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.



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?


£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.




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.



UK Elections Topic #1: Ensure your vote counts …

In coming days, I will post my thoughts on critical polices that are being actively debated.

Let me start the subject with a news clipping from BBC; hope you have already seen this.

Nurses, police, teachers, fire service.. professions that are backbone of any community; professions that face cuts under present government.

My kids were born in NHS hospitals; they study in local schools, and I am proud of these professionals.

If these professionals are not paid enough to live a decent life, then we should be very worried about the future of our society.

Ensure that your vote counts, for your community.
Ensure that your vote counts, for yourself.


Yet another US aggression….

US has taken military action against Syria.

​I don’t support Assad and strongly condemn chemical attack on Syrian citizens.  

That said, the missile attack on Syria is yet another unilateral military aggression by USA on a middle East sovereign state, without any agreement from U.N. General  Assembly or Security Council.  US still considers itself as world police but in reality it’s nothing but an aggressive bully.  When will rest of the world have the courage to control this rouge nation?  

Theresa May’s “full support” is nothing but meak submission to the bully in front;  “Love Actually” PM-with-spine is still a distant dream for UK.


NATO – shouldn’t we veto?

“Nato is very important, Nato has been the bulwark of our security here in Europe and we work together in Nato.” – Theresa May, in Andrew Marr Show (22nd Jan 2017)

Wasn’t NATO irrelevant after culmination of cold war and Warsaw Pact?  It was.

Isn’t a military organisation the real threat to peaceful, diplomatic resolutions? It is.

Doesn’t NATO undermine and jeopardize the United Nations?  It does.

Then isn’t it time to disband Nato?  Yes, I think so.