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Jailed in India,for over 40 years !

The ongoing fight of an Indian Advocate to seek justice for foreigners held in Indian jails.

Advocate Bhim Singh who has been fighting for repatriation of Foreigners serving in Indian jails since 1966 is also chief of Jammu And Kashmir Panthers Party, brought this matter as a Petitioner and told the bench that many Pakistani nationals were held without trial in many jails of the country. It is shocking that though most of them have served their sentences, they continue to be in our country’s jails.

Resulting, the Supreme Court asked  the Union Government to give comprehensive list of Pakistani prisoners in India within two weeks to understand the status of the cases pending against them and help activate the bureaucratic machinery in speeding up the repatriation process.

Advocate Singh is the first and foremost human rights activist and lawyer in the Supreme Court of  India and has made continuous efforts helping many Pakistani and other foreign nationals get back home after serving their terms in Indian jails and he is the ray of hope for prisoners serving over their sentenced tenure and for their relatives, back home.

Hopefully , there are Advocates like  Bhim Singh who strongly believe in right to life of every human,  across the borders of our country, who can send back Indian prisoners who are over-serving their term in Pakistani jails.

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Raj explains attack on cbfc and Rahul Gandhi

Raj Thackerey in the news again ?

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief – Raj Thackeray supported MNS members attacking  the offices of the Central Board of Film Censors on 14th November 2011 at around 4pm in opposition to the demand they made, months back, to the board, to include at least one Marathi Manus in the board to censor Marathi movies.

Is it not enough to know the guidelines and follow the same while judging movies ? Is it that important to include atleast one “Maharashtrian” from theatre or Marathi cinema ?

Well, supporting the move of his party members ransacking some offices just because they do not agree to their party’s request cannot be appreciated. Are there no other ways the MNS finds suitable other than voilent attacks , be it on the North Indian rickshaw  and taxi drivers or destroying  office properties ? 

Is Anna Hazare’s non-voilent methods of fasting and raising support not an example of better way of keeping one’s point ?

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Also speaking on Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Phulpur, Utter Pradesh, he claimed Rahul Gandhi was ill-informed about U.P.  after Rahul made a comment that for how long youths from the state need to go and beg for work in Maharashtra ,pointing at  the lack of employment opportunities in the state .

Thackeray viewed that the people of Utter Pradesh must ask Rahul what his party had done for the state in the past so many years for the state as every member of the Gandhi family, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and even Rahul himself  have been elected from UP and Congress party had got opportunities to rule the state for decades in the past. The question raised on Rahul Gandhi and Congress is worth giving a thought !

Is it right to claim the present government of Mayawati as the sole reason of sufferings in Utter Pradesh?  What about the governments prior to this ? Did the political parties prior to Mayawati’s BSP do their share of  work ?

Sarabjit Singh in Pak prision since 1990 !

Jantar Mantar is about to witness yet another movement to bring back Sarabjit Singh.

On11.11.2011 at 11.11am Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh and  president of the All India Youth Foundation, Virender Singh along with members of the foundation will take an oath at Amar Jawan (at India Gate) and therafter march to Jantar Mantar and will remain there and fast till the 21st of the month. This is to appeal to the people of the country to join them in their pledge to the government of India for the release Sarabjit from Pakistani Jail.

Sarabjit Singh is in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail  since last 21 years accused of being involved in 1990 serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan which killed 14 people and was arrested while crossing border. His lawyer in Pakistan has argued it is a ‘clear case of mistaken identity.’
Manjit Singh’s(Sarabjit Singh) sister and wife claim he is a simple farmer who left to plough his fields near Wagah Border on August 28, 1990, but never returned and all their search went in vain until they received a letter from Manjit informing them that he was caught by Pakistani border forces when he mistakenly crossed the border under the influence of liquor.

Pakistan on the other hand claimed he is a RAW spy who was involved in the 1990 serial blasts and in April 2008 some Pakistani students group demanded  withdrawal of all official moves to pardon Sarabjit.

He was given death sentence, but his hanging has been repeatedly postponed. Well it is Sarabjit himself who knows what is the truth but is 21 years of imprisonment with rare hope of being released, not as good as death sentence?

D.I.G. Mishra under House-Arrest

 Gaddafis and Saddams of our country ? 

D.I.G.   D.D. Mishra has been under house arrest since he got discharged from CSMMU where the officials said they did not find any sign of mental illness in Mishra. The government has not given any statement officially about his condition or the reason behind his ‘house arrest’. Media is not allowed to talk to him and only family members can visit him.

After all, he raised his voice against  his superiors and powerful people in the government who were buying sub-standard equipment at a price higher than the market rate hence D.I.G.  Thakur of Lucknow had all good reasons to take him out from his office to the mental hospital and declare he was mentally unsound.

The “Maya of Mighty Mayawati” and the ” honest system ” of the state may force the rebellious DIG to very soon seek  help of the Mental Asylum which declared him mentally fit.

But the question is do we, thecitizens of the country,  not have the Right to know, why anOfficer of the DIG rank is suddenly under house-arrest and why is he not allowed to talk to the media, after he spoke out against the mismanagment in the state ?

Is this not Dictatorship? Is there any  difference between Muammar Gaddafi and Kumari Mayawati ?

The Might And The Maya of Mayawati

Get well soon, Deputy Inspector  General, D.D. Mishra !

In a press conference held on Friday, Nov 4th 2011, Deputy Inspector General (fire services) D. D. Mishra presented the register of the fire department’s control room and accused the entire U.P. government of being corrupt . He did not sign on the purchases instead put  remarks on the irregularities in the various purchases, he noticed in several files. He has written to the government to launch an inquiry into the illegal purchase of material for the fire department and is very sure that no action will take place. Instead he claimed life threat after the reports get published and believes  government will not leave any stones unturned to grab these files. He said he wanted to raise alarm and set example for other policemen that they  can also raise voice for citizens.
Mayawati will get me murdered,” Mishra said.

Right after this conference , DIG of Lucknow, D.K. Thakur reached Mishra’s office and said he had a word with him for two hours and he had to call Mishra’s daughter and experts from Chatrapati Sahuji Medical University as D.D. Mishra, according to him was “mentally unsound

In fact, we all are. Aren’t we ? Do we really bother to check who we elect as our Ministers? Sound-mind is he who would not only support corruption but also take his share out of it.
Mayawati, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is one of the many “honest politicians” of our country on whom the CBI has filed case of disproportionate assets. and who knows not her  Rs 685 crore, Dalit Memorial in Noida which is a perfect example of dedication and responsibility towards her state people. Interestingly it includes her statue aswell and why not after all she does so much for her people.

Well, coming back to D.D. Mishra,only time well let us know how the Chief Minister would make him, mentally sound now.

Who killed Keenan Santos And Ruben Fernandes ?

20th October’ 2011 , a youth Keenan Santos was publicly stabbed to death and his friend Ruben Fernandes died 4 days after, suffering from wounds. They were attacked by a team of 20 goons when they defended their female friends, who were being teased. They were coming out of a restaurant in Andheri,Mumbai while this incident happened. The two young boys were accompanied by five other friends.

Police produced 21 accused in a court on 3rd November’11. But are these the only ones who actually killed Keenan and Ruben ?

What about those who were standing in tens and hundreds , viewing the tussle who did not even bother to inform the police, forget about intervening ?

In an interview , one of the female friend of Keenan and Ruben , who was present that day described how the spectators turned deaf ears , while these guys were being punished for opposing eve-teasing  and the girls were seeking help. She also mentioned , that even the restaurant people did not come to help , where the group used to frequently hang-out.

She explains , the Police Help-Line Number  – 100, kept busy throughout and that even after the culprits left the place no one came to even pick the guys up to the hospital.

 Can we just get away by blaming it all on the Police? How many are they in number? Do we need one police each by every citizen of the country ?  Can we get away by claiming the city is not safe for girls , out at night ? Where is our social responsibility ? Had the bigger culprits, “the scared and curious spectators” been responsible enough, chances are high, two young guys would have been alive , today.

News channels indicate, how 25000 plus people added their support on Facebook to seek justice for Keenan’s sacrifice. Is our responsibility just limited joining a community on social sites and demand for justice after the sufferings ? 

 Is it not time we be the change rather blaming our law and order system ?

To Be Auctioned-Dr Rajendra Prasad’s Rolex Watch !

Who will bid for Dr Rajendra Prasad’s  Gold Rolex Watch ?

On November 13th ‘ 2011 , India’s first President , Dr Rajendra Prasad’s  gold wristwatch would be on auction by Sotheby’s in Geneva. Estimated price of the 18k pink gold Rolex with India’s Map and the date of 26th January 1950, inscribed on the dial, is between Rs 1 – Rs 2 crore. The wristwatch was presented to him on the first Republic Day in 1950.

Retired professor and grand-daughter of  Dr Prasad, Tara Sinha  got a call from a British journalist who informed her that Sotheby’s official said neither Dr Prasad’s family nor the Indian Government contacted them yet. She has also learnt, the person giving this watch to Sotheby’s preferred anonymity.

While Tara Sinha remembers, in 1964, a watch of Dr.Prasad had been stolen from Old Sadaquat Ashram(Dr. Prasad’s House) in Patna, she is not sure if this is the same watch.

She has written letters to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, pleading them to stop the auction and bring the watch back. and has not got any satisfactory response from anywhere, as yet.

All She wants is the watch be given back to India as per the UNESCO charter of 1970, as the watch is a national property.

It might be too late when our rulers respond and India’s Self-Respect be auctioned publicly. What do we commoners expect from our political leaders, when they are least bothered about Nation’s Property, Pride and First President’s belongings ?

Mahisashura or Durga – Who is Dividing Us Again ?

Theories by Prem Kumar Mani , claiming Mahisashura as the king of ancient Bengal and that he was killed by Aryan agent Durga, with evidence from Puranas and the article’s title “Kiski Puja Kar Rahe Hain Bahujan” with the matter within, indicating Lordess Durga was the killer of Asuras and their King, who are the backward classes, in today’s India and questioning the worship of Durga , by the backward classes, may sound convincing to some ears and may be irrelevant to others. However, this successfully disturbed the peace of J.N.U., where a group of 200 students celebrated Mahisashura Day on October 24th and some wrote letters complaining about the article’s circulation during Durga Puja.

 After the circulation, RSS Student Wing, ABVP, attacked the Forum Members presided by Jitendra Yadav, while they were conducting a meeting in the campus. The University sent show-cause notices to the president of the Forum and to two members of ABVP. While the ABVP members sent replies, Jitendra Yadav preferred sending a legal notice. No big deal, if tomorrow, we get to see Mr. Yadav as a prominent politician, in the coming years.

Well, the question over here, is there any point taking out conclusions and theories and digging out proofs of past and mythology? Today when at least the urban areas of the country, are slowly getting rid of the evil of caste system and fundamentalism, how do these things help the country? Are divisions less that we need to divide more? Aryans and Non-Aryans ( Asuras ), Dravidians and God knows how many more sub-divisions,the question is-why? Do we really need to know all these? Are Real-life villains, in our day-to-day life, the corrupt politicians, gangsters and business houses not enough to keep us busy scrolling the TV news channels?

Ours is a country which allows everyone to follow their own religion and belief, then why hurting and questioning religious sentiments of some and provoke some others? Cheap politics never seem to cease which has been dividing and further dividing humankind. Caste Systems, Racial Discriminations and Religions are the major weapons of the same. ” Divide and Rule Policy ” of  The East India Company has been best learnt by some diplomats and politicians since Independence.

Its time, Indian Laws should be revised and made equal for all Indians. No religion and no castes should be considered privileged or under-privileged, anymore. Only then the opportunist brains of the nation, might  freeze implementing their evil policy of Divide and Rule.

Remind yourself about those crowded Local Trains and Buses and Metro Trains, where hundreds and thousands of us travel to reach our homes and offices. Do we have different sections and compartments, in those buses and trains on the basis religion and caste? Do we ask our fellow-passengers, about their religious and caste identities before pushing our body or dashing against them in those mercilessly crowded buses and trains? At the end, we have the same last destination.Don’t we? 

Ours is a country, where we do not question or disregard our cricket heroes and film-stars if they do inter-religion or inter-caste marriages and celebrate every religious and regional festivals with all, regardless one is from different caste or religion. Rather we rejoice in their happiness and love them regardless.

Ours is a country , where Dhoni carrying the World-Cup gave equal excitement and happiness to Indians from all walks of  life then why not give a full-stop to caste and religious discrimination , by giving deaf-ears to few politicians and fundamentalists, who never miss any chance to propagate against humankind. Why not, live and let live in a peaceful India? As rightly said in one of the Bollywood Movies ” Rang De Basanti ” – “Apna ek pair Past mei hai aur doosra Future mei , isiliye saala Present pe moot rahe hain ” – (Our one leg is on the past and the other leg on the future and thats why we are urinating on our present)

Chinese Entering Indian Territory !

Who Dares  To Question The Chinese ?

At frequent intervals, the Chinese Army has been noticed  penetrating,  at least 1.5 kms – 7km, inside the Indian Territory including areas of  Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and  Ladakh(J&K).

Secret note to the Minister Of External Affairs indicates , People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has intruded as many as 50 times , so far, from July till September, this year, into Indian Territory.
On Sep9’11, Chinese PLA vehicles were seen erecting some antennas 4.5 km deep inside the Indian territory of  Tunjun La area .

Chinese signs and drink cans, were noticed on Sep10’11, 4 km deep inside Indian territory,in the Demchok area of the boundary.

On August 15’11,  44Chinese PLA soldiers were noticed setting up tents and shelters 3kms, inside the Indian territory in the Asaphila area of Arunachal Pradesh.

On August 23rd’11,  2 Chinese choppers landed in Barahoti plains in Uttarakhand. Chinese soldiers got down  and destroyed about 16-17 Indian positions and defenses. They drew an inscription in Mandarin and inscribed a star on the rock.

On August 25’11,  some  PLA personnel were seen on horseback carrying weapons  moving through Barahoti.

Chinese intruded in Ladakh on August 25 ‘ 2011 – Two Chinese helicopters entered Indian territory on the morning of August 25 in the Chumar area of Nyoma, destroyed 17 unused Indian bunkers and painted rocks with the red star insignia of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Indian bunkers were dismantled  and Chinese cigarette packets were thrown around to mark Chinese presence.
The Indian government and the armed or the air forces made no specific comments on the matter of Chinese incursions into Indian territory in Ladakh. The locals are upset with the government which seems helpless on such incidents.

In Uttarakhand, shepherds have many a times noticed strangers in the area who neither understand their language nor make their intentions clear. China has built new roads across the border that made such intrusions easier. The intruders have been crossing the line of control in newer places both in uniforms and in civilian dresses.

The hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,030-km unfenced border with China. The McMahon Line, an imaginary border now known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), separates the Sino-Indian border along Arunachal Pradesh.The state government of Arunachal Pradesh has from time to time been warning the Centre about the Chinese incursions.Indian intelligence officials in 2007 reported Chinese-built mule tracks near the Kayela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley district, bordering China’s Tibet region.

The Indo-China border dispute 

The border dispute with China was inherited by India from the British colonial rulers, who hosted a 1914 conference with the Tibetan and Chinese governments that set the border in what is now Arunachal Pradesh. China  never valued  the 1914 boundary known as the McMahon Line.

China claims 90,000 sq. km. — nearly all of Arunachal Pradesh from India while the Indian Government accuses China of occupying 8,000 sq. km of Jammu and Kashmir.

Incidents in the Past

  • The road construction work in the Demchok area was stopped by Chinese Army in 2009, on gun point.
  • In October 2010, The work on the development project under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), aiming at generating employment for locals in the Demchok area was also stopped after Chinese army threatened the workers.

 Interestingly, India and China have signed two  agreements – the Peace and Tranquillity Agreement in 1993 and the Confidence- Building Measures Agreement in 1996.

While these incidents are clearly alarming and question the intentions of Chinese army, who do we seek answers from, as concerned Indians ? Hopefully, not the Chinese Government !

Burnt Garlic Pepper Chicken

Burnt Garlic Pepper Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Cleaned and dressed chicken (with bone or boneless)   2 kg

Garlic cloves (Whole) 75gm

Freshly ground pepper or Pepper corn 3 table-spoon

Green chilies  – 4 -5 pieces

Capsicum/ green pepper – 1 whole [coarsely chopped]

Onion 5 large [coarsely chopped]

Tomato – 2 [coarsely chopped]

Bay leaf – 1

Chaat Masala – 1 table-spoon

Tabasco, non-fruit vinegar, light soya sauce, butter

 

Method

1)      Heat a thin bottom pan until piping hot. Add 1 table-spoon butter to the heated pan and let it smoke.

2)      Add entire garlic to the pan and let it smoke and burn, add the capsicum within a minute followed by the green chilies and 3 onions and bay leaf, keep stirring as the pan as it smokes. Add the pepper corns followed by the tomatoes.  Add a table-spoon of vinegar followed by a table-spoon of soya sauce and chaat masala.

3)     Once all the ingredients turn dark brown in colour add 2 table-spoon of water and turn off the heat

4)     Empty the contents in a mixer and add a tea-spoon of butter and mix it well till the ingredients are coarsely ground. YOUR MARINATE IS READY.

5)     Marinate the chicken with ¾ of the mixture and keep it aside for 3 -4 hours.

6)     Heat two table-spoon of oil of butter in a pan, add the remaining chopped onion once the pan is hot, allow the onions to turn translucent, and then add the ¼ marinate, and stir well for 1 minute; add the marinated chicken immediately.

7)    Cook on high flame for 5 minutes constantly stirring the chicken so that the chicken does not get too charred.

8)     Add 100ml water and bring to boil; Once boiling turn to low flame and cover the pan for 10 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked and the water has dried add a table-spoon of tabasco and 1 tea-spoon of vinegar and stir for a minute.

9)     Empty the chicken into a plate and garnish with sliced capsicum/onion and tomato mixed with chaat masala and lemon juice. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper and/or coriander all over the plate and your serving is ready.