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May 21, 2013


By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

Narendra Bhai Modi is a giant among men with humane qualities. He is an acknowledged Hindu-hriday Samrat on way to becoming Bharat hriday Samrat with democratic values in mind and welfare of all Indians including old girl named after a Sikkim river at heart. The politicians who lost the race to power are barking but at the wrong tree. Filing false affidavits, tutoring witnesses and abusing the due process of law are some of the myriad misdeeds of detractors of the great administrator, Modi.
The People’s Republic of China invited Narendra Modi as the emerging economic giant and military super power recognised the present qualities and potential power that the great Gujarati Bandhu wields for the greater good of the greater number who are citizens of India. Narendra Modi and Ji Xingping, the shadow President of China, have the vision of bringing the neighbouring countries on the common platform sans animosity. The present duo may achieve the Himalayan Peace that Nehru and Chow had failed to bring about.
May I advise our compatriots to have a liberal view of the rival and challenger of the yuraj or heir apparent of the tottering regime of the century plus old political party, presently on the Sadbhavna Yatra, and shake off approach of a Moron to view the Indian present and future in correct perspective. May Parmatma bless Teesta with some Buddhi or working intellect to enable her to distinguish between the Good and the Evil for her own good and the good of all Indians inclusive of Gujaratis where she belongs.
Born on 17th September 1950 at Vadnagar, Gujarat without a silver spoon in the mouth, Narendra Bhai Modi joined the Rashtriya Swyemsewak Sangh as a student when he had an impressionable mind. The imprint of the Sangh philosophy was so deep on his mind that he swore by it, lived by it and lived for no goal but to make Hindustan a global power and its citizens healthy, happy and true patriots. Modi did not profess a sectarian attitude to solving national problems and never encouraged parochialism. The leadership qualities of Narendra bhai received recognition from no less a person than Advani Ji when the latter chose Narendra bhai to oversee the election process in both Himachal and the new State of Haryana. He came off with flying colours and , thereafter, did not have to look back. Whatever he desired was his in a jiffy.

Narendra Modi knows that he has the welfare of all Gujaratis at heart and he has been working on it tirelessly twentyfour/seven. His words are not mere election promises that are seldom honoured in the land of its origin. No wonder the people of Gujarat love Narendra bhai 24/7 and not only for the election period. Indeed it is the love and respect of the Gujaratis that has helped Naren bhai establish records of sorts. Narendra Modi is the longest serving chief minister ever. He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 7th October 2001 and has been there till today. With a view to learning the theory and practice of the Art of Warfare in politics, Narendra Modi worked for the Master‘s degree in political Science and got it. The knowledge gained therein has held him in good stead.
The detractors of Narendra Modi see the Gujarat riots post burning of Kar Sewaks at Godhara as the golden opportunity to pin down the Lion Of Gujarat. The Congress party is playing the role of Jackal in this political drama. It wants courts of law to take judicial cognition of Narendra Modi’s role in the post-Godhara riots where more than a thousand Muslims were killed and then it feeds on the immobilised fall guy. Well, ten years have gone by and no one has been able to adduce even an iota of evidence based on facts. Naturally, a court of law cannot find Narendra Modi guilty of inciting violence against Muslims or of administrative inaction in the absence of impeccable evidence that would stand judicial scrutiny. It is well known that hearsay statements are inadmissible in a court of law as it is against the provisions of the Indian Evidence Act.
The Special Investigation Team(SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to do investigation in riot cases, incidents of committing atrocities against Muslims etc did not find any reliable evidence or prosecutable evidence against Narendra Modi. Despite his being not guilty, it is seen that some eople are being pressurised to corner Modi and incapacitate him legally so that he is not permitted to stand for a post or canvass support in political meetings. But that is not to be because the sound system of our judiciary won’t allow a witch hunt. However, the dirty tricks department of the Congress party is still at the nefarious game. Nonetheless, they do not see light at the end of the tunnel.
Narendra Modi is being appreciated by all sections of the Gujarati Samaj belonging to all religions for his ablity in administering Gujarat without fear or favour. The Rule of Law prevails all over. Narendra Modi’s hold on the people of the State is so good that he got scot free even after demolishing illegally constructed temples and mosques in Ahmedabad because those were constructed illegally and came in the way of highways connecting rural and urban areas for developmental activities. That incident speaks a lot about the impartial approach of Narendra Modi to solving problems where both the communities, the Hindu and Muslims were concerned.
In cases where an intervention by the Apex Court would have meant slowing down Development of Gujarat, their Lordships declined to intervene and sent the case to the Judicial Magistrate concerned for disposal,
The common man in Gujarat is so happy with the Modi government that they have been returning them to the State capital after their win at the hustings time and again. In the last elections to the State Assembly in 2007, the BJP led by Modi romped home 122 seats out of 182. In 2012 the good old story of his success is most likely to be repeated.
The terrorists cannot have a more able adversary than Modi. It is unbelievable but true that after the Godhara related violence, there have been no communal riots in the State. Men and women of all regions and religions live amicably and see no reason to pick up arms and strike each other. The Islamist terrorists are scared of doing to Gujarat what they did to Mumbai, Maharashtra. Absence of an act of terror in Gujarat for the last ten years goes to prove that the Modi Administration is always on the alert and the false sense of security that they give to the Common Man has been exposed. The Islamist terrorist stands exposed and even his co-religionists call him names for disturbing Peace in Gujarat when all Gujaratis are living in brotherly tranquil state, a rare phenomenon.
Narendra Modi has already cautioned all concerned to give no quarters to terrorists, home grown or imported. It is worth quoting Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Terror. He said,
“Terrorism is worse than war….India has lost more people in terror attacks than in wars.

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May 21, 2013



                                                 By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

I am concerned about Afghans when NATO withdraws in 2014. Pakis feel that theirs will be a win win situation. Americans wont bother after they cross the Atlantic and are safe back home.Europe does not wish to be in picture. India under the present weak leadership is written off as a force; civil or military. Russians have already burnt their fingers badly in Afghanistan not long ago.
China is the only country that has both financial and military strength to merit the label of a super power. The Chinese are friendly with Pakistan but wont like a pro-Taliban Islamic State become stronger and tacitly support the Uighur rebels of Xinjiang.
As of now, Russia is the only country that can motivate China, both are ex-communists, to assume leadership of the non-Islamic countries in the region, prepare a strong guerilla force of North Afghans and contain Pakis so that they are halted in their tracks.

Who will control Afghanistan on departure of the most powerful nation from the battle zone is a million dollar question. It is being debated in the War Rooms of many belligerent nations who have some stake in Afghanistan. If the land of Afghans is left to Afghans alone and no power beyond the international boundary is permitted to influence the decision making in capital Kabul, the worrisome situation will disappear on its own. No nation, weak or strong, white, brown or black need lose its sleep over what is cooking in Kabul. But that is not to be.


Generally speaking, countries located to the North and the South of Afghanistan are likely to be meddlesome once there is vacuum of power. The most powerful nation to the immediate South is Pakistan, a nuclear nation. To the North are a number of small States that were a part of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic governed from Moscow but became independent after the disintegration of USSR. Nevertheless Russia, a successor state of USSR exercises remote control over these small States from Moscow. However, as stated earlier, the Red Army had failed to subdue the Afghan rebels and their Islamic supporters called Mujahideens. Indeed the rebel forces had the full support   of the United States of America and the rest of the free world in the form of a weapon system, cash in hard currency, Intelligence inputs and what have you. The religious fervor with which the rebels   fought was to be seen to have belief that it was a real battle. SWo after trying their luck for ten years, the Soviet Army was ordered by the Gorbachev regime to withdraw.

After the Soviets, the deluge. No one knew who was incharge. The Soviets had handed over the administration to the Communnist Party in Kabul but their tottering regime did not last long. The Taliban and the Al Qaida trained by the Pakistan Army swept across Afghanistan and set up their regime in the name of Islam. The Paki generals were their friend, philosopher and guide. Pakistan thus got the control of Afghanistan and it gave them defence in depth, as they announced from house tops. The military situation was never happier for Pakistan govt and the Army than this one. Islamabad became the de facto capital of both the countries thereafter.

The military strategists fear that unless counter measures were taken, the same situation might recur.  India does not want the History to repeat itself as that would go against its basic interests.

The forces of the United States , under the political cover of the NATO, that went into Afghanistan after bizarre bombings of twin towers in New York,USA  had met with no resistance as the Islamist forces had just melted away and merged with the civil population. It has been ten years or so that the NATO did their best to beat Taliban but military success eluded them. Hence the proposed withdrawal of the military to silence the American people and voters who chant “ Bring the Boys Home.”     Anyway when Americans return to the Continental United States, some other country that has the capability to deliver the goods will be called upon by the international community to run the show and let the Afghan men and women breathe free and fresh air untainted by the Taliban.


Only a strong country that has made a mark as a successful country financially and militarily will be able to bell the cat. Above all the chosen nation must have the will to act and keep the Taliban supported by Pakistan at bay.

Does India make the grade to become the Saviour of Afghanistan? Well Hamid Karzai has made as many as twelve trips to New Delhi to ask for and receive help to thwart the sinister designs of the Taliban. Apparently Karzai has not achieved the aim and his missions to India have failed so far. India’s leadership is so weak that it cannot venture in the direction of helping Afghanistan, not even with just selling some weapons. There is a pro-Pakistan lobby in India and right in the Ministry of External Affairs that is averse to annoying Pakistan by selling effective weapons to the Karzai forces. How weak the Indian top leadership is was crystal clear in talks and joint statement issued by Manmohan Singh and Li Kqiang in New Delhi. The Chinese troops had intruded into Ladakh 19 Km in April 2013 and stayed put for weeks but the Indian Prime Minister did not call it “Incursion” as the Chinese had objected to this word. The Indian side bent backwards and called the 19 Km intrusion as just an “Incident”

One wonders if a weak country that cannot defend its own territorial  interests against Chinese frown will be able to go to the rescue of Afghanistan? No, not in the near future. India succumbs to the Chinese political pressure and allows them to have their way without even firing a shot. It does not augur well for the future of India and the Indian people.

So we are back to square one, not knowing where to go from there. Well, we were looking for a super power that would be able to take on both Afghanistan under the Taliban regime and Pakistan, free from the clutches of Pentagon or debtors who ask for return of the loan amount. There is a lacuna here. We should not club Taliban with Pakistan because the latter knows what the Americans mean when they wish to have their money back while discussing the cost of training, wear and tear of a training machine and emoluments of a training officer. In a court case, they produce documents to prove that both parties, countries of trainer and the trainee will have to straighten out accounts first before being permitted to return home. In view of this background, the free world may count on America to straighten out the matter and ask the man doing infringement to pay damages lock stock and barrel.

In my opinion the free world will have to fall in the lap of the Chinese government and request them to maintain status quo ante. In other words let Afghanistan be administered by Afghans only, the Uzbegs of the North and Pushtuns of the South forming an alliance to chase the Taliban away and restore peace. Corruption will have to be driven beyond borders so that the real value of the currency is restored. Thus the common man will be happy and smile will return to children’s faces.

With the effective cease fire being promulgated and maintained, granary full with grains, cattle munch what they eat, Peace and Tranquility cannot but return to entire Afghanistan.

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