I recently concluded reading the book titled:
Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War.
It is a succinct summary of Pakistan and it’s activities including it’s obsession with India. Written from a western perspective, it is particularly interesting as it eschews the wars before 1998 and starts with Kandahar hijacking. It has details of myths created by Pakistan around its various misadventures. A must read for any one interested in the subject. An excerpts about effect of ending of cold was and disintegration of USSR:
“While India had become more pragmatic and outward-looking, Pakistan had become more ideological and isolated. Pakistan had misread the collapse of the Soviet Union as having been caused by the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan and evidence of the benefits of Islamist proxies. Unable to see beyond its immediate neighbourhood, it disregarded the many other causes of the collapse—the Soviet Union had been rotting from within for decades for reasons quite independent of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s backing for the Taliban and Pakistan-based groups fighting in Kashmir through the 1990s had also deepened its well of support for Islamist militancy. It increasingly presented itself as a champion of Muslims worldwide, defining the defence of everyone from Kashmiris to Palestinians as a matter of national interest. Saddam Hussein, whose 1990 invasion of Kuwait had been defeated by a US-led coalition, was seen as a hero.”
Another excerpt about recent surgical strikes by India on terrorist camp inside POK:
“Shortly before calling the media to the news conference, the foreign ministry circulated—via the same WhatsApp group—a White House statement on an overnight phone call between Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his US counterpart Susan Rice. Condemning the Uri attack as “cross-border terrorism”; the Americans reiterated US demands that Pakistan take action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and reaffirmed “the robust US-India partnership”. It was one of the strongest official statements in favour of India ever from Washington, which for years had tried to balance pressure on Pakistan over its support for Islamist militants with quiet diplomacy to nudge Delhi on Kashmir. Notably it made no mention of Kashmir; nor called for India and Pakistan dialogue. The entire onus was on Pakistan to disarm its jihadi proxies. The US statement set India up well for the announcement at the media briefing, where the main speaker was, unusually, the Indian Army’s Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO). In an overnight operation, Lt-General Ranbir Singh said, the Indian Army had conducted “surgical strikes” against Pakistan-backed militants preparing to infiltrate into Indian Kashmir. These strikes on launch-pads along the LoC had inflicted “significant casualties”. India had no plans for further military operations, he added, and had already contacted the Pakistan Army to inform it formally of its action. The DGMO read his statement in English and Hindi, took no questions and saluted the media on his way out. Other military officials were on hand to tell journalists the Indian Army had crossed the LoC in several different places to target would-be infiltrators. For the first time since 1971, India had announced military action across the LoC.”
Generally concluding Para is a mystery in a fiction but in a non-fiction; it can entice interest. One may read the book as to how the author, namely Myra Macdonald, reached to following conclusion: Continue reading
Writers block can be of different kind.
In last about one year, I am trying to write rather I am writing only to discard it later. Something right is not happening. It is a non fiction based on research but the idea is shrinking and expanding. First it was too big a project to cover. So I shrunk it and began afresh in September 2018 but only now to discover that it is boring, just like all other books I compiled for law. Except that it not the law which is the topic, this time.
It dawns on to me that writing about law is the easiest thing to do. It is expected to be boring. Least of all, nobody expects a law-book to be gripping. It is so easy to compile under different topics, liberally use cut paste and the book is ready. Only research is time-consuming. Once research is complete, writing a law-book is the easiest part. As author, one could write and even if what is written is cumbersome to understand, author is never blamed. Every reader thinks that perhaps his/her IQ is not that good. [:)] Author gets no blame. How convenient.
However to write a non fiction which is gripping, free-flowing and which does not sound like a text-book, is a real challenge. At least for me. So after scrapping my third draft (1/3rd part actually), today, I am going to try to start again.
Why don’t I quit?
The idea did cross my mind. But I do not have any other challenge, at present. Having failed three times makes it even more attractive. There is nothing more attractive than poison and impossible.
There is no reason to quit. One year in waste is the price of learning curve. Hope I get it write this time. Wish me luck even if we do not believe in that. It is customary.
Does UK gives foreign aid to India and it is misused to build Statue of Unity?
The aforesaid question was raised in Quora and this was my answer (with few additions):
At the outset, please do stop sending money to India. As a matter of policy India stopped taking foreign aid two decades ago. But many Governments and agencies send money to NGO’s in India for specific projects. Not all money is spent on right purpose.
The biggest headache is the money sent for one purpose but used for CONVERSION to Christianity. Poor people allured by brute power of money start wearing cross and worshipping a deity of Jesus in place if traditional deity, not even knowing what it means. BTW the Jesus is often sitting in a YOGA posture.
In past few years GOI has cancelled accounts of 11000 such NGOs which had not filed the accounts of money received and expenditure thereof. But NGOs misreporting or cooking books are yet to be caught.
This was about aid to private agencies in India. Aid to a private agency is not the same as Government of India.
Why India doesn’t accept aid from foreign governments
India has refused to accept foreign aid for disasters since 2004, when a tsunami killed more than 10,000 people on its southeast coast. The government founded the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the incident, and vowed to clean things up on its own. Continue reading
My profound greeting and best wishes for a prosperous, safe and happy Diwali.
And best wishes for happy new year 2075 (svt.)
।। ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय ।।
।। श्री: कृपा ।।
अयं दीपावली महोत्सवः भवत्कृते भवत्परिवारकृते च क्षेमस्थैर्य आयुः आरोग्य ऐश्वर्य अभिवृद्घिकारकः भवतु अपि सकलदुःख निवृत्तिः प्रगतिः श्रीभगवत्प्राप्तिः च भवतु इति श्री चरणयो: प्रार्थयामि ।।
!! शुभं भवतु !!
!! दिपावल्याः हार्दिक शुभाशयाः !!
!! शुभ दिपावली !!
।।सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामया।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाग् भवेत्।।
सभी सुखी होवें, सभी रोगमुक्त रहें,
सभी मंगलमय घटनाओं के साक्षी बनें
किसी को भी दुःख का भागी न बनना पड़े।
इस दीपावली के शुभ अवसर पर सभी के उत्तम स्वास्थ्य की शुभकामनाओं के साथ आपके समस्त परिवार को …
*”शुभ दिपावली “*
A secret Business in India.
Crowd is to democracy what ink is to news papers. The news papers may not be main churning force in debates but but they have not seized to exist even if relegated to quite irrelevance. Something similar is about crowds. Democracies much less it’s elections can not be imagined without crowd gatherings and elections rallies and all the usual high decibel celebrations.
It is even more unimaginable in a democracy of 1.3 billions. Apart from elections, crowds are also required for protests, supports or dissent on the issues. It is the time tested old method which has worked for over century. Right?
So, from where does this crowd comes? Well in India, things have taken a turn for more than a decade. People who matter watch on television and decide and those who visit, they do not matter.
India, is always on election. First General (Federal) Elections. Than State Elections, Municipal Elections, Village Elections. It never ends. But what is seen in last few years that the crowd pulled in elections rallies had no proportion with Elections results. Those who lost elections, had equally packed grounds or perhaps only slightly less than the winner. So what makes this crowd?