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The Nations Divided

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Tennyson in ‘Locksley Hall’ presented his vision of the world where “war-drum throbb’d no longer, and the battle flags were furled.” Mudaliar, the Dewan of Mysore speaking on behalf of undivided India had once said, the great reality, which all religions teach is the dignity of the common man.

However, all those words rang hollow, when the Indian and Pakistani delegations faced each other in the U.N. Reality was rare, as even the photograph brandished by Pakistan’s Maleeha Lodhi as being from Jammu and Kashmir was actually from Gaza. In any case, the India-Pakistan war of words was outdone by the U.S. and North Korea.

However UN’s 72nd General Assembly was made one of its most disappointing sessions because of its ineffectiveness on each of the issues pointed out by Secretary General António Guterres in his speech on September 19.

According to him seven biggest threats that face the world today are:

  • Nuclear peril.
  • Terrorism.
  • Unresolved conflicts and violations of international humanitarian law.
  • Growing inequality.
  • Climate change.
  • Cyber warfare and misuse of artificial intelligence.
  • Refugees.

UN’s actions in the case of North Korea just amounted to some more sanctions against it. The truth about sanctions is that they do not work on rogue states but they only isolate their populations from the world, which works in favour of regime’s stranglehold on its people.

On the basis of satellite pictures and the accounts of eyewitnesses, the UN Human Rights chief called military action in post-democracy Myanmar,  a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”, as close to half a million Rohingya fled from Rakhine villages that were then burnt down and landmines were laid along the border with Bangladesh to prevent their return.

Given that Hafiz Saeed and his associates now plan to stand for public office in Pakistan and while Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi received bail despite financial sanctions, more action is expected from U.N.

Mr. Guterres pointed out on the issue of inequalities that, “eight men represent as much of the world’s wealth as half of all humanity”

UN’s first Secretary General, Trygve Lie, ran an equally divided forum and faced the same challenges before finally resigning from his post in 1952. His last words were, “The United Nations will not work effectively if it is used merely as forum for destructive propaganda. Neither will it work if it is used only as a convenience when national interests are directly involved, and regarded with indifference, or bypassed or opposed, when the general world interest is paramount.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PM Modi participates in ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit, maritime cooperation among issues discussed

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday participated in the ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore and underlined the need for maritime cooperation and centrality of trade for the prosperity of the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Modi began his two-day visit to Singapore Wednesday by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.He also held separate bilateral meetings with the premiers of Singapore, Australia and Thailand and discussed ways to further strengthen ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security.”PM Narendra Modi participated at ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore. Reaffirmed cooperation in maritime domain and centrality of trade and investment towards prosperity of Indo-Pacific,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

“Had a great interaction with ASEAN leaders at the ASEAN-India Informal Breakfast Summit. We are happy that ties with ASEAN are strong and are contributing to a peaceful and prosperous planet,” Modi said in a tweet. The Indo-Pacific region also came up during the discussion on Wednesday between Prime Minister Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence.Modi referred to his June speech in Singapore at IISS Shangrila Dialogue in which he had outlined India’s vision on Indo-Pacific.

He conveyed to Pence that his vision of Indo-Pacific was gaining acceptability and that “we should utilise the forthcoming East Asia summit to further build on that”.Pence spoke of a free and open Indo-Pacific. He felt that India’s contribution in ensuring this would be important.He said the recent naval exercises held by the US, India and Japan, were an “evidence of our commitment to ensuring free and open access to the seas all across this region”.Before leaving for Singapore, Modi said in New Delhi that his participation in the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits symbolised India’s “continued commitment” to strengthen its engagement with ASEAN members and with the wider Indo-Pacific region.

Modi also said he was confident that his visit to Singapore would impart fresh momentum to New Delhi’s growing partnership with ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising 10 Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and socio-cultural integration among its members and other Asian states.The ASEAN members are Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos.

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India, US to increase engagement in oil, energy sector

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India and the US Wednesday pledged to further strengthen economic cooperation and increase engagement in the oil and energy sector with a view to boost bilateral trade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence had “productive discussions on all aspects of global strategic partnership based on growing convergence of interests on regional and global issues” on the sidelines of East Asia Summit here, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

Later briefing reporters, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said it was a “very good” meeting.

The two sides had brief discussion on trade-related matters.

In a statement, Pence’s office said he encouraged “free, fair, and reciprocal trade with India.” “We agreed that in a new relationship we are building with the US where trade is expanding, we need to find ways in which we can help that process to take place,” Gokhale said.

The prime minister said that in the last 2 years – since President Donald Trump has assumed office – American exports to India have grown 50 per cent and it is perhaps the only one of the top 10 countries with which the US has a trade deficit, and the deficit has actually reduced last year and is on course to further reduce this year, Gokhale said.

“There was a lot of discussions on energy. This is a new sector in Indo-US relations. We have begun importing oil and gas from the US worth about USD 4 billion this year. We expressed our readiness to import more oil and gas from the US as a way of expanding our trade,” he said.

The defence sector was another area of cooperation between the two sides.

“Both sides agreed that there had been a substantial enhancement in our defence relationship, in our imports of equipment from the US, but the prime minister in particular stressed that there was a great opportunity for the US in India in making defence equipment and setting up defence industry in India.

“Not only that India is a substantial market but because the way we are placed regionally we can become a hub for exports to the rest of the region,” Gokhale said.

Modi said when Indians come to the US, they not only bring their talent and capacity to innovate, capacity to excel but also they are imbued with democratic values. “And in that context the Prime Minister expressed hope that this would be the approach that US might take when it looks at the whole issue of the H-1B visa,” Gokhale said.

Pence acknowledged that India had made substantial progress economically as well as diplomatically in regional and international affairs, Gokhale said.

Pence felt that India is a positive factor in regional and international relations and said the US looks forward to working with India on various issues to ensure that “we have a fair rules-based international order”.

India-US bilateral trade was USD 74.5 billion in 2017-18, up from USD 64.5 billion in the previous year.

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Rahul alleges that transfer of Rs 284 crores to Reliance proves complicity of wrong doings in Rafale deal

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The Congress president Rahul Gandhi who is completely in unrelentless mood on his attacks on prime minister Narendra Modi and his government on the most controvertial Rafale imbroglio terming it as a biggest scam of the history has today once again castigated aspersions on the prime minister Modi of unleashing corruption in the Rafale deal by promoting industrialist Anil Ambani of Defence Reliance who’d acknowleged a kickback of Rupees 284 crores from French Dassault Company for buying land in Nagpur which was actually its own since beginning.

Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarter in New Delhi alongwith Randeep Singh Surjewala, the chief spokesperson of the party, Rahul catagorically accused the Dassault CEO for telling lies and helping Anil Ambani by way of arbitrarily transferring Rs 284 crores in the account of Reliance defence thus accepting the very fact that the prime minister, NDA government, Dassault and the Defence ministry is directly or indirectly allegedly hand in glove in this fishy business deal at the cost of the public exchequers’ money.

Eloquent and extremely confident Rahul Gandhi said that this fact that Rs. 284 crores have been transferred to Anil Ambani’s company unambiguously establishes the reality that kick back’s first instalment has been paid to a company which is in financial doldrums and suffering from heavy losses and much more to follow in the near future.

Answering volley of questions from the reporters covering the Congress beat over confident Rahul Gandhi said that that no meeting of the Cabinet Committe on Security Affairs was ever called nor the earlier defence minister Pariker taken in confidence while the deal was changed n finalised and Anil Ambani’s company allegedly benefitted to the tune of 30 thousand crores.

Answering the questions of keen and curious journalists on the so called secrecy clause and the government’s reservation on declaring the rates of the Rafale Jet Fighter Deal under the guise of security breach constraints as claimed by the BJP led NDA government, Rahul Gandhi said that when he spoke to the French president Macron on this aspect he very clearly revealed that the secret clause does not mentions about the rates of the Jet fighters and as such the government’s logic and claims of not revealing the price of the Aircraft are just false and a pack of lies.

Pronouncing Rafale Jet Fighter deal as the open and shut case Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that it’s unambiguously a huge scam with the complicity of the Chowkidaar of the country, honourable prime minister and there is outright involvement of Dassault as a complicit collaborator with the NDA govt according a direct benefit to Anil Ambani and his company to the tune of Rs 30000 crores.

He also answered questions pertaining to the CBI imbroglio and said that Rafale scam is in the root of this episode as well.

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United States: Indian couple meets tragic death after falling 800 feet in California’s Yosemite National Park

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In a tragic incident, an Indian couple died after falling 800 feet in an area with steep terrain in California’s Yosemite National Park this week, according to a media report. Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, fell to their deaths from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. They were identified Monday as a married couple from India living in the United States, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The report said that the couple had recently moved from New York after Viswanath took a job as a systems engineer at Cisco, based in San Jose. Together, they chronicled their adventures of travelling around the world in a blog called ‘Holidays and HappilyEverAfters’.

Rangers recovered their bodies on the steep terrain Thursday below Taft Point, a popular tourist spot that offers spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan. Visitors had spotted the bodies a day earlier. Park spokesman Jamie Richards was quoted as saying in the report that “We still do not know what caused them to fall. We’re trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall.”

Investigators were looking into how the couple fell or what had occurred when the accident happened at the famous spot which is a favourite place for tourists from around the world to take scenic and memorable photos. Earlier, the National Park Service had said in a statement that the recovery operation for a male and female visitor who had died in the fall from Taft Point was completed on the afternoon of October 25. The department said the two people fell approximately 800 feet below Taft Point in an area with very steep terrain.

This recovery operation involved Park Rangers using technical climbing and rappelling techniques, in addition to helicopter support from the California Highway Patrol for a short-haul operation. The report added that the couple had been married since 2014 and both were software engineers. On the cover of Viswanath’s Facebook page is a picture of the two of them smiling on the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon.

In a Facebook post, College of Engineering, Chengannur said the two were its alumni and added that it deeply mourns their “accidental demise”. The college said Viswanath and Moorthy belonged to the BTech 2006-10 Computer Science and Engineering batch. “Our hearts go to the friends and family members of this lovely couple. May their souls rest in peace,” the college said.

Raj Katta, 24, of New York, said he got to know both of them while attending Bradley University, in Illinois. He said Viswanath was a “thoughtful and amazing guy, very talented. They are a really happy couple. Very positive.” Katta described Moorthy as extremely positive and enthusiastic. “She’s one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper meaning in life.” He said in the report that Viswanath and Moorthy had decided six months ago that he would take the job at Cisco and they would live in California for a year or so.

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No pressure on India to buy F-16 or any other defence system: US

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The United States is not going to put pressure on India to buy F-16 fighter jets or any other defence system, a senior US diplomat has said here.

United States Consul General in Mumbai Edgard Kagan said India has purchased more than USD 15 billion worth of American defence materials and the US is “very proud” of the expanding defence ties between the two countries.

Asked if there was a threat of the US imposing trade sanctions on India after its multi-billion deal with Russia for the S-400 air-defence system, he did not give a direct answer.

“The idea that the US is going to pressure India to buy the F-16 or any other system is not true. We believe that American military systems bring tremendous capability to India or any other country which buys that.

“But we recognise that India makes its decisions on its own grounds,” he told PTI in an interview here.

Kagan said it was important to recognise that decisions have consequences and India was very well aware where the US stands on a variety of issues.There are also matters that both countries can work closely to resolve, he said.

India recently concluded a USD 5 billion deal to buy the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia which could attract US sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Moscow.

American lawmakers, however, have allowed the possibility of a presidential waiver.

Kagan said the US is “very proud” of the expanding defence partnership with India.

“The fact is that India has purchased over USD 15 billion worth of American defence materials and there hasn’t been one hint of a scandal.

“There hasn’t been one suggestion of any impropriety and that’s very significant.The American defence procurement are transparent… All details are published on the US site,” he said.

This gives certainty to the people buying American products, the US consul general said.

“When you compare the track record of the C-17 purchases for instance, or C-130 purchases, which were all done on budget, on time and in a very transparent way without a single hint of impropriety with many other defence procurement, the difference is quite striking,” he said.

The C-17 and the C-130 are US-made cargo aircraft.

Asked about the Indian government directing social media platforms to take concrete steps to check spread of rumours and messages inciting unrest, cyber crimes and other activities that could jeopardise national security, he said putting restrictions is no solution.

“I would be very concerned trying to restrict speech either on social media or anywhere else. The challenge is only to make sure that you understand the consequences of their actions.

“The solution to me can’t be to control social media because inevitably the speech that we don’t like also means trying to prevent the speech that brings change,” he said.

Kagan said India has done very well since independence in terms of ensuring freedom of speech, and having a free and vibrant press.

“If we start restricting people from social media its a very short stand. The important thing is to recognise people, need to take responsibility for what they do, to recognise the dangers and the risks of the abuse of this and we all have to recognise social media is like a knife we use,” he said.

Kagan said if tools like social media are created to power our lives, inevitably the risk of cutting ourselves is higher.

“But I don’t think it means we want a blunt knife or no knife at all,” he said.

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Startling disclosures on Rafael provide extra leverage n ammunition to Congress party n the non BJP opposition?

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Rafale jet fighters, and PM n Rahul shaking hands, pic from FB

The Rafael fighter Jet issue is becoming more and more controvertial day by day providing enough leverage and opportunity to the Congress Party which is already on the job of firing salvos after salvos on the NDA government on various other burning issues but concentrating its cumulative efforts on Rafale very much, particulary ensuring that it does not die down at any cost.

After the recent supreme court’s directives to the union government about submitting of the entire details of the Rafael deal to the apex court on 29th of October against the petion filed by advocate Vipin Handa and ML Sharma outrightly opposed by the attorney general that it may amount to the breach of the clause of secrecy n would also impact the national security, has further given extra political ammunition to the Congress party n the non BJP opposition to target the ruling party government and all those allegedly connected with the dubios deal.

The latest bombshell of a startling disclosure by the French news portal about term, “compensation” meaning that it was allegedly mandatory for the French company Dassault to grant offset contract to Reliance Defence as allegedly asked by the government, though denied by Dassault n the Indian side, has also enthused the print media to plant banner news thus giving an unambiguous impression that something dubious of a very serious nature is definitely there which has arbitrarily helped the Ambani family bag the contract replacing the public sector defence undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, highly experienced in the production and assembly of fighter aircrafts like Tejas’ Sukhois’ and Mig 21 etc since long.

Not only this but the Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi is also visiting the HAL factory and is likely to meet hundreds of engineers and workers who are allegedly likely to go unemployed thus making another news of headlines n breaking news in the entire print and electronics channels of the country.

What is the most interesting part of this whole episode is that despite the government’s trouble shooter finance minister Arun Jaitley and the eloquent law minister Shiv Shankar Prasad outrightly rejecting all the charges of the Congress party and its chief Rahul Gandhi as frivolous, fabricated and biased associating it with the national security of the country and claiming it as the pure and transparent government to government deal with nothing fishy involved in it, the opposition parties especially the Congress are not ready to relent but have rather made the Rafael issue as one of its primary plank of the elections in five states as well as in the forth coming general elections of 2019.

Actually the Rafael matter got the extra sensitivity and blew out of proportion when the former French President Francois Hollande, in whose presence the deal was okayed had made a startling disclosure to the French news portal that it was actually on the insistence of Indian side referring to a high up that his government was compelled to accord the Rafael offset deal to the Ambani group led by Anil Ambani and that they had no option but to do it at any cost.

This revelation created havoc in the Indian media and the political circles of the country encouraging Congress party to design good number of Rafael models and exhibit in protest demonstrations in all the states of the country symbolising alleged high level corruption in the controvertial deal n alleged favour granted to Anil Ambani’s company at the expense of the public sector undertaking HAL which actually was the original offset contractor in the deal finalised by the UPA government in 2014.

Now the crux of the matter is India is going for the national election in 2019 n elections to the five states are already due till November, the result of which will come out on 11th December.

The Congress party and the other non BJP outfits do not want to get rid of this important issue which they think is a main trump card to cash in these forthcoming elections. That’s the reason that the BJP led NDA government seems to have come on the backfoot especially on three major counts (1) the startling disclosure of the former French President Francois Hollande (2) the Supreme Courts direction to the centre to reveal the details of the deal in the apex court and the third : recent disclosure by the French portal about the government’s alleged mandatory and affirmative condition to accord the contract of the Rafael offset deal to Reliance defence as the pre condition for the finalisation of the deal, though denied and rejected by the Dassault Corporation n the NDA government as absurd n baseless.
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Rajnath Singh’s cryptic remark ? Hints about a strong surgical strike against Pak to avenge the brutal death of the BSF jawan.

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The home minister of India Rajnath Singh has made a startling disclosure that something very good and big has happened two three days ago. Believe in us.

But I don’t want to reveal. He added: something very good has happened. I can’t reveal and don’t want to. I won’t reveal. Some of the people might be knowing.

The BJP claimed that Pakistan has been taught a stringent lesson. Home minister Rajnath Singh was smiling and in a satisfactory as well a good mood while stating this in a function/ rally organised while celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Surgical strike across the LOC in Pakistan territory destroying several terrorist launch pads and killing good number Pak sponsered terrorists on its land in 2016.

The home minister Rajnath Singh’s indication raised speculation about a second surgical strike against Pakistan across the LOC to stringently avenge the grusome and barbaric assasination of the BSF Jawan just a few days ago whose badly mutilated body was found by the Indian paramilitary after the BSF jawan was gruesomely and diabolically bludgeoned across the border by the Pakistani rangers.

The non Congress opposition especially the Congress, National Conference and the NCP has assailed and condemned this bravado of the BJP led NDA government as fake and biased accusing it of misusing the sacrifice of the patriotic armymen for narrow and squeezed political interests.

The BJP led NDA government at the centre has organised the 2nd Anniversary of the Surgical strike in the capital city Delhi as well as in the BJP ruled states of the country especially in the three states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and the entire non Congress opposition led by the Congress party has opposed this governmental move tooth and nail accusing it of playing politics with the Indian Army and the martyrs giving their precious lives across the borders and in Kashmir.

The National Conference leader Nawab Kamal asked why is the government playing politics in the name of the military. What have they achieved? What’s the need of such celebrations in the name of the military for political advantage.

In Delhi the government is celebrating the the 2nd anniversary of surgical strike with full fanfare in the lush green sprawling lawns of India gate for three days till 30th September.

The Indian Army, Airforce and the Navy has displayed their arms and ammunitions including the models of the latest planes, fighter jets, well decorated pictures of the martyrs having sacrificed their lives in action in various anti insurgency operations as well as in various wars against neighbouring Pakistan.

The most controvertial Borfors guns of Sweden, the latest hi tech rocket launchers, machine guns and the arms and ammunition captured from the Pakistan army have been displayed in the exhibition.

A running commentary with visuals about the 2016 surgical strike is also being played and exhibited on this occassion. The visitors are allowed to click pictures of all the defence equipments put on display with army personels giving full description and explanation about them.

In the evening the prominent cine personalities and popular Bollywood singers Kailash Kher and Sukhvinder Singh are performing everyday till 30th September with their patriotic melodious songs infusing a sense and feeling of patriotism in the hearts and minds of the audience attending the musical evening in large numbers and to also impress them with the laudable valour of our brave army jawans always ready to take the enemy head on against the highly challenging and odd situations across the LOC n in the strife torn Kashmir.

While the government is all set to organise such shows n events of the valour of all the three wings of our defense forces the Indian Army chief General Vipin Rawat too has recommended for such events to accquaint the people of the country about our defense services, especially the Army’s all round preparedness to counter the enemy forces and their subsequent laudable outstanding in manning our poroys borders and keeping the 125 crores Indians safe and sound from the increasing misadventures of the Pak forces as well as their well trained hard core terrorsts.

However the Indian Amy veterans, the retired officers have opposed the government’s move to politicise the army n use their valour to meet the narrow political ends.

However war veterans n retired senior Army officers like Brigadier Sandeep Thapar and Lt General Vinod Bhatia etc has opposed the move as political exercise using the military’s valour for pokitical ends. In a tweet Lt. Genl. retired Bhatia said : Overhyped commemoration of surgical strike for political mileage counter productive as it foreclosed future options for such strikes. Surgical strike a threat in bring & work in progress to raise the costs for Pakistan low cost high effect proxy war.

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Are there similarities between Bofors and Rafale controversies ? After all both are defense deals ?

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The Rafale imbroglio is repeating the once most controvertial bombshell of merely 60 crores Bofors kick back that not only haunted the Congress party and the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi for long but also led to his political dethroning leading to his own one time stooge Raja of Manda Vishwanath Pratap Singh climb to power with the help of the then non Congress opposition.

Though politically embattered Rajiv Gandhi finally got acquitted of the charge, but after his sad assasination. Then the ruling Congress party was on the back foot but today on the similar lines the current BJP led political dispensation under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi is in an unambiguous defensive, putting its several union ministers as trouble shooters on the job to counter the impending Congress invasion on Rafale.

While the Bofors kick back deal revolved around a petty amount of Rs 60 crores the current loss in the controvertial Rafale deal of France with Dassault aviation is in several thousand crores, say over 60 thousand crores, according to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

In the Bofors deal it is said that the then Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was not directly involved but there were allegedly middleman like Quaterrochi of Italy who were named as the recipient of the bribe through the former but in the present case the Nehru Gandhi scion, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the basis of the startling disclosure of the former French president Francois Hollande and later on by the Dassault Aviation’s technical heads followed by the wife of the present president Brigate Macron has allegedly pinned the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as directly helping Anil Ambani of Reliance Defence bag the offset contract worth 30 thousand crores, out rightly rejected by the government and its ministers as completely baseless, frivolous, biased and fabricated.

While the former President Francoise Hollande on whose tenure and presence the deal was finalised has unambiguously revealed that after he was told for the favor, the France govt n Dassault had no choice but to accept it.

Similarly the wife of the present president Macron’s wife ( as per the article published in one of the dailies, Dainik Bhaskar written by its editor Gyanendra Pandey) said that the magnitude of the scam done in the Rafale deal and the staggering amount involved in it could have conveniently improvised/ altered the diminishing economy of a country in financial mess/ doldrums.

The first woman of France and its president Macron’s wife even went to the extent of shockingly questioning as to how a prime minister of any country betray the people of his own country by committing such a blunder.

As a result the most vociferous Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his entire media team that include former minister n youth Congress president Anand Sharma, AICC’s communication incharge n chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishekh Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibbal and Manish Tiwari etc have got enough ammunition who’ve tightened their belts and enhanced attacks on the ruling party dispensation at the centre and PM Modi through holding repeated press conferences, tweet attacks and addressing public mertings in the states likely to go to polls viz. Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh n even in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP who’d fielded intelligent n eloquent Sambit Patra, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arun Jaitley and even the national party supremo Amit Shah are also doing their best to counter the Congress party’s onslaughts but after the startling disclosures of the former French president Hollande they seem to have come under defensive posture say political analysts.

Everybody know that the way prime minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah duo have been leading the saffron party’s jaggernaut towards incessant n seamless victories in state after state demolishing Congress party and the Samajwadi party’s strongholds in over twenty states after 2014 despite some failures on the demonetisation, GST, inflation, farmers suicides and banking fraud fronts, it looked as if the BJP is all set to te climb to the power saddle in 2019 and stage a comeback with the same enthusiasm as it had been doing in all the states of the country, but unfortunately eruption of conyrovertial issues like Rafale, banking frauds, incessant increase in petro product prices, LPG etc – highest since the last 70 years, and subsequent inflation, the party’s expeditiously forward moving juggarnaut seems to have developed serious flaws and defects finding itself difficult to continue its winning spree.

The continuous demand of the Congress led opposition for the JPC, CAG or CVC probe has also been turned down thus allegedly giving an unambiguous impression that something is definitely wrong and arbitrary in the French deal despite every condemnation by the union ministers in the government and saffron party leaders.

The best way to come out of this ever deteriorating situation is to go for an impartial JPC probe as demanded by the opposition as the country wants to know the truth threadbare say political analysts. What’s your take friends?

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Rahul Gandhi furious, asks if the govt is really honest why is it shying to order the JPC probe in the Rafale deal?

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The Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused prime minister Narendra Modi of helping industrialist and owner of Reliance defence in committing a theft while procuring the offset contract of Rafale Jet Fighters worth thousands of crores.

Replying to the queries of the reporter/ correspondent of Asia News International today and the video of which has been posted in the agency’s twitter handle, the vociferous Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the controvertial Rafale deal said that it’s is clear that by not agreeing to the demand of the Congress for the Joint Parliamentary Probe in the arbitrary Rafale Jet Fighter’s deal the prime minister do not want to bring the real picture to the peoples’ domain/ knowledge.

Rahul said the prime minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jailey’s boss is visiting Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and addressing people but is not uttering a single word of the Rafale deal which unambiguously explains or proves that he was in complicity with Anil Ambani of Reliance defence to commit the theft not naming him but addressing him as Chowkidaar of the country.

ANI tweeted: Congress president Rahul Gandhi says set up JPC ( Joint Parliamentary Committee) & the truth will come out. But Arun Jaitley’s boss Narendra Modi can’t do this work. Narendra Modi gives big speeches but never speaks a word on Rafale or Anil Ambani.

The moot question is: the people of the country has the right to know the truth behind the Rafale deal. If the deal is really honest and transparent what’s the hitch in instituting the JPC probe, question people of the country ? And the Congress president Rahul too.

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JPC probe could satisfy the countrymen at large. What’s the hitch then ?

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The issue of controvertial Rafale deal is not ready to die down but its rather gaining tremendous momentum day by day with the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP firing salvos after salvos on each other.

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his young firebrand team seems to be most vociferous in their attacks against the prime minister while finance minister Arun Jaitley has now come out in the open as a trouble shooter on behalf of his government, trying to put the Congress as well as the former Frence President Francois Hollande in the dock by not only condemning him for coming forward to help the Congress and Rahul Gandhi but also posting his views on Rafale protecting his govt in his face book page accusing Rahul of frivolous charges and lies.

In a way the BJP led NDA seems to be in a defensive mode particularly after the startling disclosure of Hollande about the ruling party’s alleged pressure on French government to replace the offset contract norms in favour of the new entrant Defence Reliance.

If we go into the details of the deals and the claims and counter claims of both the ruling and the opposition parties on Rafale deal there are broadly three points which have led to the controversy go on air.

The first point was regarding the overvaluation of the cost of the Jet Fighter to three times in comparison to the cost fixed during the UPA tenure, from 560 crore rupees per aircraft to about 1700 crores during the current regime.

The second bone of contention was the arbitrary repalcement of the public sector undertaking HAL by the unexperienced and new private company Reliance defence and the third point was the government’s exposure after the startling disclosure by the former French President Francois Hollande about the Indian government’s alleged interference in the deal by asking for giving the offset contract of Rafale to Anil Ambani’s company withdrawing the old HAL’s contract which is having quite an experience in defence production n assembly of fighter planes with the vital hi tech components imported from abroad.

What is important in the whole episode is the fact that the government has till date been denying that it was ever instrumental in favoring the private Company Reliance to bag the contract and that it was purely the discretion of Dassault to award the contract followed by lessenning the numbers of the Jet fighter aircrafts from 126 to 36, increasing the costs’ thrice the previous value and denial by the current French government, the Indian government and Dassault of any complicity in this regard, except the fact that it’s a clear cut govt to govt deal.

While the Congress president has been repeatedly accusing the prime minister and his defence minister of deliberate attempt to oblige the Ambani family keeping the HAL out of the contract, thus charging them with irregularties and alleged corruption, the defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman and finance minister Arun Jaitley have been trying their best to put the ball in the Congress and Rahul’s court saying that it was not the BJP led NDA government but the UPA’s tenure in 2012 that the Ambani’s Reliance was given the contract at Congress’s behest.

While it is true that the deal was signed in 2016 after getting the cabinet committee’s due approval but what is most shocking and unusual is the fact that it was cleared in 2015 when the prime minister visited France already finalising the Reliance Defence company as the offset Indian partner of Dassault Aviation inlieu of the public sector undertaking, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited having built Mig 21, Sukhoi’s and Tejas etc.

Moreover the demand of the Congress and entire non BJP opposition for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into this vexed issue has been turned down leaving more scope for doubt and suspicion.

The elections of the four states and 2019 are near and Rafale is going have a negative impact on the chances of the saffron party provided the decision for the Joint Parliamentary Committee probe with held by the ruling party is not reconsidered and revoked.

The people of the country want to know the true facts of the deal failing which it may acompany the same political implications n sufferings for the ruling party as confronted by Congress on the Bofors kickback imbroglio during the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s regime.

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