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THE ANGER WITHIN

The day guns fall silent on the LoC would be the beginning of progress in both our Kashmir and Pakistan. The day the thought that jihad for Kashmir has to end, peace will prevail. The day the separatists of India decide to change their mind to stay with us, harmony will return to Kashmir. The day Government of J&K allows and opens up to the idea of doing free business, setting up factories and industries, Kashmiri people will get employment and flourish. Prosperity is the key to elimination of all dissatisfaction and alienation I feel.

I was watching one video of Hafiz Saeed where he was telling Donald Trump to go climb the nearest tree. Then he talked about life after death and jannat which he and his associates will get if they sacrifice their lives for Kashmir. Well, lesser said the better about such people. Till the time such like people walk the earth, the dream of peace, progress and prosperity can be laid to rest.

Well, just blaming him and his ilk will not get us to any solution. Awakening of Kashmiri people is the solution. The day they understand that destruction will lead to more destruction, things might fall into place. India’s war preparedness has made no difference in Pakistan’s attitude. Three wars and unlimited skirmishes on a daily basis including holding on to a piece of glacier where men die more due to inclement weather is no justification for peace. All of us who serve there know that many will not come back but still we go. We also know that many of us will not be recovered for years and our families will wait in hope that someday we will return from our graves frozen in eternity.

The centre has been helping J&K monetarily & militarily since decades. The reciprocation of this gesture is never seen by the rest of India. Roads, rail and other infrastructure should now be looked after by the people of the state but security forces have to be deployed to escort their own convoys. Bridges of love and tunnels of affection are nowhere to be seen.

The only thing I observe is apprehension, as to what next. This is the feeling in both, the Kashmiri’s and security forces. Every person in the forces is counting the number of days of his tenure. He doesn’t have a choice to refuse unlike many other organisations. He does his job to the best of his ability and wants to get back home at the earliest. Who would like to stay with unfriendly people? Similarly, it is for the Kashmiri’s. In case they find the forces too harsh they construe a plan directly or indirectly to cause harm. Overall this is a cat and mouse game going on. Fact remains neither the security forces are happy nor are the Kashmiri people.

If I am observed from the first ray of dawn to last at dusk, at odd hours I am mustered and questioned. If my privacy and freedom is curtailed, if my movement is restricted, naturally I will have that revolting feeling. To top it all, if someone from the village gets killed by the forces. He may be a militant or otherwise, emotions flare up. Result is stone pelting. Now, the security teams deployed come under constant surveillance. Each and every movement and routine is observed and passed on. Result may lead to an ambush or an attack on the camp.

Today’s Kashmiri generation was born under the barrel of the gun. They don’t know what free life is. They are used to restrictions of all kinds. They are afraid, scared and terrified from within. However friendly the forces may appear but the anxiousness due to the uniform and gun does not let them be their normal selves. They hear stories from their elders who naturally glorify their own kith and kin. They also hear stories of atrocities of the forces which may be exaggerated, hearsays and even lies. The child is confused and he doubts his own existence. What should be done to minimise his pain and hurt to his psyche? That is where the solution lies.

Pakistan keeps adding fuel to the fire. Open borders and inhospitable terrain facilitate movement of people. The trust deficit between the state and the centre remains. Just by giving money solutions can never be found. Just by policing and counter insurgency grids bitterness will never go. Stoning the security forces will not help their cause either. This only aggravates the anger in the security forces. Pelting is done for the same purpose to incite and solicit a hard reaction. It’s a psychological game to be understood in its totality.

I too get carried away when a security person gets martyred. The rage inside me tells me to act against all those who were involved. Like my annoyance shoots up so must be the case in Kashmiri people too. How many lives need to be lost to end this anger within? I wonder!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

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BEGGING BOWL OF PAKISTAN

I heard President Trump has decided to cut off all the aid to Pakistan. Is this the best news for India in the New Year? Will it make a difference to us? I am convinced it definitely will. Will it make a difference to Pakistan? I am not sure at all. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating. I do welcome this move, as now the Americans have realised that the snakes they helped Pak tame are biting and increasing their body bag count. At least one President has had the guts and the gumption to call a spade a spade. I hope to see a shaken Pakistan. Actually, I desperately want to see the fall out of what happens once this policy is implemented. The amount is too huge; the impact should be colossal too. India too should follow suit, no MFN, no trade, no sports, no nothing, Period!

If this move breaks the barrier of their thinking that jihad and jihadist which they tame for Kashmir are terrorists and need to be eliminated, then this ban would be good. If this move changes Pakistan’s state policy against bleeding India with a thousand cuts changes, then this policy is good. If this ban stops them for enhancing their nuclear weapons capability, then it’s good. If this brings Pak to settle disputes with India, Afghanistan, Iran and Balochistan etc, then it’s good. If they return to true democracy, then it’s good.  If this also stops funding from other Islamic nations, then it’s good. If this initiative brings peace to this region there could be nothing better. I would rather say, if it brings Pak to its knees, India will be able to sort out lot of issues, including Kashmir.

The begging bowl of Pakistan has too many holes to plug. It actually has become a sieve. You give them aid; it starts to trickle down from the wrong holes into the wrong hands. I would like to know from some expert who can give out the details since 1947 as to how much aid has been given overtly or covertly, in cash or kind to Pakistan. If someone would care to elaborate the details on how, where and on what it was spent? Had there been peace that amount would definitely have made Pakistan the most developed and progressive nation in the world. The question is had there been “peace” no one would have funded them with such generosities. Had their politicians been clean all this money would have been spent on nation building rather than frittered away to wage a futile war?

They created a force against the Russians; the Americans helped them to the hilt. When America got a little nasty with Pak, they found a new ally in China. The Aid from Islamic countries continued unabated once they added “Islamic” to their preamble during General Zia-ul-haq’s time. The bowl alas never filled up due to gaping holes. The leaks continued and that is where Pakistan stands today. This totally porous country, where the rulers understood and capitalised on the weaknesses of the people which was “gurbat, jahaliyat, gareebi & berozgari”, (illiteracy, backwardness, poverty, unemployment) sucked out its wealth slowly and steadily. The people of Pakistan were ruled by the Army for most of their lives. The Army played its cards and kept the politicians under tight control and dictated their way the state should function. Democracy is only on papers it seems.

Today, those little holes in the bowl have widened. There is actually no control and accountability of this money coming and to where it is going. To stabilise their country they find destabilising their neighbours like India, an easier and better option in the name of jihad and specifically jihad for Kashmir. I actually don’t understand how many jihads they can fight, on how many fronts and how many jihadist organisations they can control.

The fact of the matter is that today Pakistan needs to be liberated from the clutches of its narrow anti India thinking, from its jihadist mentality, from being hostile to its neighbours, from its corrupted systems and politicians, from its control of the Army, from aligning itself with all those who are enemies’ of  an enemy. How will it be done? This ban should be the first step I suppose.

Pakistan actually needs to fight its battle within, plug all the holes of this bowl so that all the efforts are done for the good of its people. In the same breadth it needs to leave India alone just for one decade. Can Pakistan help us by changing their mentality? Pak should accept that it cannot match India in anyways so it must concentrate internally. For that first cleanse your systems, earlier the better.

Just a passing thought, you will soon be kicked by everyone like this because “Laton ke bhoot baton se nahi mante”. I know your ego will not allow bringing peace to this region but “jab paregi laat tabhi banegi baat”. Remember, the day the bowl’s holes are plugged; you will have more to eat and more to spend. Will you ever understand? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

THE SPOILT BRAT IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

I have this bad habit of listening to discussions happening in the Pakistani media after major events. So I thought let me see their reactions to the banning of seven Muslim states from the US. One thing was clear, that Pakistan has lost its sleep since then as they could be the next country to be banned. They were saying that the US has now come under the influence of India, and they kept blaming their own foreign office for doing nothing as there is no foreign minister. Nawaz Sharif they say is too busy sorting out the Panama leaks so is not interested. Their lobbying with the US has failed. Well, they can keep conjecturing what they feel is correct and stay in that state of stupor. Have they identified their basic problem? No. They are an independent country so to say, and they have all the right to mislead their own public or to live in a make belief world. Choice is yours Pakistan.

Due to the above effect Pak put Hafeez Saeed under house arrest but still blame India to influence the US who put pressure on Pakistan along with China to bring him to justice. You are also now questioning China who should have stood against this decision, as they are the closest allies of Pakistan due to the AF-PAK corridor and the Gwadar port. Well Pakistan, you don’t realise that China has its own interests. They will change your demography soon, just wait and watch. Pakistan will be taking permission to use its own highway and you may not be allowed to unload even a tonne of material at your own port if push comes to shove. Good luck friends. It is your own deeds or misdeeds which are isolating you from the world, so just for cosmetics sake arresting this guy and still allow him to continue to spew venom for the liberation of Kashmir will not change the world opinion.

I have a soft corner for the sane voices of Pakistan who at least have the guts and the gumption to show the mirror to the state, but they are on the hit list of the government and the separatist groups. Pakistan does not realise that we are in 2017 and not in 1947. The world has moved on by 70 years. If Pakistan wants to stay in the prehistoric era they are more than welcome, if they do not want to change, choice is theirs. If they cannot understand why peace is not prevailing on our borders, then they should keep blaming themselves. If they think that by aligning themselves to the US or China they will bail them out and resuscitate them from all poverty, then they can keep dreaming. Now when the Muslim world is putting Pakistan into its correct slot by disconnecting with their thought process including funding, should definitely be a wakeup call. Even though their Ex-Army Chief has been offered the post of head of the Islamic Military Alliance to fight against terrorism; nothing is going to change till the time you keep differentiating between good and bad Taliban.

The AF-PAK corridor is a huge-huge investment by China in terms of money, assets, projects, infrastructure worth billions of dollars. All this will be built on a low interest loan to Pakistan. Will Pakistan be able to pay back even the interest to China? Well, what happens if you take a vehicle and hypothecate it to a bank, or you take it on loan from a finance company and you fail to pay the instalment in time? If you continue to default, they take your vehicle away till the time you don’t make the payment or they sell it off and make good the money to recover whatever they can. Now imagine for a thermal power project, or a gas project or a road project Pak fails to return the interest and China decides to ban any Pakistani vehicles to even use it. It has the means and the forces to ensure the same, where will Pakistan run then. Food for thought dear Pakistan, wake up.

Till date can Pakistan name any mega project they started which has not failed? Few days back they have started their metro bus, well, you haven’t grown beyond the donkey carts. Talk about education, lesser said the better. Talk about poverty, talk about electrification, talk about anything and compare it with the size and population with India, Pakistan stands nowhere. If we see corruption, you beat us hands down. We accept defeat straight away in this. Poor Nawaz Sharif when questioned about the millions of dollars worth of assets and properties across the globe, which was bought out of Pakistani money and loans revealed in the panama leaks, he replies, in those days no one kept records. Ok argument taken, then he goes on to say all transactions were in cash, so how many donkey loads were transferred out. Well your guess is as good as mine. Then he goes on to say, it was given to my father and grandfather, so you may please interrogate their graves. Nawaz further says, I am enjoying the fruits they had sown. Well is there anything more left to say.

All of us do come across someone in our lives who acts too smart. He changes stances and statements at the drop of a hat, is totally untrustworthy, is basically a liar. He can tell lies to the highest authorities without batting an eyelid. He has a set of friends whom he knows may ditch him, but sticks to them forcibly. He cannot vibe with neighbours. He brings in people from other “mohallaas” to add to the local politics, and then thinks everyone should believe him. He has links with “Goonda’s” and uses them sometimes, and when they all are beaten black and blue he stays quite for a little while till he finds another opportunity to hit back. He has a “mole” within our family. He feeds him, instigates him and supports him to revolt against his own family on borrowed funds but the family is well united and does not let his rotten plan work. We do have a person in our lives with three or more such qualities; above all he has never been to a proper school except a “Madarasa”. He doesn’t have a proper job. He lives on loans and grants given by friends. He keeps begging for more from rich people. His family members are in rags and tatters, uneducated, mal nourished and unemployed. Which country qualifies with all the above qualities? Keep guessing!

Let us get rid of such a creation, let us get our house in order to stop this person to incite us. Let us at times give him a solid thrashing if he goes beyond a limit. Let us get the people whom he approaches for money to stop funding as he is going to utilize it for illegal activities. Let this person die his own death. I am sure most of my friends would have got at what I am hinting at, but will my government and the world understand that the root cause of all issues in this region is only one rogue child: can you guess the name, I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TRUMP’S TRUMPET AND MODI’S FLUTE

The whole world is worried what Donald Trump is going to do next. Indians are worried because they might have to take a long break again maybe because their green cards may be cancelled. The H1B types are worried that they might be sent back earlier than they thought. Some who were about to get employed are sweating as their dreams would have to be put on hold. Those few countries which have been banned from entry and their immigrants now are shell shocked. We are still not aware of the “TRUMP CARD” which finally will be played like while playing cards. Is he right? Is he wrong? Is he being immature? Is he violating norms? Well, who am I to judge or tell. He had warned the world through his speeches what he would do if he comes to office, so rather than preparing for all that everyone took their chances to wait and see whether he really meant what he said or just said it not meant it. I feel if he is a true patriot and an American well wisher, above all he has been elected to that great office by American people. Then why this hullabaloo when one has to not only lose a trick but give away the hand for a” two of spades” though you had the Ace of hearts with you. He has not shown his complete cards as yet so let us hold our horses. Like Kenny Rogers sang about an expert gambler, we must know when to hold them, when to fold them and know when to run.

Well, I have never been a fan of US, nor have I been very impressed what they do for their own interests. I being a veteran of the armed forces have seen them biting the dirt from Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, as NATO forces, now their fight with ISIS. Well, Mr Trump, you need to play your Ace now if you think you can really eliminate this ISIS menace, but if you are not going to bring any war you started to its culmination then don’t start it. One exception was with Japan, when they were “NUKED” by the US to stop the war because they had been caught with their pants down. Russia you could not tame or even threaten. The dirty game you played in Pakistan, knowing full well they are liars of the highest order. China you cannot touch as they are too smart for you to even think what they might do next. The only thing you can do is to control printing of dollars as it is the currency of the world. US is the biggest defaulter for payments to the UN, so there is nothing new if payments are further reduced.

Let me in the same breath let my countrymen know, that if I have understood this man correctly, then Mr Modi, or Mr Nomodi makes no difference to him. He will see US first. So my dear Indians if he tells you to pack your bags don’t feel bad, because you never saw it coming. Don’t take him for granted, and be prepared to return to your motherland if required. At least buy one house or a flat even if you are a NRI. In case you all continue to stay on, put this house on rent and give the money to Ex- Servicemen welfare fund yaar. Here the PM is giving surprise after surprise, I am sure, Mr Jaitley, would have poured a lot out of his kateley by now in his budget speech for most of us to wonder are we earning just to pay taxes for the corrupt to feed on them. Our PM is seeing inwards so what is wrong with Trump blowing his Trumpet. Let him also feel the power of being the President of one of the most powerful nations. The only difference is that he has started from day one.

Be that as it may, let us take a good lesson from Trump’s trumpet folks. Let us Indians play our own “Bansuri”. In fact let us play all our instruments in unison, in symphony, in harmony, to ensure that India is heard for its melodious tunes. We have to perform as a synchronised orchestra for the world where they should feel that if even one instrument is off note from India the music heard across the world should turn into noise. Let the world ensure they give us the time and space to enjoy the melodies of our policies and thinking. May the world benefit and be healed through our music of growth and investments. May our neighbour understand our musical notes and bring peace and tranquillity in this region. Let music be the food of love for us to play on.

I drifted again from Donald ji to Modi ji to tabla and bansuri. What trump is playing is his instrument and his own cards because he knows the world has little or no choice as of now but to dance to his tune. When will we as Indians have such a music conductor, who writes the notes that the entire world has no choice but to listen to us, I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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