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War clouds clearing,


tensions remain
Safe return of Indian Indian dossier has no Pak action against India‐Pak go ahead
8 pilot helped de‐escalate 8 'evidence', says Pak as 8 terror outfits an 8 with Kartarpur
military conflict Masood kin held eyewash, claims India corridor meeting
New Delhi: Clearly, neither India scheduled in mid‑March.
nor Pakistan wanted a full‑fledged Yet, Pakistan is still not ready to
war, so after India avenged genuinely address Indiaʼs main
Pulwama attack with air strikes complaint that Islamabad harbors
deep in enemy territory, and the terror masterminds and organ‑
Pakistan too saved face by a count‑ izations that foment trouble in
er attack, both sides have avoided Kashmir. Islamabad said a dossier
further escalation of the conflict. submitted by New Delhi lacks
After the fast and furious events of “concrete evidence” linking
the last week, the international Pakistan with the suicide bombing
community too advised caution to that killed over 40 CRPF trooper. It
the nuclear neighbors. said on Tuesday that it has arrest‑
The capture and release by ed the brother and son of JeM
Pakistan of the brave Indian pilot chief Maulana Masood Azhar and
Abhinandan Varthaman played a 42 others as part of a crackdown
part in de‑escalation as he became on Islamist groups following
the face of the human cost of war. intense diplomatic pressure. The
The tensions between New Delhi brother, Mufti Abdur Rauf, and
and Islamabad remain, no doubt, Hammad Azhar, a son of the now
as cross‑firing along the LOC in reportedly ailing Jaish‑e‑
Jammu and Kashmir has contin‑ Mohammed (JeM) chief, were
ued. But the Samjhauta Express Continued on page 4
train linking the two nations has
resumed its runs. The Kartarpur See detailed stories The safe return last week of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman was celebrated across India. His
corridor talks are going ahead as and op‑eds pages 10‑15. release announced by Pakistan PM Imran Khan was hailed in his country as a master stroke of diplomacy.

Trump ending $5.6 B preferential 59 Nobel laureates urge Modi,


trade program for India Imran to defuse tensions
New Delhi: Downplaying the likely effects of Washington: Fifty nine Nobel laureates have
the US withdrawal of benefits for Indian written letters to the Prime Ministers of
exports under the Generalised System of India and Pakistan urging them to “defuse
Preferences (GSP) program, Commerce the rising tensions” between the two coun‑
Secretary Anup Wadhawan has said the tries, according to a statement.
decision will not have any major impact on A letter signed by the Nobel laureates,
overall Indian exports to the US as the con‑ under the aegis of the Laureates and
cessions availed under the scheme were Leaders for Children ̶ a platform founded
“minimal”. Speaking to reporters in New President Trump accused New Delhi of by Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi ̶
Delhi on Tuesday, Wadhawan said: “Total not providing Washington “equitable and was submitted to India and Pakistanʼs
GSP benefits availed by India under the GSP reasonable access” to its markets. Permanent Representatives to the UN on Joint Nobel Peace Prize winners Kailash
program were to the Continued on page 4 (Photo courtesy Nation of Change) Saturday, the Continued on page 4 Satyarthi and Malala Yousufzai.

KASHMIR ATTACK AFTERMATH 10 OP-EDS 13 SPORTS 24 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS 30 excellence in journalism


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Eros rings Opening Bell at the NYSE for premiere of Metro Park series
New York: Eros Now, the cutting‑edge digi‑
tal over‑the‑top (OTT) South Asian enter‑ Prem Parameswaran, President - North America of
tainment platform owned by Eros Eros International, joined by Omi Vaidya, who stars in
International Plc (NYSE:EROS) (“Eros”), a
Global Indian Entertainment Company, Metro Park, rang the bell and screened two episodes of
announced the release of its latest original
digital series, Metro Park, on March 3. A
the original series for the media.
light‑hearted comedy, Metro Park revolves
around a Gujarati family based in suburban
New Jersey. To celebrate the launch of the
series, Prem Parameswaran, Group CFO
and President of Eros ‑ North America, and
Omi Vaidya, one of the stars of Metro Park,
rang The Opening Bell at the New York
Stock Exchange on March 1.
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Hillary and Bloomberg Protest at UN demands action


rule out 2020 run against Pak terror sponsors
New York: Former US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton has said that United Nations: Members of the
she won't run for President in 2020 Indian community and internation‑
but will continue to speak out about al supporters held a protest outside
politics, saying, "I'm not going any‑ the UN headquarters demanding
where". action against Pakistani leaders
"I'm not running, but I'm going to abetting terrorism and impose an
keep on working and speaking and arms embargo on Islamabad.
standing up for what I believe," CNN The protest on Sunday by about
Democratic candidate for WH in 400 people also included con‑
quoted 2016 Democratic presiden‑
2016 Hillary Clinton and former
tial nominee as saying in a TV inter‑ cerned citizens from the US,
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
view on Monday. Bangladesh, Caribbean countries,
"I want to be sure that people defeat Donald Trump in a general Sri Lanka and Israel, as well as from
understand I'm going to keep election,” the former New York City Pakistan's Balochistan province. Indian origin people joined by those from Bangladesh, Israel and
speaking out. I'm not going any‑ mayor wrote in an op‑ed published The protesters held up signs list‑ even Pakistan's Balochistan province.
where." When asked if she would by the news outlet Bloomberg that ing various terrorist attacks around and operate internationally. face international sanctions.
consider running for any elected bears his name. “But I am clear‑eyed the world linked to Pakistan ‑‑ from A memorandum from the protest‑ The JeM claimed responsibility
of fice again, Clinton said: "I don't about the difficulty of winning the Pulwama to New York's Times ers to the UN said the world body for the suicide bombing in Pulwama
think so," adding that she loves liv‑ Democratic nomination in such a Square, and from Mumbai to should declare Pakistan a global in Jammu and Kashmir on February
ing in New York and is grateful for crowded field.” Bloomberg suggest‑ London, and the Pakistani military's terrorist state and JeM leader 14 which killed over 40 CRPF per‑
the time she spent as Senator of the ed heʼll spend the time and money atrocities during Bangladesh's War Masood Azhar an international ter‑ sonne l. T he memorandum also
state. he would have spent on a 2020 run of Independence. rorist and impose sanctions on asked the UN to impose an arms
Strike another one of f the long instead on a variety of specific caus‑ Their posters also listed terrorist them. As a member of the Security embargo on Islamabad and finan‑
list of possible Democratic 2020 es, including the launch of a new cli‑ organizations like the Al Qaeda, Council, China has been protecting cial and trave l sanctions on
hopefuls: Michael Bloomberg. He mate campaign aimed at transition‑ Le T, JeM, Haqqani Network, Azhar and has vetoed ef forts by Pakistani political and military lead‑
announced Tuesday that he will not ing the United States to a carbon‑ Taliban, Laskshar‑e‑Omar, Sipah‑e‑ other members to add him to the ers involved in protecting and aid‑
run for president. “I believe I would free economy. Sahaba that are based in Pakistan list of global terrorists so he would ing terrorist organizations.
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India beat Australia by 8 War clouds clearing,


tensions remain
Continued from page 1
deficits, made the announcement in a letter
to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice
President Mike Pence.

runs in last over thriller among those whose names were men‑
tioned in the dossier India handed over to
The US Trade Representativeʼs Office
(USTR) said that the preferences will end in
60 days after the notification to the
Nagpur: A brilliant century by skipper Virat almost till the end, scoring 116 runs off 120 Pakistan last week, Minister of State for
Kohli and a disciplined bowling ef fort saw balls with 10 boundaries studding his patient Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said. Congress and the Indian government.
India defeat Australia by eight runs in the innings. Vijay scored 46 of f 41 deliveries However, the move is being dubbed by The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
second ODI here re on Tuesday. India now before being run out. Indian officials as an eyewash as in the sources said the government will continue
have a 2‑0 lead in the five‑match series. The Australian chase was off to a promis‑ past too, Pakistan had taken several top to talk to the US during the 60‑day period.
Chasing a target of 251 runs, the visitors ing start with Aaron Finch and Usman terror chiefs under observation, but the They said that efforts were being made to
were dismissed for 242 runs in 49.3 overs. Khawaja putting together an 83‑run opening terror organizations continued to grow and find a reasonable package and said the
Asked to bat first, the hosts were bowled partnership. The visitors, however, lost their carry out attacks across borders. On sever‑ problem was not systemic.
out for 250 runs in 48.2 overs. Despite way after that as they lost wickets at regular al occasions, under‑pressure Pakistan took The Commerce Secretary also said the US
Kohli's century and a disciplined innings intervals. Left‑arm wrist spinner Kuldeep terror operators into preventive custody. went ahead with the withdrawal of benefits
from Vijay Shankar, most Indian batsmen Yadav was the most successful among the Jamat‑ud‑Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was despite the Indian government working out
failed to rise to the occasion. Indian bowlers with figures of 3/54 in his 10 put under house arrest, while 26/11 mas‑ on an “extensive, reasonable, meaningful
Coming in to bat after Rohit Sharma was overs. Shankar and Jarprit Bumrah claimed termind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was also in package which covered almost all the US
dismissed in the very first over, Kohli batted two wickets each. preventive custody, but India claims that concerns”. “Of course there were some
this is not enough and Pakistan needs to additional requests beyond that, which

Pak Finance Secretary warns of take some real action against them.
Meanwhile, amid fears that recent India‑
Pakistan tensions could put paid to the
could not be accepted at this time,” he said.

59 Nobel laureates urge Modi,

sanctions over FATF non-compliance progress of Kartarpur corridor, India is


going ahead with plans as agreed earlier.
Imran to defuse
tensions
Continued from page 1
Islamabad: The federal secretary of the Asia Pacific Group (APG) and ICRG. The external affairs ministry is ready for a
meeting of officials of the two countries in statement said on Sunday. “In the best
finance division of Pakistan on Tuesday Therefore, the FATF urged “Pakistan to
India on March 14 to finalize modalities interest of our children, we, the Laureates
warned that Pakistan might face economic swiftly complete its action plan, particular‑
and decide the coordinates for the crossing and Leaders for Children call upon the
sanct ions over non‑implementat ion of ly those with timelines of May 2019” to
point of the corridor on the international Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recom‑ address strategic deficiencies.
border. A statement issued by Pakistanʼs the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan
mendations.
to demonstrate wise leadership and exer‑
Finance Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan said Letter to the Editor Foreign Office on Tuesday said a delega‑
tion will visit New Delhi on March 14 and cise immediate restraint at this critical
Pakistan had to take strict measures to
implement the FATF recommendations. Make chai not war this will be followed by the return visit of juncture, to avoid any escalation into a full‑

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an Indian delegation to Islamabad on fledged war,” the letter read.
He said that the country had to proceed am a proud Hindu born in India and
March 28 to discuss the draft agreement. “There is no place for violence, extrem‑
against the banned outfits in the light of now I am a world citi‑
ism and terrorism in a civilized world. This
FATF recommendations. He expressed appre‑ zen. I am grateful to
hensions that Pakistan might face economic Indian philosophy for
Trump ending $5.6 B epidemic has to be uprooted through con‑
sanctions if the FATF recommendations were teaching me how to try
preferential trade crete and time‑bound actions.
ignored and not implemented. T he to live in harmony with program for India “We reiterate that children never create
Continued from page 1 wars but are the worst sufferers.
International Cooperation Review Group the world. India has been
tune of $190 million on a trade $5.6 bil‑ Therefore, we appeal to the two Prime
(ICRG) of the FATF that reviewed Pakistanʼs a spiritual teacher for the
lion. So, the benefits both in an absolute Ministers, faith institutions, media, youth
action plan in recent meetings was not satis‑ world and I am hoping we can find a solu‑
sense, and as a percentage of the trade and the citizens of both India and Pakistan
fied with the progress on milestones set for tion to our conflicts with love and com‑
involved, are very minimal and moderate.” to work towards the restoration of peace in
January 2019. This was despite improve‑ munication. I will have chai any time with
US President Donald Trump on Monday the region with utmost urgency,” the letter
ments in the anti‑money laundering and com‑ anybody rather than talk of war.
announced that he was ending Indiaʼs stated.
bating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) Please join me in sending positive energy
trade concessions under the GSP program The Nobel laureates who signed the
regime and integrated database for currency in this world.
accusing New Delhi of not providing appeal included Malala Yousafzai, Leyma
declaration arrangements. ‑Tirlok Malik
Washington “equitable and reasonable Gbowee, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman,
It expressed concern over Pakistani author‑ Ayurveda lifestyle speaker,
access” to its markets. Muhammad Yunus, José Ramos‑Horta,
itiesʼ inability to demonstrate why they con‑ motivational guide, Emmy Award
Trump, who is on a mission to expand Edvard Ingjald Moser and May‑Britt Mose
sidered eight proscribed entities to be low nominated filmmaker in NYC
market access abroad and end US trade among others.
risk as opposed to the high‑risk view of the

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Indra Nooyi named to Passports of 45 NRIs


canceled for abandoning
Amazon board their wives: Maneka Gandhi
New Delhi: The government has canceled passports
New York: Amazon Fe b. 25 her election, Nooyi was granted a of 45 non‑resident Indians for abandoning their
announced that its board of directors restricted stock unit award under the wives, Women and Child Development Minister
elected former PepsiCo chief execu‑ companyʼs 1997 Stock Incentive Plan Maneka Gandhi has said.
tive officer Indra K. Nooyi as a direc‑ for 549 shares of common stock of The Integrated Nodal Agency made to look into the
tor, as well as naming her to the Audit the company, to vest in three equal matter has been issuing Look‑Out Circulars to
Committee of the board. annual installments beginning on absconding husbands in cases of NRI marriages and
The announcement was filed by May 15, 2020, assuming continued 45 passports have been impounded by the External
Amazon.com Inc.'s senior vice presi‑ service as a director, Amazon noted in Affairs Ministry, Gandhi said. The agency is chaired
dent David A. Zapolsky to the U.S. its report filed to the SEC. by the secretary in the women and child development
Securities and Exchange Commission. Nooyi also entered into an indemni‑ ministry, Rakesh Srivastava.
Nooyi was the CEO of PepsiCo from fication agreement with Amazon in Gandhi said the government has also introduced a
October 2006 to October 2018, the same form as its other directors Bill in Rajya Sabha to give justice to the women who
where she also served as the chair‑ have entered, the company added. have been abandoned by their NRI husbands, but
man of its board of directors from Nooyi is the second woman ̶ and expressed dismay that the Bill has got stalled in the
May 2007 to February 2019. the second woman of color ̶ to be upper House. The Bill envisages registration of mar‑
The Indian American executive was added to Amazonʼs board in the past riages by non‑resident Indians, amendment of the
elected to PepsiCoʼs board of direc‑ month. Passports Act, 1967 and Amendment to the Code of
tors and became its president and Indra Nooyi Starbucks execut ive Rosalind Criminal Procedure, 1973.
chief financial of ficer in 2001, and Brewer joined the board on Feb. 4, The Bill is a joint initiative of the External Affairs
held leadership roles in finance, cor‑ PepsiCo in 1994. Nooyi has served as according to reports. Ministry, Ministry of Women and Child Development,
porate strategy and development, and a director of Schlumberger Limited Amazon now has six men and five Ministry of Home Af fairs and Ministry of Law and
strateg ic planning after joining since April 2015. In connection with women on its 11‑member board. Justice. (PTI)

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AIA NYʼs Desi Next organizes Women's careers take flight


funfilled valentine event through WINGS for Growth
I
nspired by her late father, Varsha
Waishampayan followed her passion to
give back to others, and in doing so, cre‑
ated WINGS for Growth, a mentoring non‑
profit organization geared for women.
Unlike many mentoring programs, WINGS
takes more of a holistic approach focusing
on external talent development instead of
internal job promotions and corporate cul‑
ture.
WINGS, which stands for "Womenʼs
Initiative to Nurture Growth and Success,"
assists women to navigate their careers by
ensuring they learn the right skills to not
only enter the workforce but survive and
thrive to become leaders. In its first two
years, WINGS mentored 15 women in vari‑
Varsha Waishampayan
ous points of their careers.
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"I knew that women could gain significant
experience from a structured mentoring three dif ferent components ̶ one‑on‑one
relationship and effective curriculum‑based mentoring, coaching through classroom
Over 50 young couples attended the event coaching," Waishampayan said. "At the end, workshops and a project related to the non‑
we see such transformational results in our profit organization of the mentee's choice.

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he Association of Indians in renowned DJ. Everybody enjoyed a lot almost three years." (Source: mycentraljersey.com)
America, NY Chapter (AIA‑NY) and complimented the organization Before WINGS, Waishampayan spent near‑
organized its first Valentine and the young team of Anuj, Atul & ly 30 years on Wall Street. Primarily in the
Dinner & Dance Event under its recent‑
ly launched “Desi Next” at Leonardʼs
Rajeev for arranging such a fun‑filled
event, which was a huge success.
investment banking field, her last venture
took her to the offices of
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promote networking within young hard to bring programs focused on tion also includes a bachelor and masters in
chemistry, which allowed her to both men‑
a well established Pharmacy
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event and had a great time. Everybody tion. We have been trying to continue level. Prior to creating WINGS for Growth, Contact :
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MIT India Conference 2019 reflects on 'India's Competitive Edge'


M
IT India Conference Freedom. her very interesting presentation
2019, organized by the In Session 2: Business frontiers: on Deciphering the Invisible
MIT India team that opportunities and challenges, two Universe. She talked about cosmol‑
included the lead chairs, namely eminent businessmen presented ogy, gravitational lensing and
Aditi Shankar, Neil S. Gaikwad, their very interesting talks. Satish black hole physics. Indrani Medhi
Kritarth Yudhish and lead vice Reddy talked about Indiaʼs T hies spoke on Designing
presidents, Amit Kumar, Anchal Compet it ive Edge in the Technologies for Global Social
Goyal, Anupam Jena, and many Pharmaceutical industry, Sanjay Inclusion.
others, was he ld on February Mehta spoke about Building Session 4: Culture and
16th. Sustainable Businesses for a Innovation started with a speech
Several eminent speakers from Healthier Planet. by Manasi Kirloskar on Education
different fields of life and a large After this, in a brief video con‑ in Free India. Ami Shrof f spoke
audience that comprised especial‑ ference, Anil Kumble talked about about Empowering Women
ly students, young professional, observe a 30‑second silence for was followed by a fireside chat his personal experiences on being Art isans throug h So cial
and startup entrepreneurs attend‑ the Indian soldiers who died in the with Robin Bose. time on and of f the cricket field. Entrepreneurship.
ed the event. Melanie Mala Ghosh, Pulwama terrorist attack on Feb For the Session 1: Gearing India He said that he enjoys not only Anil Kumar Gupta talked about
Managing Director, MIT‑India & 14th. They also highlighted the for the future through policy and playing and coaching cricket but Creating Knowledge Networks to
MIT‑South Asia, and Prof. S.P. objectives and plans for the con‑ institutions, Dr. Subramanian also being an engineer, he wanted Fuel Grassroots Innovations.
Kothari, the Gordon Y Billard ference. Prof Mala Ghosh made Swamy joined the session through to accept the new startup opportu‑ D. R. Mehtaʼs presentation on
Professor of Account ing and her remarks about the MIT India a video conference and presented nity with Microsoft and succeed in Af fordable Healthcare: Role of
Finance, MIT Sloan School of Program and announced awards his brilliant insight about Indiaʼs this new endeavor. Entrepreneurship and Technology
Management were the advisors of and honored Professor S.P. Economic Posit ioning in the In Session 3: STEAM (Science, created very genuine curiosity
the conference. The theme of the Kothari and Vikram Kirloskar for Global Perspective. He said that Tech, Eng ineering, Arts, about his projects and selfless vol‑
2019 conference was “Indiaʼs their outstanding contribution to India is doing good in many eco‑ Mathemat ics), Anupam Kher unteer work. Lastly, in a short‑pre‑
Competitive Edge” that aimed at their fields and community. nomic, finance, and business areas spoke on, Evolution of Indian recorded video message Prakash
reflecting on what unique factors Opening remarks of the confer‑ and suggested some beneficial Cinema. Whatʼs Next. He answered Javadekar, the current govern‑
allowed India to thrive in science, ence were made by Prof. S. P. measures for the government to all the questions of the audiences mentʼs Union Minister of Ministry
sports, art, literature, and technol‑ Kothari, this episode was followed make rapid progress in these in a w itty and funny manner of Human Resource Development
ogy despite fewer resources at its by his Fireside Chat with Vikram areas. under Fireside chat with Prof. (MHRD), talked about many gov‑
disposal. The co‑chairs addressed Kirloskar. Preetish Nijhawanʼs Shereen Bhan presented her Kothari. ernments policies that are going
the audiences by welcoming them presentation on the Impact of MIT powerful views on Indian Media: Prof. Priyamvada Natarajan to help to shape his ministryʼs
warmly and requesting them to and India on Entrepreneurship Tussle Between Accountability & from Yale University presented schemes and projects.

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Calif. Cub Scout Aryan Tolani earns Reihan Salam named president
Arrow of Light medal
of The Manhattan Institute
T
Aryan Tolani was presented
the Arrow of Light medal at a he Manhattan Institute, a conserva‑
ceremony on Feb 24 by Mayor t ive think tank, named former
Tara Campbell, City of Yorba National Review executive editor
Linda, CA. This is the highest Reihan Salam as its next president in an
award in Cub Scouts, leading announcement Jan. 20.
to the kid becoming a Boy The Brooklyn, New York‑born Salam is
Scout. Said Aryan, son of the son of Bangladeshi American immi‑
Prince Organization CEO Sunil grants. He will succeed the outgoing presi‑
Tolani, "I want to earn the dent, Lawrence J. Mone, who has been
coveted Eagle Scout rank and with the Institute for 37 years.
help others and our
Salam was characterized as “literary
communities to clean up
Brooklynʼs favorite conservative,” in a
parks, build bike racks. But
seeing news of school 2014 profile in New York magazine. Last
shootings, want to help in year, Salam released "Melting Pot or Civil Reihan Salam
preparing to thwart shooters." War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case
Against Open Borders,” in which he con‑ vative thinkers and policymakers,” said
cluded that current U.S. immigration poli‑ The Manhattan Institute chairman Paul
cy is creating a permanent underclass. Singer.
Brooklyn to get a new ice‑cream “When youʼre looking at folks who are “This is a critical moment for New York
struggling, folks who are lower income, a and for the whole country. Iʼm excited for
shop devoted to flavors of India very large proportion of them are first or the Institute and for the future,” he said.

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second generation,” wrote Salam, whose Salam is also a National Review Institute
ooja Bavishi had to be told three Philadelphia–style base, Bavishi went all‑in
father is an accountant and mother a dieti‑ Policy Fellow, a contributing editor at The
times that she should open her in May 2015, selling ice‑creams influ‑
cian. Atlantic and National Af fairs, and, in
own ice‑cream business. First by enced by her Indian‑American upbringing
Salam ̶ who has served as the execu‑ 2017, was named a Young Global Leader
her own parents, who ran a textile busi‑ at the cityʼs various food markets, under
tive director of the National Review since of the World Economic Forum. He also co‑
ness for most of her life. Then by her the Malai Ice Cream banner. After success
2014 ̶ has also taken several progres‑ authored the book “Grand New Party,”
friends, who fell for a ginger and star at markets and in the wholesale realm,
sive views: he supports gay marriage, the with Ross Douthat, which envisioned how
anise ice‑cream, she made for Bavishi finally opened a permanent shop
decriminalization of certain drugs, and Republicans could take back their party.
Friendsgiving a few years ago. And finally, on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, March
legalizing prostitution. “Iʼm enormously grateful to the selec‑
by one of her business‑school professors 2. To start, the shop will showcase 12 of
“I am delighted that Reihan Salam will tion committee and MIʼs board for entrust‑
at NYU. “Iʼd been talking about it as a far‑ the 23 flavors Bavishi has developed over
be our new president. Reihan is a New ing me with such an important job,” said
of f dream,” Bavishi says. “I didnʼt trust the last 4 years. Some, like Turkish coffee,
Yorker born‑and‑bred, a product of the Salam. “I know not only that ideas matter,
myself at that point.” But after taking Penn masala chai, salted brown butter pecan,
cityʼs public schools, a brilliant communi‑ in other words, but also that MIʼs ideas
Stateʼs three‑day crash course in all things toasted nutmeg, and sea salt vanilla will be
cator, and already a leader among conser‑ can change lives for the better.”
ice‑cream and perfecting an eggless, accessible to most ice‑cream lovers.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL March 9-15, 2019 7

Teen Kavya Kopparapu Time for Pakistanʼs


gets 2019 National STEM leaders to stand up against
Education Award extremists: Gabbard
Washington, DC: An Indian‑American
Washington, DC: Itʼs time for Pakistanʼs
teenager has been conferred with the 2019
leaders to stand up against extremists,
Nat ional STEM (Science, Technolog y,
Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi
Engineering and Math) Education Award for
Gabbard has said, as she slammed the
her ground‑breaking invention designed to
country for providing terrorists with a safe
improve treatments for glioblastoma, the
haven which is causing tensions with
deadliest form of brain cancer.
India. Tensions have escalated between
T he $10,000 award g iven by STEM
India and Pakistan after the February 14
Education US, recognizes Kavya Kopparapu,
Pulwama attack claimed by Pakistan‑
19, of Herndon, Virginia, as an "extraordi‑
based terror group Jaish‑e‑Mohammed
narily talented and accomplished" individual
(JeM). Forty CRPF soldiers were killed in
"who has meaningfully promoted STEM edu‑ Nikki Haley
the attack.
cation." Yoho also urged Pakistan to take meaning‑
India carried out air strikes against the
A freshman at Harvard University study‑ ful steps to address terrorist groups.
biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In
ing computer science and biology, the bud‑ “Congress and the Indo‑Pacific region
Kavya has been recognized for her the operation, the government said several
ding scientist has invented GlioVision, a pre‑ are carefully watching the latest tensions
invention to improve brain cancer treat JeM terrorists, trainers, senior command‑
cision medicine platform powered by between India and Pakistan. The last thing
ers and groups of jihadis who were being
Artificial Intelligence (AI) that predicts brain disease, and to encourage others to pursue the region and the world needs is a con‑
trained for suicide attacks were killed.
tumor characteristics in a fraction of the their expertise in STEM‑related fields. flict between two countries armed with
“As long as Pakistan is providing terror‑
time and cost of traditional methods by Also a social entrepreneur, Kavya is the nuclear weapons,” he said.
ists with a safe haven, there will be height‑
using a scanned image of a biopsy rather founder and CEO of Girls Computing League, “I urge Pakistan to take meaningful
ened tensions between the two countries,”
than a DNA sample. a non‑profit organization which has raised steps to address terrorist groups operat‑
Gabbard said.
It is a major step to targeted treatment for over $100,000 for computer science pro‑ ing within their country and for both gov‑
“Itʼs time for Pakistanʼs leaders to stand
patients with cancer which uses a deep gramming that impacts more than 3,800 ernments to resolve their dif ferences
up against the extremists and terrorists,”
learning computer system to determine the American students. peacefully,” said Yoho, Lead Republican
said Gabbard, a former co‑chair of the
molecular and genetic signature of a brain An experienced speaker, she has delivered for the House Foreign Af fairs
House Caucus for India and Indian
tumor with 100 percent accuracy. talks at the Smithsonian Institution, NASA Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and
Americans. Gabbard is the four‑time law‑
Kavya has been recognized for her com‑ Kennedy Space Centre, and participated in Nonproliferation. (PTI)
maker from Hawaii. Congressman Ted
mendable efforts to battle a rare but deadly several AI conferences. (IANS)

Aruna Miller named


Impact Executive Director
Washington, DC: Former Maryland State will continue building Impact into an
Delegate and former 2018 Congressional organization that will be extraordinarily
candidate Aruna Miller is now executive helpful to future generations.”
director of the Indian American Impact “As a former candidate and elected offi‑
Project and Impact Fund. Former Maryland cial who has campaigned, won votes, and
state Del. Aruna Miller has been named the served in office, Aruna is the ideal person
new executive director of the Indian to lead Impact,” said Goyle, a former mem‑
American Impact Project and the Indian ber of the Kansas House of Representatives.
American Impact Fund. “She has the perfect combination of skills
She succeeds Gautam Raghavan, the and personal experience to take this organ‑
founding executive director who left the ization to the next level. Anyone who has
organization in December to serve as the met, worked with, or voted for Aruna
chief of staf f to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D‑ knows her future is bright. We are excited
WA. Miller, an engineer by profession, to have her at the helm of Impact.”
served in the Maryland State House from Miller brings along several years of
2010 to 2018. Last year, she ran for invaluable experiences in politics and pub‑
Congress from Marylandʼs 6th congression‑ lic service as well as her innovative think‑
al district. The Impact said in a press ing and new vision.
release that the Miller was selected after a During her tenure at the Maryland State
nationwide search. “I am honored and excit‑ House, Miller worked to invest in STEM
ed to work with Impact,” Miller said in the education, streamlined the regulatory
release. “I am particularly gratified to be process for small businesses and brought
part of an organization dedicated to engag‑ jobs to Maryland.
ing Indian Americans, one of the fastest During her bid for Congress in 2018,
growing populations in the United States. I Miller came out second out of eight candi‑
hope to further Impactʼs mission to develop dates. She earned endorsements from the
and support talented individuals have the Impact Fund, Emilyʼs List, and the Sierra
desire to become influential leaders in our Club, among other organizations, as well as
democracy.” all four Indian American members of the
The two co‑founders of the organization, House of Representatives.
Deepak Raj and Raj Goyle, said Miller as the T he Indian American Impact Fund
right candidate to lead Impact in a key elec‑ endorses and supports candidates from the
tion cycle. community who may be embarking on a
“Aruna shares our passion for building political career. It helps to convene, recruit
political power in the Indian American and train, endorse as well as fund candi‑
community,” Raj said. “With her leadership, dates.
8 March 9-15, 2019 NATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Bernie Sanders names Ro Khanna presidential campaign co‑chair


Washington, DC: Independent country, according to the about his fellow Californians Sen.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont senatorʼs campaign Kamala Harris, who is running
Vermont, who is seeking another staff, according to the report. for president; and Dublin Rep.
bid for president after an unsuc‑ Khanna, in particular, is likely Eric Swalwell, who is still making
cessful try in 2016, has named a to play a critical role in boosting up his mind, the Chronicle said.
diverse group of co‑chairs for his Sandersʼ chances in California. Khanna said he has “total
campaign, with Indian American The Golden State primary, where respect” for Harris and Swalwell,
Cong ressman Ro Khanna, D‑ home‑state Sen. Kamala Harris, a but backed Sanders because “he
Calif., among them. Democrat, would be a natural has the most comprehensive poli‑
In addition to Khanna, others favorite, is slated to occur on cies for what will prepare us for
assisting in the Sanders cam‑ March 3, 2020 ― much earlier the 21st century,” according to
paign include San Juan, Puerto than in previous primaries, the the Bay Area daily.
Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, report said. Khanna has teamed up with
former Ohio state Sen. Nina The San Francisco Chronicle Sanders on legislation attempt‑
Turner, and Ben Cohen, a co‑ Senator Bernie Sanders selected Ro Khanna (right) as one of four reports that Khanna said he will ing to stop U.S. support for the
founder of Ben & Jerryʼs ice presidential campaign co‑chairs. (Image courtesy: therealnews.com) he lp Sanders frame how Saudi war in Yemen, as well as a
cream. Cohen, a Vermonter, and Medicare for all and free public‑ bill that helped pressure Amazon
Turner, who is president of the diverse leadership, a quality that selection. college tuition, two cornerstones CEO Jef f Bezos into raising his
Sanders‑backed political non‑ critics felt his 2016 campaign “Together, along with a million‑ of his campaign, will help the employeesʼ wages, the
profit, Our Revolution, are veter‑ lacked. Of the group, just Cohen person grassroots movement, we tech sector. He will also help Huffington Post noted.
ans of Sandersʼ 2016 presidential is a white man, the Post said. will confront the powerful spe‑ Sanders craft policies on how to “Every 50 years, there is some‑
run, Huffington Post reported. “To win this election and build cial interests that dominate the bring tech jobs to rural parts of one who can fundamentally alter
But the addition of Khanna and a movement to defeat Donald economic and political life of our America and communities of the course of American politics,”
Cruz reflects the degree to which Trump, we must bring together a country and enact an agenda that color, particularly as artificial said Khanna. “Bernie Sanders has
Sanders has expanded his influ‑ team prepared to fight for eco‑ represents all the people, not just intelligence looms as a potential the chance to reorient our eco‑
ence in the years since he chal‑ nomic, social, racial and environ‑ powerful special interests,” the replacement for workers in many nomic policy towards workers
lenged Hillary Clinton for the mental just ice ― and thatʼs candidate added. job sectors. and communities left behind
Democratic presidential nomina‑ exactly what Nina, Ro, Carmen The co‑chairs will serve as cen‑ Khanna said he told Sanders instead of corporate interests
tion, the report said. and Ben have been doing their tral advisers to Sandersʼ cam‑ that “Iʼm happy to make the posi‑ and to reorient our foreign policy
Whatʼs more, the four‑person entire lives,” Sanders said in a paign, helping generate enthusi‑ tive case for you, but Iʼm not to prioritize peace, diplomacy
slate provides Sandersʼ bid with statement announcing their asm for his candidacy across the going to say anything negative” and restraint instead of war.”

Sherin Mathews' foster Raja Krishnamoorthi


mother released from jail named assistant whip
Houston: The foster mother of
Sherin Mathews, the 3‑year‑old
for 116th Congress
Washington, DC: Second‑term lation. They work with members
girl found dead in Dallas in 2017,
U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D‑ of the Caucus to answer any
has been released from jail after
Ill., was named an assistant whip questions or address any con‑
15 months after child endanger‑
for the 116th Cong ress by cerns that Members may have
ment charges against her were
Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, with upcoming bills.
dropped due to lack of evidence.
Krishnamoorthiʼs office said in a “Iʼm pleased that Congressman
Sherin Mathews, adopted by
Feb. 25 news release. Krishnamoorthi will be joining
Wesley and Sini Mathews in
“I am honored to be selected my Whip team as an Assistant
2016, was found dead in a culvert
for the assistant whip position,” Whip for the 116th Congress,”
near the family home in Texas,
the Indian American congress‑ said Clyburn.
two weeks after her family report‑
man said in a statement. “This “Congressman Krishnamoorthi
ed her missing.
position is integral in rallying will play a critical role in my
Sini Mathews was charged after
my colleagues together to pass W hip operat ion, he lping us
prosecutors said she left her
important legislation. I look for‑ ensure that every voice of the
adopted daughter alone at home Sherin Mathews, adopted by Wesley and Sini Mathews in 2016, was
ward to bringing our diverse most diverse Caucus ever is
while she and her husband went found dead in a culvert near the family home in Texas.
caucus together so that we can heard as we consider legislation
to dinner with their other daugh‑
with family members in Houston. Criminal District Court, the Dallas continue to pass legislation that to move our country in a positive
ter, the night before the Sherin
She said that the past 15 months County District Attorney wrote will deliver meaningful results direction,” Clyburn added. “I look
was reported missing.
she spent in jail awaiting trial that "after extensive investigation, for working families across forward to working w ith
Coming out of jail Friday, Sini
were "challenging." it has been determined that the America.” Congressman Krishnamoorthi to
Mathews told reporters she felt
Her husband Wesley Mathews state cannot prove this matter Assistant Whips are responsi‑ ensure that Democrats deliver
"blessed" that charges against her
still faces a capital murder charge beyond a reasonable doubt at this ble for helping the Whip opera‑ on their promise to advance an
were dismissed and that she has
and is being held on a $1 million t ime... the state respectfully tion get an accurate read on agenda that will have a positive
been looking forward to a
bond. His trial is set for May. requests that this case be dis‑ where members of the Caucus impact on Americansʼ everyday
reunion w ith her biolog ical
In a letter to the 282nd missed without prejudice." (PTI) stand on certain pieces of legis‑ lives,” he said.
daughter, who has been living
TheSouthAsianTimes.info DIASPORA March 9-15, 2019 9

Indian professionals,
students get majority
UK visas in 2018
London: Skilled professionals and students at 99,723 visas but marking only a 13 per‑
from India received a majority of UK visas in cent hike.
2018, according to the latest statistics China held on to the tourist visa lead, with
revealed by the Home Office on Thursday. 56,095 or 11 percent more visitor visas
Indian professionals, including doctors granted to Chinese nationals last year com‑
and software engineers, have dominated pared to an increase of 43,771, or 10 per‑
Britain's Tier‑2 skilled visa category for cent, for Indian nationals.
some time, accounting for 54 percent of all "Chinese and Indian nationals together
such visas granted in 2018. accounted for just under half, 48 percent, of
In the latest analysis, the Home Office said all visitor visas granted," the Home Of fice
that Indian nationals marked the largest said.
increase in the grant of Tier 2 visas, up by 6 Last year, British Prime Minister Theresa
percent at 3,023 more visas compared to May had pledged that Brexit would level the
the previous year. playing field for migrant workers coming to
The analysis also noted a hike in the num‑ work in the UK, with EU migrant workers no
ber of student visas granted to Indians last longer being able to "jump the queue" ahead
year, up 35 percent to hit 19,505, with of those from countries like India under her
Chinese students dominating that segment government's post‑Brexit immigration plans.

WWII spy Noor


Inayat Khan to get
‘Blue Plaque’ honor
London: Britain's World War II spy Noor against fascism and her message of
Inayat Khan was on Monday confirmed peace and tolerance of all religions is
as the first Indian‑origin woman to be even more relevant today," said Shrabani
honored with a Blue Plaque at her for‑ Basu, Chair of the Noor Inayat Khan
mer London home. T he Blue Plaque Memorial Trust (NIKMT ). "T he blue
scheme run by English Heritage honors plaque will be a wonderful addition to
notable people who lived or worked in the area that has a special association
particular buildings across London. Noor with Noor.
Inayat Khan's plaque is set to go up at 4 It will be the first Blue Plaque for a
Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, where she woman of Indian‑origin in Britain and is
lived as a secret agent during the war. a real honor," said Ms Basu, who has
Ms Khan, the daughter of Indian Sufi been campaigning for the plaque since
saint Hazrat Inayat Khan, was an agent 2006 as the author of "Spy Princess: The
for Britain's Special Operations Executive Life of Noor Inayat Khan".
(SOE) during World War II and was cap‑ Taviton Street is close to Gordon
tured and killed by the Nazis in 1944 at Square, which the NIKMT chose for the
just 30 years of age. "It is from this installation of a memorial bust in 2012
house that she left on her final and fatal of the spy, a descendant of the 18th cen‑
mission. Noor gave her life in the fight tury Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.

Do not fall prey to


bogus UAE job offers,
Consulate to Indians
Dubai: The Consulate General of India in labour.dubai@mea.gov.in and copy to cgof‑
Dubai has asked job seekers to stay away fice.dubai@mea.gov.in".
from fraudulent job advertisements luring It also attached a fake job of fer for
Indians to the UAE. English Lecturer from a university in the
In a statement, the Consulate said they UAE. The document details a lucrative
have come across at least two fraud job salary offer and various perks.
of fers made to Indian nationals in the However, there is a catch in the job
name of UAE companies. offer: it asks the candidate to "pay for visa
The Consulate said: "Job seekers should and work permit processing, as a proof of
not fall prey to such bogus job offers and readiness and seriousness to join our
in case of any doubt, may seek clarifica‑ team", which is not the procedure as the
tion from the Consulate by sending an employer is required to pay for these
email to Vice Consul (Labour) at services.
10 March 9-15, 2019 KASHMIR ATTACK AFTERMATH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

IAF pilot Abhinandan returns from Pakistan


Attari (Punjab): Ending high‑pitch
drama and uncertainty stretching
over several hours, Indian Air BJP flays Congress for raising
Force pilot Wing Commander
Abhinandan Varthaman, captured questions over Balakot air strike
by Pakistanis two days ago after
New Delhi: The aerial strike on for the sake of India, please
his MiG‑21 crashed inside
terror camps in Pakistans don't lower the morale, courage
Pakistan, returned to India.
Balakot has nothing to do with and prestige of our forces for
Dressed in a blue coat, grey
politics, the Bharatiya Janata your extraneous political inter‑
trousers and white shirt,
Party (BJP) has said and est," said Prasad, adding, "why
Abhinandan, with his unique mus‑
appealed the Congress not to doesn't the Congress understand
tache, was received by senior
lower the forces' morale for the mood of the country when
Border Security Force officers at
"extraneous political" interest. everybody has stood together".
9.21 p.m. at Zero Line that marks
Union Law Minister Ravi The Minister said the "contem‑
the India‑Pakistan land border.
Shankar Prasad said here on poraneous evidence" of the air
While one BSF officer shook his
Tuesday that the air strike was strike was available across the
hand, another put his arm around
conducted for the country's Line of Control (LoC). Even
the pilot to escort him back into
prestige, courage and national Pakistan could not deny the
India.
security, and against terrorism. strike as it said the Indian Air
"Feeling good to be back home,"
Answering questions raised by Force (IAF) launched bombs in
Abhinandan said in his first reac‑
Union MoS Defense Subhash Bhamre with IAF Wing Commander Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, fields. When no foreign country
tion after stepping into India, Abhinandan Varthaman in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS) P. Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal, raised questions over the strike,
according to Amritsar Deputy
Prasad appealed them not to the three Congress leaders were
Commissioner, Shivdular Singh da video in which Abhinandan Vice Marshal.
lower the forces' morale, saying quest ioning it, he said and
Dhillon, who received the IAF was forced to say tutored things. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner
"what is said here is shown by accused them of speaking what
pilot along with senior IAF and He was whisked from the Attari Shivdular Singh Dhillon said "hap‑
Pakistan media there". Pakistan says and hoped the
Border Security Force (BSF) of fi‑ Joint Check Post (JCP) complex piness in his (Abhinandan's) eyes
"I would appeal the Congress country would expose them.
cers. Abhinandan was accompa‑ under t ig ht security to the said it all" upon his return.
nied from Pakistan side by Group Amritsar International Airport for Dhillon said there was no par‑
Captain J.D. Kurian. He was sur‑ Delhi. Air Vice Marshall R.G.K. ticular reason for the delay by The Retreat Ceremony at the tempo. The BSF, which mans the
rounded by armed troopers of the Kapoor told the media outside the Pakistan in the pilot's return. Attari‑Wagah JCP between India check‑post and the 553‑km
Pakistan Rangers up to the bor‑ JCP that the Wing Commander Earlier, Abhinandan was formal‑ and Pakistan was canceled for Internat ional Border w ith
der gate. was "handed to us as per stan‑ ly handed over to officials of the Friday by the Border Security Pakistan in Punjab, was on high
The Wing Commander was in dard operating procedure of the Indian Hig h Commission at Force (BSF) owing to security con‑ alert. Punjab Police and other
Pakistani captivity for over 60 Indian Air Force". Wagah (in Pakistan) led by Group cerns linked to the pilot's return. security agencies had stationed
hours before his ordeal came to "He will now be taken for a Captain J.D. Kurian. Scores of enthusiastic people additional personnel in the area
an end after several hours of detailed medical check‑up. The T he 35‑year‑old Wing assembled at the border since since Friday morning.
uncertainty on Friday. check‑up is mandated particularly Commander was captured on Friday morning to give a hero's Pakistan Prime Minister Imran
Pakistani authorit ies kept because the of ficer had to eject Wednesday (February 27) by welcome to the IAF pilot. They Khan announced that the cap‑
de lay ing his return to India from an aeroplane which would Pakistan after his MiG‑21 Bison were carry ing the nat ional tured pilot will be freed as a
through the day on Friday for have put his entire body under was hit by Pakistan Air Force jets Tricolor flags, g arlands and "goodwill gesture" after New
unexplained reasons. Minutes great stress," Kapoor said. near the Line of Control (LoC) in posters. The people raised slo‑ Delhi demanded his uncondition‑
be fore his return, Pakistani "T he IAF is happy to have Jammu and Kashmir and it gans and sang patriotic songs to al, immediate and unharmed
authorities released a propagan‑ Abhinandan back," said the Air crashed in Pakistani territory. the beat of drums to keep up the release.

Masood Azhar's brother India, Pakistan should


held among 44 avoid further military
Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday the decisions taken by the
detained in a crackdown Mufti
Abdur Rauf, the brother of Jaish‑
e‑Mohammed ( Je M) chie f
Nat ional Security Committee
(NSC).
Interior Ministry Secretary
action: Pentagon
Washington: Acting US Defence focus is on de‑escalating ten‑
Maulana Masood Azhar, along Azam Suleman Khan said: "This is
Secretary Patrick Shanahan is sions and urging both of the
with 43 others affiliated with pro‑ across the board ‑ we don't want
focused on de‑ nations to avoid
scribed Islamist organizations to give the impression that we are
escalating ten‑ further military
operating in the country. against one organization."
sions between action," the state‑
T he crackdown came a day The crackdown is being linked
India and ment added.
after the Pakistan government to the suicide bombing claimed
Pakistan and has Tensions
issued an order to streamline a by the JeM that killed 40 CRPF
urged them both between the two
process for the implementation of troopers in Jammu and Kashmir's
to avoid further nuclear‑armed
sanctions against individuals and Pulwama on February 14 and the
Maulana Masood Azhar. military action, nations are still
entities of all banned outfits as later IAF bombing of Je M's
the Pentagon said, running high
designated by the UN Security "In the first phase of our action biggest training camp at Balakot
without saying if despite Pakistan
Council (UNSC). we have taken 44 people into pro‑ in Pakistan, sending India‑
he had spoken sending back one
Minister of State for Interior tective custody. We won't let any‑ Pakistan relations on a nosedive.
with his counter‑ of the captured
Shehryar Khan Afridi said in a one use Pakistani soil against A dossier shared by the Indian
parts from either IAF pilot.
press conference that the action anyone so that no force can inter‑ government with Pakistan last
nation. Pakistani jets
was taken without any foreign vene in Pakistan's domest ic week on Pulwama also mentioned Acting US Defence
In a statement, had targeted mili‑
pressure, the Pakistani media issues," Afridi said. the names of Mufti Abdur Rauf Secretary Patrick Shanahan
the Pentagon said tary installations
reported. The government also froze bank and Hammad Azhar, Khan said. "It
Shanahan had spoken with sen‑ in India a day after Indian
Hammad Azhar, reportedly a accounts and assets of the organi‑ does not mean that act ion is
ior US military officials about fighter jets crossed the Line of
close relative of Masood Azhar, sations banned by the UNSC. being taken against only those
the situation. Control and carried out air
was among those arrested in the The Interior Ministry said that individuals who are mentioned in
"Acting Secretary Shanahan's strikes at a major terror camp.
crackdown. the actions will continue as per the dossier.
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Air Force doesn't count casualties: IAF chief


Coimbatore: Amid a raging contro‑ assessment was a dif ferent aspect ation with a range of missiles and
versy over the damage inflicted on and it was dif ficult for the IAF to avionics.
the Jaish‑e‑Mohammad (JeM) terror confirm casualties. How many peo‑ He said it has all the systems like
camp in Balakot, IAF chief B.S. ple were inside the targets cannot chaffs, flares and other features.
Dhanoa on Monday said his force be said. The IAF chief also said that the
does not count human casualties He also defended the use of the first Rafale should come to India by
but the airstrike had hit the "target". vintage MiG‑21 Bison in the aerial September.
"The Indian Air Force is not in a engagement with a large package of Amidst various reports in the
position to clarify the number of intruding Pakistan Air Force (PAF) international media questioning the
casualties. The government will fighters on the Line of Control veracity of the Indian claim of
clarify that. We don't count human (LoC). shooting down a PAF F‑16, Dhanoa
casualties. We do not count how "One is a planned operation in said it is confirmed that the
many people were dead. We count which you plan and carry out. But American jets were used.
what targets we have hit or not. We when an adversary does a strike on On the question of the US object‑
hit our target. The air force doesn't you, every available aircraft goes in, ing to Pakistan using F‑16s in a
calculate casualty numbers. The irrespective of which aircraft it is. combat role against India, the IAF
government does that," he told the All aircraft are capable of fighting chief said he was not aware what is
media here. IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa (Photo: IANS) the enemy. the end‑user agreement between
"T he target has been clearly "The Mig‑21 Bison is a capable Washington and Islamabad over F‑
amplified by the Foreign Secretary consequence of the February 14 on Sunday that more than 250 ter‑ aircraft, it has been upgraded, it has 16s.
in a statement. If we plan to hit the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF rorists were killed in that airstrike. better radar, air‑to air missiles and "I don't know about the end‑user
target, we hit the target. Otherwise personnel were killed. Union Minister S.S. Ahluwalia had better weapons system," he said. agreement between Pakistan and
why would he (Pakistan Prime There has been a controversy said that the Balakot strike was to Refusing to get drawn into Prime the US."
Minister) have responded. If we over the number of people killed in convey a message that India has the Minister Narendra Modi's comment He said India has got the evidence
dropped bombs in the jungles why the attack on the JeM camp in capacity to strike deep inside that the outcome would have been of F‑16 fighter planes being used by
would he respond," Dhanoa said in Balakot. While officially no figures enemy lines and was not intended different had Rafale jets joined the Pakistan in its attack on India as a
his first public remarks on the have been given, BJP President to inflict any human casualties. service, Dhanoa said that after the part of the AMRAAM missile was
February 26 air force operation as a Amit Shah claimed in Ahmedabad Dhanoa said the bomb damage upgradation, the Bison is 3.5 gener‑ recovered from the Indian soil.

'Ban on Jamaat‑e‑ Navy chief


Islami will curb warns of seaborne
separatism in Valley' terror strikes
New Delhi: The "sole" agenda of the instrumental in "stone pe lting" and
Center's ban on Jamaat‑e‑Islami (J&K) is "recruit ing youth to join terrorism
to curb separat ism in Jammu and through radicalization" in the Valley. The
Kashmir as the organization has been the NIA has already registered a case against
"brain" behind the All Party Hurriyat it besides arresting several separatist
Conference (APHC) which, the investigat‑ leaders.
ing agencies claim, has been ideologically The Home Ministry's decision to ban
supporting Pakistan‑sponsored terrorism, the JeI (J&K) came after it received inputs
said sources in the Ministry of Home that the Hurriyat has become active to
Affairs. increase the "overground workers" sup‑
Sources said the JeI (J&K) has been port on the JeI's instructions for enhanc‑
"instrumental behind the APHC's role in ing terrorist activities, not only in J&K but
terror activities, especially in the Valley, across the country, said the official.
with the support of Pakistan for the last Asked about the number of "overground
three decades." workers," another senior Home Ministry
"The ban on JeI (J&K) is to ensure com‑ official told IANS it was not "as small" as
plete non‑functioning of the APHC as it it could be ignored and not "as big" as it
has been the brain behind the separatist couldn't be controlled.
group," said a Home Ministry official. The The JeI, banned on February 28 for five
ban would help the National Investigation years for indulging in activities prejudi‑ Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. (File Photo: IANS)
Agency (NIA) and other agencies take cial to internal security and public order
action against the JeI (J&K), which has with the potential to disrupt the unity and New Delhi: Observing that India is facing "T his violence was perpetrated by
been providing "logistic support" and integrity of the country, was proscribed state‑sponsored terrorism, Navy chief extremists aided and abetted by a state,
feeding "new ideas" to the APHC for first time in 1975 for two years by the Admiral Sunil Lanba on Tuesday warned which seeks to destabilize India. We also
spreading terrorism in the Valley, under J&K government. It was again banned by about terrorists being trained to carry out have reports of terrorists being trained to
the provisions of the Unlawful Activities the central government in 1990, which attacks even via sea route. carry out attacks with varying modus
(Prevention) Act (UAPA), said the official. continued till December 1993. Addressing the Indo‑Pacific Regional operandi, including through the medium of
The UAPA is aimed at prevention of The of ficial said after the ban on JeI, Dialogue, Admiral Lanba without taking the sea," said Lanba.
unlawful activities and associations in the the government now has full authority to names hit out at Pakistan for abetting ter‑ "We have seen how quickly terrorist
country. check the "balance sheets, account details, rorists, who carried out the February 14 groups evolve across the globe and this
Normally, the of ficial said, the probe activities and supporting figures" of the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir particular 'brand' of terror may we ll
agencies or the police would have to go organization. It can paralyze the Hurriyat that killed 40 CRPF troopers. become a g lobal problem in the near
through legal documentations and collect Conference. "India, however, faces a far more serious future.
"more strong evidence" to prove the ille‑ The Home Ministry sources said a size‑ version of terrorism ‑‑ state‑sponsored ter‑ "The Indian security establishment is con‑
gal activities of any organization. able section of JeI cadres have overtly rorism. You have all witnessed the horrific tinuously working to address this menace.
The APHC, the of ficial said, is a con‑ worked for militant organizations, espe‑ scale of the extremist attack in the Indian It is imperative that the global community
glomerate of organizations with "sepa‑ cially the Hizbul Muzahideen (HM), one of state of Jammu and Kashmir just three acts to contain and eliminate terrorism, in
ratist and terrorist leanings" and has been the biggest terror groups active in J&K. weeks ago," he said. all its forms," he added.
12 March 9-15, 2019 INDIA NEWS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Will be there after 2019, don't worry: Modi


Ahmedabad: Prime Minister
Narendra Modi expressed confi‑
dence that the Bharatiya Janata
Modi a habitual liar: Rahul
Party, under his leadership, would New Delhi: Calling Prime Minister "Prime Minister, I laid the foun‑
return to power in the 2019 Lok Narendra Modi a 'habitual liar', dation of Amethi's ordnance fac‑
Sabha elections. Congress President Rahul Gandhi tory in 2010. For the past several
"Don't worry... I am coming said the ordnance factory Modi years, it has been producing
back in 2019 so if you need inaugurated in Amethi had been small arms. Yesterday, you went
anything from the Central gov‑ producing small arms for a while. to Amethi and being forced from
ernment, you can tell me," he told Modi inaugurated the ordnance the habit, you lied again," the
a massive g athering of the factory which will produce AK‑ Congress President tweeted in
Patidar community at Jaspur near 203 assault rifles and subse‑ Hindi.
here. quently export them to other He also questioned if Modi
The Prime Minister was speak‑ countries "don't feel ashamed at all".
ing at the foundation stone‑laying
ceremony of the Rs 1,000 crore Wishing all success to the need anything in this, my home in
Umiya Mata Temple complex of trustees of Umiya Mata New Delhi is all yours, and don't
the community on the outskirts of Foundation for this project, Modi worry I am there even after 2019
Ahmedabad. PM Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Ahmedabad. said, amid huge applause, "If you (elections)".

Congressʼ no to 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Women voters BJP web‑


AAP, Kejriwal
hold the key, says report site down
alleges
Congress‑BJP
New Delhi: Women are likely to
play a decisive role in the upcom‑
af fect re‑election prospects," it
said.
and legislative measures during its
tenure including the Maternity
after
secret pact
ing general elections as their vot‑
ing participation is likely to be
higher than that of men in the
It observed that although educa‑
tion and awareness are the impor‑
tant drivers of this trend, another
Benefit (Amendment) Act 2016,
"Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" scheme
and "Sukanya Samriddhi Account".
alleged
2019 polls, a Centrum report said.
According to the report, "Election
major factor is peaceful polls as
evident in women's turnout in
These schemes, implementation
and benefits actually availed by
hacking
2019 ‑ The Swing Factor", men still
outnumber women in terms of reg‑
states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar,
Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,
women as a result of these meas‑
ures may play a role in forming the attempt
istered voters, but the actual where previous polls were marred preference for women voters.
turnout of women voters is increas‑ by violence. A significant yet unaccomplished
ing at a rate faster than that of Data from the Elect ion demand for better political repre‑
men, and that would make the dif‑ Commission showed that the aver‑ sentation of women may also be a
ference this time. age turnout in general elections factor in the upcoming elections.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal "Their (women) rising participa‑ increased significantly in 2014 and T he Women's Reservation Bill,
tion at the ballot represents a the gender gap in terms of voter which was passed by the Rajya
New Delhi: In a blow to the opposi‑ remarkable trend; by 2019, it is turnout was also lowest in the last Sabha in 2010, still awaits clear‑
tion's bid to forge a grand alliance, plausible that women's turnout will general e lect ions since ance by the Lok Sabha, according
the Congress on Tuesday ruled out meet ‑ or even exceed ‑ that of Independence. to the report.
aligning with the Aam Aadmi Party men," said the report empahsizing In the last few years, the con‑ The political spectrum including
(AAP) for the Lok Sabha elections. "she matters". cerns regarding women and their the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party As of now, nearly 70 Indian
The move prompted Delhi Chief "Rising turnout and the growing issues have gained importance and (BJP) and the Congress have also government websites have
Minister Arvind Kejriwal to allege a been targeted by hackers.
political assertiveness of Indian received attention from the politi‑ set their eyes on the young voters
"secret Congress‑BJP understand‑ women are making their voices cal class, at least in slogans and and are speaking of their needs New Delhi: The website of the
ing". The decision was taken at a and policy preferences heard loud‑ speeches. Women's issues are a key such as employment. More than Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
meeting of the Delhi Congress unit ly across the country's political in political manifestoes, though 150 million of these first‑time vot‑ went into maintenance mode
led by its chief Sheila Dikshit and stage. As is evident, women voters their effectiveness is debatable. ers played an important role in giv‑ after an alleged hacking attempt
Congress President Rahul Gandhi at are agents of change ‑ they vote The current NDA government ing additional seats to the BJP in early on March 5.
his residence here. dif ferently than men and can also has rolled out several schemes 2014 elections. Social media was abuzz with
While the Delhi unit was firm on
screenshots of a meme featuring
not tying up with the AAP from the
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
beginning, the central leadership had
Below the meme was a music
been exploring the possibility of an
video of "Bohemian Rhapsody".
understanding harping on the need
The meme poked fun at a clip
for all opposition parties to put up a
in which German Chance llor
united front against the BJP.
Angela Merkel walks past Modi
The AAP on March 2 declared can‑
as he extends his hand.
didates for six of the seven Lok
Later, while trying to open the
Sabha seats in Delhi, claiming that
website, it showed the following
the Congress has already said "no" to
message: "We will be back soon!
the alliance. AAP chief Kejriwal took
Sorry for the inconvenience but
to Twitter on Tuesday to express his
we're performing some mainte‑
anguish over the Congress' move.
nance at the moment. We'll be
"At a time when the whole country
back online shortly."
wants to defeat Modi‑Shah duo,
The party was yet to comment
Congress is helping BJP by splitting
on whether it was a hacking
anti‑BJP vote," said Kejriwal.
attempt or the site was undergo‑
"Rumors (are) that Congress has
ing maintenance. Earlier media
some secret understanding with BJP.
reports said that nearly 70
Delhi is ready to fight against Cong‑
Indian government websites
BJP alliance. People will defeat this
were targeted by hackers.
unholy alliance," he added. In the last few years, concerns regarding women and their issues have gained importance..
TheSouthAsianTimes.info OP-ED March 9-15, 2019 13

Stop reducing war to a spectacle


By Rajdeep Sardesai being questioned because they Until now, neither Kashmir nor
donʼt endorse a boycott of the Pakistan has ever been a central

W
ar is not a cricket match Pakistan cricket team at the forth‑ issue in an Indian general election,
and a remarkably daring coming World Cup. not even the 1999 elections, which
cross‑LoC air strike This is not the first time that the a Atal Bihari Vajpayee‑led BJP won
should not be reduced to a political BJP has attempted to equate the in the immediate aftermath of the
spectacle. But we are in election party and its leadership with the Kargil war triumph. A warlike
season which might explain the credo of Hindu nationalism. A simi‑ atmosphere does unify the nation
well‑choreographed celebratory lar stratagem was also used when and create a sense of national pur‑
note struck in the aftermath of the Modi spearheaded the BJPʼs con‑ pose. In north India, especially
pre‑emptive, non‑military strike on troversial 2002 Gujarat campaign. Uttar Pradesh, where there are
the Balakot terror camp in The burning to death of kar sewaks more raw and enduring wounds of
Pakistan. in a train compartment in Godhra a bloodied partition, any political
As the collective conscience of a had been the trigger for revenge consolidation over firm action
nation craves for avenging the bru‑ attacks. The identification of the against Pakistan could give the rul‑
tal killing of 40 CRPF soldiers in train saboteurs, not just with local ing party a decisive boost.
The implicit message is that a vote against the BJP is no longer just a
Pulwama, the dominant national Muslims but with neighboring However, an escalating conflict
vote against Narendra Modi but also a vote for anti‑national forces.
mood leads one to ask: Have Pakistan, aroused sub‑nationalistic between nuclear neighbors is a
Pulwama and Pakistan become the strikes, the BJPʼs political man‑ environment in which anyone who passions under the guise of highly risky proposition, and for all
core narrative that will influence agers are seeking to shape the elec‑ questions the government is imme‑ Gujarati pride or asmita. The ensu‑ the josh (energy) a film like Uri
voter behaviour in the 2019 gener‑ tion around the more emotive diately branded an anti‑national. ing fury ensured a two‑third major‑ might generate in a cinema,
al elections? theme of muscular nationalism and Then be it the glaring intelli‑ ity victory for the BJP in the elec‑ ground realities demand a more
In the week leading up to Modiʼs strongman image as a gence lapses in Pulwama, the lack tions that followed. cautious approach.
Pulwama, battle lines were drawn leader who has shown the political of direction in Kashmir and ad hoc Will this model of the 2002 elec‑ In the real world, long‑term
in more predictable terms. While will to teach the enemy a lesson. Pakistan policy, the government tions now be replicated on a strategic goals must not be con‑
the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) The implicit message is that a vote has sought to cover up its failings national scale in the 2019 elec‑ fused with temporary election
leadership spoke of a majboot against the BJP is no longer just a under the guise of the need for a tions? By drawing a link between advantage: news channels can look
sarkar (strong government) versus vote against Modi but also a vote unified national response to a Kashmiri Muslims, Pakistan‑based for Television Rating Points, a
a maha‑milawat (hotchpotch) coali‑ for anti‑national forces. snowballing crisis. jihadi groups like the Jaish‑e‑ responsible government canʼt take
tion, the opposition was focused on With a jingoistic television media T he frenzied response has Mohammed and their patrons in a war for votes approach to nation‑
the alleged failed promises of the rooting for war and a large army of stretched to ludicrous extremes at the Pakistani army, a scary narra‑ al security.
Modi government, from jobs to cheerleaders on social media as times with even the patriotism of tive is being woven of a nation at (Rajdeep Sardesai is a senior
agrarian distress. staunch allies, there has been a cricketing legends like Sunil risk from internal and external ene‑ journalist and author. The article
Now, in the aftermath of the air concerted campaign to create an Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar mies. appeared in The Hindustan Times)

It's advantage Narendra Modi, but...


By Amulya Ganguli political purposes, few will doubt the 50 per cent limit set by the
that the BJP will continue to Supreme Court to woo a new

C
onsidering that previous articulate its claims to be a party group of voters.
governments had backed of nationalists and doers as the In its present smug, celebrato‑
away from a military polling days approach. ry mood, the BJP may even tone
response to terrorist provoca‑ The opposition, therefore, is in down some of its strident criti‑
tions from Pakistan ‑‑ notably in a bind. It now realizes that the cism of the Congress's first fami‑
November, 2008, when a issues of unemployment, agrari‑ ly as Modi has been doing dur‑
Lashkar‑e‑Taiba suicide squad an distress, low investments or ing virtually all his speeches,
attacked Mumbai ‑‑ the raid by Rafale, which constituted its including the one on the inaugu‑
Indian jets on a Jaish‑e‑ main talking points, w ill no ration of the war memorial in
Muhammed terror camp in longer make the kind of impact Delhi.
Pakistan has shown that India which they earlier did as the For the scion of the first family,
has dropped its policy of strate‑ country basks in the sunshine of Rahul Gandhi, the challenge has
gic restraint. military glory and diplomatic become much bigger than what
Since the change has taken success. he may have envisaged when the
place under the Prime Minister's The gains for Indian diplomacy Congress won three assembly
leadership, it has reinforced are evident from the way that elections and the other national
Narendra Modi's macho creden‑ the international community, opposition parties won a series
tials. including Pakistan's close of by‑elections in Uttar Pradesh
T he political fallout of this friends like China and Saudi and Bihar.
image is immense. At one stroke, Arabia, leant heavily on So, even if it is "Advantage
it has relegated to the back‑ Islamabad to ensure that the mil‑ Modi" at present, the results are
ground all the domestic issues itary situation did not go out of far from being sealed and deliv‑
which were impeding the (BJP) hand. As for the BJP, it no longer ered in the BJP's favor.
political advancement of the has any need to look for an emo‑ T he touchstone will be the
Bharatiya Janata Party. tive issue like the Ram temple to crowds which Modi and Rahul
No one expressed this jubilant boost its electoral position as the will attract at their election ral‑
moo d better than B.S. Even if it is "Advantage Modi" at present, the results are far from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh lies. Modi's will undoubtedly be
being sealed and delivered in the BJP's favor. (RSS) was doing on its behalf a bigger, as they usually are, but it
Yeddyurappa, the BJP's leader in
Karnataka, who said that the lat‑ the party to win 22 of the 28 he has been quoted out of con‑ few months ago. Nor does the is from Rahul's meetings that
est surgical strike (there was a parliamentary seats in the state. text after being told not to use BJP have to introduce quotas for inferences can be drawn about
limited one in 2016) will enable Although he has since said that the military's achievement for targeted groups over and above the way the wind is blowing.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
14 March 9-15, 2019 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

India: Return of Cross-border


the political will adventurism, Modi’s
Balakot was a 'preemptive non‑military strike targeting
militants and not the people or the State of Pakistan'.
election gimmick?
The note of understanding struck by the US, UK, By Vijaylakshmi seems that PM Modi had no intentions to
Nadar wage war and wanted to be merely seen as
France, Russia and even China on the operation Independent a strong, muscular leader, the kind of leader
vindicates India's policy against terrorism journalist and that the country needed, post the 2019 elec‑
political activist based tions. The attack, to win brownie points
By D.C. Pathak that, following the success of anti‑Soviet in Dallas, TX before the elections, was limited to sending
armed campaign in Afghanistan for which jets into the Pakistan territory with no

S
Former Director,
Indian Intelligence Pakistan was given all the credit by the US‑ adly, the series intended casualties and no attack on the
Bureau led West, the Pak army‑ISI combine of events fol‑ military establishment.
planned to replicate the Afghan Jehad in lowing the Feb The Pakistanʼs immediate retaliation

T
he successful Kashmir by sending in Mujahideen from 14 terror attack in Kashmir point to the fact therefore came as a surprise and put paid to
strike made by across the border and subduing the that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prov‑ Modiʼs pre‑election entertainment package
a dozen Kashmiris to the call of Jehad through its ing to be far more dangerous to the country for the country.
Mirage 2000 jets of agents and acolytes. Jamaat‑e‑Islami outfits than its long standing enemy Pakistan can The joy and jingoism unleashed by sec‑
the Indian Air Force like Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtarane ever be. While Pakistanʼs asymmetrical war tions of the Indian media, claiming the
on Feb 26 to take out the biggest training Millat were made to take orders from the on India through terror in Kashmir contin‑ deaths of 300 JeM terrorists, including JeM
camp of Jaish‑e‑Mohammed at Balakot in Pak‑based Lashkar‑e‑Toiba chief Maulana ues after the 1971 war, the damages are chiefʼs brother, Azhar Masood, however got
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Hafiz Sayeed. The Hurriyat totally convert‑ limited to the state, while Modiʼs mis‑gover‑ subdued within a few hours when interna‑
Pakistan, within days of the terror attack ed into a Pak proxy. The network of Pak nance and mis‑handling of events before tional media pointed out that the fighter jets
on the CRPF at Pulwama speaks as much of agents within the administration and out‑ and after the dreaded attack almost plunged had merely bombed a deserted JeM hideout.
the decisiveness of the Modi regime on the side, including those who took shelter the country into war with Pakistan last Besides a few trees and an injured villager
national security front as of all that obvi‑ under the umbrella of politics was con‑ week. there was no other casualties.
ously went into that action by way of stantly expanded to create an atmosphere Modiʼs extensive smiles
defense preparedness, functional consoli‑ of alienation and public unrest. at public functions fol‑
dation of India's intelligence set‑up and a Also, JeM, which was an old collaborator lowing the Indian air
comprehensive diplomatic reach out to the of Al Qaeda‑Taliban combine was utilized strikes soon turned into
world by Prime Minister Modi himself. for raising fidayeen or suicide bombers. stony silence after the
India has retained the moral high ground The attack on the CRPF convoy at Pulwama capture of the IAF pilot,
in going after a set of dangerous terrorists was the doing of a Jaish Fidayeen who used Abhinanadan Varthaman,
condemned even by the UN Security a car bomb with over 60 kg of RDX mix. and shooting down of
Council. Pakistan had consistently project‑ The act owned by JeM was a manifestation one of its jets in a retalia‑
ed them as 'non‑ state' actors on its soil but of the new level of escalation of terror tory action by the
had remained totally complicit with them caused by the Pak army after it had discov‑ Pakistanis.
for reasons known to the entire world. The ered that stone pelting and grenade lob‑ Since the Pulwama
event gives a new turn to Indiaʼs relations bing on security camps by its agents in attacks, Modiʼs every
with Pakistan leaving little scope for New Kashmir was bringing it diminishing action and word is prov‑
Delhi to shift from its firm stand against returns. ing to be detrimental to
cross‑border terrorism. PM Modi, unlike his predecessors, took a peace, whereas his coun‑
India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale hard line towards Pakistan once he discov‑ terpart in Pakistan, Imran
disclosed credible intelligence about JeM ered ‑‑ after extending the hand of friend‑ Khan is making all the
training fidayeen for attempting further ship to then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ‑‑ right moves, by not only
suicide terror attacks in India and that, in that in Pakistan the civilian government saying no to war, but also
the face of this imminent danger, a pre‑ was a mere fig leaf for its army and that substantiating it with the
emptive strike had become absolutely nec‑ the Pak army‑ISI combine was determined release of the captured
essary. He called the action at Balakot a to use terrorism as the instrument of state Indian pilot. As a result of
'preemptive non‑military strike targeting policy to get hold of Kashmir. The punitive the contrasting leader‑
militants and not the people or the State of surgical strike on terror launch pads car‑ ship, the situation at the
Pakistan'. The forthright statement of India ried out by Indian troops across the LOC moment in both the
Indian defense analysts are claiming that the threat of
has helped to give the right message to the within days of Uri attack was in glaring countries, seeming ly
nuclear flash point does not work for Pakistan any more. But
world about India's bona fide in respond‑ contrast to the supine response of the gov‑ poised on the precipice
even a full‑scale conventional war will devastate the two
ing to a grave threat to its national securi‑ ernment of the day to the deadly LeT spon‑ countries economically, not to speak of the human cost. of war, is starkly differ‑
ty. The note of understanding struck by sored Mumbai attack of 2008. ent. As if to echo the
major powers like the US, UK, France, In the current geo‑political context, A shoddily edited video tape, surfacing well‑established belief that leadership mat‑
Australia, Russia and even China on the Pakistan is left with no option but to sue less than an hour after the terror attack in ters, a large section of Pakistanis stand with
Balakot operation vindicates India's policy for peace ‑‑ its sabre rattling by way of Pulwama, supposedly released by JeM stak‑ their leader in echoing demands for peace,
against terrorism. sending some F‑16s to unsuccessfully ing claim to the attack, and a past shared while most Indians are echoing the senti‑
For decades now, Pakistan's deep state attempt to bomb a military establishment history with Pakistan, triggered the Indian ments of their prime minister, in favor of
had been unabashedly pursuing a 'proxy on our side of LOC a day after the Balakot air attack on Pakistan territory on February war, subdued only after the pilotʼs capture.
war' against India in the name of Kashmir, strike, has not taken it anywhere. 26, despite the Pakistan PM Imran Khan While he was riding high on the soldiers
using faith‑based terrorism to avenge the Meanwhile, India's war machine should claiming that they had no hand in it. In an of the Indian Air Force and with war cries
ignominious defeat of 1972 it had suffered remain in full swing to take on any military address to the nation, he stated that both raging, it was widely believed that Modi had
in the Bangladesh war. adventure of Pakistan ‑‑ the threat of the countries had suf fered from terror the 2019 elections in his pocket, But the
It first instigated militant separatism in nuclear flash point does not work for attacks and need to look for a joint solution. capture of the Indian pilot brought the
Kashmir ‑‑ throug h the slog ans of Pakistan any more. Pakistan, however, is Though he asked for a report on the attack, focus back to the damages of war and sane
Plebiscite and Azadi and also sponsored likely to step up its aggressiveness in the Indian government sent one only after voices on both sides of the border are pray‑
the armed 'Khalistan' movement in Punjab Kashmir and it would be quite in order for launching its air strikes beyond the LOC and ing for peace. Now for Mr Modi winning re‑
but could not derail the overpowering dem‑ India to take to an approach of 'offence is after Pakistanʼs retaliation the next day. election, let us wait for the Lok Sabha elec‑
ocratic processes there. It was in the 1990s the best defence' along the LOC. From the incidents in the last few days, it tions likely within the next 3‑4 months.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info OP ED March 9-15, 2019 15

COUNTERPOINT

Kashmir is not about India or Pakistan


any more: It is about Kashmiris
Op-Ed by Indian newspapers never acknowledge that
Shivaji Sengupta well over 35,000 civilians have died in
Pakistan because of internal terrorist attacks.
This is Kashmir as it used to Moreover, BJP, Indiaʼs ruling party, has sys‑
be: The Moguls aptly called tematically refused to acknowledge the new
Kashmir “Paradise on Earth, Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khanʼs plea
when they journeyed across for dialogue with India. I witnessed, side by
the hot plains of India to the Valleyʼs cool env‑ side, Imran Khanʼs speech in Pakistani parlia‑
iron in summer. Here they laid with great love ment, and Narendra Modiʼs speech after
Srinagar's many formal waterfront gardens. Pulwama. It was the difference between a
When the fourth Mughal Emperor, Jehangir, sober intellectual, a rational human being
saw the Kashmir Valley he is said to have The scene of the site of the blast in that Imran showed himself to be, and the rab‑
Kashmir was once the scenic and serene
exclaimed: Agar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, Pulwamaʼs Lethpora area, some 20 km ble‑rousing, crude, arrogant Donald Trump‑
location for romantic Hindi film songs.
hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.” (If there from Srinagar. (Photo PTI) like image Modi projected. In his speech, the
is paradise anywhere on earth, it is here, it is killing 44 paramilitary soldiers. Within prime minister of Pakistan made a point that
scale with the crimes of Indian forces.
here, it is here!) moments Indians here launched verbal every Indians should think about: Why is it
According to Amnesty International, as of
This Kashmir as it is now as described by typhoon on the government of Pakistan, mim‑ that Kashmiri youths are so misguided? What
June 2015, no member of the Indian military
the journalist and novelist, Pankaj Mishra: icking the Indian newspapers in India, blam‑ is the Indian government doing that has driv‑
deployed in Jammu and Kashmir has been
“The valley of Kashmir now hosts the ing ISI, Pakistan's military establishment, for en the Muslim youths there to such desperate
tried for human rights violations in a civilian
biggest, bloodiest and also most obscure mili‑ the heinous act. The bomber, as he was from measures? Should the Indian government
court That is not what we read in the papers.
tary occupation in the world… With more Indian Kashmir, is Indian, one of those thou‑
We read about the same old tired tirades rethink the way they are administering
than eighty thousand people dead in an anti‑ sands of rebellious youths who do not want
about how the ISI is behind the militant insur‑ Kashmir? Should we clap at Modiʼs self‑brava‑
India insurgency backed by Pakistan. In addi‑ India governing Kashmir.
gencies (true), and how the Pakistani govern‑ do for having bombed Pakistan?
tion to the everyday regime of arbitrary This fact that there is overwhelming sup‑
ment is tacitly or even openly supporting the Shivaji Sengupta is Professor of English and
arrests, curfews, raids, and checkpoints port in Kashmir to become a free, independ‑
radical Islamist groups creating havoc in the Vice President for Academic Affairs at
enforced by nearly 700,000 Indian soldiers, ent state, seems to be completely overlooked
valley (probably not as true anymore). Major Boricua College in NYC.
the valleyʼs four million Muslims are exposed by traditional Indian and Indian‑American
to extrajudicial execution, rape, and torture.” commentators: thanks to the complete and
This is what we have become. From the brutal mismanagement of the Indian govern‑
Kashmiri pandits, one of the original inhabi‑ ment in Kashmir, Kashmiris have had it. They
tants of the region, to the thousands of mis‑ want out. An opinion poll conducted by the
guided Muslim youths who think nothing of Chatham House international affairs think
reducing themselves to a suicide bomb, tank found that in the Kashmir valley sup‑
killing thousands, Kashmir is one of the most port for independence varies between 74%
dangerous places in the world, arguably a to 95% in its various districts.
flashpoint of immanent nuclear war. Indian forces have committed many human
And yet, when something like Pulwama rights abuses and acts of terror against
happens, Indians living in the US seem to go Kashmiri civilian population including extra‑
into a fit of frenzied patriotism. This time it is judicial killing, rape, torture and enforced
about a Kashmiri youth committing a suicide disappearances. Crimes by militants have
bombing attack on an Indian army convoy, also happened but are not comparable in

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.

Oxford students from


subcontinent say no to war

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in Pulwama and denounced terrorism in all its alities, and reject divisive narratives. We call for the 2019-20 school year.
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“As students in a foreign land weʼve always de‑escalation protocols, organize constructive
marveled at how we seamlessly gravitate peace talks and dialogue for the resolution of
towards each other, and how we are able to all bilateral issues.”
16 March 9-15, 2019 BOLLYWOOD TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Patriotic films on a new Priyanka's funny reason behind


'high' in Bollywood working in 'Isn't It Romantic'
A
ctress Priyanka Chopra says it is funny to admit
the reason behind saying 'yes' to Hollywood
A still from
ʻUri: The film "Isn't It Romantic".
Surgical Strikeʼ. "Isn't It Romantic" tells the story of a New York
architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who works hard to
get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to
deliver coffee and bagels than to design. Priyanka
essays the role of a yoga ambassador. It is available
on Netflix.
"Actually, it is very funny to admit this but
the film happened to be perfectly within
the schedule of my free time," Priyanka
told IANS.
"It was being shot in New York. I was
in between season two and season
three of 'Quantico'. And had one and a
half month off and we were shooting
at exactly that time. So it made perfect
sense," she added.

T
The actress says she loved the story.
he 'josh' for patriotic films is 'high' in otic films evolve, there is a greater influx of "And I love Rebel. She is the producer in
Bollywood. After the success of "Uri: stories themed on combating terrorism, cele‑ the film. She has made the movie for her‑
The Surgical Strike", Hindi movie buffs brating the country's glorious achievements self. It is her first leading role. And I thought of
can gear up to watch "Kesari", "Major", and talking about social issues. all these things like supporting her through it
"RAW", "Batla House", "Panipat", "Saare Army‑based films like "Border", "LOC Actress Priyanka Chopra
and playing a really funny character with an essays the role of a yoga
Jahaan Se Accha", "Mission Mangal", "'83" Kargil", "Lakshya" and "1971" have been cele‑ amazing cast." ambassador in the film.
and a biopic on Kargil war hero Vikram Batra, brated in the past.
among others. This March 21, the audience can look for‑
Amid the escalating tension between India
and Pakistan, netizens turned to past and
recent patriotic films to dig out memorable
ward to "Kesari", on the 1897 Battle of
Saragarhi in which 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh
Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of the Sikh
'Luka Chuppi': Strong
dialogues, the most recent being from "Uri:
The Surgical Strike", based on the surgical
strikes that India conducted on terror camps
Regiment) of British India, defended an army
post against more than 10,000 Afghan and
Orakzai tribesmen.
performances elevate this
in Pakistan in 2016.
The Indian Air Force's air strike on terror
camps in Pakistan, which was in retaliation to
There will also be a yet untitled biopic on
Kargil war hero Vikram Batra. It will front
actor Sidharth Malhotra.
light‑hearted entertainer
the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, led to A newly announced project is "Major", on By Troy Ribeiro
social media speculations that a "Surgical the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, a REVIEW
S
Strike 2" could be made. National Security Guards (NSG) commando et in Mathura, Director Laxman
From wars to fighting social evils and who lost his life while fighting terrorists at Utekar's "Luka Chuppi" is a straight‑
telling heroic tales of sportsperson ‑‑ various the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai in 2008. laced, frothy rom‑com that panders
shades of patriotism have been depicted on There are heroic stories from the sports to the concept of a "live‑in‑relationship".
the big screen through a stream of films in field too. "'83", starred by Ranveer Singh, will You never know where the heart is going
recent times. The narrative shall continue narrate India's historic victory in the 1983 to lead, and often, it is to the most inappro‑
through 2019 and beyond. Cricket World Cup. A film on badminton star priate places. This is what happens when
As the treatment and subjects around patri‑ Saina Nehwal is in the works. Guddu Shukla (Kartik) the anchor of a local
cable channel, professes his love to Rashmi
(Kriti), the daughter of a local politician
Kangana defends her 'Pakistan Trivediji (Vinay), who is not commitment‑
phobic but a cautious young lady of today's

destruction' statement
generation.
She unabashedly tells him that she would
want to indulge in a "live‑in‑relationship" to

A
ctress Kangana Ranaut says her we were faced with that type of shocking test their compatibility, before committing
"Pakistan destruction" comment incident. It was possibly the most brutal to get married.
came naturally to and most inhuman in cen‑ How their relationship unspools to their
her after hearing about the turies, it will always be a respective families, forms the crux of the
Pulwama terror attack. In deep scar, wound in our tale. The writing by Rohan Shankar, rarely
her address at the India conscience." According to misses the rom‑com beat despite its pre‑
Today Conclave in New Kangana, she got "deeply dictable and meandering plot that drags. It
Delhi, the "Manikarnika: moved by brutality of the is not a wickedly humorous narrative, but
The Queen of Jhansi" action". "You cannot be yes the film has its moments of fun and
actress defended her con‑ such a victim of your own thrill, with situational and slap‑stick come‑
troversial remark against mind that at that moment dy. The dialogues are colloquial, witty and Actor Kartik Aaryan as Guddu
Shukla is charismatic and Kriti Sanon
Pakistan, stating it was an also, you are letting your laced with the right amount of funniness
as Rashmi is charming.
"instinctive sentiment" thought process take over that is relatable. What keeps you glued to
Following the attack, and be like, 'What is the the screen, are the unfaltering performanc‑ with convivial ease and flourish.
Kangana reportedly said best response to this? Let es by the abled cast in well‑etched charac‑ On the directorial front, some scenes were
"Pakistan ban is not the Actress Kangana Ranaut me think about it'. ters. not astutely crafted, especially the prologue,
was speaking at a conclave
solution, but Pakistan "It's okay to let your While Kartik as Guddu is charismatic and the denouement and the scenes with the
in New Delhi.
destruction is". When asked instinct take over," she Kriti as Rashmi is charming, their on‑screen nosy neighbour in Gwalior. They made the
about her statement at the conclave, she added. Kangana mentioned that "she even chemistry is perfunctory, nevertheless they film appear amateurish and lazily mounted.
said: "I think it was very sort of instinctive felt to go to the border and sort of snatch bring the right amount of energy and real‑ The sermonizing at the end too, appears
sentiment that we all felt that time when somebody's gun and do the deed." ism to their characters, playing their roles forced.
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When Shekhar Kapurʼs What is Madhuri doing


mother played dead to save in 'Total Dhamaal'?
By Subhash K. Jha
his life during partition
W
hile the 'boys' in Indra Kumar's

I
n the times of Indo‑Pak ten‑ rumbustious ode to rowdyism
sion, several film celebrities and toxic masculinity, "Total
took to Twitter to share Dhamaal" are out to have fun, what is the
their feelings on social media. mythical Madhuri Dixit doing with them?
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur got She is as out of place here as a riff of gospel
emotional on listening to the music in a rave party. Not much of a choice,
updates of an Indian Air Force really since her comeback in 2007 was a
pilot who was held captive in bit of damper. The Yash Raj film about an
Pakistan and shared his own NRI returning to her roots and Indian clas‑
story of survival. sical dancing in "Aaja Nachle" was specially
He shared his emotional story designed for her. The film flopped and
about how his family suffered Madhuri hastily returned to her home in
during the Partition. He the US. But the itch to face the camera
revealed how his mother enact‑ never leaves a movie star, unless she is
ed dead to save his and his sis‑ Rajshri, Vyjanthimala or Suchitra Sen, the
terʼs life during the massacre on Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur spoke about how only three actresses I know who never
looked back once they retired. As far her movie career is concerned,
an India‑bound train. his family suffered during the Partition.
actress Madhuri Dixit seems to have
He tweeted, “I was born in Jaya Bachchan and Sridevi made a spec‑
hit a permanent roadblock.
Lahore. My mother escaped massacre by Twitter. He had captioned it, “Last pic of tacular comeback in "Silsila" and "English
hiding me n my sister under her body in a our whole family together. I was 18. Left Vinglish", respectively. Dhamaal" to an imaginary comic rhythm is
train to India. Playing dead. Most people for London that night. Since then we have If only Madhuri Dixit were that lucky! like watching Deepika Padukone play the
were killed. One million people died in all lead our own lives away from home. After her failed attempt at a comeback in lead in "Gully Boy". It is not becoming for
Partition. 10 million refugees. On both Only to come together under the same roof "Aaja Nachle" she again made a comeback an actress of Madhuri's dignity and grace to
sides. India n Pakistan were created of the for our parents death. What forces in mod‑ in Abhishek Choubey's "Dedh Ishqiya". This be hopping and skipping in the Big Boyz
blood of one people.” ern India tear us apart yet a love that binds time the critics were happy and the audi‑ Burlesque Club.
He had once shared his family photo on us together?” ence was tantalized as her character had Surely there are far better vehicles for an
shades of lesbianism in it. actress of Madhuri's stature? Why must she

Sanjay Leela Bhansali to


However "Dedh Ishqiya" was not a block‑ be doing a role that seems to have been
buster and it did not open the floodgates written for the Marathi actress Ashwini
for Madhuri's second innings. During the Kalsekar? Why can't Bollywood come up

launch Javed Jafferyʼs


same year, Madhuri was seen in another with a role befitting her iconic status? She
female‑hero avatar in "Gulabi Gang" which has Karan Johar's "Kalank" coming up for
flopped resoundingly. consideration in April where she plays a
As far her movie career is concerned dancer in a period film. This could be the

son with next film Madhuri seems to have hit a permanent


roadblock. In 2018 she did her first
vehicle that Madhuri and her fans have
been waiting for ever since she quit acting

F
Marathi film, "Bucket List" which seemed after her role as "Chandramukhi" in Devdas.
ilmmaker Sanjay Leela inspired by Sridevi's "English Vinglish" and Otherwise if she insists on doing inane stuff
Bhansali will be launch‑ Vidya Balan's "Tumhari Sulu". "Bucket List" like "Total Dhamaal" the song "Maar daala"
ing a new talent was not the success it was meant to be. may acquire an entirely unforeseen rele‑
Meezaan with his yet‑untitled To see her prance in a trance in "Total vance.
upcoming production.
"Being an actor was not a
childhood dream but it was
Sanjay sir who not only gave
Spielberg to express
Netflix concerns at
me this dream but also believed
in me and made it real by
launching me," Meezaan said in

Oscars to Academy
a statement.
Bhansali has seen Meezaan
grow and has also been

F
involved personally in prepar‑ ilmmaker Steven Spielberg is
ing him for his entry into likely to take his criticism of
Bollywood. Netflix films at the Oscars to the
Prerna Singh, CEO at Bhansali Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Productions Pvt Ltd (BPPL), Sciences.
said: "When I saw Meezaan for Spielberg's Academy Award attention
the first time in the office, the is devoted to ensuring that the race
immediate thought that never sees another "Roma", a Netflix
crossed my mind was such a film backed by massive sums, that did‑
versatile face. In this exciting n't play by the same rules as its analog‑
phase of the industry, there studio competitors, reported
couldn't have been a better indiewire.com.
time but now to launch him. He feels Netflix should only compete
We have signed him for three for awards in the Emmy arena. As the
films and continue our aim at Academy Governor representing the
BPPL to give the industry more directors' branch, Spielberg is eager to
talent." support rule changes when it convenes
Meezaan has been an assis‑ for its annual post‑Oscar meeting.
tant director on Bhansaliʼs "Steven feels strongly about the dif‑
Bajirao Mastani and has trained ference between the streaming and the‑ Filmmaker Steven Spielberg feels
Meezaan Jafri was an assistant director on
in theater acting and atrical situation," said a spokesperson Netflix should only compete for awards
filmmaker Sanjay Bhansaliʼs ʻBajirao Mastaniʼ.
martial arts. for Amblin Entertainment. in the Emmy arena.
18 March 9-15, 2019 FEATURES TheSouthAsianTimes.info

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose museum in Delhiʼs Red Fort salutes the iconic leader of the Indian National Army (INA)
who fought for an undivided and free India. The museum is housed in the very barracks where once
some of the soldiers were tried for treason by the British over 73 years ago.

'Bose and Indian National Army' museum


recounts saga of valor, patriotism
New Delhi: 'History echoes from Presented to Modi by Netaji's Azad Hind Fauz (INA), clarion into account its organization, bat‑ iment, the women‑led Rani Jhansi
these walls', the Netaji Subhash g rand‑nephew and polit ician calls of 'Dilli Chalo', 'Tum mujhe tles fought, the awakening it cre‑ Regiment consisting of women
Chandra Bose museum in Delhi's Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji's khoon do, main tumhe azadi ated and its popularity in India. from all sections ‑ indentured
Red Fort informs its visitors as w ide ly‑recognized cap is the dunga' (Give me blood, and I shall As one enters the museum, the laborers, middle class, and busi‑
they enter the reclaimed barrack 'piece de resistance' of the exten‑ give you freedom), and ultimately photographs of the first three ness families.
building where brave soldiers of sive museum and garners signifi‑ takes one to his last available officers to be tried in the barrack Mounted alongside Netaji's
the Indian National Army (INA), cant attention from the visitors. photograph in which Netaji is ‑ Col. Prem Sehg al, Lt. Col. sword and sheath, and his historic
fighting for an undivided and free Equipped with archival materi‑ seen "de boarding a plane at Gurbaksh Sing h Dhillon and chair ‑ broug ht from INA's
India, were once court‑martialed al, medals, uniforms, newspapers, Saigon from where he is said to Major General Shah Nawaz Khan ‑ Myanmar headquarters to India
and tried for treason by the memoirs, audio‑visual films, and have taken a flight to Touraine are put up for view. by his nephew Amiya Nath Bose ‑
British over 73 years ago. other historical artefacts, the and Taipei on August 18, 1945". Information on Netaji is still an interactive digital panel counts
A fitting tribute to the life and three‑story museum also has on "What happened after that is available in some abundance oth‑ days and years passed since the
contribution of the iconic leader display an unusual, empty space, shrouded in mystery and dif fer‑ erw ise, but the museum has 1945‑46 INA trials.
on whose patriotic call thousands separated using glass partitions. ent viewpoints have been brought details about the INA to The museum, created by the
had deserted the British Indian "This is the space where the trial expressed. Amidst them, all we the fore under one roof, which I Archaeological Survey of India,
Army to join the INA, along with judge used to sit. So we have left can say here is that Netaji has dis‑ think is very educational. has as its chie f historian
many Indian expatriates, the the space like that," a panel said. appeared. The mystery shrouding The oral testimonies of several Professor Kapil Kumar, Director
'Bose and Indian National Army' The museum's galleries depict this remains inconclusive," the INA veterans, many of them now of Indira Gandhi National Open
museum was inaugurated on his Netaji's life from his childhood, museum said in its last panel. in their 90s, also feature in docu‑ University's Centre for Freedom
122nd birth anniversary by his revolutionary college days Similarly, the role of INA from mentaries that play in the gal‑ Struggle and Diaspora Studies. It
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on and early political activity in its inception till the trials of its leries. Also exhibited are the mili‑ is curated by Design Factory
January 23. Calcutta, to his commanding the soldiers is also depicted, taking tary uniforms of INA's special reg‑ India.

Frida Kahlo's personal artefacts,


paintings to be exhibited in Brooklyn
New York: The United States' largest range from noteworthy examples of
exhibition in a decade, on iconic Kahlo's Tehuana clothing, contempo‑
Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907‑ rary and pre‑colonial jewelry, and
1954), known across the globe exten‑ some of the many hand‑painted
sively for her self‑portraits, will kick corsets and prosthetics used by the
off on March 8 at the Brooklyn artist during her lifetime ‑‑ were
Museum here. stored in Casa Azul (Blue House), the
"Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be longtime Mexico City home of Kahlo
Deceiving" explores Kahlo's creative and her husband, muralist Diego
vision and self‑crafted identity Rivera. The exhibition explores her
through a presentation of the artist's creative vision and self‑crafted identi‑
clothing and other personal items, ty by displaying the artist's clothing
paintings and drawings by the artist, and other personal items, and paint‑
photographs, film and documentation ings and drawings. "The objects shed
as well as related objects from the new light on how Kahlo crafted her
museum's collection, the museum appearance and shaped her personal
said. The exhibition marks the first and public identity to reflect her cul‑
time that Kahlo's personal objects tural heritage and political beliefs,
from the Blue House, in Mexico City, while also addressing and incorporat‑
will be on view in the US. ing her physical disabilities," the
Her clothing and other personal pos‑ museum said.The exhibition is based
sessions were rediscovered and inven‑ on exhibitions at the Frida Kahlo
toried in 2004 after being locked Museum (2012) and the V&A London
away since Kahlo's death in 1954. (2018). It will run through till May 5
Kahlo's personal artefacts ‑‑ which here. The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was known across the globe for her self‑portraits,
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SUBCONTINENT March 9-15, 2019 19

China says never recognized Not worthy of Nobel


India, Pakistan as nuclear states Peace Prize: Imran Khan
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime
Minister Imran Khan, addressing
calls by his countrymen on social
media and in his government to
award him a Nobel Peace Prize
for "de‑escalating" tensions with
India, said that he is not worthy of
China has been the honor.
blocking Indiaʼs "I am not worthy of the Nobel
entry into the 48‑
Peace Prize. The person worthy of
member Nuclear
this would be the one who solves
Suppliers Group.
the Kashmir dispute according to
the wishes of the Kashmiri people
and paves the way for peace and Pak PM Imran Khan believes
Nobel should go to a person
human development in the sub‑
who solves the Kashmir issue.
continent," he tweeted.
Supporters and officials of Twitter. A resolution was also
Khan's administration started lob‑ submitted in the country's
bying for a Nobel Peace Prize for National Assembly Secretariat last
Beijing: China said it has never Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the ground that New Delhi has not
him following his announcement week for the same. The motion
recognized India and Pakistan as a media briefing here. signed the Nuclear Non‑
to release Indian Air Force (IAF) stated that Khan played a "saga‑
nuclear powers and ruled out He was replying to a question Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
officer Wing Commander cious role in reducing tension
extending such a status to North whether China would recognize After India applied for NSG
Abhinandan who was captured by between Pakistan and India which
Korea following the unsuccessful North Korea as a nuclear state like membership, Pakistan too applied
Pakistan on February 27 after his was created due to warmongering
second summit between US India and Pakistan as talks for the same following that China
MiG‑21 crashed inside Pakistani attitude of the Indian leadership".
President Donald Trump and between Trump and Kim at the has called for a two‑step approach
territory. He was released on Meanwhile, the Pakistan
North Korean leader Kim Jong‑un second summit in Hanoi broke which states that NSG members
March 1. Soon after the Indian Peoples Party, which had earlier
in Vietnam. down over Pyongyangʼs refusal to first need to arrive at a set of prin‑
pilot was handed over to the questioned the timing of the
“China has never recognized give up two nuclear processing ciples for the admission of non‑
Indian authorities, the hashtag release of the Indian pilot,
India and Pakistan as nuclear plants. China has been blocking NPT states into the NSG and then
"#NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan expressed its sorrow over the
countries. Our position on this has Indiaʼs entry into the 48‑member move forward discussions of spe‑
" started trending in Pakistan on ongoing campaign for the award.
never changed,” Chinese Foreign Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on cific cases.

US troops to exit Afghanistan Won't accept any more Rohingya


by 2024: Report refugees, Bangladesh tells UN
Dhaka: Bangladesh has told the
UN that it won't accept any more
Rohing ya re fugees from
Myanmar, the first time the coun‑
try has threatened to close its bor‑
ders to members of the Muslim
minority fleeing violence.
Bangladesh is now sheltering
more than a million refugees in
camps, some 700,000 of whom
have poured over the border in
the past 18 months having fled a
The death toll of US personnel in Afghanistan military‑led crackdown in Rakhine
has surpassed 2,400 since 2001. state where thousands were
killed, women were raped and vil‑
Washington: The US will with‑ Afghan military, shifting US lages razed, the Guardian report‑
draw its troops from Afghanistan forces' task to counterterrorism ed. Most of the Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh
over the next three to five years operations. Speaking to the UN Security between August and December 2017.
under a new Pentagon plan, the Pentagon spokesman Kone Council, Bang ladesh Foreign of thousands of refugees with at the lack of concrete action to
American media has reported. Faulkner though made it clear Secretary Shahidul Haque said: "I open arms. solve the crisis.
The plan, which was supposed that no decisions have been made regret to inform the council that However Haque said the situa‑ He accused Myanmar of trying
to help talks between the US and as peace talks were ongoing, and Bangladesh would no longer be in tion in Cox's Bazar ‑ where the to shift the blame by accusing
Afghan Taliban, also called for the US "is considering all options a position to accommodate more millions of mainly Rohing ya Bangladesh of harbouring terror‑
cutting by half the 14,000 of force numbers and disposi‑ people from Myanmar." refugees are living in what has ists when in fact the Bangladesh
American troops currently in that tion", the NYT report said. Most of the Rohingya arrived in become the world's largest government had "a zero‑tolerance
South Asian nation in coming The Pentagon has reportedly Bangladesh between August and refugee camp ‑ was now unten‑ policy" in this regard.
months, The New York Times stepped up airstrikes and special December 2017 in the midst of able and had gone from "bad to Initial attempts to begin a repa‑
reported. raid operations in Afghanistan to the brutal campaign of violence worse". triation process for the Rohingya
The plan, which has reportedly the highest levels since 2014, the UN has described as ethnic "Is Bangladesh paying the price last year collapsed after Myanmar
received broad acceptance in aiming to give negotiators lever‑ cleansing and possible genocide. for being responsive and respon‑ failed to provide assurances to the
Washington and the North age in peace talks with the Last year, about 16,000 sible in showing empathy to a per‑ refugees that they would be safe
Atlantic Treaty Organisation Taliban. Rohingya crossed the border to secuted minority population of a from violence, be allowed to
(NATO) headquarters in Brussels, The death toll of US personnel Bangladesh, fleeing ongoing abus‑ neighboring country?" Haque return to their original homes,
stipulates that the 8,600 in Afghanistan has surpassed es. asked. have freedom of movement and
European and other international 2,400 since it invaded the coun‑ Bangladesh was lauded for its Haque expressed his frustration be given a pathway to citizenship
troops stationed in Afghanistan try in 2001 following the 9/11 willingness to keep its borders with both the Security Council in Myanmar, which the Rohingya
would focus on training the attack on the World Trade Center. open and welcome the hundreds and the international community were stripped of in 1974.
20 March 9-15, 2019 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Sanders vows to fight racial, economic injustices in US


Chicago: Vermont Senator Bernie authoritarianism and pathological food industry and other low‑wage
Sanders has made a passionate bid lying." If he were elected to the employers" that they should stop
to win the Democratic nomination White House in 2020, "the princi‑ pay ing workers "starvat ion
for President, promising a fight ples of our government will not be wages".
against racial and economic injus‑ racism, sexism, xenophobia, homo‑ In a bid to win over black voters,
tices in the US if he is elected in phobia, and religious bigotry", Sanders noted that the US still had
2020. Sanders added. a long way to go to end institu‑
Addressing thousands of his "The principles of our govern‑ tional racism and income dispari‑
supporters on Sunday during his ment will be based on justice, on ties in a country where the aver‑
nearly 40 minutes of speech at the economic justice, on social justice, age black family has one‑10th the
Navy Pier's Festival Hall here, the on racial justice, and environmen‑ wealth of the average white fami‑
77‑year‑old said his second presi‑ tal justice." Sanders, in his no‑ ly. "Have we made progress in civil
dential bid would finish the politi‑ holds‑barred speech, said his cam‑ rights in this country since the
cal revolution that began in 2016, paign was to te ll corporate early 1960s when I lived here? No
Efe news reported. America, the billionaire class and question about it. Do we still have
"We have got to do it together other powerful special interests a long way to go to end the institu‑
by the millions. We are going to "who control so much of our eco‑ tional racism which permeates
finally create an economy and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters after a rally nomic and political life that we almost every aspect of our socie‑
government that works for all and at Brooklyn College in New York on March 2. (Courtesy Reuters) will no longer tolerate their insa‑ ty? Absolutely," he said. Sanders,
not just the one person," the tiable greed". who competed for the Democratic
Senator said. not "just about defeating Donald drug companies, the military‑ He said this greed had resulted presidential nomination in the
"Together we are going to create Trump" but to trounce crony capi‑ industrial complex and the prison in the US having more income and 2016 primaries, which were won
a political system which is based talism by taking on the "incredibly industrial complex. wealth inequality than any other by Hillary Clinton, began his sec‑
on the democratic principle of one powerful institutions that control "Today, I want to welcome you major country in the world. ond campaign last Saturday in
person, one vote and end a cor‑ the economic and political life of to a campaign which says loudly He reiterated his vow to raise New York where he addressed
rupt political system in which bil‑ our country". and proudly that the underlying the minimum wage to $15 an thousands of followers and vowed
lionaires are buying elections." He said the fight was against principles of our government will hour and asked American compa‑ to defeat Trump, describing him
Sanders said his struggle was Wall Street, insurance companies, not be greed, kleptocracy, hatred, nies like "WalMart, and the fast as "very dangerous" for the nation.

Rep Ilhan Omar blasts AT&T acquisition of Time Warner


GOP over 9/11 poster survives court challenge
Washington DC: Washington: An appeals court last
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has month re jected the Just ice
condemned a poster linking her Department's bid to overturn a
to the 9/11 attacks displayed at ruling that cleared the way for
a Republican stall in the West AT&T's acquisit ion of Time
Virginia legislature. Warner.
She said the "anti‑Muslim dis‑ The decision from the US Court
play likening me to a terrorist" of Appeals for the DC Circuit caps
encouraged threats of violence of f the protracted legal battle
against her, the BBC reported on between AT&T and the Justice
Monday Department, which said that it
West Virginia Republicans does not plan to appeal the ruling.
said they did not support hate Time Warner has since been
speech and had told the renamed WarnerMedia. CNN is
exhibitor to remove the poster. part of WarnerMedia.
Omar was elected last A New Yorker magazine report says that President Trump pressured
AT& first announced its inten‑ his economic adviser Gary Cohn to try and block AT&T's Time Warner
November, one of the first two tion to purchase Time Warner,
The anti‑Muslim poster deal, perhaps because CNN, his bete noire, is owned by Time Warner.
Muslim women to have been which included HBO, Warner Bros.
was displayed at a Republican
elected to the US Congress. and the Turner cable networks, in
party event in West to stop the deal on ant itrust tical merger" because it's a con‑
The poster at Friday's West Virginia state legislature. October of 2016. Just over a year grounds. The AT&T acquisition of tent distributor, AT&T, buying a
Virginia Republican Day in the later, the Justice Department sued Time Warner is considered a "ver‑ content producer, Time Warner.
state legislature in the town of hate group".
Charleston showed her and the However, ACT said in a state‑
burning twin towers in New ment that it had nothing to do
York alongside the words:
"Never forget ‑ you said. I am
the proof ‑ you have forgotten."
with the poster of Omar and had
a "zero‑tolerance policy towards
discrimination".
22 killed in Alabama tornadoes
In response, Omar said the West Virginia House of Washington: At least 22 people Alabama, where two tornadoes, coming... To the families and
image showed why she was the Delegates member Anne were killed in the US state of one at least a half‑mile wide, friends of the victims, and to the
target of threats. Lieberman later resigned after Alabama as a cluster of storms wrecked homes and uprooted injured, God bless you all."
"No wonder I am on the she was accused in the House of ripped through the country's trees. The East Alabama Medical In Georgia, one tornado on
'hitlist' of a domestic terrorist making an Islamophobic Southeast region, spawning mul‑ Centre in Opelika had received Sunday damaged dozens of
and 'Assassinate Ilhan Omar' is remark. tiple tornadoes and leaving a more than 60 pat ients as of homes and businesses.
written on my local gas sta‑ Last month, Omar apologized trail of destruction. Sunday nig ht, said John Meredith Wyatt, a meteorolo‑
tions," she said. for tweets implying US lawmak‑ The first tornado warning in Atkinson, a spokesman for the gist with the National Weather
The poster of Omar was next ers only supported Israel central Alabama went out at center. He said the conditions of Service in Birmingham, Alabama,
to a poster for ACT for America, because of lobby money. around 1 p.m. on Sunday. As the the patients varied. President said the strong line of storms
West Virginia Public "Anti‑Semitism is real and I am storms pushed east, the torna‑ Donald Trump said in a tweet on moved quickly across the area on
Broadcasting reported. grateful for Jewish allies and does left a path of destruction Sunday night that people in and Sunday afternoon. She said it
The Southern Poverty Law colleagues who are educating that stretched from Alabama into around Alabama should "be care‑ was unclear how many torna‑
Center, a rights group, lists ACT me on the painful history of Florida and Georgia, reports The ful and safe". does touched down but said the
for America as "an anti‑Muslim anti‑Semitic tropes," she said. New York Times. The reported "Tornadoes and storms were service issued at least six warn‑
deaths were all in Lee County, truly violent and more could be ings on Sunday afternoon.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info US AFFAIRS March 9-15, 2019 21

TARGET: TRUMP
House Democratic leaders are planning to roll out a “slow-bleed strategy with lengthy public hearings and
scores of witnesses to pick apart Trump's finances and presidency,” according to Axios.

US House House Dems ask WH for Enough Senate votes look to


initiating security clearances info reject Trump's border emergency
Washington: Democratic
many probes House committee chairman has
demanded key documents and

intoTrump interview potential witnesses


from the White House in the
wake of a report that President
Trump personally intervened to
grant his son‑in‑law a top‑secret
clearance despite legal and The White House has so far
national security concerns. not denied that President
Veteran Congressman Elijah Trump personally inter‑
vened to grant his son‑in‑ After the House resolution last week overturning Trumpʼs national
E. Cummings who heads the emergency declaration over the border wall, the Senate has to vote with‑
law Jared Kushner a
House Oversight and Reform in 15 days, paving way for the first veto of his presidency. (Photo : WaPo)
top‑secret clearance despite
Committee, on Friday accused legal and national security Washington: Opponents of majority Democrats to try and block
the White House in a new letter concerns. (Photo : AP) President Donald Trump's declara‑ his effort to divert funding to a bor‑
of delaying his requests for
tion of a national emergency at the der wall without congressional
information and implied that if nation's most sensitive secrets,"
U.S.‑Mexico border appear to have approval.
it did not comply voluntarily, he Cummings wrote in a letter to
enough Senate votes to reject his "Is your oath of office to Donald
would issue a subpoena to com‑ Pat Cipollone, the White House
move, now that Republican Rand Trump or is it to the Constitution of
pel its cooperation, reports The counsel. The letter went on to
Paul of Kentucky has said he can't the US?" House Speaker Nancy
New York Times. ask about "why President
go along with the White House. Pelosi asked her Republican col‑
He said Thursday's report, Trump concealed his role in
In his speech at Conservative Political Three other Republican senators leagues in a speech on the floor
published by The New York overruling that recommenda‑
Action Conference March 3 in Maryland, have announced they'll vote "no" ̶ ahead of the vote. "You cannot let
President Trump called Special Counsel Times, added new concerns tion... and why your of fice is
Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa him undermine your pledge to the
Robert Mueller an "unelected prosecutor that Trump was lying to the continuing to withhold key doc‑
Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Constitution."
running unchecked". (Photo courtesy AP) public about his role in the uments and witnesses from this
Tillis of North Carolina. Paul makes The resolution of disapproval,
clearance process to existing Committee".
it four, and assuming that all 47 under the National Emergencies Act
Washington DC: A committee of the US and broader questions about Thursday's report said that
Democrats and their independent of 1976, serves as the easiest mech‑
House of Representatives is seeking docu‑ irregularities surrounding who Trump's intervention so con‑
allies go against Trump, that would anism for Congress to end Trump's
ments alleging obstruction of justice, cor‑ should have access to sensitive cerned senior administration
give opponents 51 votes ̶ just past declaration.
ruption and abuse of power by President government secrets. of ficials that John Kelly, the
the majority needed, but not enough Under the Congress regulations,
Donald Trump and his aides. "If true, these new reports then White House chief of staff,
to make it veto proof. the resolution must now be taken
Judiciary committee chairman Jerrold raise grave questions about documented the action in a con‑
Last Tuesday, the US House of up by the Senate within 15 days.
Nadler told ABC news that 60 individuals what derogatory information temporaneous internal memo
Representatives passed a resolution Trump issued the emergency dec‑
and entities would be receiving requests career officials obtained about that said he had been "ordered"
to overturn President Trump's dec‑ laration February 15, as part of a
from Monday, the BBC reported on Sunday. (Jared) Kushner to recommend to grant Kushner a top‑secret
laration of a national emergency, deal to keep the government open
Nadler said he be lieved Trump had denying him access to our clearance.
with 13 Republicans joining the after a 35‑day partial shutdown.
obstructed justice. But any impeachment
move would depend on the results of the
Mueller inquiry.
President Trump has consistently denied
any wrongdoing and accused Democrats of
a witch hunt.
On Saturday, he launched a furious attack
on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, railing
against the inquiry into alleged collusion
between his presidential campaign and
Russia.
Mueller is expected to hand in his report
to Attorney General William Barr shortly.
Targeting Mueller repeatedly ‑‑ as well as
firing the former FBI chief over the Russia
inquiry ‑‑ were among the issues Nadler
cited as "clear" cases of obstruction of jus‑
tice by President Trump.
But the Democratic congressman added,
"Impeachment is a long way down the road,
we don't have the facts yet, but we're going
to initiate proper investigations."
"Tomorrow (Monday), we will be issuing
document requests to over 60 dif ferent
people and individuals from the White
House to the Department of Justice," he
said. Among those receiving the requests
would be Donald Trump, Jr.
Democrats are now in control of the
House of Representatives, with Republicans
holding the Senate.
22 March 9-15, 2019 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

UNSC blacklists Osama US will continue to


bin Ladenʼs son engage with N Korea on
United Nations: A UN Security
Council committee added Hamza bin
denuclearization: Pompeo
Laden, one of the sons of Osama bin Manila: US Secretary of State Michael any answer, Xinhua news agency
Laden, to its list of terrorists, saying Pompeo said that Washington will con‑ reported.
he is seen as the next leader of al tinue to engage with Pyongyang in Rejecting the US claims, North Korean
Qaeda, the terrorist outfit founded by order to achieve denu‑ Foreign Minister Ri
his father, the Hindustan Times clearizat ion of the Yong Ho said that
reported. Korean Peninsula. Pyong yang only
The UN designation, which came a Pompeo, who was in demanded part ial
day after the United States Manila for an removal of sanctions.
announced a reward of $1 million for overnight trip, said that "W hat we proposed
information about his whereabout, the US was "anxious" to was not the removal of
will require UN member nations to get back to the negoti‑ all sanctions, but they
freeze Hamza bin Ladenʼs assets, ating table after the are partial removal," Ri
impose a travel ban on him and for‑ Hanoi summit between said, adding the
bid them from selling arms to him. President Donald regime only asked for
US Secretary of State
In the announcement of the new Trump and North Michael Pompeo. those sanctions imped‑
Hamza bin Laden is seen as Korean leader Kim ing the livelihood of its
designation, the UNSC committee the next leader of al Qaeda.
said Hamza bin Laden is “seen as the Jong‑un failed to reach a deal. people to be removed first.
most probable successor” of al Qaedaʼs current ing the United States and has repeatedly called "We are anxious to get back to the Pompeo, nevertheless, said these
head, Ayman al Zawahiri, an Egyptian, who has for followers to target the US and its western table so we can continue the conversa‑ "expansive" issues will be clarified in
run the group since Osama bin Laden was allies. He is said to be hiding in the region tion that will ultimately (bring) the future meetings between the two sides.
killed by American commandos in a raid on his along the Afghanistan‑Pakistan border. peace and stability, better life for the "It's one of the reasons I hope we can
hideout in Pakistan in May 2011. Bin Ladenʼs listing was announced by the North Korean people and (bring about) get back so we can put some definition
The younger bin Laden is said to be around same 15‑member UNSC committee that is cur‑ a denuclearized North Korea," Pompeo around that," he said.
30 or 33 years of age and is married to daugh‑ rently considering a fourth proposal to desig‑ told a press conference. The top US leader travelled to the
ter of Mohammad Atta, leader of the al Qaeda nate Masood Azhar, the founder and leader of He said North Korea had indeed Philippines from the Vietnamese capital
group that carried out the September 11, 2001 Pakistan‑based Jaish‑e‑Mohammad that carried demanded for full sanctions relief at Hanoi where he participated in the
attacks in the United States. Bin Laden has out the recent Pulwama terrorist attack. China the Hanoi summit, which the US was Trump‑Kim summit as well as bilateral
vowed to avenge his fatherʼs death by attack‑ had blocked all three previous attempts. not prepared to do or prepared to offer meetings with Vietnamese leaders.

Netanyahu faces READY TO CONSULT WITH


corruption charges US ON VENEZUELA: RUSSIA
Jerusalem: Israel's attorney Moscow: Russia is ready for consultations ment said. The UN Security Council failed
general intends to indict Prime on the Venezuela crisis with the US in to adopt two competing draft resolutions
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accordance with the principles of the UN on Venezuela, sponsored by the United
on corruption charges. Charter, the Russian Foreign Ministry has States and Russia respectively.
Netanyahu faces possible said. According to a statement by the min‑ Lavrov condemned Washington's threats
charges of bribery, fraud and istry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei against the legitimate Venezuelan leader‑
breach of trust in connection Lavrov discussed the situation around ship, which is "blatant interference" in
w ith three cases, the BBC Venezuela with US Secretary of State Mike Venezuela's internal affairs and a "flagrant
reported. Pompeo during a telephone conversation, violation" of international law.
The Prime Minister is alleged Xinhua reported. Incitement and destructive external influ‑
to have accepted gifts from "In connection with Washington's pro‑ ence under the hypocritical pretext of ren‑
wealthy businessmen and dis‑ posal to hold bilateral consultations on dering humanitarian aid has nothing to do
pensed favors to try to get Venezuelan issues, it is indicated that we with the democratic process, he said.
more positive press coverage. are ready for this, but it is necessary to The two sides also agreed to continue
Netanyahu, who faces an elec‑ strictly follow the principles of the UN contacts on international issues including
tion, said in a TV address that Charter, since only Venezuelans have the Syria, Afg hanistan and the Korean
the case would "collapse like a right to determine their future," the state‑ Peninsula, the statement said.
house of cards".
In a defiant broadcast, he
repeated his assertion that he is Russian Foreign
the victim of a left‑wing "witch‑ Minister Sergei
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu faces possible Lavrov has
hunt" intended to topple him charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
ahead of the closely contested slammed threats
election on April 9. A final hearing, prob‑ have been in return for help with a US against the
legitimate
ably after the election, will determine visa and tax breaks.
Venezuelan
whether the charges go forward. The In two other cases, Netanyahu is
leadership.
Prime Minister will have an opportunity accused of trying to get more favorable
to make his case then. press coverage for himself.
Netanyahu is set to be charged with The most serious case is seen as that
fraud and breach of trust for accepting involving media mogul Shaul Elovitch,
expensive gifts ‑‑ including cigars, pink controller of Israel's largest telecom
champagne and jewe llery worth company, Bezeq.
$264,100 ‑‑ from an Israe li‑born Netanyahu is accused of seeking favor‑
Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan able coverage from an Elovitch‑owned
and the Australian billionaire James news site in return for regulatory deci‑
Packer. sions that would benefit the media
The gifts from Milchan are alleged to mogul.
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Trump to end $5.6 billion preferential trade program for India


New York: US President Donald India has failed to take the neces‑ would no longer make it eligible
Trump has announced that he is sary steps to meet the GSP criteri‑ for the programme that is meant
ending India's $5.6 billion trade on", it added. to help developing countries.
concessions under the The total India‑US trade was The President has been on a
Generalized System of $126.2 billion in 2017, with a warpath against what he said
Pre ferences (GSP) prog ram, $27.3 billion deficit for the US, were high tariffs on US imports to
accusing New Delhi of not provid‑ according to the USTR. India's India. W hile pushing for the
ing Washington "equitable and total exports were worth $76.7 Reciprocal Trade Act in January,
reasonable access" to its markets. billion and the end to GSP affects he brought up India's duty on
Trump, who is on a mission to only a small part of it limited to American whiskey, which he said
expand marker access abroad and $5.6 billion. was 150 per cent and on Harley
end trade de ficits, made the At a hearing held by the USTR Davidson motorcycles that he
announcement on Monday in a last June on withdrawing India's asserted he had gotten reduced
letter to House Speaker Nancy GSP, the Minister in charge of from 100 to 50 per cent.
Pelosi and Vice President Mike Commerce at the Indian Embassy The decision to end the GSP
Pence in his capacity as the in Washington, Puneet Roy may not entirely be influenced by
Senate President. U.S. President Donald Trump. (File Photo: IANS) Kundal, said that withdrawing the high tarif fs imposed by India on
The US Trade Representative's GSP benefits "would be discrimi‑ US imports. The two countries
Office (USTR) said that the prefer‑ India is the largest beneficiary the US and the government of natory, arbitrary, and detrimental have had dif ferences over the
ences will end in 60 days after the of the GSP exporting goods worth India, I have determined that to the development, finance and restrictions placed on e‑commerce
notification to Congress and the $5.6 billion to the US under the India has not assured the US that trade needs of India, which is a by Amazon and on Walmart sub‑
Indian government. program. Congress establishes the it will provide equitable and rea‑ vast and diverse developing coun‑ sidiary Flipkart and on data hous‑
Meanwhile, Trump said that he conditions of eligibility for GSP, sonable access to the markets of try with unique challenges". ing by Visa and Mastercard.
will continue to monitor if India is which include "providing the US India." The primary aim of the GSP is to The decision comes as the US is
"providing equitable and reason‑ with equitable and reasonable The USTR said: "India has imple‑ help developing countries, partic‑ reported to be making headway in
able access to its markets" and market access, protecting work‑ mented a wide array of trade bar‑ ularly in sectors where the bene‑ trade negotiations with China
meet the GSP eligibility criteria. ers' rights and combating child riers that create serious negative fits can reach the poor. aimed mainly at cutting American
India had opposed proposals to labor". effects on US commerce", but did Trump also said that he was trade deficits with a deal expected
end the GSP saying that it would Trump wrote in his letter: "I am not mention the specifics in its ending the GSP for Turkey soon. Ironically, a trade group
be "discriminatory, arbitrary" and taking this step because, after statement. because of its economic success warned that taking ending GSP for
hurt the country's development. intensive engagement between "Despite intensive engagement, and rising living standards that India could end up helping China.

ED questions Chanda Kochhar Amethi Kalashnikov plant


Mumbai: T he Enforcement
Directorate (ED) on Monday ques‑
a symbol of Indo‑Russian
tioned former ICICI Bank CEO
Chanda Kochhar for the fourth friendship: Putin
consecutive day in the ongoing Amethi (Uttar Pradesh): resting upon advanced Russian
probe into the alleged irregulari‑ Russian President Vladimir technologies," said Putin.
ties and corrupt practices in sanc‑ Putin said the Kalashnikov "I am convinced that commis‑
tioning a Rs 1,875 crore loan by rifles manufacturing unit sioning of the new enterprise
the bank to the Videocon Group. launched here by Prime will contribute to stronger
Chanda Kochhar's questioning Minister Narendra Modi will defense potential of India, to
began at ED's office around noon. bolster India's defense poten‑ further advance the scientific
Her husband Deepak Kochhar and tial besides creating employ‑ and industrial basis of the
Video con Group promoter ment. In his message read out nat ional economy, w ill be
Venugopal Doot were also ques‑ at the unveiling ceremony of instrumental in terms of creat‑
tioned in connection with the case. the Indo‑Russia Rifles Pvt ing new jobs for qualified work
The Kochhars were questioned Limited unit in Amethi, Putin force, and w ill provide an
for over nine hours while Dhoot's stressed decades of military impetus to professional educa‑
questioning continued till late and technical cooperat ion tion and personnel training,"
Chanda Kochhar. (File Photo: IANS)
night. between the two countries and he said.
T he ED quest ioned Chanda investments made by his Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at pointed to the setting up of The Indo‑Russian joint ven‑
Ko chhar for the first t ime on Mauritius‑based firm Firstland five offices and houses owned by around 170 military and indus‑ ture will produce the latest
March 1 at her south Mumbai resi‑ Holdings in NuPower Renewables the Kochhars and Dhoot. trial facilities in India with series of the iconic
dence along with her husband. On Pvt Ltd, a company run by Deepak The ED started the probe after assistance from Russia. Kalashnikov rifles.
Sunday, she was questioned for the Kochhar. registering a criminal case under "The Indian defense‑industri‑ Putin said the plant itself will
third straight day. Deepak Kochhar and Dhoot were the PMLA in February against the al sector will have the opportu‑ become another "symbol of
The agency also quizzed Nishant on March 2 were quizzed till late Kochhars, Dhoot and others, taking nity to fulfill the needs of friendship and constructive
Kanodia, chairman of Matix Group night in the case. cognizance of a first information national security agencies in cooperation between our two
and son‑in‑law of Essar Group co‑ The ED on March 1 also carried report filed by the Central Bureau this category of small arms, countries".
founder Ravi Ruia, reg arding out raids under the Prevention of of Investigation.
24 March 9-15, 2019 SPORTS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Jadhav, Dhoni star in India's win over Australia


Hyderabad: Kedar Jadhav sent a shaving of f the Indian top order tive might by not allowing the
strong message to selectors before under 100 runs by the 24th over. Aussies to ever get going.
the World Cup with a street‑smart Nathan Coulter‑Nile (2/46 in 10 Pacer Mohammed Shami led the
81 to guide India to a six‑wicket overs) and Adam Zampa (2/49 in attack with figures of 2/44 in 10
win over Australia in the first ODI, 10 overs) caused the damage. overs as chinaman bowler Kuldeep
here. Jadhav, whose unbeaten 87‑ Rohit and Kohli had stitched Yadav (2/46 in 10 overs) Ravindra
ball 81 was laced with nine fours together a partnership of 76 for Jadeja (0/33 in 10 overs) and
and a six, was supported by the second wicket but just when Jadhav (1/31) made up for a rare
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (59 not out they were looking threatening, off‑day by Jasprit Bumrah (2/60 in
of f 72 balls) as India took a 1‑0 Kohli was trapped in front by 10 overs).
lead in the five match series, which Zampa. The umpire initially turned Usman Khawaja (50) and Glenn
is their last before the World Cup down the appeal, but reviews Maxwell (40) scored the runs for
in May. showed the ball had pitched in line the visitors but never looked in full
Wearing their brand new jerseys, and was hitting the wickets. flow as the Indian attack displayed
the men in blue were asked to Rohit was removed by Coulter‑ its versatility.
chase a modest 237 by the visitors Nile with a cross seam delivery Shami was on song from start to
after the home team bowlers did a that took the leading edge and finish as he bowled a brilliant
brilliant job to restrict them to went to mid‑off for skipper Aaron wicketless first spell, which was
236/7. Finch to grab the opportunity. seen of f by Stoinis (37) and
India's Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni celebrate after India won the
Dhoni who hit the winning runs, Ambati Rayudu (13) was caught Khawaja who added 87 runs for
first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
a four off Marcus Stoinis over the behind off Zampa as India looked the second wicket after the early
infield, with 10 balls to spare per Virat Kohli (44 of f 45 balls) finishing line. Jadhav scored his in trouble. From there on, Dhoni dismissal of skipper Aaron Finch
joined hands with Jadhav for an and vice‑captain Rohit Sharma (37 fifth half century, while Dhoni and Jadhav paced the chase to per‑ for a duck.
unbroken 141‑run stand for the off 66 balls) back in the hut. brought up his 71st in his 339th fection with the former playing The Powerplay yielded just 38
fifth wicket. Dhoni's innings was studded ODI, play ing throug h cramps second fiddle and the latter taking runs with Stoinis and Khawaja
Dhoni came in to bat when India with six fours and a six but it was towards the later part of the the charge. Earlier, Indian bowlers then changing gears of f Vijay
were in a spot at 99/4 with skip‑ Jadhav who guided India past the match. The visitors started well, once again underlined their collec‑ Shankar's bowling.

Wrestlers Punia, Dhanda Honor to wear West


grab gold in Bulgaria
Indian crest: Gayle
Dubai, (IANS): West Indies swash‑ best achievement you can have in
buckling batsman Chris Gayle, the Caribbean as a cricketer. This
who blasted 77 runs in 27 balls is the best thing, to be honest
in his final home one‑day interna‑ with you," he added.
tional match reflected on his two‑ Since announcing his retire‑
decade international career, and ment, Gayle has scored 424 runs
what it meant playing for the in four matches at a strike‑rate of
national side. 134. Gayle had been a diminish‑
The 39‑year‑old expressed his ing force before the start of this
gratitude to the people of the series. Runs had deserted him in
Caribbean for their support T20 leagues around the world.
throug h this series and his Gayle also went unsold twice at
career, according to the ICC's the 2018 auction before being
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia website. bought by Kings XI Punjab for his
"This is my last ODI series in base price ($200,000 approx).
Ruse (Bulgaria): Star Indian Besides the silver medal, Malik the Caribbean so I was giving the "I'm thankful for the form. I
wrestler Bajrang Punia outclassed will also take back some confi‑ fans a nice wave. Right through wasn't getting any runs in the
Jordan Oliver of the US to win dence after beat ing reigning the tournament, they have been T20 tournaments I was playing.
West Indies swashbuckling
gold in the men's 65 kilogram World and European Champion superb from both sides: West batsman Chris Gayle. When you get a chance to score
freestyle category at the Dan Petra Olli of Finland in the semis. Indies and Eng land sides. It runs, make sure you score heavy.
Kolov‑Nikol Petrov Ranking Series "The win over World Champion would be nice if it was in Sunday. "It's been an honor to But it's the best (I've played) in
here. Olli has given me a lot of confi‑ Jamaica, but the crowds have wear the crest and entertain the my home condit ions and I'm
Be fore Punia's feat, Rio dence and will keep me in good been fantastic," Gayle was quoted people around the Caribbean. happy and grateful for that," he
Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi stead for the upcoming Asian as saying by ICC's website on West Indies is No.1. This is the said.
clinched silver medal in the Championships," Malik said.
women's 65kg category and Pooja What was notable was that she
Dhanda won gold in the women's
59kg.
competed in a category higher
than her usual 62kg. ICC declines BCCI plea to isolate Pakistan
After being 0‑3 down, Punia "From here we have trials in
stepped up the gas and won 12 India for the Asian Dubai: The International Cricket ism emanates". However, the ICC Singh and former of ficials like
straight points to clinch the gold Championships and then another Council (ICC) has turned down board at its meeting refused to Rajiv Shukla, had demanded that
against his American opponent. "I event in the USA. To lose weight the BCCI's request for isolation accept the BCCI request. India should boycott the June 16
dedicate this medal to Wing thrice in one month or so would of Pakistan from the g lobal "The ICC has made it clear that World Cup match ag ainst
Commander Abhinandan af fect my performance as there cricket community. this request cannot be imple‑ Pakistan and persuade the inter‑
Varthaman. He has been an inspi‑ would be lot of diet control and T he Board of Control for mented, as of now. The ICC did national cricket community to
ration. Some day I would like to that af fects training too," Sakshi Cricket in India (BCCI) had in a concede to our demands on secu‑ isolate Pakistan.
meet and shake his hands," Punia explained. letter to the ICC, following the rity at the World Cup, but The BCCI has, however, not
said after the win. Dhanda won gold as she went Pulwama terror attack, demand‑ refused to accept this demand of taken any decision to boycott the
Facing Henna Johansson of undefeated in the women's 59kg ed that the international cricket ours," a BCCI official said. match yet, saying it will follow
Sweden, Malik was beaten to the category, which followed had a community sever cricketing ties Several former cricketers, like the government instructions on
gold medal by a 3‑8 marg in. round‑robin format. with nations from where "terror‑ Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan the matter.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info BOOKS March 9-15, 2019 25

Sudhanshu Mittal bats for Ram Mandir in new book


C
ultural restoration of sites of wor‑ Constitution during the Emergency". He
ship has been going on since cen‑ says that the Ram Janmabhoomi move‑
turies, says BJP leader Sudhanshu ment galvanized Hindu identity in a way
Mittal, who in his new book "RSS: Building that nothing else had before.
India throug h sewa" calls for a Ram "It is important to reiterate that the RSS
Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi‑ view is not anti‑Muslim. It believes in a
Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. strong cultural identity of India based on
"This struggle for a Ram Mandir to be the civilization's Hindu roots and that all
constructed in a country where the majori‑ who are Indians, irrespective of the reli‑
ty population is Hindu, is unparalleled any‑ gion their ancestors adopted, are of the
where in the world. Can we imag ine same blood and identity. Hence, there
Christians being unable to reconstruct a should be no discomfort for Muslims to
church if the one in the Vatican was enable the peaceful construction of Ram
destroyed by invaders, with devotees cry‑ Mandir in Ayodhya," he remarks in the
ing for centuries?" he asks in the book, that book.
was scheduled to be launched by Union BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal and the title page of his new book on RSS Mittal notes the "immense patience and
Minister Smriti Irani and RSS General decency" of the Hindu population in India
Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on March 1. RSS has always had a consistent stand on when only a sensitive heart can see that that, according to him, chooses to follow
Mittal maintains that it is an "undisputed the issue that a Ram Mandir must be built action as the expression of a hurt and the law and wait for justice.
fact" that a Ram Temple existed until its at the site in Ayodhya. He also says that aggrieved Hindu community that has suf‑ "Indeed, there is no majority community
barbaric destruction by the forces of the RSS's affiliate bodies have worked hard fered injustices and historical wrongs and anywhere in the world like the Hindus of
Muslim invader Babur, led by Mir Baqi in on the legal front and in mass advocacy for was forced to see a monument dedicated to India," he says.
1528. the cause. Babur, a mass murderer of Hindus, on the Mittal, who has formulated the political
He says that it is only Hindus, owing to "But nowhere has RSS given the call to sacred site of Lord Shri Ram," he notes in strategies for BJP in several elections in
their non‑violent nature, who have been at destroy any structure. For many in India the book, published by New Delhi‑based India, attempts in his book to enlighten his
the receiving end of "this huge historical fed on a diet of biased news, it is easy to Har Anand Publications. readers on the working of the RSS, its
wrong". see the demolition of the already dilapidat‑ Mittal asserts that the Hindu identity was model of selfless service and how it posi‑
Mittal, a prominent member of the BJP ed Babri Masjid by kar sevaks in 1992 as suppressed by a "forcefully imposed secu‑ tively impacts people's lives, cutting across
since its inception, further says that the an assault on democracy and what not, larism into the Preamble of the caste, socio‑economic status and religion.

Hindu nationalism taps into people's Nayantara Sahgal unveils


longing for tradition: Raghuram Rajan new novel, slams Modi
V
eteran author Nayantara

T
racing the rise of populist on it. ilies and the communities they live Sahgal unveiled her new
nationalism worldwide to "India's challenge in the years to in. novel "The Fate Of
the diminution of the com‑ come is not its democracy, which is Rajan, currently a University of Butterflies" at a function attended
munity at a time of heightened eco‑ probably the only way to keep a Chicago professor and one of by bibliophiles and several known
nomic worries, former RBI country with such varied communi‑ whose earlier works predicted the faces from the literary and politi‑
Governor Rag huram ties together, but 2008 global financial crisis, draws cal world, here on Wednesday.
Rajan says that liberal the need to India's parallel with China, both of The novel, Sahgal said, con‑
"open‑access" values strengthen state whom have large young migrant fronts the toxic dangers of "war,
Veteran author Nayantara Sahgal
are under threat in capacity and pri‑ populations "yet to be integrated religious polarization and authori‑
and the cover page of her new novel.
India from the Hindu vate sector inde‑ into solid new communities" who tarian charisma ‑‑ a dystopian
nationalist movement pendence." are ideal raw material for populist future that is already upon the was under a dictatorial regime. She
which taps into people's Given the pletho‑ nationalists' vision of a "cohesive world". It is published by Speaking said while Germans were told that
desire to anchor them‑ ra of languages, nationalist community". Tiger. In a conversation with Sanjoy Jews were a danger to them, the
selves to tradition in a re ligions, castes "The Hindu nationalist movement Roy at the Jaipur Literature Festival, majority community in India is being
context of rapid change. and ethnicit ies, tries to tap into such people's Sahgal said all her novels have been told that it is under threat from the
The local community India needs a sys‑ desire to anchor themselves in tra‑ stories of the times she has lived in country's Muslims. She said minis‑
is at the center of tem that allows dition. It exploits the sense among and how they contributed to the ters have spread this fear.
Rajan's latest book "The grievances to be the majority Hindu population that making of India. "But this novel is Remarking that she is a believing
Title page of book Third Hindu, Sahgal said she "absolutely
T hird Pillar: How expressed through they have bent over backwards to about the unmaking of India," she
Piller by Raghuram Rajan.
Markets and the State democratic protest appease minorities, especially said, pointing to the horrors of inno‑ rejects" the ideology of Hindutva.
Leave the Community Behind", pub‑ and dialogue, "rather than one that Muslims." cent people being lynched. "What's happening in the country
lished by HarperCollins India and bottles them up so that they "The committed Hindu majoritari‑ Sahgal, a member of the Nehru‑ has nothing to do with Hinduism,
released last week. It explores how explode later", he says. an leader," Rajan says, "are a seri‑ Gandhi family and one of the most but a political ideology that has
globalization and technological The "Third Pillar" is a philosophi‑ ous threat to a liberal tolerant inno‑ vocal critics of Indira Gandhi during nothing at all to do with religion,"
advancement have also produced a cal exploration of the imbalances vative India." the Emergency, alleged that India she said. ‑IANS
strong backlash of populist nation‑ between state, markets and local
alism. The community is the third communities, and Rajan writes that
pillar that has got left behind as the wrong choices could derail human
two other pillars ‑ the state and the economic progress at this critical
markets ‑ scaled up and expanded moment in history.
their powers at the expense of the Noting that the questions pop‑
former, Rajan says. ulist nationalists are raising are
"India, with its more pluralistic reasonable, the former Governor
and open‑access political system is says that re‑emergence of populist
better positioned for the communi‑ nationalism in the industrial West
ty to create more separat ion is based on economic worries.
between the state and the markets. The "primary source of worry"
Its weakest pillar is the state," he seems to be that moderately edu‑
writes. cated workers are rapidly losing or
"India also has a private sector at the risk of losing good "middle
that is still dependent on the state, class" employment, and this has
which makes it a feeble constraint grievous effects on them, their fam‑
26 March 9-15, 2019 HEALTH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Don't ignore heart attack Indian made stents safe,


symptoms while traveling effective: Lancet
New Delhi: Indian made stents seem to seven countries ‑‑ UK, Netherlands,
Tokyo: You should never ignore heart 2,564 patients who had a heart attack and be a safe and effective alternative to Poland, Spain, Italy, Hungary and
attack symptoms, especially while travel‑ received rapid treatment with a stent (per‑ stents of global standard, reports a Bulgaria.
ing, as researchers say cardiovascular dis‑ cutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) study in the Lancet. A cardiac stent is a They randomly assigned patients to
eases (CVD) are the leading causes of death between 1999 and 2015. device used to unblock clogged arteries. implantation of either a sirolimus‑elut‑
among people on the move. A total of 192 patients (7.5 percent) were Drug‑eluting stents are coated with ing stent with a biodegradable polymer
The study, presented at Acute found to be traveling at the time of suffer‑ medicines that help lower recurrence coating and ultra‑thin struts (Supraflex)
Cardiovascular Care 2019 in Malaga, ing the heart attack. Patients who were chances of an artery narrowing after or an everolimus‑eluting stent with a
Spain, indicates that the long‑term out‑ traveling were younger and had a higher corrective surgery. durable polymer coating (Xience).
comes after a heart attack while traveling prevalence of ST‑elevation myocardial The study compared Surat‑based stent The results indicated that repeat per‑
can be good if one gets infarction (STEMI), a serious manufacturer Sahajanand Medical cutaneous or surgical revascularization
prompt treatment. type of heart attack in which Technologies's Supraflex with US‑based at 12 months was 4.9 percent with
"If you are traveling and a major artery supplying Abbott's Xience ‑‑ regarded as the glob‑ Indian‑made and 5.3 percent with glob‑
experience heart attack symp‑ blood to the heart gets al standard in safety and efficacy for al peers, a difference that met criteria
toms, such as pain in the blocked, the study said. drug‑eluting stents. for non‑inferiority.
chest, throat, neck, back, stom‑ Heart attacks during a trip While Supraflex is a sirolimus‑eluting "The Supraflex stent was non‑inferior
ach or shoulders that lasts for were associated with a 42 stent with a biodegradable polymer to the Xience stent for a device‑oriented
more than 15 minutes, call an ambulance percent lower risk of long‑term all‑cause coating and ultra‑thin struts, Xience is composite clinical endpoint at 12
without delay," said co‑author Ryota Nishio death than those that occurred in resi‑ an everolimus‑eluting stent with a months in an all‑comers population,"
from the Juntendo University in Japan. dents, after adjusting for many factors durable polymer coating. the report stated.
"Long distance travel may lead to condi‑ such as age, sex, hypertension, and dia‑ "Supraflex seems a safe and effective "There remained a perception that
tions like dehydration, leg cramps, elec‑ betes. "It is important that when you are alternative drug‑eluting stent to other stents produced outside of India were
trolyte imbalance, fatigue, motion sickness over the immediate emergency phase and stents in clinical practice," the report superior to homegrown devices. There
and fluid shifting due to venous blood return home, consult your doctor to find stated. were demands from Indian manufactur‑
pooling that can precipitate a CVD," out how you can reduce your risk of a sec‑ The international team, including an ers to prove that their devices are com‑
Deepak Khurana, a senior cardiac surgeon ond attack by improving your lifestyle and Indian team of doctors led by Upendra parable to those made elsewhere in
at Yatharth Hospital in Noida. potentially taking preventive medication," Kaul, cardiologist at the Batra Hospital robust clinical trials," Kaul said in a
For the study, the researchers included Nishio said. here, examined 1,435 patients from statement.

New treatment offers Wockhardt's prostate cancer


promise for stopping, even
reversing Parkinson's drug receives USFDA approval
Mumbai: Pharmaceutical and specialty pro ducts remain a
biotechnology major Wockhardt focus area for our US business
on Friday received approval from and for creating a sustainable
the US Foo d and Drug growth worldwide," he added.
Administration (USFDA) for its Wo ckhardt's Abiraterone
generic drug to treat prostate acetate tablet is a generic version
cancer, that is being manufac‑ oncology products in the US and of Zytiga, marketed in the US and
tured in India. has several pending ANDA other countries by Johnson and
The approval was for the 250 (Abbreviated New Drug Johnson.
mg tablet of Abiraterone acetate, Application) for oncology prod‑ The product, which is manufac‑
which is used for men w ith ucts," Habil Khorakiwala, tured at a contract manufactur‑
prostate cancer that has spread Wockhardt Founder Chairman ing facility, based near
to other parts of the body. and Group CEO, said in a state‑ Hyderabad, will be launched
London: An experimental treat‑ the Journal of Parkinson's "This is one more product in ment. in the US soon, the statement
ment that delivers a drug direct‑ Disease. The study "represents Wockhardt's growing portfolio of "Along with oncology products, noted.
ly to the brain has shown prom‑ some of the most compelling
ise for slowing, stopping, or evidence yet that we may have a
even reversing Parkinson's dis‑
ease, say, researchers.
The study, by a team led by
means to possibly reawaken
and restore the dopamine brain
cells that are gradually
Anti‑vaccine movies removed
from Amazon after CNN report
University of Bristol destroyed in Parkinson's", said
researchers, in a clinical trial principal investigator Alan L.
investigated whether the treat‑ Whone, from the University of
ment called Glial Cell Line Bristol in the UK. Los Angeles: Amazon has Amazon did not respond to Cover‑Up to Catastrophe", the
Derived Neurotrophic Factor "This trial has shown that we apparently started removing questions about why the films notorious anti‑vaccine docu‑
(GDNF) ‑‑ a natural protein, can safely and repeatedly infuse ant i‑vaccine do cumentaries are no longer available on mentary that was banned from
found in the brain ‑‑ can regen‑ drugs directly into patients' from its Prime Video streaming Prime Video. the Tribeca Film Festival in
erate dying dopamine brain brains over months or years," service after a CNN Business However, while some anti‑ 2 0 1 6 , a n d w h o s e d i r ec t o r,
cells in patients with said Steven Gill, lead neurosur‑ report highlighted the anti‑vac‑ vaccine videos are gone from Andrew Wakefield, is one of
Parkinson's and reverse their geon at North Bristol NHS Trust, cine comment available on the the Prime streaming service, a the central figures in the anti‑
condition, something no exist‑ Bristol, UK site. Anti‑vaccine movies that number of anti‑vaccine books vaccine movements.
ing treatment can do. "This is a significant break‑ were previously available free were still available for pur‑ The development also comes
The results potentially through in our ability to treat for Prime subscribers, like "We chase on Amazon.com as of hours after California
demonstrated that the new neurological conditions, such as Don't Vaccinate!", "Shoot 'Em Friday afternoon, and some Democrat Adam Schif f wrote
treatment was starting to Parkinson's because most drugs Up: The Truth About Vaccines", were still being of fered for free an open letter to Amazon CEO
reawaken and restore damaged that might work cannot cross and "VAXXED: From Cover‑Up t o K i n d l e U n l i m i t ed s u b ‑ Jef f Bezos, saying he was con‑
brain cells and that repeated from the bloodstream into the to Catastrophe", are now "cur‑ scribers. cerned "that Amazon is surfac‑
brain infusion is clinically feasi‑ brain due to a natural protec‑ rently unavailable", CNN Amongst the titles taken ing and recommending" anti‑
ble and tolerable, according to tive barrier." reported on Friday. d o w n a r e " VA X X E D : F r o m vaccination books and movies.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SOCIAL MEDIA March 9-15, 2019 27

How social media 'shifted' India's focus


to Abhinandan's release
By Gokul Bhagabati over the past 10 days?

Make Chai "In such a case when self‑regula‑

T
he hysteria unleashed on tion becomes ineffective, it will be
social media platforms after a good idea to come up with spe‑
Indian pilot Abhinandan
Varthaman's plane crashed in
Pakistani territory on February 27
Not War cific guidelines which should gov‑
ern the behavior and the acts done
on social media during important
moments of our national interest,"
is partly responsible for the sud‑
den shift in focus from fighting Duggal said.
cross‑border terrorism to bringing "We have in place something
the pilot back home, experts called Information Technology
believe. (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules,
The country erupted into joyous 2011 which often asks service
celebration following Varthaman's providers to inform people not to
release after spending over 60 do certain activities on their plat‑
hours in Pakistani captivity. form.
"Social media did help to build "But the IT Rules 2011 don't
pressure on Pakistan to quickly have teeth. I think there should be
release the pilot which is excellent. now a dedicated provision for
But the hectic activity on social legal consequences should you
media contributed to derailing the whatever they posted was avail‑ ground partly due to the hectic from both sides of the border," violate these provisions," Duggal
counter‑terror measures that the able for a global audience. activity on social media," he said, Roy told IANS, adding that some of noted.
government had initiated after the "Indian social media users did adding that a lot of what the main‑ that information circulated in Overall, he said, this episode can
Pulwama attack on February 14 not exercise the restraint that they stream media showed was some‑ social media might have been very be seen as a learning experience
that killed 40 CRPF troopers," were supposed to have in times how linked to content on social painful to the family of the Indian for social media users as this is the
Pavan Duggal, one of the like these. They were posting with‑ media. pilot who was captured in first time they were confronted
nation's top cyber law experts, out understanding their ramifica‑ Leading tech policy and media Pakistan. with a situation of this magnitude
told IANS. tions. The way they were circulat‑ consultant Prasanto K. Roy agreed "The impact of social media has and importance.
In a video circulated on social ing information, most of which with Duggal when he said that been overwhelmingly negative "Social media users should
media, the IAF pilot was shown as was fake, demonstrated that they much of the information that was during the period following India's become warriors for the country
demonstrating great courage in became victims of psychological moving fast in social media plat‑ air strike targeting terror camps in rather than impacting India's sov‑
withholding sensitive information, warfare controlled by foreign forms like Twitter and Facebook Pakistan on February 26," he ereign interest. At the same time,
including his whereabouts in powers," Duggal said. was neither genuine nor true. added. the government should also not be
India. However, social media users "Abhinandan was part of a "We have seen a flurry of fake So what happens when people influenced by the change in the
wasted no time in giving away that broader strategy, but that broader information and edited videos do not exercise self‑restraint in a course of social media discourses,"
information, without realizing that strategy receded into the back‑ being circulated on social media situation like the one India faced Duggal said.

IMMIGRATION COLUMN
By Dev Banad Viswanath, Esq.
& Michael Phulwani, Esq.

Alien Smuggling under INA


T
he Immigration &
Nationality Act (INA)

Section 212(a)(6)(e)
defines an alien smuggler
as “any person who knowingly has
encouraged, induced, assisted,
abetted, or aided” any other per‑
In order to request a waiver, an community in some way such as alien smuggling and are qualified

VISA
son to enter or try to enter the
United States unlawfully. It does individual must have a qualifying volunteer work or owning a busi‑ to file a waiver it is best for them
not matter if the individual enter‑ relative which is clearly defined ness that provides jobs to others. to hire an attorney.

TALK
ing the U.S. unlawfully is a family under the statute and regulations. Every waiver petition must Every waiver for alien smuggling
member of the alien smuggler or if In the application, an individual include supporting documents. is only one of a kind so an attor‑
it was done for monetary gain. will be required to show U.S. USCIS and immigration judges ney would be able to help an indi‑
Alien smuggling can result in a Immigration and Citizenship would like to see proof to support vidual gather the right documents,
ground of inadmissibility, a an immigration benefit such as a Services (USCIS) that they deserve what the individual tells them in prepare for an interview if needed,
ground of deportability, a bar to family based visa. To qualify for a a waiver for humanitarian purpos‑ their application. If an individual and guide them through the whole
good moral character, and if con‑ waiver of inadmissibility an indi‑ es, to keep family unity, or was found to have committed process.
victed of alien smuggling it would vidual must be a lawful permanent because it is in the public interest.
count as an aggravated felony. resident or must be applying for a For humanitarian purposes, USCIS
Dev Banad Viswanath is the Principal Attorney of
Alien smuggling entails affirma‑ family‑based immigrant visa or will grant a waiver if an individual
The Banad Law Offices PC in the United States,
tive and knowing conduct. It has fiancé visa. A waiver of inadmissi‑ shows they will suffer serious and Banad Immigration in India for which
been found by courts that an indi‑ bility would not apply for any hardship if the application is Attorney Michael Phulwani is also affiliated as Of
vidual must have made 1) an affir‑ other type of petition. Next, an denied. For family unity, USCIS Counsel. With Offices in Manhattan, Queens,
mative and 2) knowing act in individual can apply for a waiver if will grant a waiver if an individual Bangalore, and Mumbai, the firm is able to assist
order to be found to have commit‑ the person they were trying to shows they have a spouse and/or clients with all facets of the immigration process,
ted alien smuggling. An individual bring to the U.S. was their spouse, children in the U.S., they are including Employment Visas, Consular Visa
who was involved in alien smug‑ parent, son, or daughter at the responsible for caring for their Assistance, Student Visas, Removal &
gling may be eligible for a waiver time of entry. For a married indi‑ family, or if most of their family is Deportation, US Citizenship and Green Card
in the U.S. For public interest, Applications based on Family or Employment.
of inadmissibility in order to avoid vidual, they may apply for a waiv‑
USCIS will grant a waiver if an Dev B. Viswanath can be reached at
removal or allow the individual to er even if they are no longer mar‑
Dev@Banadlaw.com and 718‑361‑5999.
continue with their application for ried after the smuggling occurred. individual shows they benefit their
28 March 9-15, 2019 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Humor with Melvin Durai

Crawling down the path


to electric vehicles
hen it comes to

W adopt ing new


technology, Iʼm
not what youʼd call a
“trendsetter.” Iʼm more
like a “trend wetter.” I
splash water on the
trend, try to make it go
away. Unlike some peo‑
ple, I donʼt stand in line
for hours to buy the lat‑

BEST est gadget at an exorbi‑


tant price. I wait for

RATE everyone around me to buy the gadget, then


try to get one of them to sell it to me at the
Thatʼs a question I will undoubtedly ask
when I finally buy an electric vehicle, proba‑

FOR used gadget price.


But before I buy the new gadget (which
bly a decade or two from now. The entire
world, not just me, has been far too slow in

INDIA isnʼt really new any more by the time I buy


it), I make sure that the previous gadget (the
replacing gasoline‑powered vehicles with far
more efficient and environmentally friendly
electric vehicles.
AND one being replaced) has either stopped work‑
ing completely or has become an annoyance. In America, where Tesla and other
automakers are planning to introduce
PAKISTAN The latter was the case with my familyʼs old
TV, which we recently replaced with a slight‑ dozens of electric and hybrid cars in 2019,
ly bigger and immensely smarter TV. (Itʼs so sales of such vehicles accounted for only 2
smart that it refuses to display Fox News.) percent of total car purchases in 2018.
New York Head Quarter Both TVs were made by Samsung, but the Thatʼs largely because electric cars cost
previous one was almost 10 years old and more than gas‑powered cars and charging
422‑S Broadway stations are few and far between. If you run
would periodically turn off and on, usually at
HICKSVILLE the most inopportune moments, such as dur‑ out of power between two stations, you canʼt
ing the last two minutes of the Super Bowl. get a friend to bring you a canister of elec‑
NY 11801
One moment, Tom Brady is dropping back to tricity. And if youʼre looking for a boost in
516‑827‑1010 throw the football, the next moment people Montana or Wyoming, you are more likely to
in Philadelphia are climbing light poles and get it from a charging bull than a charging
all my guests are screaming at me. station.
When I finally bought a new TV, it was so While it takes only a few minutes to fill up
much better than the old one that I found at a gas (petrol) station, it can take as long as
myself asking, “Why didnʼt I do this sooner?” 40 minutes to get an 80 percent charge with
one of Teslaʼs Superchargers, according to a
New York Times article. Itʼs possible to

Laughter is the Best Medicine charge your electric car overnight at home,
but if you have a long drive to work, you
may need to find another outlet, both for
your car and your frustration.
In India, electric cars are a long way from
By becoming common, but electric two‑wheel‑
Mahendra ers are rapidly catching on. According to the
Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles
Shah
(SMEV), only 1,200 electric cars were sold in
Mahendra Shah the entire country in fiscal 2017‑18, drop‑
is an architect ping from 2,000 the previous year. The aver‑
by education, age Indian is more likely to invest in skiing
entrepreneur by equipment than an electric car.
profession, In contrast, sales of electric two‑wheelers
artist and more than doubled from 23,000 units to
humorist, 54,800 over the same period. By the year
cartoonist and 2030, more than 2 million electric two‑
writer by hobby. wheelers are expected to be sold annually,
He has been which means that even your grandma will be
recording the driving one. And sheʼll be scolding your
plight of the g randpa for forgett ing to plug it in
immigrant overnight.
Indians for the Of course, 2030 is more than a decade
past many year away. But at least weʼll see lots of electric
in his cartoons. vehicles on the highway. And perhaps by
2040 or so, Iʼll be ready to buy one myself.
Hailing from
With my luck, electric cars will be consid‑
Gujarat, he
ered old technology by then. Newer cars will
lives in
be running on something else, perhaps low‑
Pittsburgh,
fat milk.
Pennsylvania.
The most popular car, of course, will be the
Chevrolet Cruze LT (lactose tolerant).
TheSouthAsianTimes.info ASTROLOGY March 9-15, 2019 29

Chandigarh, India: +91-172- 256 2832, 257 2874


By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899
psharma@premastrologer.com; w.premastrologer.com

MARCH 9‑15, 2019


Aries: A promising week is foreseen Cancer: A quarrelsome behaviour Libra: You would easily attract the Capricorn: An exciting new profes‑
as you get excellent opportunity to would come in the way of enjoying attention of seniors by decent sional career awaits you provided
achieve professional goals. romance. It is therefore high time manners and intellectual talk. This you g rab the opportunity.
Celebrations at home are likely to bring for you to avoid this to save romantic would even brighten your chances for pro‑ Attractive personality brings desired
tremendous joy. Combine your personal bond. There are chances that some of you motion. Misunderstanding the feelings of results, as you succeed in attracting the
charm with positive & powerful thinking might leave your present job and head romantic partner would create a void in desired attention. Making compromises
to win‑over your adversaries. If you towards a marketing field, which would be your relations. for love sake would please partner.
attempt difficult talks or encounter tough best for you. You need to act judiciously to save the Investing little amount in reputed compa‑
situations you are likely to come out as a If you are associated with foreign ventures relationship. Heart patients will have to go nies shares would be beneficial. Shape
winner. and investments you are likely to reap in the shelter of exercising. your travel plans in such a way that they
Taurus: You can only achieve bloom good profits. Scorpio: Make changes in your are not stressful.
in health on making some personal Leo: Your strong resilience and lifestyle to enjoy sound health. You Aquarius: Troubles fade away as
ef forts. At work dominant behav‑ fearlessness would tremendously are likely to travel to a distance the bright side of your personality
iour of seniors could make you worried. enhance the power of mental facul‑ place to complete an important enables to take things in a stride.
However, developing a harmonious rela‑ ties. Be careful as your long term invest‑ assignment. Your inquisitive & curious mind would
tionship with them would benefit you. ment plans are going to face some legal People who are planning to join some enable you to get a hand‑on‑experience to
Lucrative incentives of fered by reputed issues. Journey undertaken for better financial institutes need to make up their bring quick results. For getting success at
companies for investment would attract career prospects may materialise. mind. You need to save yourself from workplace you will have to be action‑ori‑
you. Romantic life could face a testing time. investing in dubious financial schemes. A ented and prepare yourself to face any
However you need to invest only after Take some immediate initiatives to clear promising week as far as love life is con‑ kind of challenges squarely. Mutual fund
checking all the details. all misunderstandings on the romantic cerned on enjoying the company of a true schemes would help in meeting financial
Gemini: Your plan to own a house is front. partner. goals.
ought to be in the right way. Virgo: Friends and relatives would Sagittarius: Developing new con‑ Pisces: Innovation brings better
You are likely to get relief from the extend a helping hand whenever tacts by attending social gather‑ monetary results making your
tensions and strains of life experiencing required. Make sure you put your ings/parties would augur well for future brighter. Avoid unhealthy
for long. Keep your positive approach to intelligence and management skills on your future. If you want to enjoy a hassle eating habits to enjoy a perfect health. You
get successful results on the academic work to achieve business targets. However free trip then plan your expenses in are likely to get an opportunity to join the
front. you need to set the achievable targets and advance. Donʼt run after speculations company of like‑minded people to start a
Computer professionals would be able to then work hard to get them. Your timely chances of losing money are high. Keep in new business. It is time for you to be more
prove their mettle. Vigilant eye and hawks action would be handsomely rewarded. mind that seriousness is highly required serious & open in romant ic af fair.
thinking would be needed on your part to Appreciate your partner if you want to on your part to succeed academically and Changing the job would be beneficial for
invest money. invest in your relationship. professionally. some.

March 9, 2019 tinations. Change is indispensible in


Satisfying number and planet ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK everybodyʼs life which you under‑
would be 9 and Mars, bravery is in stand and welcome it by unfolding
your soul which makes you fight eye to curb the evil spirits of your cof fers filled to the capacity they interest would be Literature and your arms. After some time you your‑
against all your odds. You are too foes. Avoid interacting with your fel‑ have. Development period would be Science. Your insatiable hunger for self change the things from time to
busy with your mundane job that you low members which may act as sym‑ May and June. achieving your set goals will make time. Your family has the tendency to
are left with less time to fulfill your bol of angst for you. By the second you a great person. Urgent need of shout less and act more towards you.
aspirations. The desire for recogni‑ half of the year you will sound more March 12, 2019 the time is to avoid over display of On health front, a lighter footprint is
tion is deeply embedded in you and mellower then before. Time will heal Fate decider for you is number 3 winning emotions. You will take life advisable towards doctor for advices.
you will draw a path to grab your all your bruises. More flavoured and and planet Jupiter, you always try as it comes to you without any You will end up all your creditors on
ambition. You need to cast the bear‑ seasonal love will catch you soon. and fight back in your life and no demands and complaints. Series of happy note by providing them what
ish attitude of your kinʼs in different Avoid oblique stand which may be matter what the odds are against you. ups and down is what you encounter they want and from now and finally
mould before it gets too late. Love troublesome for you. Chucked out You are a storehouse of stimulating in your life. Avoid conflicts between lead an independent life. Plenty of
and affection of your loved ones will your innocence and learn to play and challenging feelings which makes your admirers else grudges may keep opportunities in Nov. and December.
grow day by day for you. some politics also. Health needs your you to do what most others canʼt you people apart. X factor in you
Lopsidedness of medicine may bear attention, take some time from your even think about. People will love to makes you distinguishable. Once you March 15, 2019
you to revisit your health checker. busy schedule. You will always find know about your life experiences and learn to do bit of hard work the going Eclipsed by planet Venus and num‑
You always talk to yourself, if you your family members to stand by you its contents. Win‑Win situation for will be easier for you. Prevention is ber 6, you are a good orator as you
could do something more to increase in all spheres of life. Targeted months you in romantic affair. Your intimacy better than cure, needs to know this can convey things to people in an
the intensity of your love affair. Soon would be June and July. will likely to get increase and might before going for any check up. Extra appropriate manner. Lots of people
you might be freed from all your be you will be busy in designing your income sources will likely to amelio‑ will knock on your door for help.
responsibilities of your children. Your March 11, 2019 wedding card. Your spouse will cover rate your financial well being. Your They pinned their hopes to be ful‑
financial status will be back on track Your thrilling and spine‑tingling up all your criteria, you will get what relations need adjustments from your filled by you and after lot of hard
by your sheer hard work. Desires and nature will lift the downgrading spir‑ you want. The number of person who side to make it worth moving. work you will be upto their expecta‑
education are co‑related and go hand its of the audience. You can adapt admires you will get increase contin‑ Everybody needs umbrella in mon‑ tions. You abhor those who unneces‑
in hand. Your smartness, greed for yourself according to situation. You uously and for this you have to tra‑ soon season, so save little bit for sarily poke their nose in somebodyʼs
power, and holistic approach will always tend to draft a strong and verse a long passage. During this time unfortunate time. Planning to do work. Even if you love to work behind
ironed out all the obstacles in your ef fective ploy for your undertaking. you have everything i.e. love, sacri‑ something new then wait for the scenes, people will follow your
way. You always live with your You try to go to any length to execute fices, provocations, disengagement, Tuesdays, T hursdays or Fridays. imprints. Your ongoing af fair might
dreams and got remarkably success and attain your set plans. Discussions and peace. Learning with experience Spiritful time will be May and June. get converts into lifelong kinship.
oriented stints. Productive time: with your family members turn out to will always brings the desired results Those who looking for arrange mar‑
February and March. be bitter but at the end space will be for you. There are many ways to cul‑ March 14, 2019 riages should not judge the book by
filled by sweetness only. You are tivate and build your health from Reign by number 5 and Mercury, its cover only. You try to reach out to
March 10, 2019 authoritative and thoroughly probed some minor distortion. As a student “Every man is the architect of his own people in your contact but may end
Outshined by number 1 and the all the facts before embarking on any you need to train yourself rock like future” people should learn this from up with nothing in your hand.
Sun, you always believe in yourself project. You may not be satisfied by resilience and welcome attributes to you. You love to live life on your own Meditation accompanied by medical
and relied heavily on the decision you your health conditions. Your help to qualify for the high profiled profes‑ terms. Opportunities will knock at remedies will save you from extra
take for yourself. You need to hold poor and needy will help to wipe off sion. Your income graph ought to your door, you need to be cautious to botheration of your dependencies on
your hotheaded nature of taking vin‑ their tears through pecuniary help show an upward trend from now. encash them. You are creditworthy bad stuff like consuming alcohol etc.
dication on trivial matters. You need which you might get through your Number 2, planet Moon, and the for all your deeds. Key to your suc‑ You may need to visit your health
to match with the wavelength of suc‑ luck. Your career might have lot of months of July and August will all cess is your ef fective governance. counselor time and again. Control
cess to taste it. You always abide by twist and turns and needs lot of cau‑ provide a good back up in your life. Your industrious nature deserve to be your out of pocket expenses as you
the laws and bylaws of the system tious behavior from your side. You awarded by some elite post. You may need it in near future to accom‑
you adopt to fulfill your burning will be blessed by your seniors March 13, 2019 might hit a jackpot which in turn plish your long dreamt task. Elders
hopes. You need to do extensive throughout your life. Festive season Lucky for you number 4 and planet amend your monetary status. Your and employers all will admire you for
workshop to kick start your creative will shower all its diviness on you in Uranus, you are highly optimistic systematic approach towards life and your mellowed behavior. Enlightened
work. You need to open your hawk‑ terms of money which makes your towards your academics. Area of work needs a push to attain your des‑ time for you is Oct. and November.
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Swimming in the ocean of love


God that soothe our soul. When our
soul is soothed, our body and mind
are naturally at rest.
If this divine pool is always within
us, why donʼt we take a swim in it?
Unfortunately, we are swimming
with the mind. Swimming with the
mind is like swimming with sharks.
Its intent is to devour us. If we opt
By Sant Rajinder Singh to swim with the mind, the lovely
Ji Maharaj pool becomes muddied. The calm
waters turn into a mud hole. It is

W
hen we swim in the crys‑ thick, sticky, and heavy, and it
tal clear, pure ocean of entraps us.
God, we can see the It is like quicksand. When you
reflection of our true self or soul. step into quicksand, it pulls down
There is no grime or dirt to your body deeper into the muddy
muddy it. We can see to the depth ground. It is a horrifying experi‑
of the ocean, undistracted by any‑ ence. When we swim in the pool of
thing that keeps our attention from the mind, this is what happens. The
the calm of the water. Its loving mud pulls us down and on our own,
waves lap against us. There are no we cannot get out. intoxication. It is not an annihilation with the ecstasy of swimming with love between our two eyebrows and
attractions to lead us away from our What has caused the pool to be of self, but an expansion of our self God. Our entire being, from the core dive in. With our mind still, we
peace. Instead of transitory pleas‑ muddy? The mind is filled with to be one with God and eternally of the soul, is ravished by Godʼs plunge into the soothing waters of
ures of the outer world, we enjoy desires that lead us into ego, lust, permeated with bliss and love that divine love and embrace. Who the divine Beloved and are in pure
the eternal bliss of God. There is no anger, attachment, and greed. When knows no end. would want to tear oneself away ecstasy.
ill effect from having too much love. our pool is filled with the mind, we When we swim with God, we do from an ocean of incredible love? Through meditation, we plunge
When we swim in the ocean of God, become stuck. We are burdened not have any desires for the sensual No desires of the world can pull us into the heart of the ocean and are
we experience ecstasy. with more problems and our lives pleasures of the world, because the away from that bliss. We realize immersed in the ocean of love.
A blissful pool of divine water is are filled with stress. love of God is fulfilling. The bliss that everything and everyone in this Even when we are not meditating,
within all the time. We can dip into Rather than swimming with the that permeates the soul when we world is transitory. We know that we can be swimming in ecstasy.
it anytime. When we tap into this mind, we should swim with God. swim with God is thousands of one day we will pass away, or those How? We can keep our attention on
pool, we are free from worries. We When we swim with God, we are times greater than any worldly sat‑ we love will pass away. Only the the divine Beloved all hours of the
enter total relaxation. Its soothing satisfied. We fall in love with God isfaction. soul and God are permanent. When day and night. While driving, while
waters caress our being, washing and lose our ego. We are like those When we swim with God we are we lose our attachment for the tran‑ working with our hands or body,
away the tensions of the mind and who are so much in love that they filled with calm. We have no time or sitory world and attach ourselves to while cooking food, while eating,
body. When our soul is bathed, bliss forget themselves. We become so interest in judging others because God, we gain permanent happiness. while exercising, or doing any other
also permeates our mind and body. lost in God that we lose ourselves we are focused on being with our We realize that when we fall in love activities, we can remember God.
The mind is under control so it does and become one with God. divine Beloved. A verse by Sant with God, we are with a Beloved When we go to satsang, if we are
not disturb our tranquility at the It is said that a salt doll went into Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj says: who will be with us for eternity. receptive, we can let the waters of
level of the soul. the ocean to take a dip. As soon as it Those who are lost in divine We can swim with God anytime divine love flow into us. Swimming
The origin of the word ʻspaʼ stepped into the ocean, it dissolved intoxication, we want. God has sent the Master to with God fills us with love, and we
means taking of the waters; On a into the ocean and became one with Have no time to laugh at the con‑ teach us how to swim in bliss. We become the abode of nonviolence,
holiday people often like to go to a it. When we are immersed in God, dition of others. can do so by meditating. Meditation truthfulness, purity, humility, and
spa and swim in a pool or soak in a we are like that salt doll. We dive When we swim with God, we have is not just a mechanical process; it selfless service. By diving into the
hot tub to relax. We have our own into the ocean of God and become everything and are content. There is is diving into a pool of bliss. We pool of God we can swim eternally
internal spa fed by the waters of immersed in it, losing ourselves in nothing of this world that compares focus our attention into the pool of in bliss.

On an inner voyage
By Sant Rajinder unimaginable vistas more beauti‑ but was known to the disciples
Singh Ji Maharaj ful than anything ever seen in this through an oral tradition whereby
world? What if that vacation filled Masters passed on the trave l

A
vacation offers a chance to us with relaxation of our body, directions for this journey.
take a break from the mind, and spirit, and had the This experience is still available
stresses of daily living. We added benefit of putting us into today to all who want to under‑
usually seek places that are relax‑ the states of tremendous love, joy, take this incredible voyage. The
ing, enjoyable, and beautiful. Yet and bliss? What if we could tap way within is through meditation.
going on an outer vacation is into a restful peace that washed Meditation is the art of inverting
often stressful. We have to earn away our troubles and stayed with our attention from the world out‑
money for the trip; book tickets; us even when we returned from side to that within. Sightseeing in
undergo the rigors of trave l, the journey? What if we could the physical world may attract our
whether by road, train, bus, or air; take this trip anytime we wanted, senses with interesting and beau‑
find the right accommodations as many times as we wished, by tiful sights, sounds, smells, tastes,
and food service, and face unex‑ just closing our eyes? and feelings. Yet inner sightseeing
pected inclement weather. Often, This is not science fiction. This dazzles us.
we return from a vacation more journey is not imaginary. Many The inner voyage thrills our
exhausted than we had left. enlightened beings, saints, mys‑ soul with bliss, love, and joy that
What if we could experience a tics, and spiritual masters have far surpass any sensory delights
vacation that did not cost any‑ taken this inner voyage. Through experienced in this physical
thing and in which we could the ages, the spiritual journey was world.
instantly travel to and experience largely a mystery to the masses (For more visit www.sos.org)
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Sindoor can contain lead,


which can cause learning and
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN LEAD behavior problems in children,
miscarriage in pregnant
women, and infertility.
„ Wash your hands after
handling.
„ Keep away from children.
„ If you use sindoor, ask
your doctor for a blood
lead test.

Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/leadfree


for more information.
Bill de Blasio
Mayor
Oxiris Barbot, MD
Commissioner
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