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Nirav Modi is free

Nirav Modi is now known for defrauding Punjab National Bank. Estimates vary from Rs.14,000 crores to Rs.22,000 crores. It is said he has defrauded other banks Rs.3,000 crores. Left India in the beginning of January 2018.
Lalit Modi was an absconder and fugitive. He was charged with financial impropriety by Enforcement Directorate. His passport was impounded or revoked. He was in UK. Sushma Swaraj secretly facilitated Lalit Modi getting travel documents ostensibly to go to Portugal for cancer treatment of his wife. Her daughter Bansuri was in Lalit Modi’s legal team. On 31/7/2014 Keith Vaz, MP, sent an e-mail to Director General UK visas and immigration Sarah Rapson, an official in UK Home Office, about Lalit Modi. “Foreign Minister of India has spoken to me making it very clear that the Indian Government has no objection to the travel document being granted which is contrary to what the refusal notice has stated. Mrs. Swaraj has also spoken to James Bevan, who even though he is on leave, said he will speak to the relevant person in the Home Office. Frankly everyone has been involved in this apart from Ban Ki-moon.” Later Lalit Modi was seen partying with Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton and others. When the matter became public in June 2015 Sushma Swaraj defended her action saying she did it on humanitarian grounds. BJP and RSS defended her. RSS said she was full of nationalism and patriotism. Congress attacked Sushma Swaraj. P. Chidambaram accused her of nepotism, abuse of authority and violation of rules.
Nirav Modi is free to move from one country to another. His passport is revoked. Yet he has no problem. Government officials come with excuses. All countries did not get message. Some countries do not care about India’s requests. Nirav Modi has six passports. Names are different in passports.
Has Sushma Swaraj sent a secret message to USA, UK, Belgium and other countries that relationship with India will not suffer if they allow Nirav Modi to come and go? India has poor track record of getting back bank robbers. Officially CBI and ED want Nirav Modi. Is something unofficially going on? I hope truth will be revealed as in Lalit Modi case.

BJP dumps PDP

On 19/6/2018 BJP ended its alliance with PDP. J&K CM Mehbooba Sayeed resigned. The alliance came to power on 1/3/2015 with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as CM. He died on 7/1/2016. His daughter Mehbooba Sayeed was not ready to take over CM immediately and Governor’s rule followed. Mehbooba Sayeed became CM on 4/4/2016.
All was not well in Kashmir. Stone-pelting at security forces had become rampant. At LOC there was firing by Pakistani forces on daily basis. Mehbooba Sayeed wanted a soft approach towards separatists and terrorists. Indian government declared cease fire for Ramzan. They did not lead to peace. So India did not extend cease fire which Mehbooba wanted. BJP communicated withdrawal of support to Mehbooba to Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and he told her about it. There is speculation that PDP was to hold its meeting on 21/6/2018 and after that Mehbooba was to come to Delhi with her demands and if the central government did not accept her demands she was to resign and BJP pre-empted it.
BJP claims the alliance had become untenable and ending it was in national interest. Shiv Sena which opposes every move of BJP welcomed it.
On 14/6/2018 there was UN Human Rights Council report on abuses and violations of human rights in Kashmir. The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for international investigation into multiple violations. India rejected the report as fallacious, tendentious and motivated, based on largely unverified information. The report also mentioned violations by Pakistan.
Former Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta’s statement to ANI “Uncertainties are there, but we are working on something and people will get to know about it.”, has led Omar Abdullah to accuse BJP of attempting horse trade to form new government and demand immediate dissolution of Legislative Assembly elections as soon as appropriate.
BJP members and supporters were talking about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits when Congress was in power. These days the question arose what has the BJP done to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir. They are in power in Centre for over four years and in J&K for over three years. BJP failed Kashmiri Pandits.
We have to see what will happen in Kashmir. BJP may cobble a government with the help of defectors or it can be election in December of April-May.

Pranab Mukherjee and RSS

Pranab Mukherjee has been in the news for many days. For about two weeks it was about his acceptance of invitation to speak at RSS headquarters. Many Congress members did not want him to do that. Some had confidence that he will say the right thing. His daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee did not want him there even though he may say the right thing. Speech will be forgotten, picture will remain, was her point of view.
On 7/6/2018 Pranab Mukherjee delivered his speech at RSS headquarters. Congress members were happy. He showed them the mirror. Had no doubt that Pranab will do the right thing. Such were the comments by Congress members. Those who were apprehensive were relieved and satisfied.
BJP’s Ram Madhav said it was a great speech. That speech and Mohan Bhagwat’s speech were complementary to each other. Nation First is the core message of both.
Soon a morphed photo of Pranab Mukherjee wearing RSS cap and giving RSS salute appeared. Sharmistha Mukherjee said she was afraid such a thing would happen. Congress members said BJP members have done it. BJP members questioned Congress for proof and said Congress members have done it.
For long Narendra Modi’s slogan has been Congress-Free India. If RSS had endorsed that it would have been difficult for Pranab Mukherjee to address RSS members. On 1/4/2018 at a book launch in Poona RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Congress-Free India is a political slogan. It is not the language of RSS. It wants to include everyone in the process of nation building including those who oppose it. Way for Pranab Mukherjee to address RSS members was clear.
Pranab Mukherjee insisted on two things. First, his speech will be the last during the gathering as he was former President of India and protocol demanded that. As per RSS protocol Mohan Bhagwat would have been the last speaker. When former Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis was the chief guest he had indirectly spoken against RSS. Mohan Bhagwat had rebutted him immediately. Second, the chairs on the stage had to be of odd number and Pranab Mukherjee was to sit in the centre. Pranab Mukherjee had his way. He was to be the last speaker and consequently no rebuttal on stage. There were five chairs and Pranab Mukherjee was the centre.
In the days that followed speculation cropped up that RSS wants Pranab Mukherjee as Prime Minister in case BJP does not win 2019 Lok Sabha election. Sharmistha Mukherjee tweeted that her father has retired from politics and he will not get back into politics.
Meghnad Desai wrote that Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to RSS members was revenge served cold to Gandhi family for not making him Prime Minister. Gandhi family did not even make him Home Minister. It was humiliation for Pranab Mukherjee to serve under Manmohan Singh who was Governor of Reserve Bank of India when Pranab Mukherjee was Finance Minister. Rahul Gandhi speaks against RSS and Pranab Mukherjee has undercut him.

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