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Narendra Modi is ‘welcome’ in US, says White House

NAMOWashington: The United States swiftly courted India’s future prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday, saying the victorious Hindu nationalist would be welcome to visit despite a long-standing visa ban.

The White House also said President Barack Obama hoped to speak to Mr Modi by telephone soon, following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) landslide election victory. US Secretary of State John Kerry also congratulated Mr Modi for his triumph in the biggest election in human history on his official Twitter feed, as Washington moved to forge early ties with the new centre of power in New Delhi.

“The prime minister of India will be welcomed in the United States,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “The president looks forward to speaking with Mr Modi,” Carney said, though he cautioned it was too early at this stage to talk about a possible Modi visit to Washington. “We congratulate Narendra Modi and the BJP on winning a majority of seats in this historic election.

“Once the government is formed, we look forward to working closely with the prime minister and the cabinet to advance our strong bilateral relationship based on shared democratic values.” The United States refused Mr Modi a visa in 2005 over claims he failed to quickly curb deadly anti-Muslim riots three years before when he was chief minister of the state of Gujarat. But as it became increasingly clear Mr Modi was riding a political wave in India, outgoing US ambassador Nancy Powell shook hands with him before closed-door talks.

Obama forged close ties with outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and in 2010 visited a country which is a key target of his policy of pivoting US power to Asia. But relations have drifted recently, antagonised by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York who was strip searched over claims she mistreated a domestic servant.

Courtesy : NDTV News

 
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Posted by on 18/05/2014 in India, politics, Uncategorized

 

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Bose and Basu

“The two great Bengali Heroes of 20th century are surely Bose and Basu, Subhas and Jyoti. Both should have become Prime Ministers. One was stopped by fate, the other prevented by his own party” (in 1996).

This is said by MJ Akbar, a prominent columnist. I have regards and respect to MJ but I beg to differ with him in some points. First of all he is not comparable with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the great freedom fighter. The word “Hero” of 20th Century is also not suitable for Mr. Jyoti Basu. He is not a hero like Netaji Subhas. Netaji fought for freedom for the country whereas Jyoti Basu fought for the rights of the workers and the result we all know. He may be a great leader of Communist movement, he may be a hero to some section of people but not a national hero like Netaji accepted by every Indian. Nobody can deny that he or his policies (too much of rights to workers) are in fact, responsible for  turning West Bengal into a ‘Industrial Graveyard’. His Govt. was responsible for banning English in the the primary classes which “paralysed” a generation. He was a successful leader for developing his party (not the state) and ruling the state continuously for more than 3 decades. He did more goods to his party than the state. Therefore, he may be a hero to his party and his party men but not to everybody. So comparing Jyoti Basu with Netaji, is a insult to him (Netaji). Emotionally charged People comparing him with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

In a democratic system anybody can become a Prime minister. Who knew Devegowda willl be PM oneday? In politics anything can happen. Its a game of politics. That does not mean that any politician is comparable to a National Hero like Netaji. Netaji could have become PM of this country that does not mean any PM or would be PM can be equated with Netaji.

 
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Posted by on 24/01/2010 in India, politics

 

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An untold story of Jyoti Basu

Welcoming the leader (right) at Dumdum Airport by his wife (centre) and sister in law on his return from Patna on April 01, 1970, next day of the incident.

Hundreds of thousand of links to Jyoti Basu on the websites, there is no reference to a historical incident of his life. It also has no mention in the biographies of the leader. The leader narrowly escaped a bullet in Patna on March 31 1970.

Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, who passed away on January 17, 2010 (Sunday),  had a brush with death in Patna four decades ago. He had a narrow escape when a bullet fired at him missed its intended target and a CPM sympathiser fell victim.

The incident occurred in the morning of March 31, 1970, at platform no. 1 of Patna Junction. A handful of people had gathered there to receive Basu, who had arrived by Delhi Express. As the supporters were handing him bouquets, a shot was fired and it hit Ali Imam, who had come forward to shake hands with the leader. Imam died on the spot.

“The incident shocked Basu terribly and the bouquets fell off his hands,” recalled CPM activist P K Shukla, who was not present on the platform that day but attended a meeting addressed by Basu later. After the incident, Basu first visited Imam’s residence and then went to the meeting where he spoke about the incident, Shukla recalled.

Source : Times of India


 
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Posted by on 18/01/2010 in India, politics

 

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Justice after 34 years

15th Aug 1975, when India was preparing for celebration of its Independence Day in the early morning, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, was assassinated brutally by his own army, in a military coup in Bangladesh.  Thirty-four years after, the country’s Supreme Court, on 19th Nov 2009 upheld the death sentence on five of his killers, paving the way for their walk to the gallows. Seven others, who are absconding, were also convicted to hang by the apex court. It was  a well planned coup by the Army as seen from the date they selected for their operation. The ruling of the Apex court paves the way for the execution of the former army officers, who murdered Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with his wife and three sons, on August 15, 1975.

Sheikh Mujib led the country to independence in 1971 after a bloody, nine-month war against Pakistan. He was the only leader in true sense who  raised his voice against the Pakistani authorities and demanded independence for East Pakistan, after securing majority seats in the National Assembly in 1970 election by his party Awami League. Instead, the Pakistani President, sent his troops to regain control of the eastern province but  those Pakistanis were defeated with the help of India and they were made to surrender to Indian Army and Independent Bangladesh was created in 1971.

People of Bangladesh, especially new generation of today, like it or not, it is true that Bangladesh was born just because of India’s timely help and that credit goes to  the then Prime Minister of India, Smt Indira Gandhi,  most courageous lady for her bold decision. Had India not helped that time, it would have been a impossible task for East Pakistan to Achieve the Independence what they are enjoying today. As long as Bangladesh remains, Mujibua Rahman and India should be remembered. The Pakistanis (army) still unable to digest that defeat and the loss of their Eastern province  which increased the enmity with India.

Picture 1 :  Bangabandhu waves to supporters on March 23, 1971 as daughter Sheikh Hasina looks on
Picture 2 : Sheikh Mujib with Indira Gandhi in Bangladesh;

Picture 3 : Mujibur Rahman with his family members: (from left) son Sheikh Kamal, daughter Sheikh Rehana, son Sheikh Russel (on his lap), wife Fazilatunnesa, son Sheikh Jamal and daughter Sheikh Hasina (present Prime Minister Of Bangladesh)

Pix coutesy  : Bangladeshi publication “Father of the Nation” through Times of India

 
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Posted by on 20/11/2009 in politics

 

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Gandhi and Cinema

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After death of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), on 30 Jan 1948, fifty-eight plus years have passed. During these years the greatness of Mahatma has faded out from the mind of people. Today we see Gandhi only on statues & city roads names. He is nowhere in the hearts of young generation. His principles of ‘satya’ and ‘ahimsa’, honesty got confined to the text books of the school students. From this state he has now been freed and his principles came to the light by a popular Bollywood hindi film and he has become a popular icon of ‘satya’ ‘ahimsa’ and truth to the young generation.

But what was his views about cinema? What was the thinking of Mahatma on Cinema of his times? ‘Father of Nation’ himself thought cinema as ‘often bad’ and ‘sinful’. Once he viewed on the Indian cinema expressing a frank opinion: “Cinema is a sinful technology”.

His newspaper editorials and letters to film associations equated cinema with evils like gambling, sutta, horse racing and so on. In his paper, ‘Harijan’, he wrote, “If I began to organise picketing in respect of them (the evil of cinema), I should lose my caste, my Mahatmaship.”

Once Mahatma replied to the Indian Cinematograph Committee, dated November 12, 1927 with characteristic humility: “I should be unfit to answer your questionnaire as I have never been to a cinema.” (Source : Times of India).

Such was the views of Mahatma about cinema. But in 1982, he himself became the subject of that sinful technology, Cinema, when famous director Richard Attenborough portrayed him in his ‘Gandhi’ and through this film he once again came to the light of today’s world.

Recently the same cinema has again portrait him and his principles on Ahimsa and non-violence in a Hindi cinema in a different manner. The same cinema the ‘sinful technology’ revived the Gandhi-ism and made the Mahatma’s principles relevant to the today’s generation. It has brought back the Gandhi wave back in the life of the people of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari by the same cinema only.

Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’, made Mahatma better known to the western countries. In a recent survey he has been voted as number one leader of the century. This was not possible without the film “Gandhi”.

Though Mahatma had indifferent opinion about the cinema, but the same cinema has presented him to the world in a better way and the world also realized about his greatness (mahatma) again and again. Had he been alive today, he would certainly have changed his opinion about the cinema because with times, the cinema also has undergone revolutionary changes.

The cinema industry of Gandhi era was not in today’s form. It was another medium of entertainment only and it was not considered as an art or media as of today. So Gandhi was not wrong in his place to consider cinema as a sin at that time.

In this context, I should also bring out the other acts which Mahatma used to consider as sins. Mr. Jimmy Carter, Ex president of US, said : according to Gandhi, the seven sins are :

“Wealth without works,

Pleasure without conscience,

Knowledge without character,

Commerce without morality,

Science without humanity,

Worship without sacrifice

and politics without principle.”

It is needless to say that the above acts are sins and one should try to avoid in his own life. Let these morals be a mast for life, to sail the life in right direction.

 

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