Who will guard the guards in Kashmir ?

IT IS a real story of North Kashmir. No, I am not talking of any ‘kalyug’ or ‘Ravan Raj’. It is the story of a land once proclaimed to be “Agar bahist-e-bareen bar sar-ey zameen ast; hameen ast, hameen ast, hameen ast (if there is a paradise upon earth then it is here, it is here, it is here)”
It is a story of treachery and hatred, it is story of cold blood murders. Who will guard the guards? Who will pay if the cheques issued by government are returned by government? Could you believe that men from security forces could masquerade as terrorists and kill innocent citizens? If one has to believe the police investigation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the residents of Nadihal town namely Shahzad Khan, Riyaz Ahmed Lone and Shafi Lone were kidnapped by rogue troopers in April and were killed in a staged encounter. Would you like to know the background of these hapless luckless victims? Shahzad Khan used to sell fruits from the roadside cart in Baramulla; Riyaz Ahmed used to repair automobiles in Sangrama; Shafi was a daily wages labour. They all were the bread-winners of their families.

It took more than eight weeks of investigations to identify and nail the marauders. However, the authorities are refusing to hand over the persons indicted for killing to stand trial in a civilian court and it is being said that action would be taken against them under military law. The local authorities had issued the families of the encounter victims Rs 1,00,000 each last month. The cheques were handed over to the bereaved families as a gesture to demonstrate the government’s commitment to support victims of human right violations.

The cheques bounced as they did not bear signatures!
I wasn’t surprised when I read a slogan by a Kashmiri youth “Tumhara khoon khoon hai; Hamara khoon pani hai!”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Kashmir needs genuine sympathy

This is the time that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should visit the valley and assure the masses about the concrete actions he would take to bring back the prosperity in the state. People need jobs and fruitful avocations not bullets.

AN ARTICLE by Neetu Banga in Merinews about Kashmir made a sensible reading. I have commented in a newspaper earlier that the land, which has produced glittering jewels like Shah Faisal, who topped the IAS exam this year is not a paradise of fools.

The youth of Kashmir are all well informed and connected thorough Internet, TV., news magazines and Radio has put them at par on information highway as any traveller on this planet. They know that Kashmir is a land-locked entity which would need the routes of other states to access the fast closing world.

They know that PoK is a classic example of backwardness, poverty and mismanagement. They know that India is an emerging economic power which would lead the world in 21st century and beyond. They know that you don’t cut the branch you are going to sit.

So, why are they throwing the stones ???

Let me be blunt to an extent of hurting the sensitivities of a lot of vested interests.

Abdullahs have never been the part of a solution but have always been a part of the problem instead. This clan is responsible for most of the troubles of present day Kashmir. The grandfather of Omar, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, was a friend of Pandit Nehru and Sheikh betrayed his trust.

Sheikh wanted his cake and have it too. He was incarcerated for a long time to protect Kashmir from his vagaries. He was a refined man when he came out. However, it was too late and he could do nothing to extricate Kashmir from the quagmire it has slipped owing to his vagaries.

Farooq is known as a man with a taste for all good things in life. He looks at politics through the rosy mist and facing the realities has not been his favorite pastime. Whenever, the going is tough, he disappears and comes back to open his shop in fair weather.

Omar Abdullah was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Like father like son. He is a good speaker – a man with a lot of words but no action. He came to the chair with a lot of promise which petered out soon. He is too inexperienced and has an imperious attitude, which makes it difficult for the people to come at the same wave-length. In short, he is a wrong man, in a wrong place at a wrong time. The sooner he fades into political oblivion, the better it would be for the state and the country.

Kashmir is a smoldering pot of poverty and backwardness. There is no industry worth-mentioning except tourism and there is no progress. The bleak economic atmosphere has given the separatists a ready audience on the platter.

Kashmiris read of the success stories of emerging economic power house – India and they compare it with their plight. They see no light at the end of the tunnel. Human right violations are the realities of every day life. Nowhere in the world projectiles of small flints are answered by fusillade of indiscriminate bullets. Why there is an over-reaction by security forces ??? Tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons are used all over the world to challenge similar crowds. !

This current phase of violence began with the death of Tofail Mattoo, a 17 year young boy, who was killed by a tear gas canister which struck his head during a protest in Srinagar on April 30. It was revealed that he died as a direct result of Machhil.

How come soldiers got that temerity and courage to commit such heinous crime. There is a proverb – Mama bhaye kotwal to dar kahe ka ?” When the uncle is Police officer, what is there to fear ?

The real reason behind these acts of brazen human rights violation is that they know that they would get away with it.

The second reason is the flawed intelligence system that covers the valley. They always try to sell the old theory that protests are solely the handiwork of agents provocateurs. Lashkar, ISI, this and that, you name it they have it on their list.

Few weeks back, our well informed Home Minister informed that the protests are confined to Srinagar and few abutting municipalities. Even a child who watches the T.V. would learn the veracity of the truth. What are we going to get with this ostrich kind of attitude ?

This is the time that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should visit the valley and assure the masses about the concrete actions he would take to bring back the prosperity in the state. People need jobs and fruitful avocations not bullets.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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BJP will never change !

Older the goose harder to pluck. It is too late to expect BJP to change its lower ethos and low level of political morality. Those who objected artist MF for some piece of art are themselves making a mockery of norms of politics and culture. This cartoon is a reflection of a level of personal hate, an example of shock communications at its absolute worst. You can call it cheap sensationalism. The BJP politics only hacks stoop to that level. I am offended as the word DAYAN is used. I am sure this silly cartoon is the most eloquent display of personal Vendetta against Sonia Gandhi who had singularly pushed them out of power. And I would assume it is very personal to a lot of women also. If BJP wants to be treated fairly or to be considered as a credible voice to listen to they should think long and hard about what they are doing and saying.

 

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Hindu Fantics

If they are defeated in next election there is another Qureshi heading the Election Commission against whom they would cry. This is not unexpected from the supporters of BJP and Narendra Modi to call names to those who go according to the law of the land. Anything that goes against their parochial interests is against Rashtra, Hindutva and against Ashmita. They think they own this country. They have not yet become tired calling names to Sonia and Rahul. For sometime they are crying against CBI and now they are passing ugly remarks against judges to have send Amit Shah on remand. They are the same lot who hide behind the farce of Astha when legal issue is discussed about Babri Masjid. They actually believe in – either my way or high way. These are all signs of frustration, bankrupt politics and fascism. God save the nation !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Nitin Gadkari did it again !

We never expected any intelligent comment from Mr. Gadkari knowing his old Trade Union Congressman-turned RSS background. However, let me congratulate the BJP president for using a fine language of sarcasm this time. Calling CBI the Congress Bureau of Intimidation and declaring UPA has been using it against political adversaries as a weapon of vendetta, for friends as a protective umbrella and for those in between as a threat to make them fall in line. It%u2019s a real graduation FOR the same Gadkari who had earlier accused Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad of betraying the opposition on the cut motions in parliament and said: Bade daharte the sher jaise, aur kutte ke jaise ban kar Sonia-ji aur Congress ke ghar par talve chatne lage’ (these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and the Congress). In Dehradun, the ebullient BJP president had also let lose his tongue, when he taunted the Congress over the delay in hanging of Afzal Guru. Improvement !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Fallen Tower of BJP – Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Amit Shah, an old friend and a close aide to Gujarat C.M. Narendra Modi made a dramatic entry into the BJP office in Ahmedabad at 11.35 am and angrily denied the charges that he was involved in the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, an alleged Lakshar-e-Taiba activist. He tried to put up a bold posture and made a detailed defense of his case before the gaggle of journalists and then he drove to the CBI camp office in the state capital Gandhinagar, of course accompanied by a large contingent of supporters.

As expeccted the CBI formally arrested him, the process lasting only a few minutes. He was driven back to Ahmedabad where he was taken to the house of CBI judge AY Dave. Dave ordered Shah’s judicial custody for 14 days as a large number of BJP activists ringed his house shouting slogans hailing the man who quit as minister Saturday amid a hunt for him. One chapter in the life of this flamboyant politician closed that moment – another opened.

No one was surprised when the man who had put the Constitution of Indian on the back of elephant and paraded it on the streets of Gujarat only few months ago was heard and seen making a mockery of CBI’s inquiry and ultimately the Supreme Court that had ordered that.
Attacking the Congress, Modi said, “The case against Shah was a revenge for its loss in the 2 007 Assembly polls when it had made Sohrabuddin a hero. This was a politically motivated action against Amit Shah and the BJP government in Gujarat to corner it and to put obstacles in development work it was carrying out. Shah is completely innocent and the charges against him are fabricated. The CBI is being misused by the Congress against its political rival”.

Sunday’s developments marked a new turn in the case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh that has led to the arrest and jailing of 15 police officers including three from the Indian Police Service.

Here you are listening a Chief Minister who is supposed to defend the Judicial System of Democratic Indian and rule of law. Before any the results of an inquiry is made public or the Court gives its judgments a senior leader like Advani approached the government to derail the functions of CBI while Naredra Modi throws his judgment in a matter which is absolutely out of his purview.

We don’t know for sure about the background of Sohrabuddin and his luckless wife but one thing is sure that if have that kind of leaders at the helm of affairs, tomorrow it can be us and our own daughters and sons. We are witnessing ministers operating beyond certain powers and becoming thoroughly corrupt. They can go to any extent and in any business over time.

Let us know who is this Amit Shah.
He is an Ahmedabad-based leader of BJP who has been handling senior leader L K Advani’s elections year after year in Gandhinagar constituency. He is an important member of the inner circle of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He was a stock broker before he turned fulltime politician and a veteran of co-operative banks in Ahmedabad. He is known for his arrogance and he had rarely entertained reporters. He never gave regular briefings and often treated the media with disdain. Modi several victories went to his head also and he started believing that Modi and their government had absolute power. The abuse of power starts when political success comes easy in the absence of substantial opposition. In Gujarat religious elements are indistinguishable from the government. Police stations and panchayat buildings are sponsored by private companies and are fitted with marbles and pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses. Shah has been the prime inspiration behind this mixing the State and the Church.
Today this product of RSS has to face some 20 evidences against him in the chargesheet and some are likely to stand in a court of law. There are some businessmen who have given evidence that Shah demanded money from them after the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin.

Some businessmen have alleged that Shah told them that during the police inquiry into Sohrabuddin’s activities, their names were linked with his operations. They allege that they paid Shah to remain out of the investigation. Also, how the Sohrabuddin’s wife Kausarbi was murdered is a larger than life crime against this extremely religious man.

Shah will surely fight the case to prove his innocence because he will have to shield his boss too, who was and still running the show when this case took shape.

The turning point came for Shah when, under legal advice from senior lawyers, the Gujarat government accepted before the Supreme Court that the Sohrabuddin encounter was fake. It was unprecedented.
Modi’s and Shah’s political strategy seems to work at naught now.
Wheel of natural justice seems to have taken the full circle. His arrogance due to political success and his miscalculation about the functioning of bureaucracy are coming home to roost. Life, henceforth is not all cake and ale now.

Perhaps he had underestimated the power of men and women in khaki and his total lack of judgment about the Supreme Court’s influence over the cases before it has led him to his fall.

It is time Supreme court gives the maximum sentence and deter any politician to cross the holy line of our constitution for next 500 years.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Politics is a strange game Mr.Mulayam Singh!

Politics is a strange game Mr.Mulayam Singh!

Mr.Mulayam Singh!

And they are playing their political cards also well. Today all political parties vie for their support including BJP – the only problem with BJP is it mixes difference dance styles of political theatre without knowing the forward foot.

IRRESPECTIVE OF what the saffronized elements in the ruling elites of certain states and bureaucracy say or try to entrap Indian Muslims, Indian Muslims have always stayed away from national and international terror circles.

Muslims are conveying their grievances through proper channels. They have been flourishing in every profession and gradually making their mark where they are. From Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan; cricketers Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan to Azim Premji and Khoraliwalas and from Sania Mirza to The President of India, A PJ Abdul Kalam, they are proving themselves to respectable, vibrant and advanced citizens of India.

And they are playing their political cards also well. Today all political parties vie for their support including BJP – the only problem with BJP is it mixes difference dance styles of political theatre without knowing the forward foot. Muslims have taken the demolition of Babri Masjid and the pogroms of Gujarat in the most positive way in their stride and if anyone has any doubt about their political acumen, they can read the toady’s following recantation of Mulayam Singh turned Kalyan Singh’s buddy.

In an attempt to mend fences with Muslims after having aligned with Kalyan Singh during Lok Sabha polls, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday regretted taking support of those “responsible” for the Babri mosque demolition and sought pardon of the community.

“In the last Lok Sabha polls, I had to take support of some ‘galat tatva’ (wrong elements) to keep communal forces at bay from forming government at the Centre. This confused the secular forces especially my Muslim brothers and their feelings were hurt. I accept my mistake and seek pardon of the Muslim community for my act”, he said in a statement here. He said, “I have already made public statement that I will never take support of those responsible for the Babri mosque demolition in the future.

“I want to assure my Muslim brothers that whatever I have done will not be repeated and I will continue to raise voice in favour of the Muslim community”, Yadav, whose Muslim vote bank eroded in the last election, said.

Something for BJP to learn in it.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Twin tales from one nation

This writer has tasted poverty himself and knows well about its different shades. As famous Urdu poet Moin Hasan Jazbi had said – “Rang-e-Sahba aour hai, sahba ki masti aour hai; Khwaab-e-hasti aour hai, tabeer-e-hasti aour hai; Zikr-e-pasti aour hai, ehsas-e-pasti aour hai.” Close transliteration : Color of wine is different than the pleasures of wine. Dreams of existence are different from their fulfillment. To talk about someone who is roughing at the bottom is different than to find himself at the bottom. Someone once said – The poor people have been made to believe that none had snatched away things from them, but it is God Himself who had written wrong luck and destiny for them and they are suffering punishment because of some bad act committed in this life or in some life previous to this life. None is taking responsibility and even the state is silent about the poor and no government could find out the causes of poverty in India and none has proposed methods through which this poverty could be removed from India. The people in democracy could not remove this poverty even after lapse of six decades.

Our economy is set in such a way that the poor are becoming more poor and the rich are growing more rich. The poor person has got his own identification because he is condemned to inferiority complex and he is found with folded hands at every place and this is his first recognition. There is only a few centimeter distance between the poor and underprivileged and the following real life stories would reveal what I want to bring home. All in the latest of theatre of life. Srinagar, Kashmir. Curfew for the third day – Carrying a dead baby boy in a cardboard box — his sister Shameema had given birth five days ago but the child died last night — Abdul Majid Dar has been pleading for an ambulance, at least a curfew pass, to take the body home to Dangerpora in Sopore. Not one in the hospital can help — they can’t risk sending an ambulance out of the city without permission. Dar can’t get to the Deputy Commissioner, the officer who issues the curfew pass. So, cradling the cardboard box with the body of the newborn, he waits on a bench in the courtyard of the Lal Ded Hospital in Srinagar, unable to decide what to do next.

The curfew, now in its third day, has begun to hit lives across Kashmir. “I wanted to take the baby’s body home for burial. I didn’t get an ambulance. I can’t go in a private vehicle because I don’t have a curfew pass,” said Dar. “Hospital authorities said they can’t spare an ambulance immediately. So I am waiting. What else can I do?” For the delivery, Shameema had to be brought to Lal Ded Hospital, the only maternity hospital in the Valley. Dar said she still doesn’t know that her baby is dead. From Srinagar, let us go to Kanpur. Aman Khan, a Class 2 student, suffered head injuries on July 3 after the iron gate at his home in Shyam Nagar fell on him. His parents tried to take him to a hospital but were allegedly delayed because of traffic restrictions in place in the city for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in Kanpur that day to attend the IIT convocation. Tahadud Hussain Khan, Aman’s father, told the newspaper he tried to take Aman to Regency Hospital in Sarvodaya Nagar, but was delayed because of traffic restrictions. “The police had blocked Grand Trunk Road near Coca-Cola Chauraha, about a kilometre from the hospital,” Khan said. “I pleaded with them to let us pass but they diverted my car towards Nazirabad police station.

There was heavy traffic on this route, and it took us nearly 30 minutes to reach Regency. Had they let me through on GT Road, I would have reached the hospital in five minutes.” Khan said that Aman bled to death in the car. “He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital”. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari called the child’s death an “unfortunate incident” and said the “facts are being ascertained”. Is this the country that Mahatma Gandhi had dreamed for Indians ? If he comes back today what would he make out of the present scenario ?

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Kashmir – Call Mufti Mohd Saeed again

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah, on Saturday said that he had no intention of demitting office because of the recent developments in the state.

Rejecting suggestions that his government or the state security forces had lost control over the law and order situation prevailing in the state, Mr Abdullah said: “I will not resign. I, and neither my government, have not lost control. The army has been deployed as an aid to the civil administration. The army has been called in for peace”

He further said: “I promise the people that peace will return. I do not contemplate resigning.”

He also described the opposition People’s Democratic Party’s decision not to participate in Monday’s all-party talks to resolve the Kashmir crisis as unfortunate and ill timed.

Earlier in the day, Mr Omar’s father and Union minister for new and renewable energy, Mr Farooq Abdullah, met the home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, to assess and discuss steps being taken by the Centre and state governments to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, an AICC delegation is likely to visit the Kashmir Valley ahead of Monday”s all-party meeting.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, and senior leader and old Kashmir hand Makhan Lal Fotedar, among others, will be part of the team, sources said.

Meanwhile, curfew has been re-imposed in the Maisuma area of Srinagar and three other districts – Anantnag, Pulwama, and Kakpora following clashes between protesters and security forces.

Curfew was relaxed on Friday to allow people to celebrate the holy Muslim festival of Shab-e-Meraj.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has said her party would boycott Monday’s meeting.

“Omar government has lost all credibility. We should have been consulted on the decision to deploy the army, she added.

The army was deployed in Srinagar on Tuesday night following violent protests, which left three persons dead and over 70 injured.

Seventeen columns conducted flag marches on Wednesday, following widespread violence in the Batmaloo and Maisuma localities.

The decision to deploy the Army was taken after Omar Abdullah made a formal request to the Central Government for help in maintaining law and order in Srinagar.

The situation in the valley has been tense over the past few weeks due to repeated clashes between protestors and security forces.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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For some reformatory is the best place

In Dehradun, the ebullient BJP president let lose his tongue, when he taunted the Congress over the delay in hanging of Afzal Guru, BJP President Nitin Gadkari asked the party whether the Parliament attack death row convict was its ‘son-in-law’.

ON 12th May 2010 at Chandigarh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari said that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad were like “dogs who lick the feet of the Congress” but later took back his words saying he didn’t mean to be offensive.

Gadkari accused Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad of betraying the opposition on the recent cut motions in parliament and said: “Bade daharte the sher jaise, aur kutte ke jaise ban kar Sonia-ji aur Congress ke ghar par talve chatne lage’ (these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and the Congress).”

In Dehradun, the ebullient BJP president let lose his tongue, when he taunted the Congress over the delay in hanging of Afzal Guru, BJP President Nitin Gadkari asked the party whether the Parliament attack death row convict was its “son-in-law”.

In comments that could stoke a controversy, Gadkari thundered at a BJP rally in Dehra Dun last night asking Congress leaders “Is Afzal Guru the son-in-law of Congress? Have you(Congress) given your daughter to him(Afzal). Why is he being given special treatment?”

Congress reacted with disdain to Gadkari’s remarks saying he has lost his mind and scoffed at the BJP chief. When asked by reporters whether he would apologise for his controversial remarks, Gadkari said he stuck to his stand.

“I have said nothing wrong. I stick to my stand and so there is no need (to apologise),” Gadkari told reporters in Dehra Dun.
It is clear that bad habits and bad society leave their mark even if you reach the moon. Now and again they crept up and unmask the reality of character and mindset. Often old Adam raises his head and people unlearn spontaneously.

Traditional, cultural and moral values that we learn from our elders and that had been the mainstay of our civilization seem to be losing their grip over society and politics. Our leaders are usually devoid of knowledge of protocols and decency. Civilized humor is something foreign to them. That reminds me of the sophisticated humor prevalent in civilized people. Samuel Butler had said sarcastically about Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carlyle: “It was good for God to let Carlyle and Mrs. Carlyle to marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four.”

Here is another example of vivacious humor in black, a letter to Duke of Grafton (1789) by some Junius:

“It is not that you do wrong by design, but that you should never do right by mistake. You may look back with pleasure to an illustrious pedigree in which heraldry has not left a single good quality upon record to insult or upbraid you….”

And the one I like the most by Sidney Smith addressing Lord John Russell:

“When I am in pulpit, I have the pleasure of seeing my audience nod approbation while they sleep.”

Or

“You and I are exceptions to the laws of nature; you have risen by your gravity, and I have sunk by my levity.”

There is something for the people like Gadkari to learn. Other wise, as someone has said, “You ought not to go into society if you don’t know how to accommodate yourself.”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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