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Unjust demolitions

Many buildings in Ulhasnagar and Delhi are being demolished as they were illegally built. In some of these buildings people were living for 25 years. Builders and civic officials were responsible for their constructions. They got money. People who bought are suffering. Innocent people are punished. The buyers had paid stamp duty and registration charges. They have paid property tax. Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra, says he is helpless as High Court has ordered it. The Government of Maharashtra can bring out an ordinance and regularise these. This is not done. The Government of India wants to amend the constitution to allow for reservations in private educational institutions. It is not doing anything for the people of Delhi.

Guilty must be punished. Builders and civic officials are guilty. The people who bought the flats must get back their money. Property tax shall be refunded to them. After that the buildings may be demolished.

Bombay High Court, while being strict on Ulhasnagar demolitions, has allowed illegal hutments in Matheran and Mahabaleshwar to stay. This defies logic.

War crimes

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed tens of thousands of Japanese civilians. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After World War II there were trials for war crimes and many were punished. None belonging to victors were punished. All belonged to vanquished. Not that soldiers of USA, UK, USSR, France and other countries who were their allies did not commit any war crime. USSR soldiers raped two million German women. Australian soldiers raped women in Bombay. Atrocities committed by allied soldiers were not less than that of axis soldiers. Dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were greatest war crimes for which everyone from President of USA to the pilots who dropped atom bombs should have been punished. That did not happen.

Presently some from countries like Serbia and Montenegro and Croatia are facing trial for war crimes. Nobody is tried for war crimes committed by USA in Iraq.

CBN News and God TV

CBN News used to appear on GOD TV at 10.00 p.m. Indian Standard Time. Now it appears at 11.00 p.m. On some days it does not appear. I do not know why.

CBN stands for Christian Broadcasting Network. I do not know to which denomination the owner belongs. It appears he is not a Catholic.

Recently I noticed many things unchristian about this channel. Pat Robertson’s call for Hugo Sanchez’s assassination was criminal. Many times the channel meddles in politics. It justifies Iraq War. More than 2,000 American marines have died. Secular character of Iraq is destroyed. Fundamentalist Muslims dominate. The channel mostly sides with Republicans.

CBN News can do better. If it gets out of politics it can have wider appeal. It has done well to fight perversities like gay marriages. It should not confuse Christianity with America’s interests, fair or unfair.

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