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India votes against Sri Lanka

On 22/3/2012 India voted against Sri Lanka in UNHRC, Geneva. Out of the 47 countries, 24 voted for the resolution, 15 against and 8 abstained. The resolution was moved by USA which has committed more war crimes than any other country in recent times. India was the only Asian country to vote against Sri Lanka. Russia, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Indonesia, Philippines, Cuba and some other countries voted against the resolution. India gave up its position of not voting in favour of any country specific resolution.

India’s human rights record is not good. AFSPA is in force in Kashmir and Manipur. Pakistan or some other country can move a resolution against India. When Benazir Bhutto was PM of Pakistan and P. V. Narasimha Rao was PM of India, Pakistan had moved a resolution against India.

USA and its allies have committed war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. NATO countries have killed 40,000 civilians in Libya. Robert Bales murdered 16 people, including 9 children, in Afghanistan. What about a resolution against USA for its war crimes? What about a resolution against NATO countries for their war crimes in Libya? It is time for some countries to move resolutions against USA and its allies and NATO countries.

Sarath Fonseka was the general who led the war against LTTE. There is no talk of prosecuting him.

LTTE had fought against IPKF. More than a thousand Indian soldiers died fighting LTTE.

Tamil politics as practiced by DMK and AIADMK triumphed. The government would not have fallen if DMK had walked out of UPA. BSP could have joined.

DMK quits UPA

On 5/3/2011 DMK passed a resolution asking its ministers in central government to quit. DMK will have no alliance with Congress and will give issue-based support to UPA.

Congress-DMK alliance was doomed when Rahul Gandhi went to Tamil Nadu, addressed Congress leaders, and said one of you will be the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The die was cast. Bargaining for seats was a ploy by Congress to end the alliance.

It is possible that Congress will go alone and contest all seats in Tamil Nadu. Congress did not want alliance with AIADMK.

DMK has 18 MPs in Lok Sabha. SP, BSP and other parties will be willing to join UPA. The portfolios held by DMK can be given to them. But SP and BSP are rivals of Congress in UP.

In Bihar, Congress went alone and in 2009 got five seats out of 40 in Lok Sabha election and in 2010 got four seats out of 243 in Legislative Assembly election.

Congress has been out of power in Tamil Nadu since 1967. Since some years it has been in coalition with DMK or AIADMK but not part of the government. Getting back power alone seems to be the motive of Congress.

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