Nun Raped In India, Suspect Found

Last year, a 72-year-old nun was reportedly raped during an attack at a convent school in West Bengal in India.  The nation was shocked.

Recently, the main suspect was arrested.

On June 17th NDTV reported that Nazrul, a 28-year-old Bangladeshi national, was arrested at the Sealdah railway station when he was getting off a local train.

(Updated article)

Indian Gang Rape Victim Faces Exhausting ‘Purification Ritual’

The rape victim, who cannot be identified.

An Indian woman who was gang-raped and impregnated as a result will have to go through a “purification ritual” to remain the part of her society, writes the Pakistan Tribe news publication.

The only condition in which her society would accept her back is that she would go through an exhausting ritual which is conducted to “purify” her, according to the Pakistan Tribe.

The ritual is ordered by her community’s local courts and only has to be undertaken by the females in cases of rape or infidelity.

The ritual entails a test in which a “tantric” – a priest basically practicing black magic and believing in supernatural powers – asks the victim questions regarding the incident. The ritual pre-dates the existence of courts and the police, according to the BBC News.

The transparency of her responses is to be determined by the number of barley seeds in the priest’s hand.

The woman will be asked whether the number of seeds in the priest’s hand is even or odd.  If she gives the right answer, she will supposedly be telling the truth and if she cannot give the right answer it will mean that she has been telling lies.

In return for this, she will have to carry a 10-kg stone on her head while giving answers to the same questions asked previously.  This process continues for until the priest is satisfied that she has finally told the truth.

If the lady passes the test and is purified, then she is accepted by her family and if not then she will have to leave the community, writes the Pakistani Tribe.

(Updated article)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32444349

http://www.pakistantribe.com/story/40753/gang-rape-victim-to-undergo-tiresome-purification-ritual/

Farmer In India Hangs Self At Political Rally

NDTV

The New York Times writes that last week, a dead farmer endeared himself to the nation more than all the dead farmers before him. The New York Times states that Gajendra Singh, who was skilled in tying turbans and had a keen interest in politics, was not exactly a poor farmer.

The New York Times:  “He attended a political rally in the capital, climbed a tree, tied a piece of cloth to a branch and a noose around his neck, and shouted slogans about the plight of farmers. What happened after that is disputed. Some say he fell by accident, some say he hanged himself. There was enthusiastic news coverage until the earthquake in Nepal deflected attention. Politicians visited his family. The government announced it would name a farmer welfare program after him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the nation was ‘deeply shattered.'”

However, the Indian TV broadcasting company NDTV tells it differently:

“Before killing himself, Gajender Singh from Dausa district threw a suicide note at the crowd, in which he said he had suffered failed crops and was unable to feed his three children anymore.

“AAP had called the rally at the city’s Jantar Mantar, just a km from Parliament, to protest against the Centre’s proposal to make it easier to buy farmland for development projects.

“41-year-old Gajender, who had contested the 2003 Rajasthan election, caught the crowd’s attention by balancing precariously on a tree, shouting and waving a broom. An AAP worker and others climbed after him urging him to come down.

“The tree was just 40 steps from the stage where Mr Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were seated. In visuals, people were seen focusing mainly on the stage, their cheers and claps drowning out Gajendra’s voice.”

So the version from India doesn’t doubt that it was a suicide and makes it clear that he had a suicide note.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had staged the rally in Delhi to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial land acquisition bill.

Opponents of the bill say it will hurt the interests of farmers, states the BBC.

A slightly different view: The Times of India states Delhi Police have blamed the “mob” at AAP ‘s rally for inciting the farmer to commit suicide.

How Is The Relationship Between The U.S. and Israel?

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The Strategic and International Affairs editor of the Indian newspaper “The Hindu,” – Praveen Swami – interviews the Israeli Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon.

They discuss the leaked South African diplomatic cables, and claims Mossad has spoken of on Iran. They also discuss the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Carmon stated that the relationship betweeen Israel and the U.S. is “unbreakable.”

Authorities In India Prevent Rape Documentary From Being Shown

Authorities in India stopped the domestic broadcast of a British documentary about the gang rape of a young woman in Delhii, according to The Guardian.

The British director of the hard-hitting documentary has appealed to the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, to intervene.

Leslee Udwin, whose documentary India’s Daughter, is scheduled to be broadcast internationally on Sunday, made an emotional plea to Modi “to deal with this unceremonious silencing of the film” in India.

The movie is based on the brutal rape of 23-year-old physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh from December 2012.   Udwin’s documentary includes interviews Mukesh Singh, one of the men convicted for the crime, who is now in prison in Delhi and waiting for the supreme court to hear his appeal against the death sentence.

In the film, Singh suggests his victim would not have been killed if she had not fought back against her attackers and appears to blame her for not behaving like “a decent girl”.

“You can’t clap with one hand,” said Mr. Singh, who was convicted of rape and murder, though he denied taking part in the assault. “It takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good.”

Those and other comments by Singh were released as part of a publicity campaign for the film, according to The New York Times.  They were met with outrage in India, partly because the filmmaker, Leslee Udwin, had been permitted to interview the defendant in jail.

After complaints by the home minister, an Indian court issued a restraining order, stating that Mr. Singh’s interview created “an atmosphere of fear and tension with the possibility of public outcry and law and order situation.”  The order said the film violated four Indian statutes, including one against “intent to cause alarm in the public” and another banning acts “intended to outrage the modesty of a woman.”

The filmmaker said the order amounted to a ban.

More:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/world/asia/delhi-gang-rape-mukesh-singh.html?_r=0

Was William Shakespeare Gay?

Portrait of William Shakespeare

According to The Times of India and other sources, the sexuality of William Shakespeare has again been called into question by leading scholars, it has been reported.

Sir Brian Vickers, a visiting professor at University College London, started the academic debate by claiming that a “Times Literary Supplement” book review was wrong to state that Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 was written in a “primarily homosexual context,” Daily Star reported.

The British academic asserted that the sonnet did not give any indication about his love life and argued that Shakespeare was talking about a type of love that had nothing to do with sexual attraction.

However, scholar Arthur Freeman stated that no “responsible editor” would dismiss the possibility “of homosexual, as well as heterosexual passion” being behind the sonnets.

Prof Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, also took issue with Sir Brian writing and mentioned that when a poet whose name is William writes poems of painful and unabashed sexual frankness which pun on the word “will” 13 times in Sonnet No 135, it was not unreasonable to conclude that he might be writing from the depths of his own experience.

However, it has been widely acknowledged that Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and that he had three children.

ISIS, British, and U.S. Involvement In Terrorism

Ramtanu Maitra discusses the British and American game of manipulating terrorism towards their own political benefit – from Afghanistan to ISIS and the current wave of fear being peddled to the masses.

We learn why when the wheel of terror spins the west always ends up the winner, how the Saudis interests are being protected, and how London has become a new breeding ground for terrorism that has destabilized the middle east in this conversation hosted by Sean Stone.

Ramtanu Maitra is the head of EIR’s South Asia and Afghanistan desk. He is also an Associate Editor of the 21st Century Science and Technology, a science and tech quarterly magazine published from Washington. Maitra is also the founding member of the Delhi-based SASFOR, a strategic analysis group and contributes regularly to two Indian defense and security-related quarterly journals—Aakrosh and Agni.

Video by The Lip TV.

Irresponsible? Russia Makes Sophisticated Fighter Jet – Gives Out The Technology

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According to Wikipedia, “(t)he Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a super-maneuverable air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).”

It is a variant of Russia’s Su-30, and shares components with the highly sophisticated Su-35.  It is an all-weather, long-range fighter.

So not only does Russia make a very sophisticated fighter plane like the Su-35, but it is spreading the technology to certain countries.

Development of the variant started after India signed a deal with Russia in 2000 to manufacture 140 Su-30 fighter jets.

The first Russian-made Su-30MKI variant was accepted into the Indian Air Force in 2002, while the first India-assembled Su-30MKI entered service with the IAF in 2004.  Additional MKIs have been ordered to increase the total to 272.  The IAF had 200 Su-30MKIs in service as of August 2014.

The Su-30MKI is expected to form the backbone of the Indian Air Force’s fighter fleet to 2020 and beyond.

The aircraft is tailor-made for Indian specifications and integrates Indian systems and avionics as well as French and Israeli subsystems.  It has abilities similar to the Sukhoi Su-35 with which it shares many features and components.

The Su-30MKI was jointly designed by Russia’s Sukhoi Corporation and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

The Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI is considered to be a generation ahead of Su-30MKK/MK2 fighters sold to China.

Russia’s Defense Ministry was impressed enough with the performance of the Su-30MKI to have ordered 30 Su-30SMs, a localized version of the Su-30MKI, for the Russian Air Force.

It features state of the art avionics developed by Russia, India, and Israel which includes display, navigation, targeting and electronic warfare systems. Some avionics suites used in the aircraft were also sourced from France and South Africa.

History

After two years of evaluation and negotiations, India signed a US$1.462 billion deal with the Sukhoi Corporation on 30 November 1996 for the delivery of 50 Su-30MKI aircraft in five batches. The first batch were eight Su-30MKs, the basic version of Su-30. The second batch were to be 10 Su-30Ks with French and Israeli avionics.

The third batch were to be 10 Su-30MKIs featuring canard foreplanes. The fourth batch of 12 Su-30MKIs and final batch of 10 Su-30MKIs aircraft all were to have the AL-31FP turbofans. These 50 aircraft were made by Sukhoi in Russia.

In October 2000, a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed confirming the license production of 140+ Su-30MKIs in India and in December 2000.  The deal was sealed at Russia’s Irkutsk aircraft plant, with full technology transfer.

The first Su-30MKIs from Nasik, India, were to be delivered from 2004, with the staged production until 2017–18. However in November 2002, the delivery schedule was expedited with production to be completed by 2015.  An estimated 920 AL-31FP turbofans are to be manufactured at HAL’s Koraput Division, while the mainframe and other accessories are to be manufactured at HAL’s Divisions in Lucknow and Hyderabad.

Final integration of the aircraft and its test flight are to be carried out at HAL’s Nasik Division.

The MKI production was planned to be done in four phases, with increasing Indian content: Phase I, II, III and IV respectively. In phase I, HAL manufactured the aircraft from completely knocked-down kits, moving to semi knocked-down kits in phase II and III, with the phase IV featuring aircraft manufactured by HAL from raw materials. Phase IV aircraft started getting delivered in 2013.

In 2008, Samtel HAL Display Systems (SHDS), a joint venture between Samtel Display Systems and HAL, won a contract to develop and manufacture multi-function avionics displays for the MKI.  A helmet mounted display, Topsight-I, based on technology from Thales and developed by SHDS will be integrated on the Su-30MKI in the next upgrade.

In March 2010, it was reported that India and Russia were discussing a contract for 42 more Su-30MKIs.   In June 2010, it was reported that the Cabinet Committee on Security had cleared the INR150 billion (US$2.4 billion) deal and that the 42 aircraft would be in service by 2018.

By August 2010, the cost increased to $4.3 billion or $102 million each.  This increased unit cost compared to the previous unit cost of $40 million in 2007, has led to the rumors that this order is for the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and these aircraft will be optimized and hardwired for nuclear weapons delivery. The SFC had previously submitted a proposal to the Indian Defence Ministry for setting up two dedicated squadrons of fighters consisting of 40 aircraft capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

So, it seems that India will have sophisticated fighter jets capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

HAL expected that indigenisation of the Su-30MKI program would be completed by 2010. V. Balakrishnan, general manager of the Aircraft Manufacturing Division stated that “HAL will achieve 100 per cent indigenisation of the Sukhoi aircraft – from the production of raw materials to the final plane assembly”.

On 11 October 2012, the Indian Government confirmed plans to buy another 42 Su-30MKI aircraft.  On 24 December 2012, India ordered assembly kits for 42 Su-30MKIs by signing a deal during President Putin’s visit to India.  This increases India’s order total to 272 Su-30MKIs.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is the most potent fighter jet in service with the Indian Air Force in the late 2000s, and the MKIs are often fielded by the IAF in bilateral and multilateral air exercises.

Floods In Kashmir

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In Indian-administered Kashmir, heavy monsoon rains led to surging floodwaters and the deaths of at least 175 people. Across the disputed border in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the floods have claimed more than 60 lives, in addition to 131 in Punjab province.  It is the mountainous region’s worst flooding in six decades, submerging hundreds of villages and prompting a crisis that has led to a brief co-operation between India and Pakistan. 

Both countries’ armies have rushed to rescue those stranded. Although rain slowed down over the weekend, thousands of people remain trapped in their homes, and there was initial anger at the lack of warning and government preparedness for the floods, which have become an annual phenomenon.

In the Kashmir Valley, people have been stranded in homes, hospitals, hotels and houseboats, at schools and on highways, many going for days without food.  

Kashmir is an area divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both. They have fought three wars, two of them over control of Kashmir, since winning independence from Britain in 1947.  Kashmir has an agrarian economy and there are three main religions in the area: Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  Islam claims the most people.    

In recent history, there was an Islamist-led insurgency that broke out in 1989. India gave the army additional authority to end the insurgency under the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The AFSPA still remains in force in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

India has been accused of using chemical weapons in the Kashmir area.  In June 1999, military sources within Pakistan alleged that India had launched shells containing chemical weapons at a Pakistani army position on the Line of Control between the two countries.  India has denied the claims.  

In the summer of 2010, pro-Pakistan and pro-independence public protests erupted, and clashes with Indian security forces left more than 100 people dead.

Historically, Kashmir became known worldwide when Cashmere wool was exported to other regions and nations.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi flew to Kashmir on Sunday and promised about $200 million in relief efforts and compensation for the flood victims.

Behind the current floods is the larger reality of climate change, according to Indian environmentalist Sunita Narain.

Both India and Pakistan are struggling with inadequate infrastructure to deal with such natural disasters.  That has been compounded by a monsoon that each year grows more unpredictable and delivers more and more rain.  “This makes for a double whammy,” said Narain.

Apparently, the American “left” are not the only ones who believe in climate change. 

Al Qaeda Will Try To Start “Branch” In Indian Region

According to CNN, al Qaeda announced it will launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent.

In a video, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said the purpose is to “wage jihad against its enemies, to liberate its land, to restore its sovereignty, and to revive its Caliphate.” 

Al-Zawahiri also said he wants to gain support “for the vulnerable” in Myanmar and Bangladesh; in the Indian states of Assam and Gujarat; and in Kashmir, the disputed region between India and Pakistan.  He called for “rescue” from “injustice, oppression, persecution, and suffering” in these areas.
 
Some analysts view al Qaeda’s announcement as an indication they’re having difficulty recruiting followers as ISIS gains support in the global Islamist movement.

Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst called the video “hyperventilation and posturing.”

“It’s al-Zawahiri’s obvious way of getting some of the limelight back,” he said as ISIS has moved front and center.

The Indian government is trying to confirm the video’s authenticity, said Amarendra Tiwari, an official with India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.  A security alert has been issued in parts of India, although details were not given.