Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Background: Distrust of the Army
Downgrading of Pension and Demand for OROP
Do you think OROP is justified
- 75% yes
- 25% No
Long Standing Demand and Arrival of Modi
Backtracking of BJP and Modi
Effect on Morale and Agitation by Ex servicemen
The Role of the General Staff
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
In India we are heading for a similar confrontation between the state and the people. Conditions are heading for a socio economic change, as the government has failed to articulate the aspirations of the people
The Indian masses, god fearing as they are have their patience taxed beyond measure.
The BJP is now in power led by a glib talker in Narendra Modi. This man shouted from roof talks about zero tolerance of corruption and nepotism. He mouthed cliches like " ache din" and "propriety". What he meant by these slogans can only be explained by him as the toiling Indian masses have seen nothing. In fact what they have seen is a a carbon copy of the Congress rule.
The Congress party led the Indian state to loss of International prestige and lowering the aspirations of the people. In 6 decades the Congress party became a byword for corruption and nepotism with a ineffectual prime minister, who sat fiddling like Nero when Rome burned. I wonder whether Manmohan Singh a prime minister for 10 years has anything good to say about his rule except that he was a lackey of the Gandhi family.
People expected a change with all cliches that Modi could muster. There are a legion One Rank One pension, Eradication of poverty, more food , ache din from Modi, but alas it transpires this man and the BJP is of the same ilk as the Congress party. There is no let up in corruption, scams and sense of propriety in public life non-existent and yet this man talks of ushering in :" Ache din".
Modi and the BJP have taxed the Indian people's patience and it will not be long before the water overflows in an avalanche. Modi cannot take refuge behind a Rs 9 lakh suit as he has Saturn in his 12th house and the next election will be a precipitous defeat. But what are the alternatives? Maybe a revolution like the 1789 in France and then Modi the BJP and the Congress may have no place to hide.
Introducing Errol Flynn
The Real Flynn
His attempt to enlist in the Army as a mark of gratitude for granting him American citizenship came to naught, as the Army found him unfit for any type of military duty. This was a blow to the actor as he had acted as a hero in many war films.
Hits of Flynn
A Great Lover
Errol also had an ongoing battle with his health, which he aggravated with a reckless life style filled with girls, booze and sex. His fondness for sex with young girls almost landed him in soup when he was tried for sex with underage girls and was charged with statutory rape, but he escaped scot free.
Now nearly 50 years after his death we can look back and thank God that Errol Flynn came on the scene to fire the imagination of many people as a swashbuckling star. He will be remembered as long as films are made and people see them as a source of entertainment.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Iraq is a important state with a very ancient civilisation. Over the centuries Iraq lost itsindependent entity and became by the fifties of the last century a vassal of the United States. A revolution led by Lt General Kasem in 1958 destroyed the American dream and the entire pro-westmonarchy was wiped out.
Kasem was killed in 1963 and the Bath party, basically a Sunni outfit seized power.The leader of this party who rose later,named Saddam Hussein seized power and ushered in a bloody dictatorship.
Saddam was a ruthless man, but he consolidated his rule in Iraq. Positively he broke ranks with hard line extremist organisations and charted an independent course.
Saddam and America
The United was in a cosy relationship with Saddam. They encouraged him to wage a war against Iran. But Saddam was checkmated by Iran and soon realised he had been led up the garden path. He became increasingly nationalist and this was not to the liking of Uncle Sam.
The Americans gave him a tacit approval to invade Kuwait. Once Iraq occupied Kuwait the Americans turned on him and the first Gulf war took place. Saddam was defeated and sued for peace. He accepted all the conditions imposed by the West.
Saddam and Islamic Extremists
One plus point which the Americans never appreciated was Saddam's crackdown on extremist Islamic policyexponents like All Qaeda. He hanged scores of them as he was a progressive and did not believe in the Sharia. He also followed secular policy and his foreign minister was a Christian. He also supported India on Kashmir and thus antagonised the entire Muslim world.
Saddam was a bulwark against extremist Islam. As he was Sunni , a Shia dominated Iran wanted to see his back, but Saddam held on.
Ousting of Saddam and Opening of Pandora's box.
George Bush became President of USA. He manufactured false evidence that Saddam was manufacturing WMD. By an insidious propaganda trick he and his accomplice the British PM propagated that Saddam had to removed as he was a danger to world peace.
Whatever Bush and his accomplice had stated was a bunch of lies. But it gave him an excuse to attack Iraq. Bush in real terms lacked the quality of a great statesman as he could not visualise the effect of the removal of Saddam . In this he let the USA down and he thought he had "won". But it was a victory that was to like a bone in the American throat. It allowed the extremist ISIl to rise and the world knows what is happening.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
There are also a lot of senior officers and perhaps I can include myself in that category who are relatively well off. These worthies talk of " honor Code" , "conduct of an officer", " Decorum" and what not and want the agitation to just go on like this or just peter out. I really am not sure whether these gentlemen are interested in OROP. They would be happy to sit in an armchair and mouth the cliches that I have mentioned. Maybe some of the Generals and other officers with the BJP are also of this opinion. In effect it means to have an agitation sans any teeth and we all know that ultimately such an agitation will peter out as the Modi government is not going to sanction OROP as I have said again at the risk of repeating that the enemy lies within and the government knows that the General Staff and a fine line of senior officers both retired and serving will sabotage this movement.
The worthies who write long letters on propriety, must first answer as to what is in their hearts. What do these worthies want. Are they aware of the rule of the military in Burma? Do they need some education that a pacifist country has created a special constitutional mechanism for perpetual rule by Army? Are they aware that a form of martial law in in force in Thailand and I am not talking of Pakistan. Such worthies will dismiss Pakistan that " its a failed state " and other blah blah.
The agitation must be intensified and the senior fraternity must be told in no uncertain terms that black sheep cannot be tolerated. The COAS must be made aware that he is not a warrior, for two reasons. one a warrior always stands by his words and two he leads from the front. On both issues general DS Suhag has failed and that also includes the tribe writing inane and innuendos on the way to conduct a agitation.
Guru Gobind Singh has shown a clear way. and there should be no fear in asking for a legitimate right. But the think tank must take the support of whosoever is given and even convince the RSS and the Jamat to support. The Supreme court though can only give limited relief as the GOI will not listen. For men like Modi the honor and sanctity of the nation is no matter at all.
Lastly I will add that Modi has Saturn in his 12the house. This is called the Napoleonic house and we know what happened to Napoleon. Modi will be defeated at the next polls, but he still will not exert and over rule his lieutenants and sanction OROP. That India is shamed in the world is a matter of no consequence to him and worse to the COAS. I will not hesitate to call a spade a spade