Corona Virus – Chaos and Confusion in India

March 30, 2020

Corona Virus – Chaos and Confusion in India

Padmini Arhant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi efforts to contain the global pandemic proved too little too late for the migrant workers on daily wages and street vendors serving the Indian economy with no acknowledgment or care and concern in making appropriate arrangements in terms of food for survival while the government expecting obedience on belated lock down and procrastinated travel restrictions as well as quarantine of overseas passengers upon arrival.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s zero tolerance to constructive assessment of government response or the lack thereof on any issues from embattled economy prior to the global pandemic hitting India to the recent handling of corona virus with the large labor force compelled to leave their cramped confinements joining their families back in the village and hometowns explains the state of affairs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hypersensitivity to legitimate critiquing on government plans and actions evident in the non-bailable arrests of human rights activists and environmentalists without any due process held indefinitely in prison and house arrest. 

Notwithstanding severe reaction in gunning down writers, journalists and authors viz. Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru, Karnataka with PM Narendra Modi referring to the deceased as female dog and admiring the journalist’s assassin by following the murderer’s twitter confirms the head of the so-called largest democracy respect for life, human values and democratic rights silenced with radical fundamentalism and abhorrent violencethe signature traits of PM Narendra Modi legacy from Gujarat days in politics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi never failing to reach out to the wealthiest in society in bailing out bankrupt entrepreneurs like Anil Ambani with government defense contracts viz. Rafale deal at ordinary Indians expense or conveying heartfelt greetings to celebrities in Bollywood, Kollywood etc. and Sports world including invitations for tea parties and banquet dinners are the norm in PM Narendra Modi 2.0 era.

Now in the wake of corona virus, PM Narendra Modi government having evacuated some Indian citizens from certain foreign locations using aircrafts to bring Indian nationals home free of cost which means the price tagged on to the average citizens struggling to make ends meet in Indian economy, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi somehow did not have any contingency plan to organize basic economic relief and safe passage for the overwhelming labor force, the majority of them from north east, central and north west India hired as construction and factory workers nationwide. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi consistency in such display is least surprising whether abstinence in empathy for 150 and more infants deaths from acute encephalitis in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the victims predominantly from poorest sections in society,

or

PM Narendra Modi government instigated recent Delhi violence claiming at least 165 innocent lives majority of them Muslims and the rest so-called Dalits among Hindus in addition to their homes, schools, hospitals and public buildings burned down by criminal arsonists representing BJP factions with the guilty granted impunity by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah bare facts on the human character of those heading the nation and the nature of democracy in India.

The lock down imposed in the last four days supposedly lasting 21 days has understandably caused enormous economic and health distress prompting the exodus of these workers trying to reach their respective villages and towns minimum 300 to 800 km or more by foot while Prime Minister Narendra Modi indulging in nuanced apology, the gesture highlighting self-mockery not to mention the grim situation subject to performance to the gallery. 

Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah deploying resources in protecting vulnerable population in urban and rural areas with urgently required protective hazmat suits, masks and various medical supplies as well as equipment for front line health care team besides adequate economic assistance such as food for daily existence and medical provisions to the vast average citizens especially the poor and lower income in society are critical rather than wasting time and money on kabuki theater for grand appeasement.

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Padmini Arhant

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End Political Madness

March 9, 2020

End Political Madness 

Padmini Arhant

Welcome to Political Madness!

Politics and entertainment, the duopoly behind deception. Politics keeping entertainers and entertainment at bay. Likewise entertainment staying out of politics would do the world – a big favor.

Those running the gamut called government via proxies and puppet regimes, zero tolerance to legitimate dissent or discourse on government failures, 

Don’t call such government democratic.

When you think none have right to self-defense when their rights are violated such system cannot be a democracy.

Any criticism against government policy propagated as anti-nationalism is authoritarianism.

World under Secret Society control colluding in secret locations confirm sinister system.

Stop treating citizens as prisoners holding them hostage to vicious propaganda. Importantly those behind secretive agenda need to come out of the dark. 

Last but not the least get over the obsessive compulsive disorder to spy on your arch nemesis for exposing truth and anti-democratic actions. 

Get a life and adopt the human value  –

Live and let others live for your time on earth is not permanent.

The world belongs to none to exert dominion over others or anyone regarded beneath anybody or their kind.

You bring nothing upon arrival so you take nothing with you upon departure.

Whatever is owned in the transition between life and death is not yours either. You are born naked and leave naked.

King, Emperor, Kaiser, Czar, Sultanate,,Badshah, Shahenshah, Samrat don’t exist in a democracy.

Politics is meant to serve people and nation not silence them and exert excess authority.

Individual rights are non-negotiable. Accordingly, infringement in this regard is violation.

The end to such political madness critical to restore sanity and sensibility in the world.

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India – Objection to UNHRC Plea on CAA, NPR & NRC

March 6, 2020

India –  BJP Government Objection to UNHRC Plea on CAA, NPR & NRC

Padmini Arhant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi government and the state run media objection to UNHRC joining other local petitioners on the controversial #CAA, #NPR and #NRC in the Indian Supreme Court calling out UNHRC participation as foreign body intervention in India’s internal affair and further claiming that such activity is violation of India’s sovereignty deserves attention.

India’s position might be valid upon Indian government strict adherence to Indian constitution and democratic rule of law barring any form of discrimination and prejudice that the legislated act #CAA, #NPR and #NRC proved to be in the testing ground viz. the north eastern state, Assam.

Assam citizens requested for protection of the natives political, economic and social rights and the indigenous culture that are on the brink of dissipation due to migrants from adjacent West Bengal and population influx from Bangladesh post 1971 war between India and Pakistan.

Instead, Assamese problem exacerbated with natives and locals placement in detention centers on the basis of convoluted NRC and CAA diversion from initial approximately 33,000 immigrants to now 19% of population of which 12% are Hindus and Delhi Central government defined Hindu denominations viz. Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians leaving the remaining 7% muslims as illegals per PM Narendra Modi’ government’s declaration.

The foreign tribunal set up in Assam to filter the qualified against the non-qualified in the citizenship criteria already split internally with the resignation of a tribunal member dissenting on the corruption and lack of credibility in the process that apparently allowed applicants with forged documents bribing the administration officials while declining citizens with proper documents and papers on them.

The long established second and third generation citizens in Assam having been affected by NRC flaws could not even receive any justice in the State High Court interpreting the New Delhi government law as final.

As a result, the Assamese natives are being relocated from their place of residence to BJP government assigned detention centers with reports of some deaths in some facility from the inadequate accommodation requirements.

The cases in reference are as pointed out earlier on this site – the former President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family isolated as non-citizens of India.

Similarly the former war veteran Army Major Mohammed Sanaullah, a decorated Indian Army Officer having served Indian defense force for over thirty years and honored with Presidential medal for his bravery in Kargil war between India and Pakistan that almost led to nuclear meltdown in 1999 only to be now denigrated as a foreigner and dispatched to detention center could not be an inadvertent mistake. The Army officer Mohammed Sanaullah had to prove his citizenship in the court of law at his personal expense.

Needless to say ordinary citizens living hand to mouth in a distressed economy are not in a position to deal with such challenges evidently associated with #CAA, #NPR and #NRC.

These are the ramifications from #CAA, #NPR and #NRC that are falsely propagated as no brainer in implementation harming none anywhere in India despite the unraveling of the unnecessary government agenda.

The intriguing aspect of this #CAA in particular is the government plan to naturalize minority Hindus and Hindu category as outlined above from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh living in non-residential status in Assam legislated in Parliament with an amendment to the existing citizenship act. When the government could have granted asylum to all those members including muslims upon every one of them satisfying the standard criteria and importantly without criminal record.

PM Narendra Modi, HM Amit Shah and their surrogates in media and those representing the government in media discussions on this topic defend #CAA, #NPR and #NRC as laws that target none even though muslims are specifically segregated from this group for citizenship approval.

Furthermore, what was the need for  PM Narendra Modi government to amend the citizenship act for #CAA?

Again, when the matter could have been addressed without dragging the nation into quagmire producing protests followed by BJP government ministers and members unleashed hate speeches and inflammatory recommendations that consumed more than 47 innocent lives in the latest horrific Delhi violence and set North East Delhi on fire.

Obviously, these events suffice to summarize that are more to these laws that meets the eye and the government confirmation in this regard with no political will to resolve the issues amicably prolong the contentious citizenship saga.

Now on the issue of UNHRC accused of meddling in India’s domestic propositions.

The synonymous action from India, in fact  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government indulgence in neighboring Nepal, an independent sovereign state with democratically elected government passing a unanimous constitutional amendment in Parliament on Nepal’s Hindu status to secular state was condemned by PM Narendra Modi, his government and BJP in unison.

They did not stop at reprimanding Nepal’s leadership and opposition alike for this transition from Hindu state to secularism or pluralist status.

PM Narendra Modi unilaterally imposed economic sanctions against the economically struggling small nation like Nepal subjecting children, women, youth and elderly to extreme difficulties depriving them of food, medicines and basic essentials leading to casualties from that economic blockade lasting several months in 2015.

Perhaps at that time, PM Narendra Modi and cohorts singing in chorus now could have realized that India and Indian government had no business to chide Nepal nor possessed any right to intervene in Nepal’s sovereign decision let alone execute drastic trade embargo on Nepal.

Politics selective amnesia is well known and Indian critics on UNHRC sharing concerns as interventional fail to acknowledge own record fitting the profile.

India’s interference in 2015 was intrusive especially concerning Nepal’s admirable measure becoming inclusive in recognition of all citizens and diverse background in the country unlike India on the reverse course.

Often such examples serve as poignant moments in political history striving to safeguard democracy and constitutional rights of all citizens rejecting bias and marginalization of any segments in society.

Unfortunately, India is driven in the opposite direction in defiance of democracy, constitution and humanitarian law benefitting none at the end.

Indian citizenry consciousness and mass awakening to this effect pertinent to avert undesirable destination reflected in status quo. 

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India – What is worse for India – Corona or Hindutva Virus?

March 2, 2020

India –

What is worse for India

Corona 

or

Hindutva Virus? 

Padmini Arhant

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi not missing opportunity in his busy schedule to share his personal comments and messages especially to film and sports celebrities somehow unable to afford time or possess the heart to console the latest victims of his government organized hate crime and abominable atrocities against innocent men, women and children. Similar apathy from PM Narendra Modi witnessed during the 2019 Bihar encephalitis outbreak consuming 150 children of largely poorer sections in the community. 

The Delhi violence – the heinous crimes not barring rape, loot, vandalism, demolition of shops, schools, hospitals, gas stations and residential areas in the targeted assaults in North East Delhi, justifies the call for resignation of the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

When government elected to represent all the people i.e. those who voted for the ruling political party as well as those who decided to cast their vote for other options in the electoral ballot, the discrimination of any kind from and by the government is undemocratic, unconstitutional and unacceptable.

The hooligans in the latest Delhi violence and unfortunately many in uniform as police force public funded to protect citizens from any harm indulge in taunting and tormenting the victims of state sponsored terrorism insulting the citizens for exercising their democratic right in their voting preference is shameful and even worse is the government and crony contingency defiance to bring these murderers to justice. 

BJP politics has been transparent in terms of their isolation and segregation of demography viz. muslims and so-called Dalits in society, the primary targets of hate crime by RSS cow vigilantes and saffron gangs roaming the streets insisting muslims and the so-called lower caste Hindus to chant Jai Sri Ram in direct sacrilege of the religion Hinduism that RSS and BJP have systematically exploited and distorted to promote their Hindutva ideology.

What RSS run BJP have done in the name of Hindu religion which has nothing to do with their insidious Hindutva ideology is blasphemy. 

As for politics, BJP has been open about their selective responsibility only to those who cast their vote to them even though that has been a dismal failure leading to major disillusionment among BJP voters left on the lurch with serious economic woes and social problems on safety and security of women and much more concerning daily survival.

The government indifference was shockingly displayed in the latest Delhi violence allowing casualties to rise from the lack of leadership and administrative dereliction  of duty at all levels beginning with Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah in charge of law and order nationwide and the capital New Delhi in particular. The responsibility was also shrugged by the Delhi State government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal abstaining from constitutional oath and moral obligation to all citizens in the state at the critical hour ignoring life and death situation of his electorate.

BJP’s Lok Sabha (People House) member of Parliament Menaka Gandhi during election campaign in May 2019 was the harbinger of BJP’s omission and commission action warning muslim voters in Sultanpur that they would be neglected and asked them not to expect any government attention on any matter upon them casting their vote to anyone other than BJP.

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BJP polarization politics is deep rooted in every format. The marginalization of segments and population based on caste and religion by a national political party is the fundamental reason behind sponsored violence and extremism.

To add fuel to fire, the BJP Rajya Sabha member Dr. Subramaniam Swamy misinterpretation of Holy Quran in semblance to constant subversion of Hindu Holy Scriptures and provocative recommendations such as transformation of India as Hindu state slighting other religions besides Islam is an intellectual deformity defying rationality.

BJP MP Subramaniam Swamy further suggesting that muslims have 57 Islamic nations to choose for residency and that India is not an open shelter state to grant refuge to all i.e. muslims in this instance explains the Hindutva doctrine on alienation and subordination.

Is Dr.Subramaniam Swamy mindful of Indian diaspora predominantly Hindu citizens working throughout Gulf States that are Islamic nations and facilitating Indian economy in foreign currency reserves and contributions to maintain their Hindu families in India enabling the economic activities as consumers and investors in India’s ailing economy?

India’s status quo reflected in ramshackle politics deviating from immediate focus to revive economy and provide safe conducive environment for all to live in peace and harmony. Instead preoccupation in divisive politics leading the country to mayhem and despair.

A poignant reminder to ruling BJP government – the national representation of a central government delivering unconditional service in meeting the basic to special requirements of citizens across the nation is not defined by electoral mandate percentage but rather the mandatory commitment incumbent upon any political party assuming power at the central and state governance.

On CAA, NPR and NRC – the BJP government assertion on preemptive declaration of these laws in their election manifesto and standing the grounds to legislate them is again ignoring the fact that the case might be relevant only to those who may have approved through their ballot but then there are others at least 49% of the population that did not vote for BJP related to various issues including the controversial CAA,NPR and NRC legitimately exempting them from such rule of law.

Accordingly, CAA, NPR and NRC was rejected by significant majority electorate in the polls to avert unraveling citizenship and statehood status.

The authorities’ acknowledgement in action to represent all in the nation leaving none behind would alleviate mistrust and build confidence among people in a diverse complex secular vast nation like India.

Any reluctance or evasion in this regard conclusively illegitimize such government authority. 

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Indian Media – Misleading Narrative on Latest Delhi Violence

February 29, 2020

Indian Media – Misleading Narrative on Latest Delhi Violence

Padmini Arhant

India’s Capital – New Delhi has been subject to horrific violence with targeted killings premised on prejudice and deep hatred emanating from polarization politics that is unfortunate and regrettable reminding citizens of politics instigated past events whether it is 1984 Sikh massacre in Delhi, Punjab and northern India, Demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 triggering violence, Gujarat Godhra bloodshed in 2002, Muzzafarnagar in 2013…to name a few invariably ignited by political parties and political factions in India. 

In the backdrop of such history continued until today, the Indian media’s false narrative citing the three days violence, vandalism and destruction of lives and livelihoods as Hindu – Muslim riots is in itself extremely irresponsible and unnecessary sensationalism. 

The media touted as fourth column in a democracy bear serious responsibility to douse the fire not inflame for ratings (TRP). Certain prominent media attributing the recent Delhi violence to communal clash between Hindu and Muslims contrary to state sponsored isolated killings replicating 2002 Gujarat violence beckons discernment in reporting such sensitive incident. 

The pre-meditated and well orchestrated attacks on the poor and lower income group neighborhoods with Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs and other residents living there in harmony confirmed in the mutual support and assistance to one another saving lives during the vicious assaults on them, their homes and place of worship was the focus for radical elements representing divisive politics to split the community. 

In the absence of any response from the Central and State government despite cognizance on the imminent development together with apathetic law enforcement failing to contain the onslaught on innocent men, women and children forcing them to flee their homes is deplorable.

The systematic carnage of K-12 school building, business centers, gas station, parking lot with cars in the nearby areas and above all bullet injuries sustained by most victims of which the majority are muslims and the multiple stab wound reportedly 400 times on the intelligence official among many other gross violations in North East Delhi clearly allude to have been orchestrated by those with assets at their disposal including the power to distort and subvert the horrendous crime as communal unrest.

As for hate speeches and provocation, an established demeanor in politics and RSS guided BJP spare no opportunity in this regard as witnessed not only among the junior BJP cadre and rank and file but also with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading in this context during public rally to pay attention to muslims clothes and their special accessories to identify them among students in Jamia Millia Islamia college police crackdown. 

As a result, the efforts to delay judicial process evading accountability is a repeat strategy for both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah throughout their political tenure. On the other hand, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s true colors coming to light is indeed a major disillusionment for Delhi electorate granting the latter a landslide victory in the latest Delhi assembly election only to be dismissed by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the critical hour of need clarifies political opportunism. 

Suffice to conclude that trust deficit in politics is the predominant factor prompting ordinary people to take the burgeoning issues like CAA, NPR, NRC, economic and environment concerns threatening their identity as citizens and statehood, personal survival and future respectively in the form of peaceful non-violent assembly and candle light vigil. 

Importantly, Delhi victims, their families and survivors of the atrocities in the present time desperately require healing, restoration, rehabilitation and renewed hope helping all those affected with Central and State monetary compensation and adequate facilities to resume normal life. 

There will be more updates on the matter.

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Padmini Arhant

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India – Modi Shah Resignation

February 28, 2020

India – Modi, Shah Resignation

Padmini Arhant

The latest development on CAA, NPR and NRC resulting in at least twenty two casualties with majority of muslims against CAA thus far engaged in peaceful non-violent assembly until BJP minister Kapil Mishra along with BJP members Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma instigated violence claiming many unarmed innocent civilian lives and a law enforcement personnel life in North East Delhi is deeply regrettable.

The Central government unnecessary involvement in the outreach to Indians of specific religions barring Islam in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh while subjecting muslims and so-called lower caste Hindus as well as others to bloodshed in India clarifies the present government under PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah repeating Gujarat history in New Delhi conforming to the adage ‘old habits die hard.’

Justice Muralidhar presiding the hearing on the recent violence reaches the verdict to bring BJP minister Kapil Mishra and BJP accomplices Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma to justice for inciting violence and letting mob activities producing the unfortunate outcome.

Not surprisingly, the home minister Amit Shah promptly transfers justice Muralidhar from Delhi High Court to northern state Punjab.

Amit Shah’s egregious decision post midnight obstructing justice to protect BJP offenders is nothing new considering his legacy in this regard viz. the Indian judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya who served in a special court which deals with matters relating to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Justice Loya was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case directly linked to Amit Shah.

Justice Loya delivered judgement against Amit Shah in 2002 Gujarat violence. Justice Loya  was murdered upon declining bribe and other incentives to drop the judgement against Amit Shah at that time.

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s political career as stated earlier is marred with violence, communal riots, mob lynching, murder of members in judiciary, investigating agency such as CBI that happened lately, BJP Lok Sabha member of parliament Gopinath Munde murder in June 2014 covered up as freak road accident due to disagreements in policy within party, gunning down of journalist and writer Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore with PM Narendra Modi cheering the incident by following the assassin’s twitter, unlawful imprisonment of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt from Gujarat are chronicles in Narendra Modi and Amit Shah run state and central government.

Sanjiv Bhatt is a former Indian Police Service officer from Gujarat. Sanjiv Bhatt filed an affidavit in the Indian Supreme Court against then Chief Minister Narendra Modi heading the Government of Gujarat for his complicity in communal violence leading to killings of citizens mostly muslims such as women and children burned alive in some instances as the reports surfaced later. 

The imprisonment of the former Senior police officer Sanjiv Bhatt is not an isolated incident. Upon becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has selectively isolated human rights activist and environmentalist, the United States born citizen Mrs. Sudha Bharadwaj, a legal attorney in her own rights among several other human rights advocates, journalists and authors branded urban naxals holding them in indefinite unlawful unconstitutional imprisonment denying them due process viz. habeas corpus to prove their innocence are mere examples in the series of violations and abuse of power by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah thus far.

Notwithstanding the harassment and aggressive tactics against former Indian Army personnel – Ex -Border Security Force Officer Tej Bahadur Yadav forcing the soldier’s twenty one years old son to commit suicide from the unbearable constant Modi government and media intimidation of the family. The Ex-BSF officer Tej Bahadhur Yadav upon rejecting Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s bribe of $500 million  to drop out of the 2019 national election against Narendra Modi in Varanasi fraudulently disqualified the Indian soldier’s candidacy in May 2019.

Furthermore, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s political strategy deploying devious means such as bribery or threats to conduct raid against members of opposition political parties in an effort to wipe opposition in the political system is the norm.

Besides, anyone in any institution heading probe against the incumbent administration and government i.e. PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s numerous corruption dealings and criminal activities are either lured with cash and foreign posts or eliminated from their positions including murder of such individuals for non-cooperation.

Narendra Modi’s rise to political status at India’s detriment aptly attributed to United States former so-called democrat President Barack Obama having come to Narendra Modi’s rescue misusing Presidential power preventing the trial against Narendra Modi on Gujarat violence in New York Court that summoned then Chief Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival at JFK, New York was just the beginning.

Now the successor United States President Donald Trump glorifying Narendra Modi’s profile substantiates United States stance on human rights, democracy, constitution and individual liberty that obviously flouted time and time again regardless of political representation in the United States proudly declared the beacon of democracy.

United States and western allies together with others in the multinational corporate run global politics, fostering authoritarian, dictatorial regimes is the tradition. History is testament to the fact in every part of the world predominantly to serve vested interests much to the destruction of constitutional based democratic governance.

Although, United States having earlier rightfully not granting travel visa to Narendra Modi related to Gujarat violence and scores of innocent deaths in 2002 only to be reversed by the so-called democrat President Barack Obama and lately Republican incumbent President Donald Trump slighting recent events confirms United States government priority or the lack thereof to human rights and the fundamentals of democracy.

Indian government leaderships under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah subversion of democracy and extreme violations in the abuse of power leading to incessant violence, innocent deaths, unnecessary tensions and unrest in the country appropriately calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah sparing vulnerable segments viz. muslims, so-called Dalits and other targeted demography from continuous persecution and religion caste based mob killings that has become the way of life in addition to saving democracy as well as the distressed economy is paramount.

India’s secular diverse culture and hard fought independence in adherence to constitution protected equal rights, opportunity and respect for all barring any form of prejudice exerting caste, religion and other basis could no longer be dismissed as witnessed in the ongoing political, social and economic precipice.

I convey my sincere condolences to the families and students who have suffered enormously in the recent violence and survivors who have lost their loved ones in the senseless government actions on CAA, NPR and NRC .

I also urge the vast number of Indians protesting against CAA, NPR and NRC to maintain absolute peaceful, non-violent, civil decorum and disposition resisting any form of provocation and instigation from the government and their representative groups harming collectively as there are no winners in violence.

Importantly, the CAA, NPR and NRC protesters engagement through direct dialogue and discourse on this matter is pertinent and would avoid such confrontations with groups likely to infuse altercation.

There are also ways to submit your grievances and share your concerns through social media provided access available to exercise the basic right unlike the government intervention in Kashmir blocking communication and internet access for longer period prolonging until now over there.

The resolution to the current situation in India is for the BJP government to repeal CAA and abandon the unconstitutional undemocratic NPR, NRC and resume established census method safeguarding citizens rights and privacy.

As for the population as second and third generation residents with no documents and not having criminal records threatening any citizen’s safety and national security should be granted amnesty or asylum again discarding religion based criteria treating all as nothing but humans and Indians in statehood and citizenship.

The government’s failure to resolve the issue in the above manner i.e. revoking CAA and adopting democratic practice on national census leaves the nation and the ones inevitably to be affected viz. significant percentage of all Indians not just muslim Indians in government obstinacy on citizenship rights with no choice but seek removal of leaderships from power.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah stepping down from office would demonstrate Indian democracy’s strength and legitimacy.

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India – Withdraw CAA, NPR, NRC and Save democracy

February 24, 2020

India – Withdraw CAA, NPR, NRC
and

Save democracy

Padmini Arhant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed government policy on CAA, NPR and NRC is unprecedented undemocratic means aimed at disenfranchisement of large swath of population representing Hindu majority besides Muslims and other minorities in the country.

BJP spokespersons and surrogates making rounds in all forms of media and press to defend indefensible citizenship act discarding constitution is a desperate effort to impose draconian measure stripping vast number of Indians their citizenship under the guise of national registration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi administration having miserably failed to address ailing economy burdened with high unemployment, inflation and gloomy business environment ignoring tragedies involving suicides among educated and skilled unemployed youth in the urban areas and distressed farmers in rural India is rather unfortunate. Instead PM Narendra Modi adopting diversionary tactics to deprive Indians statehood and citizenry clarify BJP agenda behind polarization politics.

PM Narendra Modi’s Hindutva ideology in compliance with RSS fundamentalism endanger Indian democracy.

The mass protests nationwide in the past three months denouncing the reprehensible CAA, NPR and NRC is of least concern to PM Narendra Modi and his BJP government that in itself explains the serious threat to Indian democratic system.  Any genuine democratic leadership would heed citizens call to scrap CAA, NPR and NRC as it is premised on government’s selective criteria to maintain voting block while isolating significant population from voting rights and importantly removing their citizenship status despite many of them being second and third generation Indians in the country.

PM Narendra Modi governance style thus far proved to be anti-constitutional and anti-democratic upon reviewing series of events where all institutions beginning with the election commission, judiciary not barring the highest court on land i.e. the Supreme Court of India, Central Reserve Bank, investigating agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate to Income tax department are misused to political and personal advantage in order to remain in power.

The systemic abuse of power is the norm under PM Narendra Modi continuing the legacy from Gujarat as Chief Minister undermining democratic principles with the record on gross human rights violations instigating communal violence and riots resulting in deaths of scores of innocent children, women and men in Muslim and Hindu communities in the state.

PM Narendra Modi performing to the scripted role directed by internal organization RSS and external foreign forces transformed the highest office of Prime Ministership into showmanship, the trend having originated in the United States 2008 Presidential election and prolonged post election until date to beguile captive audience only to be disillusioned sooner than later experienced in both democracies time and time again hard to escape observant’s attention.

As for BJP media representatives and regional allies in government claims that CAA, NPR and NRC would not affect Indian Muslims and other Indian citizens despite several incidents confirming otherwise clearly demonstrates the authorities underestimating human intelligence and citizens understanding of the devious plan to marginalize and alienate overwhelming majority in the country.

Since politics characterized as presumptuous and mendacious in nature rejecting ground reality much to own embarrassment and detriment is least surprising. The former Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family having been the victims of citizenship elimination process along with former Army Major and Kargil war veteran in Assam Mohammed Sana Ullah, who had won a President’s medal for his thirty years of service to his country India, dispatched to a detention center as a foreigner based on his religion and Muslim hood is the kind of treatment the protesters across India fear from this dreadful CAA, NPR and NRC under PM Narendra Modi’s premiership.

Furthermore, the BJP alliances in regional states falsely projecting the government as the authority committed to their word when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defaulted on numerous pledges and promises to the nation such as in the wake of disastrous demonetization the government offer to deposit 15 lakhs i.e. 1,500,000 rupees in each Indian citizen’s bank account that obviously never materialized until today and contrarily bankrupted ordinary citizens including 165 or more deaths from this particular debacle. Similarly, electoral gimmick on millions of jobs creation ended in evaporation in the first and second term of PM Narendra Modi’s terms in office are mere examples of consistent renege on government obligation to the nation at large.

Tamil Nadu ruling government ADMK as BJP’s partner insisting that people in the Southern state should give the latter the benefit of the doubt on CAA, NPR and NRC neglecting above cited realities is yet again politics prioritizing own political gains over citizens’ identity situation. Besides, the ADMK members complicity with their former Chief Minister Jayalalitha who championed the cause in converting Tamil Nadu towards alcoholism among many other nefarious activities and corruption scandals expecting Tamil Nadu population to believe the local government to protect them is indeed a far cry.

No matter how this egregious decision to marginalize disproportionate Indian population in the latest CAA, NPR and NRC is circumvented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and regional allies, the dangerous course is ominous to those predicting a favorable outcome. The ill-conceived policy would further promote corruption prompting government employees and other recruits to demand bribes from anxious and vulnerable citizens unable to produce many documents required in the citizenship verification exercise. The forged documents with bribes appearing in the arduous data compilation is imminent only compounding the complex citizenship detection methodology.

Not to mention the unwanted chaos and turbulence in society with the families and individuals inability to meet the elaborate document submission to prove their citizenship status.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government withdrawal of CAA, NPR and NRC is no longer an option but a necessity to prevent the nation from inevitable turmoil due to incomprehensible procedure detouring the established census act safeguarding citizens’ rights and privacy.

The lack of wisdom and pragmatism in such political scheme is prominent.

Nonetheless, at no point in time any government and forces behind them should take people and their will for granted witnessed in the ongoing relentless struggle against CAA, NPR and NRC in India.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

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Turkey in Libya and Syria

February 13, 2020

Turkey in

Libya

and

Syria 

Padmini Arhant

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ambitions in Syria and Libya is interventional with Turkish leadership having been directly responsible for Syrian refugees status quo through participation in providing refuge to terror outfits like al-nusra front in 2011, 2012 onwards that cost not only innocent Syrian lives but also claimed many Turkish citizens lives from terror blowback against Turkey.

Furthermore, Turkey exploring occupation of Libya would be illegal invasion of foreign land that would not be appreciated by Turkish leadership and citizens upon similar attempts from any regional states against Turkey.

Syria has been the bedrock of violence due to international powers sponsorship of terror evolving into various terror groups such as IS, ISIL and ISIS as the latest one. Turkey’s role was instrumental in aiding and abetting terror factions attracting Turkish population dissent and protests across Turkey in recent memory.

The non-violent peace march in Turkey at that time in 2012 was quelled with brute force by Turkish leadership Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then serving as Prime Minister of once secular democratic nation regrettably transitioned into conservative hardline governance denying citizens political and civil rights. Turkey was once regarded the model democracy for muslim nations in the region and outside.

Unfortunately, the Turkish leadership’s quest for power along with external forces harmful and destructive backing allowing then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to amend constitution transforming the political system from Parliamentary to Presidential form of government nascent in the existing trend.

The political maneuvering slighting opposition in Turkish Parliament by then PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan having exhausted term limit led Turkey into the  current situation.

Any aspirations to revive earlier centuries empire status viz. Ottoman empire would be egregious and importantly impact the country of origin planning such move now or in the near future.  The erroneous calculations proved pessimistic time and time again for imperialism. The twentieth and twenty first century imperialistic goals invariably affecting the source in terms of economic liabilities in sending troops to foreign soil and humanitarian costs that are irreversible would be the occupier’s concern prompting abandonment of such flawed decision and counterproductive strategy.

Syria and Libya having been utilized as the battle ground for international forces launching terror attacks essentially behind massive humanitarian crises in the form of refugees turning Syrian and Libyan population stateless in their homeland.

Besides, the continuous warfare depriving Syrian and Libyan people the urgent economic revival endangering ordinary lives survival further exacerbated with western imposed economic sanctions. In promoting terror through recruitment, training and funding of terror groups, these two nations remain the target for relentless hegemonic pursuits within and outside the region.

Turkish leadership and political members exercising diligence and renouncing any incursions against Syria and Libya would demonstrate wisdom and maturity in dealing with border related issues and other factors that are best resolved through civil non-violent and constructive democratic course rather than unnecessary present confrontation.

Syria and Libya are sovereign nations with citizens entitled to self-determination rights that are not to be taken for granted or ignored by foreign powers espousing unwanted annexation desires that could only prolong the difficult moments into eternal conflict which is needless to say not a viable option for any nation or the Middle East for that matter.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

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Middle East Peace Plan 2020

February 7, 2020

Middle East Peace Plan 2020 

Padmini Arhant

Middle East Peace Plan – Israel and United States presented the latest proposal as

Deal of the Century.

Review and Solutions.

The Middle East peace plan key points deviates from the path of peace and instead legitimize illegitimate occupation of Palestine and annexation of other territories by Israel following Israel’s six days aggression in 1967 and unlawful settlements in West Bank, Palestine until now.

Nonetheless, the peace plan with appropriate recommendations and solutions furnished for mutually reasonable and acceptable peace treaty.

Deal of the Century (DC) bullet points:

DC: Borders Israel will retain 20% of the West Bank and will lose a small amount of land in the Negev near the Gaza-Egypt border. The Palestinians will have a pathway to a state in the vast majority of territory in the West Bank, while Israel will maintain control of all borders.

Correction and Solution: West Bank is Palestinian territory with unlawful settlements against international laws attracting global dissent. Accordingly, the area to remain part of Palestine under Palestinian jurisdiction and authority. The settlers are to be provided an option to either return to destinations of their origin/choice or seek legal resident status subject to Palestinian authorities approval. Palestinians would have free access to their state in West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians elected government would deploy their own security forces and personnel on their borders while Israel would maintain only Israel’s borders in recognition of Palestinian and neighbors sovereignty and territorial rights respectively.

DC: Jerusalem: The Palestinians will have a capital in east Jerusalem based on northern and eastern neighborhoods that are outside the Israeli security barrier – Kafr Akab, Abu Dis and half of Shuafat. Otherwise, United States President Donald Trump said Jerusalem will remain undivided as Israel’s capital.

Correction and Solution: Palestinians capital in East Jerusalem entailing all Palestinian neighborhoods and specifically Al aqsa mosque would be Palestinian territory. Any other suggestion on Jerusalem as undivided Israel’s capital is contentious for following reasons.

Israel’s claim on undivided Jerusalem regardless of the holy city’s relevance to other faiths Islam and  Christianity besides Judaism not excluding non-believers and other segments from across the region is over ambitious notwithstanding Israel’s militarization of Islam’s Al aqsa mosque, the second most revered place of worship and demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem proved counterproductive thus far.

DC: Settlements: Israel will retain the Jordan Valley and all Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the broadest definition possible, meaning not the municipal borders of each settlement but their security perimeters. This also includes 15 isolated settlements, which will be enclaves within an eventual Palestinian state. Within those settlements Israel will not be able to build for the next four years. The IDF will have access to the isolated settlements. For the settlement part of the plan to go into effect, Israel will have to take action to apply sovereignty to the settlements, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans to do at the upcoming cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Correction and Solution: Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea representing more than 30% of West Bank with majority approximately 65,000 Palestinians compared to 11,000 Jewish settlers living there. Furthermore, the valley long been the significant land reserve for Palestinians would constitute Palestinian territory. All settlements within West Bank and in the region would be Palestinian state territory. Palestine would be governed by Palestinian elected government with the territories monitored and defended by Palestinian security personnel. All settlement activities before, now or in the near future in West Bank and other Palestinian territories qualified as encroachment would fall under Palestinian jurisdiction related to property and real estate laws in Palestinian land. The withdrawal of Israel Defense Force (IDF) from Palestinian Territories beginning with West Bank, East Jerusalem and near Gaza i.e. inside Palestine is critical for any peace process to be sincere, serious and above all genuine. The foreign government viz. Israeli authorities action on sovereignty on illegal settlements would be null and void.

DC: Security: Israel will be in control of security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The IDF will not have to leave the West Bank. No change to Israel’s approach to Judea and Samaria would be needed.

Correction and Solution: Reiterating above mentioned facts on recognition of sovereignty, territorial integrity and rights that are in adherence as international law in most parts of the world, similar situation would apply to Palestinian state and the state of Israel confined to own respective boundaries and borders which means Palestinian security forces would be responsible and in control of the West Bank and Palestinian territory and vice versa.

With respect to Judea and Samaria – Since the reference Judea and Samaria is Israeli government’s term for administrative control over occupied West Bank, the termination of foreign rule and influence on sovereign state i.e. Palestine would be natural and inherent part of the deal.

DC: Palestinian state: The plan does not include immediate recognition of a Palestinian state; rather, it expects a willingness on Israel’s part to create a pathway toward Palestinian statehood based on specific territory, which is about 70% of Judea and Samaria, including areas A and B and parts of Area C. The state will only come into existence in four years if the Palestinians accept the plan, if the Palestinian Authority stops paying terrorists and inciting terrorism and if Hamas and Islamic Jihad put down their weapons. In addition, the American plan calls on the Palestinians to give up corruption, respect human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, so that they don’t have a failed state. If those conditions are met, the US will recognize a Palestinian state and implement a massive economic plan to assist it.

Correction and Solution: The recognition of an independent Palestinian State barring foreign nations viz. Israel or any other state intrusion, interference in administrative governance, security and all other matter deemed internal and related to Palestinian population affairs and welfare would be instantaneously effective. The establishment of Palestinian statehood and self-determination rights with requirement on withdrawal of foreign viz. Israel’s occupation and deployment of troops as well as administrative authority in West Bank and other Palestinian Territories such as Gaza and East Jerusalem to commence immediately preventing any unnecessary delay and procrastination in this regard.

Once again, Palestinian territory elaborated with respect to all areas pertaining to West Bank i.e. Israeli government reference Judea and Samaria, East Jerusalem and Gaza would be returned in entirety conforming to meaningful and authentic peace accord.

Violence and terrorism to cease on all sides enabling youth and citizens in Palestine and Israel to co-exist in peace. Additionally, the peaceful outcome aimed at long overdue economic progress and development among Palestinians would promote unity and harmony between the two states otherwise wasting time and resources in politically motivated tensions and confrontation.

As for the American plan calling on the Palestinians to give up corruption, respect human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, so that they don’t have a failed state – this is a universal problem in varying proportions and prevalent more so in governments espousing fundamental values with utter disregard for constitution and democratic principles affecting the idea of democracy, individual freedom on religion, free speech and free press endangering normal existence that could lead to any nation’s failure. Not to mention corruption, a global epidemic in politics with widespread impact on integral systems in society.

The political consciousness and remedy to eliminate corruption is applicable without exception to all nations and governments in power as well as opposition for a corruption free system prioritizing transparency and accountability exempting none above law.

DC: Refugees: A limited number of Palestinian refugees and their descendants will be allowed into the Palestinian state. None will enter Israel.

Correction and Solution: This is a matter concerning Palestinian people and their independent nation granting them exclusive discretionary power to approach the humanitarian issue best suited to their economic and social conditions. Though Palestinian refugees and descendants having been forced to leave their native land exercising the right to return to Palestinian state would not be uncommon in semblance to Israel’s policy inviting Jewish citizens from anywhere to Israel.

DC: Triangle: The plan leaves open the possibility that Israel will swap the area known as the “Triangle” – consisting of Kafr Kara, Arara, Baka al-Gharbiya, Umm el-Fahm and more – into the future Palestinian state. According to the plan, “the Vision contemplates the possibility, subject to agreement of the parties, that the borders of Israel will be redrawn such that the Triangle Communities become part of the State of Palestine.”

Correction and Solution: Israel’s preparedness to swap areas known as the “Triangle” is welcome. The plan transforming the possibility to eventuality in the above enunciated manner is paramount. Once again the peace plan in the corrected format with eligible solutions is a great opportunity towards sustainable peace and security to both Israel and Palestine. Not only the citizens in Palestine and Israel deserve peace and stability, the regional experience is pertinent for global peace and security.

The political will on this historic peaceful resolution ending the prolonged Middle East conflict is the responsibility of political leaderships and society in Israel and Palestine demonstrating commitment to an independent sovereign Palestinian state alongside sovereign state of Israel forging normal relations benefitting in trade, cultural, education, technology, environment and more enhancing comprehensive gains.

Hopefully, rationality and wisdom would prevail in accepting the accord for long lasting peace, economic growth and prosperity desired by the citizens in Palestine and Israel.

The amended peace plan fruition could further benefit Israel in bringing the ongoing domestic political stalemate to conclusion.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

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New Year Speech 2020 – Global Economy & Nuclear Status

January 26, 2020

New Year Speech 2020 –
Global Economy & Nuclear Status 
Padmini Arhant

Dear Citizens of the world,

Happy New Year!

The relevant topics are global economy and nuclear status.

I begin with a reminder that the actions and decisions in the past have led to the present and upon no acknowledgment to this effect or efforts to remedy the erroneous and egregious indulgence would continue to be the future that is neither desirable nor feasible.

I share my thoughts and concerns over current events and developments along with status quo maintained over a century that has long been affecting humanity in the emerging and developing economies in the world. The idea of supremacy prompting dominance over population in the nations forced to remain weak and vulnerable allowing major powers having gained such status from illegal invasion and colonization exploiting those nations natural resources and human capital prolonged until today through military interventions and direct economic control via free market and free trade agreements disproportionately benefitting the multinational corporations of the western world.

When free market economy was floated under globalization luring developing nations to facilitate foreign investments, the governments of the emerging and developing nations accommodating and implementing the foreign direct investments (FDI) fail to protect the domestic environment having impact in formal and informal sectors largely comprising retail industry, small and medium enterprise (SME) together with other sectors in the economy. The emerging and developing nations’ agricultural,  farming, cattle raising, animal husbandry increasingly compromised for industrialization in addition to foreign corporation like Monsanto exerting aggressive influence over governments not barring displacements upon those states farming community resistance to any harmful products yielding massive losses in harvest and crop reduction. These issues largely ignored thus far despite validity in farmers’ suggestions for appropriate measure suitable to those nation’s climate and economic conditions. The foreign direct investment upon meeting relevant employment, environment and necessary arrangements on safety and security of local work force as well as impart training in the respective industry would be viable to boost economic growth. However, the emerging and developing nations invitation to FDI should only be in areas of economy lacking in that technology, industrial know-how and engineering to preserve the generic aspects of the domestic economy.

Unfortunately, the globalization has enabled Multinational Corporations (MNC) monopoly of international markets against the idea and essence of free market economy aiding fair competition and consumer options in pricing, quality and other determining factors contributing to profitability.  There is no doubt that market economy is the way for constructive and steady growth provided equal opportunity and healthy environment for all businesses to compete effectively without having to submerge or submit to bigger enterprise and conglomerate’s vigorous mergers and acquisitions prevalent in proportion to financial and market capitalization. The contemporary trend endangers free flow of economic activities and innovations subject to major corporate discretionary and privileged status. Notwithstanding the macro management of the economy under few multinationals in different sectors of the economy whether energy, finance, banking, defense, aviation, health care, technology…among the prominent players holding the key to economic prospects not necessarily shared across the spectrum or letting mega profits to trickle down to the bottom.

As a result, the major corporate i.e. bigwigs’ clout over politics through campaign financing, bidding on candidacy and outright oligarchy governance undermining democracy and electoral process besides stymieing judiciary, environment rules and regulations and labor laws are customary practice. Capitalism left to benefit all competing in the domestic and global market would lead to desperately required universal growth and development.

In contrast, Capitalist socialism granting financial bailouts at ordinary taxpayers expense, financial scandals and frauds committed in some economies with offenders absconding from their country of origin never to return due to severe banking and financial mismanagement exacerbating economic woes and gross negligence in the misuse of public funds in the banking industry.

The worst is multibillion dollars mega corporations enjoying special status from political lobbying for tax breaks end up paying zero taxes and often subsidies meant for boosting job growth and productivity are utilized in enhancing top 1% personal wealth while the rest are bereft of any benefits within corporate structure and in the economy. The anti trust laws curbing too big to control in the economic sector are necessary for systematic capital flow, goods and services that would be precursor in all fronts and inflation in particular without having to artificially adjust prime rate on lending and borrowing to control inflation or stagflation experienced by some emerging and developing economies in the fading positive growth affecting aggregate output and current account deficit.

Though market economy is a better system in creating and generating new independent concepts and methods in different areas of the economy, the public funding and national revenues from taxes and  consumer spending must be invested back in citizens lives such as universal health care, free education, retirement savings, social security benefits and unemployment benefits to alleviate poverty and preventable disease. Additionally, small business loans for marginalized segments, women, army veterans and physically challenged citizens to live a life with dignity deserves government attention and action. The public funds should also cater for infrastructure starting with proper roads, highways, bridges, railways etc. in the wide angle. At the municipal level in the developing nations and emerging economies, the sewage system eliminating manual cleaning designated to the so-called lower caste demography eg. in India under archaic caste hierarchy is long overdue. The modern techniques providing the operatives proper gear safeguarding them from health hazards and other environment pollutions is the least expected from local governments and authorities responsible for safety and healthy working conditions in society.

The other aspects in the economy are fair trade over free trade long been debated without any movement in that direction. The latest initial agreement reached between United States and China might be welcome among businesses with manufacturing and assembly base in China like consumer goods and electronics laying prolonged uncertainties to minimal effect. China’s currency (yuan) management either in devaluation or futures market and foreign currency options trading…are a trade advantage for the nation positioned as manufacturing hub in the global economy. The most favored nation (MFN) status with United States and World Trade Organization (WTO) membership are undeniably advantageous to China in clinching trade deals with nations near and far. This has been the major factor among other favorable means for China’s exponential rise as economic power in the past two to three decades.

China is also one of major creditors of United States and Eu together with Africa, the Far East and other developing nations like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal…in the Indian sub-continent. The policy continues to undermine economic conditions especially for the developing nations unable to match China’s voracity in gaining market share with diverse techniques and strategies not always conforming to global trend.

There is an immediate requirement for balanced trade opportunities among all nations to maintain economic stability and sustainability in the global economy alleviating the debt burden on economies expected to succumb to extraordinary financial constraints and debt servicing denying them prospects for economic improvement. The economic packages and financial deals to bail out economies in EU and China’s debtors are far from invigorating growth with less or no focus on stimulus instead centered on privatization of state owned companies and public assets like telecommunication and utilities, national ports takeover for example the Hambantota maritime port in Sri Lanka and draining national reserves towards debt payments in the current economic setting. These are some of the anomalies behind growing economic disparity and stagnancy in the developing nations’ situation.

Furthermore, the financial assistance from IMF and World Bank bind developing nations’ economy in debt cycle burdening the present and future taxpayers in enormous sovereign debt with no hope of revival reflected in the economic health of nations in Africa, South and South East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Again, EU and European Central Bank (ECB) funded economies yet to recover from 2007 global economic recession primarily due to austerity tied to funding without any incentives for simultaneous growth requiring investments to create and retain jobs, industrial expansion and trade facilities in the macroeconomic scale.

Monetary aid from international financial authorities subject economies to stringent criteria to reduce fiscal deficit targeting loan repayments and financial commitments invariably stunting economic growth and productivity. The developing nations fall victims to such financial deals leaving the population in poverty and vast majority struggling to make ends meet with no structural planning and programs to jumpstart economy.

While the lending process aggravate debt accumulation on developing nations in particular, the other dimension drowning economies is illegal economic sanctions aimed at only non-western nations to oblige major western powers stipulations having never experienced the slow painful death inflicted on people of these states depriving them of food, medicines, vital goods and services for survival.

Western powers together with UN Security Council P5+1 imposed economic sanctions is by far brutal warfare waged against the citizens of any country under the pretext of punishing governments, leaderships or military wing declining western terms and conditions favoring western prospects and influence transforming the state sovereignty to vassal statehood. No western nation subject to economic sanctions or their leaderships authorizing illegal warfare, drone strikes and terror sponsoring that have been carried out throughout history and more so in the past decade up until now ever investigated for gross human rights violations and war crimes that has been tried on non-western heads of the state and their representatives from Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

UNSC economic sanctions premised on human rights violations, political rights and especially nuclear activities are loosely and arbitrarily justified against non-western nations including military actions to further enhance P5+1 economic opportunities and strategic dominance in those regions conforming to P5+1 legacy on invasion, occupation and territorial annexation continuing unabated until today.

In view of the past and present conspicuous bias and partisanship against non-western nations, UNSC P5+1 or unilateral economic sanctions from United States, Israel and any other western and allies enforced sanctions on economic trade and monetary transactions related to commerce is null and void. Reiterating above statement that economic sanctions is a direct warfare against people of those states without providing them a chance to defend or present their position to resolve any issues amicably through diplomacy and direct dialogue at the highest level.

In the absence of similar actions against western nations on persistent numerous violations since economic sanctions became the pattern against non-western nations, the population in these parts of the world unfairly pay the price with their lives, livelihood and future. The economic sanctions freezing trade activities and bank accounts of sovereign nations is illegal and could no longer bind on the basis of selective few members’ discretion to serve their exclusive interests.

In a nutshell, Capitalism could thrive with pertinent oversight on banking and finance together with compliance on environment, employment laws without flouting ethics, stymieing judiciary, general code, ordinance and legal requirements in domestic and foreign domain. Capitalism without corruption and cronyism to dominate politics could lead to stable economic growth and viability.8

On Nuclear matter – Nuclear threats and options unequivocally endanger humanity and the world at large experienced in the past and present century viz. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, toxic agents like napalm used during Vietnam war, nuclear components such as depleted uranium against Iraq, nuclear laden missiles on Syrian Skies in the eight years of war beginning in 2011, US and NATO carpet bombing in Libya on March 19, 2011, deadly chemical and biological warfare continued through terror outfits in the Middle East until now, white phosphorous used against densely populated residential targets in Gaza, Palestine are some of many activities by United States, NATO and Israel with and without UNSC authorization producing scores of casualties and still counting in the war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Africa.

Then there are short range and Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) that are in possession   of nuclear powers besides nuclear submarines, instruments and projectiles with earth shattering capabilities at momentary notice. United States nuclear proliferation and modernization is the impetus for other nuclear powers to follow suit for nuclear readiness. The poignant factor behind nuclear arms race escalation is republican and democrat administrations in the White House routinely reserve the rights to All options are on the table i.e. not barring the use of nuclear force when dealing with nations deemed adversary that cannot be dismissed as slip of the tongue from the US Highest Office. The targeted nations in this instance are compelled to adopt appropriate measures considering United States trajectory on the use of deadly weapons including nuclear arsenal as enunciated above.

Upon careful objective evaluation of nuclear status in the twenty first century, the nuclear powers with unaccounted stockpiles varying in degree and proportions in addition to huge technological vantage are the existential threat to global peace and security. The lack of transparency among major nuclear powers and their counterparts contributes to further complexity in nuclear armament.

The  (strategic arms reduction treaty) START treaty for example between United States and Russia signed in 2010 and ratified in 2011 bringing the agreement to effect on 5th February 2011. The treaty aimed at Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms was a positive step though compliance on both sides to this effect is not verifiable given the lingering mistrust and ongoing reservations against Russia on the purported meddling in United States Presidential election in 2016.

The current administration proposing trilateral nuclear arms control between United States, Russia and China is valid. Nonetheless, the present administration extending the existing 2011 START treaty between United States and Russia due to expire in 2021 following the ten years timeframe with an option to renew for another five years subject to mutual agreement is critical to contain nuclear arms on all sides until the proposed trilateral treaty materialize and comes into effect.

As for the classification on responsible vs. reckless over nuclear status and nuclear ambitions, those who claim themselves to be responsible proved to be otherwise in the history of mankind and in the use of nuclear materials and arsenals so far. Britain’s trident nuclear programme invested in ballistic missiles and submarines alongside France as a known nuclear power in Europe other than NATO allies maintaining nuclear stock piles as de facto nuclear states are significant in terms of consolidated nuclear might.

In the Middle East, Israel’s operational nuclear weapons achieved as early as 1967 and evidently in possession of active nuclear warheads anywhere from 80 to 400 even exceeding the figure released for Britain around 215 with 120 active war heads is a guarded secret. With no acknowledgment of Israel’s nuclear status or International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections on Israel’s Dimona reactor, the nuclear installation near Negev dessert apparently fall under western explanation on nuclear status in national interest.

At the same time, the western and UNSC economic sanctions against India and Pakistan upon their entry in the nuclear club for similar reasons given the adversarial relations fostered between the two neighbors since India’s partition together with the objection to North Korea’s nuclear capability demonstrated in prolonged economic sanctions and clashes in the Korean Peninsula divide the nuclear issue among western and non-western nuclear states granting the former nuclear rights despite colonial legacy and invasions retained well into the twenty first century. The latter on the other hand are characterized as radical for their nuclear status. Perhaps, the same mindset prevailed when the nuclear South Africa under European rule upon gaining independence from western occupation were forced into denuclearization.

With respect to Iran, the nation as described earlier experimented by western policy in displacing the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh with monarchy represented by then crown Prince Shah Reza Pahlavi prompting Iranian revolution shortly after enabling theocratic governance since then up until now. Iran’s status quo once again is the western and Mideast allies reason for the quest on regime change.

Iran’s authorities emphasized on any nuclear ambition as nuclear deterrence and not nuclear defiance. Iran has been placed under rigorous western demands and nuclear constraints to abandon nuclear program in the backdrop of drastic economic sanctions costing innocent lives with babies and children deprived of food and essentials in semblance to western sanctions against Iraq. Iran’s nuclear activities has been nowhere near the threshold deserving any actions let alone economic sanctions and constant harassment involving recent murder of the Iranian top General Qassem Soleimani to justify western and allies contempt for Iran’s resolve to stay on course.

Unlike Israel and all other nuclear states combined having had no IAEA inspection or monitoring, Iran has been isolated despite Iran remaining committed to non-nuclear status and non-nuclear proliferation, a path that is a tall order for all those nations in the nuclear club carrying out nuclear activities conducting nuclear subterranean tests, overland, under water and wherever possible as their entitlement.

Iran signing Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ironically with P5+1 and EU, the compulsive  nuclear offenders in their own rights proved in the default not by Iran, but chief signatory, the United States withdrawal from the accord. EU members – Germany, Britain and France recent move to place Iran on notice alongside Germany and Russia agreement to maintain pressure on Iran during German Chancellor Angela Merkel latest visit to Russia clearly defines the nuclear status as P5+1 exclusive rights while denying  the nations whom they target incessantly the right to national defense. The reason, the nuclear powers use to justify unjustifiable nuclear armament by them.

Iran is nothing more than a scapegoat for those unable to sustain their illegal economic sanctions and continuous armed skirmishes against the Shia nation.

On North Korea – The Korean affair is a convenient situation for United States permanent military base in South Korea, Japan and Philippines archipelago creating the scenario for North Korea to test missiles in the face of United States troops presence and ongoing contentious military exercise as well as Naval drills on the Yellow Sea. Notwithstanding the usual economic sanctions against North Korea forcing population into starvation for decades in the non-existing changes from the United States position in terms of troop withdrawal or minimizing military intrusion in the Korean Peninsula that led to North Korea’s nuclear status. Above all, the concerted effort to bereave Korean citizens on both sides from long desired Korea reunification is viewed as threat to United States military activities and hegemonic goals.

Additionally, the de facto nuclear states are Germany and other NATO allies in Europe. In the Middle East besides Israel, Saudi Arabia’s nuclear partners are United States and Pakistan positioned to serve Saudi Kingdom’s nuclear offense against foes in the region.

In the Indian sub-continent, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan’s hawkish elements using nuclear threats cannot be discounted. In fact both nations were brought under the brink of nuclear meltdown during western favored Pakistan’s ex-President General Parvez Musharraf in Kargil war in 1999.  

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi having external forces backing i.e. the western, corporate and UNSC support against India’s interest fomenting fundamentalism and polarization to strip India’s secular status, PM Narendra Modi’s frivolous use of nuclear threat during campaign rallies stating India’s nuclear arsenal are not for keepsake or meant to be Diwali festival crackers and that his government under his leadership would not hesitate to exhibit nuclear potency against Pakistan is emulation of his western counterparts favorite rhetoric – All options are on the table against specific adversaries viz. Iran and North Korea.

In light of global nuclear configuration with all nuclear states engaged in relentless nuclear pursuits and augmentation under the guise of containment, they individually and collectively imperil humanity and environment. Some nuclear nations viz. Israel, India, Pakistan…declined to commit to nuclear non-proliferation arguably citing prominent nuclear powers as the trend setters juxtaposed many non-nuclear states including Iran are committed members of nuclear non-proliferation is noteworthy.

The nuclear powers beginning with United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea together with all other de facto and passive members moving towards nuclear disarmament is no longer an option but a necessity and serious responsibility making this world and environment safe and secure for all species now and in the future.

There could be no preferences or prejudice for one against another in this regard. The nuclear policy designed and retained thus far contributing to unfettered unaccounted nuclear arms race is the norm against sensible logical requirement for nuclear free world.

Furthermore, nuclear site containing nuclear stockpiles prone to nuclear accidents like Chernobyl disaster in 1986 under then Soviet Union controlled Ukraine. Similar incidents related to nuclear arms transportation and submarines operation costing lives in the United States and Russia are barely reported in the era of secrecy and opaqueness. Not to mention the nuclear reactor malfunction triggering Fukushima nuclear chaos in Japan in 2011 in the aftermath of tsunami continues to haunt the citizens in Fukushima Prefecture forming the basis for peaceful protests dispersed with violence near Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, India in 2012.

Importantly, nuclear arms possession, maintenance and refurbishment aided in technology and other modern techniques cost a fortune consuming the bulk of national budget even for economically affluent nations let alone the developing and emerging economies viz. Pakistan, North Korea and India dealing with severe economic crisis unnecessarily caught in the predicament to prioritize nuclear defense or offense over economic growth and development. As a matter of fact, the citizens dyeing from hunger, poverty and disease at an alarming rate in all these years in these nations neglected in strengthening unaffordable nuclear capability at the expense of vast majority.

Accordingly, the nuclear powers without exception rising to the occasion in denuclearization program comprising environmentally safe and diligent disposal as well as destruction of nuclear arsenal of all kinds is imperative for global peace and security. The process must be transparent and comprehensive not exclusive utilizing elite and privileged status to evade responsibility and accountability by any nuclear power and their partners having slighted the urgent termination of nuclear activity on all fronts by all again exempting none whosoever.

Expecting Iran and North Korea to renounce nuclear path with other nuclear powers intimidating them with nuclear options against these two nations is a strategy smothered in hypocrisy. Any civilized world and society would recognize the inherent flaws and exemplify such demands through their renunciation of nuclear status for others’ adherence in genuine care for humanity and earth protection.

Finally, the western policy on economic sanctions inflicting pain and death on ordinary lives to provoke the people against the government they target for regime change constitutes a war crime. The economic sanctions and obstruction in trade and commerce to suppress non-western economies from due progress is a serious violation reeking contempt and bias in the otherwise global economy paradigm inhibiting protectionism upon governments focus on improving domestic economy within through tariffs and import duty.

I will be back to discuss other topics such as the role of United Nations as an international organization in contemporary politics, democracy meaning and purpose and environment connected to climate change and treaty.

I appreciate your patience.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

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