There have been large scale riots or anarchy in UK particularly in London in which, according to latest figure 30,000 people were involved. The rates continued unabated for four days. Metropolitan police figure have revealed on 22nd August that there were 3296 crimes committed during Mail indicating that average of 10 people were linked to committing each crime Scotland Yard (Public statement) on Monday.
Another significant report that is of pride for India community in London particularly the Sikh community channel, like BBC, CMM and Sky news, uninterrupted for five days of rioting from August 8 to 11. It is noteworthy that Indian community demonstrates courage with swords to prevent rioters coming near to their locality. 31 years old Upendra Randhawa was the hero. He and his crew performed the outstanding job of keeping the thousands of rioters away and being photographed as during all the few days. It is because of Sangat TV of Randhawa a 31 years old UK Sikh that police has been able to identify the criminals and take action against them. It is not only India but UK is also proud of Sangat TV and Sikh community. British PM has paid a high tribute to British Sikh.
Unprecedented and unthought of riots that started in London on 6th August. Spread to Manchester, Birmingham and to many other cities. British Police was unable to control the rioters by strict action as it happens in other countries. In no time the rioters torched cars and thereafter even buildings, putting to shame law abiding British citizens. Rioters even started looting shops. There were some riots in 1980’s but insignificant in comparison to riots of August 2011. There were racial clashes in 1980’s but in 2011 riots have been engineered by unemployed and spoilt British youth.
The riots commenced on 4th August when Police, intending to arrest a Youngman in Tottenham, instead shot him dead. This led to march to police station by the family of the dead Duggan along with 300 more. Police were overwhelmed and 26 police officers were injured in the spontaneous rioting and the rioters started burning cars and looting shops and burning houses. Even rioters lodged petrol bombs on the police but British police to save its prestige did not respond with more police firing to kill the rioters. So the riots spread and continued for few days.
When the riot were not subsiding but were going out of control, British PM David Cameron on August 9th wanted riots to stop immediately. He trebled the police force of London to 16,000 borrowing from other faces. But riots and killing of three Asian men in Birmingham were killed when a car went upto the pavement and crushed them.
The root cause of rioting was the frustration of the so called underclass of UK youth, who increasingly felt that they were ignored. This underclass could not study due to modern technology and so could not get jobs and attain much.
Cordial relations between India and Pakistan as well as USA and Pakistan are quite difficult though both India and USA are trying their best ignoring Taliban’s daily attacks as ell as suicide bombing killing many innocent civilians besides Pakistan Army Soldier. Recently a dozen Pakistan’s military men were killed. Most of the attacks of Taliban’s are in NWEP and Baluchistan though there have been few fierce attacks in Karachi killing civilians men women and children besides Army men. Question arises, can Pakistan Army or even US Drone attacks end Taliban’s attacks? It does not seem possible till NWEP and Baluchistan get independence as Pashtu speaking Pathans of these two states having nothing in common with rest of Pakistan which is dominated by Punjabis who constitute about 80% of Pakistan’s Army and more than 75% of Pakistan’s civil service.
Pakistan dismemberment or break up started when East Pakistan declared itself independent state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971. Pakistan sent Army to crush East Bengal citizens till then part of Pakistan. In the Civil war between West Pakistan Army and East Pakistan Bangladesh citizen more than a million people had died before East Bengal leader’s appeal to India send it’s Army which within 15 days defeated Pakistan, Army and India’s General Aurora accepted surrender from Pakistan’s general along with 1 Lakh Pakistani soldiers who were taken as prisoners and sent to India. Despite this humiliating defeat and surrender Pakistan mostly under military rulers continue to fight in Kashmir and even had fought and got defeated in a number of wars with India.
India has been facing and suffering from Taliban (originally Pathans of NWFP) since independence. In 1948 when Kashmir had signed instrument of Accession with India, Pathan Pakistani terrorists had reached near Srinagar after killing many on the way, Sheikh Abdullah leader of Kashmiris came running to Pandit Nehru, PM of India, demanding acceptance of instrument of accession and sending Indian Army units to prevent their reaching Srinagar. As Mountbatten Governor General of India favoured Pakistan, he put a clause “that will of the people” of Kashmir will be taken into account through refrendum. Nehru being PM but under influence of Mountbatten and his family did not delete this clause as PM or advised Governor General to delete it. This one mischief of Mountbatten who as British imperialist added this clause and blunder of Nehru has cost India and Kashmir thousands of lives during last 63 years. Accordingly India’s problem with Pakistan remains to this day and is likely to remain till dismemberment of Pakistan. In addition there has been attack on Mumbai in September 2011 killing more than 200 for which Pakistan has neither surrendered the criminals to India nor punished itself.
USA’s problem with Pakistan started with attack by suicide bombers though use of aeroplane on twin towers in New York destroying the towers and killing hundreds of innocent Americans. Pakistan needs billions of dollars from America to pay salaries to its Army and even to survive. While USA needs Pakistan help so that Pakistan Soldiers, as far as possible, control the Taliban which simultaneously USA is trying to eliminate with daily Drone attacks in NWFP and Baluchistan. As Obama is facing election in 2012, he is particular that so long as he is President of USA he keeps Pakistan as USA’S associate if not friend, so that Taliban are kept under dual attack by Pakistan Army and US Drone attack. It will be for the next President of USA Obama or someone else to either strengthen relation or ignore Pakistan leaving it to itself, because by the end of 2011 or in early 2012 America is committed to withdraw its own and NATO forces from Afghanistan after 10 years of intervention to finish or control Taliban. It has been USA’s absolute failure as Taliban remain violent killing or suicitor bombing both President Karzai’s Kabul and other areas as well as NATO faces in Afghanistan.
Anna Hazare’s agitation is against Congress Version of Lokpal Bill which allows corruption by ministers and civil servants as they are not included in UPA’S Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare wants end of corruption by all ministers, civil servant and others while the Lokpal Bill as prepared after months of discussion and proposed by Lokpal constitutional authority, includes all and does not exclude any category from corruption, in particular. Thus Anna’s arrest was meant to allow corruption by politicians and civil servants. Hazare arrest, therefore, united all oppositions against the government as the opposition rightly considered government’s version of Lokpal Bill as attack on democracy, which means all pervasive and excludes none.
Just a day after Independence Day celebration, on 16th August, government imposed section 144 and other restrictions so as to prevent Anna Hazare from going on fast and arrested him, worst of all, Anna was soon lodged in Tihar Jail along with worst criminals like A Raja and Kalmadi, Anna had not indulged in violence or even propagated violence, instead he had advised his followers never never to be violent come what may because of Police atrocities. Not allowing or preventing Anna Hazare from fast instead arrested him, a 74 year old respected person with following of thousands all over India, was unfortunate and uncalled for. It is significant that Kiran Bedi first woman IPS officer and former DG Police were also arrested as she was against corruption and was staunch follower of Anna Hazare and his campaign against corruption. So many others staunch followers like Shanti Bhushan, too were arrested. Thereafter thousands of Anna’s follower’s courted arrest and many thousands went on protesting.
Anna Hazare’s along with his close associates arrest caused nationwide uprising from Gujarat to Kerala and from Maharashtra to West Bengal. By evening government realised its folly and withdrew section 144 and release Anna Hazare and his thousands of followers. But to the surprise of government Anna refused to leave Tihar Jail thus embarrassing government further. Anna’s one day arrest has united all the opposition against government. First government laid down conditions against Anna Hazare, now Anna has said that he would leave Tihar Jail only when government unconditionally allows him to go on fast.
Anna’s arrest in the morning and order for release in the evening and mass agitation all over the country in favour of Anna Hazare has been called August Kranti all over India, first time in India since Independence. This is in absolute contrast to emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi all over India and arresting thousands all over India including hundreds of political leaders of all non congress political parties like BJP and others, including BJP’s Vajpayee, even Jai Prakash Narayan.
79 years old Dr Manmohan Singh had been a top ranking economist in World Bank and then in India under the Narasimha Rao’s Government when he was made Finance Minister. He initiated free economy in place of so called socialist economy. As a result Indian businessmen and Indian’s business flourished as never before. Indian economy attained new heights. Thanks to Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh the economist.
It was UPA which made him Prime Minister as a show piece while all decisions political or economic were taken by Sonia Gandhi with the advice of her coterie till couple of month’s back. As situation was going out of control, government and PM on the intervention of Rahul Gandhi decided to release Anna Hazare from Tihar Jail and withdraw section 144. Anna had refused to move out of the Tihar Jail till he was allowed to go on fast. Whatever the result UPA and congress have met the worst crisis then ever before.
Government realized its folly and has bowed and has accepted all conditions of Anna Hazare. Anna decided to go on fast for 15 days from Ramlila Maidan from afternoon of 19th August and has had heros welcome at Ramlila Maidan and will remain there along with his thousands of followers. Already 25,000 followers have gathered Hazare has gained and has become leader of whole India as he has united India.
Why there has been delay of more than 20 years in the conviction and award of capital punishment to those guilty of assassinating Rajiv Gandhi Prime Minister of India? Why Afzal Guru who was awarded death sentence by Supreme Court for attack on Parliament ten years back in 2001 was not executed when a group of Jehadis led by Afzal Guru tried to kill Indians almost all political leaders inside parliament. Why did those Pakistani intruders who attacked and killed three security guards at Red Fort in December 2000, led by Ashfaq were not convicted and executed? It is only on August 10 of 2011 that the Supreme Court and in some cases High Court passes the orders convicting them and awarding death sentence to the guilty assassins.
Oldest case of assassination is that of Rajiv Gandhi, President Patel turned down mercy petition of two accused Murugam Santhanand Ariva for killing Rajiv Gandhi, thus allowing their execution. Apparently Central Government and the courts that functioned till middle of 2011 as virtual departments of government wanted or directed are responsible for unpardonable and uncalled for delay of years and decades
It is noteworthy and heartening that Supreme Court of India, which has been independence for last 3-4 months and getting the guilty ministers and officials, convicted and put behind bars. So respected and independence SC on 10th July 2011 paised an historic judgement while upholding death penalty awarded to Pakistani Lakshar-e-Toiba militant Mohd Asif Aka Ashfaq. “The crime fell within the rarest of rare category” adding “This is a unique case where there is one most aggravating circumstances that it was a direct attack on the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India by foreigners. Thus it was attack on mother India” These Pakistan criminals had attacked Red Fort on December 22, 2010 and had killed 3 Army Jawans. After committing the crime they had fled but were caught after exchange of firing and also recovered AK47 and lot of ammunition six other charged by lower court indulging Ashfaq’s Indian wife were released.
Afzal Guru had masterminded attack on Parliament ten years back was given death sentence by Supreme Court but was not executed and his mercy petition was lying with President and the government took no action to pass execution order for almost 10 years because government feared that if Afzal guru a Kashmiri Muslim was executed it will lose Muslim vote bank because the UPA government had always been following vote bank politics. It is only after 8 years that because of strict order of Supreme Court that Home Ministry or Government of India have advised the President to reject Afzal guru’s mercy petition. Accordingly his execution is now imminent.
Both the authors are top raking psychologists and are wife and husband. It has been written on the top of the cover of the book – “World’s best- Loved best seller”. By going through the book one feels it is true. Even introduction of the book is enlightening and helps modern man to overcome his depression and not to accept depression as something that can not be got rid of and replaced by happiness and adventurous life. “We take very seriously pursuit of happiness and believe that we describe better than we have got”.
The Book has been written for weltode educated people and not for poor, uneducated or with little education doing daily labour for their livelihood whether they are in advance prosperous countries like USA (which is in debt crisis these days) or Asia and African Countries where 30 percent or more are below poverty level. However for the educated Americans (for whom the book was meant) and educated Asians, Africans, it is much educative and enlightening as for Americans and Europeans.
Why so many educated people all over the world feel depressed and dissatisfied in many ways? Because many people have not that sense of zest in their daily lives. Too many have just not mastered the art of being happy. Self realization is very important. A man cannot be perfect in art, science, writing articles or being a top most speaker. Every person has one aspect of knowledge and zest for it. It is important to be successful and be happy if one taps his own potential.
Feelings are mysterious; they come and go and most of the time you don’t know why one has a right to his feelings as he wants and when he wants “To feel all that you can feel is to be truly human”. But one should not be all the time clinging to unpleasant feeling or even court them. That is wrong and unhealthy. You must be proud of what you have achieved howsoever little or insignificant it may be to you or others. To quote from the book “when you do something you are proud of, dwell on it a little, praise yourself for it, relish the experience, take it in. Don’t do things that make you feel bad instead do things that make you feel good about yourself, be incharge of yourself which is quite exhibrating”.
Most important is to love thyself. If one cannot love himself, he cannot love his neighbours friends and family members as well as needy others. One should not dwell on defects or failure or bad days which are bound to be there but one should think about the time when one was wise and kind. One has to do things and make efforts about new things that one has never done before, even not fully successful like climbing Mount Everest. Something you never dreamt of doing before, like attempting to climb Mount Everest, that is what is growth that is courage to forget even defects and failures and aim at success in some new adventure. We can all do much more than we think but first we have to believe it.
If one wants to become all that is in him to become he has to use everything he has got- his feelings, intuition intelligence and willpower-the whole self. If one does all this “the payoff is enormous”. Rousseau had said Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains but the book contains golden rule. “Man is born in chains but each of us has the potential to be free” Man should work to overcome his difficulties and drawbacks “there is room for many marvelous people in the world”.
Brief review of the book “How to be your own best friend” will enlighten and encourage everyone with concluding para from the book “We can all help ourselves to change, to grow, to become the person it is in us to be we can learn to be our own best friend. We are our best source of encouragement and good advice. We are all accustomed to waiting for someone to give us a kind word, but we really have available to ourselves many kind words”.
Large scale and nationwide corruption which is deep seated at every level in government at centre and states from cabinet ministers and secretaries down to Clarks and peons. It has led to scams staring with scam of A Raja of 2G from year 2002 when BJP was in power to UPA government particularly from 2007 onwards till he was put behind bars. Since then more and more scams have come to light. On July 25, A Raja was bold enough in the court of Judge OP Saini to name Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior cabinet minister P Chidambram. He said before judge Saini that whatever illegal and corrupt actions he committed, all were with knowledge of PM in particular. Most startling to press and people was A Raja’s statement in court that sale of spectrum in 2008 at the price of 2001 was with the knowledge of PM.
First letter by A Raja to PM was undated but letter from PM to A Raja was dated August 18, 2007. Since then 19 letters in all PM exchanged with A Raja on 2G during 4 years upto middle of 2011, when Raja was finally convicted and put behind bars- obviously it does not behove PM to be in correspondence with a known highly corrupt person like A Raja. As nationwide corruption was continued for years, Ram Jethmalani has said, “If the Sweedish Academy had a Nobel Prize for successful concealing of corruption and the corrupt, it would have gone without competition to our Prime Minister and his cabinet”. About corruption and scams in the country, Jethmalani said “Mired in corruption of all kinds; it was in no hurry to terminate it. The nation was helplessly watching shameful disclosure of scams including cabinet ministers and crucial leaders of ruling party. It is possible that other corrupt politicians and bureaucrats were involved. But the main responsibility can only be of the ruling government and the Prime Minister, an impeccable white knight of political integrity” as a result regime of scamsters protects the corrupts.
Cabinet Minister who knew about illegal actions of A Raja in the price of spectrum sale were P Chidambram, Parnab Mukherjee chairman of GOM on spectrum, Han Raj Bhardwaj the Law Minister, Montek Singh Ahluwalia Deputy chairman Planning Commission and Goolam Vahanvate Solicitor General during UPA I, Among the civil servants who had a say in scam are Sidharth Bphura Telecom secretary who has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and using faged documents and cheating. He has been convicted and has spent more than 175 days in jail. Sanjay Chandra former MD Unitech Wireless has also been charged and has already spent more than 100 days in jail for the same crimes as of Sanjay Chandra.
It is unjust for Jethmalani to blame only PM who had, till recently, never taken any decision himself. He had always been guided even directed by Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson, who was guided by a coterie of ministers. That is source of all corruption, particularly since 2007-2008 and all scams and even steep decline in popularity of UPA II Congress.
Latest scam which has come to light and has even rocked the Parliament on 8th and 9th August 2011 is about Sheila Dixit Chief Minister of Delhi. She played an imported role in CWG Scam along with Suresh Kalmadi. She was herself found guilty and corrupt by CAG. Thus there seems to be no end of scams in our Country.
USA and particularly Obama government are facing worst time during July 2011 because of huge debt and even debt default. It is surprising that two individual American citizens have more wealth than their country USA. It was 30th July that US government was desperate in presenting to default as debt payment, first time in American history. Congress imposed the limit of debt to 14.3 trillion dollars. As a result Obama’s popularity has been lowered ever since his getting elected as President of USA in January 2008. On 30 July 2011 it had dipped to 40% while it was as high as 50% in June 2011.
Apples Boss Steve Jobs has more money than US government. While US have 73.76 trillion dollars in reserve, the richest American Steve Jobs has 75.87 trillion dollars in reserve. Obama has appealed to lawmakers to come to an agreement soon on raising US debt ceiling to save America of impending catastrophe spilling over rest of the world as Washington is close to being broke. If US congress does not raise debt limit by Thursday US Government will not be able to pay government salaries and pensions reimburse medical care for seniors and in the worst scenario backroll the foreign aid and operations including wars.
There is a substantial decline in growth of US economy which was only 1.3% in the second quarter of this year, according to Wall Street Journal of USA. In the 3rd Quarter upto July there must have been further fall which upset President Obama and has cautioned the congress and the people of USA.
Indian stocks have posted biggest monthly loss during first six months of the year because of US debt and deadline in US economy. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ONGC Ltd the country’s largest state owned exporter lost 2.9%. Because of US debt crisis exports to USA from India have fallen, there is crisis in manufacturing where productivity growth was lower in 2000 then in 19,900 with decline in export particularly to USA, It is natural that manufacturing industry to suffer India had good future as Supreme court during second half of 2011 became effective, there is less of corruption and more of growth. However because of fall in Dow Jones of 4.6% during last week, Indian stocks declined in Bombay stock Exchange upto 3.6% during the same period. If US debt issue is sorted out, as is expected the fall, atleast further steep fall in USA as well as in India and other countries of Europe and Asia except China will not be adversely affected.
Though US Senate has passed the debt bill with a view to avert default but the crisis for Obama and US economy remains because of American failure during last decade or so to create more revenues and curtail expenditure. American intervention in Afghanistan for a decade cost America trillions of dollars every year, besides loss of thousands of American soldiers, but US is withdrawing its army without eliminating Taliban. President Karzar is already in trouble as he has lost his brother and Kabul is virtually encircled by Taliban. Uncalled for American intervention in Afghanistan is major cause of fall in economy and the present debt which is bound to be in default.
Senate majority leader Henry M Reid said in a floor speech “Our country was virtually on the verge of deserter” which has been averted. Reid further elucidated that because the debt bell does not raise new revenues as President Obama had retreaded on the demand of higher taxes.
It is seen how debt increased during last 10 years. US debt in 2000 was only 6% and rose to 10% in 2008, but thereafter it rose in unprecedented way to 45% last week of July 2010. It is reported that because of steady rise in debt during July 2010 President Obama did not sleep for weeks. How could he? He had allowed by failure of his economic policy during 2010 to let USA be in worst economic crisis and debt crisis in American History. Worst of all US debt crises is affecting the economy of the entire world. If economic crisis as well as debt crisis of USA, Continue, as seems likely, chance of Obama getting a second term as President seems unlikely or remote.