Category: World

WikiLeaks and India

WikiLeaks on 26/7/2010 made public many secret documents dealing with Afghan War. Some of them have relevance to India.

ISI played a role in terrorist activities against Indians. ISI paid the Taliban and Haqqani network to target Indians, Indian Embassy, Indian Consulate in Kandahar and other places. Indians have died. India has suffered loss of property.

It is futile to expect Pakistan to act against ISI or USA to do anything significant. India has to act on its own.

India should file chargesheets in Indian courts relating to attacks on Indians. ISI persons and their collaborators should be named in the chargesheets and should be summoned for interrogations. If they fail to turn up they should be declared persons Wanted Dead or Alive and rewards should be announced for persons who hand over wanted persons dead or alive. Ashfaq Kayani was head of ISI for three years. His term as army chief was to end in November 2010 has been extended by three years which reflects poorly on Pakistani army. Hamid Gul, former chief of ISI, played a role. Their names must be included.

Obama administration claims the documents relate to the period before he became president but he has continued the policy of previous administration. Afghan War is not popular in USA.

The documents show drones used by USA are not effective as they are not made out to be and crash many times. India should develop drones that do not crash.

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Burkha Ban

“Burkha is not welcome in France.”

Nicolas Sarkozy’s statement in his speech to French Legislature in 2009 was a game changer in Europe. Till then criticising burkha was considered politically incorrect. Jack Straw had faced criticism for saying he was uncomfortable with talking to women whose faces he could not see.

After Sarkozy’s statement Switzerland banned construction of new minarets. Belgium banned burkha. Barcelona banned burkha.

Burkha ban is said to enforce liberty and equality. Many Muslim men force their wives to wear burkha and the ban gives Muslim women liberty not to wear. The ban enforces equality between men and women and between all women. Men who force their wives will have to pay more fine.

There were some discussions on news channels. Indian panellists, by coincidence or design, spoke against burkha ban. French panellists, including Muslim women, spoke in favour of burkha ban. Some talked of French values and want people in France to be French.

In France there is ban on religious symbols in schools. Sikh students who wanted to wear turbans were not allowed to enter schools.

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Demographic Dividend

Fools say population is a problem.

Greater fools agree with them.

Wise people say India’s population growth is a demographic dividend.

India’s population was 55 crores in 1971. Many predicted dire consequences if the population growth is not stopped.

Now in 2010 India’s population is around 110 crores. The country is thriving. The prophets of doom have been proved wrong.

In 1971 the number of TV sets, refrigerators, cards and telephones in India was in thousands. In 2010 it is in crores. India has made tremendous progress.

What happens in 2030 and 2050 is difficult to predict. There is no need for gloom. We may be better off than we are today.

UP’s population may be 18 crores. That does not mean it will keep increasing or remain the same. Ganges is drying. UP may have less people in 2030 than today.

There has been increase in food production over the years. There is enough for all people in India. The problem is in distribution. Food storage is not proper. Food rots in godowns or outside godowns.

It is for couples to decide how many children they want to have. Restricting the number by law is against the human or natural right of the couple.

Those who say Kerala and Tamil Nadu have done well to control population forget about migration. Many people from these states have migrated to other states or countries.

European countries with zero population growth have immigrants from Africa.

At one time Japan’s economy was number one in the world. Its economy declined with decreasing population. Australia, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore and South Korea want to increase their population.

Population finds its level. Money should not be spent to control population.

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