Mumbai Gets 1st Sharia Court

HNN BREAKING NEWS: April 29, 2013: Mumbai Gets 1st Sharia Court

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HNN BREAKING NEWS: April 29, 2013: Mumbai: Increasing the population first & then pushing for a separate Sharia law, now Muslims get 1st Sharia Court even in Bharat’s Mumbai. In UK recently they organized protests demanding Sharia Courts there claiming to be injusticed by the British law. The news of Mumbai’s 1st Sharia Court: Mumbai gets its first Shariah court to settle civil, marital disputes
MUMBAI: The city is set to get its first Darul Qaza or Shariah court to settle civil and marital disputes in the Muslim community. The court, set up by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, will be inaugurated on Monday at Anjuman-e-Islam, near CST, and will serve to fill a long-felt need of the community.

Shariah courts already function at many places in the country, such as Hyderabad, Patna and Malegaon. Here qazis appointed by the AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board – the same that is fighting the case against the Ram Temple in Ayodhya) hear the community’s various disputes, barring criminal cases, and deliver judgments. “This court will function to settle mainly family disputes pertaining to marriage, divorce and inheritance. Marriage disputes will be settled quickly and the couples will be told to either reconcile or separate if reconciliation is not possible. It will save the community much time and money as fighting cases in civil courts is expensive and time-consuming,” said AIMPLB secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani.

For a dispute to be heard by a Shariah court, both the parties in the dispute will have to approach the court. If one of the parties has approached a civil court, then it will have to withdraw the case for the Shariah court to accept the matter.

Rahmani said Shariah courts do not compete with the civil courts. “On the contrary, Shariah courts will lower the burden of the civil courts where thousands of cases are pending and the judges are overworked,” he said.

Senior advocate and head of AIMPLB’s legal cell Yusuf Muchalla called the city’s Shariah court a “significant alternative dispute settlement mechanism”. “This court will decide within the framework of Muslim personal laws and mainly deal with matrimonial disputes. This is a kind of domestic tribunal set up by the Muslim community.” He added that district and high courts inBihar, Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha have upheld several decisions given by the Shariah courts established by the Imarat-e-Shariah (House of Shariah) headquartered in Patna. Muchalla maintained that the Shariah courts were well within the law of the land.

‘Shariah courts don’t compete with civil courts’ – Muslims claim.

For a dispute to be heard by a Shariah court, both the parties in the dispute will have to approach the court. If one of the parties has approached a civil court, then it will have to withdraw the case for the Shariah court to accept the matter.

AIMPLB secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said Shariah courts do not compete with the civil courts. “On the contrary, Shariah courts will lower the burden of the civil courts where thousands of cases are pending and the judges are overworked,” he said.

Senior advocate and head of AIMPLB’s legal cell Yusuf Muchalla called the city’s Shariah court a “significant alternative dispute settlement mechanism”. “This court will decide within the framework of Muslim personal laws and mainly deal with matrimonial disputes. This is a kind of domestic tribunal set up by the Muslim community.” He added that district and high courts in Bihar, Jharkhand, Bengal and Orissa have upheld several decisions given by courts established by the Imarat-e-Shariah (House of Shariah) headquartered in Patna. Muchalla said that Shariah courts were within the law of the land.

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Anti-India elements taking over Kashmir University

…..“In Kashmir, rapes have been used as warfare for a very long time to strengthen the ‘occupation’. They (India) want to remind you that you are weak and they are the dominant and will remain so. Rape is a warfare used by army in Kashmir particularly in 1990’s.”

……”People fighting in Kashmir need to get inspiration from people of Tibet or Palestine without expecting each others help as there are many limitations.”

By Hari Om on April 23, 2013

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Things in Kashmir have become extremely dangerous. It is not only the Valley’s ruling elite that is systematically adding to the woes of the nation by indulging in anti-state activities and poisoning the minds of gullible Kashmiri Muslims against the Indian State. The Kashmir-based media, especially print, is also adding to the woes by spreading hatred against India and Indians.

In fact, the gulf between the Valley and New Delhi is widening deeply. The wall of hatred has been raised by the vested interests in Kashmir. In fact, the media, like Kashmiri leaders, both ‘Separatists’ and ‘Mainstream’, have been carrying on a ‘hate-India campaign’ since many decades. It has been spreading misinformation with impunity. The fact of the matter is that the Kashmir-based media is an integral and very crucial part of the ongoing bloody, patently sectarian and a separatist movement in the Valley.

As if all this was not enough to damage the national cause in Kashmir, which is legitimately Indian, the University of Kashmir whose fundamental duty is to impart instructions at Post-Graduate level, promote research and undertake nation-building activities, has also taken the plunge and joined the ongoing Separatist movement in a big way on April 20.

Not that the University of Kashmir had not supported the anti-India elements and anti-national activities in the past. After all, it has number of teachers who are as fanatic as pro-Pakistan Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Shabbir Ahmad Shah are. They have written a number of anti-India and pro-separatist essays and participated in TV debates on Jammu & Kashmir, its status and the so-called causes of unrest in and alienation of Kashmir from the national mainstream – debates mostly organised by NDTV 24×7, NDTV India, CNN-IBN and occasionally, TIMES NOW. And they are in the Departments of English, Political Science and History, to mention a few only.

One of the faculty members, Siddiq Wahid, former Chair Professor, Maharaja Gulab Singh Chair, who now holds an important position in the University of Kashmir, is the one, whose salary had been withheld by the University of Jammu for months in 2004 because he had ruthlessly violated service rules and visited countries like Pakistan to take part in anti-India seminars on Jammu & Kashmir without seeking prior approval from the authorities. In fact, he was appointed as a Vice-Chancellor of Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir. His salary was released by the Vice-Chancellor Amitabh Mattoo — himself a pro-separatist, India-baiter and mercenary of sorts — only when this writer relinquished the office of the Head of History Department even before completing his tenure of three years. As Chair Professor, Wahid did not write a single sentence on the history and culture of Jammu & Kashmir.

What happened on the Kashmir University campus on April 20, had perhaps never happened in the past in the so-called house of learning. The point, however, is the dangerous and seditious interaction between Dibyesh Anand, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Westminister, London, and faculty of Kashmir University and students. The topic of discussion was “Politics of Security Development and Democracy”. The so-called Professor of International Relations, Anand, did not come to the University of Kashmir on his own to advocate sedition against India. Obviously, he was invited by this university, which could be legitimately termed as a hub of anti-India activities.

I have no other alternative but to reproduce verbatim some of the relevant portions from what he said for which he was applauded by the University of Kashmir, its faculty members and students who interacted with the enemy of India, Anand. He, inter-alia, said: “The people need to mind that fighting on a united front is the only option before them to fight the ‘occupational forces’ (read India and Indian Army). They should not show each other in a bad light but to engage in a manner that does not allow the State to divide and rule them. ‘State boundaries change. They come, collapse and disappear’…Kashmiris have failed to present themselves beyond a narrow circle and need some creative ways to resist…any kind of political movement takes time, but what people need is patience and work towards that in a disciplined manner. Education, organisation, resistance are the important tools in any fight but at the same time people have to be accommodative to the colonial occupation. People need to preserve culture and religion in their right as the State uses it as their tools in suppressing people”.

Anand, like pro-separatist Gautam Navlakha, Radha Kumar, A G Noorani and Arundhati Roy, who renounced Indian citizenship long back condemning India, further said:

“In Kashmir, rapes have been used as warfare for a very long time to strengthen the ‘occupation’. They (India) want to remind you that you are weak and they are the dominant and will remain so. Rape is a warfare used by army in Kashmir particularly in 1990’s.

Kashmiris’ are not alone in this, but about 80 per cent of the people in India are victims of the State. What is abnormal is normal in North East States, including Kashmir…People should learn from each other and get inspiration from each other. People fighting in Kashmir need to get inspiration from people of Tibet or Palestine without expecting each others help as there are many limitations. Kashmiris should not expect the Dalai Lama to talk for them as it would be unethical as the Lama will not be in a position to do so”.

Pro-separatist, perverted Hindu and an agent of hostile nations Anand did not stop just there. He further said:

“People need to use all those tools that the occupational force uses to challenge the State. We don’t have the luxury to get what you want. You have to organise and resist in a very creative way and subvert the state when you can…Sate is capable of doing anything. National security is a ‘very good excuse’ to justify all kind of inhuman operations on its people. Democracy is a tool to question the various actions of the State, but the security is used to prevent that questioning. Democracy is also ‘azadi’, but not the false democracy found in India where leaders are informal colonisers. We have to bring a new kind of ‘azadi movement’ that challenges the State and also challenges the existing leadership that tries to use your sentiments and aspirations to line up their own pockets or to assert themselves as the only leaders…People fighting for ‘azadi’ have to be ‘very creative and organise strategically’. They are capable of making azadi of ‘graveyard’…India will always remain neurotic about Kashmir as they believe that ‘Kashmiris’ do not like them and are not like them”.

There is no need to explain what Anand said, as the meaning of what he said is crystal clear. Suffice it to say that he belongs to that school of thought to which Navlakha, Noorani, Roy, Radha, to mention only a few, belong. Navlakha is a fan of Geelani and a votary of Kashmir’s secession from India. Noorani wants New Delhi to follow the late French President General de Gaulle, who once told his advisors: “If you wish to forge a lasting peace (in Algeria), talk to those who are firing on your soldiers; never negotiate with those with no blood on their hands because they are irrelevant”. Roy, too, is a great admirer of Geelani. She wants New Delhi to quit Kashmir forthwith. And Radha wants New Delhi to “amend the Indian Constitution to accommodate the Kashmirs’ ‘azadi demand’. She had assured some students of Kashmir University in October 2010, itself that she and her senior colleague Dilip Padgaonkar would approach the concerned authorities in New Delhi to persuade them to accommodate their ‘azadi’ demand.

It is not important what Anand said. What is disturbing is the permission of the University of Kashmir that allowed him to paint India black and preach sedition on its campus. Even more alarming is the indifferent attitude of Jammu & Kashmir Governor, N N Vohra, to what has been going on in the University of Kashmir for years now. Besides being Governor, Vohra is also the Chancellor of Kashmir University. It’s time to intervene in the University of Kashmir and stem the rot.

China backs India stand on Taliban’s role after US exit

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Concerned about the adverse impact on its economic activity in Afghanistan, China has told India terrorism poses a threat to all regional countries, and that it is ready to consult with Delhi as the deadline of US-led coalition’s troop withdrawal in 2014 comes closer.
Beijing has also backed the Indian position on the Taliban reconciliation process by insisting on the “redlines”, which have been seemingly blurred by some western interlocutors in recent negotiations. India has been firm on the “redlines” — that the peace process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned, Talibans who want to be re-integrated should follow the Afghan constitution and give up violence. China has also voiced the same opinion.
This was conveyed to Indian interlocutors at the India-China talks on Afghanistan on April 18, when for the first time Beijing discussed with India the threat of terrorism from Afghanistan. According to New Delhi, the origins of terrorism in Afghanistan are from the Af-Pak border. However, China has been careful not to mention Pakistan in this regard as it is widely touted as its “all-weather friend”.
Chinese concerns on terrorism stem not only from the perceived threat in Afghanistan, but also from the possibility of a Taliban or a pro-Taliban-ruled Afghanistan after the US troops’ pullout has affected the security situation in its Muslim-dominated Xinjiang autonomous region.
This was the first time that interlocutors from both countries talked about the Afghan situation. However, what has come as a surprise to many is that the Chinese are willing to sustain the conversation. Both the sides have decided to carry forward the discussion in the later part of 2013.
While the Indian side was led by Y K Sinha, Additional Secretary in the Foreign Ministry’s Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran division, the Chinese side was represented by Luo Zhaohui, Director-General of the Asian division of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. New Delhi views the talks on Afghanistan as a “useful opportunity” and a “very good beginning”. However, it is also cautious on the future course since the Sino-Pakistan relations has so far guided the Chinese policy on Afghanistan.

Food Security Bill will destroy India’s economy

By V Anantha Nageswaran on April 3, 2013

http://www.niticentral.com/2013/04/03/food-security-bill-will-destroy-india%E2%80%99s-economy-61289.html

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The National food Security Bill aims to address the formidable challenge of food insecurity at the micro level in the country. The Congress is pushing the Food Security Bill even as conditional cash transfers (as opposed to physical distribution of subsidised food) have been found to be more efficient in achieving food and nutritional security around the world.

Following are excerpts from the study ‘National Food Security Bill – Challenges and Options’ which can be read in full here. It has been authored by Ashok Gulati, Jyoti Gujral, T Nandakumar with Surbhi Jain, Sourabh Anand, Siddharth Rath, and Piyush Joshi. The paper proves that the Food Security Bill will prove disastrous for the Indian economy.

It leaves no room for experimentation/customization for the States suited to their specific choices, institutional strengths and weakness.

» The NFSB however creates a new statutory framework governing the PDS. PDS systems in States will have to first comply with the NFSB and in the event of a conflict between NFSB and ECA, the provisions, rules, regulations and orders issued under the NFSB will override the provisions, rules, orders issued under the ECA.

» NFSB mandates Central Government to procure for the Central Pool. State Governments are responsible for further distribution. Decentralized Procurement System (DCP) was introduced in 1997-98 in view of the practical difficulties faced by the Central Government/FCI to procure on its own. Under DCP, States were invited to assist in the procurement and distribution of foodgrains under the TPDS. This experiment has been quite successful in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh as far as augmenting the level of procurement is concerned. Both these states have taken initiative to open large number of procurement centres and dramatically increased the procurement of paddy in Chhattisgarh and wheat in Madhya Pradesh, almost leading to state monopsony in procurement of these crops. NFSB seems to be suggesting a retrogressive step of going back to centralized procurement model which was found unsustainable in the first place.

» According to the latest assessment of ground water situation in India (CGWB 2009-10), 75% blocks in Punjab are overexploited, only 18% are considered safe. As a step towards demand management of water, a gradual shift of these water guzzling crops from North-Western India to Eastern States is required. Under ‘Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India’ (BGREI), eastern States like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh & West Bengal are emerging as large producers but gross lack of marketing and procurement infrastructure has caused distress to farmers despite record production. This raises doubts on the sustainability of production without commensurate investments in agri-infrastructure, especially marketing..

» India is currently the second largest producer of both wheat & paddy but its productivity levels are still lower than the world average and that of major producing countries, as shown in Table 4. The challenge before India is to raise the productivity of its basic staples like rice & wheat with increasing pressure of urbanization and industrialization on land and water availability (currently more than 60% of cropped area is under grains and more than 80% of water resources is used for irrigation in agriculture23).

» Even in states like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, which have recently ramped up procurement of paddy and wheat, respectively, infrastructure for proper procurement and storage is woefully inadequate. This leads to large wastages of grain.

» For the quarter ending March, 2012, FCI employed 1.55 lakh workers out of which 1 lakh are contract workers, 19441 are departmental labour, 30112 are Direct Payment system (DPS) workers and rest were under the ‘no work no pay’ system. The average handling cost per metric tonne for FCI for 2010-11 for contract labour was Rs 41.4 while for departmental labour, it was Rs 311.1 (7.5 times the cost of contract labour) and for workers under the DPS it was Rs 136.9 (3.3 times the contract labour). This indicates contractual labour of FCI were the least expensive. However, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, has prohibited employment of contract labour in the depots of FCI. In years to come, it is quite possible that DPS and contract workers would become part of departmental labour which would raise the costs of labour by 3-7 times.

» With respect to private sector participation in PDS reforms, Madhya Pradesh has taken a significant step and used private sector to put in place a system to computerize the PDS and register beneficiaries with their Aadhaar number and provide the food coupons to the beneficiaries.

» Pooled cost of grain (MSP and bonus) accounts for two-thirds of economic cost of wheat and rice. MSP for paddy & wheat have increased at a compound annual growth rate of 10.9 percent & 8.6 percent over the last five years (2007-08 to 2012-13 marketing seasons). The cost of production of rice and wheat has gone up by more than 45% during last three years (2010-11 to 2012-13 marketing seasons), i.e., on an average, by about 15% per year (according to cost projections made by CACP based on Comprehensive survey done by DES). This is primarily due to sharply rising labour and energy costs, including fertilizers. There is an acute shortage of labour in agriculture that has suddenly cropped up in these three years. In some states, labour costs have gone up by more than 100% over the same period.

» There is a need for a more nuanced food security strategy which is not obsessed with macro-level foodgrain availability. But at the policy level, the Government is still focused on foodgrains and with NFSB is clearly reversing the movement of Indian agriculture from high value items to foodgrains. This will trap the Indian agricultural sector in a low level equilibrium trap as returns are generally higher in high value agriculture. But a faster movement towards high value agriculture needs large investments in infrastructure and risk mitigating strategies. The NFSB is likely to slow down this natural process, and at places even reverse this trend.

» Punjab rice and wheat may not be even globally competitive without large subsidies through free power and water. It is surviving basically on government support and without much value addition. As a result, Punjab’s agri-GDP growth during the decade of 2000 remained pitiably low at less than 2 percent.

Food Security Bill estimates subsidy of Rs 1.23 lakh cr

By Niticentral Staff on April 22, 2013

http://www.niticentral.com/2013/04/22/food-security-bill-estimates-subsidy-of-rs-1.23-lakh-cr-69064.html

The Government on Monday said that the implementation of National Food Security Bill (NFSB), aimed at providing legal entitlement to food to around 67 per cent population, is likely to cost the exchequer around Rs 1.23 lakh crore.

“As per the provision of the Bill, estimated annual requirement of food-grains at 2011 population is 60.74 million tonnes and the corresponding estimated food subsidy at 2013-14 costs is about Rs 1,23,084 crore,” Food Minister KV Thomas said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

However, he added, the actual requirement would depend upon the final shape of the Bill and the time by which NFSB comes into force.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram had allocated Rs 77,740 crore as food subsidy in the budget estimates for the current fiscal and kept Rs 10,000 crore over and above the normal food subsidy, towards the incremental cost.

The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha in December, 2011, and then referred to a Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution for examination.

“The standing committee has given its report. The report has been examined by the government in consultation with the States/UTs based on which the Government proposes to move some amendment to it,” Thomas said.

The proposed amendments in the Bill are mainly aimed at providing a simpler framework and more flexibility to the States besides lowering their financial burden.

In the original Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2011, the Centre had proposed 7 kg of rice or wheat or millet a month for priority category at Rs 3, Rs 2 and Re 1 per kg, respectively, while at least 3 kg per person per month for general households at 50 per cent of the support price.

Rama Bimana on the shoulder of woman

Kaimati , Dhenkanala

Kaimati , Dhenkanala


All are equal. They done it at their home village. It is real and true.
Woman took Rama Bimana on their shoulder to create a history to support woman empowerment at Kaimati village, dhenkanla, Odisha .Rama Nabami 2013 give them a good opportunity to demonstrate their power in front of their society. Kamala mani Behera a village school teacher trend village girl to do such type of work for their spiritual development. Mahilanka Kandhare Bimana - 2

Ram Navami puja not performed at Ayodha for first time in 64 years

Sreerama temple At ayodhya

Sreerama temple At ayodhya

Days after district administration order, prohibiting any religious activities at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Ram Navami puja was not performed at Ayodhya on Friday, first time in 64 years.

The Supreme Court in January this year, had ordered status quo on 67 acre land adjacent to the disputed site and restrained any kind of religious activity in the area.

The SC had further added that only the court appointed priest, Acharya Satyender Das, would be allowed to perform any kind of religious activities in the specified area, since the 67 acre land, has been taken over by the Centre

However, for the last 19 years, locals associated with the Ram Janma Bhoomi Seva Samiti had been performing prayers at the disputed site on the Ram Navami day.

District Magistrate Faizabad Vipin Kumar Dwivedi on April 15 had said, “We will ensure that no religious sentiments are hurt. We will abide by the Supreme Court’s orders and maintain status quo, as defined in various judgements.”

The Dragon Has Landed: What does the Chinese incursion into J&K mean?

China knows that Daulat Beg is a strategic asset for India as this 16,700 feet airstrip in Aksai Chin area is the world’s highest airstrip and is very close to the China border.

Apr 21, 2013

http://www.firstpost.com/world/the-dragon-has-landed-what-does-the-chinese-incursion-into-jk-mean-716450.html

By Rajeev Sharma

Just when India-China bilateral engagement is peaking up, to and fro highest level visits are being planned and a calendar for the next round of Special Representatives’ level talks on the boundary issue is being prepared by the two sides, suddenly there is a flash in the pan. China has come up with perhaps the most ambitious, brazen and evidently well thought out incursion into the Indian territory.

On 15 April, 2013, several dozen soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered as deep as ten kilometers inside the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Daulat Beg in Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) and set up a camp there.

The audacity of the Chinese operation is reflected from the fact that their ground troops were given cover and logistic help by two helicopters to enable them to set up a camp on the Indian territory.

Why did the Chinese choose Daulat Beg? Does this hitherto-unknown place hold any strategic significance? Reuters

Mercifully, the Indian response this time is neither meek nor knee jerk. Within two days of the Chinese putting up a camp in Daulat Beg, the Indian Army dispatched the 5th Battalion of Ladakh Scouts which set up its own camp barely 500 meters away from the Chinese camp.

The latest update available on the Daulat Beg situation on Saturday evening is that the Chinese troops are still there. The Indian troops are also there.

The upshot is that not a shot has been fired from either side but the India-China border can hardly be described as “tranquil”.

Why Daulat Beg?

Why did the Chinese choose Daulat Beg? Does this hitherto-unknown place hold any strategic significance?

The Chinese have not forgotten that it was at this place where the Indians had set up its landing strip during the 1962 Sino-Indian War. India reopened this strip and operationalized it five years ago. If a war were to break out between India and China, Daulat Beg would be a key frontline airstrip to launch air strikes against the Chinese.

China knows that Daulat Beg is a strategic asset for India as this 16,700 feet airstrip in Aksai Chin area is the world’s highest airstrip and is very close to the China border. The Indian Air Force operated Packet aircraft from this strip between 1962 and 1965.

The Indian Response

There has been no formal response from the UPA government on the continuing standoff and it is not likely also. China is not Pakistan. The Ministry of External Affairs handles China with utmost sensitivity. Whether this approach is right or wrong is another matter but this is a factual position.

Government sources, however, gave a fairly elaborate reaction to the latest Chinese provocation as follows:

“This is an area where there have been differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control. Incidents do occur and are resolved peacefully on the basis of bilateral agreements which exist and mechanisms provided for in these agreements.

“Both sides are in touch on this availing the Working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border Affairs which is headed by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Director General Border Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We are confident that the current incident too will also be peacefully resolved on this basis.”

Reading the Chinese Tea Leaves

Trying to comprehend the Chinese tactics (whether ‘art of war’ or ‘art of peace’) is like reading the Chinese tea leaves.

The Chinese are pastmasters in the art of dodging and playing shoot-and-scoot diplomacy, mixing it well with lot of defence posturing. The Daulat Beg provocation has come when senior Indian officials discussed ways to collaborate on international forums more proactively and just three days before the two sides held their first-ever bilateral dialogue on Afghanistan.

The two sides have resumed their military dialogue as well as military-to-military exchanges. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is preparing to visit China sometime in June this year. The new Chinese Premier or President too is likely to visit Idnia around that time.

And yet the Chinese choreographed this provocation! Confused? Well, by now the Indians are well versed in the art of reading the Chinese tea leaves. The Chinese are no longer an enigma wrapped inside a riddle. The Daulat Beg incursion is aimed at only one thing: to demonstrate to the Indian leadership that the boundary dispute is still alive and needs to be sorted out expeditiously no matter the two sides are looking at $ 100 billion bilateral trade in a year or two.

Though China knows it is not dealing with an India of 1962, the difference between the defense might between the two nuclear-armed neighbours still remains like the difference between day and night. The Chinese are still way ahead of the Indians in every respect, though they know it well that in case of another military conflict this time they will be given a bloody nose.

The Daulat Beg incursion is just a posturing from the Chinese which is meant to be sorted out in a few days after it has served its diplomatic purpose and rationale. However, China committed a mistake by hoisting a war on India in 1962 over the territory issue. The 1962 war virtually formalized and sanctified the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eyes of the world just as Pakistan’s misadventure in imposing the Kargil War on India in 1999 virtually sanctified the Line of Control (LoC) before the international community.

The writer is a Firstpost columnist and a strategic affairs analyst who can be reached at bhootnath004@yahoo.com.