Bhubaneswar, 26.02.2014:

With a view to facilitating smooth and better movement of trains, Railways have taken 49 and half hours traffic & Power Block for launching and re-girdering of Steel Girders in the Down Line on Bridge between Balasore and Haladipada stations in Bhadrak-Kharagpur railway section under South Eastern Railway from 0500hrs of 8th March to 0630hrs of 10th March 2014. As a result, some of the Trains passing through Odisha in East Coast Railway jurisdiction will be Short Terminated, Diverted and Cancelled.


01. 78012/78013 Baripada-Balasore-Baripada DEMU will run between Baripada & Rupsa and will remain cancelled between Rupsa and Balasore.

02. 78016 Baripada-Balasore DEMU will be short terminate at Rupsa and 08034 Balasore-Kharagpur DEMU will be originated from Rupsa instead of Balasore on 08.03.2014. The services of both the trains between Rupsa and Balasore will remain cancelled on 08.03.2014.

03. 08033 Kharagpur-Balasore DEMU will be short terminate at Rupsa and 78017 Balasore-Baripada passenger will be originated from Rupsa instead of Balasore on 09.03.2014. The services of both the trains between Rupsa & Balasore on 09.03.2014 will remain cancelled.

01. 22890/22889 Puri-Digha-Puri Express leaving Puri on 08.03.2014 and leaving Digha on 09.03.2014 will remain cancelled.

02. 58005/58006 Kharagpur-Khurda Road-Kharagpur passenger and 58028/58027 Bhubaneswar-Khurda Road-Bhubaneswar passenger will remain cancelled on 08.03.2014 from both the directions.

03. 58030/58029 Bhadrak-Balasore-Bhadrak passenger leaving Bhadrak and Balasore on 08.03.2014 and 09.03.2014 will remain cancelled.

04. 68021/68022 Kharagpur-Balasore-Kharagpur MEMU will remain cancelled on 08.03.2014.

Odisha Tourism organised the 5th Road show

Odisha tourism on Friday 21st February 2014 at Chennai. The road show was attended by a number of tour operators, travel agents, journalists, travel writers, airlines of Chennai. Mr. M.R Patnaik, IAS Director Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha and Mr.U.K Pati, Deputy Director of Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha participated in the event on behalf of the Tourism Department. About 100 tour operators and travel agents attended the road show along with good numbers of reputed media (both print & electronic) persons. Tour Operators/ Travel Agents/ Hotelier from Odisha like Sand & Pebbels, Swosti Travels, Om Leisure, Toshali Group and Crown also participated for the B2B session. The Director, Tourism Shri M. R. Patnaik made a presentation on the potentials of Odisha and highlighted the tourism products, Odisha Tourism Policy and also interacted with the tour operators and media persons.
The main aim behind this road show is to promote Odisha Tourism, which was reflected in the presentation given by the Director Mr.M.R Patnaik. There was a question answer session. The questions and queries raised by the media persons were answered by the Director, Tourism.
Earlier Odisha Tourism had organised Road Shows at Varanasi, Hyderabad, Goa & Raipur and will also organise two more road shows at Guwahati and Chandigarh.

Villagers appeal to CM for speedy execution of Transformer Installation work and vigilance action against CESU JE for demanding money

*Delay in Re-installation of Electric Transformer deprived 120 BPL
families in Andhoti Village of Baranga Block in Cuttack district.
*Demanding action against Mr. Pravat Kumar Sahoo, CESU Junior Manager,
Govindpur Sub-Section, Cuttack for delaying the work as the villagers
denied paying bribe.

The villagers of Andhoti of Baranga Block in Cuttack district today
filed a complaint with the Office of the Chief Minister against the
corrupt CESU officials, for intentionally delaying installation of an
electric transformer. They demanded action against Mr. Pravat Kumar
Sahoo, CESU Junior Manager, Govindpur Sub-Section, Cuttack for
delaying the work as the villagers denied paying bribe. Nearly 120 BPL
families of our village have been deprived of electricity supply for
last two years due to theft of both the electric transformers
installed under the RGGVY Scheme. One electric transformer located at
Bhoi Sahi of Andhoti was stolen in May 2012 and later the second
transformer located on Andhoti-Bainlo Road was stolen in December
2013. Since May 2012 villagers have approached the CESU officials and
the district Collector several times, however nothing yet yield

The Junior Manager, Govindpur Sub-Section, Cuttack Pravat Kumar Sahoo
has been kept on saying that no transformer being officially arranged
for the village. In last October he had informed the villagers that he
could arrange a transformer which is sanctioned for other village and
in return he demanded some money. However, the villagers expressed
reluctance to pay kickback for reinstallation of transformer and
approached the CESU Executive Engineer, CED, Cuttack Mr. S K Goud. In
a meeting with him we came to know that a 60KV transformer is
sanctioned for our village five months ago under the DESI Scheme with
the financial assistance from the Local Area Development fund of
Hon’ble Niali MLA Sj Pramod Kumar Mullick.

When the entire game plan of the corrupt Junior Manager, Govindpur
Sub-Section Pravat Kumar Sahoo was exposed, he played several dirty
tricks to further delay the reinstallation work. Many ways he
pretended stating non availability of contractors for execution of the
said work and then non-availability of materials and parts. He had
involved some brokers in spreading rumors that without the kickback
process, the actual official work execution procedure would take long
time to finish. This corrupt act of Mr. Sahoo created panic among the
innocent villagers and also lost hope on good governance system.

Even the construction work for the new Sub Station (Structure Work)
is going on at snail’s pace. The contractor has left the construction
work on the midway. It is generally perceived he had left the work
incomplete under the direction of CESU JM Mr. Sahoo.

Govindpur sub section has reported more than 50 transformer theft
cases during the present JM’s tenure. Thus we also suspect the role of
CESU officials in transformer theft rackets.
From Chakradhar Behera – chakrabehera@gmail.com
By Press Release
We requested the Hon’ble Chief Minister to investigate into the
entire matter and order the speedy execution of the transformer
installation work in our village. A memorandum signed by the villagers
has been submitted with the CMO. We are also submitted a petition with
the state vigilance cell, demanding strong action against the corrupt
CESU JM Pravat Kumar Sahoo for intentionally delaying the work and
harassing the innocent villagers.

Kerala CPM secretary asked us to adopt Bengal model of burying people alive in Kerala, says former MP

“He said that Kerala line of killing is barbaric and in Bengal they don’t even shed a drop of blood and bury the enemies alive. He said that the outside world won’t even see a piece of bone,”

Kerala CPM secretary asked us to adopt Bengal model of burying people alive in Kerala, says former MP

….this “model” involved kidnapping and burying alive political enemies with a sack of salt on them in deep ditches.


J Binduraj  Kochi, January 30, 2014 | UPDATED 16:26 IST
Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kerala-cpm-secretary-bengal-model-kerala/1/340753.html


AP Abdullakutty, the former CPM MP, has alleged that CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had asked the party leaders to follow the “Bengal line” of killing political enemies without shedding a drop of blood.

Abdullakutty, who is now with the Congress as its Kannur MLA, said this in an article in the Congress mouthpiece Veekshanam. He alleged that Vijayan explained that this “model” involved kidnapping and burying alive political enemies with a sack of salt on them in deep ditches. Speaking to Indiatoday.in, Abdullakutty said “he stood by what he wrote in the article” and “doesn’t think Vijayan will initiate legal proceedings against him”.

Abdullakutty writes that Vijayan said this in a party meeting held at Azhikodan memorial party office in Kannur on March 5, 2008 ahead of a peace meeting convened by the district collector following violence in Kannur. Kutty says the meeting was attended by CPM MPs P. Karunakaran, P. Sathidevi and CPI(M) MLAs from Kannur other than him.

He further goes on to say that the discussion on eliminating enemies came up when Sathidevi complained to Vijayan that they were worried about BJP’s protest in Parliament showing pictures of barbarous killings by CPM in Kannur. “Pinarayi Vijayan said that if we adopt the Bengal model there won’t be any trace of the murder,” writes Abdullakutty.

“I was shocked to hear such a comment from the state secretary. Later, when we were at Parliament, I enquired about this to West Bengal MP Anil Basu. Basu told me that what Pinarayi told was right. He said that Kerala line of killing is barbaric and in Bengal they don’t even shed a drop of blood and bury the enemies alive. He said that the outside world won’t even see a piece of bone,” says Abdullakutty.  He says that he met Anil Basu along with P. Suresh Kurup, then CPM MP and present MLA of Ettumanoor.

Abdullakutty told Indiatoday.in, “What all I wrote in the article is the absolute truth.” “Though at first, I wrote about this incident in my autobiography, Ningal enne Congress aaki (You made me a Congressman), later I removed it from the book fearing a CPM attack,” says Abdullakutty.
He said he will definitely include this part in the 10th edition of his autobiography which is going to be published next month.

“I wonder why VS Achuthanandan is hesitating to fight against violent methods adopted by CPM to eliminate their enemies. If Achuthanandan begins his struggle against this, the whole Kerala will stand with him in support. Pinarayi Vijayan and his team in Kannur is inhuman in their approach in eliminating enemies. Pinarayi knows only the ideology of violence and not the one propagated by Karl Marx or Lenin,” says Abdullakutty. “Pinarayi Vijayan is the one who destroys CPM in Kerala. He threatens people to conquer them. Rich people are donating money to CPM fearing Pinarayi Vijayan. Even many people from the media are afraid of him,” added Abdullakutty.

Abdullakutty said he regained the courage to tell this truth to the world because of the judgement in the TP Chandrasekharan murder case. “For the first time, real culprits had been booked in a political murder case and they were punished,” says Abdullakutty. “I am staying now at MLA hostel in Thiruvananthapuram since I fear attack from CPM in Kannur,” added Abdullakutty.

Pinarayi Vijayan replied to the allegation through a speech in Kannur on Wednesday that he never discussed any such things with Abdullakutty at any point of time. “My efforts were to take the party forward and there was no need at any point of time that necessitated a discussion with this person (Abdullakutty) on organisational matters. So there is no question of telling him that we should learn from the methodology of murders adopted elsewhere,” said Pinarayi Vijayan. CPM leaders dismissed Abdullakutty’s allegations as a ploy to grab publicity.

Abdullakutty represented Kannur Lok Sabha constituency twice when he was in the CPM. In 2009, the party suspended him for praising Narendra Modi’s development model in Gujarat. In March 2009, he was expelled from CPI(M) and in the same year he joined Congress to become MLA from Kannur in by-election in November 2009 and in 2011.

The Sinister Design of Anti-national Activism

Members of AAP have never responded to questions on Maoism, Jihadi Terror and Pakistan. Insinuations have been made about their links with jihadi outfits in Pakistan and Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt through fundamentalist groups in India. Arvind Kejriwal in fact took umbrage when queried about his approach on Pakistan and terror….. – Col. RSN Singh, Ex-RAW officer

The Security of Aam Aadmi by Col. RSN Singh

Ex-RAW officer Col.RSN Singh calls AAP a CIA funded Party

link http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/sauravjha/2976/64986/guest-post–5-the-security-of-aam-aadmi-by-col-rsn-singh.html

The political churnings of this era raise some important security sector questions. Today we have one of India’s foremost security experts, Col RSN Singh, take a closer look at the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party and the potential implications for national security.

Internal security and external security is solely predicated on the politics and the prevailing political chemistry of a country. Without security there can be no stability and consequently no development. The security discourse and foreign policy posturing of a country is therefore intrinsic to the politics and cannot be seen through different prisms.

At any point in history, wars have yielded either new political discourse or new dispensations. Arguably, but for the World War-II, India’s independence from the British Rule could have been deferred by a period, which is open to conjecture. The Congress party’s nearly unchallenged status in the country began to attenuate after the results of the 1962 war. Conversely, Indira Gandhi’s political fortunes not only revived but soared after the 1971 war.

Since then, particularly after the end of the Cold War following the defeat of Soviet forces in Afghanistan by the jihadi war machine, created by the US and Pakistan, the nature of warfare has changed. Today’s wars shy away from conventional engagements and use proxy methods, which includes terrorism, to destabilize the target country, to further territorial and economic interests. These wars are called proxy wars or sub-conventional wars. The role of intelligence agencies in the conduct of such wars is paramount. Such wars cannot be successful without subverting segments of population in the target country. The two main specimens of these segments in India are the jihadis in Kashmir and other parts of the country, and the maoists. This kind of warfare critically relies on recruitment and indoctrination of so-called ‘intellectuals’.

Proxy war by its very nature thrives on political instability. In India’s Red Corridor, Kashmir and in the Northeast; investment, infrastructure and social development are becoming increasingly difficult due to the resistance of those very subverted segments. This segment has unleashed a reign of terror on the population in nearly 40 percent of Indian territory. Things have come to a pass wherein political parties have begun to transact vote-bank business with the perpetrators of terror. One ruling party of a particular state owes more than half its seats to the manipulation by maoists. Another politician, the speaker of a Legislative Assembly, owes his legislative position to maoists.

Similarly, there are enough reasons to believe that some politicians are being blackmailed by the ISI and Hafiz Saeed because of their hawala and other links. This was clearly evidenced when separatists in Kashmir met Sartaz Aziz, Nawaz Sharif’s envoy in Delhi. It was in evidence also when Hafiz Saeed shared stage with Yasin Malik in Pakistan.

Politics and Stability

The main objective of the perpetrators of proxy war and agents of subversion is therefore to cause and perpetuate a state of instability in the target country. Any political outfit, which propagates instability for political reasons or as a matter of political faith is ‘anti-national’, because instability usually results in greater insecurity of the ‘aam aadmi’.

India after careful and great deliberation chose the Westminster model of democracy. A hung parliament and assembly is not an unusual occurrence. Cobbling together is a compulsion that cannot only be dismissed as political opportunism. Indeed those who decry Indian democracy, which includes many NRIs should reflect on the bitter and fractious nature of politics in other so called matured democracies, such as Britain, the United States (US), Japan, Israel or Italy. Britain today has one of the most unthinkable coalitions. The last victory of Obama is a matter of fierce debate in the US. Italy has had nearly two-dozen governments in last three decades.

Suspected or alleged immoral considerations or transactions cannot be allowed to derail the very basis of Constitutional and patriotic responsibility. No party, which is patriotic and prides in democracy would prefer instability for reasons of growth. Incidentally, this is what Yogendra Yadav has consistently maintained.

Now, the internal forces of instability in India are the jihadis and their proxies, the maoists and their over-ground activists, and external forces vying for influence in the country for economic and other reasons. The interface of these forces with the ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ (AAP) will be discussed in detail in the succeeding paras based on unimpeachable evidence.

The Sinister Design of Anti-national Activism

A very cogent anti-corruption movement was launched in India for bringing back Indian money lying in Swiss Bank accounts. This was not merely rhetoric but entirely achievable because many countries during the same period had been able to arm-twist Swiss authorities into recovering the illegitimate money. This was also a period when one mega-scam after another, each overtaking the other in magnitude, had hit the Indian mind and caused revulsion for the ruling dispensation. This movement had the potential to dislodge the government. Now the moot question is where was the need of another movement?

In the first week of April 2011, Anna Hazare sat on hunger strike at Jantar-Mantar demanding a Lokpal Bill. The ‘aam aadmi’ of the country till then and even now never contemplated this bill, but they definitely wanted the Swiss Bank money brought back to the country. The Lokpal Bill entailed a tortuous constitutional process but recovering Swiss Bank money, given the international environment then was far more convenient. It is not so any longer. The very aim of the Lokpal movement it seems was to kill the movement for Swiss Bank money. Anna Hazare was very-very feeble in raising his voice for this money. Who orchestrated this?

Though Indians were still figuring out the import of the Lokpal Bill, the movement had its ripples in London, Glasgow, New Jersey, Paris and Huston. But for this new movement by Anna, the government would have never dared to go for a mid-night crack-down on Baba Ramdev’s vigil exactly two months later. Lokpal Bill had neutralized the ‘movement’ over black money in Swiss Banks, but not completely.

Anna Movement and US Factor

During the same period, i.e. in April 2011, the US lost out on the medium multirole aircraft (MMRCA) deal. The $12-15 billion contract was important for the US to generate jobs, as the country was going through an unprecedented downturn of its economy. The US felt that it was politically outmaneuvered by its less deserving rivals. The then US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said that he was ‘deeply disappointed’ and resigned citing personal reasons. The grapevine in informed circles was that the Americans had decided to teach India a lesson through its ‘Agency’ in India. This is again a matter of conjecture but it is an established fact that when Ambassador Timothy left India, there was no replacement for a period of eight months, i.e. June 2011 to first week of February 2012. Mr Albert Peter Burleigh was Chargé d’affaires during that period. Never in the history of Indo-US relations had such a glaring diplomatic hiatus been witnessed, not even during 1971 War when the US openly sided with Pakistan. There have been 23 American Ambassadors to India since Independence. All of them barring Mr Burleigh carried the designation of ‘Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary’.

Such long absence of an American ambassador in India was unthinkable because of India’s geopolitical importance and geo-strategic location in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. This was also at a time when the so-called ‘war against terrorism’ had not abated in the strategic agenda of the US in which India was a declared partner.

In the third week of August 2011, Anna Hazare again launched his Lokpal Bill movement from Ramlila Ground. It was during the same period when the Arab Spring had hit one country after another, i.e. Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Morocco and Syria. Most of these had similar signatures, which many analysts allegedly attribute to the Americans. The same method of wielding flags, the same use of musical groups, the same mobilization techniques by internet and similar methods of logistics was clearly discernable. There were allegations that the key figures of these protests including in Tahrir Square in Egypt were trained in Western countries or by their embassies. It may be mentioned that the second largest US Embassy with some 400 personnel in the world is in Cairo.

I would request readers to compare the visuals of the Arab Spring and Anna’s protest at Ramlila. The visuals of Tahrir Square and Anna’s protest at Ramlila are so similar that one can confuse the two at first instance. The parallel was too uncannily similar, rather a vulgar replication. Again in these protests any clamour for recovering black money from Swiss Banks was conspicuously absent. The government got a reprieve from imminent fall, solely attributable to the new agenda i.e. the tortuous Lokpal Bill which eclipsed the agitation for recovery of black money abroad.

The entire proceedings at Ramlila got 24×7 coverage by the media for more than 10 days. Two media channels, one foreign owned and the other government funded pioneered the strategy and the rest had no choice but to follow for reasons of TRP. Never in the history of India, any movement or protest, had got such sustained media traction. This had an unimaginable amplification effect. It is therefore wrong to suggest that AAP is a new unknown phenomenon.

The spokesman for US State Department Victoria Nuland blamed “some extremely inaccurate reporting out of India” for Indians taking umbrage over the US stand on Anna Hazare’s protest. She said: “with regard to the case (Hazare), however you know where we are. We support freedom of expression and assembly and we encourage all countries and all parties to do same. All democratic governments have responsibility to allow peaceful protest and freedom of dissent even as they work to maintain public safety”.

One wonders as to how the US would react if there were to be Anna type prolonged sit-in protest by thousands of Americans in the vicinity of White House for change in the form of American democracy, i.e. from presidential system to parliamentary system, or if Anna were to replicate a Jantar-Mantar with NRIs for repatriation of Union Carbide officials responsible for Bhopal Gas tragedy. It may be mentioned that Anna, recipient of the American funded Magsaysay award was in the US in August this year and was accorded star status by NRIs in India Day celebrations.

Arvind Kejriwal too, after being conferred with the Magsaysay award in 2006 had gone on a long lecture tour to the US. The list of Magsaysay awardees also includes Kejriwal’s mentor Aruna Roy. Another Anna associate Kiran Bedi is also the recipient of the said award. Prashant Bhushan, a former Anna ideologue and founder member of AAP party has also done his post-graduation at Princeton University in the US and is a regular visitor to the country. So the American imprint on the leadership of Anna movement and AAP is very strong.

Kejriwal not a Bolt from Blue

Kejriwal was far from an unknown commodity to the government when he first infiltrated Ramdev’s movement, then recruited Anna in his Lokpal movement as the leader, and then politically hijacked it. Aruna Roy of the National Advisory Council (NAC) has actually nurtured Kejriwal in his career as a professional activist.

There are many conspiracy theories, but it is undeniable that the members of NAC associated with Kejriwal are all left leaning and maoist sympathizers and so was the case with the majority of the close aides of Anna before the split with Kejriwal. Now the maoist sympathizing segment forms part of various AAP advisory committees.

Swami Agnivesh’s lament on phone that the Anna team had gone mad like wild elephants and were no longer amenable should be seen in this backdrop. It was caught on camera. The same can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Swami Agnivesh betrayed Anna Hazare sensational video exposed by news24 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-bYwFnuxvs)

Forces of Destabilization

The two most vicious proxies of external forces of destabilization in India are the Jihadis and the Maoists. The Jihadis are the proxy soldiers of Pakistan who feed on religious fundamentalism. The Maoists are not only proxy soldiers of Chinese interests as is generally understood, they also draw their sustenance from some Missionary organizations and the Western world. In 2008, the killing of social worker Laxminanda Saraswati was allegedly engineered by a certain missionary organizations through Maoists. In March 2012, again in Odisha, two Italian tourists, Bousco Paolo and Claudio Colangelo, in a poorly staged drama got themselves abducted, to be used as bargaining chips for the release of other maoist leaders. Later in April 2012, a group of ten French tourists were deported from Bihar for their collusion with the Maoists. In November 2012 an International Conference in ‘Support of Peoples War’ in India was held at Hamburg in Germany and was attended by delegates of more than two dozen countries. Members of the European Commission swooped in on Chhattisgarh to watch the trial of Binayak Sen. It was a blatant insult to India, but such is the level of blackmail and influence of Western organizations that the Indian establishment did not even whimper.

The congruency of the respective agendas of Jihadis, Maoists and their international benefactors, has impelled them to collaborate. Elements in the West have been using all these leverages to destabilize countries to further their strategic and economic interests. The US till very recently supported the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Al-Qaeda in Syria (Al Nusra) and Iraq. It has been using ultra-leftist groups to destabilize target countries in Latin America and South America. The umbrella organization of ultra-leftist groups, ‘International Revolutionary Movement’, is headquartered in Chicago.

The overwhelming presence and influence of maoists and their over- ground activists in Team Anna was palpable. Later these elements drifted to AAP. The US imprint on AAP has already been discussed. To arrive at a proper assessment it is imperative that the views of AAP on other destabilizing forces like Jihadis, Separatists, Pakistan, Terrorism and Islamic Fundamentalists are also considered.

On Batla House encounter Kejriwal categorically says that it was fake and questions the sacrifice of security forces only to tone it down later. To hear his belief click on the links below:

Batla Encounter was a fake – Arvind Kejriwal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7-xxVqAppE)

Prashant Bhushan’s pro-Maoist proclivities and posturing has been witnessed many times on television. At the peak of the Anna agitation the views expressed by him on Kashmir on television were shocking. Subsequently he tried to mitigate his statement which had no takers. His clarification was unconvincing and can be heard by clicking on the link below:

Kashmir Issue Clarification by Prashant Bhushan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3rg7VZFC_M)

Members of AAP have never responded to questions on Maoism, Jihadi Terror and Pakistan. Insinuations have been made about their links with jihadi outfits in Pakistan and Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt through fundamentalist groups in India. Arvind Kejriwal in fact took umbrage when queried about his approach on Pakistan and terror.

His hostility to the queries on security of India can be heard by clicking on the link below:

Inspirational opinion of Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Pakistan. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbam0bT7Jas)

Kejriwal has been hobnobbing with Islamic Fundamentalists to further his political career. His political transaction with a rabid Islamic Fundamentalist, Tauqeer Raza Khan, accused of spreading communal hostility, can be gleaned by clicking on the link below:

ArvindKejriwal met TauqeerRaza Khan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DANJSYTvfTo)

Very recently, a power intoxicated AAP leader Gopal Rai and former leader of the student wing of ‘parliamentary revolutionaries’ a.ka CPI(ML), the All India Students Association (AISA), insulted a former Army Chief. To watch this violent streak in the AAP leader click on the link below:

Former Army Chief insulted by AAP Leader (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO-tK4Arcnc)


Whatever the actual conduct, at the core of a domestic political party has to be a nationalist ideology, which is accepted or rejected by the people during elections, depending on the manner in which it translates into governance. A political party which does not divulge its foreign policy and security agenda will obviously raise a lot of questions.

Any political party which relies on the country’s instability for growth is anarchist and anti-national. Activism per se can be national and anti-national, creative and destructive. Negative and anti-national activism destroys concepts of hard work, production and progress. It creates cynicism amongst the populace and negates demographic dividends. This is what the inimical forces are doing to India through their proxies which include terrorist outfits, NGOs and political parties. If the agenda of AAP was purely nationalistic it would come clean on where it stands on key issues.

To know the consequences of instability and anarchy caused by subverted extremists one has to look only at Nepal wherein the forces of destabilization were the same as in India. The people realized the anti-national agenda of the maoists and have thrown them out in the recent elections.

The disaffection caused by the maoists, nevertheless, continues to cost something as basic as the constitution in Nepal.

Col. RSN Singh is a former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) Officer and author of five books including Asian Strategy & Military Perspective, The Military Factor in Pakistan and The Unmaking of Nepal.

The views expressed by the author are his own.

Controversial Interview of Vinod K Jose with Aseemanand.


Who is Vinod K Jose of Caravan Magazine?  

It is a grand example how one can use fourth estate for propagating anti-national agendas. A Journo from Kerala, Vinod K Jose, is notorious for using his profession for this purpose.

There is no doubt, the main stream media, which purposely did not see or ignored the credibility of such a person, followed his path while carrying his interview.     

It may be noted that why Vinod K Jose’s first-day report of India’s Parliament attach was not published in his own magazine, Caravan.

His explanation for that was “As a reporter, I covered the attack the day of the attack, but the story was not published because I had found so many contradictions.” 

It might be the first incident in Independent India as one journo found contradictions when terrorist attacked the temple of Indian democracy.

Vinod K. Jose again received attention for his interview with those convicted in the 2001-Indian Parliament attack case.

In 2005, Jose, he was at the time editing the Free Press, was questioned by the Crime Branch in New Delhi about articles that he had written about Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had been accused and acquitted in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack.

It is doubtful why the main stream media again did not cross check his credibility while he came out with another interview tarnishing the image of nationalist organisations in the country.

In 2006, as the correspondent of Radio Pacifica, Jose conducted an exclusive interview with Mulakat Afzal Guru while the convict awaited his execution inside the Tihar Jail.

The interview was published in many magazines including Thehelka (Now the editor of this magazine is in the limelight in connection with the sexual assault of his own colleague).

Later in 2006, he published a response on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Detainees’ and Prisoners’ Rights (SPDPR), which was seeking clemency for Afzal Guru.

(‘I don’t want a fellow Indian to get the death penalty’: SPDPR-VINOD K JOSE, November 07, 2006, Rediff.com)

His original interview with Afzal was reprinted multiple times between 2006 and 2013, translated into 11 south Asian languages and other European languages such as Italian, and included in an edited book about the attack.


News Clippings of Hindu newspaper about the questioning of Vinod K Jose by the Crime Branch.


Attack on Geelani: editor questioned

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, APRIL 2. The editor of a Malayalam publication, Free Press, was today questioned by the Inter-State Cell of the Crime Branch in connection with the attack on Syed Ahmed Rahman Geelani, who was acquitted in the sensational Parliament attack case by the High Court, this February.

Vinod Jose, who is posted in the capital, was questioned for about four hours. The police said they summoned him for getting information regarding the attack on Mr. Geelani. However, after coming out of the Inter-State Cell office, Mr. Jose said that apart from some questions pertaining to the attack on Mr. Geelani, he was also asked about the articles he had been writing in his support.

He said that when he was at his native place in Kerala, police had asked him not to go to Delhi as there was a threat to his life. After he came back to Delhi, he alleged that a team of the Crime Branch of the Delhi police had gone to his Kerala house and taken away mail from there without showing any identity cards. He also blamed the police for not probing the case properly. Mr. Vinod had received a call from the Crime Branch two days ago asking him to appear before them for questioning.

Nandita Haksar, a lawyer of Mr. Geelani, who had also gone to the Inter-State Cell’s Chanakyapuri office, alleged that the police were not probing the case properly but harassing innocents. She alleged that a Crime Branch team had recently gone to Manipur to question her husband’s relatives.

A photo of Vinod K Jose with the Maoist guerrillas in Central India’s Bastar forests, which he claimed was part of his job


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Journalism as a tool for spreading anti-national agendas

Vinod K. Jose, or Vinod Kizhakkeparambil Joseph, is a journalist, editor, and magazine founder from Kerala. Vinod K. Jose is the Executive Editor of The Caravan and an award-winning journalist. He has previously worked as a producer from South Asia for public radio stations in the US and Europe. Jose has an MA in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School, where he was a Bollinger Presidential Fellow. He also has graduate degrees in Communication and English, and a PhD in Sociology.


New Delhi, India




Columbia University, MA
Jamia Millia Islamia, PhD


Journalist, editor, magazine founder

Years active



Caravan Magazine (Dehli Press), since 2009
Free Press, 2003-2006
Radio Pacifica, 2002-2007

Indian Express, 2001

Known for

his narrative journalism style and interviews

Home town

Kerala, India

In 2009, Jose was hired by Delhi Press to re-launch the company’s 70-year-old title The Caravan, which was discontinued in 1988. He is currently the executive editor of The Caravan, which calls itself “India’s only narrative journalism magazine” and is published in the English-language in New Delhi. Earlier, he was the founding editor of the Malayalam-language publication Free Press. Jose’s contributions to Indian journalism are in the area of narrative or literary journalism, similar to the style of Granta, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Mother Jones.

Aseemanand threatens to launch legal action against The Caravan

……he has called the magazine article based on interviews ‘totally false and fabricated’.

link http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article5665317.ece
Swami Aseemanand, jailed in connection with alleged Hindutva terror plots including the Samjhauta Express attack of 2007, has threatened to launch legal action against a journalist of The Caravan for an article which said he named RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and key functionary Indreshji in relation to the case.

Since the controversy of his statements erupted, he has called the magazine article based on interviews ‘totally false and fabricated’.

The magazine has, in its defence, published extracts of four interviews it said it had conducted. A tape recording and transcript of parts of the conversation that mention Mohan Bhagwat were also released to the media by The Caravan.

In a hand-written letter, Aseemanand claimed that the journalist came to meet him in Ambala jail on January 9.

“I saw her several times as a reporter in the Panchkula court. But on January 9, she came as an advocate and wanted to help me. As I did not know her properly and I have my own counsel, I refused. Then she requested to discuss about the social works I did…”

Aseemanand also said: “I did not discuss any thing except my social works”. He had no recollection of the journalist meeting him in December 2011 at Ambala. On January 11, 2014, she again met him in Ambala Jail and wanted to discuss his case, he said, but did not encourage her.

The magazine has strongly defended the 11,200-word-long article, stating that the interviews were conducted over a period of two years and that it was based on revelations made by Aseemanand.

“In the course of over two years, Aseemanand granted four exclusive interviews to The Caravan journalist Leena Gita Reghunath inside Ambala jail, the total duration of which ran into 09 hours and 26 minutes. In the last two interviews, Aseemanand repeated that his terrorist acts were sanctioned by the highest levels of the RSS,” the magazine said.

“Knowing the national relevance of the sensitive information that Aseemanand revealed to The Caravan journalist, in an interview which was conducted with the full consent of Aseemanand, we place these facts in front of the public,” it added.

AAP – A party of pathological liars


Yesterday, when an Aam Aadmi Party MLA made some irresponsible statements without any supporting evidence dragging my name along with that of Narendra Modi in an unnecessary controversy, I had rubbished the charge. Today, to further pursue the allegations which the AAP has manufactured, they decided to hold a protest at my residence. I am convinced that AAP is a party of pathological liars. They create a falsehood and then convince themselves of its truth.

Let me now deal with the statement of the MLA named Madan Lal.

1. Neither Narendra Modi nor I am aware of who is this Madan Lal, MLA.

2. He claims that he was approached on telephone on 7th December, 2013 with an offer to meet me.

3. He does not know the name of the person who telephoned him. Nor does he know the number from where the phone came. He has not even checked his call data records to provide him the identity of the caller if such a call did exist.

4. On 7th December, 2013 the results of the Delhi election had not yet been declared. Madan Lal was not an MLA. Most people in Delhi did not visualize that he would be an MLA or that his party will get a sizeable number of seats. Why should somebody call him for a dubious purpose before his election as an MLA.

5. He further claims that some 10-12 day ago some person from Gujarat approached him with a significant offer of bribe.

6. He does not know the name of the person who approached him or his status or designation.

7. He did not follow his party’s advice that bribe must be accepted and the bribe giver should be subjected to a sting operation.

8. He chose to keep quiet for about 10 days.

9. Curiously, the AICC General Secretary, Shakeel Ahmed made a statement about these incidents of alleged bribe giving an hour before Madan Lal’s press conference.

The absurdity of his claim is evident. The facts speak for themselves. But the AAP appears to be creating a falsehood, convince itself of its truth and keep pursuing the matter even if it is absurd and false on the face of it.

SC’s Seven-judge Bench to Revisit Hindutva Judgement

This news of PTI gives more clarity.


Feb 2, 2014

Virtually reopening its Hindutva judgement, the Supreme Court has decided to expedite hearing by a seven judge-bench for an authoritative pronouncement on electoral law categorising misuse of religion for electoral gains as “corrupt practices”.

The issue assumes importance as questions were raised on its 1995 verdict which held that vote in name of “Hindutva/ Hinduism” did not prejudicially affect any candidate and since then three election petitions are pending on the subject before the apex court.

The apex court’s three-judge bench in 1995 had held that “Hindutva/Hinduism is a way of life of the people in the sub-continent” and “is a state of mind.”

The judgement was delivered in the case of Manohar Joshi versus N B Patil which was authored by Justice J S Verma who found that statement by Joshi that “First Hindu State will be established in Maharashtra did not amount to appeal on ground of religion.”

The observation was made while dealing with the question regarding the scope of corrupt practices mentioned in sub-section (3) of Section 123 of the 1951 Representation of People Act.

The issue for interpretation of sub-section (3) of Section 123 of the Act once again had come on January 30 (Friday) before a five-judge headed by Justice R M Lodha which referred it for examination before a larger bench of seven judge which will be constituted by chief justice P Sathasivam.

The bench, also comprising justices A K Patnaik, S J Mukhopadhaya, Dipak Misra and F I M Kalifulla was dealing with the appeal filed in 1992 by BJP leader Abhiram Singh, whose election to 1990 Maharashtra Assembly was set aside in 1991 by the Bombay High Court.

A three-judge bench on April 16, 1992 had referred Singh’s appeal in which the same question and interpretation of sub-section (3) of Section 123 of the Act was raised to a five-judge Constitution Bench.

While the five-judge bench was hearing this matter on January 30, it was informed that the identical issue was raised in the election petition filed by one Narayan Singh against BJP leader Sunderlal Patwa and the apex court’s another Constitution Bench of five Judges has referred a larger Bench of seven Judges.

Thereafter, the bench headed by Justice Lodha referred Singh’s matter to the Chief Justice for placing it before a seven-judge bench.

“Be that as it may, since one of the questions involved in the present appeal is already referred to a larger Bench Of seven Judges, we think it appropriate to refer this appeal to a limited extent regarding interpretation of sub-section (3) of Section 123 of the 1951 Act to a larger Bench of seven Judges.

“The Registry will place the matter before the Chief Justice for constitution of a Bench of seven Judges. The matter may be listed subject to the order of the Chief Justice,” the January 30 order said.

It said,”In the course of arguments, our attention has been invited to the order of this Court dated August 20, 2002 in Narayan Singh vs. Sunderlal Patwa 1. By this order, a Constitution Bench of five Judges has referred the question regarding the scope of corrupt practice mentioned in sub-section (3) of Section 123 of the 1951 Act to a larger Bench of seven Judges.

“This became necessary in view of the earlier decision of a Constitution Bench of this Court in Kultar Singh vs. Mukhtiar Singh,” the bench said.


Modi goes to Pakistan

By opening up a discussion on Section 370, Modi has indicated that he can be trusted with change.

Surjit S Bhalla | February 01, 2014 12:26

If Modi becomes PM, India will have the best chance of ushering in important second-generation reforms, the most important of which will be decentralisation of state power. If Modi becomes PM, India will have the best chance of ushering in important second-generation reforms, the most important of which will be decentralisation of state power.
Statesmen are not born but made by history. In Narendra Modi, history has the best chance of steering India towards its true idea


Former US President Richard Nixon came into prominence as a strong anti-communist crusader in 1952 and became vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower. At the time he became president in 1968, anti-communism was still a major theme in the US, and anti-China views even more so, especially since China was arming North Vietnam in its battle against American imperialism. Since 1948, the oldest democracy in the world, America, had not recognised the political reality of China. Liberal and intellectual opinion was for recognition, but no Democrat could take this radical step for fear of political suicide.

And no Republican could recognise China because they were staunch anti-communists. How could one recognise the right of the largest, most populous, Communist nation to exist?
In November 1968, in a close battle with Hubert Humphrey, Republican Nixon won the presidential election and walked into the China stalemate. Ping-pong diplomacy was initiated, and in 1972, Nixon went on an official visit to China. Seven years later, America formally recognised China as a nation. This Nixon visit to China has become a political metaphor to describe, according to Wikipedia,

“the ability of a politician with an unassailable reputation among his supporters for representing and defending their values to take actions that would draw their criticism and even opposition if taken by someone without those credentials”.

Recognition of the many political, economic and social failures, and new policies to change them, is India’s need today. We have continued for too long in postponing decisions, and governing with a philosophy that is embedded in outdated mindsets. India needs a prime minister who can take bold, non-traditional and non-predictable steps to get us out of our own self-made traps. Fortunately, there is a PM election round the corner, and all those wishing for a better India can vote with their feet, hearts and minds for the candidate of their choice.

There are several prime ministerial candidates on offer, at least 16. Fifteen of them are chief ministers or former chief ministers and one belongs to the world’s oldest political dynasty, Rahul Gandhi.

According to three recent opinion polls, Narendra Modi is first on the number of seats in the Lok Sabha list and Arvind Kejriwal brings up the rear with 9 expected seats.

Important policy decisions, as a practical matter, are rarely made by the establishment, by the existing political order. It cannot, because it has too much vested in it. What we as voters need to decide is who among the candidates is best placed to go against the expected Indian grain of lots of discussion and no action. Modi seems to be distinctly different than the alphabet soup formed by the rest.

The rest pride themselves with economic policies to the left of Indira Gandhi, with being secular as in belief in appeasement of minorities and job reservations for all and sundry, and generally incapable of thinking beyond the narrow, outdated and inappropriate confines of traditional mixed-up and illogical policies.

In the other corner is somebody who was born poor, a lower caste, a mere chai-wallah and someone brought up under the “watchful” eyes of a rigidly nationalist Hindu and archaic political organisation called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (the RSS, or the National Volunteer Organisation).

If, to paraphrase Rahul Gandhi, one were to assess candidates on the basis of outsiders to the “system”, then the list reduces to two and a half or a maximum of three. There is Modi, Gandhi and Kejriwal. Unfortunately for Kejriwal, his popularity has yet to reach the poor, the middle class or the rich outside of the confines of Delhi. Whether he does, we will know soon, but the opinion polls do not give him much chance. But opinion polls have been wrong, most prominently in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and in the Delhi 2013 assembly elections.

What is it that India needs to do? In foreign policy, there are three priorities — Pakistan, China and the US, and in that order. India needs to take a firmer stand with all three, and also to work out a permanent long-run solution with Pakistan, including a solution for cross-border terrorism, spillover of terrorism and radical improvement in trade, cultural and personal relations.

For too long, the several-centuries-old brothers have been divided by religion.

Improvement of relations with Pakistan or Sri Lanka, or Bangladesh or Nepal: would India rather have Modi or Gandhi or J. Jayalalithaa or Mamata Banerjee? By opening up a discussion on Section 370, Modi has indicated that he can be trusted with change. Could Banerjee reach an agreement with Bangladesh? Or Jayalalithaa with Sri Lanka? Only Modi can carry conviction, and India, with him as he tries to establish long-term relations with our brotherly neighbours.

In social policy, there is the urgent need to establish gay rights, that is, the rejection/ amendment of Section 377 of the Constitution. Many political leaders kowtow to their own prejudice and religious bigotry to oppose gay rights. They hide under the presumed weight of public “opinion”. This has lessons for the AAP’s favourite method of deciding disputes — let us have an opinion poll. If referendums could decide thorny social, political and economic issues, then government is not needed, and nor, by definition, are political leaders like Kejriwal.

It bears emphasis that among the political parties, the Congress is the only party to have taken a principled stand on the gay rights issue. It is like the US Democrats in 1968 — it believes in the right thing to do, but cannot because of fear of elections. But no one expects Modi to recognise the human rights of gays, and no one expects Modi to confront the religious bigotry of Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

And the Supreme Court is not blameless either. The venerable and respected judges find it fit to be socially and possibly unconstitutionally proactive when they feel like it, and do so on not one but several issues, yet parrot the Constitution when it suits them. This is a very Khrushchevian mindset: “what is mine is mine, what is yours is negotiable”.

On economic policies, Modi does not have to go to Pakistan; instead, he needs to follow through on his own recommendations. If he becomes PM, India will have the best chance of ushering in important second-generation reforms, the most important of which will be decentralisation of state power.

Emphasising this need, Gujarat Chief Minister Modi recently revealed how his government was taken to task by the Centre for laying down gas pipelines across the state.
“The Gujarat government was targeted by the Centre for laying down gas pipelines across the state. The Centre said that it was its job, not the state’s. What is the use of such policies? We have reduced this centralisation of power in Gujarat.”
According to Modi, if better governance is to be achieved, then the consent of the people (aam aadmi, in fact), and their participation in decision-making is necessary.

There are several pointers to the “Modi goes to Pakistan” reality. He has the best chance of success, both because he has been the most progressive in shedding old, discarded ideas and most importantly, because expectations for forward progress on Pakistan, Section 370 and Kashmir, Section 377 are the least from him and the BJP. In addition, chances of adopting Fidel Castro-Kejriwal type ideas like free water and free electricity are anathema to Modi.

The writer is chairman of Oxus Investments, an emerging market advisory firm, and a senior advisor to Zyfin, a leading financial information company