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India on Syria

On 14/4/2018 USA, UK and France attacked Syria with missiles. India’s Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement in the evening.

“We have taken note of the recent strikes in Syria. India is closely following the situation. The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable. We call for an impartial and objective investigation by the OPCW to establish the facts. In the meantime, we urge all Parties to show restraint and to avoid any further escalation in the situation. The matter should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations, and on the basis of the principles of the UN Charter and in accordance with international law. We hope that the long drawn suffering of the people of Syria would come to an end soon.”

India should have condemned attack on Syria by USA, UK and France instead of calling for restraint on all sides. USA, UK, France and Israel are aggressors and supporters of terrorists in Syria. USA does what it wants or more particularly what its military industry wants. When it has support of UN it uses it. Otherwise it acts alone or with its allies. Terrorists in Syria are called freedom fighters by USA and allies. Many of the terrorists are Islamic fundamentalists. USA, UK and France are meddling in Syria’s affairs.
Some think missile strike on Syria is Donald Trump’s attempt to divert attention from Stormy Daniels affair. Former FBI Directory James Comey’s book ‘A Higher Loyalty’ due for release on 17/4/2018 is against Trump.
Why Russia did not shoot down American, British and French missiles? They had said they will shoot down every missile and all missiles that attack Syria. It knew of missile attacks. Talk is cheap. Action is needed. Russia’s credibility is at stake. We know of match-fixing, session-fixing, spot-fixing and toss-fixing. Is there war-fixing between Russia and USA? There are reports that Russia has asked its citizens to store food and medicines in bunkers. Is it preparing for war? It should have shot down enemy missiles. Russia claims Syria’s Russian-supplied anti-aircraft system shot down 71 of 103 missiles. That is different from Russia shooting down missiles. When Barack Obama was President, Russia had shot down two missiles aimed at Syria. Why Russia is soft on Donald Trump?

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov to USA said missile strikes on Syria will not be left without consequences. Time will tell whether it is just talk.

Syria should attack USA, UK, France and Israel with missiles. There are US bases in Saudi Arabia and 2,000 American soldiers in Syria. Few American soldiers dying will turn American opinion against involvement is Syria.

Dalit Revolution

2018 is the year of Dalit Revolution. Dalits have proved themselves equal to others in calling bandhs and enforcing them.
First it was in Maharashtra. On 1/1/2018 Dalits celebrated 200th anniversary of victory of Dalit soldiers of East India Company over Peshwa’s army at Bhima Koregaon on 1/1/1818. Some groups attacked Dalits who had gathered for a rally. There was stone-pelting and violence. Prakash Ambedkar called for Maharashtra Bandh on 3/1/2018 and was successful.
Then it was Bharat Bandh called by different groups. Supreme Court order on 22/3/2018 diluting stringent provisions of The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, commonly known as SC/ST Act, and stopping immediate arrests, led to anger among Dalits and many Dalit groups called for Bharat Bandh on 2/4/2018. Dalit ministers and MPs wanted central government to file a review petition in Supreme Court. There was violence in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. As per reports there were nine deaths.
Centre has filed a review petition in Supreme Court. Supreme Court refused to stay the changes.
In UP, Dalit MPs have written against UP CM Yogi Adityanath to PM Narendra Modi. BJP fears losing Dalit votes.
Bandhs are bad. Politicians and communities like Gujjars, Jats and Patels have called for bandhs and caused damage and death to people. Governments have been soft or complicit with people who called for bandhs. Sometimes state governments have called for bandhs. Such governments should have been dismissed immediately.
Dalits by calling for Bharat Bandh and enforcing it have proved they are equal to communities like Gujjars, Jats and Patels. After Modi became PM there were attacks on Dalits in the name of cow protection. Before Modi became PM there were attacks on Dalits but they did not receive much publicity mainly because there were no video clips. New Dalit leaders are emerging and some of them are openly calling for violence against their adversaries, enemies and oppressors.

Lingayats as minority

Karnataka Government headed by K. Siddaramaiah has recognised Lingayats as minority and has asked Central Government headed by Narendra Modi to recognise Lingayats as minority. Murugha Mutt’s Shivamurthy Murugarajendra Swamiji has submitted a memorandum to BJP President Amit Shah seeking minority status to Lingayats from Centre. Lingayat scholar S. M. Jaamdar said Lingayats are not Hindus. Lingayats are followers of Basava. They bury their dead. They do not have idols. They do not believe in rebirth, heaven or hell. Veerashaivas are not Lingayats.
Karnataka Government has also recognised Veerashaivas as minority.
It is election time. When Congress was in power at Centre it had not recognised Lingayats as minority. RSS does not favour minority status to Lingayats. Modi Government is in a quandary. Any decision or no decision will offend a large section of people. Votes can be lost. Dream of Congress-Free India will receive a setback.
Lingayats are about 17% in Karnataka. They do not have much presence outside Karnataka.
Article 29 of the Constitution of India is about the Protection of interests of minorities. Article 30 gives religious and linguistic minorities the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.
In Karnataka Hindus whose mother tongue is Konkani, Tulu, Kodava, Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu have linguistic minority status and have established educational institutions.
In India Buddhists, Christians, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Zoroastrians are recognised as minorities. Bahais and many tribal religions are not recognised as minorities. Ramakrishna Mission had claimed minority status in West Bengal. In 1981 Justice B. C. Roy of Calcutta High Court declared Ramakrishna Mission a minority. In 1985 a division bench of Calcutta High Court upheld that decision. The case went to Supreme Court. On 2/7/1995 Supreme Court declared Ramakrishna Mission is Hindu and not a minority.

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