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Insightful newsletter of Drishtikone - Issue #35: Civilizational Deserts

June 9 · Issue #35 · View online
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In democracies, governments are our representatives. What does one do when the government in a state starts to work with those who want to destroy the state and its institutions itself? When the agenda of those who govern includes spread of anarchy?
The mindset that with money and force, roads can be blocked and laws by the Parliament reversed, is a danger to any democracy. Forget religion in this discussion, if that is how any group sees themselves as versus others in the society, then they need to be incarcerated. Or we can simply make a bonfire of the whole place.
Those who feel that their religion should propel them to back such treasonous activities, should remember that in the ISIS or Taliban rule, it wasn’t just those of different religion who were killed and beheaded. But also those who were not “believers enough”.
Such societies have become civilizational deserts.

the delhi betrayal
The Delhi Police Crime Branch has arrested Khalid Saifi in connection with the riots in national capital’s Chand Bagh area. Khalid arranged a meeting between suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain and activist Umar Khalid.
Delhi Police arrests Khalid Saifi in Chand Bagh violence case
As per the charge-sheet against Tahir Hussain, the AAP leader Tahir Hussain had transferred Rs. 1.1 crores to shell companies and through them to the anti-CAA protesters and asked them to be ready for “big action” during Trump’s visit. Khalid Saifi was part of that group to incite riots, along with Umar Khalid.
The charge-sheet notes an interesting finding that the AAP councillor had released his pistol from PS Khajuri Khas on February 22, 2020, one day prior to the starting of the riots in Delhi. Here again, Hussain was found in contact with Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi, who were a part of a larger group of persons involved in inciting riots in Delhi. (Source)
The Delhi riots for anti-CAA were pre-planned with a large investment of money and supplies from the AAP leader and involvement of people like Khalid Saifi and Umar Khalid.
Raj Shekhar Jha
AAA councillor Tahir Hussain transferred 1.1 crore to shell companies, withdrew in cash and distributed it amomgst anti CAA protesters telling them to be ready for 'big action'. Got pistol a day before riots started.

Read all details of chargesheet only in today's @timesofindia
That is why it is rather interesting to see the people this man, who was behind the Delhi violence, has been rubbing shoulders with.
Saifi with Arvind Kejriwal
Saifi with Arvind Kejriwal
Interestingly, Aam Aadmi Party leaders - Tahir Hussain, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia - as well as those peddling alarmist, and often fake, opinions have been close to this criminal who wanted to burn Delhi funded by Hussain’s dirty money.
How do you think such a vicious lot, which seeks to destroy the very city they have been elected to govern, can be trusted at all?
adversary evaluation
China has been escalating along the Ladakh border. But given its weaknesses it is unlikely to pose a serious threat to India despite its noise. WION’s excellent report brings that out.
Gravitas: Inside People's Liberation Army | A S.W.O.T Analysis
Not just this, but even the Harvard Kennedy School research paper corroborates the same.
“… research paper, published by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School earlier this year, analysed comparative data of Indian and Chinese strategic assets.” (Source)
This assessment was also confirmed in an interesting discussion between Major Gaurav Arya and ex-Army Chief VP Malik. The General explains the difference between 1962 and now, as well as the level of preparedness of Indian forces versus the Chinese forces.
Major Gaurav Arya & Gen VP Malik Share Their Views On Indo-China Meet
This excellent article by Kanchan Gupta shares the options that India has and why it must stand upto China.
How prepared is India to strike and wound the dragon where it hurts the most?
are Chinese military assets useful?
Some Twitter users have been using Google Earth to assess the military assets mobilization by China near the border. Read this interesting exchange.
I think Chinese air cover over Aksai Chin will come from Hotan - which is about 1000 m above MSL. Images from Google Earth - March 2020 #OSINT
Error above- Hotan is 1400 m above MSL - makes a difference. It is about 400 km from Pangong. Too far for 2 sqn F-7 seen in Hotan but OK for Su-27 knockoff J-11
I doubt if the 26 F-7s seen have the endurance to provide meaningful air cover for the Chinese over Aksai Chin
Vertical Charlie
@bennedose Unless these guys have road or dispersed bases somewhere else(which I presume they do), there would be no aircraft taking off from these runway at all.

2-3 bases aren't enough. They need more.

IAF can take off from central or even civilian airports in the north & still hit them
@CharlieVertical No disagreement here - but I am documenting all that I can find. The only others are Ngari (>4 km above sea level) and Kashgar. I had made a video on Chinese airfields of relevance to us
nota bene
One bright spot: Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel exporter, sees economic growth of at least 6% this year, a pace that could make it an outlier in a world set to contract. (Source)
Mass producing potential vaccine: Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest maker of vaccines by volume, has already started mass-producing the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford. It is still undergoing testing on humans. The company plans to produce a billion shots for the poor countries.
Retail shut-down: 25,000 U.S. stores are on track to close permanently this year due to coronavirus pandemic. The scenario has devastated an industry where many mall-based retailers were already struggling. (Source)
Blue-ticks automation: Twitter is working on an in-app system for people to request verification for their accounts, again. Reverse engineer, Jane Manchun Wong who keeps track of the new features of Twitter, Facebook, and other mainstream apps before they go live spotted the findings which Twitter later confirmed to TechCrunch. (Source)
Guns for safety: More and more Black americans are now learning to use the gun and buy them. (Source)
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poetic genius - shiv kumar batalvi
Sahitya Akademi award has been the highest recognition in the field of literature in India. It takes a lifetime of work to get to that level.
Someone like Smt Mahadevi Vermaji received it at the age of 72. And, Smt Amrita Pritamji received it at the age of 85.
Shiv Kumar Batalvi was born in October 1937.
A very sensitive person, with a great voice and charming looks, he wrote some of the most amazing poetry in the Punjabi language.
At the age of 28 years, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award for his epic Loona, based on the life of Puran Bhagat. He died at the age of 35 years.
In this old interview he sings his own composition so beautifully! One really wishes that the interviewer Mahendra Kaul had not stopped him so abruptly.
Listening to this poem is always cathartic for one who understands Punjabi. You will see his expressions have dominated the lyrics and poetry in many songs in Punjabi, including those sung by stalwarts like Gurdas Maan.
If you want to listen to any other song by Shiv Kumar Batalvi, I would recommend the compositions by Jagjit Singh. This one is my favorite - Maye ni maye mere gitaan de nainan wich.
Shiv kumar Batalvi live interview
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