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Home Demolition in Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless

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Home Demolition in Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Kathputli Artists’ Colony Demolished, Death of Democracy!

In the two days demolition drive by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in assistance with Delhi Police demolished more than 1000 houses at Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi on October 30th and October 31st 2017. During the demolition, Police lathicharged on the residents mercilessly and also shot some Tear gas on them. On the basis of a Public Notice served on October 25th to evict the place in 5 days, they carried out this drive. They demolished some 100 houses on day one with 5 Bulldozers on place and they came with greater force on next days to brutally demolishing the rest. The gross Human Rights Violation was done by Delhi Police in two days where they just behaved like they are meant to Peace and Tranquility but they have been brought by DDA to bring as much fear they can create through their Lathis and Abusive Languages. They beat anyone who tried to say a word, they pushed anyone, they grabbed the collars of anyone who resisted, be it man, woman or a child.

People from different communal groups living in the vicinity of each other for decades now. In the early 1970s, a handful of performers from Rajasthan settled in West Delhi’s Shadipur region. Artists who were primarily puppeteers and musicians often moved throughout the capital to perform and over a period of time Shadipur became a convenient location for the same. Over time, they were joined by a variety of artists and people from states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand and together they formed a single settlement known as Kathputli colony (The term refers to string puppet theatre).

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The Actual Case:

Kathputli Colony was planned for the In-Situ Slum Redevelopment under Rajiv Was Yojana in 2009  through Public Private Partnership where contract was given to Raheja Developers (Can also be read Builders at many places) for this at Rs 6.22 Crore. Raheja developed a plan of 170 Premium and 2800 EWS Flats for the area. People were happy with the project initially when the first survey was done. There were some 2631 eligible beneficiaries as per the first survey. To which the builders slyly added an Office Complex and Mall on his “share” of 35% of the land, while They were allotted only 18% in the contract. This then raised the height of the 2800 EWS flats to 15 stories. It enraged the residents as they didn’t want such a tall dwelling unit and such change in plan.

Secondly, The survey was done after the plan where Raheja developed a plan for 2800 families and families in Survey came out to 2631. It also raised the questions that how was it possible that Raheja with the numbers and planned the units for such exact families.

Thirdly, People were sent to the Transit Camp for a duration of 2 years by Force, by Greed or By Fear to Anand Parbat whereas many people refused to go and after a long struggle they go a High Court Order in their favour in March 2014 for a Resurvey where DDA accepted that there are more families than the last survey and they planned to shift them to Narela till the Project is completed. Narela is situated on the outskirts of Delhi and is more than 30 KMs from their current location which lacks the basic services for living.

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The Current Situation

As of now, after the two days of demolition just 50 or 60 houses have remained in Kathputli Colony till the article was finally drafted. The notice for this demolition was served on October 25th but people didn’t know about it as there were no Public Announcement or Individual Notification done. People were forced out from their houses and anyone who refused to go were beaten by Police. By the afternoon all the nearby shops were closed, the entry and exit points were seized by Police. No one was allowed to enter in to the colony. Looking at such scary scenes, People were very scared. One elderly woman hung herself as her house was demolished. She is still critical in hospital, some social activists (Ex MP Annie Raja and others) were also thrashed and manhandled by Police.

One of the residents said that their children are missing from afternoon and they didn’t return till late evening. A father in 60s was performing the post death rituals of his son when he was thrown out from his house and he was wandering with those stuff to perform the ritual. There are many such stories in the Colony from two days. Police didn’t let people sleep in nights as they came every hour to ask them to leave or they will throw them. The Police from Ranjit Nagar Police Station were the main culprits here. They also open fired in night whose evidence (A Bullet) was produced by residents in the morning when I was interacting with them and they also brought it to the Press Conference organised by National Alliance for People’s Movements and Delhi Solidarity Group. Other Organisations like Basti Bachao Sangharsh Smiti is also working with people to help them to face this hard time.

In a Public Interest Litigation filed for the case, High Court has ordered a Stay for ten days and has asked the SHO of Ranjit Nagar to maintain the Status Quo strictly. A bigger struggle on the violation of Human Rights is still to be fought.

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UN Day: Pakistan’s Army’s Peacekeeping Measures

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By Sajjad Shaukat
Every year, United Nations Day is celebrated on October 24. On this day in 1945, the United
Nations (UN) came into force when the five permanent members of the Security Council ratified
its charter This followed a declaration by the UN General Assembly in 1947 which designated
24th of October as United Nations Day, by proclaiming that the day would be instrumental in
making people aware of the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gain their
support for its work.

Since its creation, Pakistan has played a significant role as UN member, in bringing peace
through active diplomatic, moral and material support in various regions of the world. Therefore,
this very day also reminds Pakistan’s Army’s role in UN peacekeeping measures, during war and
peace time.

Pakistan’s Army is considered the best organized institution, and is highly respected in the
country, as since the founding of Pakistan, its military has played a key role in holding the state
together, promoting a feeling of nationhood and providing a bastion of selfless service.
Today, Pakistan’s position as one of the largest troop contributing country in the world with one
of the highest peacekeepers’ casualty figure is testimony to its commitment and endeavours
towards promoting the noble cause of global peace. It is not easy to achieve peace in world’s
conflict ridden areas. But Pakistan Army’s history is replete with sacrifices, services to humanity
and promoting collective security for human prosperity.

In this regard, Pakistan is a big player in UN peacekeeping forces. Pakistan joined the United
Nations on September 30, 1947. Since 1960, it has been actively involved in most of the UN
peacekeeping missions. Major contributions of Pakistan Army are in Congo, Liberia Somalia,
Ivory Coast, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, East Timor Haiti etc.
Even, at present, more than 8200 troops of Pakistan Army are engaged in different peacekeeping
missions across various volatile countries.

The performance of Pakistani peacekeepers has been recognized worldwide by several world
leaders including those of the UN. An undeniable professional standing of Pakistani forces has
made them the passion of every special representative of Secretary General and Force
Commander in each of UN peacekeeping operations. In this respect, Pakistan’s dedication
towards UN has been acknowledged by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who himself visited
Pakistan and inaugurated the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) on 13 August
2013 and praised Pakistan’s efforts in UN peacekeeping missions.

However, Pakistan has participated in 41 UN missions in 23 states where total 142,542 Pakistani
personnel engaged, taking start from UN Congo Operation in 1960. Pakistan Army delivered its
services there, and contributed in ordnance, transport and staff. It is still present in Congo, and
provided a Battalion Group comprising one infantry battalion and supporting elements.

For maintaining and monitoring ceasefire during transition of West Irian from Dutch rule to
Indonesians, Pakistan contributed 1500 infantry troops from October 3, 1962 to April 30, 1963.
In a rare acknowledgement of excellent role done, Chinese Premier Chou-En- Lai had said, “The
only example in United Nation’s history, when United Nations force had gone in…performed its
role honestly and came out, was Pakistan’s military contingent to Indonesia.”

Besides, Pakistan’s contribution was in United Nations Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM) as
a military observer from January to September 1964. Yemen entered into a state of civil war in
1962. To ensure that this conflict did not escalate into global incident, the UN set up its Yemen
Observation Mission. And, United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia (UNTAG)
was established to assist the special representative of the UN Secretary General to ensure the
early independence of Namibia through free and fair elections, and to carry out a number of
other duties. For the purpose, 20 military observers from Pak Army performed their duties from
April 1, 1989 to March 21, 1990 in Namibia.

Notably, Pakistan Army played a positive role in the Middle East, and was on forefront for peace
restoration. United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM) was set up in April 1991,
following the forced withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Its task was to monitor the
demilitarized zone along the Iraq-Kuwait border and deter border violations. Pakistani forces
which helped continuing their services there from April 1991 to 2003 were assigned the most
difficult area in the north of Kuwait city—reclamation of Bubiyan Island was also entrusted to
them. The operation was carried out by a task force of Pakistan Army Engineers. The
professionalism and dedication displayed by this force was praised at international level.
While, inside the United Nations Transitional Authority on Cambodia (UNTAC), the Pakistan’s
military forces carried out peacekeeping operations in the most thorny and remote areas during
the period-May 1992 to August 1993. They overcame enormous logistic and operational
problems, and proved their courage and determination by defending themselves and those for
whom they were sent. Coping with the odds, they handled crisis after crisis and persuaded the
warring factions to lay down their arms.

And on the request of the UN in Latin America under the United Nations Mission in Haiti
(UNMIH), Pakistan provided one infantry battalion, ‘PAKBAT’ which arrived in Haiti in March
1995 and was deployed in Cape Haitien—the area faced extremely volatile security situation and
was also the hotbed of political agitation. ‘PAKBAT’ discharged its duties with an extensive
patrolling program, covering various regions there.

Nevertheless, Pakistan’s Army has worked in difficult terrains and situations for the global
peace. Now, inside the country, although Pakistan Armed Forces are facing a tough situation in
wake of war against terrorism, yet they are contributing to global peace and prosperity; having
still a large number of their presence in various parts of the world.

Now, the major powers must abandon their false propaganda against Pakistan and its Armed
Forces, as the latter did more in response of international demand of world peace.

Nonetheless, in pursuance of Pakistan Army’s unwavering commitment towards international
peace, 130 Pakistani soldiers have sacrificed their lives. In this connection, Pakistan’s Army
positive role in the UN peacekeeping measures reflects Pakistan’s desire to see the principles of
human dignity, freedom and self-determination.

 

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Khazarain Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror

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By Sajjad Shaukat
Renowned historians agree that besides other causes, major cause of the French Revolution of
1789 was the class distinction between the privileged and the unprivileged, which rapidly
increased under the reign of King Louis XVI who had continued the policy of taking out
international loans, and the debt drove the country to near bankruptcy, leading to the Revolution.
They opine, “The French Revolution began because the people of France wanted to end the
monarchy and aristocracy…The people signed the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which
declared that all estates are equal…all men are born equal under the law…the Revolution
cherished the genuine aspirations of people such as liberty, equality and justice, which became
the inspiration of people not only in France, but also in Europe and from there to the whole
world.”

But, this enthusiasm died, when France witnessed the era of Reign of Terror from September
1793 to July 1794. The Reign of Terror was essentially created by the radical leader of the
revolution Maximilien de Robespierre.
According to a researcher, “The guillotine became the preferred method of executions and
became known as “The National Razor.” Joseph Guillotine, a doctor, suggested its use for all
executions, because it was a quick, painless death…The device was a large timber frame with a
space at the bottom for the neck of the prisoner. At the top of the machine is a large angled blade.
Once the prisoner is secured, the blade is dropped, severing the head and bringing about
immediate death.”

During the Reign of Terror, the revolutionaries executed many high ranking members of
France’s elite class through the guillotine which also included King Louis XVI, his wife Marie
Antoinette, Louis Philippe II, Madame Roland, and the Girondins.

The Reign of Terror was controlled by the Committee of Public Safety-the Jacobins.
Robospierre ran the country and got an army of 800,000. It was the biggest army ever, in Europe,
up to that time. Researchers say, “Between 20,000 and 40,000 people were executed. At their
trials, they could not speak in their own defense. The victims were clergy, aristocracy, and
common people. Anyone who disagreed with the Jacobins was a threat to the Republic.”
Robespierre even executed some of his fellow leaders like Danton and others who were
beheaded in 1794. The Reign of Terror ended when several of the main instigators, including
Robespierre and Saint-Just, were beheaded. However, the French Revolution had started to
murder itself.

Regarding the Reign of Terror, David Thomsan writes, “The Terror was not an instrument of
class war, and 70 percent of its victims belonged to the peasantry and laboring classes.”

According to Indian historian, V. D. Mahajin, “The Reign of Terror has been described as
martial law gone mad…On 10 November [1793], Madam Roland was executed. When she
mounted to the scaffold, she exclaimed: Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”
By taking advantage of the Reign of Terror and unrest in the country, Napoleon Bonaparte, the
French General seized the power through a coup and became head of the government as the First
Consul. He later proclaimed himself Emperor of France. Quite opposite to the ideas of the
French Revolution, Napoleon ruled over France by establishing a dictatorship, a monarchy and
an aristocracy. He also militarized France and engaged the country in several wars.

If we take cognizance of the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution, we need to know that in
the modern era, Khazarain Mafia has also gone mad and follows the French Revolution’s Reign
of Terror in its worst form. This Mafia has refined the tactics of the guillotine and tortured to
deaths millions of people, belonging to various nations. If guillotine resulted into quick death of
persons, Kazarian Mafia’s techniques have been eliminating the human beings not only through
mass murder, but also through perennial pain which may also be equated with slow poison.
As regards the historical background of the Kazarian Mafia and its connections with Israel and
Zionist Jews, various writers of the Veterans Today, including Senior Auditor Gordon Duff have
already exposed its evil-designs.

In this respect, under the titles, “The Hidden History of the Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia”
and “Khazarians Then, Khazarians Now”, Preston James and Mike Harris wrote on the VT, “The
curtain is now being pulled back to fully expose the Khazarian Mafia and its evil plan to
infiltrate, tyrannize the whole world and eradicate all Abrahamic Religions and allow only their
Babylonian Talmudism also known as Luciferianism, Satanism or ancient Baal worship…the
Khazarian Mafia (KM), the World’s largest Organized Crime Syndicate that the Khazarian
oligarchy morphed into by their deployment of Babylonian Money-Magick…It has been
exceedingly difficult to reconstruct this hidden secret history of the KM…We have done the
best we can to reconstruct it…It was Mike Harris that connected the dots and made the actual
discovery of the presence of the Khazarian Mafia’s secret history and blood oath to take
revenge on Russia for helping Americans win the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and
their blood oath of revenge against America and Americans for winning these wars and
sustaining the Union. At the Syrian Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious
Extremism December 1, 2014—in his Keynote address, Veterans Today Senor Editor and
Director Gordon Duff disclosed publicly for the first time ever that World Terrorism is actually
due to a large International Organized Crime Syndicate associated with Israel…And the shock-
waves from his historic speech in Damascus continue to reverberate around the world even to
this very day. And now Gordon Duff has asked President Putin to release Russian Intel which
will expose about 300 traitors in Congress for their serious serial felonies and statutory
espionage on behalf of the Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East
nations. We now know that the Khazarian Mafia (KM) is waging a secret war against America
and Americans by the use of False-flag Gladio-style terrorism, and via the illegal and
Unconstitutional Federal Reserve System, the IRS, the FBI, FEMA, Homeland Security and the
TSA. We know for certain that the KM was responsible for deploying an inside-job, Gladio-
style False-flag attack on America on 9-11- 01, as well as the Murrah Building Bombing on

April 19, 1995….Khazarians develop into a nation ruled by an evil king, who had ancient
Babylonian black arts, occult oligarchs serving as his court…The leaders of the surrounding
nations, especially Russia, have had so many years of complaints by their citizens that, as a
group, they deliver an ultimatum to the Khazarian king…he must choose one of the three
Abrahamic religions for his people…Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The Khazarian king chose
Judaism, and promised to stay within the requirements laid out by the surrounding confederacy
of nations led by the Russian czar. Despite his agreement and promise, the Khazarian king and
his inner circle of oligarchs kept practicing ancient Babylonian black-magic, also known as
Secret Satanism…Sadly, the Khazarians continued their evil ways, robbing and murdering those
from surrounding countries who traveled through Khazaria. Khazarian robbers often attempted
to assume their identities after they murdered these visitors, and became masters of disguises
and false identities—a practice they have continued even to this very day, along with their
child-sacrifice occult ceremonies, which are actually ancient Baal Worship…The Khazarian
leaders had a well-developed spy network through which they obtained prior warning and
escaped from Khazaria to European nations to the west, taking their vast fortune with them in
gold and silver. They laid low and regrouped, while assuming new identities…To accomplish
their invasion, they hired Oliver Cromwell to murder King Charles 1, and make England safe
for banking again. This began the English Civil Wars which raged for nearly a decade, resulting
in regicide of the royal family and hundreds of the genuine English nobility. This is how the
City of London was set up as the banking capital of Europe and launched the beginning of the
British Empire. The Khazarian Mafia (KM) decides to infiltrate and hijack all World Banking
using Babylonian Black-Magick, also known as Babylonian Money-Magick or the secret art of
making money from nothing also using the power of pernicious usury to accumulate
interest…The Rothschild banksters regroup and continue their covert attempts to install their
own Babylonian money-magick bank inside America. In 1913, the Rothschild KM was able to
establish a beachhead by bribing crooked, treasonous members of Congress to pass the illegal,
Unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act on Christmas Eve without a required quorum. The Act
was then signed by a crooked, bought off President, who was a traitor to America, like the
members of Congress who voted for it. The KM put an illegal, unconstitutional tax system in
place, in order to make sure that Americans would have to pay for high-level USG spending,
approved by a bought-off, crooked Congress and Presidential puppets, put in place by corrupt
KM campaign finance…It is easy for the KM to garner enough money to elect anyone they
want, because when you control a bank that is a secret major counterfeiter, you have all the
money made for you that you desire…they also bribed members of Congress to approve the
Internal Revenue Service, which is their private collection agency incorporated in Puerto
Rico…The Bolsheviks, at the direction of the Rothschild KM, raped, tortured and mass-
murdered approximately 100 million Russians, including women, children and infants. Some of
the torture and bloodletting was so extreme, we are not going to mention it here in this
article…They called this racially-paranoid mass Judaic delusion of world conquest, “World
Zionism”, which is really a form of covert Babylonian Talmudism or Luciferianism…It is
important to realize that the Rothschild KM took Germany down to nothing after WWI, created
a vacuum for Fascism, and then rebuilt it, creating Naziism and installing Hitler as a counter-
force to their Russian Bolshevism…Hitler became a problem for the KM when he broke free
and begin acting in the interests of the German people and the free people of the world, and
developed his own banking system free of the Rothschilds…We see the same thing today with
the Khazarian war against Islam, because Islam forbids usury. That is why Israel is so vocal and

aggressive about destroying the Islamic people of the world…The KM expected this to be a
large WWII and when they supported both sides, this could be used to industrialize the whole
world and maximize their bankster money-power…After WWII was finished, the Rothschild
KM deployed the Cold War, and used this as an excuse to bring Nazi scientists and mind-
kontrol experts to America under Operation Paperclip. This allowed them to set up a worldwide
spying and espionage system that far exceeded any of their prior efforts…Under this new
system, they continue to infiltrate and hijack all American institutions, including the various
American church systems, Freemasonry (especially the Scottish Rite and York Rite), the US
military, US Intel, and most private defense contractors, the Judiciary and most agencies of the
USG, including most State governments, and both major political parties as well…The
Rothschild KM was able to use their self mis-labelled, so-called “holocaust” to serve as a mind-
kontrol trigger to thwart and resist any criticism of their Zionist ways.”

As a matter of fact, Jews are owners of the many big cartels of the US in particular and the world
in general. Based in the US, they have been running the major multinational corporations, arms
factories, five star hotels, oil companies, liquor business, banks, film industry, print and
electronic media on international level. Having influence on the financial institutes like World
Bank and International Monetary Fund, Jews have direct and indirect hold on the global
economy. Thus, by dominating the American internal policies Khazarian Jewish Mafia has
moulded country’s foreign policy for their own interests and those of Israel. By changing
America into a corporate industry, they have converted the world into a corporate industry.
It is notable that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US emerged as the sole
superpower in the unipolar world. In consultation with his Zionist-advisers, American former
President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old bipolar order with the New World Order (NWO),
with the US acting as a kind of global policeman to protect the political, economic and religious
interests of the Khazarian Mafia.

In the unipolar world, even the United Nations system became an instrument of the US policy to
establish American hegemony in the world. The Third World—Muslim countries were
compelled to realign their domestic policies according to Washington’s dictates. In order to
obtain the hidden agenda of the Khazarian Jewish Mafia, the US imposed its sudden terms of
globalization such as free markets, privatization and de-nationalization etc. on the ill-prepared
developing countries and the Muslim countries, which left behind shattered nations and a global
financial crisis and increased poverty in most of these countries, which resulted into painful
deaths of many persons due to diseases and lack of medical treatment. It further widened the gap
between the poor and the rich countries or G-7 countries. The Khazarian Mafia has continued to
drive the project of globalization.

Besides, America’s child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb ethnic
cleansing in Kosovo, support to Israel’s aggressive occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, with
vetoing any effective action by the UN to curb the Israeli state terrorism greatly annoyed the
Muslims all over the world.

When President George W. Bush became the US president, he and the neo-conservatives crossed
all the limits in securing the political, economic and religious interests of Israel and the
Khazarian Mafia at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans.
Once Henry Kissinger stated “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.” Under the
cover of the false flag operation of the 9/11, the US President Bush orchestrated the drama of
global war on terror.

Bush who used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers” adding to the perception that the
ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against the Islamic countries also
warned the world to choose sides by saying, “either you are with us or with terrorists.” It was due
to employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan,
Indonesia, Libya etc., including almost all the Arab states joined Bush anti-terrorism war. By
manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the major Western
countries including NATO states which also joined the fake global war on terror.
During the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (By the US-British- led forces) and after occupation,
the brutal tactics of the US-led NATO like heavy air bombardment and ground shelling by the
sophisticated war machinery, including special military operations and extra-judicial
assassinations killed several innocent persons. Particularly, the US military strategic warlords
who preferred to create a paralyzing effect of ‘shock and awe’ displayed the terrible inferno of
destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In case of Iraq, many of the Iraqis including some members of the former Interim Governing
Council were shocked at the violence in Fallujah. Even the US weekly, ‘Newsweek’ admitted in
its publication of April 19/April 26, 2004 that the US forces “used very heavy hand in Fallujah
where more than 400 people were killed. Four members of the [former] Governing Council
resigned in a protest against America’s crackdown in Fallujah…according to doctors figure of
the deaths was impossible to check and it is more than 400…an airstrike dropped a 500 pound
bomb. Arab language TV claimed that the bomb killed more than a score of civilians at prayer.”
Like Afghanistan, American soldiers also massacred several wounded people and civilians in
Iraq. In November, 2004, a number of world’s televised channels including those of America
showed footage of a US marine who was shooting and killing an already captive and wounded
Iraqi prisoner at close range in a mosque in Fallujah where civilians had taken shelter.
Nobody can deny the fact that these were the worst examples of the US-led state terrorism or use
of abnormal force.

It is of particular attention that the US-led troops, assisted by CIA have carried out indiscriminate
mass round-ups in catching up suspected Muslim men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq,
including some Arab countries without evidence. Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and Indian
secret agency RAW have helped the CIA officials in arresting the Muslim men, having beard and
ladies, wearing scarves. Besides Guantanamo Bay and Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, CIA torture
cells were present in several Islamic countries and were also set up in ships where US secret
agencies and military personnel employed various methods of torture on the militants and

suspected persons like physical violence and even murder. American notorious private military
firm Blackwater also eliminated countless Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In March, 2013, an investigative report by the British Guardian/BBC disclosed that acting under
the direction of the top US officials; the CIA utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign
intelligence agents and torture centers in various Islamic countries including Belgium, Thailand
etc. where torture was conducted directly by American intelligence operatives.
The report also mentioned atrocities of the US-backed entities, carried out in Bagram Airbase
(Afghanistan), Guantanamo and Iraq—unleashed a deadly sectarian militia which terrorized the
Sunni community and germinated a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, and claimed tens of
thousands of lives.

It revealed, “At the height of that sectarian conflict, 3,000 bodies a month were strewn on the
streets of Iraq. Rounding up Sunnis in American pickup trucks, the captives were thrown into
secret prisons established in libraries, airports, and ministries. Anti-occupation politicians,
human rights activists, and journalists were murdered. The purpose was also to terrorize ordinary
Iraqis who opposed the US occupation.”

In this regard, the report focuses on the role of retired Colonel James Steele who worked with the
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. David Petraeus who also served as President
Obama’s CIA director. Steele sent regular memos to Donald Rumsfeld who forwarded them to
Vice-President Dick Cheney and President George Bush, while, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis
died and millions were displaced as a result of the chaos and brutal practices.
In this connection, some latest reports suggest that more than 3 million people including civilians
died in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan which was not attacked, but was, deliberately,
destabilized by CIA, RAW and Mossad, as the latter is the only nuclear country in the Islamic
World.

Following his predecessor, President Barack Obama also continued the ruthless killings of the
Muslims to complete the unfinished agenda of the Khazarian Mafia.

Apart from air strikes on funerals, marriage-ceremonies and mosques in Afghanistan, he
converted Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc. into concentration camps. As part of the US double
game, CIA which created Al-Qaeda and then Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS
and ISIL), including Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and Syrian rebel groups in fighting against the
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi regime is responsible for the mass murder of more
than 2 million Muslims and Christians who were killed in civil wars—ground and aerial strikes
of the US-led Western countries—suicide attacks and bomb blasts, conducted by Al-Qaeda and
ISIS. Besides, during the phony global war on terror, in these countries and Afghanistan and
Iraq, especially in Syria, millions of Muslims became homeless. The plight of
refugees—countless deaths, particularly of children due to lack of medical treatment and
starvation has shocked the peace-loving people of the international community.

President Obama had also broken all the record of human rights violations by extrajudicial
killings of the innocent people through illegal CIA-operated drone attacks in Afghanistan,
Somalia, Yemen etc. in general and Pakistan in particular.

It is mentionable that through the war against terrorism, President Bush and President Obama
provided a golden chance to Israel and India to accelerate the systematic genocide of the
Palestinians and Kashmiris by equating the wars of liberation in the controlled territories of
Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their forces have been employing military terrorism such
as curfews, crackdowns, sieges, massacre and targeted killings to maintain alien rule on these
territories.

It is noteworthy that a number of investigative reports after lab-verification verified that since
1948, Israel used the banned chemical and radiological materials against the Palestinians,
Egyptians and Syrians, and during various phases of the Palestinian Intifada, which resulted in to
severe convulsions, the burning sensation, the difficulty to breathe, the vomiting and pain found
in relation to the victims—mostly women and children, a majority of whom died in the long run.
In 2006, during the war against Lebanon, Israel used banned chemical weapons like phosphorous
bombs in Lebanon and Gaza, which killed 286 Palestinians and injured 4,200.

Notably, the main purpose of occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led forces was to
possess energy resources of Central Asia and Iraq. In case of the Middle East, we can see the
resources of natural gas reserves in the whole Persian Gulf region. Hence, the motives of the
CIA-led Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in financing with billions of dollars to the
opposition rebel groups and ISIL in Syria was to occupy the natural gas and oil of the region.
Many analysts say that Russia supplies Europe with a quarter of the gas. America and its
European allies which are involved in the Syrian war want to end European dependence on
Russia. American President Obama had openly said to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.
In this context, F. William Engdahl wrote, “Today the US-backed wars in Ukraine and in Syria
are but two fronts in the same strategic war to cripple Russia and China and to rupture any
Eurasian counter-pole to a US-controlled New World Order. In each, control of energy pipelines,
this time primarily of natural gas pipelines—from Russia to the EU via Ukraine and from Iran
and Syria to the EU via Syria—is the strategic goal.”

It is worth-mentioning that according to the retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a
memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans
to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years, starting with Iraq and moving
on to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. In an interview, Clark said that this
strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.
Similarly, when during the regime of the then President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan
initiated the construction of Gwadar deep-seaport in Balochistan province in March 2002 with
Chinese assistance, sirens went off in the capitals of some European countries, especially the US,
India and Israel which took it as a threat to their global and regional plans.

Located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar seaport is close to the
Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil passes every day. Its ideal
location among South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and gas-resourced Central Asia has
further increased its strategic significance. Besides, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources
irritate the eyes of Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv who intend to weaken Pakistan for their
collective aims.

Based in Afghanistan, CIA, Mossad and RAW which are well-penetrated in the ISIS and
Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) including their linked terror outfits and Baloch separatist
groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-
Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan by arranging the subversive activities. In this connection,
the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target.

Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat
inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In
his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli,
Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud,
falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.

Indicating dual policy, Morgenthau, and Palmer and Perkins opine, “Just as power became the
instrument of ambitious nationalism and state’s leaders, it has now become the tool of ideologies.
The true nature of the policy is concealed by ideological justifications and rationalization.”
Although in the present world of social media and Internet, such a sinister politics has been
replaced by modern trends such as fair-dealings, reconciliation and economic development, yet
by following the old strategies, Khazarain Mafia has been practicing the most horrible form of
colonialism and neo-colonialism, while employing ruthless techniques of terrorism by assisting
the militant groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS which conducted various terrorism-related attacks in
the US, Europe and other Western countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq,
Syria, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Philippines etc., and some African countries. Thus, they massacred
thousands of persons which also include Christians.

It is also of particular attention that on September 25, 2016, at the UN General Assembly, while
indicating the unjust global order, Pope Francis condemned the global financial institutions,
calling on them to ensure that countries “are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which,
far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty,
exclusion and dependence.”

Earlier, addressing the US Congress, Pope Francis said, “No religion is immune from forms of
individual delusion or ideological extremism…We must be especially attentive to every type of
fundamentalism. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetual in the name of a
religion, an ideology or an economic system…Every life is sacred.”

Taking note of America’s non-acceptance of the Syrian refugees, Francis reminded the law-
makers by remarking that the United States “is part of a larger whole on America in the

Americas, where immigration is a deeply rooted part of history…We, the people of this
continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.”
While calling for an end to the arms trade by arms dealers, Francis explained, “Deadly weapons
for money are being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and
society…Money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”
He further added, “If politics must truly be at the service of human person, it follows that it
cannot be slave to economy and finance.”

Meanwhile, since September 2015, when Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon-
based Hezbollah started successful military operations against the CIA-supported rebels and
mercenaries after their failure to topple Assad’s government, proving links of Al-Qaeda and
ISIS, several false flag terror assaults in Europe and the US, were, in fact, arranged by Mossad in
connivance with some CIA operatives and ISIS terrorists to increase anti-Muslim phenomena in
the West—now, more resentment is found against the US-led West, and even the moderate
Muslims are likely to join the militants. Another aim, especially of Mossad is to radicalize the
Muslims against the Western Christians and the latter against the former.

The pro-Israeli President Donald Trump who manipulated these terror assaults, continues his
anti-Muslim policies. Being a capitalist, President Donald Trump is blindly pursuing the goals of
the Khazarain Mafia. Like Napoleon Bonaparte, he is a staunch warrior, as his policy war-like
strategy regarding Afghanistan and North Korea show. Taking note of Trump’s contradictory
approach and emotional statements, some Americans call him a sick man. In fact, like the
revolutionaries of the French Revolution, President Trump has also gone mad.
Now, Russian-led coalition has almost defeated the ISIS and its linked militants groups in Syria
and Iraq, who are on flee.

While, implementing secret strategy of the Khazarain Mafi, besides supporting the fanatic Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, American extremist President Donald Trump is also
backing the Indian leader of the fanatic party BJP and the fundamentalist Prime Minister
Narindra Modi against China and Pakistan in accordance with anti-China, anti-Pakistan and anti-
Muslim agenda. President Trump is leading the clandestine Indo-Israeli nexus as part of the
invisible war of the Khazarian Mafia.

Nonetheless, according to an estimate, more than 8 million Muslims (Excluding the missing
persons) have been killed during war on terror and in various terror related attacks by the
terrorist groups. The figure of their fatalities is more than 6 or 7 million, which has,
exaggeratedly been claimed by the Jews in connection with the Holocaust. While, the fake war
on terror shows no end, American President Trump is likely to accelerate the massacre of the
Muslims, Christians and military personnel of the US-led West in Syria, Afghanistan etc., and
other vulnerable countries by furhter motivating the terrorist outfits like ISIS to target the
Muslims and Christians through more acts of terrorism.

If not checked in time by the peace-loving Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists, the
rigid and racist policies of the President Donald Trump who is completing the unfinished agenda
of the Khazarain Mafi could culminate into civil war in the US who is already facing multiple
internal crises which are owing to the prolonged war on terror (And in Afghanistan). While the
world has already been radicalized on religious lines, this cabal can bring about a major war
between the Muslim and the Christian worlds. The most dangerous aspect is that this conspiracy
of the Khazarain Mafi may culminate into nuclear war between America and Russia, which will
envelope the entire world and take it to the state of nature.

Returning to our earlier discussion, we can, undoubtedly, conclude that like the radicals of the
French revolution, Khazarain Mafia has gone mad and follows the Reign of Terror of the French
Revolution in its worst form.

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Refocus on Kashmir Black Day

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the
Kashmiris all over the world as a protest against Indian illegal occupation of Kashmir on October
27, 1947, yet this time, this very day has come at time when the people of Kashmir have
accelerated their legitimate struggle in the aftermath of the martyrdom of the young Kashmir
leader Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) in wake
of continued sieges, prolonged curfews, arrests and detentions of the Kashmiri leaders. Since
July 8, 2016, Indian forces have martyred more than 200 innocent persons who have been
protesting against the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.

Some online authentic sources suggest that recent wave of Kashmiri intifada has witnessed
repression of Indian armed forces; large numbers of the dead and injured have been youngsters.
The pellet guns used by security forces have damaged the faces of 1600 people and more than
1100 people have partially or wholly lost their eyesight making 2016 as the year of dead eyes.
An Indian journalist Sagarika Ghose in her piece in “Times of India” admitted that India has
become a “de facto Hindu country” and “the boiling situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is a
sign of triumph for Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Two-Nation theory”—also admitted that “Today
Kashmir is a cantonment, patrolled by lakhs of security forces.”

Another Indian journalist Santosh Bhartiya in an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Modi
published on ‘Rising Kashmir’ has claimed that although “the land of Kashmir is with us, the
people of Kashmir are not with us.” New York Times editorial “Cruelty and Cowardice in
Kashmir” also has the same shade commenting on an incident on the current situation in the
valley. Former chief of RAW, Dulat felt that “the ongoing unarmed uprising has worsened under
the current government due to alienation and the anger of youth; young Kashmiri minds have
gone out of control…There is a sense of hopelessness. They aren’t afraid to die. Villagers,
students and even girls are coming out on the streets. This has never happened in the past.”

While, by manipulating the false flag terror attacks at a military base in Uri and Baramulla, the
BJP-led Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has intensified war-hysteria against Pakistan.
After deployment of heavy arms and weapons at the Line of Control (LoC), Indian forces have
increased troops and continue shelling in Pakistani side of Azad Kashmir. New Delhi’s main aim
is to deflect the attention of the international community from the new phase of Kashmiri
Intifada, while in this regard; pressure has been mounting on the Modi government both
domestically and internationally to resolve the dispute of Kashmir with Pakistan.

However, during the partition of the Sub-continent, the people of the state of Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K) which comprised Muslim majority decided to join Pakistan according to the
British-led formula. But, Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh, a Hindu who was ruling over the J&K, in
connivance with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Governor General Lord
Mountbatten joined India.

The design to forcibly wrest Kashmir began to unfold on August 16, 1947, with the
announcement of the Radcliffe Boundary Award. It gave the Gurdaspur District—a majority
Muslim area to India to provide a land route to the Indian armed forces to move into Kashmir.
There was a rebellion in the state forces, which revolted against the Maharaja and were joined by
Pathan tribesmen. Lord Mountbatten ordered armed forces to land in Srinagar.

When Pakistan responded militarily against the Indian aggression, on December 31, 1947, India
made an appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene and a ceasefire ultimately came into
effect on January 01, 1949, following UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir to
enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine whether they wish to join Pakistan or
India. On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its promise of holding plebiscite. Instead, in
March 1965, the Indian Parliament passed a bill, declaring Kashmir a province of India-an
integral part of the Indian union.

The very tragedy of Kashmiris had started after 1947 when they were denied their genuine right
of self-determination. They organized themselves against the injustices of India and launched a
war of liberation which New Delhi tried to crush through various forms of brutalities.

It is notable that since 1947, in order to maintain its illegal control, India has continued its
repressive regime in the Occupied Kashmir through various machinations.

Nevertheless, various forms of state terrorism have been part of a deliberate campaign by the
Indian army and paramilitary forces against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has
been manifested in brutal tactics like crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted
killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation
of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounter.

According to a report on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, since 1989,
there have been deaths of 1,00000 innocent Kashmiris, 7,023 custodial killings, 1,22,771 arrests,
1,05,996 destruction of houses or buildings, 22,776 women widowed, 1,07,466 children
orphaned and 10,086 women gang-raped/molested. Indian brutal securities forces have continue
these atrocities.

In fact, Indian forces have employed various draconian laws like the Jammu and Kashmir
Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and
Public Safety Act in killing the Kashmiri people, and for the arbitrarily arrest of any individual
for an indefinite period.

Besides Human Rights Watch, in its various reports, Amnesty International has also pointed out
grave human rights violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir, indicating, “The Muslim
majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security
forces.

In its report on July 2, 2015, the Amnesty International has highlighted extrajudicial killings of
the innocent persons at the hands of Indian security forces in the Indian Held Kashmir. The
report points out, “Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered

Kashmir…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act allows troops to shoot to kill suspected
militants or arrest them without a warrant…not a single member of the armed forces has been
tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir…this lack of accountability has in
turn facilitated other serious abuses…India has martyred one 100,000 people. More than 8,000
disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police.”
In this respect, European Union has passed a resolution about human rights abuses committed by
Indian forces in the Indian held Kashmir.

It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages
across the northern regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Then researchers and other groups
reported finding thousands of mass graves without markers. In this respect, in August, 2011,
Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission officially acknowledged in its
report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked
graves.

Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have revealed that unnamed graves
include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake
encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.
Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds. New Delhi
reached to a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with Kashmiris, demanding
their right of self-determination. Surprisingly, Indian successive governments are trying to ignore
the dynamics of the freedom movement of Kashmiris for the sake of their alien rule.
But, New Delhi is still showing its intransigence in order to resolve Kashmir issue with Pakistan
by neglecting the fact that Kashmir remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the neighbouring
countries.

In this context, Egbert Jahn in his book, “Kashmir: Flashpoint for a Nuclear War or Even a Third
World War?” has pointed out, “The Kashmir conflict is embedded in the wider conflict over the
incomplete creation of nations and states on the Indian subcontinent, which during the east-west
conflict even threatened at times to escalate into a nuclear world war between Pakistan and the
USA on the one side and India and the USSR on the other. Until now, there have been three wars
between India and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir: in 1947–49, 1965 and 1999… finally,
the Indo-Chinese border war of 1962…after these wars…and could unexpectedly again lead to a
regional and under certain circumstances…even a major nuclear war or a Third World War.”
Meanwhile, like the previous year, Pakistan’s recent serious and sincere effort at the annual
session of the United Nations—highlighting Indian atrocities, the Kashmir dispute and
demanding its solution has infused a new spirit among the Kashmiri people.

Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the
Kashmiris, living on both sides of the LoC and all over the world as a protest against Indian
illegal occupation of Kashmir, yet the issue is still alive due to continued struggle of the
Kashmiri people.

 

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India: Spate of Attacks on Muslims And Dalits in Bihar

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There has been a spate of attempts to whip up communal tension and to inflict violence on Dalits in various parts of Bihar throughout October 2017: almost half the districts of the state experienced communal tension on the occasion of Dussehra-Muharram These incidents reflect the manner in which the feudal-communal forces of Bihar feel emboldened by the abduction of the 2015 mandate by the Nitish-BJP Government.

In Arwal, there were attempts to whip up a communal climate around the end of September and early October, when Dussehra and Moharram coincide. CPI(ML) leaders Comrade Rameshwar Prasad, Mahanand and Inquilabi Muslim Conference convener Anwar Hussain visited various areas in Arwal on 3 October, appealing to people to uphold Arwal’s legacy of communal harmony and unity and rebuff the poisonous attempts of Sanghi forces to vitiate this culture.

Frustrated by its failure to foment violence during the Tazia procession and on other occasions, Sanghi goons started closing shops and spreading rumours to vitiate the atmosphere. Many Muslim houses were vandalized and fruit shops were looted. The Sanghi cadres also attacked and vandalized CPI (ML) leader Sohail Akhtar’s house. A negligent administration responded only under pressure from the CPI (ML), holding a flag march and imposing Section 144 to maintain peace.

Meanwhile in Sikariya village in Bihta, feudal-communal forces attacked dalits on the day of Durga Puja. The incident in Sikariya started with a petty dispute about motorcycle parking at the Durga Puja site, upon which members of the dominant Bhumihar community beat up and injured Dhurkheli and Ritesh Kumar – both from the Mahadalit Ravidas community. When the dalits went to the Thana on 1 October to file a complaint, the Thana in-charge informed the attackers. The attackers then arrived at the Thana and filed a case of theft, chain-snatching and molestation against the dalits. Feudal powers from the neighbourng 10 villages held a meeting and resolved to ‘teach a lesson’ to the Mahadalits.

Hundreds marched in protest on 6 October at Bihta against the attack and false cases on Dalits, followed by a public meeting addressed by former MP Comrade Rameshwar Prasad, as well as Comrades Gopal Singh, Surendra Yadav,Vinod Yadav, Rakesh Manjhi and others.

Burning of Mahadalit Homes in Khagariya

On 18 October feudal dominant forces burnt down the houses of 70 Mahadalits from the Musahar community in Chhamsiya village (Morkahi Thana), Khagariya district. Heavy firing also ensued and Mahadalits were beaten up. Property worth lakhs has been reduced to ashes, including household goods and goats. Many people are reported missing.

The Special Task Force (STF) of the police in cahoots with criminal Munna Yadav is behind the burning of Mahadalit houses Khagariya. The criminal gangs in Khagariya have the protection of JD(U) MLA Poonam Yadav and her strongman husband Ranvir Yadav. The CPI (ML) has called for a Khagariya-Samastipur bandh on 23 October to protest against the burning of Mahadalit homes, as well the Samastipur firing that killed one person, and the kidnapping of a 16 year old girl in Tajpur. State-wide protests will also be organized on the same day.

The CPI (ML) enquiry team comprising Tarari MLA Sudama Prasad and AIARLA leader Gopal Ravidas reported that the site of the incident (of burning houses) is only 17 km from Khagariya but it took them a long time to reach there, with 3 rivers needing to be crossed and long distances covered on foot. Clearly, development is a long way from here, in spite of tall claims by the government.

The enquiry team report said that 82 houses were set ablaze and destroyed, out of which 79 belong to people from the Musahar community and 3 to poor Kumhar families. Properties worth about 80 lakhs, 13 goats, 1 cow and 1 buffalo have also been burnt to ashes. The attack was carried out by the Munna Yadav gang at 9 pm. This area has always been prone to power tussles by different gangs. The pretext for the attack was Munna Yadav’s with to ‘teach a lesson’ to the people of Chhamasiya for, according to him, supporting a rival gang led by Angad Singh.

On 17 October Munna Yadav arrived in Chhamasiya along with STF jawans, without informing ether the Thana or the local Chowkidar. The local people said that the STF carried out early morning raids in the village, looted ornaments, and threatened to come again. The STF arrested four villagers (Aman Sada, Santosh Sada, Suman Pandit, Devendra Choudhury) and 2 people from neighbouring village Amousi who had come to buy fish. They lodged false cases of possessing rifles and pistols against the villagers.

The CPI (ML) has made the following demands:

    • 1. Withdrawal of all false cases from against the villagers

2. Rs 5 lakh compensation, Indira Awas and 5 decimals land to all victim families.

3. Permanent police camp for the protection of the people.

4. Arrest of all the criminals and action against the STF in-charge.

5. Road and bridge construction in the area.

6. Speedy trial in the case. 

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The Inspiring Legacy Of The November Revolution

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The Inspiring Legacy Of The November Revolution

A hundred years ago, the world had experienced a different kind of earthquake. An unprecedented upheaval in Russia had shaken the whole world. It was a revolution where for the first time political power passed from the hands of a small caucus of the rich and the elite to a grand collective of the oppressed and toiling masses. It was no military coup or conspiratorial strike, rather waves of organised people’s power sweeping away the relics of an autocratic regime. A festival of the oppressed, an awakening of a disempowered people to a life of freedom. It was the great October (now remembered as November in the wake of a change in calendar) revolution led by Lenin and his party of Bolshevik revolutionaries.

Never before had the world witnessed anything of this sort and on such a scale. True, the Communist Manifesto published nearly seventy years earlier had envisioned such a revolutionary overthrow of the old (capitalist) order to march towards a new symphony of human emancipation. True, Marx’s Magnum Opus, Capital, had first seen the light of day fifty years previously, soon after which the brave communards of Paris had demonstrated in action the feasibility of the idea of a revolution led by the working class. Yet, it was the November Revolution which for the first time showed the full potential of this vision, clearly and decisively, before the entire world. The world got its first paradigm of a popular uprising where workers and peasants came together, civilians and soldiers fought together, women and men marched together, the young and the old celebrated their victories together.

Of course, it did not happen just in those ten days that shook the world as immortalised by the great socialist chronicler John Reed. It took decades of class struggle to facilitate the rise of the revolutionary Russian Social Democratic Labour Party that eventually grew into the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, a series of strikes and other struggles, much study and analysis, research and social investigation, rigorous organisational discipline and great political imagination and initiative, and of course plenty of failures and rehearsals including the failed revolution of 1905 and the stepping stone of the February 1917 revolution.

The November Revolution effected a sea change in the initial communist idea of revolution taking place only after capitalism had reached a saturation point, as a moment of explosion of the inherent contradictions of capitalism. Instead, revolution happened in a backward capitalist country saddled with feudal survivals and ruled by an autocratic tsarist regime. It also replaced the soaring expectation of revolution on a continental, if not global, scale with the sobering reality of revolution in a single country, of the imperialist chain snapping at its weakest link. Of course, the revolution triggered a global awakening and served as the strongest inspiration in the early 20th century in the battle for freedom and democracy in every corner of the world.

Along with the Communist Manifesto, the November Revolution made the biggest contribution in spreading the ideas of socialism and inspiring the communist movement across the world. For all its subsequent limitations and problems, it must be said that the Communist International formed in the wake of the November Revolution played a historic role in encouraging and strengthening the international communist movement in its formative years. The transformation of backward Russia into an advanced nation with all sections of the working people enjoying rights never witnessed before in any capitalist country and the rise of a people-oriented planned economy in place of the profit-hungry market economy spread the message of socialism far and wide. Indeed, the growing international impact of the Soviet Union made it a rallying centre for countries across the world looking to overcome colonial and feudal hurdles to emerge as free and prosperous nations. For a major part of the twentieth century, the Soviet Union remained a powerful counterpoint to the capitalist world.

The stagnation, derailment and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union cannot obliterate its role as an inspiration for national liberation movements, as the bulwark of resistance against Hitler’s fascist aggression, the force that bore the brunt of the fascist attack and eventually emerged triumphant to the great relief and joy of the whole world, and finally as a contending pole against the global domination of US imperialism. Following the disappearance of the Soviet Union we are witnessing a massive neo-colonial offensive of global capital and a desperate American drive for unipolar global domination and now in the rise of Donald Trump and his trumpets in different countries, even the threat of a resurrection of Hitler’s brand of fascism appears all too real. Our celebrations of the centenary of the Great November Revolution must be not just an affirmation of a pivotal moment of world history but a determined resolve to draw on its multiple lessons and inspirations to face the present juncture and develop a revolutionary answer to the challenges posed by a crisis-ridden global capitalism and the badly dented and dilapidated paradigm of bourgeois democracy.

Of course, even in its collapse, the great twentieth century world historic experiment that was the USSR, left us with questions that socialism in the twenty first century must answer. Socialism has to outdo capitalism in its inner dynamism, socialist democracy must be able to demonstrate its superiority over bourgeois democracy in every respect, the working class organised under the communist party and leading the socialist state must ensure sustained comprehensive representation and participation of the whole class and draw consistently on the advances in science and technology and other fields of knowledge and creative arts to propel the socialist model forward. But most crucially, it is the grand innovative and revolutionary spirit of the November Revolution, of turning adversity into opportunity and seizing the moment firmly and decisively in the interest of the revolutionary advance of the people and the communist cause that must guide and drive today’s communists in facing the Trumps and Putins and Modis and Erdogans of our times.

PS: It is heartening to remember that Liberation had begun its journey in November 1967, in the fiftieth anniversary of the great November Revolution. The historic Naxalbari peasant uprising had just happened a few months ago and its thunderous message had begun to resonate in distant corners of India. Communists across the world had launched a powerful debate against the early signs of stagnation and distortions in the Soviet Union, especially in its foreign policy with the erstwhile socialist model getting trapped in a superpower syndrome in its contention with US imperialism – and Liberation had joined the debate, with its bid to spread the message of Naxalbari in the face of a brutal crackdown by the Indian state and uphold the revolutionary legacy of November. Today, when the November Revolution has turned 100, Liberation has also completed 50 challenging years. Liberation salutes the ever inspiring revolutionary legacy of Lenin and November and Charu Mazumdar and Naxalbari. We shall fight, we shall win. 

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A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Demonetization Project

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First published by Global Research in January 2017

In early November 2016, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington’s role has been disguised only very superficially.

US-President Barack Obama has declared the strategic partnership with India a priority of his foreign policy. China needs to be reined in. In the context of this partnership, the US government’s development agency USAID has negotiated cooperation agreements with the Indian ministry of financeOne of these has the declared goal to push back the use of cash in favor of digital payments in India and globally.

On November 8, Indian prime minster Narendra Modi announced that the two largest denominations of banknotes could not be used for payments any more with almost immediate effect. Owners could only recoup their value by putting them into a bank account before the short grace period expired. The amount of cash that banks were allowed to pay out to individual customers was severely restricted. Almost half of Indians have no bank account and many do not even have a bank nearby. The economy is largely cash based. Thus, a severe shortage of cash ensued. Those who suffered the most were the poorest and most vulnerable. They had additional difficulty earning their meager living in the informal sector or paying for essential goods and services like food, medicine or hospitals. Chaos and fraud reigned well into December.

Four weeks earlier

Not even four weeks before this assault on Indians, USAID had announced the establishment of „Catalyst: Inclusive Cashless Payment Partnership“, with the goal of effecting a quantum leap in cashless payment in India. The press statement of October 14 says that Catalyst “marks the next phase of partnership between USAID and Ministry of Finance to facilitate universal financial inclusion”. The statement does not show up in the list of press statements on the website of USAID (anymore?). Not even filtering statements with the word “India” would bring it up. To find it, you seem to have to know it exists, or stumble upon it in a web search. Indeed, this and other statements, which seemed rather boring before, have become a lot more interesting and revealing after November 8.

Reading the statements with hindsight it becomes obvious, that Catalyst and the partnership of USAID and the Indian Ministry of Finance, from which Catalyst originated, are little more than fronts which were used to be able to prepare the assault on all Indians using cash without arousing undue suspicion. Even the name Catalyst sounds a lot more ominous, once you know what happened on November 9.

Catalyst’s Director of Project Incubation is Alok Gupta, who used to be Chief Operating Officer of the World Resources Institute in Washington, which has USAID as one of its main sponsors. He was also an original member of the team that developed Aadhaar, the Big-Brother-like biometric identification system.

According to a report of the Indian Economic Times, USAID has committed to finance Catalyst for three years. Amounts are kept secret.

Badal Malick was Vice President of India’s most important online marketplace Snapdeal, before he was appointed as CEO of Catalyst. He commented:

 Catalyst’s mission is to solve multiple coordination problems that have blocked the penetration of digital payments among merchants and low-income consumers. We look forward to creating a sustainable and replicable model. (…) While there has been (…) a concerted push for digital payments by the government, there is still a last mile gap when it comes to merchant acceptance and coordination issues. We want to bring a holistic ecosystem approach to these problems.

Ten months earlier

The multiple coordination problem and the cash-ecosystem-issue that Malick mentions had been analysed in a report that USAID commissioned in 2015 and presented in January 2016, in the context of the anti-cash partnership with the Indian Ministry of Finance. The press release on this presentation is also not in USAID’s list of press statements (anymore?). The title of the study was “Beyond Cash”.

“Merchants, like consumers, are trapped in cash ecosystems, which inhibits their interest” in digital payment it said in the report. Since few traders accept digital payments, few consumers have an interest in it, and since few consumers use digital payments, few traders have an interest in it. Given that banks and payment providers charge fees for equipment to use or even just try out digital payment, a strong external impulse is needed to achieve a level of card penetration that would create mutual interest of both sides in digital payment options.

It turned out in November that the declared “holistic ecosystem approach” to create this impulse consisted in destroying the cash-ecosystem for a limited time and to slowly dry it up later, by limiting the availability of cash from banks for individual customers. Since the assault had to be a surprise to achieve its full catalyst-results, the published Beyond-Cash-Study and the protagonists of Catalyst could not openly describe their plans. They used a clever trick to disguise them and still be able to openly do the necessary preparations, even including expert hearings. They consistently talked of a regional field experiment that they were ostensibly planning.

“The goal is to take one city and increase the digital payments 10x in six to 12 months,” said Malick less than four weeks before most cash was abolished in the whole of India. To not be limited in their preparation on one city alone, the Beyond-Cash-report and Catalyst kept talking about a range of regions they were examining, ostensibly in order to later decide which was the best city or region for the field experiment. Only in November did it became clear that the whole of India should be the guinea-pig-region for a global drive to end the reliance on cash. Reading a statement of Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, USAID Mission Director to India, with hindsight, it becomes clear that he stealthily announced that, when he said four weeks earlier:

India is at the forefront of global efforts to digitize economies and create new economic opportunities that extend to hard-to-reach populations. Catalyst will support these efforts by focusing on the challenge of making everyday purchases cashless.

Veterans of the war on cash in action

Who are the institutions behind this decisive attack on cash? Upon the presentation of the Beyond-Cash-report, USAID declared: “Over 35 key Indian, American and international organizations have partnered with the Ministry of Finance and USAID on this initiative.” On the website catalyst.org one can see that they are mostly IT- and payment service providers who want to make money from digital payments or from the associated data generation on users. Many are veterans of,what a high-ranking official of Deutsche Bundesbank called the “war of interested financial institutions on cash” (in German). They include the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Gates Foundation (Microsoft), Omidyar Network (eBay), the Dell Foundation Mastercard, Visa, Metlife Foundation.

The Better Than Cash Alliance

The Better Than Cash Alliance, which includes USAID as a member, is mentioned first for a reason. It was founded in 2012 to push back cash on a global scale. The secretariat is housed at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDP) in New York, which might have its reason in the fact that this rather poor small UN-organization was glad to have the Gates-Foundation in one of the two preceding years and the Master-Card-Foundation in the other as its most generous donors.

The members of the Alliance are large US-Institutions which would benefit most from pushing back cash, i.e. credit card companies Mastercard and Visa, and also some US-institutions whose names come up a lot in books on the history of the United States intelligence services, namely Ford Foundation and USAID. A prominent member is also the Gates-Foundation. Omidyar Network of eBay-founder Pierre Omidyar and Citi are important contributors. Almost all of these are individually also partners in the current USAID-India-Initiative to end the reliance on cash in India and beyond. The initiative and the Catalyst-program seem little more than an extended Better Than Cash Alliance, augmented by Indian and Asian organizations with a strong business interest in a much decreased use of cash.

Reserve Bank of India’s IMF-Chicago Boy

The partnership to prepare the temporary banning of most cash in India coincides roughly with the tenure of Raghuram Rajan at the helm of Reserve Bank of India from September 2013 to September 2016. Rajan (53) had been, and is now again, economics professor at the University of Chicago. From 2003 to 2006 he had been Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington. (This is a cv-item he shares with another important warrior against cash, Ken Rogoff.) He is a member of the Group of Thirty, a rather shady organization, where high ranking representatives of the world major commercial financial institutions share their thoughts and plans with the presidents of the most important central banks, behind closed doors and with no minutes taken. It becomes increasingly clear that the Group of Thirty is one of the major coordination centers of the worldwide war on cash. Its membership includes other key warriers like Rogoff, Larry Summers and others.

Raghuram Rajan has ample reason to expect to climb further to the highest rungs in international finance and thus had good reason to play Washington’s game well. He already was a President of the American Finance Association and inaugural recipient of its Fisher-Black-Prize in financial research. He won the handsomely endowed prizes of Infosys for economic research and of Deutsche Bank for financial economics as well as the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Prize for best economics book. He was declared Indian of the year by NASSCOM and Central Banker of the year by Euromoney and by The Banker. He is considered a possible successor of Christine Lagard at the helm of the IMF, but can certainly also expect to be considered for other top jobs in international finance.

As a Central Bank Governor, Rajan was liked and well respected by the financial sector, but very much disliked by company people from the real (producing) sector, despite his penchant for deregulation and economic reform. The main reason was the restrictive monetary policy he introduced and staunchly defended. After he was viciously criticized from the ranks of the governing party, he declared in June that he would not seek a second term in September. Later he told the New York Times that he had wanted to stay on, but not for a whole term, and that premier Modi would not have that. A former commerce and law Minister, Mr. Swamy, said on the occasion of Rajan’s  departure that it would make Indian industrialists happy:

I certainly wanted him out, and I made it clear to the prime minister, as clear as possible. (…) His audience was essentially Western, and his audience in India was transplanted westernized society. People used to come in delegations to my house to urge me to do something about it.

A disaster that had to happen

If Rajan was involved in the preparation of this assault to declare most of Indians’ banknotes illegal – and there should be little doubt about that, given his personal and institutional links and the importance of Reserve Bank of India in the provision of cash – he had ample reason to stay in the background. After all, it cannot have surprised anyone closely involved in the matter, that this would result in chaos and extreme hardship, especially for the majority of poor and rural Indians, who were flagged as the supposed beneficiaries of the badly misnamed “financial-inclusion”-drive. USAID and partners had analysed the situation extensively and found in the Beyond-Cash-report that 97% of transactions were done in cash and that only 55% of Indians had a bank account. They also found that even of these bank accounts, “only 29% have been used in the last three months“.

All this was well known and made it a certainty that suddenly abolishing most cash would cause severe and even existential problems to many small traders and producers and to many people in remote regions without banks. When it did, it became obvious, how false the promise of financial inclusion by digitalization of payments and pushing back cash has always been. There simply is no other means of payment that can compete with cash in allowing everybody with such low hurdles to participate in the market economy.

However, for Visa, Mastercard and the other payment service providers, who were not affected by these existential problems of the huddled masses, the assault on cash will most likely turn out a big success, “scaling up” digital payments in the “trial region”. After this chaos and with all the losses that they had to suffer, all business people who can afford it, are likely to make sure they can accept digital payments in the future. And consumers, who are restricted in the amount of cash they can get from banks now, will use opportunities to pay with cards, much to the benefit of Visa, Mastercard and the other members of the extended Better Than Cash Alliance.

Why Washington is waging a global war on cash

The business interests of the US-companies that dominate the gobal IT business and payment systems are an important reason for the zeal of the US-government in its push to reduce cash use worldwide, but it is not the only one and might not be the most important one. Another motive is surveillance power that goes with increased use of digital payment. US-intelligence organizations and IT-companies together can survey all international payments done through banks and can monitor most of the general stream of digital data. Financial data tends to be the most important and valuable.

Even more importantly, the status of the dollar as the worlds currency of reference and the dominance of US companies in international finance provide the US government with tremendous power over all participants in the formal non-cash financial system. It can make everybody conform to American law rather than to their local or international rules. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has recently run a chilling story describing how that works (German). Employees of a Geran factoring firm doing completely legal business with Iran were put on a US terror list, which meant that they were shut off most of the financial system and even some logistics companies would not transport their furniture any more. A major German bank was forced to fire several employees upon US request, who had not done anything improper or unlawful.

There are many more such examples. Every internationally active bank can be blackmailed by the US government into following their orders, since revoking their license to do business in the US or in dollars basically amounts to shutting them down. Just think about Deutsche Bank, which had to negotiate with the US treasury for months whether they would have to pay a fne of 14 billion dollars and most likely go broke, or get away with seven billion and survive. If you have the power to bankrupt the largest banks even of large countries, you have power over their governments, too. This power through dominance over the financial system and the associated data is already there. The less cash there is in use, the more extensive and secure it is, as the use of cash is a major avenue for evading this power.

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The U.S. Bombed Afghanistan More in September than Any Month Since 2010, but the “Death Toll” Remains Hidden

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In the war on terror, Trump doubles down on a failed strategy.

On August 21, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Afghanistan strategy. He made clear that the longest war in modern U.S. history had no end in sight, and that the U.S. government would increase its troop contingent by several thousand soldiers.

According to news reports, another 4,000 U.S. soldiers are slated for deployment to Afghanistan. However, Trump himself admitted the true numbers will remain in the dark, saying in his August 21 speech that the number of U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other countries would not be released by his administration in the future.

Nine days later, it was revealed that, instead of roughly 8,000 troops, as previously believed, at least 11,000 soldiers are currently deployed in Afghanistan. That’s not the only instance of information being withheld from the public: During the last days of Barack Obama‘s presidency, the Pentagon stopped releasing redacted investigations of major civilian casualty events caused by the U.S. military. This included war crimes in Syria, Afghanistan and several other countries where drones are haunting the skies, while special forces units are conducting shadowy operations on the ground.

Trump’s speech also dropped the pretense of “nation-building” that many across the political spectrum had used to justify the Afghanistan war. For him, it’s all about hunting down and killing “terrorists.”

Although the word “terrorist” has become vacuous, a label for everything and everyone, the question remains: Who are the “terrorists” in Afghanistan? Are they al-Qaeda, which has been practically non-existent in the country for years? Are they the leaders of the Taliban, which has grown since the start of the U.S.-led invasion and now controls many parts of the country? Are they the extremists of ISIS, whose presence was enabled by the violence of the U.S.-led war and invasion, too? Are they the brutal warlords and militia fighters who have become a crucial part of Afghanistan’s landscape and, since allying with the United States in 2001, have led parts of the Kabul government?

From an Afghan view, there are other “terrorists”: the drone operators who are remotely killing innocent people on a daily basis, or the Western soldiers who are hunting civilians and collect their body parts like trophies.

For the U.S. government, the answer is chillingly simple. Since 2012, the White House has maintained that every military-aged male in a strike zone is considered as an “enemy combatant.” This means what nearly all Afghan men—including teenagers—are considered “terrorists.” The same is true for Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenites and every other citizen of a country that has the luck to be terrorized by U.S. bombs and rockets, dropped by conventional aircraft or weaponized drones.

“We are all terrorists. If we get hit now, you are going to be called like that too,” a Taliban fighter in Nangarhar province in the east of the country told me when I visited his village in May. Local civilians who were nearby agreed with him.

What he said was true. I often thought how I would be described after getting killed by a drone strike, especially while researching in remote regions that are barely entered by Western journalists. Like most Afghan men, I have a beard and black hair. In today’s world, that’s enough to be called a “terrorist,” a danger to Western civilization.

Since Trump took over the presidency, about 2,000 airstrikes have been conducted by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. On October 12, a U.S. drone strike killed 14 people; Afghan officials claim the victims were ISIS militants but a local member of parliament alleges those killed were civilians. Last month, the U.S. dropped more bombs and missiles on Afghanistan than in any other month since 2010. Most of these strikes hit Nangarhar province, which was also the target of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), also known as the “Mother of All Bombs”, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the Pentagon’s arsenal. According to recent UN data, U.S. strikes in Nangarhar are more likely to result in civilian casualties than strikes anywhere else in the country. But contrary to reports that often describe all victims as “suspected militants” or “terrorists,” many dead are civilians.

Provinces like Nangarhar, where the United States has been fighting its “War on Terror” since 2001, are the places where the U.S. lost this war. While the Taliban control many districts of such provinces, after years of constant occupation, many Afghan locals have developed a hatred toward the American soldiers, like their forefathers did towards the Russians and the British.

While Trump is giving one weird speech after the other, the Afghans in these remote areas live in real dystopia. The so-called government in Kabul, which was installed by the United States in 2001, has no influence here.

Instead, the people’s lives are controlled by Taliban insurgents who are often deeply connected with the local communities. More than 100,000 U.S. soldiers, who were deployed in Afghanistan during the Obama era, were not able to change this reality. It will not be much different under Trump.

It’s not just the mere presence of foreign troops that fuels war, but also what those troops have done and continue to do: carry out air strikes, conduct brutal night raids on civilians’ homes and torture detainees at places like Bagram Air Base—a place so notorious in Afghanistan that, to some, Guantanamo is considered a haven by comparison.

All signs indicate these atrocities will continue in the era of Donald Trump.

The identities of the people who have been murdered by the MOAB are still not known. While the Kabul government supported the attack and later announced that more than 90 ISIS militants have been killed, the White House preferred to stay silent. Too often, similar figures in the past have proven to be bogus. But in the United States, the stories of Afghans are only told when they fit with the interests of the U.S. empire. Otherwise, they remain faceless and invisible—and that’s how Donald Trump wants to keep them.

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Red star over Nepal

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By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline 

The Communist Party of Nepal-UML led by KP Oli, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) led by Prachanda and the breakaway Naya Shakti Nepal led by Baburam Bhattarai have announced on October 3 the formation of a grand leftist alliance for the forthcoming provincial and federal elections in Nepal on November 26 and December 7 under the new constitution. The polarization of Nepal’s fragmented political spectrum on ideological lines makes the forthcoming elections a watershed event.

In reaction to the unexpected development, the Nepali Congress is reportedly planning to assemble a motley coalition of right-wing forces with some smaller parties to counter the grand leftist alliance. Interestingly, the constituents of the right-wing alliance may include the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, which was formed in April with the merger of six “pro-India” Madhesi parties on the advice of their mentors in India. Even more interesting is the prospect of the Hindu right-wing, cultural conservative and royalist Rastriya Prajatantra Party Democratic – a veritable clone of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party – joining the Nepali Congress-led alliance.

It doesn’t require much ingenuity to figure out that the leitmotif of the polarization into two grand alliances lies in their respective disposition toward India. The announcement of the formation of the leftist alliance on October 3 seems to have taken not only the Nepali Congress but Delhi also by surprise. The Nepali Congress is scrambling to come up with a credible contestation – conceivably, with some encouragement from Delhi.

The polarization in Nepali politics is a good thing to happen since it presents a clear-cut choice to the electorate. The blurring of the ideological divide through the period of democratization in Nepal had been a major factor breeding the politics of expediency resulting in instability in the past. The big question is whether political stability as such guarantees good governance and can deliver on growth and development. India’s current experience speaks otherwise.

To be sure, the Leftist alliance is ideologically motivated and can be trusted to be far more cohesive and capable of offering a stable government. It will be campaigning on the plank of social justice, egalitarianism and Nepali nationalism. The alliance hopes to secure a two-thirds majority in the new Parliament which will strengthen their hands to steer future amendments to the Constitution smoothly, unlike in the past. During the general election, 165 members of the National Parliament will be elected by simple vote, while another 110 will be appointed through a system of proportional representation.

Based on the performance of the two main communist parties in the elections for the constituent assembly in 2013 and this year’s local polls, the leftist alliance has a distinct chance of winning a majority in the forthcoming elections. (The communists also have a strong party machinery all over the country.) If so, Nepal will be coming under communist rule – an unprecedented political feat not only for Nepal’s fledgling democracy but for the South Asian region as a whole. Importantly, based on the leftist alliance’s performance in the November elections, they intend to form a united Nepal Communist Party. It will be a big rebuff to the Indian establishment, which succeeded so far in splintering the Left in Nepal by fuelling internecine feuds and personality clashes.

These are early days but a communist government in Nepal will profoundly impact the geopolitics of South Asia. It is useful to factor in that Nepal took a neutral stance on the India-China standoff in Doklam. India’s capacity to influence Nepal’s foreign policies under a communist government will be even more limited. Equally, it remains to be seen how Nepal’s ‘defection’ from the Indian orbit might have a domino effect on Bhutan.

A ‘tilt’ toward China may well ensue under a communist government in Nepal.  The country may embrace China’s Belt and Road Initiative unequivocally. Chinese investments can phenomenally transform Nepal. And comparisons will be inevitably drawn with the neighboring impoverished regions of Bihar and UP, which are run by India’s ruling party.

The forthcoming elections in Nepal assume great importance for India’s neighbourhood policies under the Modi government. The right-wing Hindu nationalist forces mentoring the Modi government will have a hard time in accepting the prospect of a communist government ruling the abode of the god Shiva. Will they attempt to interfere in the elections? Any overt Indian interference risks  a furious backlash, given the pervasive anti-India sentiments in the country.

On the other hand, while the BJP is unable to tolerate a communist government even in the tiny southern state of Kerala, ironically, the Modi government may have to drink from the chalice of poison by doing business with a sovereign communist government in next-door Nepal. Read, here, an interview by Baburam Bhattarai, the well-known Marxist ideologue of Nepal, on the dramatic political developments in the country.

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US may revoke Pakistan’s “Non-NATO Ally” status

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis is threatening to do to Pakistan, something many in Pakistan want to do voluntarily.

US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis has just stated that the US is considering revoking Pakistan’s status as a non-NATO ally.

Pakistan joined a club of US partner which are given non-NATO ally status in 2004. Being classed as a non-NATO ally gives nations outside of Europe and Europe’s often controversial near-abroad, similar rankings and ostensibly privileges as formal members of the US led alliance. Other members of the non-NATO ally group include Israel, Japan, South Korea, Egypt and Jordan.

Mattis has stated that the US may kick Pakistan out of the group because of Pakistan’s alleged support of the Afghan Taliban.

Donald Trump and his cabinet colleagues have worked hard to push a narrative that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism and that in particular, Pakistan aids armed factions in neighbouring Afghanistan. The allegations which have thus far not been backed up by any evidence, are similar to the kinds of things said by Indian mass media and  Hindutva politicians.

However, Pakistan’s growing schism with the United States is, in reality, over a host of issues, all of which are related to Pakistan’s pivot away from the US and its related pivot towards China and Russia.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor build on the border between the two countries is arguably the most important part of One Belt–One Road. It is certainly the most involved and potentially rewarding part of One Belt–One Road which has been or is being built to-date.

In line with One Belt–One Road, Pakistan has been intensifying economic and political cooperation with China.

At the same time, Pakistan’s relations with Russia have reached an all time high. Pakistan’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which was attained this year (along with India) shows that Pakistan is now a full member of the geo-political security group whose most prominent founder members are China and Russia. By contrast, Pakistan’s effective junior membership of what amounts to ‘NATO Lite’ has been one fraught with bearing the burden of a failed US policy in Afghanistan, a policy that many Pakistanis have come to increasingly resent and for good reason, it has objectively failed to bring peace to Afghanistan and security to Pakistan.

China and Russia’s firm defence of Pakistan which came shortly after Donald Trump’s speech announcing a troop surge in Afghanistan, sent a clear message that China and Russia value their Pakistani ally and will diplomatically defend Islamabad against what amounts to baseless allegations from Washington.

As I wrote previously in The Duran

“Russia learned from experience what the US has failed to learn after nearly 16 years in Afghanistan: no peaceful solution can take place without the Pashtun majority having their interests accounted for. The strongest group around which many Pashtuns now rally is the Taliban and has been so for decades.

Russia who in the 1980s fought against the people who would come to support the Taliban in the 1990s, has realised that there is a time for war and a time for dialogue.

It was this approach that allowed Russia to accept Akhmad Kadyrov as a loyal subject to Russia even though he had been a supreme enemy of the state just years prior to this reconciliation. Likewise, in Afghanistan, Russia realises that the Taliban, the moderate rebels of modern Afghanistan, cannot be disregarded and nor can they be bombed into coming to the peace table, not least because many Taliban leaders have already made comparatively generous peace offers that Afghanistan’s neighbours such as Pakistan could easily work with.

Russia has let the ideological wars of the past slip into memory and Russia’s modern leaders have learned the lessons necessary to formulate a new Afghan policy. This new Russian policy of dialogue with the Taliban is in line with that of Pakistan which seeks a stable country free from American or Indian influence on its western border and it is also what China seeks as China requires a stable Pakistan and a comparatively placid Afghanistan in order to complete a crucial section of One Belt–One Road infrastructure in the region. Iran too has come to this realisation in more ways than one.

Ultimately, Russia’s pragmatic approach to Afghanistan is one of dialogue between the Taliban and Kabul. The Taliban’s  popularity among Pashtuns remains strong and most importantly, the Taliban commitment to dialogue is not theoretical but realistic, as many Taliban leaders have stated that they seek a negotiated peace with Kabul once the US vacates the country. This could also help forming a united front against ISIS in Afghanistan, a group opposed by both the Kabul government and the Taliban and of course also Russia, Pakistan and China.

As I wrote shortly after the initial troop surge announcement,

“Today, Pakistan is increasingly supportive of proposals by China and Russia which involve a negotiated settlement to the conflict which involves both the current fractious government as well as the increasingly powerful, influential and in many regions popular Taliban factions. Such proposals fit in with Pakistan’s long term strategy in Afghanistan and suit Islamabad’s contemporary regional desire for stability.

While in the 1980s and 1990s India tended to side with Russia, it is looking increasingly likely that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to take a more American approach to the conflict.

 However, it remains far from certain whether India will commit troops to the recently announced ‘Trump surge’ or whether India can offer anything at a peace keeping table beyond joining with the United States to further alienate Pakistan, causing Islamabad to grow even closer to Beijing than it already is. In this context, growing closer to Beijing also means implicitly growing closer to Moscow as China and Russia have offered similar solutions to the conflict, both of which involve fostering dialogue between the government in Kabul and the Taliban.

China is all too aware that The United States is isolated in the region in respect of a peace process. Iran is increasingly seeing things along the same lines as Russia and China and in any case, the chances of Donald Trump working with Iran anywhere are nil. The lone exception to this pattern of isolation is India. Under Modi, New Delhi may use Trump’s offer to try and upset the status quo of the region in which all of the key powers are increasingly cooperating with China’s One Belt–One Road project, India being the lone country which under Modi is increasingly hellbent on antagonising China at every opportunity”.

Ultimately Trump’s plan of drawing India into the Afghan conflict in order to antagonise or ‘contain’ Pakistan, ultimately failed. India is happy to supply the rhetoric to such an endeavour but has not been eager to supply the men or material commitments.

Because of this, the US is now directly threatening Pakistan with a demotion from a US led alliance. The trouble for the US is that Pakistan is increasingly seeing such moves as a welcome change.

Popular Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan has been calling for Pakistan to distance itself from US military and geo-political power for many years and now mainstream opinion in Pakistan has largely caught up with such a notion.

Pakistan is no longer quietly seething about the US attitude towards Islamabad. Instead, Pakistan feeling confident in its own economic progress and having faith the good intentions of China and Russia, is moving closer to a position of withdrawing from America’s orbit of its own accord. In this sense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis has just threatened Pakistan with something that many in Pakistan want and want badly.

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