Archive for March, 2013

Sri Lankan Tamils did not Kill Rajeev Gandhi: Prabhakaran did

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Sri Lankan Tamils did not Kill Rajeev Gandhi: Prabhakaran did

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar VSM

www.bhaskarsarkar.com

Gujaratis did not kill Mahatma Gandhi. Nathuram Godse did. The Congress did not retaliate against the Gujaratis. Sikhs did not kill Indira Gandhi. Beant Singh, a Sikh did. The Congress went on a rampage killing about 3000 Sikhs and internally displacing over 20,000. Sri Lanka Tamils did not kill Rajiv Gandhi. LTTE leader Prabhakaran did. The Congress Government allowed the Sri Lankan forces to kill Prabhakaran and hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil civilians. It condones human rights abuses by Sri Lankan security forces. It has handed over an Indian island to Sri Lanka. It silently watches Sri Lankan Navy kill Indian Tamil fishermen and seize their boats. It provides aid for infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Short of giving Bharat Ratna to President Rajapakshe for killing Prabhakaran, India seems ready to do any thing for Sri Lanka. Even vote against the UN resolution sponsored by the US condemning Sri Lanka for crimes against humanity during its war with LTTE. In the process, India refuses to acknowledge that Sri Lankan Tamils are ethnic Indians. It forgets that Indira Gandhi armed and trained the LTTE to protect Sri Lankan Tamils from the Sinhala majority and ensure Indian domination of the Indian Ocean and retain the ability to switch its naval forces from west to east and vice versa if required. It forgets that Rajiv Gandhi sent in Indian armed forces into Sri Lanka to ensure that the Sri Lankan Tamils were protected from atrocities of Sri Lankan Armed forces and Tamil majority areas had political and economic autonomy.

What Other Nations Do For their People

Cyprus

Cyprus has people of two nationalities, Greeks and Turks. In 1974, the Greek majority (80%), with the aid of the Military Junta in Greece staged a coup and took over power. In response, Turkey launched a military invasion to protect the interest of Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus is now divided into two parts, Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus. 60,000 Turkish Cypriots moved to the north to escape persecution by Greeks. Cyprus has been at peace ever after.

Georgia

South Ossetia and Abkhazia are two regions of Georgia with a large population of ethnic Russians. Both regions wanted political autonomy from Georgia and had launched independence struggles. The Russians supported the struggles. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated that he would “protect the life and dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are”.

In 2008, Georgia launched full scale military operations against South Ossetia to regain control of the territory. The Russians immediately intervened with their naval and ground forces. Within 5 days, the Georgian forces were defeated and withdrew.

Falkland

Falklands is a tiny group of islands near the southern tip of South America with a population of a few thousand. It has been claimed by Britain, France and Spain and later Argentina. Britain reestablished its control over the islands in 1833 and decided to colonize it in 1840 with the induction of 50 settlers which increased to 200 by 1849. The population has since expanded to a few thousands.

Argentine forces invaded and occupied the islands in 1882. The British government dispatched its forces to retake the islands. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender which returned the islands to British control. 255 British military died to protect a few thousand settlers of British origin. Prime Minister David Cameron has warned Argentina that Britain would always be ready to defend British citizens in the remote Falkland Islands.

Kashmir

Pakistan believes that Kashmiri Muslims are their brethren. They have fought three wars with India to liberate Kashmir. Lack of military superiority, defeats and casualties did not deter them from the Kargil misadventure. It continues to fight a proxy war with India by exporting and supporting terrorism in India. Can India imbibe national pride from from Pakistan?

Conclusion

It is a shame that in spite of the historical precedence’s quoted above, the Indian Government is unwilling to protect the Sri Lankan Tamils who are ethnic Indians and allows the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, Government and the Sinhala majority to commit all kinds of atrocities on the hapless Tamils. Is the Congress Government trying to punish the Tamil people for the death of a member of the Gandhi family? Or are we being ruled by a bunch of cowards who have no national pride and are ready to be bullied by all our neighbours and non state actors?

The Indian Government is like an old elephant. It is afraid to fight. It cannot see the realities of the world. It is thick skinned. It does not feel humiliations heaped upon it by its neigbours including the tiny Maldives, tiny countries like Italy, Denmark and Switzerland and terrorist organizations.

India is a soft nation with the second largest population, the fourth largest economy and the fourth largest armed forces in the world. It has the largest youth population in the world. Yet it cannot fight to defend its own people. It cannot even deploy its navy and coast guard to protect Tamil fishermen.

Are there any volunteers from the Tamil people, the proud, patriotic Indians, and young India who are willing to fight for the Sri Lankan Tamils and throw out the cowardly Indian Government who helplessly watch the erosion of national pride and atrocities on its own people?

We cannot be Equal in Life: Can we be Equal in Death?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

We cannot be Equal in Life: Can we be Equal in Death?

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar

www.bhaskarsarkar.com

God or Mother Nature, who ever made us, did not make all human beings equal. We were born under different circumstances, in different regions, in different castes, religions and with different financial backgrounds. We were endowed with different talents and abilities, had different opportunities for growth and live different lives. It is obvious to all that in spite of our constitution which says that we are equal before law, we cannot be equal in life.

Should we at least be equal in death? After death we require a 7ftx3ft piece of land or 250kg of firewood to send us on our way to the nether world. Of course, some will be buried in mass graves or large funeral piers. Some will start their “after life” amidst great pomp and show and among countless admirers. Others will leave quietly amongst a few grieving near ones.

Should we be treated equally by the Government in death?

Let us see what is going on.

Soldiers of the Indian Army are buried in an avalanche in Kashmir while patrolling on the LOC. News is in the inside pages of news papers and casually mentioned on the electronic media. No compensation is announced. Two soldiers of the Indian Army are ambushed and killed while on patrol on the LOC. One is beheaded. News makes headlines on news papers. There is 24×7 coverage on the electronic media. Compensation of Rs 10 lakhs is announced. The Chief of Army Staff visits family.

Eight CRPF personnel, one Special Police Officer and a villager (possibly informer or guide) are killed in Bihar when Naxalites blow up their vehicle with a land mine. The news is in the inside pages of news papers and casually mentioned in the electronic media. No compensation is announced. A policeman dies in Delhi during student’s occupation of India Gate during the Delhi Bus Gang Rape agitation. Police claim he died of injuries inflicted by demonstrators. Media and the students claim that he died of heart attack and provide video recordings to prove the same. The death made headlines. There was 24×7 coverage on electronic media. Compensation of Rs 10 lakhs is given to the family.

Pilgrims died in a stampede at the Allahabad Railway Station during the Kumbh Mela. The railways announced Rs 5 lakhs as compensation and the State Government announced an additional compensation of Rs 4 lakhs. Pilgrims died at a stampede at a temple in Jodhpur Fort. State Government announced Rs 2 lakhs as compensation for the dead. A bus falls into a gorge in Uttarakhand and pilgrims are killed. The State Government pays Rs 1 lakh for each death. Labourers die in accidents while engaged in construction activities, illegal mining and other activities. People die in terrorist attacks and communal violence. Who cares if they are paid anything or not? When people are burnt alive in factory fires, mall fires, cinema fires, fires in marriage pandals and exhibitions, do they get anything?

I remember in the late 70s a child of a labourer was run over by a truck. The case was settled for Rs 1000. Rs 500 were paid to the labourer as funeral expenses. Rs 500 were paid to the police to hush up the case. Who knows what a motor cyclist who is killed in a traffic accident gets and after how many years. A patient who dies of Dengue or cholera because the governments cannot maintain a clean and hygienic environment gets nothing.

Conclusion

We accept that we are not equal in life. Can we be equal in death? Can the families of the dead get equal compensation and equally promptly?

Why are compensations paid by governments and their departments in case of accidents? Why is additional compensation paid to soldiers, policemen and other government servants who die while on duty? The compensation and pension to be paid in case of death is laid down in their service conditions. Is it an admission of poor planning and leadership, deficient service or a gesture of good will? Or is it vote bank politics?

Is the quantum of compensation to be uniform or depend on the publicity of the incident in the media and mood of the sanctioning authority?

Why is it not mandatory for government agencies like railways or state transports, employers of public and private construction companies, business establishments and organizers of functions to take out insurance policies against fire and accidents and the money paid by the government reimbursed from the insurer?

Can there be a national policy on compensation? Or will we continue to be subject to the whims of our unaccountable politicians and bureaucrats whose decisions remind the people of the famous ruler of the Tuglaq Dynasty, Mohammad bin Tuglaq, who shifted his capital from Delhi to Ahmadnagar (Daulatabad) and back in 1327-28 at a time when the only form of transport were carts drawn by animals.