Salisbury attack and the questions it raises…

Salisbury Attack

What happened in Salisbury should be treated as a terrorist act.

Per news, the culprits used military grade nerve agents.

They not only caused serious harm to the direct victims, but also threatened lives of many others.

Whoever orchestrated the attack should face tough consequences for their actions.


The question is – do we know who is responsible?

Do we have foolproof evidence that can be used in a court – national or international – to prosecute the offenders?


Not so long ago, a PM took us to war against Iraq.

Later, we found that the reasoning given were untrue.


Expelling 23 diplomats is not more serious than going to war.

But do we have proof?


There are other important questions as well.

Why is it so easy for someone to bring in military grade chemical weapons to the streets of the UK?

What more can our intelligence services do, to prevent similar attacks in future?

Why is it difficult to confiscate the millions of foreign-mafia investments in the capital, if we have clear evidences?


As of now, these questions have no answers.

We need to gather evidences – solid evidences that clearly point to the culprits of this heinous act at Salisbury.


Once available, we have the power to take actions.

Appropriate, tough actions; much more than expelling diplomats.

Till then, we only have assumptions.

I sincerely hope our intelligence will bring in all required evidence to prosecute the criminals.

Let us wait for that to happen.


One cannot kill an idea….

Bhagat Singh

One can hang Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

One can topple Lenin’s statue.

But just remember, one cannot kill an idea.

“It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived” – Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

To rest of the political parties in India, just remember the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller

Labour’s Brexit Position


I voted Leave.

I support Labour.

I also agree with Labour’s new Brexit approach.

From what I read and understood, it is a sensible way to move forward.

Why I like it?

1.     It is clear and well-drafted.

2.     While it allows UK to have its sovereignty, it also ensures the working people and industries are taken care of.

3.     It is conditionalUK will stay in Customs Union only if we has a say in EU trade deals.

4.     It does not blindly go behind the Leave for Leave’s sake – which is what May has desperately proposed; worried by the Leave win.  PM’s is a pity attempt with main focus to keep the Tory votes together.  It does not solve a problem called Brexit.

As I mentioned earlier, a sensible way forward.

Waiting for more details to emerge from Corbyn’s office – for a sensible, positive approach to Brexit – which the UK voted for.



Padmaavat – why the controversy?


I watched Padmaavat yesterday.

Nice direction, great camera & lighting and fantastic action by Ranveer Singh. Deepika and Shahid Kapoor too did not disappoint.

At no scene, the Rajput dynasty and its subjects were shown in a bad light; instead the movie reinforces the courage, might, values and wealth of Rajputs.

It also clearly portrayed the vicious, cruel, and deceiving nature of Alauddin Khilji. Other than Khilji’s queen, I couldn’t see a single person on Khilji side shown in a positive light.

So what is Karni sena protesting for? In what way the history is distorted in this movie – even though the movie makers never claim it to be an factual representation of history?

I too in school days have read and heard about the Muslim emperor who was fascinated by the Rajput queen after seeing her reflection in a mirror.

Bansali being Bansali, and Ranveer being a bit overacting hero, this obsession became a prominent part of the movie. I also felt the movie ended a bit abruptly. Other than these two glitches, I enjoyed the movie.

I do not agree with rituals similar to Jauhar or Sati.

That said, to give benefit of doubt to Bansali, the movie did show the Rajput women unsuccessfully attempting to stop the enemy by throwing fire.

After several months (Diwali to Holi and more) of blockade, war and the men using all available weapons to fight the Khilji’s might army, I can empathize with the decision of the Rajput women to self-immolise themselves.

It should not have happened, and again, I am not supporting Jauhar, but Jauhar might have been the last resort for the women of a proud dynasty of a long gone era – to not allow their enemies to touch them, or even see them, even after they are dead.

To those who are against Padmaavat: please watch the movie once; you might re-consider your criticisms.


Passive Spectator or Active Participant?

I generally don’t share star views, but here’s one from Randeep Hooda for the day.

While I like the good part of this tweet, feels a bit uneasy to accept it in its entirety.

Should we just look away from “youth on drugs”?

Should we stay away, while people are being marginalized due to their faiths or believes?

Instead of being a passive spectator, we should actively discuss the current topics and happenings with friends and people around us.

Instead of stop watching news, we should demand for truth and facts; we should hold media accountable for what they broadcast.

What do you think?


Pune Violence – is it an isolated incident?


I am far away from the happenings at Pune and Mumbai in last few days.

Per available news, the Dalit organisation’s event to mark the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district was disturbed by Hindu-extreme-right wings.

Stone-pelting and violence followed; someone died.

In protest, the Dalit organisations declared Maharasthra-wide bandh, which again was marred by violence.

I do not agree with any violence – whether it is done against people or properties, anywhere in India.


At first look, the bandh day protests and violence appears to be a retaliation to the latest violence against Dalits.

But, in my opinion, it goes deeper than that.

To me, it is a retaliation by India’s oppressed, against the continuous happenings for past several years, instigated by extreme elements in wider Sangh parivar.


The demolition of Babari Masjid by Sangh parivar alienated and scared the Muslim minorities in India.

Modi’s ban on cattle slaughter has virtually stopped the leather industry, traditionally operated by Dalits and other minority castes.  Illiteracy, poverty and ban on raw materials have pushed them to a corner.

On top, numerous mob killings similar to those at Bisara, Alwar and violence similar to Una flogging worsened the crisis.

It went even further; the Una accused projected the Dalits as Muslims.

Another example why the minority Dalits and Muslims might feel they’re jointly targeted.

These organised attacks by Sangh Parivar were not limited only to Dalits and Muslims.

They even went against students who were protesting in campuses.

The courts could not prove any evidence against JNU students; in fact, police have not even filed a chargesheet against the students.

On the contrary, forensic tests proved that JNU videos were tampered to add anti-national voice over to portray a complete different picture of JNU students.

The talented, mostly scholarship-winning higher-studies students re-elected the left leaders in 2017 with even more majority at JNU – in BJP ruling Delhi.


In all of above cases, the Sangh Parivar and its media slaves tried to portray the victims as anti-nationals and terrorists.

Where were these cries on India’s integrity when Babari Masjid was demolished?

Was it not a terrorist act, similar to the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhist statues by Taliban?

Why there is no outcry on India’s image when people are routinely murdered in different parts of India accused of eating beef?

Is it any less barbaric than ISIS be-headings?

Why are the JNU students still accused as traitors?

All of these events reveal the horrific, bullying, violent nature of Sangh Parivar.


The threatening message is: join us, or be silent – if not, be ready to be silenced.


Let’s come back to Pune and Mumbai.

As I said, I do not agree with any violence, anywhere – whether it was committed in Mumbai by Dalits in last 2 days; or against Dalits, “Madrasis” or UP/Bihar migrants by Shiv Sena, MNC and other right wing extremists in last several decades.

It is a fact that BJP and Sangh parivar used the religion/caste card to come to political prominence in India.

They are still using the same card to instigate hatred between Dalits, Muslims and upper castes – to bounce back from their vote-loss in recent Gujrat elections.

Hence the stone-pelting and violence against the Bhima-Koregaon celebrations.


The day we stop mixing politics with religion, the better for us.

The quote from 1884 is more valid for present day India:

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”.


£1Bn for a chair, but no money for pencils?


Have you read the news about schools not having enough money?

Not enough money to buy “glue, pencils, paper, tape and reading books”?

Per BBC News, the latest plea is from Robert Piggott CofE School in Wargrave, Berkshire.

A school, which is in the Maidenhead constituency represented by Mrs May since 1997.

What a sorry state of schools in constituency of the PM of world’s 5th biggest economy!

This PM had no money issues while agreeing for £1bn DUP-Tory payment – to cement her Prime Ministerial chair.

Chair that is even more wobblier now, is another sad story.

There is only one reason for not allocating enough funds to schools.

It is part of wider, deliberate attempt by this nasty, minority government to destroy UK’s public services.

How could we trust this PM and her gang to conduct Brexit negotiations, if under their rule school’s cannot even afford to buy essential items?

If there is still some dignity left, it’s time for Theresa May to admit failure and leave her post.

Mrs. May owes at least that much to the next generation.

The generation who are in schools, still waiting for their pencils and reading books.


Yanis Varoufakis and Brexit speech …

Yanis Varoufakis, I admire your books and the brave stand you take in world politics.


Talking to My Daughter About the Economy” is one of the greatest books that I have read on economics, which nicely explains world market conditions and capitalism in simpler words.


That said, pardon my shallow knowledge in economics, I politely disagree with your Brexit recommendations at the Royal Society on 7th Nov.


Why should the UK be part of a failing institute? If – as you mentioned – even in 1990s it was a bad idea to join the EU, why  should it now be better for Britain to self-harm itself by continuing in this relationship?


As you rightly mentioned in your speech, the money just reaches the Deutsche Bank either way.  So why should the UK continue in this mess knowingly?


Why should it not take this opportunity to be strong, independent and have a direct relationship with rest of the world, without the EU bureaucracy that mercilessly treated (and still treating) Greece?


I agree with you that the UK, like Indiana Jones, is running fast on a disintegrating bridge;  running as fast it can, away from a bureaucratic monstrosity.


The only way is forward and away.  Going back to EU or standing still is just not an option.




Tax havens – and question on who contributes to a country’s growth?

I hope you’ve heard about the leak on money invested in offshore tax havens.

Per BBC, those invested include powerful, ultra-wealthy and even the Queen’s private estate.

I read total investments could be approx. £10tn – even in conservative estimates.

That’s a lot of money.

Money that’s siphoned off the country; to avoid taxes.

Taxes, that could be used to improve the standards of our schools, hospitals, roads, rails, community services,…..

Money, that could be used to build a better country, a better future for our children.

Which means, each of the participant – either direct or indirect – is working against the nation’s growth.

What powers do we (who pay taxes on however small income we get) have to stop these tax evaders?


United Against Terrorism

closed eyes

Yet another terror attack has taken lives in streets of the UK.

A small number of extremists have yet again murdered innocents.

My thoughts are with the injured and families who lost their loved ones.

Election is the last thing in my mind; this post is not an attempt to score points either.

Instead, here are my opinions, in no particular order, from the moment I came to know about the brutal attack last night near London Bridge.

  • Nuclear weapons are not the answer for all threats; in fact, they were least useful yesterday – in all senses.
  • We need more police, more nurses, more doctors and even more emergency facilities.  Reducing these positions and services will only weaken our responses.
  • “Strong” words have little impact on radicalised, vicious minds.  Publically defeating terrorist ideologies via thought provoking discussions will have much better impact than “strong” words of retaliations – which only fade away as victim’s angry words coming from hurting sentiments.
  • Public sector services respond to terror situations and need more attention and investments.  Businesses and private sector focus on profitability, not terrorism.  Let us not forget the learnings we had from G4S scandal during Olympics.

Major parties have done the right thing by suspending election campaign for a day.  Hope a day’s deviation will make our political leaders think about priorities and considerations. If it could stop terror related deaths and carnage from our streets, that will be the best outcome of the day.