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US report on Religious Freedom: America has no business to interfere in the internal affairs of India

Lalit Shastri

The US Secretary of State Micheal R Pompeo released the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report, Wednesday 10 June 2020, with a rabidly supremacist opening remark when he stated: “We remain the greatest nation in the history of civilization”. In the same breath, he also said: “while America is not a perfect nation by any means, we always strive towards that more perfect union, trying to improve” – as if to cover up the mud on the face due to the ongoing violent riots and “Black Lives Matter” protests across the US and the entire globe.

From that high-ground and self-proclaimed status of “the greatest nation in history”, Pompeo released the annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which goes to Congress and is supposed to describe the status of religious freedom in every country. The U.S. Department of State is mandated to submit this reports in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. It is claimed that it covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.

Newsroom24x7 has taken close stock of the report dealing with India and has come to the conclusion that it recklessly interferes with the internal affairs of the country. Important case in point is the most objectionable reference to Jammu and Kashmir in this report.

The report says: In August (2019) the central government revoked the semiautonomous status of the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories: Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh (without mentioning that the revocation was within the ambit of the Indian Constitution and approved by both Houses of Parliament).

Continuing further, the report says: “The revocation (of provisions under Article 370) sparked protests, criticism from Muslim leaders, and challenges filed in the Supreme Court from opposition politicians, human rights activists, and others. The government sent thousands of additional security forces to the region, shut down many internet and phone lines, and had not restored full service by year’s end. The government also closed most mosques in the area until mid-December. Seventeen civilians and three security personnel were killed during the protests”. This amounts to making a mockery of the Kashmir problem, because the report turns a blind eye and is silent vis-a-vis India’s security concerns, especially the challenge posed by ethnic cleansing – i.e. the systematic elimination and exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Kashmir valley, continuing proxy war, export of terrorists, funding of separatist and secessionist activities and the programme to radicalise the Muslim youth on religious grounds by Pakistan.

And then, the report also zooms in on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by Parliament last December. While underscoring that it accelerates citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who entered the country on or before December 31, 2014, it says that it is not for similarly-situated migrants who are Muslims, Jews, atheists, or members of other faiths. Here again those who have compiled and come forward with analysis for this report have worked with blinkers and have failed to take into consideration the letter and spirit of this Act. It is again a shoddy job done by the US State Department and the office of International Religious Freedom because the report fails to take into consideration the CAA in the backdrop of the two-nation theory based on religion that that led to massive communal riots, slaughter of hundreds of thousands and exodus of millions and the partition of India and creation of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on religious grounds in 1947 and the persecution of the religious minorities in the neighbouring Islamic countries (including Bangladesh that was created after Pakistan was defeated by India in a full-fledged war in 1971).

to be continued…..

Candace Owens refuses to see George Floyd as a martyr; former US Presidents see racial discrimination as the big issue

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Candace Owens, public figure

Washington DC: When the US is in turmoil amid racial violence, loot, and plunder in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a black American, in Police custody, and the former US Presidents are crying from rooftops about racial discrimination and it’s aftermath, we have this young American lady Candace Owens, who went live on facebook the other day and took the world by storm by her brilliant analysis of what currently plagues the US.

Unlike former US President Barack Obama who joined a discussion and batted for planned reforms while addressing young people of “colour” and stating they are the ones who have witnessed too much violence and too much death, often at the hands of the cops who are supposed to protect them, Candice Owens, a public figure, has risen to the occasion and shown the mirror to the people, especially the Black Americans and also the former US Presidents. The ex-presidents obviously appear more interested in populism vis-a-vis those who are projecting themselves as victims of racial discrimination and hatred.

Candace shows them the light by speaking without caring a hoot about being politically correct during the election year.

Candace Owens on facebook:

Besides Obama, the other former US Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush also treat racial discrimination as the flash point. They were addressing the death of George Floyd amid widespread protests.

Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks. Our hearts are with the victims’ families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty….. We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution – statement by former US President Jimmy Carter

No one deserves to die the way George Floyd did……And the truth is, if you’re white in America, the chances are you won’t – Bill Clinton, former US President

A long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? – George Bush, former US President, over George Floyd’s death

Postscript: Candace Owens symbolises the solution. She would any day make a better US President than…… (the blank space in this sentence could be anybody’s guess).

America’s defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis:

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  • America no longer has uncontested military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain.
  • Over the next decade, the US defence budget is unlikely to meet the demands of the 2018 National Defense Strategy owing to a combination of political, fiscal and internal pressures.
  • The United States military is not sufficiently ready, equipped or postured for great power competition in the Indo-Pacific, a challenge the Pentagon is working hard to address.

Sydney: America no longer has uncontested military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain.

This has been projected by a special report released by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia on Monday. Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone and Matilda Steward argue that in the absence of hard choices by US leaders to spend more or do less in the world, the United States will confront rising levels of strategic risk with destabilising consequences for the Indo-Pacific.

Over the next decade, the report titled “Averting Crisis: American Strategy, Military Spending and Collective Defence in the Indo-Pacific”goes on to underscore the US defence budget is unlikely to meet the demands of the 2018 National Defense Strategy owing to a combination of political, fiscal and internal pressures.

The United States military is not sufficiently ready, equipped or postured for great power competition in the Indo-Pacific, a challenge the Pentagon is working hard to address.

For Australia, a strategy of collective defence is fast becoming necessary as a way of offsetting shortfalls in the United States’ regional military power and holding the line against rising Chinese strength.

America’s defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis. Faced with an ever more capable and assertive China, the US military urgently needs to refocus on the requirements of great power competition and rebuild its strength after years of costly conflict in the Middle East.

Washington, however, appears unable to sufficiently focus its armed forces on this goal. Meanwhile, budget uncertainty and political instability has seen Congress fail to deliver a defence spending plan commensurate with the overall scope of US strategy. The result is an increasingly dangerous mismatch between America’s strategic ends and its available means.

To avert a deeper crisis and safeguard shared strategic objectives, they recommend that Australia advance a strategy of collective defence to offset shortfalls in America’s regional military position and bolster a favourable balance of power.

Pakistani establishment knew about Osama, claims Pak ex-Defence Minister

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Bin LadenNew Delhi: Osama files got reopened in the Indian news circuit once again as a media channel revealed details about how a Pakistani authentic voice decided to come out in the open and for once, person from Pakistan went ahead to accept how Pakistan knew about Osama’s presence in their country.

Pakistan ex-defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar today claimed that the Pakistani establishment was in know of Osama Bin Laden’s presence in the country. In an interview to news channel CNN-IBN, Mr Mukhtar said the then President Asif Ali Zardari, ex-Prime Minister Gilani, the ISI and the army chiefs knew about the presence of ‘most wanted man in the world’ on their soil.

A matter which was confirmed at the speculative levels got authenticated today by Mukhtar’s claims that top Pakistani leadership knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, in their country long before US killed him in a midnight raid in May 2011. This is the first time a senior Pakistani leader has publicly admitted what was always suspected — that the Pakistani establishment was aware that Bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, close to capital city Islamabad.

When asked by the interviewer about whether Pakistan’s then president and prime minister knew about Osama being at Abbottabad, Mukhtar replied – The people who were part and parcel of the whole action, like the president of Pakistan, the armed forces chief, the joint chief of staff and the agency people – they were all activated and they were all waiting for orders for them to come out with their teams and provide all the information which they should have done earlier. Some people knew, people in the Pakistan army as well as people in the other forces – they also knew it and they were on the lookout for somebody of the stature of Osama bin Laden.