The Unfinished Business of the 1971 War

A good summary of events.

Tenacious Hellpussy

The signing of the Instrument of Surrender

On December 16, 1971, Lieutenant-General A.A.K. Niazi, the Commander of the Pakistan Eastern Command, signed the Instrument of Surrender in Ramna Race Course in Dacca which was signed and accepted by  Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of India’s Eastern Command. This formally concluded the military conflict that is usually called the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. However, this nomenclature elides and even eclipses several distinct wars that culminated in Pakistan’s surrender. Oddly, while biographic accounts, which are frequently blatantly self-serving,  there are relatively few empirically robust accounts of this conflict, most of which focus upon the most visible dimension of the war: that between Pakistan and India. 

These lacunae are important because these other battles that culminated in the bilateral conflict continue to cast shadows over the region that are as long as those of the 1971 conflict between India…

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The mystery behind death of CDS Gn. Bipin Rawat.

India’s first Chief of Defence Staff dies in Helicopter crash!

Death is raining everywhere. Yesterday it struck on Indian Defence Service killing 13 members in an air crash in south of India. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on the Air Force helicopter crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. According to him, General Rawat was on his scheduled tour. On Wednesday at 11.48 a Mi-17 helicopter took off. Air Traffic Control lost its control at around 12:08 am. Later some people saw this helicopter in flames. A rescue team of the local administration reached. All the people that were removed from the remains were taken to the Military Hospital in Wellington. 13 out of 14 people died in the accident. Rajnath Singh condoled the death of 11 army officers including Bipin Rawat and wife Madhulika Rawat.

Apart from four crew members, the other passengers on board were Rawat’s wife Madhulika, Brig LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, NK Gursewak Singh, NK Jitendra Kr, L/Naik Vivek Kumar, L/Naik B Sai Teja and Hav Satpal. The helicopter was piloted by Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan, the Commanding Officer of the 109 Helicopter Unit at Air Force Station, Sulur.

All victims of crash have suffered burn injuries. The Mi-17V5 is considered one of the “safest” and “most modern” military transport helicopters. One must wait for the detailed investigation, but the past record of the helicopter model shows it is impeccable and 100% reliable.

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Remembering Jihad on Mumbai on 26/11

In 2008 on 26 November a terror strike took place on Mumbai.10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist terrorists aka Jihadi organisation from Pakistan, carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai.

The attacks, started on Wednesday 26 November and lasted until Saturday 29 November 2008. A total of 175 people died, including nine attackers, and more than 300 were wounded.

I have written about it before including the disclosures made by RVS Mani in his book “The Myth of Hindu Terror”. He has written another fictional account of events of that day in his another book titled “Deception”.  I will try to read it too.

Rakesh Marya was in Mumbai police and acted as incharge of Anti Terror Squad in 2011 and rose to become police commissioner of Mumbai in 2014. After retirement he has written a book titled “Let Me Say It Now”. He has made disclosure that police was not trained as per rules in 2008 as ammunition rounds were not made available for training for years. Yet Tukaram Omble the Asstt. Police Inspector braved a spray of bullets and caught Azmal Kasab read handed.

In 2008 and upto few years back, it was accepted as a terrorist attack with further tagline “Terror has no religion”.

However the Pakistan’s Cabinet Ministers like Fawad Choudhary and Sheikh Rasheed have clarified on camera and in Parliament that it is a Jihad which is the right of every Muslim. So it was Jihad. We know it but some politicians still do not agree. That is an interesting position and raises more questions.

Does repeal of Farm Laws mark an end of Amendments?

Laws are a complicated matter. Had it been simple, there would have been no need of lawyers. As regards politicians, they have always used laws to demonstrate action when in reality it does nothing more than a little activity on paper.

Recently Prime Minister announced “repeal of three farm laws.” Here is the problem:

Let me give an example of politicians exploiting laws to mislead people. India celebrates independence day on 15 August and believe that it gained independence in the year 1947. Was that correct?

British passed a law called India Independence Act, 1947 by which it created two dominions called India and Pakistan with King of England as head of there dominion. Jawahar Lal Nehru too an oath of allegiance to King George of England and served him till 1952 when India declared itself a republic. It is a common knowledge. So common that it is available on Wikipedia too. Yet every person I know, does not know it.

Back to the question. Will repeal means end of reforms on Farm Law?

It depends on the language of repeal. Generally repeal of an Amending Act merely removes dead wood (of old laws). So we have to wait and watch. May be Modi pulled a Nehru on agitators. After all if they could not tell as to what is wrong with reforms, how are they going to tell what is wrong with repeal. They will be referred to dictionary and asked ‘what is wrong with it? ‘

The Ultimate Truth is Discovery of Self.

Greeting for Deepawali 2021:

~शुभ दीपावली~

It is indeed an achievement to greet everyone on Deepawali this year after surviving Corona Pandemic. Corona is the Devil of virus whose after affects lasts for months together. May be some problems will last forever. There is a saying in Sanskrit:


।।ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय। तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय। मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय।।

(असत्य से सत्य की ओर ले चलो। अंधकार से प्रकाश की ओर ले चलो। मृत्यु से अमरता की ओर ले चलो।)

Lead (us) from untruth to truth. Lead us from darkness to light. Lead us from death to immortality.

So what is the truth? Even bigger question is: Is there any truth at all? Everything we know is subject to correction and improvement. Human knowledge has been rewritten so many times that we have lost count.

But there is another problem: who is seeking the truth? The seeker is the vessel in which contents of truth have to arrive. We must know the color of the vessel to know true colors of truth. So the even more important question is who is the seeker? Or Who is me? Or Who is the self which is seeking the truth?

Knowledge of self is a deep enquiry which must be undertaken by the seeker, first. The debate whether self is body or mind, is too old and too settled.

Self is something far too subtle and it has too be beyond memory otherwise we can accept the mind to be self. Is it so?

Discovery of self beyond mere memories is the true discovery for any progress in discovery of truth or whatever we hope to find beyond the metaphysical existence. Without knowledge of self there is no learning, no understanding and no knowledge. It is merely confirmation of what is already in memory. It is another type of hoarding of information without any evolution.

Hence enquiry of self must begin today for the light to dawn on us.

Happy Diwali. Let there be light!