KASAB SHOULD BE DEAD MANY YEARS BACK BUT CONGRESS BASED ON VOTES PLANNED HIS DEATH FOR ELECTIONS.
KASAB COULD BE HANGED BETWEEN 2009 – 2011
AFZAL GURU COULD BE HANGED BETWEEN 2002-2011
BUT WHY BEFORE ELECTIONS?
Political analyst Aswini K. Ray said the decision might have been taken in view of Gujarat elections and winter session beginning Nov 22.
Kasab, the sole surviving gunman of the terror attack of Nov 26, 2008, was hanged in a Pune jail at 7.30 am Wednesday, after his mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month.
2) What did UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh achieve by an aerial survey? Despite knowing that this would shut off the flight routes over Uttarakhand for rescue choppers on a crucial day, the two went ahead with the visit. As a result, the entire air force machinery had to wait for virtually the entire day to begin rescue operations.
3) Why was there a delay in accessing Kedarnath and Gaurikund to start operations on a war footing straightaway? Why ridiculously low number of helicopters were pressed into duty in the initial days when it had become clear that thousands were stranded and battling for life against rain, cold, hunger and trauma?
4) Why was a “common man” (with Z Plus security) allowed to visit Gaurikund with mediapersons in tow? Did this not disrupt the relief proceedings? Can every common man — with no business to be there — also fly to the affected areas with equal ease, especially when the state CM had prohibited all VIP visits?
5) Why no attention to the locals? In the last 10 days, the entire focus has been on saving tourists, but virtually no attention has been paid to the locals who live in abject poverty and who too have suffered a lot due to destruction. Could the state administration not have done this in parallel, or are locals not important? Has the state government even thought of enlisting the help of psychological counselling for the locals after the so-called normalcy returns to the hill state?
6) Why were the armed forces not given the charge of rescue operations right in the beginning? Most of the rescue work has been done by the armed forces and NDRF, with relief help from volunteers of RSS, DGPC and Baba Ramdev. What has been the state bureaucracy’s contribution in relief work?
7) Is it true that the faith of local people was sidelined to “accommodate” hydroelectric projects? Locals believe that this step incurred the ‘divine wrath’ .
8) Why such haste in announcing a Terahvin Mahayagya (13th day prayers) by the Uttarakhand CM in Haridwar-Rishikesh? Was this hasty announcement intended to douse people’s anger and score political brownie points when even the bodies have not been cleared from various places and last rites of these people not even done? Most people do not even know if their kith and kin have died, or are still alive.
9) Where are star cricketers, BCCI, film stars, socialite celebrities, top industrialists and so-called spiritual leaders? These people are eulogized as demigods in this country. However, so far most of them have not come forward to help, or express sorrow? We saw our cricketers break into a celebratory jig after winning the Champions Trophy, instead of saying they dedicate their victory to the memory of those who died? No matter how symbolic, it would have shown them a little sensitive, especially after Harbhajan Singh made good his exit from an ITBP camp where he was holed up after the disaster.
10) Why has the Uttarakhand government not invited the Red Cross and other international organisations to start collecting bodies and do a cataloguing of all dead and missing? By spurning all offers for help, is the state government waiting for an epidemic to break out? Why is the CM so allergic to aid coming from any quarters? Is prestige and political oneupmanship bigger than the lives and well-being of people?
11) Why did the state government not promptly enlist support of organizations like PFA, SPCA and animal husbandry department? It was critical to rescue hundreds, thousands of surviving ponies and other animals in affected areas and to bring them to safer habitat.
12) Why has it not bothered to gather a realistic estimate of the actual number of casualties even 10 days later, a number that is likely to be between 15,000 to 20,000?
13) Why were VIPs and influential people rescued ahead of others who were left to die, including old people, women and children in inhospitable weather?
14) Why is there no environment policy for hill states? Such a policy is a must forecologically fragile and seismologically risky states such as Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
15) Will the state government now amend its land ownership policy? In light of rampant commercialisation of our hill states, some locals feel it is required to discourage outsiders, particularly foreigners, from buying land.
16) Will any politician and bureaucrat care to answer why has mindless construction been allowed to take place in the name of development in Uttarakhand?
17) Why have so many hydroelectric projects been given the go-ahead in Uttarakhand only?
18) Why was ‘Char Dham Yatra’ commercialized so blatantly, instead of being made into a USP for Uttarakhand? Why was the Yatra not regulated keeping in mind the flow, the infrastructure and the weather forecasts in an ecologically sensitive area? Now, when it commences, it should be done with proper planning and taking into consideration all the aspects – religious and environment in particular.
19) Will the government — at least now — strongly come down on mining and construction on river beds? Rivers should be allowed to carry out the process of silting naturally.
20) Will the state government and other organisation show total transparency in tracking and announcing the receipt of funds and donations that they get?
Dawood, Mumbai blasts mastermind, eludes justice
Last week, Indian intelligence agencies intercepted a call made from Karachi to Dubai. The Karachi caller was discussing millions of US dollar worth investment in the United Arab Emirates with his Gulf-based counterpart.
A quick match with known voice samples revealed that the caller was a certain Shaikh Dawood Hasan Ibrahim, none other than the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts and India’s most wanted criminal.
Twenty years after the Mumbai blasts, Dawood continues to elude justice. Questions have been raised on the Indian government’s will to get him. Indian agencies apparently don’t even have his recent photograph.
“But I don’t think the Indian government has given up its efforts to get Dawood,” Arun Jaitley, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, told HT on Thursday.
“We have failed since all evidence reveals he is in the protective custody of our neighbour. Perhaps more bilateral and international pressure needs to be put on Pakistan.”
The Dubai business details discussed in last week’s intercepted call were shared with revenue intelligence agencies. It was evident Dawood was playing big in real estate, fertiliser and shipping, and his area of operation stretched from Mumbai to the US via Dubai.
In the same call, Dawood’s wife Mahajabeen is heard chatting with one of her two daughters based in Dubai about an upcoming Bollywood movie based on the life of her husband.
Official sources admit despite keeping a constant tab on Dawood and his associates like Chhota Shakeel, Fahim Muchmuch, Ahmed Langda and Javed Chikna, they have been unsuccessful in nabbing him or cracking down on his India operations. Indian intelligence believes Dawood is the force behind circulating fake Indian currency, drugs smuggling and many real estate deals in the country.
During his meeting with FBI director Robert Mueller in Washington in September 2009, then home minister P Chidambaram discussed ways to get the terrorist. Mueller told him Dawood’s business footprint was expanding in the US and the time had come for both countries to share information on him.
Last May, home secretary RK Singh handed over a list of ’49 most wanted fugitives from justice’ to Pakistan. As many as 18 of the 49 fugitives belong to D Company. Dawood has three Pakistani passports, three houses in Karachi, and keys to ISI safe houses on Islamabad-Muree Road and the Pakistani capital’s Margalla Road.