Monday, February 11, 2019

dracula fun: Walt Disney's Aladdin to release on 24th May this ...

dracula fun: Walt Disney's Aladdin to release on 24th May this ...: Aladdin is a name that conjures up a magic world laced with fantasy. Its an endearing tale of a boy who finds a magic lamp and through it c...

Walt Disney's Aladdin to release on 24th May this year

Aladdin is a name that conjures up a magic world laced with fantasy. Its an endearing tale of a boy who finds a magic lamp and through it controls a genie. This latest film of Aladdin will have Will Smith in the role of a blue colored Genie. The film is slated for release on 24th May this year.

It's a bit longish yet for the film's release but fans are already worked up about it. It should be an entertaining film as the story of the magic lamp, the genie and the boy Aladdin are folklore and known to all in the world.
There is a lovely princess also who looks more of one from India and that will be a double delight. All credit to Disney for bringing this wonderful tale on the screen for all and sundry.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

General David Goldfein Chief of USAF flies the Indian light combat fighter Tejas

The US Airforce Chief flew the Indian made Tejas at Jodhpur air base in Rajasthan while on an official visit to India.

    The Tejas is a Mach 2 fighter -interceptor manufactured at Bangalore by Hindustan  Aeronautics. It was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 2016. The US general was the first foreign officer to have flown this plane and the flight approved by the PM.

US AF Chief General David L Goldfein in Tejas cockpit (Photo credit-screenshot youtube-IDRW channel)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

"Doctrine of Necessity" and its Sordid Connection with Pakistan

What is " Doctrine of Necessity" and its Sordid Connection with Pakistan


“Doctrine of necessity” is a legal term. This is a term used in constitutional law and is as old as history. What does it mean? It means that a government can resort to extra-constitutional authority in case there is a breakdown in law and order. The purpose is to restore order in a situation when anarchy rules. The Romans used this doctrine in the occupied lands. Later in the 13th century, the doctrine was given a legal cover by the jurist Henry de Bracton (1210-68).

Theory of Blackstone and Henry Bracton

Henry Bracton was perhaps the first to give a proper legal framework to this theory. He lived during the 13th century and was greatly influenced by the conditions in England at that time.

The doctrine was further revised by William Blackstone (1773-68) an English Jurist. Both jurists had a common thread that this doctrine was a necessity, in case there was a breakdown in law and order. The crucial point is “breakdown in law and order”. There is a related question as to who will decide this. The jurists did not amplify on this matter.
In the 20th century, the doctrine was extensively studied and commented upon by the English Jurist Sir Ivor Jennings( 1903-62)

‘Doctrine of Necessity’ has never been used in England. But it has been used in Germany by Hitler and now in Pakistan. Pakistan is one nation that has repeatedly upheld changes in Pakistan’s political environment by military coups under this doctrine. This makes sad reading.

Doctrine of Necessity and Pakistan

The Doctrine of Necessity has been known for over 2000 years, but it has been rarely invoked in modern history. The state of Pakistan has however relied on this doctrine to justify military coups and judicial political hangings like of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by the army general Zia ul Haq.

The first time this doctrine was used in Pakistan was in 1954. The events are now well known. The then Governor General of Pakistan Ghulam Mohammed dismissed the constituent assembly. He took this unconstitutional step as he felt that the assembly did not represent the people of Pakistan. It was a partisan step and an appeal against the Governor General’s order was filed in the Sind High court.

The President of the Constituent Assembly Maulvi Tamizzuddin was the man who filed the appeal. It is on record that the Sind High Court ruled in favor of the petition filed by Maulvi Tamizzuddin. The Governor General went in appeal to the Chief Court of Pakistan (later the Supreme Court). The then Chief Justice Muhammed Munir seeing the wind blowing with the army breathing down his neck ruled in favor of the Governor General. Justice Munir relied on the doctrine of necessity as enunciated in Roman law and further enunciated by Ivor Jennings. This was a sad day for Pakistan.

Last word

This decision of Justice Munir became a precedent and on a number of occasions, the Supreme Court of Pakistan justified Military Coups. Thus military coups against elected governments by General Zia ul Haq and general Mushraff who overthrew the elected civilian governments were given legitimacy.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan also consented to the hanging of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Not something Pakistan should be proud of.

in 2009, the wheel turned full circle and Chief Justice Choudhry of Pakistan in a landmark judgment declared Martial Law as unconstitutional. This was after the exit of General Musharaff. I hope this ruling stands the test of time for the future.

All photos from wiki free

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Why the Modi and BJP must be shown the Door

The Modi government in my view must be booted out. Working abroad in Singapore and Abu Dhabi, I can get a picture that may be a shade clear than from inside India. Recently a press conference of Rahul Gandhi was carried live by the local channel and I watched it( more by chance than anything else). Everybody must have watched it, as it concerned the Rafale deal. There is no doubt that giving a contract to Anil Ambani was a gross misuse of national resources at the highest level. This is not, however, the only reason that Modi and the BJP should be shown the door. I have a few more points
a) Construction of the Ram temple and bringing up this topic at all times to vitiate the atmosphere. I am also a Hindu /Sikh but I do not want that the mosque to be razed and a temple built on top of it. Even God Ram would not like it. Why can't the BJP build a massive temple some distance away and renovate the mosque? This is the beauty of Hinduism- accommodation. BJP is, however, whipping up hysteria on this issue. I don't think Shashi Tharoor said anything wrong.
b) The BJP and Modi have also created a state of anarchy in the country( More in BJP ruled states) with the support and active instigation of lumpen elements in the guise of cow slaughter. I saw a video of a police in UP taking an oath to " protect the cow". It is laughable but the matter is serious as in case a uniformed force is made to do such things, woe betide India. Cow slaughter is a minor issue but BJP has made it important plank and encouraged lynchings/ killings in the name of cow slaughter. I think even a police officer was killed on this recently.
c) The BJP has vitiated the atmosphere by trying to spread Hindutva. This by itself per se is not bad, but the way it is being spread and the minority community being sidelined is cause for alarm. This is against the grain of Hinduism which is an all-encompassing religion. You can't wish away 19 crore Muslims and 900 years of Muslim rule? These are facts and the BJP cannot obliterate them, it can only vitiate the atmosphere and in the process may make India worse than even Afghanistan. Veterans must ponder over it.
There are a host of other points like farmers distress, Aadhar card etc including the conduct of Mr.Modi with his wife( which he belatedly acknowledged).
I close with this few thoughts. Anybody is free to disagree and I don't mind.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Loving a Naga Tribal Girl

I had a Naga army officer, who was my friend and he took me to the weekly public dance. This was the time when I was posted in the "far East" of India. Such an action( Public dance) doesn't happen anywhere in India except Bangalore. He introduced me to a lovely girl. She was Naga and I requested a dance. She smelt of perfume and everything nice. Finally, we danced close to the lilting tunes of Louis Armstrong and Kenny G. She told me her name and gave me a number.

I had a Royal Enfield and I requested for a drive with her. We began to date and one fine day she even invited me home. Those are cherished moments and form the theme of my new novel. I roamed on my bike with her, through mountains and jungle roads, all maintained by the BRO( Border Roads Organization). We sat in coffee Houses and dined at a Punjabi Dhaba. She loved to have drinks and we often carried the best Indian whiskey, Peter Scot. Those were great days.  I suggested that would she leave Nagaland? No, she replied and the man she would marry must stay in Nagaland.
What could I do? Air HQ posted me to Baghdogra in North Bengal and it was time to leave. We had a last tumultuous drive, plenty of whiskey and a night under stars. Does the tale end? I am afraid so.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sikhs and Shanghai: An Age Long Past

Sikhs in Shanghai: Relic from a Forgotten Time


When China was a weak nation the British wishing for a toehold in China subjected the Chinese to the famous "Opium wars" which led to the defeat of the Chinese and the hoisting of unequal treaties.. In 1900 the Chinese made a last-ditch attempt to overthrow the western powers in what is known as the Boxer rebellion, but they were again defeated and the most famous siege of Peking was lifted after 55 days. This was the period when the British inducted regiments of the Indian army consisting of Sikhs to fight the Chinese. The Sikhs played a stellar role in defeating the Chinese. 
This was also the time when the western powers got special privileges in China and the city of Shanghai became the focal point of these interests. The British began to man all the civic services and the police in Shanghai. To help them the British brought in Sikhs from Punjab in India. These Sikhs joined the Shanghai police force and for the next 40 years they continued there till the advent of the Japanese and the ousting of the British

Sikh policeman
Sikh policeman
Sikh gurudwara in 1908
Sikh gurudwara in 1908

The British brought in the Jat Sikhs from Punjab. These men nearly 6 ft. tall overawed the small Chinese who began to fear them. The British inducted these Sikhs in the Shanghai police force. The Sikhs also brought in European sports like Hockey and cricket. The Sikhs were all in the lower ranks and many were part of horse battalion. Many pictures of these Sikhs are available in the museum in Shanghai, now managed by the communist regime.
The Sikhs also erected at least 6 Gurudwara in Shanghai. All have now been destroyed. Many were restored after the exit of the Japanese but the communists who frowned on religion destroyed them. Presently perhaps one Gurudwara is still in Shanghai.