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Indian army and police fire at anti-Israel protestors

zionism[1]Indians including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are holding massive anti-Israel protest rallies accross the country - from Hyderabad, Bengal, Mumbai to the occupied Jammu and Kashmir Valley. In each case, the pro-Israel Narendra Modi government has applied police or military force to disperse the peaceful demonstrations by using bullets, tear gas, water guns and pepper spray. One teenage boy was killed in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir when the Indian army opened fire on the demonstrators.

The protest rallies were held across India on Sunday against continuing Israeli onslaught on Gaza by the rights groups, political parties and Muslim groups expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. From Delhi to Mumbai, from New Delhi to Srinagar and from Hyderabad to Bangalore, popular protests were held in several parts of the country including outside Israeli Embassy and consulates.

The hatred of Muslims works as glue to unite Modi’s supporters and Israeli Jews. Last year, India’s Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, had blamed India’s two major opposition partis (currently the ruling parties), Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for promoting “Hindu terrorism” though their training camps which teach Hindus hatred toward Muslim, Christian and Sikh minorities.

A survey conducted by Israeli foreign ministry in 2009, put India’s population (58%) being supportive (56%) of the Zionist entity followed by United States (54%).

On July 22, 2014, Indian-born American professor Tithi Bhattacharya in an article, entitled ‘Mr. Modi – do not court apartheid Israel in my name’, published in Jewish website Mondoweiss, asked New Delhi to support Palestinian cause as Gandhi and Pandit Nehru did.

Both India and Israel as nation-states were born a year apart from each other, but under radically different circumstances.  In 1947 India gained her independence from two hundred years of British rule through a massive anti-colonial movement of ordinary people.  The state of Israel was born in 1948 through the organized ethnic cleansing of 531 Palestinian villages, which forced 750,000 Palestinians into exile and more than 13,000 Palestinians dead with Britain playing midwife to this process,” Bhattacharya said.

Thus, when the UN General Assembly voted on the Partition of Palestine in 1947, the newly born nation-state of India proudly voted against it.   Vijay Lakshmi Pandit was the Indian ambassador to the UN.  It was not coincidental that she was also one of the first women to become an UN Delegate and imprisoned several times by the British, a veteran of many street fights against colonial rule,” Bhattacharya said.

In India these were the Hindu nationalists who had earned their political colors through virulent anti-Muslim propaganda and violent anti-Muslim riots.  Their leader V. R. Savarkar, a founder figure for the present day BJP and RSS, was noted for his admiration of Adolph Hitler, his incitement towards pogroms against Muslims and—his admiration and support for Israel.  Indeed, his latter day admirers have correctly identified him as the “Hindu counterpart of a Zionist” for Savarkar from the very start “defined the Hindus as a nation attached to a motherland, rather than as a religious community,” Bhattacharya said.

In case anyone wants to read Bhattacharya’s article in full at Mondoweiss, please remember, both Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz are Israel’s gatekeepers in the pro-Palestinian Camp.

Many military analysts believe that Israel has created conflicts with Palestinians and other Arab neighboring countries as a testing ground for its arms industry. India accounts for 50% of Israel’s arms export. The other major Israeli clients include Brazil, Chile and Burma. Israel receives$3 billion per year in military aid from United States and the European Union has donated tens of millions dollars towards Israel’s arm research.

Read the real Gaza conflict timeline here.

 

India is against US-NATO pullout from Afghanistan

Barack Obama has announced that US-NATO forces would be withdrawn from Afghanistan during his final year (2016) of presidency instead of the end of this year as agreed upon earlier.

Last week, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top US gun in Afghanistan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that 352,000 US armed and trained Afghan army is capable of defending the country against Taliban and any of its neighbors (Pakistan and Iran).

Earlier, Obama’s special envoy to Pak-Afghan James Dobbin also testified saying: “Afghanistan is not Iraq. In Iraq, the people didn’t want us, and not a single Iraqi politician was prepared to advocate our staying. In Afghanistan, people overwhelmingly want us to stay, and every contender in the presidential election said they would sign the bilateral security agreement with the United States. What a lying Zionist bugger. Taliban fighting US-NATO occupation already control 80% of Afghan territory.

However, US lawmakers on AIPAC payroll are not in favor of US army pullout from Afghanistan. Ten Israel Firster Senators including Lindsey Graham and Robert Mendez have blasted Barack Obama for his decision. to pull US-NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2016.

Saurabh Shukla, an Indian political analyst, warned at the ‘Mail Online India’ on April 20, 2013, that US pullout from Afghanistan would pose security crisis for India.

The military hardware the US would leave behind in Afghanistan is large enough to equip a sizeable army. Up to 30,000 MRAPS and Humvees, night-combat equipment, grenade-resistant netting, light and medium machine guns, rocket launchers and mobile radars among others. That’s worrying India. Pakistan and other terrorist groups are eyeing on that armament. India’s security czars are already firming up strategies to tackle the spillover of the chaos in Afghanistan post 2014 when there will be a thinning down of the US and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force there,” wrote Shukla.

On July 19, 2014, Indian writer Sumitha Narayanan Kutty decided to put some more spice in Indian curry. She wrote at LobeLog: “Iran plays a witing game in Afghanistan.” Based on her Hindu hatred toward Muslim and ignorance of Indian sub-continent’s past history, she tries to prove that once US-NATO forces leave Afghanistan, the country like Iraq, will fall under Iranian influence due to Afghan-Iran common heritage.

Any uncertainty in Afghanistan’s political transition does not bode well for the country’s future stability, especially on the eve of the American withdrawal. At this juncture, no other country could be more worried about what goes on in Kabul than Iran, perhaps even more so than the United States,” Kutty said. What about India dear? New Delhi has the largest numbers of diplomatic staff in Afghanistan. Indian military officials are known for helping American in training Afghan security forces. In addition to that Indian RAW espionage network and Israeli Mossad have full collaboration with CIA in Kabul.

Iran pledged over $900 million in aid to Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013. It spent over half of that amount on infrastructure projects in western Afghanistan that feed into Iran’s regional integration strategy, particularly in the border province of Herat. The protection of its financial assets and personnel engaged in commerce and trade is another priority for Tehran. Almost fifty percent of Afghanistan’s oil imports are provided by Iran and trade between the two countries has doubled in recent years to over $2 billion, with Afghanistan accounting for 45 percent of Iran’s exports,” Kutty said. So what India with over two Afghan population has done for Afghanistan?

The countries’ centuries of interactions have produced deeply entrenched political, economic, religious, ethnic, and cultural influences that have proved very useful to Iran in recent decades – particularly during Afghanistan’s inflection points such as the Soviet invasion of 1979, the fight against the Taliban through the 1990s, and the group’s ultimate ouster in 2001,” Kutty said.

Historically, Afghan Muslim armies invaded Indian sub-continent more than a dozen times, and ruled India for more than 1,000 years. Afghans never attacked or ruled Persia (Iran). Therefore, logically, Afghans should have more religious, ethnic, and cultural influences over Indian people. Not only India has much larger Shia community than in Afghanistan, Persian language had been India’s official language for over three centuries under Muslim rulers.

During Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, India sided with Moscow while Islamabad and Washington supported Afghan Mujahideen.

According to professor C. Christine Fair (Georgetown University) Afghanistan  has great strategic importance for India to contain Pakistan-Iran influence in the region. Fair is senior member at Jewish-controlled Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). She is considered an “expert” on US foreign policy concerning Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iran. She wrote several articles in support of American drone war in Pakistan which has killed over 2,000 civilians so far. She labels Pakistan a “greedy state” that doesn’t want to live in peace with its powerful neighbor India. She claims that even if India give-away disputed Jammu and Kashmir Valley to Pakistan, Islamabad will continue its warmongering against India.

By pursuing its varied interests in Afghanistan, New Delhi can demonstrate that its foreign policies are not driven solely or even primarily by Pakistan. Over the last decade, India has succeeded in some measure by cultivating a suite of sophisticated diplomatic relations with an astonishing array of countries in Southwest, central and Southeast Asia. Afghanistan and Iran are of particular import for India because they’re its only gateways for the transport of goods into and out of central Asia and beyond, particularly as Pakistan is not likely ever offer India its ground lines of control,” Fair wrote in one of her nine essays in the roundtable ‘Afghanistan Beyond 2014: the search for security in Heart of Asia’, published in January 2014.

In 1994, Iran and India signed a deal to build a 2,700-kilometre-long gas pipeline (IPI) at the cost of US$7.5 billion to transport Iranian gas through Pakistan to India. Dubbed as the “Peace Pipeline”, hoping that financial collaboration may bring peace between the nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. However, the construction of the proposed pipeline could not go ahead due to Washington’s pressure on New Delhi and Islamabad. In 2009, India dropped out of the deal under Washington’s blackmail with a nuclear deal in 2008. Read a good rebuttal to Dr. Fair’s Pakistan bashing here.

Berklee to honor Bollywood Muslim composer

4[1]In recognition of his two-decades-long musical legacy, the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA) is all set to honour Oscar-winning Bollywood composer, song-writer and music director A R Rahman with an honorary doctorate.

The honor will be conferred on Rahman, 47, best known globally for the original scores and songs in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ’127 Hours’, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’, at an event at the Berklee College of Music on October 24, a media statement said.

I’m deeply moved to receive an honorary doctorate from such a distinguished school which has contributed so much to the world of music,” said Rahman.

Past honorary doctorate recipients include Jimmy Page, Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, John Williams, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Sting, Howard Shore, Clint Eastwood, Alan Silvestri, Amar G Bose, and Gloria Estefan.

Rahman was born as Dileep Kumar into a Hindu family in 1967. In 1989, the entire family converted to Islam, and he took Muslim name Allah-Rakha Rahman. He has performed Hajj twice, in 2004 and 2012, and says: “Islam gives me peace.”

Rahman’s conversion story on his Facebook page reads: “The whole process started with a sequence of dream. It was in 1988. I was in Malaysia and had a dream of an old man who was asking me to embrace Islam. For the first time, I did not take it seriously, but then I saw the same dream several times and I discussed it with my mother. She encouraged me to go ahead and to respond to the call of the Almighty. Also, in 1988, one of my sisters fell seriously ill and in spite of the family’s effort to cure her, her health deteriorated by the day. Then under the guidance of one Muslim religious leader we prayed to Allah, which did wonder for my sister and she made a miraculous comeback to life. Thus, began my journey from Dileep Kumar to A.R. Rahman.”

Rahman’s advice to his fellow Muslims: “We should go to lengths to follow the basics of Islam; be kind to your neighbors, keep smiling when you meet others, pray and do charity. We should serve humanity. We should not show hostility toward others, even to the followers of other faiths. This is what Islam stands for. We should present before the world a model through our behavior, nature and presentation. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never used his sword to spread Islam; rather he spread the religion through his virtues, behavior, tolerance and righteousness. And this is what is needed to change today’s distorted image of Islam.”

Rahman had a tough childhood. His father died when he was nine – and responsibility to look after his mother and three sisters fell on his tiny shoulders.

Rahman is married to Saira. They have two daughters of ages 12 and 9, and a five-year-old son. Watch a video below.