QUESTIONS ON ANTI-INDIA RANTS AND THREAT PERCEPTION FOR INDIA IN AFTERMATH OF PESHAWAR SCHOOL ATTACK, EVEN IF #INDIAWITHPAKISTAN TRENDS

THE QUESTIONS

1. #IndiaWithPakistan, solidarity in the aftermath of a crisis like the Peshawar Army School attack is the only human response expected. But beyond that, what can be the possible implications of this attack for India?

2. It may be that to send the message to the Pakistan Army, the Taliban targeted an army school there, as they say, but what if the terror masterminds plan to do something like this in J&K or in other parts of India?

3. Indian Parliament was breached. Then we had 26/11 and many other such terror incidents. How disturbed and reactive should India be on this and how proactive it should act?

4. Hafiz Saeed, one of India’s most wanted, with a reward of US$ 10 million on his head by the United States, is a respectable Pakistani citizen. For his rallies the Pakistani government deploys special trains. He is also the mastermind of the attacks on Indian Parliament in 2001 and in Mumbai in 2008 and India believes is guilt is established beyond doubt, something that Pakistan never accepts. Again, Hafiz Saeed is spewing venom against India using this human tragedy saying India is behind it and he would avenge it. What if Hafiz Saeed tries to collaborate with Taliban to perpetrate some terror act of this scale in India?

5. Another 26/11 attack mastermind, Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, was given bail today and will walk free tomorrow. Wouldn’t it embolden the likes of Hafiz Saeed even more?

6. India was in mourning, with Pakistan, on the tragedy and Parvez Musharraf, the dictator who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008 and who gave humanity the dangerous ‘good Taliban and bad Taliban’ discourse has toed the Saeed line of blaming India though in a sophisticated way. He says RAW, the Indian intelligence agency, is backing Maulana Fazlullah, the TTP commander, for such terror attacks in Pakistan in collusion with Afghanistan. Isn’t it preposterous even to think so given the fact that all the wars between India and Pakistan were initiated by Pakistan only, though it lost all? India is an economic power and an emerging global power and engaging in such acts only come back to you to harm more, Pakistan’s experience tells us.

7. Isn’t it disturbing, for Pakistan as well as for India, that no one from the mainstream Pakistani political leadership criticized or spoken against the rants of the likes of Pervez Musharraf and Hafiz Saeed?

8. Or a serious reaction by India by reading too much into the rants by the likes of Hafiz Saeed and Pervez Musharraf would be giving too much attention to them, beyond their worth, when Pakistan is reeling under the pain of one of worst man-made human tragedies possible? Likes of Hafiz Saeed are always out to hurt India. India is on alert and needs to be more alert, as always happens, after a terror strike of this scale in Pakistan.

9. Many Indian cities and vital installations are on high alert. Already, there is an increased threat perception as the day of US President Barack Obama’s India visit, around January 26, 2015, is coming near. How can this terror attack in Peshawar complicate things more for India?

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MISFIT BARE BRICKS WALL, LADY, ASPIRING-RAPIST, AND ELEPHANT THE SAVIOUR..

In a palatial mansion, well fortified, with guards and otherwise, there is a wall, unplastered, of single row of bricks, looking ugly and totally out of place, like a blot on a serene landscape, like a patch on an Armani suit, waiting to be razed down.

On the inside of the wall, the villain, clad in a horse-riding sort of outfit, is vigorously trying to rape a woman. The woman is crying for help, in the mansion, guarded by a number of goondas in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Tension is building. Anger is simmering. When it reaches to the helping ears, away somewhere, riding on the waves of telepathy, it starts boiling. And the helping ears rush to help.

A big bang!! A loud noise is splashed across.

And the ugly, out of place bare bricks wall is suddenly down, receiving it’s freedom, away from this palatial mansion that is phony by the standards of the existence of the wall.

Now, the helping ears are in, right on the job, righteously and earnestly, riding on the waves of emotionally charged energy.

An elephant in teens is in on rampage in the mansion, beating and throwing the goondas here and there, chasing the ‘aspiring rapist’ owner of the mansion.

He is the saviour and he is here now. The tension is reaching its crescendo. Chairs are clutched more tightly and eyes are fixated more emotively.

Though the goons are giving him a tough fight, he is outmatching them, making whirlwind rounds of the hall of the mansion, it’s rooms, even running up the stairs.

As the good Vs evil fight progresses, more and more goondas are biting dust.

Now, the boiling point of anger is right here.

And the intensity of it has sent the goondas packing, broken and aching. Desperate and running, the ‘aspiring-rapist’ reaches to his gun somehow and is now taking aim.

There is pin drop silence in the ambience. The watchers have left grazing midway.

But..but, while taking aim, the daddy goonda, the ‘aspiring-rapist’ had not seen the elephant in teens reaching right on his neck, charging towards him bringing down the pillars of the mansion in the hall, already uprooted by the sheer force of the teen elephant’s anger and waiting to be pushed only to clear the way.

The saviour is upon him now, ready to snatch the gun. And lo n behold! The gun is snatched and thrown away by the saviour. The next moment, the daddy goonda is within full grip of our teen hero. In a stylishly choreographed move, he tosses the villain up and away.

Bang again! A glass wall is smashed down and the daddy goonda is on the floor of the next hall of the palatial mansion.

Now bruised and devoid of his supporting brigade, fear of life takes over him. He sees his death in the ferocious eyes of the saviour. He makes a speedy drift to run away, to find a way out, and there he goes, saving his life from the ongoing wrath of the saviour.

The atmosphere is emotionally supercharged now.

Finding the ground cleared, now the saviour, the elephant in teens, looks back for the lady and here she is, safe and unharmed.

It releases the tension of the grazers and they are back munching while watching the emotional reunion of the caller and the called.

Tears are in their natural free flow mode. Many of the viewers in the theatre are clapping, with tearful eyes. Some of them have left even their seats in the excitement of the emotionally supercharged ambience.

The chatter, relieved and excited at the same time, is praising the saviour for his heroism and its timeliness while graduating to the next scene.

The Classic Indian Masala Cinema
Jai Ho Jai Ho

– thoughts, forced to go expressive, while watching a random movie scene –

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QUESTIONS ON PAKISTAN AND TERRORISM AFTER TERROR ATTACK ON PESHAWAR ARMY SCHOOL (1)

THE QUESTIONS

1. The heart goes out to them. Even the God of death would cry. In uniforms to in caskets, how can anyone on Earth justify killing innocent school students in the name of avenging atrocities on his lot?

2. Pakistan today saw its worst ever terror strike where around 150 people lost their lives, most of them being the students, as per the latest reports, in Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. The toll may go up with over 200 injured in hospitals facing blood shortage. But, the big question is, can we say will it remain the worst ever terror strike of the country?

3. From targeting girl schools and girls in schools, now schools and students, irrespective of the gender, is Pakistan staring at the next wave of terror where nothing would be spared, not even children, in settling scores with the government or in pushing the terror agenda further?

4. Pakistan is a fractured nation. Its political chaos, lost in its military juggernaut has made the country directionless. The perpetual disagreement among its controlling institutions failed to check insurgency in its restive provinces and now it has engulfed the whole country. What precipitated today, and we cannot say it ends here – isn’t it Pakistan’s own making?

5. Afghanistan President Mohammad Najibullah had warned Pakistan of Taliban’s grave dangers saying its flames would burn Pakistan. Soon Taliban swept Afghanistan and killed Najibullah in a public display of brutality. Pakistan created Taliban and now Taliban is trying to undo an already chaotic Pakistan. Isn’t it?

6. Isn’t it the high time, the wakeup call for Pakistan to look at and treat terror as ‘terror’, not differentiating it in categories like ‘good terror’ or ‘bad terror’ or ‘good Taliban’ or ‘bad Taliban’?

7. What Pakistan has become today – a country infested with terror, by its own doings. Doesn’t it once again prove the established dangers of ‘state sponsored terror’ as a policy tool?

8. After the attack today, Pakistan has vowed to hit back and its military launched air strikes in North Waziristan, based on actionable intelligence. But given the scale of Taliban attack today and another blast in Peshawar in the evening, what would be Pakistan’s backup plans to thwart any further big attack?

9. Is Pakistan equipped to gauge and thwart suicidal terror attacks of this scale on large social institutions and gatherings? Its political institutions have been in disarray and are week. Its military is engaged in fighting on many unnecessary fronts, including Pakistan military sponsored terror export in India, Afghanistan and other South Asian countries. The flares are reaching even to China and Iran. 

10. Is it still foolhardy to expect if Pakistan’s military and political establishments would be forced to think on their long cherished patronage of the terror apparatus in their country after this barbaric Monday?

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YES, IT’S THE CHRISTMAS NIGHT..

Like she asks and like I love to do, my 11 year old Niece Saijashi came with an assignment for me this time in the season of Christmas, to write a poem on Christmas for her, to be delivered by Monday morning. Due to my own set of lazy reasons (no reasons in fact), I was left with just a night the last night to deliver the output. The last night, even if it followed a sleepless night and an exhausting day, the laziness had no excuses left but to sit and write. The only help was her beautiful smile and the potion worked to keep me awake till I could write it.

I had to write the poem accommodating these words: Jesus, Santa, Christmas Tree, Sledge, Snow, Clouds, Stars, Bells, Jingle, Sky, Santa Cap, Cakes, Candles, Light..

Here is what I could write with sleepy eyes and an exhausted mind, and therefore, hope to rework it, as it is still more than a week for the Christmas day.

:)

The sky is lit bright
On this colourful night
Musical air comes to meet
We are up for the family treat
It’s the time, bells are jingling
It’s the time, joys are mingling
Dancing with the Tree of life
Rhyming with its candles’ light
Yes, It’s the Santa time again
It’s the sledge ride again
To the stars, through the snow
In the clouds, there we go
In the Santa caps, in the Santa reds
For the Santa socks, for the Xmas cakes
Yes, it’s the night of Christmas
Lets write our prayers to Jesus
For the light of his wisdom
Let’s sing our midnight psalm
The sky is lit bright
Yes, it’s the Christmas night

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FIRST THOUGHTS ON THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES

First thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies or The Hobbit 3 or simply Hobbit3..

The final chapter is delivered better than the previous two (An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug) but all three installments fail to capture the J R R Tolkien masterpiece (The Hobbit) the way Peter Jackson could do with The Lords of The Rings books.

The Battle had interesting moments but didn’t look epic on screen.

The development of characters further in this part and the development of events leading to the grand finale give a feeling that something is missing, is incomplete.

It didn’t give the feeling of watching a complete movie in itself, a milestone of the three TLOTR movies. Yes, the three installments of TLOTR are incomplete without each other and a jump from one to other bypassing the next renders the story meaningless for someone who wants to see the story to its end but each narrative is weaved in a way that we don’t feel that we are watching an incomplete work while watching the movies separately. We don’t get the feeling of ‘something’ missing here, something that Peter Jackson couldn’t do with The Hobbit. 

Yes, still a much better production than routine Hollywood studio Sci-Fi, superhero and fantasy flicks with finesse in use of colours, frame elements, camera and technical tools, a sort of weariness can be traced from TLOTR movies to The Hobbit movies.

A book into three movies Vs three books into three movies – a possible reason for the fallout!

Will Peter Jackson take up more Tolkien stories?

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KAILASH SATYARTHI VS KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA: NOBEL MUSINGS OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

Debating if joint Peace Nobel an Indian and a Pakistani could bring India and Pakistan to good terms when its ministers don’t know who Kailash Satyarthi is!!

Since October 10 when it was announced, the implications and prospects of an Indian and a Pakistani sharing the Peace Nobel were being debated regularly. On December 10, when the award presentation ceremony was being held in Oslo, it made for one of the major headlines again.

Now, Malala Yousafzai is not in Pakistan and no one knows when she would be able to return to her country given the kind of religious orthodoxy there that is hostile to the thoughts of equality of women.

But Kailash Satyarthi is very much in India. His whole life and activism has been in India. Yes, he was not widely known. But his outreach increased manifold after the Peace Nobel announcement that he was awarded jointly with Malala on December 10.

But it seems he is still not widely known, to the extent that politicians and ministers from his own state know him by his work and name.

It was funny and interesting and good enough for satirical slapstick stuff.

Incidentally, some politicians and ministers of Madhya Pradesh, the state Kailash Satyarthi comes from, congratulated Kailash Vijayvargiya, urban administration and development minister of Madhya Pradesh, who is also known for making controversial and ‘in bad social taste’ statements regularly, for ‘receiving’ the Nobel Peace Prize.

A report in Hindustan Times wrote: Minister for animal husbandry, food processing and public health engineering Kusum Mehadele, tribal welfare minister Gyan Singh and a few MLAs lauded ‘Kailash Vijayvargiya’s achievements’ saying it is a matter of pride for the state and their fraternity.

Another minister observed that his party had many other worthy contenders of the award and they should also get it while congratulating Vijayvargiya.

One of them saw work done by Vijayvargiya in Indore as the reason behind Nobel Committee’s decision while the other one tried to reach closer to make his answer as logical as possible, as far as his wisdom allowed him, saying Mr. Vijayvargiya got the award as a result of his extensive social work. We need to dig more to know on Nobel Committee’s connection with Indore!

The ignorance was bliss not just for Vijayvargiya’s party members, Bhartiya Janata Party. A Bahujan Samaj Party MLA (member of the legislative assembly) mused: Vijayvargiya could get Nobel only because of his party’s government in the state as well as at the centre otherwise his work was not up to the stature of the Nobel Prize.

Though Nobel is an annual talking point, we will find ‘plenty’ of happy and wise Indians including their elected representatives bathing in the sea of ‘blissful’ ignorance on what a Nobel Peace Prize is. Deliberating on the fine print behind the decision to ‘select the recipients’ is a natural far cry in such cases.

And we are debating the nuances of the decision of the five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee to award jointly an Indian, Kailash Satyarthi, and a Pakistani, Malala Yousafzai, the Peace Nobel 2014.

We are debating if the joint Peace Nobel decision to an Indian and a Pakistani could bring India and Pakistan to good terms when its ministers and representatives, elected to make and implement policies to run the state at its various levels of governance, don’t know who Kailash Satyarthi is, an activist with a long career and from their own state, not even after October 10, 2014, when his name was announced for the Nobel Peace Prize and he was on TV channels and in newspapers. Even a one-on-one with Narendra Modi could not help Mr. Satyarthi to become a ‘heard’ name for the dignitaries!

A random survey among the elected representatives at all levels, in all states and at Union, for sure, would return with interesting and insightful information.

These hilarious video clips are self-explanatory. Watch it and work on your thoughts with the smile it brings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW09tJOPZcA

KAILASH SATYARTHI VS KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA: NOBEL MUSINGS OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

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THOUGHTS HAD MET THEIR BARD..

Time had stayed on, the night was here to stay
Isolated, thoughts were alone in a nowhere precinct
It was warmer there than the cold visage bestrewed
Silence had never been so tender and perfervid
For thoughts to speak out their vestal assertions
Forced by the vicissitude and enamoured by the lay
Time had to change the countenance it had had so far
Thoughts had met their bard under the waxing moon
In the loneliness of the night’s nowhere gallery
Beginning a conversation silence had always sought
The night had just arrived and was here to stay..

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THOUGHTS HAD MET THEIR BARD..

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EULOGIZING GODSE, DEFENDING RELIGIOUS CONVERSION: MODI NEEDS TO REIN THEM IN FOR 2019 RE-ELECTION

Whenever Narendra Modi talks about his vision of India, he talks long term, of continuing governing India at least for the coming two terms, till 2024.

Modi’s reputation on governance and the promises he has made would need that much time and the country and its voters who voted for him would rationally and logically give him the window of these ten years, provided he performs regularly, coming out with report cards on regular intervals that talk of real, solid development.

The political opposition looks nailed and in disarray at the moment. The positive atmosphere for Modi is complemented well with the factors like low international oil prices and healthy inflation rate. His foray in international diplomacy is marching handsomely ahead with Barack Obama as the chief guest of the Republic Day 2015 function.

So, it’s a good harnessing ground for him — except the internal factors of his party, his party’s coalition and the elements of ideology that could potentially derail the show, denying Narendra Modi re-election in 2019.

The country and the voters would expressively reject any attempt to eulogize the likes of Nathuram Godse. Eulogizing a Nathuram Godse is akin to the evil intent to kill the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, a direct affront on the Indian democratic institution. And that eulogy coming from a member of Parliament from Modi’s party is ominous. It doesn’t matter if the person retracted or not.

The country and the voters don’t need mass religious conversion ceremonies. The country and the voters don’t need the ministers and politicians defending such moves and doing politics over the issue. It leaves most of us, who are looking for development, in bad taste.

The country and the voters don’t need debates or extensions over headlines like ‘India a Hindu nation’. It is simply not acceptable, going by the reality of the India of the day, and its realpolitik of the future.

Narendra Modi needs to rein them in. He must rein them in.

The country and the voters who voted him in have given a mandate in the name of development. The large and ever expanding middle class and the huge youth base vote basically on the priorities that can make their lives better, can ease the basket of monthly burden most of the families have to carry. With majority appeasement and polarization, this was the other major factor that gave BJP majority on its own.

This vote base is demanding and reacts actively. Perform or perish is what should be in government’s mind.

If it slips away, it will be difficult for Modi to come back in 2019.

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AN INDIAN AND A PAKISTANI SHARE PEACE NOBEL: NOTHING REALPOLITIKAL ABOUT IT

It was all so good. It looked brilliant on screens wherever the broadcast was being shown. The rounds of applause were spontaneous. The value addition of musical performances by artists from India and Pakistan was a treat to eyes and ears.

It happens like this every year, except the value addition.

What was announced two months ago had its final movement today, like it happens every year.

Yes, it echoes more in the niches that belong to the winners – their field of work and the part of the world they come from.

But, the echo remains more on the airwaves and in black and white words and for masses, it, at best, serves the purpose of giving recognition and spreading the symbolism that recognizes the cause and the efforts being made by the person/organization for it.

That is the limit and the reality of it, irrespective of the value additions done.

In terms of engineering change, it is nowhere close to the realpolitik of the ground reality in most of the cases and when the case in question is India Vs Pakistan, then a Peace Nobel jointly to an Indian and a Pakistani doesn’t make any ground for a ‘India + Pakistan’ scenario.

Kailash Satyarthi has made India proud but it is equally true that he is still not widely known in India and there are many other social activists in his league.

Malala Yousafzai has successfully highlighted the plight of girls in Pakistan once again but it is equally true that she is not the voice that can reach deeply in Pakistan, to the subjects that she mentions in each of her speeches. No one can say when she would be able to travel back to her country to take on the field work.

Apart from talking points, the joint Peace Nobel 2014 doesn’t hold any ground for the two Asian rivals where one is an emerging global power and a giant when seen on the scales of economy and military while the other is a chaotic nation following the policy of state sponsored terror pushed by its military, the strongest institution in the country.

Pakistan, born out of India, on religious divide, could never reconcile with the dominant status which India naturally had, being an old civilization with a rich and diversify history and a much larger country. The unsolved border issue and Jammu & Kashmir gave an early start to the aspirations of people heading the military there and a limping start of democracy soon gave them the avenue to usurp the power. Since then, it has been the inferiority complex of the Pakistan’s military complex that has pushed it to wage many wars with India to prove its superiority. Pakistan has lost all – the only natural consequence possible.

And in desperation, it has led its military establishment to try all, including sponsoring and exporting proxy war and terrorism in India.

And it all began and has sustained in the name of religious fanaticism.

That religious fanaticism and Pakistan military’s over-dependence on it are the basic elements of the realpolitik that guide the way Pakistan keeps up with India and the ground reality is really hostile, with increased ceasefire violations and anti-India rhetoric by Pakistan in the recent months, that has found a tough respondent in the Narendra Modi led Indian government.

While talking on ‘India Vs Pakistan’ to ‘India + Pakistan’ realpolitik, we need to come back to this reality again and again.

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THE DAY WAS NAKED AND CHOPPED

The day was naked and chopped
It’s fragments were thrown in an abyss

Its vestiges were never enough
Yet, the show followed the unchanged script

As if living a leased day in life
Stealing from the text of yesterday’s lucidity

Imbibing the nakedness of desires
Trying to squeeze meanings from its elusiveness

The day’s today was barely enough
Surviving somehow, pushing the characters

It was mutilated and stripped of its soul
Staring through the lashes piercing its many lives

The vestiges were forced to hold the day
As if the day’s tomorrow had also fallen apart

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