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China: Need for an effective policy

The recent intrusion by Chinese troops in the Daulat Beg Oldie sector in Ladakh has once again brought to the fore the evil designs of our eastern neighbour. We cannot let our guard down when it comes maintaining vigil on ardent enemies like China. Such nations pose as friends but only for publicity. There is a thorough need to keep tabs on China as it is always planning to circumvent us from all directions.

The need of the hour is to come up with an effective policy to checkmate China. The China Study Group can be of great help in this regard. We should weigh our options. The only thing we lack at present is a strong political will to deal with the enemy. Our Army is capable of giving China a befitting reply. In this scenario, the military option can be considered. Though our Defence Minister AK Antony has been saying that the India will take all steps to protect its interests, no real measure has been taken in reality. The Chinese have refused to budge from their position as three flag meetings have remained inconclusive.

The Chinese need to be taught a lesson this time. If we don’t act now, they will slowly and steadily reclaim our land. We should cut short all diplomatic ties with China. The External Affairs Minister should not be sent to China and also India should refuse to host Chinese Premier who is expected to visit Delhi soon. Time is running out. Let’s act fast or else we will suffer for years to come, apart from being branded as cowards.


Worst fears came true

On Thursday (May 2), India woke up to the sad news of Sarabjit Singh’s demise. The Indian death row convict succumbed to his injuries after a brutal assault on him by fellow inmates at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. The attack on Sarabjit was a planned one. After execution of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru, Sarabjit had been receiving death threats. His  family was apprehensive and Sarabjit’s lawyer had even made an appeal to the authorities to increase his security. But no one paid heed to  such requests.

The worst fears have come true. Sarabjit is no more. It’s time that we learn our lessons. There are many Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails. The government must take up the issue of their safety with Pakistan. We cannot afford a repeat of Sarabjit episode.



The brutal murder of Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh once again shows that Pakistan has scant respect for human rights. In my opinion he had died after the assault. The Pakistan Government took its time to officially declare him dead.  

Sarabjit was never provided a free and just trial in Pakistan as his identity was never verified or proved in court and no forensic evidence was provided during his trial to link him to the bomb attacks. Moreover, the trial was conducted in English, and no interpreter was provided to Sarabjit who did not speak or understand English. The trial was fast-tracked and the main witness repeatedly changed his version of events. Besides, Sarabjit was mercilessly tortured by the Pakistani police in custody and was forced to confess the crime which he never committed.

The entire issue also brings to the fore the incompetency of the Indian Government to properly take up Sarabjit’s case with Pakistan. India needs to convey this to its neighbour that it won’t be a mute spectator to the latter’s aggression towards its citizens.


Coal probe mess

The Supreme Court has rightly rapped the CBI for sharing the coal scam probe report with the government. This clearly reflects how the ace probe agency of our country is under strong political interference. To me, the UPA-II government is guilty and that is why “it tried to tamper with” agency’s status report. The BJP is right in its demand of seeking resignation of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar.

It is so disheartening to see how the CBI is being used or misused by the ruling regime for political benefits. But perhaps, this is for the first time, that the government has been caught red-handed tinkering with a probe report. The seriousness of the issue can be gauged from the SC’s statement: “Our first exercise will be to liberate CBI from political interference.”




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