The Candid Eye

May 31, 2009

UK & China stall move to blacklist Masood Azhar

Filed under: Islam,Jihad,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 3:30 AM
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Maulana Masood Azhar, the commander of Jaish-E-Muhhamed terrorist outfit,which was responsible for kidnapping and killing of westerners in 1995,Mumbai train blasts in 2008,Terrorism in Kashmir has received support from unexpected quarter.China and UK have not welcomed and stalled India’s move to blacklist Azhar under UN Securtity council resolution 1267. More details on this are here.

Even though all the Pandits in Kashmir have been driven out of their homes and leading their lives as slaves in their own country, this telltale evidences against Jaish-E-Muhammed and its founder have failed to create any strong counter action from India on this.When our Congress government hesitates to carry out even the Supreme court order and seriously considers giving quarter to Afzal guru, there is no wonder this thing has happened.Unless until our speeches and actions match, the world will not pay heed to our genuine requests and this is not an election compaign where one promises moon and delivers nothing.The world needs some concrete evidences and steps  that have been taken to counter the menace of such terrorists.

The west will not care as long as the terrorism happens in our soil.The moment something goes awry in their country, the same folks would stall the Security council and make a mountain out of molehill.Time and again they have shown this behaviour.It is high time for India to stand on its own and fight these terrorists.Otherwise,we will be suffering from the terrorism perpetually.

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*Real Face of so called Secular Indian Media*

You would have already read about the famous media personalities and their connections in our previous article.

There are several major publishing groups in India , the most prominent
among them being the Times of India Group,the Indian Express Group, the
Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the
Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the
Sahara group, the Bhaskar group,and the Dainik Jagran group.

Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.

*NDTV *: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in
Spain. Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards
Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be
aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat,
General Secretary of the Communist party of India. His wife and Brinda Karat
are sisters.

*India Today *: which used to be the only national weekly who supported BJP
is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and
turned into Hindu bashing.

*CNN-IBN*: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its
branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates
$800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep
Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

*Times group *list: Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust ,
Femina, VijayaTimes, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and
many more.. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. ‘World Christian
Council’
does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian
equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close
relative of Sonia Gandhi.

*Star TV *: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters
Pontifical Church Melbourne
.

*Hindustan Times*: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times
Group.

*The Hindu *:
English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua
Society, Berne, Switzerland. N.Ram’s wife is a Swiss nationa
l.

*Indian Express *: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian
Express (southern edition). ACTS Christian Ministries have major stake in
the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart. .

*The Statesman *: It is controlled by Communist Party of India.

*Kairali TV *: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

*Mathrubhoomi *: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

*Asian Age*and *Deccan Chronicle *: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its Chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

Gujrat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive, Rajdeep
Sardesai and Bharkha Dutt working for Star TV at that time are accused to have got around $5m from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims which they did very
faithfully. Not a single Hindu family was interviewed or shown on TV whose
near and dear ones had been burnt alive.

It is alleged that  *Tarun Tejpal *of *Tehelka.com *regularly gets flat check
from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said. The ownership
explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious.

PONDER OVER THIS.

May 30, 2009

GFI Lead Economist to visit India

Filed under: Corruption — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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Global Financial Integrity’s (GFI) lead economist, Dev Kar will be visiting India to hold high level meetings and interviews about ‘Illicit Financial Flows’ from India .

 Dev Kar, Lead Economist for Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and author of the highly-publicized GFI report “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2002-2006,” will be visit Mumbai, Pune, Jamshedpur, Calcutta, and Delhi over the course of a three-week tour of India starting Monday, June 1st. 

Mr. Kar will be talking about his work on illicit financial flows including measuring quantity and patterns of illicit outflows from developing countries and tracking illicit flight capital once it leaves its country of origin. 

Mr. Kar will also be discussing the impact of illicit capital flight on developing economies, U.S. and international initiatives to increase transparency within the global financial system, and what individual nations, such as India, may do to curtail yearly outflows of “black money’ that cumulatively drain as much as $1 trillion a year out of the developing world-$27 billion from India alone.

Mr. Kar will be available for one-on-one meetings and television and radio appearances upon request.  Journalists, television and radio producers, academics, and government officials are encouraged to take advantage of Mr. Kar’s trip to India to learn first-hand about the problem of illicit financial flows and what is being done within the U.S. and on the global stage to combat them. 

June 1-7: Mumbai

June 8-10: Pune

June 11-13: Mumbai

June 14-19: Calcutta

June 19-20: Jamshedpur

June 20-23: Calcutta

June 23-25: Delhi

To schedule a meeting with Mr. Kar please contact Monique Perry Danziger, Communications Director at +1-202-293-0740 or at mdanziger@gfip.org.  You may also contact Mr. Kar directly at +011-91-703-447-0160 or at devkumarkar@gmail.com.

See also the official statement by Global Financial Integrity on Illicit Capital Flight from India.

May 29, 2009

India’s Successful Elections don’t mean good governance

Filed under: Elections '09,Indian Politics — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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This article by Appu Soman in ‘The Daily Star’ reveals many things about recent elections and our current system and its impact on India’s growth.Excerpts of the same with my emphasis below.

But the fact remains that, like previous governments, the new administration will consist mostly of politicians unfit to hold ministerial office. While several provincial satraps have been cut down to size, new, aspiring ones have garnered significant support. Despite the manifest success of Indian democracy, its parliamentary system is not succeeding in giving India good governance.

The new government will be far more stable than many of its predecessors, so the election results have elicited profound relief.

But the fact remains that, like previous governments, the new administration will consist mostly of politicians unfit to hold ministerial office. While several provincial satraps have been cut down to size, new, aspiring ones have garnered significant support. Despite the manifest success of Indian democracy, its parliamentary system is not succeeding in giving India good governance.Very true.Though it seems that India has got a stable government for another 5 years,still the present UPA has to go thru lot of ugly,dirty deals with its coalition partners.

India is hardly a failed state. Lant Pritchett of the Harvard Kennedy School has coined a new name for India: a “flailing state” – a state where the government’s extremely competent upper echelons are unable to control its inefficient lower levels, resulting in poor performance.

But this analysis gives credit where none is due: India’s problem is its top political leadership’s lack of competence. The inability of India’s current political system to provide effective government places the country in a different category: a non-performing state.This is right.We cannot say that the present UPA goverment’s top people are competent enough to handle the problems, India is facing today.India has to offer so many bright,extremely competent people than these average folks.

The idealism of India’s freedom movement quickly evaporated after independence in the face of the opportunities for patronage that came with power. The way India’s political system evolved has made politics the surest path to wealth. The money spent to win elections (often including the purchase of a party’s nomination) is recouped many times over once the winner is in office. Half of India’s legislators who stood for re-election this time around had tripled their assets in the last five years.Our babus now will be more happier and much relieved than ever as Swiss banks and black money issue has been thrown into ocean and efforts to bring back it would be a futile exercise.

Increasing corruption within governments run by the Congress party, which led India to independence and monopolized political power for decades, showed what a lucrative career politics had become. Given India’s religious, caste, and linguistic divides, politicians saw how easily they could leverage even a small following into votes.I can say that India has been monopolised after seeing the results.

Soon, Indian political parties began to break up, giving rise to a large number of regional and caste-based parties. Most of these parties are led by political dynasties that prize loyalty over merit.

The opportunity for personal gains through public office has made electoral politics an automatic career choice for Indian politicians’ progeny. Record numbers of sons and daughters of political leaders and millionaires (and people with criminal backgrounds) contested this election. We are seeing the formation of a new Indian caste – a caste of rulers different from India’s traditional Kshatriya caste – before our very eyes.

Like existing castes, the new caste specializes in one occupation: political office. Just as someone became a carpenter or a trader in an earlier era merely through birth, members of India’s ruling caste now become leaders of parties, members of legislatures, and cabinet ministers solely because of their parentage.

And, as with the older castes, there is no need for any qualification for the vocation; birth alone is sufficient. Lack of vocational competence never barred Indians from remaining in their caste, and how well one performs in political office is, likewise, not a criterion for politicians to continue in positions of power.

India’s parliamentary system requires ministers to be members of the legislature. Party leaders select family members and other loyal followers as candidates for elections, with absolutely no consideration of their abilities to fulfill ministerial responsibilities, resulting in cabinets that are simply not capable of managing the problems confronting the country’s national and state governments.Much touted Rahul Gandhi has said recently that terrorism can be won in 15 minutes.Check here. May be he can clarify when this 15 mins will come?It’s been more than 10k mins since your Lion,Manmohan Singh was sworn-in as primeminister. As per your statement you have missed more than 600 chances to win over the terrorism.

Even with the best political leadership, governing India is no easy task. Successive governments staffed with unqualified politicians have failed dismally to carry out the core governmental functions of maintaining law and order, providing the basic services expected of modern societies, and promoting economic growth. India’s high-performing private sector has so far masked the failure of the Indian state.

In its current form, India’s parliamentary system can produce only non-performing, corrupt governments. It rewards ambition, promotes office-at-any-cost politics, and devalues merit.

Taking away the prize of ministerial office from elected representatives might discourage wealth-maximizing politicians from entering politics. It is time, therefore, for India to consider introducing a presidential system of government, which would reduce the scope for “horse trading” and allow the country’s leader to select competent people for cabinet positions.

May 28, 2009

Electronic Voting Machines – Are they 100% tamper proof??

Filed under: Elections '09 — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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The AIADMK in TamilNadu has passed a resolution recently that the Election Commission should revert to voting through ballot boxes.Excerpts on the same with my emphasis.

Accusing the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam of using money power and malpractices to win the Lok Sabha polls, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam said the Election Commission should revert to voting through ballot boxes.

Taking stock of the Lok Sabha election results, the party’s executive council meeting in Chennai, presided over by AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, passed a resolution, stating that some developed countries reverted to ballot system of voting due to irregularities in the Electronic Voting Machines.

While there are some incidents in which the EVMs malfunctioned and changed the results of the election in that consituency,still they are considered fool proof by many people.These EVMs are manufactured by Bharat Elecronics,Bangalore and Electronic conrporation of India, Hyderabad.Election Commisson of India says there are a number of benifits using Electrnic machines instead using old ballot boxes and measures are taken to avoid possible malfunctioning.But still, some questions naturally arise regarding the EVMs.They are:

1) Some of the EVMs are malfunctioning  even though it is manufactured by Navaratna status company BEL. What is the quality control being followed for these machines in these companies?Are these measures stringent enough to avoid malfunctioning of the machines?

2) Are the EVMs used in India sufficiently shielded against Van Eck Phreaking?

3) I believe calibration is done properly for these machines.Are recalibration facilities/methods easily and quickly available in the event of malfunctioning?There are repeated incidents of EVMs switching votes in India similar to the one happened in West Virginia in 2008. In Tamilnadu, the switching happened in favour of DMK led alliance in number of places.Why did this not happen for AIADMK led alliance?

4) What are the information exchange protocals/standards being followed for the EVMs used in India?Whether EVMs are using the standards such as Election Markup Language(EML)?

5) I don’t think that the voting machine software has been made available for the people to analyse and improve as it is done in Australia under free software license.

May 27, 2009

An advice not taken

Babri Masjid Ram Mandir was a national issue of tension some years ago. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar (henceforth Guruji in this article) had suggested some important feasible solutions. Having not taken into consideration, an opportunity for peace was lost.

It is sad that Prabhakar, leader of LTTE, is killed. Is this how we treat our political oppositions? Is there nothing like a peace treaty, an agreement of understanding?

In past there have been wars, for power, religion, territory, wealth – but they had a human corner. An opposition king was not brutally murdered (atleast in many cases). There would be a peace at the end of war.

What is the guarranty that another Prabhakar won’t be born?

Guruji had visited Srilanka 3 years ago. He talked with Prabhakar saying, “you think you are leading a freedom fight, but the world thinks you as a terrorist. All goals are not achieved by war, talk to government and come to a peaceful agreement.” And he told the government, “see, all wars are not won by power alone. There needs to be a dialog. You cannot make peace with a totally defeated enemy, you cannot make friends with them. So having shown the power, come to the talking terms.” Both did not listen. Prabhakar said, Guruji you don’t know politics, you do your teaching of meditation and all that. Government anyways wanted to wipe out LTTE totally.

By disagreeing to simple words of advice of the saint, the two parties have lost the chance, and lives of lakhs of people are devastated. Srilankan Government has lost all faith and concern of Tamils in India.

On the other hand, listening to Sri Sri, Gujjar agitation could be overcome, and peace was brokered between Raje and Gujjar.

There are numerous examples in the history, where prosperity has downed when the Kings ruled the country in consultation with the Guru s. Why so? Simply because one who is Ruler, looks for proper administration, and one who is reformer, looks for proper benefit for all. A Ruler without the guidance of reformers can become selfish, biased, corrupt. A Reformer without aid of Ruler finds it tough to bring a remarkable change in the Society.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had Swami Ramdas as his guiding mentor.

Chanakya was the guiding mentor of Chandragupta Mourya.

Buddha guided King Ashoka. And in much olden days, Krishna guided Pandavas and Vasishtha Rishi trained the King Rama.

Who are all the saints today in India and abroad? Its true that there have been a few frauds under the umbrella of sainthood, and it has been punished time and again. However, majority are good only. Why haven’t we heard of their works, their ideas for building a nation…

Rulers and Reformers in India need to join hands together.

May 26, 2009

Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says

Filed under: Pakistan — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan’s nuclear program.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed the assessment of the expanded arsenal in a one-word answer to a question on Thursday in the midst of lengthy Senate testimony. Sitting beside Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, he was asked whether he had seen evidence of an increase in the size of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal.“Yes,” he said quickly, adding nothing, clearly cognizant of Pakistan’s sensitivity to any discussion about the country’s nuclear strategy or security.

Inside the Obama administration, some officials say, Pakistan’s drive to spend heavily on new nuclear arms has been a source of growing concern, because the country is producing more nuclear material at a time when Washington is increasingly focused on trying to assure the security of an arsenal of 80 to 100 weapons so that they will never fall into the hands of Islamic insurgents.

The administration’s effort is complicated by the fact that Pakistan is producing an unknown amount of new bomb-grade uranium and, once a series of new reactors is completed, bomb-grade plutonium for a new generation of weapons. President Obama has called for passage of a treaty that would stop all nations from producing more fissile material — the hardest part of making a nuclear weapon — but so far has said nothing in public about Pakistan’s activities.

Bruce Riedel, the Brookings Institution scholar who served as the co-author of Mr. Obama’s review of Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy, reflected the administration’s concern in a recent interview, saying that Pakistan “has more terrorists per square mile than anyplace else on earth, and it has a nuclear weapons program that is growing faster than anyplace else on earth.”

Obama administration officials said that they had communicated to Congress that their intent was to assure that military aid to Pakistan was directed toward counterterrorism and not diverted. But Admiral Mullen’s public confirmation that the arsenal is increasing — a view widely held in both classified and unclassified analyses — seems certain to aggravate Congress’s discomfort.Whether that discomfort might result in a delay or reduction in aid to Pakistan is still unclear.

The Congressional briefings have taken place in recent weeks as Pakistan has descended into further chaos and as Congress has considered proposals to spend $3 billion over the next five years to train and equip Pakistan’s military for counterinsurgency warfare. That aid would come on top of $7.5 billion in civilian assistance.

None of the proposed military assistance is directed at the nuclear program. So far, America’s aid to Pakistan’s nuclear infrastructure has been limited to a $100 million classified program to help Pakistan secure its weapons and materials from seizure by Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “insiders” with insurgent loyalties.

But the billions in new proposed American aid, officials acknowledge, could free other money for Pakistan’s nuclear infrastructure, at a time when Pakistani officials have expressed concern that their nuclear program is facing a budget crunch for the first time, worsened by the global economic downturn. The program employs tens of thousands of Pakistanis, including about 2,000 believed to possess “critical knowledge” about how to produce a weapon.

The dimensions of the Pakistani buildup are not fully understood. “We see them scaling up their centrifuge facilities,” said David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security, which has been monitoring Pakistan’s continued efforts to buy materials on the black market, and analyzing satellite photographs of two new plutonium reactors less than 100 miles from where Pakistani forces are currently fighting the Taliban.

“The Bush administration turned a blind eye to how this is being ramped up,” he said. “And of course, with enough pressure, all this could be preventable.”As a matter of diplomacy, however, the buildup presents Mr. Obama with a potential conflict between two national security priorities, some aides concede. One is to win passage of a global agreement to stop the production of fissile material — the uranium or plutonium used to produce weapons. Pakistan has never agreed to any limits and is one of three countries, along with India and Israel, that never signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Yet the other imperative is a huge infusion of financial assistance into Afghanistan and Pakistan, money considered crucial to helping stabilize governments with tenuous holds on power in the face of terrorist and insurgent violence.

Senior members of Congress were already pressing for assurances from Pakistan that the American military assistance would be used to fight the insurgency, and not be siphoned off for more conventional military programs to counter Pakistan’s historic adversary, India. Official confirmation that Pakistan has accelerated expansion of its nuclear program only added to the consternation of those in Congress who were already voicing serious concern about the security of those warheads.

During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Senator Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat, veered from the budget proposal under debate to ask Admiral Mullen about public reports “that Pakistan is, at the moment, increasing its nuclear program — that it may be actually adding on to weapons systems and warheads. Do you have any evidence of that?”

It was then that Admiral Mullen responded with his one-word confirmation. Mr. Webb said Pakistan’s decision was a matter of “enormous concern,” and he added, “Do we have any type of control factors that would be built in, in terms of where future American money would be going, as it addresses what I just asked about?”

Similar concerns about seeking guarantees that American military assistance to Pakistan would be focused on battling insurgents also were expressed by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the committee chairman.“Unless Pakistan’s leaders commit, in deeds and words, their country’s armed forces and security personnel to eliminating the threat from militant extremists, and unless they make it clear that they are doing so, for the sake of their own future, then no amount of assistance will be effective,” Mr. Levin said.

A spokesman for the Pakistani government contacted Friday declined to comment on whether his nation was expanding its nuclear weapons program, but said the government was “maintaining the minimum, credible deterrence capability.” He warned against linking American financial assistance to Pakistan’s actions on its weapons program.

“Conditions or sanctions on this issue did not work in the past, and this will not send a positive message to the people of Pakistan,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because his country’s nuclear program is classified.

Source: The Ledger 

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