Thursday, January 31, 2013

The tyranny of babudom

Purport: Nothing is good or can ever be good in the country, until it's certified by some rotten
bureaucrat babu "Lok Ayukta".

So, gets to certify the babu then? Unfortunately, Ghandi is no longer in our midst, physically that is. Therefore, it would have to be the tyranny of
someone wearing a Ghandi cap.

Who gets to certify the Ghandian and his motives then?

http://m.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-modi-as-pm-he-is-not-keen-on-corruption-free-india-anna/20130131.htm


"Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Thursday questioned Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections saying the Gujarat chief minister was not sincere about rooting out corruption as he has not taken steps for setting up a Lokayukta, a post lying vacant since 2003 in the state."



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sri M - A Modern Mystic

Born Mumtaz Ali Khan and raised in a Muslim family in Trivandrum, he became a Yogi in the Himalayas at nineteen, spent three and a half years traveling with his master Babaji Maheshwarnath, returned to the world, got married, raised a family, founded the Satsang Foundation, built two successful schools, became a crusader for inter-religious harmony, authored a best-selling autobiography, is a respected teacher of Vedanta and Kriya Yoga and today is Guru to thousands across the World.
Here is an interview with him in Hindi. Another one in Malayalam. For the spiritually inclined, here is a 38 minute video of his discourse.

Chinese Hack New York Times

The NYT has been hacked by Chinese over its investigation into high-level corruption in their govt:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57566805-83/chinese-hackers-said-to-wage-cyberwar-on-the-new-york-times/

Well, it certainly shows where China's sensitive spots are. I'm surprised the Congress Party hasn't gone in for such tactics, since they're at least as defensive on corruption issues.

US readers: Dharma Bee Contest For Kids

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His Name is Khan, and he won a Rs 5 lakh reward for beheading Lnc Naik Hemraj Singh and Indian Army captain

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His Name is Khan, and he won a Rs 5 lakh reward for beheading Lnc Naik Hemraj Singh and Indian Army captain

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-gave-Rs-5-lakh-to-man-who-beheaded-Indian-soldier-on-LoC/articleshow/18264118.cms

ISI gave Rs 5 lakh to man who beheaded Indian soldier on LoC

By , TNN | Jan 31, 2013

ISI gave Rs 5 lakh to man who beheaded Indian soldier on LoC
Lance Naik Hemraj Singh was beheaded on January 8, 2013 by Pakistanis on the Indian side of LoC.

NEW DELHI: The terrorist who beheaded Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj Singh on January 8 was rewarded with Rs 5 lakh by Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, which executed the attack on Indian troops with the assistance of terrorists, according to a detailed report of Military Intelligence (MI) on the brutality which almost pushed peace talks with Pakistan off track.

According to the MI report, the beheading was done by one Anwar Khan, a local guide who runs a shop in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and he was also involved in the beheading of an Indian Army captain in 1996 in the same Mendhar area. Anwar, who was handed over the reward by Colonel Siddiqui of ISI, was part of a group led by Subedar Jabbar Khan of ISI. The attackers included members of ISI-backed jihadi terror outfits Lashkar and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The MI report said ISI masterminded the January 8 beheading of Hemraj and mutilation of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh's body, and involved terrorists in the execution of the plot aimed at triggering unrest along the border.

The report named several officers of ISI who were part of this operation, directly pointing fingers at Pakistan. The report said the beheading was pre-meditated, with an ISI officer leading the 15-member Border Action Team (BAT) which ambushed the Indian soldiers in Mendhar that day. A brigadier-rank ISI officer oversaw the attack.

The ISI has several BATs for such operations along the LoC and Pakistani army was hand in glove with the intelligence agency in the operation.

According to the report, there was a meeting between senior ISI officers, important terrorist commanders and guides a few days before the attack at Rawalkote in PoK. The meeting was presided over by a brigadier level officer of ISI and included Colonel Siddiqui (of Rawalkote), Azad Khan (of Peshawar), Yousuf Khan alias Pathan (of Muzzafarabad) and Major Abbasi (of Tattapani).

Several guides familiar with the topography of line of control (LoC) were also present in the meeting. Among the guides who attended the meeting were Anwar, Sabar Khan (of Battal, PoK) and Meeru (Madarpur, PoK). A local Lashkar operative Chaudhary Bashir was also present.

"During the meeting, it was decided that local guides aware of the topography of the area would facilitate terrorist groups not only in infiltration along the LoC in Poonch district but also assist in operations by BATs (Border Action Teams). For this a reward of Rs 5,000 for planting of a mine on Indian soil, Rs 10,000 for killing an Indian Army soldier in sniper fire and Rs 5 lakh for beheading an Army jawan was announced. For each of these BAT operations, the guide would be rewarded Rs 2,000 to Rs 12,000," the secret document said.

It added, "Pakistan army units have been asked to recruit local persons from villages near the LoC so that they can be trained and subsequently recruited for acting as local guides."

Giving details of the beheading of Indian soldiers, the report said, "The ambush by BAT from across in Krishna Ghati sector, 10 Inf Brigade, Mendhar, district Poonch in which two Army jawans of 13 Rajputana Rifles were killed was carried out by a group of 15 terrorists, having 10 members of Lashkar and 5 of Jaish-e-Mohammad. The group was led by Subedar Jabbar Khan of ISI unit of Tattapani (PoK) and included among others Anwar Khan, resident of Jabbar Mohalla of village Sher Khan (Rawalkote) as the local guide, Qari Shah of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Ajmat Khan of JeM. Anwar Khan carried out the beheading of one of the soldiers."

The report said that before the act, "the ambush party was stationed at Barmoch BOP, PoK, across Atma Post of 13 Rajasthan Rifles for a fortnight before the incident and terrorists were watching the daily movements of Indian Army jawans".

Till January 9, a day after the incident, this ambush party was camping at Tattapani and was also involved in planting anti-personal mines in Helmet, Chattri, Dayal Top, Atma and Rocket BOPs of KG Brigade.

About Anwar, the local guide, the report said "he was also involved in beheading an Indian Army captain in KG Brigade in 1996 in the same area (Mendhar). He runs a shop in Barmoch Gali in PoK".

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

on ashis nandy's 'persecution'

oh how the mighty have fallen etc.!

having read a bit of this christian fellows very boring books - I concluded that this guy (like all christists) is a slick pro. his prescriptions are reserved for anyone that is a nationalist or - the horror, the horror - a Hindu.

for years the guy has sailed the calm waters of bjp-baiting and made a good buck doing it.

but now he has stepped on the holy grail (a christist expression - you understand). calling our 'lower' caste fellows corrupt. tch tch - must be slowing down in your old age


P.S - I wonder if Mayawati will succeed where Modi failed!

LeT chief is right for once

Here is the part that could potentially be agreeable in the
serendipitous episode:

The Mambo (Male bimbo), Shah Rukh Khan should comply with
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed's suggestion and move to Pakistan if he is feeling "insecure" and "persecuted" in India. Taste the Taliban's hospitality for a while..

At least, this Khan is no longer practising the Taqiya that he has bamboozled the gullible Dhimmi Indians with for so long. A re-affirmation of his roots in the Jihadi way is welcome, even if it only serves to cure the credulous Bollywood intoxicated masses of their idiocy and jolt them out of their stupor.


http://m.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-shah-rukh-should-give-a-befitting-reply-to-hafiz-says-bjp/20130129.htm



Twitter around the world, a visualization. Fascinating real time show

Iran sends a monkey into space

ISRO needs to be more aggressive. We cannot afford to be left behind by anyone in space, nuclear, missile technology - leave alone countries in our extended neighbourhood, irrespective of the state of relations with them.

India has no dearth of apes to send on one way space missions - Digvijay Singh, Suhail Qamar Al Hinde et al are prime candidates for the space voyage.

After all, President Obama, in his first term - altered NASA's mandate from research to "Islamic outreach" and highlighting Arab "contributions" to science. (sic)

http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Iran-says-it-successfully-sent-a-monkey-into-space-4228462.php

"TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A gray-tufted monkey strapped in a pod resembling an infant's car seat rode an Iranian rocket into space and returned safely, officials said Monday in what was described as a step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight... Deleted
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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Myth of Japan’s Failure via @jayganguli cc @Chellaney | if #Japan did not #fail, maybe #China won't either. Gulp!

'Checkout Fees' Comes Into Effect in 40 US States

Retailers in 40 U.S. states can now charge up to 4 percent extra when consumers pay for goods and services with a credit card.
The surcharge is the result of the biggest anti-trust settlement in U.S. history. The fees are illegal in California, New York, Texas and seven other states.
Reuters:Retailers may add surcharge in credit card transactions

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I trust you, God | yeah, that and 3 inches of bullet proof glass will keep the godman safe

much like a wit's comment on the taliban and the 14 year old malala they shot: "if god is on your side, how come you shot a 14 year old in the head at point blank range, and she didn't die?" 

so the godman ratzinger really doesn't think his god will keep him safe?

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The Vatican’s hidden property empire – David Leigh, Jean Francois Tanda & Jessica Benhamou

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The Vatican’s hidden property empire – David Leigh, Jean Francois Tanda & Jessica Benhamou

Posted on January 27, 2013 

David Leigh“The [Vatican's] Mussolini investments in Britain are currently controlled, along with its other European holdings and a currency trading arm, by a papal official in Rome, Paolo Mennini, who is in effect the pope’s merchant banker. Mennini heads a special unit inside the Vatican called the extraordinary division of APSA — Amministrazione del Patrimonio della Sede Apostolica — which handles the so-Aalled ‘patrimony of the Holy See.’” – David Leigh et Alia

Benito Mussolini & Pope Pius XIWith money from the dictator for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929, the Vatican used tax havens to create a £500m international portfolio

Few passing London tourists would ever guess that the premises of Bulgari, the upmarket jewellers in New Bond Street, had anything to do with the pope. Nor the nearby headquarters of the wealthy investment bank Altium Capital, on the corner of St James’s Square and Pall Mall.

But these office blocks in one of London’s most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican.

Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church’s international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929.

Since then the international value of Mussolini’s nest egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St. James’s Square. Other U.K. properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland.

30, St. James's Square, LondonLetters, files, archives

The surprising aspect for some will be the lengths to which the Vatican has gone to preserve secrecy about the Mussolini millions. The St. James’s Square office block was bought by a company called British Grolux Investments Ltd, which also holds the other U.K. properties. Published registers at Companies House do not disclose the company’s true ownership, nor make any mention of the Vatican.

Instead, they list two nominee shareholders, both prominent Catholic bankers: John Varley, recently chief executive of Barclays Bank, and Robin Herbert, formerly of the Leopold Joseph Merchant Bank. Letters were sent from The Guardian to each of them asking whom they act for. They went unanswered. British company law allows the true beneficial ownership of companies to be concealed behind nominees in this way.

John VarleyThe company secretary, John Jenkins, a Reading accountant, was equally uninformative. He told us the firm was owned by a trust but refused to identify it on grounds of confidentiality. He told us after taking instructions: “I confirm that I am not authorised by my client to provide any information.” Research in old archives, however, reveals more of the truth. Companies House files disclose that British Grolux Investments inherited its entire property portfolio after a reorganisation in 1999 from two predecessor companies called British Grolux Ltd and Cheylesmore Estates. The shares of those firms were in turn held by a company based at the address of the JP Morgan bank in New York. Ultimate control is recorded as being exercised by a Swiss company, Profima SA.

British wartime records from the National Archives in Kew complete the picture. They confirm Profima SA as the Vatican’s own holding company, accused at the time of “engaging in activities contrary to Allied interests.” Files from officials at Britain’s Ministry of Economic Warfare at the end of the war criticised the pope’s financier, Bernardino Nogara, who controlled the investment of more than £50m cash from the Mussolini windfall.

Nogara’s “shady activities” were detailed in intercepted 1945 cable traffic from the Vatican to a contact in Geneva, according to the British, who discussed whether to blacklist Profima as a result. “Nogara, a Roman lawyer, is the Vatican financial agent and Profima SA in Lausanne is the Swiss holding company for certain Vatican interests.” They believed Nogara was trying to transfer shares of two Vatican-owned French property firms to the Swiss company, to prevent the French government blacklisting them as enemy assets.

Earlier in the war, in 1943, the British accused Nogara of similar “dirty work,” by shifting Italian bank shares into Profima’s hands in order to “whitewash” them and present the bank as being controlled by Swiss neutrals. This was described as “manipulation” of Vatican finances to serve “extraneous political ends.”

Pope Benedict XVIWhere it is controlled

The Mussolini money was dramatically important to the Vatican’s finances. John Pollard, a Cambridge historian, says in Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: “The papacy was now financially secure. It would never be poor again.” From the outset, Nogara was innovative in investing the cash. In 1931, records show he founded an offshore company in Luxembourg to hold the continental European property assets he was buying. It was called Groupement Financier Luxembourgeois, hence Grolux. Luxembourg was one of the first countries to set up tax-haven company structures in 1929. The U.K. end, called British Grolux, was incorporated the following year. When war broke out, with the prospect of a German invasion, the Luxembourg operation and ostensible control of the British Grolux operation were moved to the U.S. and to neutral Switzerland.

The Mussolini investments in Britain are currently controlled, along with its other European holdings and a currency trading arm, by a papal official in Rome, Paolo Mennini, who is in effect the pope’s merchant banker. Mennini heads a special unit inside the Vatican called the extraordinary division of APSA — Amministrazione del Patrimonio della Sede Apostolica — which handles the so-called “patrimony of the Holy See.”

Cardinal Domenico CalcagnoAccording to a report last year from the Council of Europe, which surveyed the Vatican’s financial controls, the assets of Mennini’s special unit now exceed €680m (£570m).

While secrecy about the Fascist origins of the papacy’s wealth might have been understandable in wartime, what is less clear is why the Vatican continued to maintain secrecy about its holdings in Britain, even after its financial structure was reorganised in 1999.

The Guardian asked the Vatican’s representative in London, the papal nuncio, archbishop Antonio Mennini, why the papacy continued with such secrecy over the identity of its property investments in London. We also asked what the pope spent the income on. True to its tradition of silence on the subject, the Roman Catholic church’s spokesman said that the nuncio had no comment. — The Hindu, 24 January 2013

» David Leigh is a British journalist and author who is the investigations executive editor of The Guardian.

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  1. None of this new. It was covered in far greater detail by David Yallop in his best seller In God’s Name. I too touched on it in my book The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Crisis of Christianity. The Vatican first patronized and later came to be controlled by the Mafia. The Opus Dei is virtually a Mafia within the Vatican. Its founder Jose Maria Escriva de Belagez [who sexually abused his own sons - Editor] was elevated to sainthood in record time by Pope John Paul II, who succeeded John Paul I when he died with less than two weeks in office as Pope, possibly murdered.

    Several people close to the Vatican including Cardinal Posadas Ocampo and Roberto Calvi were murdered Mafia style to keep things secret. Calvi was the head of Banco Ambrosiano of Milan and closely associated with the Vatican Bank.

    According to David Yallop (and others) Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I) was murdered in his bed in the Vatican a month after taking office because the Mafia and the Vatican (virtually one and the same) feared that would launch an investigation into their criminal activities.

    [Another theory is that John Paul I was poisoned because he had planned to disband and outlaw the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) - Editor]

    It is this practice that Sonia and her associates like Quattrocchi brought to India, especially to 10 Janpath. So Robert Vadra‘s shenanigans–his murdered relatives, land grabbing, money laundering, etc are part of this Italian legacy.

 

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happy republic day. http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/indian-prisoner-found-dead-in-pakistan-jail-322384

stanford, jan 26 2pm: Vivekananda Jayanti

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When:  This Saturday, January 26th.

What:

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 "Karma Yoga: Doing done perfectly. An exercise in understanding the secret of work"
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Performances by Talisman, Spicmacay & Noopur.
Reflections by AHA!, Baha'I, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh students.
Talks by Rev. Scotty McLennan, Prof Linda Hess & Swami Vedananda

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Indian Prisoner Beaten to Death in Pak Jail

An Indian prisoner in a Pak jail on espionage charges may have been beaten to death:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/indian-prisoner-found-dead-in-pakistan-jail-322384

Tehelka: India Shining is now a victim of its own hype

Tehelka: India Shining is now a victim of its own hype. http://goo.gl/mag/jVmfvqh

UPA's fake protests over Headley sentencing

The U.S administration can also
take a leaf out of Sheila Dixit's book, citing "possible law and order problems" as a result of a Headley execution in "sensitive areas" in the greater Chicago area, which does have a huge "peaceful" immigrant population, especially Pakistanis.

After all, David Coleman Headley aka Dawood Gilani was a double agent for the CIA and the ISI, therefore by extension the LeT.

Secondly, Dhimmi GOI has hardly covered itself with glory when it comes to punishing perpetrators of terrorism on Indian soil. GOI needs to first implement the Supreme Court's order to execute Mohd. Afzal Guru - before daring to demand the extradition of Headley et al.

Foreign minister, Salman Khurshid in his previous avatar (sic) as the Congress chief leading the election campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly had promised that "rivers of blood will flow if reservations for Muslims are not implemented."

His phoney demand for "harsher" punishment to Headley/Gilani is laughable.
The usually poker faced incoming Secretary of State, John Kerry will have a hard time
controlling his laughter, the next time he meets India's Foreign minister.




Thirdly, the Indian Home minister, Suhail Qamar Al Hinde
has declared just a couple of days ago that there are only "Hindu terrorists" in India - directly inciting the Pakistani Taliban to issue ominous threats
of strikes on Indian soil against
"state sponsored Hindu terrorists" and implicitly negating
Indian requests, howsoever meek, for action against terrorist networks acting from foreign soil.

Typical Stalinist strategy to decimate political opposition: kill
anyone who raises their voice against the government's tyranny and label them "Hindu terrorists". No questions will be asked. No answers will be required.

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/US-defends-decision-not-to-seek-death-penalty-for-Headley/articleshow/18185566.cms

"India made clear on Friday its disappointment over David Headley not getting a "harsher" sentence than 35 years in jail for helping plot Mumbai terror attack even as the US justified its decision against seeking death penalty for the Pakistani-American LeT terrorist.

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid while asserting that India will try to push for Headley's extradition from the US for facing trial in India said he would have got "harsher punishment" had he been tried in this country. "

North Korea Threatens US With Nuclear Missile Tests

North Korea is threatening to conduct nuclear missile tests intended towards the United States:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/world/asia/north-korea-vows-nuclear-test-as-threats-intensify.html?pagewanted=all

Somehow, I can't help but notice this is happening on the heels of China's anger over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. China is North Korea's puppetmaster and chief patron, after all. Whenever the Chinese get mad, then suddenly the North Koreans start acting up.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

#ipadmini cannibalizing apple's ipad margins. but if it didn't, samsung would

good strategy by apple: to ensure that they do not lose out on market share.

http://qz.com/47265/apple-ipad-mini-is-cannibalizing-sales-of-the-larger-ipad/

iphone and ipad are the future for apple. mac and ipod are on thier way to end of life.

After Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who?

Recall Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, a "peaceful" leader from the valley of Kashmir who had the distinction of being the first Moslem to serve as the Union Home minister of India - courtesy, the arch traitor V.P Singh (curse be upon him), an actual descendant of Jaichand, the traitor (curse be upon him) who betrayed Prithviraj Chauhan and the motherland to
an early Jihadi invader, Mohammad Ghauri.

Mufti's sole achievement in his tenure as Union Home minister was to stage manage the "abduction" of his daughter, Rubaiya Sayeed and release several dangerous Jihadi terrorists as her ransom - terrorists who had been captured alive at great cost, in men and material.

As if on cue, the Pakistani Taliban, with great alacrity have threatened to attack the alleged "BJP & RSS terrorist camps" in India!!!

The Home minister's propaganda is now directly threatening national security. He should be held personally culpable for any Jihadi attacks on Indian soil, from this poin onwards. The head honchos of the UPA regime are liable of wilful endangerment of the security of Indian citizens by tolerating, indeed actively encouraging this vile propaganda on behalf of the Lashkar E Taiba emanating from the precincts of the Indian Home ministry!!!!

This would be equivalent to U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton denouncing the Republicans as "Christian terrorists" and inviting Al Qaeda to strike at them on U.S. soil!!!

Except, such an outrageous statement would not have been issued in any other self respecting nation - including by confused American "liberals". It is inconceivable, except in Nehruvian Stalinist India!!

Pakistani Taliban vows to strike at "BJP terror camps"
in India


http://m.risingkashmir.in/news/pak-taliban-vows-to-strike-at-%E2%80%98bjp-terror-campsacute-in-india-40578.aspx

"Agencies
Peshawar, Jan 24: The Pakistani Taliban will carry attacks in Kashmir if the UN bodies and the US fail to stop the “BJP-sponsored state terrorism” against Muslims in the region, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said Thursday.
“Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's statement regarding BJP-backed terrors camps is an open confession that Hindu extremists are being patronized under the state's authority for killing innocent Kashmiri Muslims,”
The Dawn reported.
Ehsan said the US and the UN should also order drone strikes and coalition troops invasion to target these terror camps.
He said that if the US and the UN does not take action against BJP and RSS terrorism against Muslims in India, then TTP would "take care" of it.
"


Do we now have India's 2nd Moslem Home minister? In addition to his recent preposterous allegations of
"Hindu terrorism", providing grist to Pakistan's propaganda - some of his recent statements may provide a clue to his reality.
Judge for yourself:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-13/india/34431008_1_hazratbal-shrine-sushilkumar-shinde-home-minister

Was my childhood desire to pray at Hazratbal: Shinde
IANS Oct 13, 2012, 06.24PM IST

SRINAGAR: Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Saturday it was his childhood desire to pray at the Hazratbal shrine, but it came about so that his wish was fulfilled only after taking over as the country's home minister.

Talking to reporters outside the Hazratbal shrine where he went with Kashmir's Minister of Home Nasir Aslam Wani and union Home Secretary R.K. Singh, Shinde said: "As a child it was my desire to come and pray at the Hazratbal shrine. I have been coming to Kashmir since 1980, but God so ordained that I should visit the shrine only after taking over the country's home minister."




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Study Finds That We Still Believe Untruths Even After Instant Online Corrections | why the elm and Congress lie so much

speaking of dynasties, 49er dynasty won 4 superbowls (montana-rice); what has nehru's done?

go 49ers!

i love the way the NFL draft allows teams to come back from obscurity in a few years. SFO 49ers, after the glory years, had become doormats for a decade or so, and now they are back on top -- a nice counterpoint to how the formerly despised new england patriots have risen in recent years.

a 'jewel of india' type player would not last more than 3-4 years in such a system of punishing meritocracy. 'jewel of india' is perfect for nehruvian stalinist india, where lack of results is no crime -- it will be obscured by verbal diarrhea by the friendly media.

FDI? this tale of malfeasance by foreign firms should make india think twice

it has long been suggested that foreign firms in india do make returns greater than their cost of capital; while those in china find all their profits siphoned off by their han 'partners', so that they are effectively not breaking even, decades after they entered. and they have been strip-mined of their intellectual property as well.

by that measure, india is far better a bet than china is for FDI. the only hassle is the vodafone-type garbage that the congress dreams up periodically (yeah, nothing like a 50-year retroactive tax to put a smile on the face of the punters).

irony: @theeconomist depends on an astrologer to predict #rahul's rise, but a scientific opinion poll predicts #namo win

and i though these white people were always talking about rationality and science and all that good stuff.

well, when it suits them.

here it looks like the poll predicts a landslide for the BJP, in particular for narendra modi

http://in.news.yahoo.com/bjp-led-nda-win-general-elections-says-poll-142802418.html

@theeconomist, the voice of NATO, desperately tries to paint #rahul as a winner

race and religion are thicker than water.

even though the brits generally despise italians, they are happy to have italians ruling india.

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21570703-rahul-gandhi-makes-move-last-his-path-power-may-be-helped-fighting-among?fsrc=nlw|wwp|1-24-2013|4735683|35042158|

and exactly what infighting is it within the BJP? rajnath singh's elevation surely is good news for NaMo: takes away the concern that the IT sting of gadkari will be blown up beyond all reason by the ELM. on the other hand, the BJP *is* being idiotic in not rehabilitating yeddyurappa in karnataka. he scares the bejeezus out of the congress

Court refuses to prosecute Pervert# 6 as an adult

But, of course. Don't we all know that Pervert# 6 is "SECULAR". Therefore, he is entitled to leniency, for example
being labeled a "juvenile"!

The honourable court's judgement (sic) was a foregone conclusion. In fact, I predict that
Pervert# 6 will escape scot free,
as a privileged and "peaceful" member of a "MINORITY"!

No knowledge of astrology is required. This prophesy is based on empirical evidence.

Exhibit A: Mohd. Afzal Guru, chief conspirator in the December, 2001 Jihad attack on
Parliament - kept alive in perpetuity on death row - courtesy Sheila Dixit's apprehensions about the "adverse impact on law and order" in certain "sensitive" areas of Delhi.

Note: There are an estimated
50 lakh (5 million) illegal Bangladeshi Moslem infiltrators in the Delhi area alone. There is
also the newly created "Secular"
district of Mewat, Haryana whose inhabitants' chief occupation is cattle smuggling and slaughter. Their population is burgeoning due to unchecked illegal immigration and quasi legal demographic warfare, courtesy the UPA's idiotic appeasement schemes of "visa on arrival" for Pakistanis - "piligrims", "cricket fans", "artists" etc.

Previously, crime in the Delhi region used to be just that - routine robbery etc. More recently, these violent crimes are accompanied by the customary rape of any available female. This trend can be directly attributed to "SECULAR"
immigration - facilitated by the likes of Sheila Dixit, that illiterate minister Shinde, Mumtaz Banu Arjee, indeed the entire top leadership of the Congress and the UPA.


http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Subramanian-Swamy-s-plea-for-trying-juvenile-as-adult-accused-dismissed/Article1-999187.aspx

"A plea for prosecution of the juvenile accused in the December 16 gangrape case alongwith the five adult accused was on Thursday dismissed by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).

The petition, moved by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy seeking the prosecution of the sole juvenile along with the five adult accused, was rejected by the Board presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel in New Delhi."



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Secular rape

Thought this merits a brief separate post.

In Nehruvian Stalinist India, "secular" rape does not constitute "rape".

Exhibit A: Molestation of female police officers belligerent anti-national Moslem rioters at Azad Maidan, Mumbai - including illegal Bangladeshi Mohammedan immigrants and their Indian Mohammedan accomplices.

Where was the outcry then?
I do not recall a single candle light vigil to protest that outrage and express solidarity with the molested police women. Is their honour not honour? Is their womanhood not womanhood?
Their molestation is not molestation when the perpetrators are a "peaceful" mob?

Mumbai police constable, Sujata Patil has been crucified in court and the psec media for articulating her indignation, in poetry against "secular" rape.
She has been forced to issue a
*written apology* to the "peaceful" mob, including desecrators of cenotaphs to fallen soldiers - now out on bail and using the "secular" judiciary
to commit figurative rape.

Even POLICEWOMEN ARE NOT IMMUNE from rape in Nehruvian Stalinist India, if the
rapists are of the "SECULAR" variety!

Exhibit B: Delhi gangrape - pervert# 6 is an adherent of a
"minority". Mohammed Afroze, or something like that. According to several accounts, Pervert# 6
lured the victim on to the bus.
Pervert# 6 started verbally harassing the victim. Pervert# 6
started the physical fight. Pervert# 6 was the first to rape the victim. The iron rod was Pervert# 6's idea - he used it in the gruesome manner that he did.

Pervert# 6 has been conveniently declared a "juvenile" by "secular" Sheila Dixit's prosecution. The Waheda
Rehman lookalike is probably one of the most vicious contemporary Stalinist Kaangress politicians. Her contempt for the "unwashed masses" knows no bounds. (There are also dark rumours of Pakistani relatives, that are hard to corroborate - or dismiss.)

In the Islamic republic of Iran, the legal age of marriage for a girl is 9 years - in accordance with Sharia law.

Therefore, an alleged age of
"17.5 years" is surely Halaal
in these matters.

In any case, if Pervert# 6 is old enough to perpetrate his perversion, then it is incontrovertibly Halaal for him to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and face the maximum penalty, including and up to capital punishment - just as the
other 5 perverts.








2013 has the same calendar as 2002. blow to modi! via sureshr

U.S to lift ban on women in combat

Indian toadies to emulate the Yankees? Coconut oil christist,
A.K Antony, a Leon Panetta wannabe?

After all, Indians need to unquestioningly imitate all traits, mannerisms and actions of the Americans -
regardless of their implications and consequences, right?

Possibly, Indian Gunga Dins could additionally imitate a historic American tradition, namely conscription!

And enlist the likes of Shabana Azmi, Teesta Setalvad, Nandita Das, Padma Laxmi, Suzanne "Arundhati" Roy, Nisha Susan
and her Pink Panty Brugade for
immediate deployment at the LOC.

For once, these feminists could be *fighting* Pakistanis instead of going to pubs with them in Mangalore as potential Jihad baby factories!

Secondly, their moustaches might actually repel the Pakistanis!

This is a better proposition than
having our brave soldiers decapitated and mutilated - in the futile defense of such worthy members of our chattering classes!

What could possibly go wrong?

In any case, #secular rape does not constitute #rape in the twisted world of the "secularists",
definitely not in the estimation of
the secularist Marxist feminist banshees!

http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?pageType=eveningNews&catid=57565479&feed_id=29





So Unlike Rahul Baba

Prema Jayakumar, daughter of an autorickshaw driver from Tamil Nadu living in a chawl in Malad, Mumbai, has topped the nationwide Chartered Accountancy examination in her first attempt.

Budget Travel: Stargazing in India

Budget Travel: Stargazing in India. http://goo.gl/mag/KKjggt3

magic! houdini-style, 'insider' is re positioned as 'outsider'. http://bloom.bg/10qsJeF the jadu famed scriptwriter refers to?

unfair! nyt and dynasty do have a vision: india will be pakistan. http://nyti.ms/WFoECl

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Aspirin Blindness Link

People who regularly take aspirin for many year had twice the risk of "wet" age-related macular degeneration. The disease damages the 'sweet spot' in the retina, obscuring details in the centre of a patient's field of vision. There are already known risks of aspirin such as causing internal bleeding.
BBC: Long-term aspirin 'blindness link'

Over Is Best Bet for 49ers-Ravens Showdown | wouldn't bet against the 49ers

Over Is Best Bet for 49ers-Ravens Showdown. http://goo.gl/mag/ntvmdrG

'Envy Spiral' From Social Media

A new study finds that there’s another element to social media’s growing list of negative effects: A “spiral” of envy that develops when you see your Facebook friends excelling or enjoying life in ways that you aren’t. The good news is you’re not alone in your bitterness. The bad news is that the solution (aside from shutting down your account) isn’t entirely straightforward.
Forbes: Why Social Media Makes Us Bitter

Hasidic leader gets #103 #years for #abuse | in India #secular #priests molest kids, regularly get off scot free

Star-Mangled Banner

Apparently, Beyoncé Williams' rendition of the US national anthem at Obama's inauguration was lip-synched:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/01/22/beyonce-buzz-was-she-lip-syncing/1855123/

Another sign of the hollowing out of America by their Left-wing mandarins, for whom nothing is sacred except their own conflated egos.

China's Territorial Expansionism

China is increasing the scope and the aggression of its territorial claims against neighbors:


Can China's neighbors count on the US for support? Or is their trust misplaced?

10 best boat journeys - travel tips and articles - Lonely Planet | includes Kerala

Monday, January 21, 2013

BUTCHERS IN THE FOG - Detailed Report on Beheadings of Hindu Armymen by Pakistan along the LOC

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BUTCHERS IN THE FOG 
By Syed Nazakat
Story Dated: Monday, January 14, 2013 9:33 hrs IST 
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An uneasy rest: Soldiers carrying Lance Naik Hemraj's body. AFP Photo
 
    
 

Buddies Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh, lance naiks in the 13th battalion of the proud Rajputana Rifles, were on a routine area domination patrol in Mendhar sector, 200km north of Jammu. The daybreak of January 8 was still several hours away; the night was dark, the fog thick, and visibility almost zero.

Patrolling here involved ‘walking around' over a stretch that was beyond the fence that protected Indian-held territory from insurgents. Most of the fence on the 770km line of control (LoC) lay like this—far inside the Indian-held territory—since Pakistan had objected, with words and firepower, to erecting the fence on the mutually agreed LoC. The Indian Army has static posts on the stretch beyond the fence and closer to the LoC, but patrols, which are small mobile units of 6 to 10 troopers led by young officers or subalterns, are often launched from this side of the fence.

Crossing the fence, a double-row (triple, in certain places) of concertina wire wall 12ft high and 4 to 9ft wide, is easy for the Indian trooper. His thermal imaging devices and alarm systems tell him how to find his passage through the electrified wires, sharp metal tapes and glass pieces on the ground, which make infiltration, from the other side, nearly impossible. The pickets beyond the fence look out into Pak-held territory for signs of military activity, as well as insurgent movement.

The difficult part lay there, in the stretch between the fence and the LoC. No one can say exactly where the LoC lay; there is nothing on the ground to delineate it. You could stray across and be shot at; you could step on a landmine the enemy had laid in his territory, lose your limbs and be accused of having intruded.

Every border sector is divided into grids, each under a commanding officer. There are four to seven forward posts (beyond the fence) every kilometre, with five to eight soldiers in each. The posts are alerted about the patrols; while on patrol, the scouts do not talk, smoke, use flashlight or carry cellphones. They do not even use aftershave, the smell of which could be picked up by dogs accompanying insurgents.

The patrol that included Hemraj and Sudhakar was playing safe, by not venturing far beyond the fence. They mostly remained nearly half a kilometre short of the LoC. The party had seven troopers and, as per the decades-old practice, had divided themselves into three pairs with the commander attaching himself to one. Each pair was to remain within the line of sight of another, but that was impossible in the thick fog and the thick woods. The result: the pair that was to keep Hemraj and Sudhakar in their line of sight did not see who were shooting at them in the fog; they only heard reports of automatics firing away.

As the second pair leapt for cover, before rushing to reinforce Hemraj and Sudhakar, they, too, came under fire. This fire, they realised, was not coming from the woods, unlike the bullets that had felled Hemraj and Sudhakar. This was cover fire, coming from the hilltops on the Pakistani side. Very unlike militants, and verily military. Militants would have fired at everyone in sight. Here, the enemy was killing only two; the cover fire was being provided only to keep the rest of the patrolmen away. The intention was to kill two, and only two, and then seize their bodies.
Indian posts returned fire; the exchange lasted several hours, well past daybreak. As the fog cleared, a couple of remaining patrolmen saw the enemy—clad in dark black, the uniform of Pakistan's dreaded Special Services Group known as the Black Storks. The cover fire, the patrolmen knew, was being provided by the 29th battalion of the Baloch Regiment, which had been there for several months.

As the firing finally ended at 11:32, the sight in front froze them. Hemraj and Sudhakar lay dead and frozen in pools of blood, far away from each other. Sudhakar's head was missing; Hemraj had deep slashes on his neck, indicating a failed beheading bid. “The raiders carried the head back across the border as trophy,” an officer told THE WEEK later.

But, why the SSG? The group, headquartered at Cherat in Peshawar on the Afghan frontier, and commanded by Major-General Farrukh Bashir, has never revealed its actual strength. Its troopers have, through long association with bloodier-minded militants, acquired a few notorious non-militaristic practices, such as torturing captured enemy and dishonouring corpses, (like beheading them) which regular troopers are loath to indulge in.

Regular troopers, even in Pakistani regiments, adhere to certain norms of military honour. Less than three months ago, an Indian Army Cheetah helicopter had strayed into Pak-held airspace. The four crew members, who were captured, were subjected to interrogation, but extended all kinds of soldierly courtesies, and sent back. In fact, straying across the LoC used to be quite frequent in the pre-1990s, and ‘strayers' were more often than not sent back with a warning, but after being treated to tea and biscuits.

Not so with SSG men, who have been long exposed to the dirty tricks of the Inter-Services Intelligence and their militant cohorts. It is believed that the SSG had been deployed around the Kargil heights in 1999 and that the patrol led by the young Captain Saurabh Kalia had fallen into their hands. Even the doughtiest soldier in India shudders at the thought of how Kalia's mauled body was returned to India.

The Indian Army headquarters now believes that the January 8 incident was well planned. Though there had been several attempts at insurgent intrusion and occasional violations of the 2003 ceasefire agreement, there has been no ‘military' intrusion into Indian territory and no attempt at such scale of violence. The ceasefire was established in 2003 as a prelude to the undertaking given by President Pervez Musharraf to Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee in 2004 that Pak-held territory would not be allowed to be used for terror against India.

There had been around 75 ceasefire violations in 2012, and eight soldiers had been killed. But these have been downplayed as part of the hazards of manning a non-delineated border. There had even been a couple of beheadings, one in 2010, and one in Karnah sector in 2012, but even they were attributed to non-military or non-state actors.

There is also a historical reason for this. In 2000, Al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri attacked a Nowshera post, beheaded Sepoy Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar of the 17 Maratha Light Infantry, and displayed the head to his followers in Kotli. Newspapers published photos of the incident, which gained Kashmiri instant notoriety. Kashmiri was killed by a US drone on the Afghan frontier in 2011. So beheading has all along been considered a terrorist and very un-military practice.

This time, the Indian Army is convinced, it was not a rogue mission by militants, but an attempt that had been blessed by the General Headquarters at Rawalpindi. So, within minutes of getting the report from the Northern Command, Army chief General Bikram Singh spoke to Defence Minister A.K. Antony and National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon at night on Tuesday, January 8. Menon called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was in Kerala to inaugurate the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

For the political leadership, the problem was manifold. Regimental troops would demand blood for blood; and middle-level commanding officers in the field would find it difficult to keep up the morale of the troops. The Army as a whole would demand retaliation. Even those military veterans who have been advocating military-to-military talks with Pakistan and withdrawal from Siachen urged the government to get tough. “We should have blasted that Pakistani post to dust,” said Brigadier (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal, referring to the post that had provided cover fire to the SSG raiders.

The option was there, but strangely, the field commanders, too, remained restrained. “Only for artillery firing you need clearance these days from the headquarters,” explained an officer. “We could have used mortars, which are infantry weapons, and blasted the post, inflicting a few casualties.”

That was not done. The weekly Tuesday call between the DGMOs, a practice started in the early 1990s, was called off so as to respond with the full picture in hand. The call was made on Wednesday morning. Lt-Gen. Vinod Bhatia's words to his counterpart Maj.-Gen. Ashfaq Nadeem were precise and tough. He gave Nadeem the exact location, the timing and the gruesome nature of the incident. Bhatia did not mention the SSG, but put the blame on the entire Pakistan Army for the beheading, which was against the established rules of engagement. Nadeem, in denial mode, offered to get the incident investigated by the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). A meaningless offer, since the UNMOGIP had been derecognised by India since 1972!
The Army is convinced that the outrage has been carried out with a specific ‘military' aim, unlike militant actions which are done more for propaganda. Pakistan had been objecting to the rebuilding by the Indian Army of a forward ‘ambush post' in Churunda village, high above Uri town, atop the desolate mountains overlooking the strategic Haji Pir area. India's argument has been that the construction is part of its publicly announced border infrastructure development plan of 2009. “It is not a new post; we are renovating an old one,” said Army spokesman Colonel Jagdish Dahiya.

As part of the 2009 plan, the government suddenly increased the fence-building fund from 0380 crore to 01,201 crore. The hike was towards raising an all-weather fence capable of withstanding heavy snowfall, which damages around 80km of fencing every season. “The damaged stretches provide a window to the militants to sneak into India,” pointed out former Army chief General N.C. Vij, during whose tenure the fencing commenced.

Pakistan had been objecting to the fencing all along, and so India had erected the fence mostly deep within Indian territory. But, the posts are closer to, or right on, the LoC. Indian commanders concede that ‘construction' per se is in violation of the terms, but it did not actually threaten Pakistani positions on the LoC.

As the Army went ahead with the construction, the Pakistan side used loudspeakers to threaten action. Finally on October 16, Pak troops fired mortar shells, killing a pregnant woman and a class 9 student. The villagers protested; the outside world heard little. Then on January 6 night, Pak troops opened fire again. The general officer commanding India's 19th Infantry Division ordered retaliation. But, “we responded only with small arms,” said Colonel Dahiya, in contrast to heavy mortar fire from the Pakistani side.

However, Pakistan maintains that Indian troops had raided their Sawan Patra checkpost in the Haji Pir in which a naik, Aslam, was killed and another badly wounded. The Indian Army has denied the charge. “We never crossed the LoC,” said Dahiya, pointing out that the Pakistan posts were located at such heights that it was impossible for Indians to cross the dry rivulet that separated the Indian and Pak posts, climb the mountain and return to their bunkers without being hurt. “We just retaliated to Pakistan's unprovoked firing,” said Dahiya. “It is Pakistan which had been violating the ceasefire since October,” apparently to abet infiltration. There have been around 150 infiltration bids last year, many of them in Uri and Poonch.

Many in the security circles feel that Pakistan would now try to punch holes in the fence to restart the infiltration with all the vigour of the 1990s. Before the three-tier fence was built, “over 1,000 militants used to infiltrate into our side,” said Gen. Vij. “The fence has made it almost impossible for militants to sneak into Kashmir. Today, infiltration is below 150 attempts a year.”

The portions of the LoC which come under the Kashmir-based 15 Corps and Jammu-based 16 Crops are fenced, but there are stretches where fencing is not possible. In Mendhar and Churunda, the fence is built deep—500m to 2km—within Indian territory. There are Indian posts in the stretch of land between the fence and the LoC, and these posts are now found to be too vulnerable. It was in one such stretch that Hemraj and Sudhakar were killed.
What is worrying Delhi is the steady increase in the ceasefire violations not only along the LoC, but also the demarcated International Border (IB) in Jammu. There were 117 violations (93 on the LoC) in 2012, as against 61 in 2011, and 57 in 2010. Infiltration attempts, too, have increased. A multi-security agency assessment obtained by THE WEEK puts the total number of infiltration bids to 121 in 2012, against 52 in 2011.

The Army has been extremely cautious, fearing that the beheading incident was designed to provoke India, and make Pakistan return to its old India-centric military doctrine. The new doctrine, yet to be formally adopted by the Pak army, suggests that the primary military threat to Pakistan is from the internal insurgencies and the Pak army needs to be equipped and trained to combat this threat. This would mean scaling down the build-up on the Indian border, buying fewer tanks, cannons and fighter jets, but investing more on small arms, infantry training and small-ticket purchases.

A large section of traditionalists within the Pak army are reportedly upset with this. The fear now is that there could be more such provocations directed against India, forcing India to rattle its sabres. “These ceasefire violations could be the decision of a brigade commander or a local area commander who is not happy with the India-Pakistan thaw,” says Lt Gen (retd) Prakash C. Katoch. “In the last two years, the Pakistani army has moved a good number of soldiers from the Indian border to the Afghan border to defend the country from the growing Taliban and militant attacks. Many within the Pakistan army do not think this is in Pakistan's best interest.”

For the moment, there is a lull at the LoC. The message from the government to the military is not to escalate border tension, but there is anger in the ranks. In fact, brigade commanders who gathered for a briefing at the 25 Division headquarters in Rajouri, under which Mendhar falls, bluntly told their general officer, Major General V.P. Singh, that their immediate challenge was to keep the morale high. “The attack was carried out not only to kill our soldiers, but to shame us,” said one of them. “The battalion has to regain its honour. They have to hit back. That is the nature of this battle.”


with R. Prasannan