2019 can be said to be bridging the gaps in human dignity for the third gender in India. Two events may be noted, which, as usual the MSM missed out.
First is award of Padma Shri to Narthaki Natrajan, a Bharatnatyam dancer. Her resume:
Here is a video of her:
Kumbh in Prayagraj:
Is China really furious with India?
Doklam is the recent point of flared tension between India and China. According to wikipedia: “Doklam, Zhoglam, Droklam or Donglang is a narrow plateau lying in the tri-junction region of Bhutan, China and India. Doklam lies close to the modern day Yadong county of Tibetan Autonomous Region and the Ha valley of Bhutan.” Use this Google earth link to see where China wants to build road on the territories of Bhutan.
China wants to build a road very near to the most vulnerable point in North-East India. India and China do not have agreed borderline or even line of control. Both country’s army knows it and respects each other’s sovereignty. Except in 1962, there has never been any armed conflict in past 200 years of recorded history and 2000 years perceived history. Before China became communist, both countries had strong cultural ties. Hinduism’s rebel Buddha’s teachings were and are most popular in China.
Both countries had and have a family centric culture but were divided by Himalaya (Mount Everest) and linguistic mountain. Both have 1.25 billion (approx) population.
What is China?
A person is known by company it keeps.
Jurisdiction of ICJ
International Court of Justice (ICJ) derives its jurisdiction from a voluntary declaration by each State that accepts its jurisdiction. Islamic Republic of Pakistan has filed a fresh declaration submitting to the jurisdiction of ICJ on March 29, 2017.
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the United Nations Charter, signed in 1945 at San Francisco (United States), and began work in 1946 in the Peace Palace, The Hague (Netherlands).
The Court, which is composed of 15 judges, has a dual role: in accordance with international law, settling legal disputes between States submitted to it by them and giving advisory opinions on legal matters referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.
Only States are eligible to appear before the Court in contentious cases. At present, this basically means the 192 United Nations Member States.
The Court has no jurisdiction to deal with applications from individuals, non-governmental organizations, corporations or any other private entity. It cannot provide them with legal counselling or help them in their dealings with the authorities of any State whatever.
However, a State may take up the case of one of its nationals and invoke against another State the wrongs which its national claims to have suffered at the hands of the latter; the dispute then becomes one between States.
Background of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case
Pakistan allegedly arrested, detained, tried, convicted and sentenced to death an Indian National Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, and he is currently under a death sentence handed out by a Military Court Martial without giving him consular access which is mandatory under Article 36 of Vienna Convention
Wire tapping was the title used in earlier days for eavesdropping on phone calls. Phones became wireless and far more complicated and now phone tapping is insufficient to define the complete spectrum of surveillance we undergo.
Last time my phone was tapped was in 2011 by ATS or Anti Terrorist Squad at Mumbai. I was merely representing a client who was arrested to identify a terrorist. My client was merely a pizza delivery boy. Well something like illegal pizza.
This time it is a revenue intelligence department chasing my client. They have no direct evidence to implicate and phone tapping was a desperate attempt. I wonder if it still continues
Problem lies in absence of proper law. Supreme Court of India permitted this intrusion on privacy subject to some guidelines but in the absence of a complete law aimed at preventing illegal tapping, it is a free for all.