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Friday, February 26, 2016

A 27-Year-Old Govt School Teacher is Making Headlines with his Unique Model of Education



This inspiring young teacher converted an ordinary zilla parishad school into an extraordinary learning space, a digital shala, which will now be replicated by the Maharashtra government in 500 schools across the state.

A 27-year-old primary school teacher from Pashtepada, Maharashtra, is creating ripples of change with his fresh and ingenious teaching methods. He has converted a zilla parishad school into a ‘smart school,’ where children are taught using tablets and computers instead of schoolbooks. The majority of the students are children of farmers and labourers.

Meet Sandip Gund, the man whose innovative teaching methods have inspired over 40 schools in Thane district to replicate his ‘Gund’ model of teaching this year.


Sandip’s classes are fun and students can’t wait to come to school.

Sandip’s extraordinary journey began when he was posted as a primary school teacher in Pashtepada.

“The conditions here were very poor. Students did not turn up for classes. For once, I actually thought of giving up and going back to my native place,” recalls Sandip.

Not one to be disheartened though, Sandip began to explore ways of making school attractive to the children and classes interesting for students. He had no knowledge of technology but started to visit a nearby cyber cafe where he read about and became interested in the use of solar panels, projectors, and tablets.
After one year of research, he was finally ready with his ‘Gund’ model of teaching.


Sandip Gund, the inspiring teacher.

The ‘Gund’ model has made the school technology-friendly. Now, the students don’t carry heavy school bags and big books to class anymore. Instead, a solar-charged tablet and digital pen is all they need to work on their lessons for the day.

“I noticed that students would often bunk schools to watch TV in a villager’s home. It was the only house with a TV. I thought of channelizing their interest in digital content to something more useful. This is when I got a donated computer for the school and started using science, animation and other interesting ways of teaching the children,” says Sandip.

Next, Sandip purchased a tablet PC and projector using money from his own and other teachers’ salaries. They all donated Rs. 5,000 each. A few villagers also extended help.

“Our digital learning project received an award from the state’s Council of Educational Research and Training and we purchased a touchscreen from the cash prize. Students showed more interest in learning through this interactive model rather than the regular blackboard lessons,” he adds.

This was followed by textbook lessons being converted into PDF files and projected on the touchscreen.

All the students have tablets of their own now. The tablets are connected to a projector, which the teachers use to impart their lessons and get the students to do their classwork.
The kids share their work and assignments with the teachers and fellow students using flash transfer, a wireless data transfer technology.



This digital school does not have any books.

The students get to practice their lessons on the tablets. They also get to play games. The new technology and intervention have revived the interest in education in this small taluk again. The students, who had seen their elder siblings drop out of school because they found it uninteresting, now have a new found interest in learning and can’t wait to go to their technology-friendly school everyday. They can also take their devices home and connect them to TV sets to show their work to their parents.

“However, students are asked to do their homework in notebooks, so that they have good writing practice,” says Sandip.

The dropout rate has decreased in the area.

Thanks to Sandip’s model, many other families that were earlier sending their kids to private schools, now send them to this zilla parishad school. The learning outcomes have improved too and there are not many vacant seats in the classes anymore.

The success of the ‘Gund model’ has impressed the families of nearby villages too. They have collected funds and have asked Sandip to replicate the model in their villages as well.

In addition, many rural schools spread across 19 districts in Maharashtra have shown interest in adopting this digital shala model.

February 18, 2016
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Fundamentals Of Economics Neglected In Indian Education System

Ex1 – Ex2 = In1 – In2

The mathematical equation you are viewing is probably one of the most feared one in the world—so feared in fact that it led to the removal of this famous American economist Irving Fisher’s theories from economics text-books in India since liberalization. The simplicity of this equation is that it empowers people to check what is happening in their country. Science has always to be simple and a tool to enhance the knowledge of people and empower them for self-governance. Though on governmental propaganda this greatest economist was slandered and ridiculed in US, but post the US collapse he was dug out from his grave and elevated to his rightful honour in US and Europe.

In economics, inflation is a rise in the general level of prices of goods and services in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services. Consequently, inflation also reflects erosion in the purchasing power of money – a loss of real value in the internal medium of exchange and unit of account in the economy. A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index (normally the Consumer Price Index) over time. Inflation is classified into two parts. The relation between the inflation real interest rates and nominal interest rates (approximated to inflation) and thus the foreign exchange rates is given by the famous American economist Irving Fisher. When governments want to manipulate inflation rates first thing they do is remove Fisher and his theories from economics text-books as was done in India since liberalization.

Letting r denote the real interest rate, i denote the nominal interest rate, and let π denote the inflation rate, the Fisher equation is (π is not mathematical value here but only symbol to denote inflation):



This is a linear approximation, but as here, it is often written as an equality:

i = r + π so the inflation rate of any country is π = i + r or

Real interest Rate is r = π – i

Real Interest Rate

The “real interest rate” is the rate of interest an investor expects to receive after allowing for inflation. It can be described more formally by the Fisher equation, which states that the real interest rate is approximately the nominal interest rate minus the inflation rate. If, for example, an investor on his deposit was able to get in a 5% interest rate for the coming year and anticipated a 2% rise in prices, he would expect to earn a real interest rate of 3%.

Let us consider the Indian scenario. Banks offer 5% on savings deposits. If we assume Government figure of inflation at around 6.8% then the investor or saver will lose 1.8% of the value of his total savings every year. This is if we assume the inflation at 6.8%.

Nominal Inflation Rate

Nominal interest rate is the total interest that one gets on his savings for a period of one year before adjusting (deducting) inflation or expected inflation.



How much one wants to earn in real interest varies from country to country or within country depending on the different group that want to invest. In India according to Government 6% real interest is reasonable as that was awarded to one and all for delay in payments.

If the investment is done with one’s own funds then the real interest rate will be low. If we borrow money to invest then we have to pay borrowers also so the interest we have to earn should cover the cost of borrowing also.

If we save money in banks they pay interest for us. And banks make money by lending to investors and charging higher interest than savings thus making money to run operations.

Gross National Product GNP

First year economic students like some of those of Indian Finance Minister candidates were taught that the GNP equals the total of Public Consumption plus Investment plus Government spending (it is assumed that Investment and Government Spending also aides in creation of or demand of goods and services that are consumed by the people of the country).

GNP = C + I + G.

By the rules of mathematics, if we subtract the same amount from both sides of the equation both sides will still equal each other.

Government spending is printing notes, borrowing or raising taxes.

Printing notes will increase money supply in the economy. The extra money is borrowed by investors to produce something and sell thus generating interest to government which again will spend it on public purposes. If money is simply handed over under welfare schemes or subsidies then people demanding goods with the extra money raises prices because subsidy costs are added to product costs and thus the prices rise. In either case printing notes will lead to inflation.

Borrowing will attract interest. If the money is borrowed from domestic people from their savings then the interest accrues to domestic people. If borrowing is made from foreign sources interest is paid to foreign countries. To the extent the interest earnings are not available within a country the spending or savings component decreases within that country.

If we allow investment from foreign sources into our economy to the extent of 51% or 100% (under FDI) then 51% or 100% profits generated will get out of the country and to that extent the savings component within the country is decreased. This investment could be from either international banks like IMF, World Band or Asian Development Bank or from private investors (private equity funds, hedge funds, etc.) who will either funnel the black money from either third world or from western world. So too if government borrows from foreign institutions like IMF etc. they have to repay the loan amount and interest.

These foreign investors will take the investment and profits out of country. So, the I and G portion of the investment decreases over time reducing the domestic consumption.

The only way out of this situation is to develop domestic savings. This way money and interest stays in the country increasing I and G. That is why the fundamental concept of liberalization is to reduce interest rates and take over banking and insurance so that money is given at no interest to foreign investors.

Raising taxes is equivalent to reducing savings in the hands of people and equivalent to cutting wages or raising prices thus leading to inflation or low purchasing power.

Dr Michael Hudson, an economist states, cutting wages by 30% is most likely equivalent to raising 30% prices of goods like oil, clothes, food and consumer goods and is equivalent to increasing taxes by 30%. All these measures will reduce the money in the hands of people to spend on their essentials. The same impact exists with a 30% raise in nominal inflation rate as this makes the purchasing power less by 30% as the currency looses value by 30%.

Gross Domestic Product GDP

Our next equation starts with the definition of GDP or Gross Domestic Product. As stated earlier GNP is the total of goods and services consumed. If we subtract Imports M and add Exports X, we get GDP or Gross Domestic Product which tells us how much we are actually producing rather than consuming. That is written as

GDP = GNP + X – M

The cost of production GDP will include the factor of both nominal and real inflation. How much monetized inputs are needed to produce x amount of GDP at the beginning and end of the year will give the rate of inflation.

As exports and imports are part of the GDP the overall price raise or inflation will affect either buying or selling international currencies and thus the inflation directly affect the exchange rates. Fisher is the first economist to realize this relation and gave a mathematical character to that, which was hated by every government that wanted to manipulate inflation figures.

Exchange Rates: The Relationship Between Interest Rates, Inflation And Exchange Rates

Fisher’s theory of the price level was the following variant of the quantity theory of money. Let M=stock of money, P=price level, T=amount of transactions carried out using money, and V= the velocity of circulation of money. Fisher then proposed that these variables are interrelated by the Equation of exchange:

MV = PT

Later economists replaced the amorphous T with real output Y or “Q”, usually quantified by real GDP. This is also a mathematical relation. If stock of money M is increased (by printing notes, borrowing from either domestic or foreign institutions) the V though constant the total increases exponentially. The other side of equation P (price level) and T (transaction volume) will increase.

Governments usually try to control money supply by either not printing notes or not borrowing or by increasing interest rates so that investors will not borrow. This is called Monetary Policy. Borrowing money from domestic or foreign sources is called Debt Financing. Borrowing from external sources always reduces money supply in the economy in future as the borrowings carry interest. If it is from foreign sources they have to be paid back and to that extent the M component will decrease. If money is not repaid then the foreign institutions take a pledge/mortgage of natural, precious resources which reduces the total production in the country for the purpose of domestic population. Balancing these considerations is called Fiscal Policy or Public Financing.

The relation between interest rates and exchange rates was simplified by Fisher in his famous linear relation (equation) named as Fisher Economic Separation Equation as follows.

Simply stated it theorizes the Inflation Differential between two countries of trade and is exactly equal to exchange rate differential.

Ex 1 – Ex 2 = In 1 – In 2

Where

Ex 1 is exchange rate of host country (in the above example dollar)

Ex 2 is exchange rate of target country (in the above example rupee)

In 1 is inflation rate of host country (in the above example dollar country)

In 2 is inflation rate of target country (in the above example rupee country)

If 1 dollar is exchanged for 1 rupee then

1 – 1 = 0 (there is zero inflation in both countries)

If 1 dollar is exchanged for 2 rupees then (assuming dollar inflation is 0)

1 – 2 = 0 – x then – 1 = – x or inflation differential x = 1 or 100%

The simplicity of this equation is that it empowers people to check what is happening in their country. Science has always to be simple and a tool to enhance the knowledge of people and empower them for self-governance. Though on governmental propaganda this greatest economist was slandered and ridiculed in US, but post the US collapse he was dug out from his grave and elevated to his rightful honour in US and Europe.

Now We Do The Math

If Government of India says Food Inflation is 10%, how to check whether this is correct? Lets assume exchange rate of dollar to rupee is $1 = Rs53. US inflation is always (for the last 50 years 3%). Fill the equation.

1 – 53 = 3 – x here x is Indian inflation. So 1 – 53 – 3 = – x or 1 – 56 = – x or x = 55 or 55%. This means either Government of India is lying or US government is lying. Or the exchange rate is not correctly reflecting the actual real exchange rate.

Let us assume that our Finance Minister is an honest man and true about the domestic inflation. Then the exchange rate between US and India should be

1 – x = 3 – 10, here x is Indian exchange of rupees for $1. (3 and 10 are US and Indian inflation rates respectively)

-x = 3 – 10 – 1 or – x = 3 – 11 or – x = – 8 or x = 8. So, the Dollar-Rupee exchange rate is per 1 $ = Rs 8.

So again if the Indian Finance Minister is right then the US is lying about their inflation. This is most likely the scenario. Post the 2008 slide in US economy, the shrinkage of economic activity in US and job losses took heavy toll on their economy thus their inflation must be all time high. In order to maintain their lifestyle they are forcing India to loose. This is clear as dollar is sliding against every major currency but only gains against Indian rupee.

Debt-Deflation

Following the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, Fisher developed a theory of economic crisis called debt-deflation, which attributed crisis to the bursting of a credit bubble.

Mainstream economists (or non-economists) did not accepted credit bubble until 2008.

Within economics, economic bubbles are generally considered to have a negative impact on the economy because they tend to cause misallocation of resources into non-optimal uses; this forms the basis of Austrian Business Cycle theory.

The Austrian Business Cycle Theory (or ABCT) attempts to explain business cycles through a set of ideas held by the heterodox Austrian School of economics. The theory views business cycles as the inevitable consequence of excessive growth in credit in general or bank credit in particular, exacerbated by inherently damaging and ineffective central bank policies, which cause interest rates to remain too low for too long, resulting in excessive credit creation, speculative economic bubbles and lowered savings.

The best example is the collapse of the US and European economies in 2008, after 30 years of low interest rates and rapid credit expansion and no savings in economies. India is following on this path since 2000 liberalization and privatization with imminent collapse.

Proponents believe that a sustained period of low interest rates and excessive credit creation results in a volatile and unstable imbalance between saving and investment. According to the theory, the business cycle unfolds in the following way:

-Low interest rates tend to stimulate borrowing from the banking system.

-This expansion of credit causes an expansion of the supply of money, through the money creation process in a fractional reserve banking

-It is asserted that this leads to an unsustainable credit-sourced boom during which the artificially stimulated borrowing seeks out diminishing investment opportunities.

-Proponents hold that a credit-sourced boom results in widespread mal-investments. (In India the expansion of luxury cars with no road infrastructure is best example).

-In the theory, a correction or “credit crunch” – commonly called a “recession” or “bust” – occurs when exponential credit creation cannot be sustained.

-Then the money supply suddenly and sharply contracts when markets finally “clear”, causing resources to be reallocated back towards more efficient uses.

Though mainstream economists rejected this theory to more complicated econometric models that often confuse and allows governments to manipulate and borrow while artificially keeping inflation low; today in the world after 2008 crash of all US European markets and worldwide collapse this Fisher theory is revived except in India where we started discarding Fisher principles and adapting mainstream US economist theories for our own destruction.

In India today we are seeing this exact scenario that occurred in USA and Europe which will result in the same destruction in near future if we do not do corrective measures. At least US and Europe have Indian, African, Middle Eastern resources to plunder and loot but where do we turn to?

According to the debt deflation theory, below are the sequence of events of the debt bubble burst:

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World's Poorest with Private Internet

Net neutrality advocates in India demonstrate against "VIP culture" on the web. (Photo: AFP)

'As the country with the second largest number of Internet users worldwide, this decision will resonate around the world.'

In a move that open internet advocates say will "resonate around the world," India's top telecom regulator on Monday struck a decisive blow against Facebook's "discriminatory" and controlling internet scheme known as Free Basics.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruled against two-tiered pricing for different data platforms or content, effectively banning Free Basics, which only allows users free access to a small number of curated websites, including Facebook.

"The message is clear," declared Renata Avila, Web We Want program manager at the World Wide Web Foundation, which was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web.

"We can't create a two-tier Internet - one for the haves, and one for the have-nots. We must connect everyone to the full potential of the open Web."

"As the country with the second largest number of Internet users worldwide, this decision will resonate around the world," Avila added.

The Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016 will,

"disallow service providers to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer," Sudhir Gupta, TRAI secretary, said in a statement.

"While formulating the regulations, the authority has largely been guided by the principles of net neutrality seeking to ensure that consumers get unhindered and non-discriminatory access to the internet," Gupta said.

Free Basics - which has launched in 18 mostly developing countries - has faced mounting criticisms from net neutrality advocates, who said the program essentially allowed Facebook to serve as the internet "gatekeeper" for hundreds and thousands of the world's poorest people.

Open internet advocates celebrated the ruling Monday, which came after the TRAI issued a temporary ban on the service in late December in order to investigate whether it is in violation of net neutrality protections.

Mishi Choudhary, executive director of India's Software Freedom Law Center, said the group is,

"delighted by the regulator's recognition of the irreversible damage that stands to be done to the open Internet by allowing differential pricing."

"Today's decision is a major victory for free speech and for Internet users everywhere, no matter what Mark Zuckerberg's well-paid public relations team might tell you," said Evan Greer, campaign director for the U.S.-based Fight for the Future.

According to the digital rights group, telecom companies such as T-Mobile and Verizon have been pushing similar practices in the U.S., claiming that they do not violate net neutrality.

"The basic principles of net neutrality are what have made the Web into what it is today," Greer continued.

"Zero rating schemes and discriminatory pricing are just another tool to favor some applications over others. They allow ISPs to pick winners and losers, and create the same harms as fast lanes and slow lanes.

They give Internet Service Providers too much power to shape Internet users' online experience, and open the floodgates for potential censorship and abuse."

Companies that violate the order will be fined 50,000 rupees per day (around $740/day) up to a maximum of 5 million rupees, according to the ruling, which will be reviewed in two years.

As TechCrunch notes,

"Those numbers are negligible for Facebook, which has invested millions in this program, but it's a crucial public opinion victory against the company that is at stake here."

Facebook and The Internet

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Start Preparing for the Collapse of the Saudi Kingdom



February 21, 2016

Saudi Arabia is no state at all. It's an unstable business so corrupt to resemble a criminal organization and the U.S. should get ready for the day after.

For half a century, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been the linchpin of U.S. Mideast policy. A guaranteed supply of oil has bought a guaranteed supply of security. Ignoring autocratic practices and the export of Wahhabi extremism, Washington stubbornly dubs its ally “moderate.”

So tight is the trust that U.S. special operators dip into Saudi petrodollars as a counterterrorism slush fund without a second thought. In a sea of chaos, goes the refrain, the kingdom is one state that’s stable.

But is it?

In fact, Saudi Arabia is no state at all. There are two ways to describe it: as a political enterprise with a clever but ultimately unsustainable business model, or so corrupt as to resemble in its functioning a vertically and horizontally integrated criminal organization. Either way, it can’t last. It’s past time U.S.decision-makers began planning for the collapse of the Saudi kingdom.

In recent conversations with military and other government personnel, we were startled at how startled they seemed at this prospect. Here’s the analysis they should be working through.

Understood one way, the Saudi king is CEO of a family business that converts oil into payoffs that buy political loyalty. They take two forms: cash handouts or commercial concessions for the increasingly numerous scions of the royal clan, and a modicum of public goods and employment opportunities for commoners.

Riyadh on the Brink: US Must Prepare for Collapse of its Mideast ‘Lynchpin’

The United States must start thinking of ways to mitigate the damage from the approaching collapse of the current Saudi Arabian monarchy.

A codependence between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the US has existed for decades. A scheme in which oil from the Saudis was exchanged for US military might worked well for both. It worked so well, in fact, that the US turned a blind eye to consistent human rights violations in the kingdom, as well as the spread of Wahhabi religious extremism.

Unfortunately for America, this formula has an expiration date. Several factors predetermine the collapse of the current Saudi Arabian ruling monarchy, according to Defense One.

The first is that it operates more as a “family business” than an actual state, where the king, aka the CEO, converts oil into payoffs to buy political and military loyalty. It is widely accepted that the system is corrupt and cannot endure. What happens when the price of loyalty rises and a ravenous elite doesn’t limit its appetite now that oil prices keep dropping? The monarchy will face political insolvency.

Saudi citizens have begun to show hints of discontent with the heavy-handed ruling elite, especially those members of the Shiite minority. The highly educated Sunni majority is also showing dissatisfaction with the cake crumbs it is accustomed to receiving. And Saudi officials, exploiting ‘guest workers’ who currently heavily outnumber citizens and may soon see those indentured servants begin to claim rights.

In countries such as Nigeria, Brazil or Malaysia, when people protest government corruption, heads of state resign. Saudi King Salman’s ruling methods include executing dissidents, embarking on foreign wars, and whipping up sectarian rivalries to discredit Saudi Shiite demands. These and many other social issues, including the treatment of women as second class citizens, only contribute to the disaffection.

According to Defense One, there are three ways things could play out. One is a factional struggle within the royal family when it runs out of money, resulting in a new king who either continues the old ways or attempts reform.

Another possibility is additional foreign wars, as war is a popular option among the desperate to direct attention away from themselves. One war, against Yemen, is already in progress. The monarchy has hinted that it will fight in Syria as well.

Or there could be insurrection. It’s unlikely, as the ruling party holds all the resources, but it must, nonetheless, be considered. The US must be prepared for any of these scenarios and not get caught flat-footed when its Arab lynchpin in Mideast policy comes apart.

BY SARAH CHAYES ALEX DE WAAL

Alex de Waal is the executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at Tuft University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Sarah Chayes is senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law and South Asia Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is the author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.

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Entire US political establishment serving Israel: Analyst



February 21, 2016

The entire political establishment in the United States has been serving Israel for decades, an American scholar and political analyst says.

Dr. Kevin Barrett of Veterans Today, editor of We Are Not Charlie Hebdo and scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on a statement by US Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who has that if elected, he will ignore Palestinians and serve Israel.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in South Carolina on Friday night, Cruz said, “Let me tell you this: As president, I have no intention of being neutral. As president, I will be unapologetically alongside the nation of Israel.”

Cruz also condemned his Republican rival Donald Trump for saying he would remain neutral in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dr. Barrett said the news “should come as no surprise, because that’s precisely what virtually the entire political establishment here in the United States has been doing for many years, even for decades.”

“But that is really not very polite, certainly not to the Palestinians, who have been suffering from this Israeli expansionism, aggression and arguably genocide for so long, all paid for by American taxpayer dollars,” he added.

“Ted Cruz like the other Republican candidates for president seems to be in a competition with the others to see who can declare the most abject fealty and utter shameless subservience to the state of Israel — a foreign entity that is not even considered legitimate by any of its neighbors or virtually any of the people in the region,” the analyst stated.

“It’s a very bizarre situation. One is really at a loss in looking at history to try to find another situation in which the leaders and the prospective leaders of a great power were falling all over themselves, declaring that they were loyal to a smaller and extremely globally unpopular power across the seas. This is completely unprecedented,” he pointed out.

“And it’s not only unprecedented, it’s embarrassing. Just as an American I cannot believe that the people of this country have allowed their leaders to be hijacked by a foreign power in this way,” Dr. Barrett observed.

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India's NGO racket of human traficking

Dramatic scandals routinely fill India’s media headlines about some poor victim from a remote area being exploited by upper strata Delhi elites. Yet there is no investigative journalism to uncover the inconvenient facts about certain NGOs that operate what amounts to a human trafficking industry. One reason for this conspiracy of silence is that the traffickers are linked with some politically connected NGOs that make noises in the metros ostensibly on behalf of the victims. In reality the noise made serves to cover up the sinister role of NGOs in this industry that brings Christianity to the remote villages in exchange for maids to Delhi.

The elaborate scheme works as follows. Christian missionaries in adivasi (indigenous, “tribal”) areas offer poor families an inducement that is hard to resist: If the family converts to Christianity, one of its young daughters will be sent as a domestic servant to Delhi or another metro.

The affiliated “agencies” in the metros collect placement fees up to Rs 50,000 per maid from the household that hires them. In between the point of “recruitment” and the point of placement there are intermediaries that “sell”, transfer and move the young, vulnerable person through the supply chain. Money is exchanged at each stage.

The agencies keep relocating the same girl from one employer to another every few months in order to collect their placement fee repeatedly. This disruption adds to the trauma of the young girl. The agency becomes, by default, her only hope of security, and in the process she becomes even more vulnerable to the agency’s exploitation. Delhi alone is estimated to have several thousands of such girls being brought every year.

The cultural gap between India’s adivasis and its metro elites is larger in many ways than the gap between people living in Delhi and New York. The victim often gets duped into thinking that she is headed for the good life of an Indian metro, and her parents are often hand in glove in selling her into such a scheme. The money given to the parents is a “down payment” to convert them, their daughter’s placement as maid being part of the transaction. Many churches also provide safe transfer of the girl’s monthly salary back to her parents, with a certain “donation” charged by the church for its services. All this is a package deal for “being saved”.

This end-to-end system functions like the old slave trade from Africa to America and other continents — in which the church had also played a major role. Today’s racket hides behind the mask of helping the downtrodden by finding them employment in a faraway place. By no means do I wish to imply that all abuses of maids from villages are the result of this system, but that fact that such a system exists outside the bounds of investigative scrutiny is noteworthy.

In the most recent episode of this tragedy, a woman executive working for a French multinational in Delhi has been arrested on charges of committing atrocities against a girl from the Santhal tribe of Jharkhand state. The maid comes from Sahibgunj, one of India’s poorest districts. The media is having a field day sensationalising this as child labour, even after the police confirmed that documents in her village show her to be over the age of 18. The girl had worked for this executive for only 3 months, prior to which she had worked in numerous other households in Delhi since age 15. So the child labour stage of her exploitation was done under several previous employers. But there is no investigation of the previous employers. Why?

The reason for authorities not pursuing the earlier employers is that the girl is a Christian convert from a very poor family; and uncovering the entire chain of events and parties involved would expose the nexus of the Jharkhand church, the political parties that use these poor folks as their vote bank, and various NGOs involved in so-called “human rights” programs. The placement agency in Delhi is run by a Christian woman with likely links to the Jharkhand Church. The media sensationalises the matter as an isolated, localised episode when in fact it deserves to be investigated as a system of mafia-like underground network.

Brinda Karat, the rabid voice of the Communist Party of India, swung into rapid action targeting the maid’s employer, but not wanting a broader inquiry into the supply network that originates in the remote villages where her party seeks support from the church and NGOs.

Many other political leaders also saw opportunity in this scandal to show support for dalit communities whose votes can swing elections. These remote villages are also infested with Maoists seeking to topple the Indian state. The political stakes are high and NGOs compete to prove their worth by claiming to champion the plight of the poor. The same NGOs also raise funds under various “noble” pretexts.

The media ought to act more responsibly than selling us Bollywood-style action drama. To expose the large criminal networks and attack the roots of the problem, they should emphasize some systemic changes. First and foremost, it should be declared illegal to offer employment or other material inducements for religious conversion of poor and vulnerable persons. In particular, the church, parents and agencies that are involved in peddling the labor of a person under age 18 should be prosecuted. This is the nexus where the focus of prosecution should be targeted when incidents of abuse are discovered.

At the same time, one should recognise the legitimate need for domestic servants in Indian metros. To serve this demand, agencies should have to be certified periodically that they are in compliance with all laws. This must include transparency of disclosure of the full details concerning every employee and employer served. There must be a mechanism by which the legal age of a potential maid can be formally ascertained and the agency must bear this burden prior to offering her as a candidate. All commissions and salary payments must be legalised.

The media must start educating the metro employers about the laws concerning minimum wages and others aspects. Right now most Delhi households lack such awareness, as the media has focused on sensationalism without its shouldering social responsibility or due diligence.

There are also many instances of exploitation in the reverse direction that should be noted: Elderly persons in Delhi are too often being criminally attacked by their domestic servants who threaten legal action with the help of NGOs, and thereby prevent the crime from being reported. I know of cases where a youth gang has repeatedly burglarised the house of an elderly woman living alone. The police have been reluctant to file charges because of the threat by NGOs that these youth criminals are protected as “minors”. This means tougher juvenile crime laws need to be enacted and enforced.

I have anticipated such NGO-backed crimes within India since the 1990s when I first became aware of foreign nexuses intervening in India’s so-called tribal areas. It was a Harvard Roundtable Conference on Indology sponsored by Infinity foundation where I found that Western scholars had become very interested in Indian communities belonging to the “Munda” family of languages. The thesis formulated was that the Munda people were the only indigenous peoples of India. They were first invaded by the “foreign Dravidians” coming from the Middle East, and later on both the Munda and the Dravidians got invaded by the “foreign Aryans”. Thus, Indians were classified into layers with the intention of empowering one group against the others. In my earlier book, Breaking India, I mention some important US based interventions through this type of anthropology and linguistics work.

The Santhal community where the maid in the latest scandal comes from is one of the largest communities in what is called India’s “tribal belt”. Most anthropological studies on them were done by Christian missionaries since British times. The colonial-evangelical lens used was the same as for other non-Christian peoples that were encountered outside Europe, and many of its prejudices have become accepted by modern Indians. The “tribals” are considered “pagans” because they believe in “animism”, meaning that they consider all of nature as inhabited with divine spirit. (Ironically, the latest trend among Western thinkers is to appropriate these very ideas into Judeo-Christianity, using fancy new terms like “panentheism” and “immanence” after studying Hindu philosophy on which such ideas are based.) These villages have been a hotbed for missionary activities for the past few centuries, and this intensified in 1914 when the first complete translation of the Bible into the Santali language was finished by a Norwegian missionary.

Clearly, the battle for fragmenting Indians has entered a new phase. “Tribal” Indians will be increasingly exploited in various ways in the guise of bringing them human rights. The media’s framing of such episodes as “secular” crimes of an isolated kind is a shallow and inadequate treatment of what is much deeper and multilayered. This issue has far reaching implications.

27 March 2015
By Rajiv Malhotra

NGOs in India – Breaking India with foreign dollars



June 13, 2015

India is big. India has huge growth potentials. India has all factors in its favour that can make it a prosperous economy. But there are some huge deterrents too. The population explosion is probably the biggest deterrent. There is rampant corruption and widespread illiteracy. Gender bias and religious prejudices are not exactly uncommon. Some states are lagging far behind others. But then any growing nation will have these challenges in front of it. India can still make it to the top in spite of all these deterrents.

True. And we are growing at quite a steady pace but we could have grown with faster pace, had we been free of the pests that infest the length and breadth of our country. There are Jihadists who are obsessed with blowing houses, offices, temples, markets, people and even themselves. There are spineless seculars on a perpetual excuse hunting expedition to blame the majorities and shield the minorities. There is the political correct media that lacks the willpower to present news-as-it-is. There are liberals and commies who love all the aforesaid people and sometimes fund them too. But there is one section of people who are inflicting maximum damage on the very soul of India. The blood sucking vampires operate their dark realms from our soil and work against our interest.

I am talking about the NGOs – Non Government Organizations.

4470 NGOs in India have been delicensed this month. Licenses for 8875 NGOs were revoked in April for violation of rules governing foreign funds. The Government of India has many more NGOs on its watch list. Let us get into the numbers and technicalities later on. Let us first see what NGOs in India do?

On the surface most NGOs (and I am talking about the big ones) do all kinds of Jagat-Kalyaan job. From empowering women to educating girl child, from conserving water to harvesting rain water, from saving forests from being usurped by land mafia to protesting against big corporations, NGOs stand for the rights of the weak and the downtrodden. Beneath the surface however work for most NGOs (and I am again talking about the big ones) converts into jagat-minus-india work which technically converts into anti-India work. Greenpeace, Amnesty, ActionAid etc. are heavily funded NGOs that serve foreign interests. Their donors remain secret and their methods remain one big black box. And they are not the only ones. In the words of R Vaidyanathan, professor (finance) at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore “Many NGOs that do receive foreign funding are not covered under the Right to Information Act. Hence, finding information about their finances becomes difficult. Additionally, some groups don’t even have websites, which only makes it more cumbersome to find out details about their finances.”

Here are some interesting facts:

India has 3100000 NGOs.

It is more than double the number of schools in India

250 times the number of government hospitals

We have one policeman for 709 people while we have 1 NGO/400 people

Now let us come to the numbers. Here is the breakup for the amount of foreign contribution received by NGOs in India:

Year: 2008-09

Number of NGOs: 23172

Amount Received: 10997.35 Crores

Year: 2009-10

Number of NGOs: 22275

Amount Received: 10431.12 Crores

Year: 2010-11

Number of NGOs: 22735

Amount Received: 10334.12 Crores

Now look at the biggest donors:

United States: Rs 3105.73 crores.

Germany Rs 1046.3 crores.

United Kingdom: Rs 1038.68 crores.

And now let us check the biggest benefactors out:

Gospel for Asia Inc, USA: Rs 232.71 crores.

Fundacion Vicente Ferrer, Spain: Rs 228.60 crores.

World Vision Global Centre, USA: Rs 197.62 crores.

(Source: Rediff India)

When there is big money involved, there are big intentions involved too. A lot of NGOs in India are involved in paying off people for staging protests against corporations and projects. The Koodankulam nuclear plant agitation or the agitation in Odisha against POSCO can be taken up as good case studies. Other NGOs are involved in killing the brand image that India is. One example would be their desperate attempt to make India look like the “Rape Capital”. Another would be the “Minority is not safe” in Modi’s India attempt. Propagation of western style feminism can be taken as the third example. Some NGOs are conventional conversion christian schools. A percentage of the funds received is doled out as freebies for achieving mass-scale conversions. Most of the protesters protesting against government projects turn out to be hapless tribals. Upon closer examination they turn out to be tribals converted into Christians. Coincidences you see! The agenda of most of the big NGOs in India is set by foreign countries that want to ensure that India is not self-reliant. The smaller NGOs however do meaner jobs and provide an efficient way for converting black money into white. Some even allow individuals to cheat on their income taxes.

Now let us come to the technicality of it:

According to the Foreign Funding Contribution (Regulation) Act, it is mandatory for NGOs to be registered under this law to receive funds from abroad. They also need to declare their donor names. Any NGO that doesn’t fit the bill and/or refuses to comply should be closed down.

That’s exactly what Modi and Co. are doing and they deserve a pat on their backs for this. Yes we need to empower the weak and the downtrodden. Yes we need to conserve our natural resources. Yes we need to be a pluralistic and all-inclusive society. But we don’t need American dollars for that. A clear vision, an efficient government machinery and a constructive participation of the citizens is all we need.

Trivia: When TFI hit 100,000 mark, a gentleman offered to help me in starting an NGO with the same name. He said it will be big business. I BANNED him.

By Atul Kumar Mishra

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Bigger than Roswell: Top Secret CIA docs unearth hidden UFO encounters



Real life X-Files from the 1950’s describe a number of strange encounters with otherworldly beings and mysterious flying craft.

Highly classified documents regarding UFOs and Alien life have emerged from the 1050’s exposing shocking truth about alien UFO’s visiting our planet.

The shocking truth about alien life and alien spacecraft are detailed in a catalogue of ‘unexpected’ highly classified documents from the CIA, detailing encounters with flying saucers and Aliens.

The reports, which go back decades, describe witnesses who were left stunned by the complexity and capabilities of fast-moving spacecraft through the skies. Among the details of alien spacecraft are descriptions of enigmatic encounters with beings not from Earth, and mysterious noises which have been recorded from space.

The mysterious accounts are considered as unprecedented by many and are considered to be far more important than what occurred in Roswell.

A declassified file from 1952 provides the sworn testimony of former mayor of Gleimershausen in Germany, Oskar Linke who describes how he spotted two beings in metallic clothing standing next to a huge spaceship. (source)

“The object rose to a horizontal position,” he said, “turned toward a neighboring town, and then disappeared from the heights and forests.”

He added: “I would have thought that both my daughter and I were dreaming if it were not for the following element involved.

“When the object had disappeared, I went to the place where it had been.

“I found a circular opening in the ground and it was quite evident that it was freshly dug, it was exactly the same shape as the conical tower,” testified Linke.

The declassified documents note that many other people from the area reported and sam the same comet-like object in the sky.



Another file which has been made available to the public describes yet another incredible UFO encounter that took place over a uranium mine in what was then, the Belgian Congo. The two fiery disks glided in what is described as ‘elegant curves’, before abruptly stopping in mid-air, and taking off in a zig-zag fashion.

Former Commander Pierre, the pilot who flew after the two ‘alien’ objects from an airfield located near Elisabethville, modern-day Lubumbashi even sketched the objects trying to depict what he witnessed.

According to Commander Pierre – who is described as being a “dependable officer” – both objects moved an incredible speed of around 900mph.

However, the reports are numerous. Another interesting account took place in Barcelona when a strange object soaring over Spain was seen while emitting mysterious flashes of light. According to Valentin Garcia, a journalist who witnessed the mysterious encounter: “The newspaper office was soon flooded with telephone calls from people who had seen the object.”

In following weeks, more sightings of a similar object were seen over Algeria and Tunisia and Meknes, Taourirt and Casablanca in Morocco.

However, not only has the CIA admitted recording UFO sightings and unexplained phenomena that could not have been caused by any known force on planet Earth. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also admitted we have been ‘visited’ in the distant past.

According to a document made available from the FBI archives found here, we have been visited by beings from ‘other’ dimensions. According to reports and “Declassified” documents, we have been visited by numbs extraterrestrial species, some of these, are not only from other planets but from other dimensions. Some of these beings originate from an ethereal plane coexistent with our physical universe. These “entities”, that could “materialize” on our planet appeared as giant translucent figures.

“The bodies of the visitors, and the craft, automatically materialize on entering the vibratory rate of our dense matter…” (source)

You can access the declassified CIA documents by clicking here.

SOURCE

The Ethnic Cleansing With Impunity Of The Palestinian People By Apartheid Israel

February 20, 2016

On February 14th, 2016, the UK Government announced that it would be setting up guidelines to prevent public bodies from supporting — through their procurement and investment policies — the legal and human rights of the brutally persecuted Palestinian people. This is despite the fact that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign — similar to the sanctions tactic successfully employed against Apartheid South Africa — is a peaceful and effective method of forcing the Israeli Government to cease its arrogant disregard for international law.

As a followup to the announcement that it would be setting up guidelines to prevent public bodies from supporting — through their procurement and investment policies — the legal and human rights of the brutally persecuted Palestinian people, the invertebrate British Cabinet Office Minister, Matthew Hancock, dutifully grovelled his way over to Israel — for a joint press conference in Jerusalem with that despicable racist war criminal Netanyahu — to oblige his rapacious hosts with the view that London supported the directive “because we believe in an open and free trade and we believe that discrimination is not appropriate and should be stood up to.” This pathetic excuse for a representative of the British people was apparently oblivious of the fact that immigrant Israelis on both illegally occupied and stolen Palestinian lands, had for almost 70 years barbarically discriminated against the indigenous population.

The hypocrisy and double standards of most Western leaders is not a phenomenon that evolved by chance, but is one that came about as a result of well-financed and organised Zionist Jewish lobby groups that exist throughout Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and Western Europe. Yes, there is even a SAIPAC (South African Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Cape Town. Such parastatal organisations and faux-NGOs routinely exploit lawfare — the illegitimate use of domestic or international law to discredit and criminalise individuals or organisations — to spread propaganda and/or influence public opinion with a view to forcing their respective countries of residence to embrace the Israeli narrative and stifle any public debate whenever the subject of Israel’s criminality is raised.

Thanks to the Zionist hijacking of their governments, Most Western nations are selective in their condemnation of racial discrimination and crimes against humanity.

The lawfare tactic is supported by a worldwide network of Israel’s diaspora allies known as sayanim — local Jews in their countries of residence — who having received email alerts from the Israeli Foreign Ministry, will take all necessary steps to intimidate, pressurise, or simply bribe individuals in the media and politics to adopt pro-Israel positions that are neither moral nor in the best interests of their own countries. By distorting and suppressing any criticism of Israel, they pre-empt the potential implementation of any initiatives that might undermine either Israel’s economy or the world’s perception of Israel as an innocent victim just defending itself. Needless to say, Netanyahu — never one to miss an opportunity — drew parallels between efforts to boycott Israel, the long history of anti-Semitism, and the international community’s alleged anti-Israel bias. Netanyahu also emphasised his gratitude to Britain by stating that “I want to commend the British government for refusing to discriminate against Israel and Israelis and I commend you for standing up for the one and only true democracy in the Middle East.” Only democracy in the Middle East? How is that for fascist chutzpah?

Another recent headline-grabbing event was the interrogation by British anti-terrorism police of a student who wore a “Free Palestine” badge and wristbands to school. Rather than encouraging their pupils to learn about and support human rights, teachers at the Challney High School for Boys in Luton reported Rahmaan Mohammadi to the police for what can only be described as his commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which starts of by categorically stating that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” Supporting such sentiments in Britain is now apparently a crime, and the teachers’ action in this case is reminiscent of the Nazi era when the roles were reversed and schoolchildren were groomed to report any “subversive” thoughts by their teachers, friends, neighbours, and even their own parents. In Britain, the existence of a Zionist Thought Police is now a reality and their suppression of free speech is killing off what little is left of British democracy.

This latest British government directive is no doubt an effort to keep in step with recent legislation in the U.S. where some states have made it illegal to either divest from Israel or to promote a boycott of Israeli products. A trade pact with Europe will also stipulate — at the instigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — that the U.S. is obliged to take retaliatory action against any European country endeavouring to boycott Israel including the West Bank settlements which the empowering legislation views as part of Israel proper. Apart form committing $25 million to a new anti-BDS task force — an admission of the BDS campaign’s effectiveness — Israel is also working to create a mechanism for global internet censorship with a ban on any material critical of its criminal policies which it has euphemistically branded as “incitement.” Consequently Facebook and other social networking sites have started deleting from their sites any “hate speech” or “terrorism” related material including criticism of Israel which is of course “anti-Semitic.”

Policing of the internet is maintained by ever-watchful Zionist organisations including the Zionist Federation of Australia; the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM); the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) in Canada; the Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF) in France; the Zionist Federation of New Zealand; and AIPAC in the United States. The financial and political power of such groups should not be underestimated and their access to government policy making ensures protection of Israel which for example in France has included legislation of hate crimes that de facto protects Jews by limiting one’s ability to criticise Israel. This has led to a French court declaring that a peaceful protest promoting the BDS campaign against Israel was illegal. So much for France’s motto of “liberté, égalité, fraternité.”

All of this reminds me of the famous and provocative poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
 
 William Hanna is a freelance writer with published books the Hiramic Brotherhood of the Third Temple and The Tragedy of Palestine and its Children. Purchase information, sample chapter, other articles, and contact details at:
(http://www.hiramicbrotherhood.com/)
The original source of this article is Global Research.

Pathankot Attack: Did you know?

Pathankot Attack: Oil, Globalization and Terror



Punjab, for many years, has been a transit point for drugs from Afghanistan. The drug money has become a major source of funding of elections in Punjab and over the time a well-organized drug cartel has come into existence with active connivance of politicians, police officers and drug lords. This drug money is used in financing militancy. To check militancy we will also have to control the drug problem.


Image courtesy: Dailymail

On the night of 31 December 2015, four men hijacked a multi-utility vehicle belonging to Salwinder Singh, a superintendent of the Punjab Police, in Dinanagar. In the process, they slit the throat of his jeweler friend Rajesh Kumar, who was later admitted to a hospital. The vehicle was found abandoned about 500 meters away from the airbase. On 2 January 2016, a heavily armed group attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force.

The National Investigation Agency probing the attack learned from the Gurdaspur (Headquarter) Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh after interrogations that he got paid in diamonds for every drug consignment smuggled across the border. Singh’s jeweler friend Rajesh Verma would accompany him to his clandestine trips so that he could verify the authenticity of the stones. Verma is reported to have made such clandestine trip to the Peer Baba mazaar in Taloor village under Narot Jaimal Singh police station twice in the span of 12 hours on 31 December, along with his cook Madan Gopal and jeweler friend Rajesh Verma. The shrine is located a few kilometers from Bamiyal, the village from where the terrorists were suspected to have infiltrated into India before mounting the attack. It was Verma whose throat the terrorists slit open to send him to paradise (isko jannat pahuncha do), which he luckily survived. Investigations have also revealed that Madan Gopal, who Singh claims to be his cook, is actually his bodyguard.

When a consignment of drugs leaves Pakistan for Punjab, it usually takes two routes. In areas where there are barbed wires on the border, smugglers stuff them into PVC pipes and push them across into India, where couriers pick them up for transporting them to the main land.

Though most of the Punjab border is guarded by barbed wires, the riverine belt of around 100km is unguarded. To push drugs through this region, drained by Ravi and Beas and lined with dense forests, smugglers use boats and couriers. This riverine belt is mostly to the west of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, and in some areas of Ferozepur, making them most vulnerable. Investigators suspect that the terrorists used this tried and tested route used by the drug smugglers to sneak into India and that they even had help from the local drug mafia.

Transporting drugs to the border from Pakistan is not a problem, the real problem starts once the drug consignment reaches Punjab, from where the involvement of a huge network of people at every level becomes necessary. In the border areas of Punjab, it is stored in safe houses for some time – called a cooling off period – and then relayed from point to point through an intricate network of middlemen and peddlers, who charge the dealers on the basis of the risk and distance involved. If it wouldn’t have been for the blue beacon atop the hijacked Mahindra XUV of Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh the terrorists wouldn’t have been able to speed past several police checkposts, where the policemen saluted and just let it through.

But then again there is this question of the 24 hour window the security establishment had from the time Singh and his cook informed the Punjab Police about the imminent attack and the hijacked blue-beacon vehicle. Was this information communicated by the Punjab Police to the Central agencies? Were the security personnel not alerted about the hijacked blue beacon car? How could a hijacked car speed past several checkposts in a situation of high alert? The Central agencies claim they were unaware about this intelligence and that there was a slip-up on part of the Punjab police that led to the delay or lapse in planning the appropriate responsive counter operation. However, according to an intelligence note prepared by additional director general of police, law and order, Hardeep Dhillon, the intelligence wing of Punjab had already issued intelligence pertaining to plans to carry out a spectacular attack in India possibly around New Year celebrations, 5 days prior to the strike.

This should not be a surprise to anyone. The security and political establishment already know about who’s-who in the drug trade. Shashi Kant, who headed departments of prisons and intelligence for several years had submitted a list of politicians with suspected drug mafia links to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2014 after his earlier letter was admitted as a public interest litigation.

Kant, who was ADGP (intelligence), claimed that it was a four-page list, which was prepared by the intelligence department in 2007, and he gave it to the CM. He alleged that the list was kept under wraps and little action was taken as political careers of those named in it thrived after 2007 even after it was submitted to CM Badal.

The government and the investigative agencies have known since years about these drug cartels, the routes they use and also it’s nexus with the police and the politicians. Punjab, for many years, has been a transit point for drugs from Afghanistan. The drug money has become a major source of funding of elections in Punjab and over the time a well-organized drug cartel has came into existence with active connivance of politicians, police officers and drug lords. This drug money is used in financing militancy.

However, it was only after GreatGameIndia published the detailed report, Pathankot Attack & The International Drug Trade on how the ‪‎Pathankot attack was not just another usual terror incident but related to the international ‪‎drug mafia stretching from Afghanistan via Pakistan to India from where it is shipped off to Dubai and Europe that the mainstream media started to see the incident in the right perspective. Punjab News Express was the first to take note of it in its editorial piece following which the entire mainstream media acknowledged the central role the drug trade played in the attack taking a much needed departure from its usual contradictory, dumb-founded infiltration narrative.

Although this is a good start, it has brought us to a point where we collectively have to confront many of the unpleasant buried questions that we have chosen to ignore, don’t care about or in some cases suppressed knowingly.

After the NIA found similarities between the Pathankot and Dinanagar terror attacks (in July 2015) they approached the Punjab police asking it to share details of the Dinanagar terror strike. Earlier however even after directed by the home Ministry the Punjab Police were reluctant and refused to transfer the case to the NIA. However, these similarities don’t just end with the Dinanagar terror strike.

There are uncanny recurring patterns to these attacks to the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks of 2008 that we already observed during the attack in Gurudaspur. The most bizarre is the recovery of two Global Positioning System devices (GPS) from the terrorists that shifted the focus of the entire investigation to where the terrorists had actually come from and how they entered the country. A post-operation investigation was launched to establish the route that they possibly took from Pakistan. Three days later, the police claimed that doctors found a glove on one hand of the terrorists carrying a marking “Made in Pakistan”. This claim raised enough heat. It was questioned as to why the police did not find the glove on the first day when they conducted a body search. However, the security agencies have failed to piece together a final report on the route taken by the terrorists based on the coordinates fed into the two GPS devices seized from the terrorists; along with the Punjab Police and the Border Security Force making contradictory claims regarding the route taken by the terrorists for entry into India.

Similar to Gurdaspur attack with the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks also there are still unanswered questions related to the GPS (forgotten by the terrorists in the boat) and the route taken by the terrorists. Investigations have thrown up several questions about the last trip of Kuber, the Indian fishing trawler that the Pakistan-based terrorists used to reach Mumbai.

But this time with the Pathankot attack the rabble rousing balloon using the GPS didn’t fly with the intelligence agencies admitting the modus operandi of the drug cartels to hoodwink them. BSF report on drug smuggling explains how mobile phones of Pakistani companies are used by Indian smugglers and vice versa. SIM cards are frequently changed to hoodwink surveillance. Indian smugglers use Pakistani SIM cards and Pakistanis use Indian SIM cards. Trans-national criminals contact each other from within and outside jails as well. Nonetheless the case of the missing GPS still remains a mystery.

As investigative agencies grapple with the daunting task ahead of them under great pressure from the drug cartels and the seemingly discouraging and obstructive attitude of the establishment, the real questions that could unravel the entire mystery are still left to be answered or even raised. One such case is the role of diamonds in the terror attacks in India.

Role of Diamonds in Terrorist Financing

Diamonds can be vulnerable for misuse for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes because they can transfer value and ownership quickly, often, with a minimal audit trail. They provide flexibility and an easy transportation of value.

A 2003 Report assessed various alternative financing mechanisms that could be used to facilitate money laundering and or terrorist financing. Trading in commodities, remittance systems, and currency were assessed on each of their abilities to earn, be moved, and store value. Diamonds were the only alternative financial device that fit into all of these assessment criteria.

Diamonds possess several characteristics which make them vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing. These include:

-Very high value
-Low weight/mass and relatively small size
-High durability
-Stable pricing
-Ability to retain value over long periods of time
-Ability to go undetected
-Untraceable
-Easily bought and sold outside formal banking system
-Unmarked
-Subjectivity of valuation
-Changeability
-Readily exchangeable
-Susceptible to fraud

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks serious allegations were made by Washington Post Investigative Reporter Douglas Farah an American journalist, author and national security consultant in his book Blood From Stones – The Secret Financial Network Of Terror that diamonds were used as an untraceable currency and source of income for terrorists.

Following the revelations by the Washington Post in 2001, Global Witness (an international NGO established in 1993 that works to break the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict, poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide) conducted a yearlong investigation into Al Qaeda’s involvement in the diamond trade. In March 2003 Global Witness released an investigative report detailing how Al Qaeda cells had strategically used diamonds for profit and to launder targeted funds. Evidence contained in Global Witness’ report came from the US government and FBI itself.

Role of Diamonds in 26/11 Mumbai Attacks of 2008

Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND) is the central, national agency responsible for receiving, processing, analyzing and disseminating information relating to suspect financial transactions to enforcement agencies and foreign FIUs. FIU is a member of Financial Action Task Force – FATF an inter-governmental body which sets standards, and develops and promotes policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

In February of 2014 a report titled Money laundering and Terrorist financing through trade in Diamonds was published by a Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The report revealed that India is one among five countries where the trade accounts of the diamond business are used to launder illegal funds amounting to millions of dollars that are eventually utilized in the financing of terrorists.

The report found that globally, diamond was linked to offences conducted by organized crime, such as drug trafficking, illegal weapons trade and tax offences, and even terrorist financing. And India was on the top of the list.

Almost 6 months before 26/11 2008 Mumbai Attacks the FIU-IND was already tracking the diamond industry for suspicious activities by terrorists. From an article published in DNA Money dated 7th June 2008 titled – Surat diamond business has a terror ring to it:

Sources in the Centre’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) told DNA that high returns in the diamond market and the fickleness of the share market had induced terror groups to turn to Surat’s most glittering trade.

The diamond industry was being scrutinized by the FIU over the past few months and the sleuths were shocked to discover that terrorists were using the industry to launder their blood-soaked money.

“Terrorists groups have started withdrawing money from the share market and are investing in the prosperous diamond industry,” a source in the FIU told DNA.

The president of the Surat Diamond Association, CT Vanani, said the market had witnessed some suspicious activities a few months back.

“A year ago, some people from Mumbai began purchasing diamonds worth crores of rupees. When the industry tried to trace the traders, they turned out to be non-existent,” said Vanani.

The FIU traced all foreign transactions of Surat’s diamond industry, especially those emanating from Belgium. It found that a great deal of money was being invested by terrorist groups.
Surat diamond business has a terror ring to it

Isn’t it true that some of the top diamond merchants are on the list of people who have kept their ill-gotten money in Germany-based Liechtenstein bank? Many persons on the list are Gujarati diamond merchants with offices all over world having roots in Palanpur. Isn’t it also true that in May 2014 eight of these diamond dealers were given a clean chit by the Income Tax department in the black money case?



Isn’t it also true that during the Nov. 26 terrorist attacks in Mumbai members of the diamond industry were staying at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels for year-end meetings with the Diamond Trading Company, some of whom had a very close shave and managed to escaped including the than DTC managing director Varda Shine, who was in Mumbai to host the DTC conference?

Is it also not true that these members were part the ‘distinguished guests’ hosted at Taj and Oberoi during the last week of November 2008? Most of them were coordinators of intelligence in South Asia. Few names that resided there being, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and elite members of President Elect Barack Obama’s Global Economic Team in India attending the “American Foreign Policy After Elections Conference” organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Aspen Institute India in Mumbai.

The members of Obama’s elite economic team attending this conference with Kissinger were Indian-Americans, Sonal Shah (Head Global Development Efforts at Google.org), Aneesh Chopra (Virginia State’s Secretary of Technology), Vivek Kundra (Chief Technology Officer for Washington DC) and Kartik Raghavan (Director at Microsoft). Also reports indicate that Obama’s pick for the US Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner, was absent from these meetings despite his long standing ties to India where he was raised; he is said to have been represented by as yet ‘unknown’ aides from the US Federal Reserve Bank.

The purpose of this conference in India at Taj was to advocate for the planned Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project. Though strongly opposed by the Bush Administration and Pakistan’s ISI Intelligence Service in the past, the Obama administration had planned on making it a ‘centerpiece’ towards his goal of achieving peace in Southeast Asia, and to which Kissinger had stated: “The pipeline will be a natural thing to do and I expect the new administration [to be headed by Obama] to begin discussions with Iran.”

Were these distinguished guests rethinking how to save falling western economies with the aid of India? As often, history makes it a habit to repeat itself; in the last 200 years whenever the West was in trouble, the East India Companies (EIC) or subsequent managing partners of EICs plundered India’s human and natural resources for their survival. In this ‘Great Game’ they kept other geo-political players at bay. Since more than the last decade, under UPA and NDA administrations, Indian foreign policy and domestic economic policy is veering dangerously closer to US-British-Israeli economic interests, viewed by other geo-political players as an encroachment. Did other geo-political players viewed this meeting as a penetration of their turf?

Lastly, is it not true that even the latest Pathankot attack were carried out within less than 20 days after the groundbreaking ceremony of what was being called a pipe dream for decades, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline that took place in the Turkmen town of Mary and was attended by leaders of the TAPI countries? And just a week after the surprising and much talked about meeting now known as the Billion Dollar Tea Party of the Indian Prime Minister with his Pakistani counterpart on the occasion of the latter’s 66th birthday during a two-hour stopover on his way back from his visit to Russia?



Why is it that everytime relations between India and Pakistan starts to improve and initiatives are taken to normalize the tensions between the two countries, a terror attack is witnessed by either of the two countries resulting in the deteriorating of the already delicate relationship?

What forces are working behind this? Who doesn’t want to see relations between India and Pakistan improve? Why have we not able to identify these forces since decades? Doesn’t it indicate that out security and intelligence forces are not equipped to face the challenge of this new kind of terror and needs a new and more adaptive orientation in the globalized world of liberalization and privatization?

Certainly good strategic partnership between the two neighbours would mean a strong and stable subcontinent. More importantly, who gains from a weaker and always infighting Asian sub-continent?

“The Art of War” written by TsunZu, which is considered to be the bible of strategy by many says “Expect what your enemy wants you to do and do exactly the opposite to win the war”. The quote sounds deceptively simple but has far reaching implications on the survival of empires and governments. As is the case with many of the terrorist groups, they are controlled not only by the states that sponsor terrorism but by the nations that sponsor the states that sponsor such terrorism too. So though all evidence eventually leads to the North Western frontier of India, to learn who instigates these groups, their actions, their modus operandi and their previous track record would guide us in doing what we as a third world neutral sovereign country should do. We hope to make a beginning in this new direction.

Shelley Kasli

GreatGameIndia Magazine Jan-Mar 2016 Issue