Wednesday, September 16, 2009

INDIAN LIVES are cheap

Tamilnadu Government has pardoned 9 prisoners who were convicted in Coimbatore blasts cases and released them. What is rather ironic is that one of the pardoned prisoners could not be released as he is accused in a case threatening jail officials which is in trial stage!!This shows how the Tamilnadu Government has applied its mind to the whole issue of pardon.It is pure and simple political but NOT due to GOOD BEHAVIOUR in Prison which is what called "reforming prisoners"in Criminal justice system. In India a terrorist is rarely caught. Rarely convicted if caught.But when punished by courts is pardoned due to political reasons.This shows how we treat LIFE IN INDIA AS CHEAP. The UPA government is demanding that Prof Hafeez Zaeed of LET/JUD ibe punished. In India we could not convict Abdul Maudany of PDP whose bail was refused by Supreme court of India twice in Coimbatore blast case.But Prof Hafeez of LET is a venerable man indulging in charity along with giving religious sermon to "Freedom fighters" who go on suicide missions into India.Prof Hafeez Saeed will not be convicted in Indian courts if one goes by Maudany's acquittal.Preaching JIHAD is not an offence.

Now can these prisoners be released when an appeal against their less sentence is pending in court?

The recent evidence obtained by Kerala and Karnataka police in the Kashmir killing of 3 Kerala youths point to disturbing trend of Maudany getting bold enough by his acquittal and political connection with both CPI(M) and Congress’s-terror-links-surface-again.html
This also shows poor coordination between various state police forces about criminal/terrorist acts in neighbouring states where corroborating evidence is not shared.

It was in 1996 Al Umma started its campaign by killing a jailor Bholanathan and putting fire in DIG(Prisons) office in Coimbatore.Nobody was convicted in that case. They then killed a traffic constable Selvaraj which caused a communal riot in which some 12 people died.Nobody was caught.Now they became bold enough to target then Home Minister LKAdvani with car bomb and suicide bombers.This caused death of 58 innocent civilian lives. This opened the eyes of DMK which banned the outfit Al-Umma.Jayalaitha government was voted to power and she could crack the case and arrest Maudany and other conspirators.But now we see the present DMK regime following a policy by which they assume mollycoddling to convicted terrorists will get them votes from Muslim masses. If this true, then it is dangerous for unity of India.I only hope DMK assessment is untrue.
Now we see how the UK government treats its religious preachers and terrorists. These guys have not killed one single UK citizen.They were just planning an attack and also interacting with Pakistani handlers.The electronic eavesdropping evidence will not stand scrutiny in Indian court.Also confession in videos and before police officers are not admissible as evidence.. These guys could never be convicted in India .

But the chattering class will talk about inefficiency of pot bellied Indian police. But they never will ask why

1. A Muslim locality is called SENSITIVE by local media and local police.Why?

2.Why should there be special security during Lord Ganesh immersion ceremony.Dusserrah celebrations,Ramadan period, etc etc.Why fridays are considered sensitive by local police?Why Ganesha idol has to follow a particular route.Why cannot Muslims bear with sound and noise of processions once a year?Being a christian, I find it annoying sometimes when loud marriage processions or other noisy processions pass during the time of worship. But that is India and we are full of noise and we have to bear with it sometimes.

3.Terrrorists donot become saints once inside the jail when convicted.They TERRORISE the jail staff by bribe,blackmail or by sheer terror of their followers outside.The jail staff face the wrath of terrorists 24/7, all through their stay and this is not at all understood by the ruling elite of India.

During a recent TV programme, senior diplomat and security expert Shri.G.Parthasarathy lamented that 26/11 case should have been filed in US court as some odd US citizens also lost their lives and this would have made Pakistan to pursue the case of Prof Hafeez saeed with more vigour and thereby implied that US lives are more valuable in the eyes of Pakistanis.When Indians do not value INDIAN LIVES and treat it cheap how can we expect Pakistan to look at our lives with value

Friday, September 11, 2009

China's 1965 war with India/Lessons for 2009

1962 India/China war. Every Indian who experienced that Chinese perfidy just cannot forget the feeling of backstabbing . Of course because of the Nehru statement, it was made out as if it is India which started the war due Neville Maxwell's book and our lack of vision to publish General Henderson Brooks report.Actually India was bending over backwards to get a fair deal from China from 1960.Chou-en-Lai the wily Chinese Premier was orally promising so many things like "colonial past", Historical mistake","maps will be rectified" etc. Actually the Chinese at that time wanted not the territory alone but more important acceptance from International community as a credible strong independent nation which was NOT lackey of Soviet Union though it belonged to Comintern.They also envied India's prestige due to pandit Nehru though they felt India did not have the backing of a credible Military Muscle to back its prestige among the comity of nations.
I was a novice in 1961 being recruited into Indo -Tibetan Border Force. Our training was curtailed due to the war and I was hoping my posting will come to Sikkim Border as it was considered a better place to live and also show one's ability with locals living around. I was horrified when i learnt i was posted to Ladakh in 1964. I also feared the cold and i know Ladakh border had one of the coldest regions in the world. Acclimatisation,coat parka, Bukhari, Sleeping bag,Balaclava cap,Jule,Tashi Dalai are some of the terms one has to learn immediately.But my boss Mr.Mistry was fond of reading and so he liked me a fellow bookworm. What i found intriguing at that time was that Chinese actually were conceding to India some odd sq miles of territory in Chumar area .As China has inflicted its will in 1962 a new line called LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL has come into being.We were pushed back to a line which China actually claimed.But at Chumar which was lying at southern end of ladakh, the ambiguity remained. Whether it was rectified during the 12 round of talks i do not know.
The hue and cry about Chinese painting some rock with red paint brought me memories of Chinese perfidy when they killed three of my constables in 1965. We had a forward observation post at Dumchele from Dungti Checkpost for easy recce up to LAC and also for collecting some shikar of rabbits. We had only four personnel at that observation post. After their successful Rann of Kutch operation The Pakistanis launched operation Gibraltar and India was fighting back especially after the Pakistani attack in Chamb was threatening Akhnoor Bridge. It is at this time an ultimatum was served by Chinese to give back their 2 Yaks and 80 goats or face severe punishment.This arrogance came out of their drubbing which they inflicted on us in 1962. This ultimatum was to tie our Army located in ladakh and not to be shifted to Pakistani border. Though the ultimatum was in Nathula area, they showed their hand in Dumchele area. See the link below of google map.
Dungti/chushul Google map
They just entered well beyond the LAC and took up positions stealthily on a hillock nearby my Dumchele outpost. When the three constables went to ease themselves in the morning with water in rum bottles, they were killed in cold blood.Constable Ramprakash stood up with raised hand but the Chinese just pumped in bullets. We lost Constables Phendo,Ramprakash and H. singh. But the Chinese did not expect another constable Ringchen who was there from Koyul post for some Shikar and has already was walking out when he heard the shooting and saw the killing in cold blood of constable RamPrakash. He retaliated with his 303 rifle and could kill two Chinese soldiers and also injure some. I think this action of ringchen saved me and another havildar who were with me in the tent. They didnot attack our tent and went back. The Chinese were so infuriated with the killing of their soldiers that they equated it with 1962 conflict and lodged a strong protest with our foreign ministry which may be lying somewhere in Ministry's motheaten files.We hid our self in a Bush nearby till night fall and then trekked back to our main post Dungti. But very next day we went to the spot from where the Chinese fired their weapons and collected nearly 100 or so AK47 blanks.From then on every night the Chinese will fire very-light cartridges in the night. They continued this nearly for a month till ceasefire between India and Pakistan was signed. I correctly assessed at that time that Chinese will not attack as in 1962 but will do a psychological warfare with Red Very light .Some lessons learnt at that time.
1.Chinese will attack only if they feel we are weak and we are not ALERT. But when they see our weakness they will be ruthless and attack their enemies to kill. They will not respect any border if they decide to attack and their only consideration was teaching the enemy " A Lesson". The same strategy was employed in Vietnam but their the Vietnamese battle hardened veterans and General Giap taught them the lesson.
2.They know Indian soldiers are from the villages and so try to impress the ordinary jawans with anything which is colourful like Flame throwers and Very light pistols.Now with their sophistication in fireworks and electronics, they might have developed things to Psychologically Impress Indians with their wizardry.
3.They prepare very hard for defence during peace time and build their bunkers really extremely strong.May be modern bunker busters of now will be OK with a direct hit but in 1965, their bunkers could have easily withstood 3 inch mortars or any of the infantry or artillery weapons we had at that time.Our sand bag bunkers and tin sheds stand no match to their defence preparation.They dig and dig and dig with explosives or by hand continuously and build caves in the high ground.
4.their OPs are also sophisticated with rectangular conical prism shaped so that from outside only a small hole is visible while the soldier manning the OP has wide view.
5.They do not waste their energy on patrolling like we do as they are confident of their superiority as inflicted on our psyche in 1962. If they indulge in patrolling then it is for some purpose, either they fear our deployment or look for opening in our defences.
6.Their communication trenches are also dug deep where a soldier can walk straight while in our trenches one has to crawl. Some of their communication trenches can even accommodate a jeep.They also were keeping the OP connected to their command post by land line in 1960s.
7.When they man an OP, it is manned with sincerity and detect an intruder miles in advance even during peacetime.
8.They always plan well in advance meticulously and so when something goes wrong, they cannot innovate and that is their weakness.When General Sagat singh in 1967 pounded them with our artillery and inflicted heavy casualties, this surprised them to silence. as was the case in Vietnam.
9.They do NOT wail when arms are given to India by west or Russia like our seminarists wail when Pakistan is gifted F16s by USA or they develop some missiles with Chinese /North Korean help.
They DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM THEMSELVES LIKE A SUPER POWER.We ask USA to help in punishing 26/11 perpetrators.
The Chinese may have 3000 front line fighters.But our Air force is superior in firepower and in the quality of our fighters and training .We must maintain this quality as Chinese are also rich enough to spend money for quality aircraft's.It is here they depend on Pakistan for reverse engineering in Aircraft pods,HUDs,night vision devices ,electronics etc.Future wars are going to be fought by drones /missiles and Chinese are watching and collecting reaper technology from American drones deployed in Pakistan. They are also spending much effort in cyber warfare with Pakistani help especially those who are working in USA silicon valley. The modern Chinese is not an ideological slave like Mao's PLA.They are Internet savvy and are forming opinion from western /Pakistani journals.As there is very little people to people contact from Chinese side (20,000 Indians are studying in China while it is only 500 Chinese students in India for learning English and software), it is in India's interest to open up our economy where the Chinese are competitive. As a democratic nation we must not fear the Chinese.Lack of Democracy is their Achilles heel as they found out in Tibet and East Turkmenistan.They fear the next Dalai Lama will come out of Towang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh.They have legitimised this by calling it Southern Tibet.But it is their target while Chumar may be a diversion. India can ask for Mount Kylas along with Manasarowar in exchange for Towang if they realy fear that.
They say the strong remember while the weak tend to compromise.It is Indian nation's take to be strong or weak.
Johann with Changpa tibetan kids

 Havildar cook,CRPF officer and AKBakshi
Temporary Observation post over Rezang La
Johann and Guptha with our staff
Dumchele Observation post with the crrew