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There is a good news for India and definitely bad for Pakistan and its God father China, as according to a report published in a Pakistan popular paper “The Dawn”, the American administration has for the present suspended its annual financial contribution of 255 million US $ of military support to Pak and put the same into the ESCROW  ACCOUNT, till the wicked terrorist sponsoring nation does not mend its ill conceived designs to shun or close the terror sanctuaries active in various parts of PAKISTAN, Afghanistan, POK n in Indian Kashmir including its incessant support to the Talibanese. After the Al Qaida attack on twin tower in US n Pakistan’s constant financial and military support to the Al Qaida n the Taliban killing American soldiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan border including several attacks on American missions has made American do a rethink on its relations with Pakistan. The change in foreign policy there n its increasing tilt towards China particularly allowing the dragon to make a military base in POK n carrying out of joint military exercises has irked the United States of America. In addition to this after the better cementing of relations with India since the tenure of  president Obama, signing of the Indo US nuclear deal during Manmohan Singh’s tenure followed by enhancement in more cemented friendship during prime minister Narendra Modi’s two consecutive visits one during Obama’s time n another after Donald Trump took charge as US president, the American tilt towards Pakistan got disturbed, particularly after its increasing support to terror activities. In his recent address to media at White House President Donald Trump has categorically accused Pak n its political leadership of promoting, aiding and abetting terror sanctuaries in Pakistan and Afghanistan particularly the Taliban, Lashkar E Tayyaba n Hizbul Mujahideen. It has also officially declared Salahuddin as a dreaded international terrorist and suspended all his accounts in the US. Donald Trump’s issuance of such categorical and immaculate warnings to Pak and simultaneous suspension of a major part of its annual military US aid of 1.1 billion US dollars amounting to 255 million US$ n putting the same in the escrow account till Pakistan finally gives up supporting n patronising dreaded terrorists posing direct danger to the entire subcontinent is something never heard of before. It may be recalled that the United States of America had been Pakistan’ s most trusted friend for the last several decades as India was the trusted friend of the then USSR during Indira Gandhi’s premiership. But after the collapse of united USSR at the time of Gorbachev things changed rapidly and India’ s pro communist tilt in international relations changed gradually n tilted towards the United States of America while our arch rival n terrorist infested Pakistan tilted towards expansionist and hegemonous China. Though USA had been heavily aiding Pakistan with military hardware as well as financial contributions it always misused the US aid n instead of curbing terrorism used it for encouraging and promoting them against India and US, the fact which Donald Trump is now aware of. During President Obama’s tenure there was a proposal for selling twelve, F- 16 Jet fighters to Pakistan but in view of the Pak’s support to terror sanctuaries in Pak, this deal too was stopped forthwith. The $255 million in military assistance was the largest portion of an estimated $1.1 billion of US aid Congress had authorized in 2016.

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NATION SALUTES TO VEER CHANDRA SINGH GARHWALI ON THE 88TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC PESHAWAR EPISODE

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Today is the 88th anniversary of a great revolutionery freedom fighter, a secularist and a valiant fighter cum social reformer to the core who about eighty eight years ago in 1930 gave the Indian freedom movement a historic turn by outrightly refusing the orders of the then British officer, general Rickett to shoot the freedom fighter Pathans led by the frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan at Kinari Bazaaar, Peshavar then in Afghanistan.

Brave, fearless and valiant fighter ready to sacrifice his life for the country, Chandra Singh Garhwali was then commanding a unit of Garhwali soldiers in Peshawar. The freedom movement was then building up and the pathans of Peshawar who were fully inspired by Gandhiji under the leadership of the towering Pathan leader Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan were opposing the Britishers for their dictatorial actions and communal policybof Hindu Muslim divide thus demanding Azaadi.

General Rickett orderd the entire battalion led by Chandra Singh Garhwali saying FIRE GARHWALI. But revolutionery Chandra Singh in retaliation, shouted defying the British General’s order CEASEFIRE GARHWALIES. Every soldier put their rifles down and the lives of several Pathans could be saved.

Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali was influenced by the Jalliawalan Bagh massacre and wanted to avert another bloodshed. He preferred his court marshel and life imprisonment in the solitary confinement at Kala Pani, Andamaan Nicobaar cellular Jail thus being behind bars for 14 protracted years for the motherland and saving the lives of hundreds of Pathans.

In the entire history of India one can’t find, visualise and experience such an outstanding example of secularism of the Hindus saving the lives of their muslim Pathan brothers despite confronting Life long solitary confinement. Garhwali had thus after the 1857 revolt of Indian sepoys under Mangal Pandey’s leadership against the then neo colonial British rule opened another inspiring chapter of anti British revolutioneries in India which finally helped in attaining full Indepence from the foreign colonial Yoke.

Garhwali never compromised on principles and ethics in public life and even after Independence rejected Nehru’s proposal to become a union minister. He preferred a hard life of a socio political activist believing in secularist values and fighting corruption through out his life. He was ideologically left oriented and preferrred contesting election from Choundkot constituency in Garhwal single handedly with no election resources but only a self made BHOMPU in his hand.

He visited village to village on foot mobilising people for their constititional rights to badly lose elections but never compromised for Congress ticket which he would have easily got and won. He never approached authorities in power for any personal or family benefit. Such a towering personality of the country sadly met his end in Delhi’s Ram Manohar Hospital in 1979 after a prolonged illness. I remember that the then political stalwart n union minister HN Bahuguna alongwith others marched woth Garhwaliji’s corpse to the Communist Party of India’s office where late Indira Gandhi had also come today her last respectful tributes to this towering revolutionery freedom fighter. Salutes to this historical petsonality of Indian Freedom Movement.
SUNIL NEGI

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WILD LEOPARD AND BEAR ATTACKS HAVE CREATED HAVOC IN UTTARAKHAND. WILL THE GOVT DO SOMETHING CREDIBLE?

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The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is under the incessant invasion of dangerous wild life and the government of the day and its forest department is conspicous by their absense in not doing anything concrete to counter the wild life’s terrorising menace. The situation has assumed so risky proportions that human life is today completely at mercy of the wild cats and the bears. Number of incidents of gruesome killings at the behest of the maneater leopards, tigers and wild bears have come to notice for the last two years with the number of casualties increasing day by day but of no avail on the part of the state government to set right the situation. A most tragic incident of wild bear attack was reported in a village in Yamkeshwar block where a local inhabitant of Umdaa village, 59 year old CHANDRA PRAKASH was badly injured as he litrally fought with the bear and suffered deadly injuries. The grievously injured is in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh fighting for survival. The injured had gone to the nearby jungle to collect fodder for cows and buffaloes when he was attacked by the wild bear. It is usually said that the bear who remain in the high mountain altitudes come down during the winter season due to the excessive snow covers that creates green food shortages. In addition to this the increasing activities of construction and the so called development has disturbed the wild life particularly the leopards and bears who come near the human settlements i.e. the forests adjoining the villages. When the men and women enter jungles for green grass or animal fodder these wild animals become fearful and attack them in self defence as well as lack of food stuff. While in 2017 about 140 leopards were declared as man eaters there had also been 17 bear attacks in the Chamoli district’s Bhatwari village range grievously injuring several women and children who’d gone in the local jungle for pet animal fodder. In Almora, Rudraprayag and Pauri districts too these incidents of wild life attacks resulting in several casualties have created an alarming situation with the Uttarakhand Forest Department having no clue, whatsoever, to safeguard the precious lives of the states’ inhabitants. Uttarakhand is already suffering from mass scale migration with thousands of villages having become ghost villages. The monkeys, wild pigs had already destroyed the agricultural produce of the villagers and the increasing man eater leopard and bear attacks have also made the life of the villagers tremendously dangerous and unpredictable. In the last week two shocking incidents of leopard attacks were reported from Uttarakhand’s Almora district in which two precious lives of a 6th class student and a twenty five year old were claimed by the maneater tigers. While the dearth of animal preys is cited as one of the prime reason for wild cats coming nearer, towards human settlements to fulfil their hunger , another reason may be due the villages becoming vacant these wild animals find themselves convenient to come closer towards them ( the villages with little population) and kill human beings when confronted with.
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HN Bahuguna’s centenary celebration on 25th April, to be celebrated all over India through out the year

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India today needs political stalwarts’ and statesman like H. N. Bahuguna who devoted and dedicated his entire life for establishing communal harmony, amity and brother hood in the country. A revolutionery, freedom fighter and politician of eminence who was born in a tiny village of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand called Bugani, his father being a Patwari and thereafter Kanangoo preferred to ruthlessly struggle for the country’s independence than to be a ordinary person striving for survival.

He, after being highly impressed by Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri left his village in Pauri, Garhwal and came to Allahabad for further studies and to actively participate in freedom movement. Bahuguna ran trade unions, repaired punctured rickshaw tyres, shouted slogans against Britishers and contested Allahabad student’s union election to become its president.

He worked tirelessly, went to jail number of times, married Kamla Bahuguna became MLA, minister and then CM in UP and central minister number of times. He opposed draconion emergency, was highly instrumental in the formation of Janata Party and establishing communal harmony in the country through out his life giving up ministerial berths on principled grounds and political ethics. Bahuguna was a leader with precision on issues such as secularism, communal amity, decentralisation of socio political and economic power and wiping out tears from every eye.

In nutshel Bahuguna was a phenomenon, a legend and an ideologue who cared for minorities, backwards, down troddens and the poor. The HN Bahuguna centenary celebrations committee is celebrating his Birthday on 25th April on Wednesday at Constitution Club.

Please, join in hundreds at 11.00 AM at the venue and pay your respectful regards to this great towering personality of his times.

Today, we held a meeting at Kerala house New Delhi to discuss arrangements for the success of this event.

Bahuguna Centenary Celebrations would be organised all over the country in various states through out the year in order to propagate his ideals, principles and policies for a communal free secular India were peace nd tranquility could be established and all thecommunities co exist peacefully to make India stronger and cohesive . This is the basic idea behind these celebrations breaking all barriers of caste, communities, religeons and communal considerations apart from decentralised socio political and economic development of the country.

Seen in the picture are me discussing issues with two term former MP Harkesh Bahadur and the national chairman of HN Bahuguna Centenary Celebrations Neelalohitadasan Nadar E x MP and minister in Kerala LDF government.

Those who actively participated in this meeting were Supreme Court Advocate ZK Faizan, Journalists Umakant Lakhera, Sunil Negi, Suresh Nautiyal, Charu Tiwari, Mahndra Mishra, Pratap Shahi, Kusum Kanwal Bhatt, Search my Child, Sushma Negi, Vinod Dhaundiyal, Atul Devrani, Madan Mohan Dhaundiyal, Pratap Shahi, Satyendra Rawat, Vimal Uniyal( Actor) and others.

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