Politics and Trade between enemy states

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Politics and Trade between enemy states

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Most global countries had stress the importance of keeping politics and business separate. USA and Russia, for instance, had business ties even during the world as well as cold war eras.

India and Pakistan, arch nuke rivals have mutual trade, albeit in small scale, unnoticed by the world at large because the debates and media reports show them fighting a cold war for years over Jammu Kashmir occupied by India, Pakistan and China. India imports all sorts of electronic goods from China.

Even while making all out efforts to contain China in Asia, USA is maintaining regular trade with Beijing, though it also keeps complaining about useless goods being dumped in America by China.

As Washington is pursuing its policy of containing China and isolating Russia with the utmost determination, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a 30-year massive gas contract with China- an unusual step in their bilateral trade and economic relations. Both stress for a comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation. They also point to the need to “resist interference in the internal affairs of other states, to reject the language of unilateral sanctions and organizations … and activities aimed at altering the constitutional order of another state or its involvement in a multilateral association or union.

Following the Ukrainian crisis, the result of which prompted Moscow to overcome years of political resistance, Moscow decided to embark on a new series of agreements with China – its largest neighbor to the south. Russian and Chinese officials usually meet every October or November to discuss military and technical cooperation, and this year’s talks could prove especially fruitful. Putin is scheduled to make an even more significant visit to China in November, and both sides will probably try to prepare an even greater range of agreements for leaders to sign. Russia-China trade would boost as Moscow’s confrontation with the West over Ukraine is likely to grow worse by then and the damage caused by the possibility of full-scale economic sanctions against Russia could badly affect its economy. Russia would thus accelerate its rapprochement with China.

Russia sees China as a major source of uplifting the Russian economy to diversify markets, develop infrastructure and increase non-energy exports. The reorientation toward China will also help minimize Russia’s losses caused by Western sanctions. Russia is searching for a new policy that would significantly enhance Russia’s options for political maneuvering over the long term.

In fact countries strive hard to create business conditions to promote trade. The signing of any trade deals with visits by senior officials does therefore fail when business conditions ons are unfavorable.

Since both Russia and China are the chief target of US capitalist containment tool, these two nations have com e up to take the US challenge serious by large scale economic and military deals.

Ukraine crisis has given the former communist allies the needed preconditions.

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DR. ABDUL RUFFF COLACHAL

 

Emerging Indo-Pakistan equations

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Emerging Indo-Pakistan equations

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Decomposed in real terms owing mainly to mutual suspicion, hatred and resultant tensions, Indo-Pakistani relations have been in a low key since these two nations came into existence in 1947 for various reasons, both real and fictitious, including the Kashmir cum nuke flashpoint. .

 

World is watching very carefully how the newly emerged Modi regime would handle the usual Hindutva and other confrontational issues – both domestic and foreign- that made the party popular among Hindus.

 

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forming a majority government in India under the leadership of Narendra Modi, questions are being raised about the implications for Kashmir and India–Pakistan relations.

 

Many Kashmiri leaders have expressed hope that the BJP, once in power, may take the process forward from where Vajpayee left off and that Modi may prove to be another Vajpayee.But Modi is no Vajpayee to give an altogether new direction to the conflict resolution process and carry the nation along with him.

 

 

Narendra Modi, who rose dramatically from a boy who was selling tea at a railway station in Gujarat to premier of India of over a billion people by serving the cause of Hindutva in practice, started his day of his new duties as Indian PM by assuming charge at the Prime Minister’s Office, known is short as the PMO.

Narendra Modi was administered oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee as India’s 15th Prime Minister along with his 44-member Cabinet on May 26th evening.

The invitation for the swearing in ceremony sent by Indian premier elect Narandra Modi to the SAARC leaders, especially Pakistani premier Mian Nawaz Sharif signaled a new beginning in India’s external affairs.

Modi seems to address the issue of Indo-Pakistan relation. Following the searing in ceremony, Modi and Sharif met the next day in New Delhi to feel the each other’s pulse and pressure

The nearly hour long bilateral meeting on 27th May between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House, the residence of Vice President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari, New Delhi ended without any communiqué announced so far.

By all standards, the meeting was a casual, friendly and warm up one to promote ties and they are not expected to make any policy decisions over a cup of high tea. The notes from foreign and military ministries of both countries should have made the meeting very cautious.

Sharif was seen being escorted by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj following the meeting as Prime Minister Modi was scheduled to have a meeting with Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.

 

What have transpired between the two leaders during their meeting was not known. The two leaders are believed to have held consultations on issues of mutual interest related to the two countries. it was expected both would somehow touch upon major issues troubling them for years, notwithstanding the fact that they have no readymade solutions. Terrorism and Kashmir were slated for major attention. Many Pakistani fanatics want joint cricketism exercises between India and Pakistan, no matter if fixed in favor of India.

Since Modi surprised all speculators about ministers and portfolios by enacting a concise ministry with his own choice of people to handle key ministries, it is certain Modi would have departed from the usual meeting styles by avoiding major issues. .

However, Indian media report that Modi, like his predecessors had done before him, had asked Pakistani premier to stop cross border terrorism (a favored Indian diplomatic expression for mutual firings) into Indian soil and sped up Mumbai terror case. Since such has always been the reporting of fanatic Indian media to keep Hindu fanatics in good humors and as such the supposed new but usual Indian bully directed at Islamabad cannot be taken as its face value.

Earlier, before the meeting started, Sharif and Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries during their photo opportunity before moving inside for bilateral talks in the presence of officials from both sides. In the morning, Modi met leaders from Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mauritus and Nepal.

Nawaz Sharif said that cooperation, rather than confrontation, should be the focus of ties between India and Pakistan. Sharif, who was in New Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on May 26, said at a press conference at the Taj Mansingh, “.. we both were in the beginning of a clear mandate from our respective nations. This provides an opportunity to fulfill the hopes of 1.5 billion people of the two countries who want us to focus on people and welfare. We had talks in warm and cordial atmosphere.” On the content of the talks, Sharif said, “Our common agenda is not possible without peace and security. Consequently, it is important for us to work together. Let us change confrontation into cooperation. My government stands ready and is in the spirit of cooperation.” The Pakistan PM said, “We owe our people to overcome a mistrust and enmity. PM Modi reciprocated my sentiments. He stated it was incumbent on both of us to work together for the common objective – peace and development. Let us carry forward our bilateral agenda.”

Sharif said he had a warm and friendly exchange with President Pranab Mukherjee.

According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Nawaz told Modi that the meeting was an auspicious occurrence for both the countries and Pakistan and India both have many traditional and cultural similarities. He is also said to have stressed upon strengthening shared values and customs, saying that poverty and illiteracy should be eliminated from the region.

Sharif also denounced arms race and regretted how the two countries wasted valuable time and resources in the past, said the report. Later, Sharif told a news channel he had an “excellent” meeting with Modi. “I had an excellent meeting. We are positive, look forward to a positive outcome.”  “PM underlined our concerns relating to terrorism. PM underlined that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to prevent its territory from being used for terror. PM Modi conveyed to PM Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan must ensure speedy trial in 26/11 Mumbai attack case,” she said.

On the Kashmir issue, she said it was decided that “foreign secretaries [of India and Pakistan] will be in touch to find the best way forward”. She refused to divulge more details, saying many issues were discussed in the meeting including people-to-people contact and border management. She also said Modi had accepted Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan. “All SAARC leaders invited the PM to visit. He accepted. The dates have to be worked out,” she said, referring to Modi’s bilateral meetings.

According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Nawaz told Modi that the meeting was an auspicious occurrence for both the countries and Pakistan and India have many traditional and cultural similarities. He is also said to have stressed upon strengthening shared values and customs, saying that poverty and illiteracy should be eliminated from the region.

Sharif also denounced the arms race and regretted how the two countries wasted valuable time and resources in the past, said the report. Later, Sharif told a news channel he had an “excellent” meeting with Modi. “We are positive, look forward to a positive outcome.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , who was in New Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on May 26, said at a press conference at the Taj Mansingh, “I had pointed out that we both were in the beginning of a clear mandate from our respective nations. This provides an opportunity to fulfill the hopes of 1.5 billion people of the two countries who want us to focus on people and welfare. We had talks in warm and cordial atmosphere.”

The Pakistan PM said that cooperation, rather than confrontation, should be the focus of ties between India and Pakistan. Sharif said, “Our common agenda is not possible without peace and security. Consequently, it is important for us to work together. Let us change confrontation into cooperation. My government stands ready and is in the spirit of cooperation…..We owe our people to overcome a mistrust and enmity. PM Modi reciprocated my sentiments. He stated it was incumbent on both of us to work together for the common objective – peace and development. Let us carry forward our bilateral agenda.”

 

Sharif said he had a warm and friendly exchange with President Pranab Mukherjee. As a departing note, he he leaves “this historic city with a strong sense that the people of our two countries will work together for peace and cooperation. Two foreign secretaries will be meeting soon.”

 

Earlier, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh told the media that Modi raised the issue of cross-border terrorism and sought a speedy trial in the 26/11 case with Sharif. She also said Modi had accepted the invitation of Sharif to visit Pakistan.

One of the outcomes of the new power equations is freezing of Kashmir issue. The RSS has asked the Modi regime to discuss the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which has grouped Jammu and Kashmir as a special and different state. Article 370 of the Constitution gives both special status and hence resources to Jammu Kashmir state. Pro-India politicians who rule JK seek full autonomy the state within Indian Union, while many pro-Pakistan Kashmiris seek freedom to join Pakistan. But those Kashmiris who seek full independence both from India and Pakistan (also China) for a free JK nation are disillusioned.

 

Modi has abstained from recommending the abolition of Article 370. Instead he has called for debate on the benefits of this article for Jammu and Kashmir’s citizens. Modi also has a reputation of having a hardline position on Pakistan and Muslims. This stems not only from his handling of the 2002 Gujarat riots but also his views on various issues that project him as an inflexible leader.

 

BJP opposes asymmetrical federalism with any kind of constitutional exception for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Article 370 of the Indian constitution privileges Jammu and Kashmir as the only unit of India to have a constitution of its own, and a limited application not only of the Indian constitution but also of parliamentary legislation. However, when the party led the NDA government from 1999–2004, it put demands to abolish Article 370 on the back burner and adopted a proactive role in officially recognising the Kashmir dispute and institutionalising the peace process. It is in appreciation of the progress made during the NDA’s time that, despite the ideological position of the BJP, Vajpayee is remembered in Kashmir as one of the most dynamic Indian prime ministers. But when BJP government fell in the 2004 elections, the BJP not only went back to its original position of opposing Article 370 but also disowned the peace process initiated by Vajpayee. Especially after the Mumbai terror attack, the BJP adopted a very offensive approach vis-à-vis Pakistan and Kashmir.

 

The Congress government pretended to pursue  peace course while BJP objected. . It was because of the BJP’s aggressive posturing that Manmohan Singh’s government could not take the peace process beyond the opening of routes for people-to-people movement and trade purposes across the Line of Control.

How Modi would handle the issue is important to comprehend his Hindutva stand after the poll. Whether   the Kashmir issue would be resolved with the abolition of article on Kashmir and if so in what way remains to be seen.

One thing common between India and Pakistan is the importance of crony capitalism for them as they promote the corporate lords and help them grow their wealth.  Although Modi is not a industrialist himself, Sharif very much is.

 

Modi may not be Vajpayee but he carries the legacy of Vajpayee that would also become an obligation and responsibility for him as sincere leader of Indian subcontnent.
A stable government under a strong leader may be able to deliver things better on the ground. So what direction will the peace process take under Modi?

 

Joint cricket exercises cannot guarantee stable bilateral relations. Regimes should take time pass fake cricket seriously. Leave cricket at its extra space.

 

 

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life. 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Prolific writer, Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs,  Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;

Pakistani woman brutally killed for marrying her lover!

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Pakistani woman brutally killed for marrying her lover!

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Islam is against cruelty but Muslims just do that and justify their crimes by comparing themselves with other communities. Pakistan, rulers seek foreign money as service charges to help NATO murdering Pakistanis, seems to be moving fast into decay.

Even as Pakistan premier and many important figures were on an unusual tour in India, a pregnant woman was stoned to death on 27th May not by Taliban or military but by her own family outside a courthouse in the Pakistani city of Lahore’

The lady was killed for marrying the man she loved without the society’s permission. .

The woman was killed while on her way to court to contest an abduction case her family had filed against her husband.

Farzana Parveen, 25, had married Mohammad Iqbal, 45, against her family’s wishes after being engaged to him for years. Her father, Mohammad Azeem, had filed an abduction case against Iqbal, which the couple was contesting. She was three months pregnant.

Nearly 20 members of Parveen’s extended family, including her father and brothers, had waited outside the building that houses the high court of Lahore. As the couple walked up to the main gate, the relatives fired shots in the air and tried to snatch her from Iqbal. When she resisted, her father, brothers and other relatives started beating her, eventually pelting her with bricks from a nearby construction site. Iqbal said he started seeing Parveen after the death of his first wife, with whom he had five children. He alleged that the woman’s family wanted to fleece money from him before marrying her off. “I simply took her to court and registered a marriage,” infuriating the family, he said.

Parveen’s father surrendered after the attack and called his daughter’s murder an “honor killing,” I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it. Her father was promptly arrested on murder charges.

Police were working to apprehend all those who participated in this “heinous crime.”

A typical Bollywood cinema scene, and Pakistanis love Indian masaala movies and learn a lot to give life to the fiction. But it is Pakistan’s real tragedy.

Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis, and hundreds of women are murdered every year in so-called honor killings carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior. Many women consume liquor to show their importance in society. Stonings in public settings, however, are extremely rare. Tuesday’s attack took place in front of a crowd of onlookers in broad daylight. The courthouse is located on a main downtown thoroughfare.

Mujahid, the police investigator, said the woman’s body was handed over to her husband for burial.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a private group, said in a report last month that some 869 women were murdered in honor killings in 2013. But even Pakistanis who have tracked violence against women expressed shock at the brutal and public nature of Tuesday’s slaying. “I have not heard of any such case in which a woman was stoned to death, and the most shameful and worrying thing is that this woman was killed outside a courthouse,” said Zia Awan, a prominent lawyer and human rights activist.

Pakistanis who commit violence against women are often acquitted or handed light sentences because of poor police work and faulty prosecutions. Either the family does not pursue such cases or police don’t properly investigate. As a result, the courts either award light sentences to the attackers, or they are acquitted

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he had a constructive meeting with PM Narendra Modi and top diplomats from Pakistan and India would meet soon to advance peace talks that have moved fitfully because of political tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Nawaz Sharif offered special prayers at the historic Jama Masjid, Delhi, constructed by emperor Shahjahan as part of his contribution to the process of worshiping the only God, Allah.

Pakistan is eager to restart Indo-Pak joint cricketism for sharing 100s and 50s and most probably Sharif, the Muslim League leader, tried to appeal to Modi to do more on the subject so that Kashmiris will forget independent nation for themselves. Why do they need a nation when they are comfortable in Inside India and Pakistan? they wonder!

One has no idea if Kashmiri Muslims who fight with India for becoming a part of a Pakistan, destabilized by US-led NATO rogue forces, share this inhuman, uncivilized “honor killing”. Maybe Kashmiris also want to get killed by NATO rogue militaries and Pakistani military, jointly or separately!

May be destiny and fate are already determined and Kashmiris move towards that.

Modi-Sharif brief meeting In New Delhi

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Modi-Sharif brief meeting In New Delhi  
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The invitation sent  by Indian premier elect Narandra Modi to the SAARC leaders, especailly Pakistni premier  Mian Nawaz Sharif signaled a new beginning in India’s external affairs. 
Indo-Pakistnai relations have been in a low key for various reasons, both real and fictitious. 
The nearly hour long bilateral meeting on  27th May between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House, the residence of Vice Presidient of India Dr. Hamid Ansari, New Delhi ended without any communique announced so far. 
By all standards, the meeting was a casual friendly and warm up ties and they are not expected to make any policy decisions over a cup of high tea. .
What have transpired between the two leaders during their meeting on Tuesday afternoon was not known. The two leaders are believed to have held consultations on issues of mutual interest related to the two countries.
However, Indian meida reports  that Modi, like his predecessors had done befhr ehim,  asked Pakistni premeir to  stop  cross border terrorism  into Indian soil Since  such has always been the reporting of faantic Indian  media to keep Hindu fanatics in good humors and as such this usual Indian bully directed at Islamabad cannot be taken as its face value. 
Sharif was seen being escorted by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj following the meeting as Prime Minister Modi was scheduled to have a meeting with Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Earlier, before the meeting started, Sharif and Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries during their photo opportunity before moving inside for bilateral talks in the presence of officials from both sides. In the morning, Modi met leaders from Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mauritus and Nepal.
Narendra Modi started his day of his new duties as Indian PM  by assuming charge at the Prime Minister’s Office knwon is short  as the PMO. Narendra Modi was administered oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee as India’s 15th Prime Minister along with his 44-member Cabinet on Monday evening. 
 
One thing common between India and Pakistan is the  importance of crony capitalism  for them as they promote the corporate lords and help them grow their wealth.  Although Modi is not a industrialist himself, Sharif very much is. 
د. عبد راف 
Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic  faith and life. 
BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Prolific writer, Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;

Indian politics: Modi’s secrecy: Boon or tragedy for democracy?

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Indian politics: Modi’s secrecy: Boon or tragedy for democracy?

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With highest popular mandate in parliamentary polls in recent times, a visibly strong Narendara Modi who strengthened his hold to the power in Gujarat state and pushed his Hindutva agenda across the nation by riding over the anti-corruption tirade of Hazare-Kejriwal, to become first ever fully elected PM of India.

 

Modi has unshielded a 46 member cabinet on 26th May when he assumed power in New Delhi, witnessed by many Indian signatories and SAARC leaders, especially the Nawaz Sharif, the PM of India’s nuke rival Pakistan which wants, more than anything else, joint cricketism exercise with Indian team so that more and more wealthy Pakistanis could visit India on that pretext, making or spending money. . .

 

Saffron secrecy, a major source of BJP in order push its ultra Hindutva agenda into practice, is back to Indian regime practices. With Narendra Modi’s thumping electoral victory the Cabinet formation was totally shrouded in secrecy, signaling what exactly is in store of the RSS for the nation that is likely to be fully saffronized to suit the RSS theological ideology. .

 

Congress is eager to see the Muslims get terrorized by the secret as well as open anti-Muslim agenda of the RSS now ruling Indian democracy so that they come back to Congress fold for speedy “protection”. .
Secrecy reigned very high during the infamous Emergency era under Congress party rule, disallowing even powerful media to know what exactly the regime was doing or contemplating.

 

One wonders if the new BJP regime is repeating that phenomenon by strict secrecy. The case of scam of telecom minister A. Raja under Manmohan Singhwould not have come out had there been complete secrecy The issue brought bad name of the Congress and UPA partners, A Raja himself lost in the poll as other DMK and Congress leaders as well in Tamil Nadu. .

 

Against all predictable political messaging in media, Modi did not give enough or no representation to states like Tamilnadu, Kerala for no performance, and Orissa and West Bengal, Assam where BJP has shown performance for the first time.

 
As people are looking towards seeing India becoming a developed nation in US standards, there was frenetic speculation on what sort of cabinet would Narendra Modi choose in order to deliver the big promises he has made to the nation. But the media failed badly in knowing what exactly Modi has in mind on the subject.

Modi, for instance, left out LK Advani, Subramanian Swami, among others in cabinet list submitted to the president for approval. Of course there was some certainty that top leaders of BJP such as defeated MP Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj would get some important portfolios. It is also obvious that Modi will give a major representation to UP and Bihar where BJP has made a huge dent, especially among dalits and backwards. Muslim antipathy towards Congress made things easy for BJP and allies

 

 

Modi with full majority is in much better position as he is not compelled by any coalition politics now. Normally in a coalition arrangement, as in the case of UPA, the partners were actively consulted and indeed they would make their wish known to the UPA supremo Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister. This routinely leaked to the media and often such likely appointments would be debated in print media and on TV channels. Under UPA coalition partners routinely put their claim on certain important ministries. Mamata Banerjee had specifically asked for Railways, a high visibility portfolio from the perspective of the common man.
Though the media is incessantly speculating on the names of Cabinet ministers, the real surprise will be in terms of the structure of administration that Modi places at the top. A hint of this came from Arun Shourie who has said Modi may have a quasi Presidential style governance structure at the PMO. Arun Shourie, former journalist and Jammu Kashmir governor, is made a cabinet minister.

 

Sanjeev Baliyan, an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots case which made the Mulayam Singh’s SP party unpopular quickly, has been made a minister by a shrewd Modi who himself is involved in the Gujarat riots.

 

NDA is irrelevant now as BJP has taken over that. There are no claimants from among the coalition partners and only Modi knows what sort of Cabinet ministers he will appoint.

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Japan downs Malaysia to claim maiden badminton Thomas Cup

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Japan downs Malaysia to claim maiden badminton Thomas Cup

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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Japan came up with a real thriller to claim its maiden title in badminton in New Delhi, defeating the much better Malaysia team.

The final game was a neck-and-neck affair and Ueda soaked in tremendous pressure before emerging victorious. Takuma Ueda prevailed in a thrilling decider as Japan claimed their maiden Thomas Cup title by edging out five-time champions Malaysia 3-2 in a pulsating final of the men’s team event on 25th May Sunday. Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo eked out a 12-21 21-17 21-19 victory over Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How in 76 minutes to level before Kento Momota downed Chong Wei Feng 21-15 21-17 to put Japan ahead.

World number one Lee Chong-Wei salvaged personal pride by beating Kenichi Tago 21-12 21-16 in the first singles but the contest eventually boiled down to the fifth match and Ueda held his nerve to help Japan taste success in their maiden final appearance at the biennial tournament.

After waging a grim battle for one hour and 18 minutes, Liew dropped his racket in dismay when his smash sailed wide, dashing Malaysia’s hopes of winning their first Thomas Cup title since 1992. Across the net, a jubilant Ueda collapsed on the court before getting up to join his dancing team mates who had formed a ring around him.

Lee, who said reaching the final was a “bonus” for Malaysia, put his team ahead but Japan won the next two contests to snatch the lead.

Indian Politics: Modi’s new triclomacy with swearing in ceremony!

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Indian Politics: Modi’s new triclomacy with swearing in ceremony!

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In suggesting his big role in regional polices, Narendra Modi had invited the leaders of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for the swearing-in ceremony to be held on 26th May in New Delhi. It is the first time in India’s history that leaders from neighboring countries have been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of a prime minister.

 

The prime minister elect and BJP leader Narendra Modi has in fact has invited several leaders of India, besides chief ministers, and rulers in SAARC nations for the swearing in ceremony.

Modi will be sworn in at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential palace on Monday evening.

 

Not every India leader is not impressed, however, by new Modi’s triclomacy.

 

Meanwhile, the the sources  at President’s palace say  the venue cannot accommodate  such huge crowd as Modi has invited too many persons who are rich.

 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa have decided to miss the prime minister-elect Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony in opposition to the invitation sent to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for the event

 

West Bengal chief mistier Mamata Banerjee, whom the Congress party sponsored as the Prime minster when the exit polls conducted  upon the close of all polls in the country predicated a BJP upper hand in the parliament poll  had quickly responded negatively to Modi’s invitation.

 

 

Mamata Banerjee opposes BJP gimmicks for votes. Mamata had instructed MPs of her party, Trinamool Congress to not attend the swearing-in ceremony. She is planning to skip the event herself. Modi and Mamata had several bitter exchanges during the election campaign ahead of the polling for 2014 general elections.

 

Similarly no AIADMK MP would attend the grand ceremony party.

Lankan Tamil issue is a hot issue for Tamilnadu people and politicians and they oppose the Lankan brutality over the Tamil population. In addition to the AIADMK, BJP’s ally in Tamil Nadu, the MDMK too opposes the participation of the Sri Lankan PM at the event. Cutting across their political differences, every politician in the former Madras state condemn military terror unleashed on Tamils in the island nation.

Both AIADMK and MDMK contend that the presence of Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 26 during the swearing-in will hurt the sentiments of the Tamil people.

Modi’s invitation to all SAARC countries has offended not only Tamils, but even the Congress party which now seems to play the Hindutva role in opposing invitation for Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This Congress and BJP remain the secret Hindutva allies and they keep swap their roles in politics.

 

 

Ignoring the serious objections from the powerful military and  intelligence wing ISI, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has confirmed that he would attend the oath taking ceremony of Indian Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi to be held Monday. Officials said that Sharif took the decision after a series of consultations with his close aides.  Sharif will be accompanied by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz.

Reports suggest that the Pakistan Foreign Office had urged Sharif to attend the ceremony, saying that the bitterness towards Pakistan shown during the election campaign in India would subside after the formation of a new government in New Delhi. Khurshid Ahmed Shah, leader of opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly, had also urged Sharif to accept the invitation in the larger interest of the people of the two countries.

 

Apart from Sharif, the dignitaries who will attend include Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam is also attending the ceremony.

 

Modi would also hold brief bilateral talks with each leader the following day.

 

Geographically, Pakistan lies opposite of Gujarat state on Arabian Sea and Gujarat and other states on the Western coast line used the anti-Pakistani rhetoric to create a powerful sense of insecurity and fear among people particularly of  Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Karnataka.

 

Today, all these states under saffron control politically and administratively, even judiciary in these states also seems to feel insecure. Modi’s phenomenon rise to reach the high office in New Delhi is partly thanks to Pakistan and BJP’s anti- policy of anti-Islamism and anti-Muslimism.

 

The regime change process is in progress in New Delhi with Modi and saffron flags dominating the city and media, as if signaling something new in Indian politics, though none is sure of the content or format of the impending change.

 

Will the BJP, thriving on anti-Muslim ploys, change? RSS strategists would swear that all these gimmicks are a usual strategy and Modi cannot depart drastically from the BJP-RSS tenets because any change in ideology could be disastrous for the RSS, BJP and also Hindutva forces in India and abroad.

 

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