involving Prince Mishaal bin Abdul-Aziz and the King.
According to the story, “Mishaal came to greet King Abdullah, and asked him about His Majesty King Khaled, to which the King [Abdullah] replied that ‘Khaled [the former King] is dead, may God rest his soul.’ Mishaal then responded saying ‘I don’t mean Khaled bin Abdul-Aziz. I mean His Majesty King Khaled al-Tuwaijri,’” in an apparent jab at Tuwaijri’s rise in influence and power.
King Abdullah had to appease Prince Mishaal “verbally with kind words and in deeds with a deal for the second part of the Haramain rail project worth 30 billion riyals, which was won by the Al Shoula Group owned by Mishaal.”
The alleged corruption of current Deputy Minister of Defense Khaled bin Sultan was also touched upon by @mujtahidd. In this case the focus was on his arms deals and how he inflated their real price during the latest deal with the US, alongside his manipulation of stock prices of some companies.
These tweets helped @mujtahidd attract more than 200,000 followers on Twitter in just over two months. This phenomenon has caused a stir within the ruling family, which is attempting to expose the identity of this mysterious person in hope of putting an end to the revelations. This issue has become a top priority as @mujtahidd’s followers now look forward to reading the latest juicy details of what is taking place behind the gates of the princes’ palaces.
@mujtahidd promised many more surprises in the coming days as he takes his activities beyond just tweeting. In an email conversation with Al-Akhbar, @mujtahidd promised many more surprises in the coming days as he takes his activities beyond just tweeting. He insists on concealing his true identity as a “security precaution,” and he says “anyone can put forth their own theory.” The details of the information revealed have led many to conclude that @mujtahidd is either one of the members of the ruling family or someone who was until recently close to the decision-making circles.
@mujtahidd says that his sources of information include “several individuals within the ruling family, among them princes and those who work in sensitive areas,” while he indicates that some of the information is his own.
As for the reason for divulging this information, @mujtahidd explains that “there are very few individuals from the family sympathetic to reform. Those few have no power but they have information” which they can leak.
This is an indication that the differences within the ruling family are peaking to an extent that certain princes are no longer afraid to go after other members of the family.
@mujtahidd rejects the notion that he is part of score settling between the various Saudi princes.About his sources, @mujtahidd says he believes in “the necessity of exposing corruption and the corrupt as part of an awareness project that contributes to accelerating political change.” He explains that it has fallen upon him in particular to reveal this information because: “I have known this group for a long time due to my position, my activities, and my work over the years” and because “I am more capable [than the others] of writing, expressing [my ideas], and facing the public.”
@mujtahidd rejects the notion that he is part of score settling between the various Saudi princes, pointing out that “if [my tweets] were focused on one particular prince, then perhaps this would be an explanation, but the fact that the issues discussed have targeted all factions [of the family] disproves this hypothesis.”
He also denies being beholden to certain interests, adding, “I use my relationships to realize my goal of making the people aware of the immense scale of corruption, and I direct the information [I gather and disseminate] at realizing this goal. Nobody can exploit me, no-matter how hard they try.” According to @mujtahidd, his goals will not be achieved until the awareness he is promoting translates into “action by the people demanding to fight corruption and implement their demands in practice.”
The goal @mujtahidd has set for his action may seem unrealistic to many but he disagrees. “If the people were not ready to believe @mujtahidd and sympathize with him, then his number of followers would not have reached 200,000.”