Are the Men in Khaki Killing the Democracy?

Why there still exists a sense of trepidation towards our policemen? Why are we scared to approach them? Are they the legal goons in Khaki? These are questions that have always surfaced the Indian police administration time and again; the recent incident to add fuel to the fire is Raj Bala’s death who succumbed to the serious injuries, a Ramlila Maidan lathicharge victim.

Indian policemen

The 51-year-old woman was injured in the police crackdown on the yoga guru’s anti-corruption gathering in June this year. Rajbala was admitted at the capital’s GB Pant Hospital for the last few months. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj attended the funeral of Raj Bala. Swaraj tweeted, “After battling between life and death for 15 weeks, Raj Bala died. It is a sad commentary on our Police functioning.”

Pune farmer firing

This is not the only incident where the Khaki people have been responsible for claiming innocent lives, the recent attack on Pune farmers was a shame on the whole governance administration. Thousands of farmers had blocked the Mumbai-Pune expressway to protest against an underground water pipeline project that will divert water from the Pawna dam to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Township. Shocking video footage of alleged police excesses during the farmers’ agitation on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway came to the fore where two cops were seen firing at fleeing farmers, killing three protesting farmers on the spot. Later Police Inspector Ashok Patil, Sub-Inspector Ganesh Mane were suspended and six policemen had been suspended for damaging cars. Rahul Gandhi termed as “wrong” the police firing on agitating farmers in Mawal in Pune district as he visited the families of those killed in the incident and joined a prayer meeting.

However, for the politicians it was again a good opportunity to lash out on the ruling party and a new political agenda; the National Democratic Alliance crippled the functioning of Parliament demanding the dismissal of the Union Home Minister and the Maharashtra government over the police action in Pune.

Gujarat Riots

Gujarat Riots

The Gujarat police remained silent spectators during the famous violent riots of 2002 when the unfortunate incident of the burning of the bogies of Sabarmati Express on February 27 sparked a wave of Hindu-Muslim riots in the State. The police were hushed even when a building opposite the Commissioner’s office was burned and former Congress Member of Parliament, Eshan Jaffri, a Muslim, was burned alive along with his family. Reportedly, police sources admitted that he made various calls to the police informing them about the danger and asked for help, but the police turned a blind eye. The irresponsible attitude of the police and State government has been criticised by Indian Opposition parties and human rights organisations.

However huge political nexus has been a problem for some policemen to play honest and this is a prima facie in Modi’s case. When a senior police officer Sanjiv Bhatt implicated Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the communal riots in 2002 he was suspended right away.

Gujarat Riots

Sanjiv Bhatt was posted in the Intelligence Department when India saw its worst communal riots since the partition. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, Bhatt said that he attended a meeting on February 27, 2002 after the Godhra train burning incident where Modi asked police officers to be “indifferent” to rioters.

The Congress and the Left parties condemned the Gujarat government’s action of suspending two police officials, who provided evidence against Chief Minister Narendra Modi about the handling of the 2002 communal riots.

Other miscellaneous cases around India

On 25th August 2011, an 18 year old girl was detained on suspicion of the murder of her 15 year old lover, was raped by some unnamed policemen. The police station chief has been suspended for dereliction of duty, by not having female constables present while a woman is in remand.

 On 7th September 2011 Irshad a truck driver and his assistant Siyaram, were assaulted by two constables in Kanpur after they refused to pay an 50 bribe for driving into a no-entry zone.

Siyaram succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. The two offending police constables have been arrested, suspended and booked for murder.

On 17th September 2011 Govind Rajdhar 22, of Bihar, was detained by police on suspicion of robbery. The man died while in custody.

His family and others protested in the streets saying Govind was badly beaten and tortured during interrogation and succumbed to his injuries.

India has innumerable such incidents where the men in khaki has put us to shame and doubt. Where the problem lies? Is the high profile politics responsible? Are our politicians suppressing the minimum number of honest policemen also? Or it is the recruiting system that is the root cause of all? Or the pay structure, the model of power associated with it makes the cops corrupt? These are questions that our system and higher officials needs to address soon to create an orderly state.

Should PM’s Role In 2G Scam Be Probed?

The latest 2G fire has reached the Prime Minister’s doors. With the Home Minister and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram already facing heat over his alleged negligence in the 2G scam, the focus has now shifted to PM himself. The 2G scam is getting increasingly uncomfortable for Singh. The documents obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) act clearly say that Singh had intervened to ensure that the 2G spectrum pricing would be the Telecom Ministry’s prerogative. At this stage, is it really impertinent to probe the role of our Prime Minister?


Maran’s Letter To PM

A letter written by former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in 2006 to PM has opened a Pandora’s Box for Singh.

In January 2006, Singh had approved a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look after the additional spectrum for private telecom players. The Groups terms of reference included the price of the 2G spectrum. A protest meeting by Maran with Prime Minister in February and a letter by the former Telecom Minister forced the PM to dilute the agenda of the GoM, and leave the pricing issue exclusively in the hands of the Telecom Ministry.

 In the letter dated February 28, 2006, Maran had asked Singh to recall their meeting on February 1, when he urged the PM to dilute the terms of reference, so that the pricing issue would not come under GoM. The letter also reminded Singh of his assurance that, “the terms of reference of the GoM would be drawn up exactly the way we wanted, which was to focus only on the issue of vacation of spectrum.”

It is clear that the PM was arm twisted into accepting Maran’s demand, which later led to one of country’s worst scams under Raja.

Apart from his complacency in the pricing issue, Singh has also come under the scanner for ignoring the advice of then Foreign Minister Pranab Mukharjee.

PM Ignored Pranab Mukharjee’s Warning

The PM and the government are currently battling hard to counter the note sent by Pranab Mukherjee‘s ministry to the Prime Minister’s office that questions P Chidambaram’s actions. Another letter by Mukherjee, discovered under the RTI act has added to woes of the Prime Minister.

 In December 26, 2007, the then Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the head of GoM had written to the PM warning him of the consequences of an incorrect policy. Mukherjee had cautioned Singh on the problems of not adhering to a clear-cut strategy. He stressed that it was essential for the department of telecom (DoT) to issue the new norms immediately so that the spectrum allocation is done in a transparent manner. He made these observations 15 days before Raja made the controversial allocations of spectrum licences to private companies.

The Prime Minister chose to ignore the counsel and allowed the Telecom Ministry to act on its own whims.

Kanimozi Had Threatened To Call PM as a Witness

The RTI revealed blunders on the part of the PM seem to substantiate Kanimozi’s claims that Prime Minister Manmohan

 Singh and P Chidambaram were indeed present during the 2G spectrum license allocation and were aware of the whole process. Senior counsel Sushil Kumar, appearing for Kanimozi, told a special CBI court last month that the Prime Minister and the then Finance minister P. Chidambaram had complete knowledge of the 2G license allocations, and had decided along with former telecom minister A. Raja not to auction these.
PM Can No Longer Hide Behind Coalition Politics

The Prime Minister can no longer hide behind the compulsions of coalition politics. The prime minister of India has  absolute powers in running the country. If Maran or Raja had flouted the ethical norms, he should have acted against them. Singh instead chose to be a mute spectator to the crimes of his ministers. The personal integrity of the PM cannot absolve him of his greater responsibilities. At a time when the country is sparing nobody for corruption, Singh could find himself facing a probe, leading to major political repercussions in India.

Is U.S. Planning a Revenge Attack on Pakistan?

The U.S. 10 year alliance with Pakistan is a question of trust now.

The relation between U.S., Pakistan is facing an uncertain future and many in Washington are questioning is Islamabad a reliable ally?

Will U.S. ever trust Pakistan for its war against terrorism and al-Qaeda?

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday called back foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar from the U.S. amid strained ties with Washington following an accusation that Pakistan was supporting the Haqqani terror network.

The gradually warming Pakistan-U.S. ties have suddenly turned sour in the aftermath of the September 13 brazen terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, which senior American military and government officials have squarely blamed on the North Waziristan-based Haqqani militant network, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani.

U.S. military commanders have accused Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, of supporting the Haqqani network for carrying out two attacks on the U.S. embassy in Kabul and U.S. military base in Afghanistan’s Wadak province this month.

This has prompted U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to warn that the U.S. could do everything it could to defend American forces from the Pakistan-based Haqqani militants staging attacks in Afghanistan, including operations inside Pakistan.

Panetta’s warning was followed by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s decision to cancel his planned trip to the United States that was scheduled for September 16.
The killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces on Pakistani soil, paved way to the tensions between the two nations. It is a relationship that for years has been marred by mistrust.

America has been the blessing in disguise for Pakistan with their innumerable aid for Pakistan. The alliance between the two countries began in 2001, a joint effort to fight against terrorism namely al-Qaeda and Taliban until recently, Pakistan offered support for U.S. drone strikes in tribal areas targeting al- Qaeda and Taliban leaders which became massively unpopular among the Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, leader of the opposition in National Assembly, said that the present war on terror Pakistan was a result of U.S. using Pakistan in the most abominable manner and weakened it to the extent that almost all institutions are facing crises.

He further says Pakistan’s pro-U.S. policies have destroyed the economy, the living, and peace. “It will not be far from truth to say that America has incapacitated us by injecting the sweet poison of aid.”

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan

There has been disquiet about Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan for several years now. After the attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul in 2008, Washington had pointed to ISI complicity in the incident. But American unhappiness with Pakistan has never been so directly expressed as now.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar went a step further and warned the US that if such allegations continue, it “will lose an ally”. And Interior Minister Rehman Malik specifically warned the US against taking any unilateral action against the Haqqanis in Pakistani territory. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani remarked last week, the U.S. needed Pakistan in Afghanistan, observing that the Americans “can’t live with us. They can’t live without us.”

Top 10 Strongest & Largest Armies In The World

Armies are for self defense and they ensure the existence of the country against intruders, they protect the goals for existence of every country and they acquire the target. Air, sea and land are the three ways in which the country needs security and for this we have army, Air Force and Navy.

The size of the army depends on the challenges and threats faced by the countries and the hegemonic designs of the country. But if you don’t have any threats from neighboring countries or if the country is surrounded by strong countries then they don’t require having large forces.
Geo political situations of the countries behind that also effect the armies. For example China has to prepare them against the USA and have to make their economy strong and side by side they have t o prepare themselves from the neighboring countries like Taiwan and India. Similarly America needs to maintain their hegemonic design like they have to influence themselves in Middle East, Afghanistan plus Iran etc. They also want to get hold of mineral resources of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and central Asian states. They also want to keep Russia in their shoes while being in Afghanistan. So to manage all these things they need to have a really strong plus a lot of troops. So, these are the basic contributing factors to the size of the armies of the world. It all makes our government to decide on what security measures and what equipment do we need.
So, here we have this post for you about the top 10 largest armies of the world and number of their activities.

us army Top 10 Strongest & Largest Armies In The World

10. Iran – 320,000

They have really good and effective army and is among one of the best armies of the Middle East too. They have 14 land divisions and 15 air force squadrons.170 vessels. Their “shihab 3” is the best ballistic missile. Their unavoidable military force is really awesome!

9. Myanmar – 425,000

They have 425,000 active forces with 72,000 paramilitary forces. Their responsibility is to conduct the military operations. In this year 2011 there is a law in Myanmar that every male or female who has an age of 18 to 35 must be given the military training of 2 years. So, in case of national emergency they should be used.

8. Iraq – 450,000

The active troops are 450,000 with a lot other personal serving and guards. They were quite active in the Anglo-Iraqi War, 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Six Day War, Yom Kippur War, Iran-Iraq War, Gulf War and Iraq War.

7. United States – 550,000

Their motto is “The We’ll Defend”. The US Army has been very efficient in the Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, War of 1812, Mexican- American War, Utah War, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and Iraq War.

6. South Korea – 560,000

The Good Korea has the active number of soldiers 560,000 and their military strength is of Terrain Marines, Firebat Shock, Troops, Vulture Anti Personnel Vehicles, 30,000,000 photon canons and many more.

5. Pakistan -617,000

Pakistan is a small country but has one of the best military forces, their army, air force; navy and the paramilitary forces are active for every crisis. They have 48,500,000 male military troops and 44,899,000 female troops. They have the efficient tanks, missiles, fighter jets, submarines and all the best equipment available.

4. Russia – 1,027,000

Russia has the conventional Arms exports of $6,197,000,000, people with 18-27 years have to get military education compulsory. They have the 22,950 tanks and 2,358 aircrafts in Europe and 4,982 battle tanks.

3. North Korea – 900,000

They have the three echelons of armies having 806th and 815th Mechanized Corps and 820th Armored Corps. Their total tank inventory is 4,500 units with 7 categories or more anti tank weapons. Their awesome part was in the major wars like the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan war and the Iraq War.

2. India – 1,325,000

Indian army is the second largest army in the world their primary mission is to ensure security and defense of the country. Their humanitarian rescue operations are worth praise. Their troops other than the active ones are 1,140,000.

1. China – 290,000

China has the largest army but it is said that they are purely trained and equipped, they have 8,500 tanks, 4,000 fighter jets and still some are under development, 61 submarines and 54 surface ships. They have the squadron of Su27 fighter planes. Their manpower and the financial situation is is letting them in making the country with the largest army size.

Union Ministers Spent 42 Crore on Foreign Travel in 2010-11

Government has spent nearly 42 crore on foreign visits by Union Ministers during the last one year. The information provided in an RTI reply shows that while Cabinet Ministers spent Rs 37.16 crore on their foreign visits, their junior colleagues, Ministers of State, spent about Rs 4.76 crore on these visits bringing the total travel expenditure to Rs 41.82 crore for the year 2010-11.

The Cabinet Secretariat has given these consolidated figures of foreign visits expenses incurred by the Ministers to activist S C Agrawal after instructions from the Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra who directed it to make the disclosure.

In the case, Agrawal had sought to know from the Cabinet Secretariat the travel details of Union Ministers for the last three years, but he was told that information was “scattered” across different ministries and he would have to collect it from them separately.

When the matter reached the Central Information Commission, the Cabinet Secretariat reiterated its position.

The Secretariat also noted that to collate the information, a large volume of records and documents would have to be scrutinised which would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority.

“While we tend to agree with the submission made by the respondents (Cabinet Secretariat), we think it would be in the interest of transparency if some key information about the domestic and international travel by Union ministers could be maintained centrally in Cabinet Secretariat itself, especially since the pay and accounts office under it is responsible for all accounting details for payment of the salary and reimbursement of their travel expenditure,” CIC Satyananda Mishra had said in his order.

China Vows to Stand by Pakistan

Chinese Vice Premier Meng Jianzhu Tuesday told Pakistan that Beijing will keep on supporting Islamabad and the cooperation to eliminate terrorism will continue. The assurance comes amidst deteriorating ties between Pakistan and the US.

US officials have accused Pakistan and its spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, of supporting Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

China Vows to Stand by Pakistan

Meng Jianzhu Tuesday met Interior Minister Rehman Malik, discussing a host of bilateral issues, including war against terror.

Both leaders discussed matters pertaining to mutual interests and the emerging geo-strategic situation of the region, reported Online news agency.

The Chinese vice premier arrived here Monday on a two-day official visit to hold talks with the Pakistani leadership.

The visit by the Chinese leader, who holds the public security portfolio, comes at a time of intense strain between Islamabad and Washington with the US pressurising Pakistan to launch an offensive against suspected militant elements in North Waziristan tribal agency.

Meng told journalists that China stands firm with Pakistan in bad and good times.

He reaffirmed China’s continuing support to Pakistan in its fight against militancy and promotion of regional peace and stability.

Rehman Malik thanked China for its support to Pakistan on all issues of major concern to the country and its people.

Malik said that China’s enemy is Pakistan’s enemy.

Most Organized Religions In The World

Religion is actually a cultural system which integrates humanity with a pre-determined set of beliefs and values. Sometimes the word “faith” is also used for religion but it differs in a way that faith is used to depict anyone’s private belief and religion refers to public as a whole. Some religions are solely composed of beliefs and there are some which emphasize the need to practice the faith and beliefs. As Jibran Khalil put it “Faith is the knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”
  most organized religions in the world are:


Shintoism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

The beliefs and practices of the Japanese people are well portrayed by this religion of Shintoism. It actually connects the modern day Japan with that of the ancient one. The spirit of Japan lies in this religion. The interesting fact about this is it has no founder or official scriptures but even then its beliefs are preserved and practiced in true letter and spirit by around 4 million members. Their practices include worship and offerings to kami at shrines and at home. Shinto kami were considered as protectors of Buddhism.


Jainism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

This is an Indian religion which began in the sixth century, the same time when Buddhism was developing. It stresses on the need of non-violence and spreads the message of mutual cooperation among the humans. The jinas, after which the name of the religion is assigned, were the spiritual conquerors who achieved liberation. The estimated members of this religion are 4.2 million.


Confucianism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

It is a system which is mixture of philosophy and ethics and is prevalent in China. It is the brainchild of a Chinese philosopher, Confucius. This is not circumscribed to ethics and beliefs only but extends to social, political and moral thoughts. The roots of Confucianism are deeply entrenched in China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. It has around 6.3 million followers.


Bahaism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

This religion was founded by Mirza Hoseyn ‘Ali Nuri, also known as Baha’ Ullah, in the middle of 19th century in Iran. The followers of this religion believe that Baha ‘Ullah and his forerunner, who was known as the Bab, are the reflection of God. It has around 7 million followers.


judaism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

It is the religion of nation of Hebrews and is a very ancient religion still in existence. The followers of Judaism call themselves as Jews. It has around 14 million followers.


sikhism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

Some of the important elements of Sikhism are belief on one God; the ten Gurus and the teachings of Granth Sahib. It emerges in India at the time when the Hindu-Muslim were enduring a very contentious ambience among themselves. Its founder teacher was Guru Nanak Dev and born in 1469 to a Hindu family. It has around 23 million followers.


buddhism 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

I would like to start this by a quotation of Buddha “ Do not dwell in the past, don’t dream of the future, concentrate your mind on the present moment.” Buddha is called the “The Enlightened One” and all followers of this religion believe strongly in meditation. There are primarily two groups in Buddhism; one that concentrate mostly in rituals and the other one who have a propensity towards meditation and ignore rituals. It has around 376 million followers.


christianity 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

It is the world’s largest religion with around 2 billion followers. It is more dominant and widespread in Western countries and is the basic of this religion is the faith in Jesus Christ. It was found in the early 1st century A.D. There is a lot about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth in this religion.


 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

It is the second largest religion in the world and spreading by thick and fast. The Holy Book of this religion is Quran and it was received by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at intervals. The Arabic word means “submission” which reflects the core point in this religion of succumbing to the will of God (Allah). The teachings of Islam are mainly banked upon five pillars if Islam; faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms. It has around 1.5 billion followers.


 10 Most Organized Religions In The World

Hindus call their religion sanatama dharma meaning eternal religion. It was founded in India and there is no founder of this religion. The major sects of this religion are Saivism, Vaisnavism and Saktism. The purpose of life as defined by this religion is to attain liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. It has around 900 million followers.