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Friday, January 10, 2014

Nation .. behading of Lance Naik Hemraj and killing of Sudhakar Singh by Pak

A simple test to our failing memory …. How many of us remember Naik Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh ~ though they are very much in news…  this certainly is no place to write about IPL 7 and which teams retain whom…… to give more clues ~ the Nation was outraged by the incident that happened between Chhatri and Atma of Krishna Ghati, at 10:30 am on 8 January 2013.

We are a Nation of talkers ………. Our Prime minister Manmohan Singh, about to exit politics after 15 years in the highest offices, perhaps did a great disservice to those who admire him. In his final meeting with reporters, he announced his retirement and sent some criticism the way of India's brightest political star, the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate. Singh told reporters: "Without discussing the merits of Narendra Modi, I sincerely believe that it will be disastrous for the country to have Modi as the PM." Reports said he "declared (this) in a low voice, without altering his expression." But why is Modi disastrous for India was never revealed nor discussed at length…. Even for those of us seasoned to hearing our local politicians lambasting opponents ~ this seemingly does not augur well.   

I am confused in supporting or factually writing against Kejriwal and AAP.  ~ as Firstpost reports there are two of Kejriwals - There is a Citizen Kejriwal, whom we all like, and there is a Populist Kejriwal, and this persona is not who the citizens of Delhi voted for. On the dimension of personal probity, there is Honest Arvind. He speaks the language of clean government and politics with the purpose of serving the people. Populist Kejriwal just like any other CMs is  announcing measures to give free water to the privileged, and not-yet-warranted cuts in power bills. And we even saw him justifying these actions during the trust vote when he said he saw nothing wrong in a free water scheme that may benefit only 400,000 or even 200,000 people.  Again here,  Gujarat has a better answer, especially in agriculture, where 80 percent of our water is used.  The decision to lower power tariffs for those consuming less than 400 units a month in Delhi, has probably set back the Indian power sector by at least another half-decade. India’s power sector is bleeding profusely. It has accumulated losses and are finding it too hard to even break even and these freebies only saddle them further.  There is also the news that Aam Aadmi Party Ministers of Delhi, except Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, were  given Toyota Innova cars as official perks.

Have wandered into politics and returning to that ghastly incident – the 2013 India–Pakistan border incidents was a series of armed skirmishes along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir area. Starting from the mid-January 2013, they have been described as the "worst bout of fighting in the region in nearly 10 years”.  In a second skirmish  on 8 January, Indian authorities said that Pakistani forces crossed the LoC, killing two Indian soldiers. The incident sparked outrage in India and harsh reactions by the Indian army and government over the news that the body of one of the soldiers had been beheaded. That  happened between Chhatri and Atma outposts on the LoC in Mankote area of Krishna Ghati, Jammu and Kashmir, at 10:30 am on 8 January 2013. Two soldiers, Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, were killed and their bodies were apparently found mutilated, with one decapitated.  ~ and we have just crossed one year of that sordid incident………..

Amidst the sorrow, there are reports of a  video emerging mysteriously on social media and TV channels purportedly showing a person carrying a head with suggestions that it was that of Lance Naik Hemraj, who was beheaded by Pakistan Army regulars on the LoC a year ago. The Army Headquarters refused to comment on the issue saying they were not in a position to say anything on the contents of the video. However, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari condemned the incident saying, "If there is such a video on social media, it is sad and condemnable. I am sure that the Defence Ministry would take some action in this regard after ascertaining its veracity." In the video, a person, who according to media reports is a terrorist, is allegedly parading the head of Lance Naik Hemraj on Pakistani soil along with his other belongings including torch batteries and low denomination Indian currency. Commenting on the incident, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said using the head of the beheaded Indian soldier as a trophy as shown in the video clip is absolutely shocking. "This is against the very spirit of humanity. Indian government must immediately tell whether this is the head of Hemraj and what action it is taking on the issue. We will wait for 24 hours on what the government has done. This is a crime against humanity and cannot be forgiven," he said.

Very very sad indeed ~ these are not merely condemnable but require most stern action against the unfriendly neighbour-  in every possible forum including UN. Will the Govt. stand up ??



With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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