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Despite living for centuries in Myanmar, the Rohingya (mostly Muslim), have been denied citizenship. A U.N. report has documented numerous instances of gang rape and killings by Myanmar’s security forces.

On Sept 11, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. human rights chief, termed the actions of state against the Rohingya community as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

In India, where reportedly 40,000 Rohingyas are lodged, the state is considering returning the refugees. Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said that, as far as we are concerned they are all illegal immigrants and they have no basis to live here

Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, a pair of Rohingya refugees, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Their petition raises two points:

  • Any deportation would violate the fundamental rights to equality and to life.
  • India would be infringing international law in returning them to Myanmar, in particularl the principle of non-refoulement.

The next hearing for the case is on Sept18. The government, however, may argue that:

  • India is not bound to follow the principle of non-refoulement, because it is not a signatory to the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
  • It could be claimed that the Rohingyas are guilty of committing crimes against peace and are a threat to India’s national security.

Taking a look at ‘The principle of non-refoulement’

It is articulated in Article 33 of the 1951 Convention. It mandates that no state shall return or expel a refugee to “the frontiers of territories where his freedom or life would be threatened on account of his race, nationality, religion, membership of a particular political opinion or social group”. However, it certainly allows for an exception in cases if there are “reasonable grounds.”

Previous cases on the same premise:

In their judgments respectively in Dongh Lian Kham v. Union of India (2015) and the Ktaer Abbas Habib Al Qutaifi v. Union of India (1998) Delhi and Gujarat High Courts have virtually incorporated non-refoulement into the guarantees of Article 21 of the Constitution. The Gujarat High Court wrote that the principle protects life and liberty of a human being irrespective of his nationality. It is definitely encompassed in Article 21 of the Constitution, so long as the presence of a refugee is not a threat to the law and order and security of India.


Chinese choppers breach Barahoti airspace in Chamoli district near Sino India Border



There are reports pouring in that expansionist and notorious China, always in the habit of putting India in quandary and helping outrightly, the Indian enemy like Pakistan has again breached the Indian airspace on Monday the 26th March and earlier on 8th March, its helicopters hovering for five minutes or more over the Indian Airspace in Barahoti, the border area under the jurisdiction of Chamoli district of Garhwal, Himalayas, very close to China.

This is not the first time but on March 8th and in February too the Chinese choppers have arbitrarily infilterated in Ladhakh region going 19 kilometres inside the Indian airspace for lest than half and hour before returning back.There have been four such Indian Air Space breaches in just a month with several other such misadventures by the PLA of China over Indian Airspace in Barahoti last year followed by the Doklam issue where it had tried to build a road on the trijunction area authentically the land under official possession of Bhutan.

After 74 days of incessant mutual talks and diplomatic efforts, even at the level of NSAs’ of both the country, the issue could be finally resolved. But its really disheartening to note that expansionist China is trying hard to put India in quandary by way of carrying such misadventures like breaching of air space and re deployment of forces at out borders near Sikkim, Doklam, Arunachal Pradesh and Leh and Ladakh. While on the one hand it blocks India’s chances in UN security Council and elite international nucleur body like NSG to keep Pakistan happy on the other hand it also tries to make its military bases in POK under the guise of CPEC.

This repeated breach of Indian Air Spaces at Barahoti, in Chamoli Garhwal, in Leh Ladakh and border areas of Arunachal are instances of future implications for India which if not tackled on a war footing now itself by complaining in international forums like United Nations things may go further awry for India. China by such psychological war pressures and breaches wants to pressurise India to fall in line and accept its One Belt One Road over ambitious global trade initiative whereas India has outrighty expressed its rejection to the dragons OBOR intiative.

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There is an extremely good news for India and Uttarakhand as the highly talented girl ace shooter and junior national shooting champion and daughter of the several times Asian Champion international ace shooter Jaspal Rana DEVANSHI has bagged a most prestigious Gold Medal in the international junior ace shooting global competetion defeating China in Sydney, Australia to be concluded on 29th March.

Devanshi Rana, daughter of ace shooter Jaspal Rana and mother Reina Rana (who herself is a shooter and ISSF judge and a model) participated in World Cup in March 2018 in Sydney . This is her first international competition where she has outstandibgly qualified in the qualification round and was among the finalists and Won a team Gold. Under guidance of her father cum coach international ace ahooter Jaspal Rana, Devanshi shot brilliantly and won her first international team gold medal. This is the first international competition for the 19 year old Devanshi an ex student of reputed Shriram school, New Delhi who is currently studying in Lady Shriram college.

This is a third generation spate of prestigious victory for the Rana family bringing laurels for India and Uttarakhand in Junior Ace Shooting Championships by bagging GOLD MEDAL by glorious Devanshi.

Grand daughter of the former minister in the State of Uttarakhand, Narayan Singh Rana who hails from a tiny village in Jaunsar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Rana struggled hard in life, served as a Commando with ex PM Rajiv Gandhi but left the job for his commitment and passion towards ace shooting.

He trained his elder son Jaspal with precision and made it his life’s aim to see his son bringing international laurels for the country and Jaspal did so by bringing 4 Golds in the Asian Ace Shooting never before held by anyone else so far.

Today Narayan Singh Rana’s entire family is a ace shooter right from Sons to daughter in laws to wife to grand daughters. How diligently and sincerely the Rana family is emotionally attached with their passiin for shooting can be gauged from the fact that they’ve opened Jaspal Rana Academy for Ace Shooting at Dehradun and are credited with providing immense training to budding ace shooters likely to brought laurels for their respective states and the nation in the near future.

Devanshi’s father, chief coach and mentor Jaspal Rana and her uncle, himself an outstanding shooter Subhash Rana, one of the judges were present with her when she received the prestigious international Gold Medal in Sydney today after defeating China.


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‘Afghan Jalebi’ for India



Afghanistan and defence ties with U.S. are expected to be the prime issues during James Mattis’s visit to India next week. Mr. Trump’s policy includes more pressure on Pakistan, no early U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, great military action on counter-terrorism and a greater role for India in sync with the U.S.

On January 4, 1950, India signed a Treaty of Friendship with Afghanistan which permitted opening of consulates in each other’s country. Surveys conducted by various Afghan and foreign agencies show that the Afghan people ranked Indian assistance as the most suitable because of the positive role India has played in the development programme of Afghanistan. The Afghans also appreciate the fact that India has never interfered in their internal affairs till date.

The energy basket of Asia needs to be exploited for the benefit of Afghanistan and the surrounding region. The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline is one such example.

It is also necessary to redouble counter-narcotics efforts as Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium, accounting for 90% of the world’s supply.

A Stable Afghanistan requires involvement of the Central Asian Republics, Russia and Iran, which border Afghanistan. It is important for India to coordinate its efforts with those to ensure success.


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