India will Fail in Kashmir as U.S. in Afghanistan: Imran Khan


It was a real show of power from the cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan who with his 100,000 flag-waving supporters rallying near the Minar-e-Pakistan monument, saw himself establishing as a real force in Pakistani politics.

Talking up the issue of the rights of Kashmiris at the heavily electrified political rally, he said the Indian Army will fail in Kashmir as the U.S. army did in Afghanistan. “Did the Americans succeed in Afghanistan? Is the Indian Army more powerful than the U.S. Army? When the Americans couldn’t succeed, how can you succeed with 700,000 troops that are involved in excesses?,” he asks as the crowd cheered.

“No army has been able to solve any country’s problems at any time,” he said demanding that the Indian troops should be withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir. The chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf also asked Hindustan to give the people of Kashmir their right to self-determination. He said his party would “stand with the Kashmiri brothers and speak for their rights at all forums”.

Khan who founded his political party 15 years ago is trying hard to translate his fame into votes. Focusing on the core issues in the country such as corruption, lack of education, rising prices, inflation and unemployment, the cricketing legend is expanding his political base ahead of the 2013 general election. A poll conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center back in June sees Khan as the most popular political figure in Pakistan.

China Could Do Kargil on India, Warns IDSA


China could do a Kargil on India “to teach India a lesson”, warned strategic affairs think-tank Insitute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), adding it could be a “limited war“.

The limited hostilties could be confined to a specific section of the border, limited in duration
and amenable to a negotiated termination, IDSA said in its report.

Projecting conflict scenarios between the two Asian giants, a report titled A Consideration of Sino Indian Conflict by Ali Ahmed said, “The lower end of the conflict at this level could be a Kargil-like situation. China’s aim could be to teach India a lesson so as to influence India’s rise before its capacity building underway acquires traction.”

The report warned this “could be a limited war confined to a specific section of the border or LAC, limited in duration and amenable to a negotiated termination”.

The Kargil hostilities were triggered by infiltration of Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants into positions on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in 1999.

Ahmed warns at a higher level, China could indulge in a “territorial grab” by entering an area such as Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

“At the next rung, it could be a more ambitious bid southwards up to its claim line. Lateral or horizontal expansion of conflict from one theatre to another is the next step, with the conflict engulfing one or more of the four possible theatres — Ladakh, Central Sector, Sikkim and Arunachal,” the report said.

The think-tank said in view of India becoming better prepared in future with its capability-development programmes, it could engage China’s “hegemonic attention.”

“Since India would be better prepared by then, China may instead wish to set India back now by a preventive war. This means current day preparedness is as essential as preparation for the future,” it said.

2G Scam: CBI to Oppose Bail to Corporate Honchos in Supreme Court


The CBI will oppose the bail of five corporate honchos in the Supreme Court which is to hear their petitions on Monday, in connection with the 2G scam, days after it did not object to the bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and four others in the trial court.

Sources in the investigating agency confirmed that it has instructed the lawyer to oppose the plea of corporate executives – Unitech Wireless MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom Director Vinod Goenka and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group executives Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surrendra Pipara – who have approached the apex court for bail.

Earlier the agency on October 24 did not oppose the bail plea of Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Asif Balwa, Rajiv Agarwal and Bollywood producer Karim Morani before a special CBI court here.

It had, however, opposed bail plea of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa and A Raja‘s former private secretary R K Chandolia in the trial court. Monday’s proceedings in the Supreme Court assumes significance as the apex court had earlier said the accused in the 2G scam can seek bail after framing of charges against them which was done on October 22.

Other accused in the case include former telecom minister A Raja, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and three telecom firms Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom and Unitech (Tamil Nadu) Wireless Ltd.

First Chinese Sanskrit Pop Singer


Sa Dingding, who won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the Asia Pacific category in 2008, is being promoted as the first Chinese Sanskrit Pop Singer by China ‘s official media. She is being promoted by the provincial government of Tibet and if she garners enough attention she might sing at the inauguration of the May 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which is expected to draw the top business firms

She is the first pop singer who sings in Sanskrit. She is also famous for her ethnic clothes and Tibetan Buddhist style of music. Although she is famous for her ethnic characteristics clothing and Tibetan Buddhist music, she is not a Tibetan girl. Her parents’ ancestral home is Shandong province and her grandmother’s ancestral home is Inner Mongolia .

Only people who can endure loneliness can be successful. As a musician, she dropped fame and learned Sanskrit by herself. She visited all the Chinese cultural sites to find inspiration and to derive affluent nutrition for her music. Her musical inspirations all come from Chinese civilization and culture. 

Apparently, the local government is pushing her to give up song writing and singing in languages other than Sanskrit so she can be presented to the world as a symbol of China ‘s rich cultural heritage. “It is possible China may be trying to show that Sanskrit is part of its cultural heritage. What better way to draw world attention than to get a lovely voice to sing pop?,” a Shanghai based expert on Chinese culture told TNN.

The Fire Yogi of Tanjore


The Fire Yogi is a 47 minute documentary exploring a Yogi who has the extraordinary ability to use a unique breathing technique to get into union with Fire. This documentary portrays a rare and unusual Fire Ritual performed by the Yogi and the subsequent chemical analysis of his clothing & physical tests that examine this supernatural phenomenon. The Yogi has performed this Fire Ritual for a total of 1000 days over the last 45 years. The Yogi, weighing a mere 94 pounds (43 kilos), has been able to survive on only two bananas and a mere glass of milk with a few drops of water twice a day for the last 28 years. Many aspects of the Yogi are on the edge of unbelievability, while at the same time highlighting the power and endurance of human mind, body and spirit.

Yogi Rambhauswami, the 63-year-old yogi, claims that in 1975 he stopped drinking more than a few drops of water each day, that two years later he began limiting his daily diet to a banana and a cup of milk, and that he sleeps only three hours each night. By all rights the Sanskrit scholar should be malnourished and dehydrated, but in director and producer Mike Vasan’s documentary, he appears to be a relatively normal, if somewhat slender, senior citizen. Rambhauswami’s real claim to fame, however, is his elaborate fire ritual.

The ritual begins with his taking a bath, then moving on to meditation, pranayama, and a ceremony honoring Ganesha. The fire portion of the ritual is conducted over a sunken pit, into which Rambhauswami offers rice, coconut, sugar cane, and gallons of ghee. As he’s doing this, he goes into a deep meditative state. He enters the blaze and rolls around, protected by only a wool shawl, and remains there, in the fire, for up to 10 minutes at a time.

When Rambhau emerges from the flames, though, there’s little evidence that he’s just been charbroiled. Even his shawl is intact, its preservation credited to a protective aura. The shawl was later tested for fire retardant, and results showed that the material hadn’t been treated.

The Fire Yogi of Tanjore (complete 47 minute documentary video)

 

Signs of a heart attack for women


In a survey of the attitudes of women to heart disease, only a small percentage OF people was found to be aware that a heart attack is a major cause of death in the world today. The survey also says that about 300,000 women die of heart attacks each year, all because they tend to ignore the signs and symptoms. Women are less likely to visit a doctor and a check because they believe their family is more important and should be given higher priority.

The first signs of a heart attack are not as difficult to distinguish. However, you must understand that women’s symptoms are not always the same as in men. These are the signs and symptoms that you have to look out to save him from a fatal heart attack as possible.
1. Upper body discomfort – is logical that a heart attack strike and affect the left side of the body, especially in the left arm. However, one of the sure signs of a heart attack is the feeling of pain and discomfort, either in the left arm or both arms. The discomfort can also be felt in the jaw, back, neck, or stomach.
2. Shortness of breath – If you are the athletic type, but finds it difficult to breath even when sitting or lying in bed, something is probably wrong. Shortness of breath that comes with profuse sweating and a feeling of vertigo is usually a sign of a heart attack. Be careful, because this symptom may also lead to fainting.
3. Unexplained weakness – It is normal to feel tired, especially if you’ve had a stressful day at work, but if you feel fatigued and weaker than normal, it could be a sign that you’re having a heart attack. Before or during a heart attack, his heart fails to pump properly. Because of this, oxygen and glucose does not spread throughout the body, causing you to feel very weak, as if his energy was weakened.
4. Nausea and vomiting – Because your body is in a state of emergency for a heart attack, the nerves that control body function can overwork. This will make you sweat profusely and very pale. Also make you feel very dizzy to the point that will keep you in the vomit. Experts do not know exactly the reason behind this, but if you’ve been experiencing this for a while, seek medical attention immediately.
5. Anxiety – Anxiety is a normal part of life, but be aware that there may be a risk factor and a sign of a heart attack at the same time. There is a link between panic and heart attacks so you have to be very careful in the diagnosis of both. When you are having panic attacks, you may experience shortness of breath and feeling some pain and discomfort as well. But if you are getting tense, for no reason at all, can mean that your nerves are reacting to the exertion of the heart.
6. Inability to sleep – Experts suggest that sleep disturbances are a symptom of a heart attack on women. In obstructive sleep apnea, where the upper airway is partially or totally blocked, breathing is interrupted by a heart attack is more likely to happen. This is accompanied by turning in bed at night and a total inability to sleep sometimes. According to surveys, women who suffer from a heart attack experience this type of symptom than a month before the attack occurs. So when you wake up often in the middle of the night with cold sweats, unable to catch your breath, it’s time to visit the doctor for a checkup.
7. Indigestion – Heartburn is sometimes difficult to distinguish from a heart attack simply because acid reflux can fester just behind his heart. However, you can easily know that you are having a heart attack if you do not get heartburn during a meal, but during physical activity. When this occurs, consult your specialist immediately.
Your heart is a muscle, so what makes your biceps and triceps strong also strengthen the heart. If you can combine a heart-healthy diet with regular exercise, you will have the greatest chance of not experiencing a heart attack in full

Army Rollback: A Promise of Freedom from the Gunpoint


For Kashmiris, freedom is only in words and not in deeds. There is not even a semblance of freedom in the world’s most heavily militarized zone, where they are stopped any time for security checks and their homes are often raided.

AFSPA

As the debate over the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) gets heated, it’s that indomitable quest for freedom that shook the established political arrogance to rethink about a possible revocation of this draconian law. Under this rule, the troops can forgo warrants and use force. It even allows the army to shoot or arrest anyone on mere suspicion, a rule often criticized to be powering the army with complete impunity against human rights violation. The AFSPA was initially passed 1958 giving special powers to the army to be exercised in specially categorized “disturbed areas” in the North-Eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The Special Powers Act was later extended to Jammu and Kashmir in 1990.

The act clearly says, “Fire upon or otherwise use force, even to the causing of death, against any person who is acting in contravention of any law” against “assembly of five or more persons” or possession of deadly weapons.” It also permits the forces to arrest without a warrant and with the use of “necessary” force anyone who has committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so. The army also can enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests.

While the government figures tell us that insurgency and fatalities due to terrorist attacks are weakening, it’s startling to know that the soldiers-to-civilians ratio still remains to be very high that there is a soldier for every ten civilians in Kashmir.

Irom Sharmila

However, the army has raised strong objections against the suggestions made by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for the withdrawal of the controversial special powers to the troops and it reportedly has the full backing from the defense ministry. The army would never agree on proposals on diluting the AFSPA until soldiers are assured of legal protection against being dragged to civilian courts.

Backed by the Home Ministry‘s suggestion that violence-free areas can be denotified as “disturbed areas,” the state government is all-set to revoke the Disturbed Ares Act from districts like Badgam, Samba, Srinagar, and Jammu.

The iron-lady of Manipur Irom Sharmila‘s fight seems to have gotten the attention of the nation as several hundreds are taking it to the streets to join ‘Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign which calls for the revocation of the special armed force act. Her decade-long Gandhian way of protest has become a nucleus for collective protest against the draconian law.

The account of human rights violations under the shadow of this law is unimaginable as it can be better said to be “over 50 years of human rights violation” in Kashmir and in the North-Eastern states. While the army should be given its needed freedom and adequate protection in its fight against insurgency, the revocation of this draconian law would be the much-needed taste of freedom from the gunpoint.