Gen V K Singh.MOS (MEA) stands marginalised by the Modi dispensation.

Earlier,he was wronged by the UPA in the age row.

Controversy keeps chasing him all the time, though he is not a serial offender.

The decision to send V K Singh to Pak's high commission on its National Day,was taken by the PM and his close cabinet colleagues on the advice of all-powerful PMO's bureaucrats.who are administering country's foreign policy. 

MEA's career diplomats are not kept in the loop,resulting in the IFS-- IAS stand-off.

I feel a sense of deja vu.

Similar discontentment was simmering between the two equally matched opponents,during the UPA regime.

No lessons have been learnt from history.

And,now, Lo and behold.

The Press statement read by V K Singh at prime time must have been scripted by the same set of bureaucrats as damage control step.

At least,so it seems

Modi ji's over-reliance on his trusted bureaucrats in the PMO,needs to be re-visited.

Allow all ministries freedom of speech.This is the expectation of the great silent majority in all ministries. 

Country needs a focussed and consistent foreign policy. Not a looney, confused and diffused policy.

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As pert  the bilateral treaty,India can intervene in the Maldives if its national interests are jeopardised in any manner.

Rajiv Gandhi launched Operation Cactus in 1988 by sending 1600 indian troops to Maldives.

In face of present intimidatory posturing by China,India must  consider military intervention  in the Maldives,whose former President has been sentenced for 13 years as part of political vendetta.

All SAARC countries and the western powers are  waiting to see how India reacts to the development and how it asserts its primacy in the region.

Can the country expect the outcome of an early RAW initiative in the Maldives ,sooner than later ? The agency did a wonderful job in Srilanka.Let it replicate its success.

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TOI of March 13,reported how Dr Manmohan Singh felt miffed with his former aide, for not taking his telephonic call in the context of summon by the CBI court in coalgate scam for court appearance on April8,2015.

I felt upset but not surprised.Both MMS and his former aide are out-of-power.

I,nevertheless, empathise with MMS's discomfiture at this point of time.One can blame him for wrong selection of aide.

But,there was no other option in the given situation,when others were not available to assist him.

When MMS was in the saddle, even as ceremonial head of government,all bureaucrats revolved around him. Brutally committed.

And.now... ??? OMG.

Committed bureaucracy is usually slippery,dicey.

The political class must always respect their detractor's viewpoints,while in power.

His lust for power,more power with no regard for public good, proved counter-productive.

The same applies to his former aide,who has been grilled by the CBI.

MMS is torn between conflicting choices of head and heart.

He needs spiritual and moral support.

Even at the cost of repetition, I urge MMS to be guided by the dictates of his conscience on April 8.

Political support by the Congress supremo ,is meaningless. It is meant to protect the Congress supremo alone.

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Manmohan Singh  (MMS) got a summon from the Special CBI court  in connection with coalgate scam.  This is a matter of  procedure.He is not yet  proved guilty. 

Against this backdrop, Congress’s  solidarity  march  to Manmohan’s residence betrays Sonia Gandhi’s   nervousness . Why should she proclaim  that the party will fight the case legally Is there  any other  option available,one wonders ?

Congress’s  brazenness in  browbeating  the judiciary and pre-judging the issues,  amounts to contempt of  court. 

The court has not asked for  a certificate of  honesty and integrity from the Congress supremo.It goes by facts and evidences on record. 

Sonia’s long march of solidarity, is reminiscent of Congress’s  march of protests  against order passed by  Justice JMLSinha of Allahabad High court  leading to Indira Gandhi ‘s arrest. 

The Congress’s arrogance and impatience with the  Indian courts, is well known. Why does it always expect a privileged treatment for itself?

No wonder,it may soon  approach the Delhi high court for seeking exemption  for MMS  from personal appearance . But, what about Kumarmangalam Birla, Parakh and three other co-accused  summoned on similar charges.All  six have to be treated at par.

MMS’s involvement in coalgate scam, is undoubted.

He will pay the price for clingining to power. 

If  he committed gross irregularities  in coalgate scam under pressure from any quarter ( the  country knows it  fairly enough  ) why not share the truth  with the court. Suppression of truth is criminal.

Let MMS be guided by the dictates of his conscience. 

Let him not live the rest of his life with  feelings of  extreme guilt.

It will strenghthen  democracy in the country.

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India's security agencies have noticed disproportionate  increase in number of sorties by Chinese war planes near Sino-indian border in the recent past . Is China preparing for winter war  with its never ending appetite for territory.

If that happens, it will be a watershed moment in geo-political history of the region.

China could be the Axis power,supported by Pakistan,North Korea, the Maldives, Srilanka ,Myanmar and ,possibly, Russia, Kashmir could be the hot spot, triggering  W W-III.

Defence strategists may laugh it away  under nuclear deterrance doctrine.

China does not believe in it and would never will.

Kashmir is fast becoming a hot potato for the fledgeling coalition.

CM's  incendiary utterances and the speed with which the separatists are being  released to spew venom against India, does not auger well.

BJP wants to taste power in J&K ,God knows, for how long?

The taste will grow bitter,more bitter,as it goes along.

PM's National Security Advisor ,perhaps, knows the best.

India's defence strategists are clueless.

Or,perhaps, I am over-reacting ?

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MHA (UPA-II) permitted the interview with the rape accused in Tihar jail .

NDA after Parliamentary noise, enforced the ban.An exercise in futility.

BBC banned the ban by advancing the release of documentary from March 8,2015, International Woman’s Day2015 to March 4,2015. Fearing arrest, the lady producer ( A rape victim,herself) escaped slealthily.Rapes  will continue irrespective of documentaries and feature films.Let us confront the truth.

Why has the case against Nirbhaya’s rapists , been pending in the Hon'ble Supreme Court for about one year ?Was the application for expeditious disposal filed with SC by the Prosecution?If ,not,why not? Did the judicial delay not embolden the rape accused from making such outrageous observations?

 Hon’ble Chief Justice of India is urged to kindly order investigation into this to set the entire controversy to rest.Permission for interview was given by the then HM in UPA, sanction signed by Joint Secy and implemented by the then DG (Prison).Why not question them and decide their culpability?The entire world has downloaded the documentary and watched it.

The ban is irrelevant now.The government has not done  any favour by banning it.

Is there anything illegal or unethical in the documentary ? Why not watch the video to understand the mindset of rapists? Why not shame the potential rapists and prevent others from committing the same? 

Some pseudo- nationalists argue that the documentary will tarnish India’s image.

Far from it.Rapes are a universal phenomenon.

If we are concerned about India’s image, let us focus on issues like :India’s GDP growth, poverty alleviation , communal harmony, investment, employment generation etc .The entire World will be at India’s feet.

“India’s daughter - BBC banned  the ban”

March 5,2015

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Dear Pradhan Mantri ji.

Let the documentary be first seen by your Council of Ministers, writers, editors and other intellectuals, before taking a view before  the Parliament. There should be a special screening for MPs (RS &LS) and even the Top Judiciary Thanks.

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March 5,2015

MHA (UPA-II) permitted the interview with the rape accused in Tihar jail .

NDA after Parliamentary noise, enforced the ban.An exercise in futility.

BBC banned the ban by advancing the release of documentary on International Woman’s Day2015. Fearing arrest, the lady producer ( A rape victim,herself) escaped slealthily.

War mongering by Arnab GoswamI reached the zenith. He launched a diatribe against NDTV 24X7.The concurrent prime time debates on TIMESNOW and NDTVon March 3,2015,looked like a media war. A war for TRP between two media houses.

Rapes have always occurred and will continue irrespective of documentaries and feature films.

Truth is unpalatable. 

If it is not,it is Untruth.

Why run away from it? 

Why not confront it.

Even,Nirbhaya’s parents have reportedly, endorsed the production of said documentary.This is subject to confirmation.

Why has the case against Nirbhaya’s rapists , been pending in the Hon'ble Supreme Court for so long ?

Was the application for expeditious disposal filed with SC?

If ,not,why not?

Has the judicial delay not emboldened the rape accused from making such outrageous observations?

Let the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India kindly order investigation into this and set the entire controversy at rest.

The Congress rests in peace after noting that permission for jail interview,was granted by it under UPA-II.

Why not question Shinde ,the the HM, his Joint Secy in MHA and Vimla Mehra, DG (Prison) Tihar jail ? Decide their culpability.

The entire world has downloaded the documentary and watched it.

The ban still continues.At least, on paper.

How paradoxical !

The government has not done us any favour by banning it.

Is there anything illegal or unethical in the documentary ?

If I say, there is nothing wrong in the documentary, some morons will pounce on me.

My counter question to them is: Why not watch the video to understand the mindset of rapists? Why not shame the potential rapists and prevent others from committing it. 

Some pseudo- nationalists argue that the documentary will tarnish India’s image.

No, not, the least.Rapes are a universal phenomenon.

The US,UK,Germany,France ,Japan ,China , nay, the entire world,is grappling with it.

If you are concerned about India’s image, focus on India’s GDP growth, poverty alleviation , communal harmony, investment and employment generation etc .The entire World will be at India’s feet.

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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