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Stop Right There! Kartarpur Corridor Needs No Indian, Pakistani Flags: Senior Punjab Politician Tells Modi, Imran Khan
31.10.19 - Punjab Today Bureau
Stop Right There! Kartarpur Corridor Needs No Indian, Pakistani Flags: Senior Punjab Politician Tells Modi, Imran Khan



IN A SCATHING CRITICISM of the Narendra Modi government's plans to hoist a 300-feet-tall Indian Tricolor at Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor leading to the shrine associated with Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Punjab's outspoken senior politician Bir Devinder Singh said both New Delhi and Islamabad should pull back from display of aggressive nationalism that was in complete conflict with the philosophy and preachings of the great Guru.

"You want to turn Kartarpar Sahib into another spot like Wagah where soldiers can stomp the ground and kick high up in the air in an ugly display of competitive territorial sovereignty and natonalism? The Sikh community and the brave Punjabis on both sides of the border should not allow their respective governments to walk down that path," Bir Devinder told Punjab Today.

Earlier in the day, at a press conference in Jalandhar, the former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, released two separate letters he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan's premier Imran Khan, arguing for the need to shun away the practice and instead celebrate the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as an ‘Equatorial Line of Interfaith Understanding.’

"Modi and Imran Khan right now have the power to use this corridor and occasion as pious as the 550th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji to display "the humankind’s capacity to dream big to achieve mutual love and peace," he said.

Known for raising core issues impacting Punjab and Sikhism and often hailed as a master orator, Bir Devinder Singh said Modi and Khan have both displayed political courage and the corridor has turned into a reality in the face of complex political landmine of competing interests and spasmodic nature of India-Pakistan relations.
 
"It will be a shame if all of it now ends up in a display of territorial arrogance with a 300 feet Indian flag going up and then another 300 feet tall Pakistani flag being raised on the other side," the seasoned leader said.

Bir Devinder, whose long career in politics saw him at one stage heading the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), said it was "absolutely pertinent" that the entire corridor venture must "not stray away from the philosophy of the great Guru whose 550th Gurpurab we are about to mark with this international corridor."



"Nothing should happen, not even inadvertently, that is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of the teachings of Guru Nanak," he said, and wrote to PM Modi that a Tricolor "hardly fit into a paradigm of religiosity, spirituality and universal brotherhood that the Sikh Gurus sought to imbue this land with." 

In his letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bir Devinder Singh said he displayed "an audacity of hope" by conceding the demand for corridor and urged him to "not fall for any competing display" by hoisting any massive Pakistan national flag at Sri Kartarpur Sahib.

"Competitive ego matches have brought our two nations to a point where we have to wait for decades" before taking any bold decisions, Bir Devinder Singh told Imran Khan and urged the two premiers "to sit together and convince each other that Sri Kartarpur Sahib needs no national flags."

"Please convince my prime minister and allow him to convince you that both India and Pakistan will do well not to start hoisting national flags and instead let the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor emerge as an ‘Equatorial Line of Interfaith Understanding’ in South Asia," Bir Devinder Singh said.


 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Bir Devinder Singh writes a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan
31.10.19 - Punjab Today Bureau
Bir Devinder Singh writes a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan



Dear Prime Minister,

It is not easy for any Prime Minister to win the hearts and minds of a community in his own country, much less of a community in another country, that too one that is primarily located in a country widely perceived as an inimical neighbour, but you have done that and you deserve kudos for it.

Thank you so much for displaying an audacity of hope by accepting the long-pending demand of the Sikh community to allow the Sikh devotees free access to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) from Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab). Not only did you accept the demand but you pulled out all stops in facilitating that long-cherished dream. The upcoming refurbished and much expanded premises of the Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and the facilities your government has endeavored to put in place at considerable cost escape no one’s notice.
 
That Pakistan is doing so much for the Sikh community when it is going through some tough economic times is a fact that the community will never forget.
We also value highly the much desired reciprocity displayed by the Government of India and its determination to see the venture through, negotiating a complex minefield of a topsy-turvy mutual relationship, occasional hiccups and competing national interests, to finally reach a point where the Sikhs worldwide are eagerly watching out for the blessed moment when the first jatha will cross over, walk along the corridor and pay obeisance at the shrine where Guru Nanak spent the last twenty years of his life.

Having said this, I consider it my duty to underline that at no point, during these 550th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, anything should happen that is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. No contemptuous irritant should be allowed to disturb the divine ambience of the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor even inadvertently.

It is in this context that I have written to our Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, to abandon plans to install a 300-feet high flagpole to hoist the Indian national flag on the Indian side of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. The Sikh community strongly feels that such a display of territorial sovereignty on a spot so infused with religiosity and spirituality, and blessed by Guru Nanak, will not be in keeping with the spirit of what Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has come to symbolize.
 
Likewise, this is to make a fervent and humble plea to you to not fall for any competing display at Sri Kartarpur Sahib corridor.

Competitive ego matches have brought our two nations to a point where we have had to wait for decades before a politician could take decisions as bold as yourself and Mr. Modi. It is now for you and Mr. Modi to avoid turning Sri Kartarpur Sahib corridor into another Wagah-style display of aggressive nationalism in order to showcase sovereign egos accompanied by bugle calls and drumbeats. Such a display of hostility would unnecessarily vitiate the serenity of the sublime atmosphere along the corridor of faith, which is also being seen as a corridor of peace by the world community.

Both India and Pakistan are undoubtedly two sovereign nations, and the world accepts and concedes that. It should be possible to not display hubris and unnecessary reassertion of sovereign arrogance at a shrine that has the capacity to conjoin us in each other’s grief and happiness. India and Pakistan share 3,323 kilometres of clearly demarcated international border where each can plant as many national flags as they wish. But pray, why disturb the sublime ambience of a spiritual corridor with an embittered display of sovereigns egos?
As a precedent, lot many Indian pilgrims visit the Kailash Mansarovar where, despite ups and downs in our relationship with China, both sides have avoided indulging in any display of competitive nationalism along its route and continue to maintain the serenity of the land and the purpose. Let us develop Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, that is just 4.7 kms long and of a very short width, as a symbol of the two nations’ efforts to achieve harmony.

Prime Minister Khan, you won the hearts of the Sikhs when you said you understand their sentiments about Sri Kartarpur Sahib as these would be akin to the sentiments of a devout Muslim who was prevented from visiting Mecca-Medina and is stopped four kilometres away. My Prime Minister shared in his recent Mann Ki Baat; that Guru Nanak not just influenced people in India but in the entire world.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s message of universal brotherhood transcends all borders and boundaries so, please convince my prime minister and allow him to convince you that both India and Pakistan will do well by refraining from hoisting national flags and instead let the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor emerge as an ‘Equatorial Line of Interfaith Understanding’ in South Asia.
May Guru Nanak bless your efforts for peace.

Looking forward to a positive response and immediate action in the matter.

With profound regards,
Bir Devinder Singh


Fazeelat Ma’ab Janab Imraan Khan Sahib 
Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan
Islamabad

 
 
Also Read: NOT ONE MORE WAGAH
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Bir Devinder Singh writes a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
31.10.19 - Punjab Today Bureau
Bir Devinder Singh writes a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



Dear Prime Minister,

The Sikh community appreciates the efforts and political courage that the Government of India as well as the Government of Pakistan has displayed in coming to an agreement that will finally allow Sikh devotees free access to the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) from Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab), to pay obeisance.  No doubt it is a bold initiative and required considerable political capital in the face of the fact that New Delhi was dealing with a country that has often betrayed an inimical stance towards our nation.
 
However, at a time when this long cherished dream is about to become a real possibility, beating seemingly insurmountable odds and negotiating a hostile terrain of relationship, it becomes absolutely pertinent to point out how essential it is for the entire venture to not stray away from the philosophy of Guru Nanak, whose 550th Parkash Purab, we are about to mark with this international corridor.

Burdened with the onerous responsibility of leading the people in observing the 550th Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, you would no doubt be keen that nothing should happen, not even inadvertently, that is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of the teachings of Guru Nanak.

 It is in this context that I must point out that the plans to install 300 feet tall flagposts and hoist the Tricolour on the Indian side of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor hardly fit into a paradigm of religiosity, spirituality and universal brotherhood that the Sikh Gurus sought to imbue this land with.
 
A National flag is certainly a symbol of sovereignty, and no doubt any citizen looks at it with a sense of pride. Also, we live in a world of aggressively competing sovereignties. A 300 feet flagpole is likely to be matched by a 301 feet high crescent and moon fluttering across the border. Both India and Pakistan have already locked themselves into a daily display of aggressive militaristic machismo kicks, jibes, shouting and stomping at the Wagah border, an alternative to the times when the two countries are not actually engaging each other on the peaks of Siachen or exchanging artillery fire across the LoC. Why do we need one more platform for the display of how hard can our soldiers stomp their foot? 

Mr Prime Minister, I believe you have studied the great Indian classical texts, and, therefore, it hardly behoves anyone, much less me, to point out that you would already be well aware of how little this display of sovereign egos, mounted to the tune of calls of the bugle and drumbeats of the soldiers, would be aligned with the wafts of sublime Gurbani. 

A large number of Indians tread the difficult terrain to pay obeisance as part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, and pilgrims actually enter the Chinese territory as part of the yatra. They are even required to sign a Consent Form for cremation of mortal remains on the Chinese side in case of death. But never has any Indian leader proposed raising a huge hundreds of feet tall Tricolour on the border — and rightly so, since such a pilgrimage is hardly an occasion to stress territorial sovereignty.

Would you, Mr Prime Minister, want the great Indian Tricolour, and the very possible competing crescent & moon flag of Pakistan, to become a symbolic irritant, unnecessarily vitiating the serenity of the sublime atmosphere along this corridor of faith that is coming into being partly because of your own political courage?

Both India and Pakistan are undoubtedly two sovereign nations, and neither country needs to prove this fact to the other or to the world community as they both and the world concede that much. Both, New Delhi as well as Islamabad has shown remarkable magnanimity in accepting the long cherished demand of the Sikh community to open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for the followers of Guru Nanak Dev to pay their obeisance unhindered. You have gained a remarkable, once in a lifetime opportunity to take a decision that  Kartarpur Sahib Corridor will not be allowed to be used as a place for the display of hubris. 

India and Pakistan share 3,323 kilometres long clearly demarcated international border, a stretch long enough for both of them to plonk enough flagposts and hoist enough national flags, if they so desire. The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is the place where Guru Nanak subsumed his soul with the Eternal Being after disseminating his message of love and peace and a glorious vision of universal brotherhood where all humankind could coexist. We all have much to do to live up to that message. Let us ensure that at Kartarpur Sahib, the spirit of coexistence would take precedence over the embittered display of sovereign’s egos. 

Let us develop the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a mere 4.7 km long stretch, as an ‘equatorial line of interfaith understanding’ in South Asia, an essential frontier exemplifying the humankind’s capacity to dream big to achieve mutual love and peace.  
Let us not miss this opportunity to rediscover an undiscovered avenue of peace, walking on this Guru-blessed route, with an unflinching faith. It is my fervent plea that you should take the initiative and abandons the idea of raising flag-posts and hoisting a giant Tricolour at Sri Kartarpur Sahib, a step that would be in keeping with the grandeur of Guru Nanak’s philosophy and preaching’s. 

Looking forward to affirmative and resolute action in the matter,

With profound regards,
Bir Devinder Singh


Sh. Narinder Modi Ji
Honourable Prime Minister of India
New Delhi
 
 
Also Read: NOT ONE MORE WAGAH
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

_______________________________________________________________

Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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AN AMERICAN IMAM WRITES TO AMERICAN SIKH COMMUNITY
I want to say thank you to the Sikh community
24.10.19 - OMAR SULEIMAN
I want to say thank you to the Sikh community



When Hurricane Katrina struck my hometown of New Orleans in 2005, I was tasked with leading a major Muslim relief effort. While Katrina brought many sights I won’t forget, one of the most enduring and treasured was members of United Sikhs, a humanitarian and civil rights nonprofit, bolting this way and that across the floor of the Superdome, which had been turned into a massive shelter, assisting distressed people with a zeal unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

This despite the fact that the Sikh community in New Orleans is minimal, and I can’t recall seeing a single Sikh Katrina victim in any of the shelters.

In fact the Sikhs, though they are the fifth largest faith group in the world, number only a few hundred thousand members in the entire U.S., most of whom live around New York City and in California. But in this rising climate of xenophobia, especially Islamophobia, they have become easy targets. Bigots often mistake Sikhs for Muslims due to their highly visible turbans, beards and scarves.

Despite the real harm this has caused Sikhs, they have consistently refused to throw the Muslim community under the bus by simply distancing themselves from Islam.

You may have seen the video of Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, a candidate for prime minister, being heckled by a protester in 2017 for trying to "push Shariah” and being in "bed with the Muslim Brotherhood.” His brother, Gurratan Singh, also a member of Parliament, went viral last month for how he handled an Islamophobic heckler outside a Muslim convention.

Gurratan tweeted afterward, "I will never respond to an Islamophobe by stating, ‘I am not a Muslim.’”

Instead of protecting themselves, Sikhs have never shied away from their mandate to service and solidarity with others.

The slaying of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal (in pic) in Houston last month reinforced the cost of how Sikhs choose to deal with their impossible situation. Dhaliwal actively assisted in disaster relief efforts to communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, worked with at-risk communities in Houston and was a source of comfort to his hometown of Punjab, in northern India, where he helped coordinate drought relief efforts. He was an ideal citizen and a source of pride for his community.

But as he navigated the streets of Texas with or without his uniform, most people, including the man who is accused of killing him, probably saw nothing more than his skin color, turban and beard. No matter how American Dhaliwal was on paper, and how remarkable of a human being he was in action, his appearance rendered him conclusively foreign. This not only diminishes the contributions of Sikhs, but our own behavior when tragedies strike them.

These tragedies far outpace their numbers. Sikhs have borne the brunt of Islamophobia since the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Just four days after the terrorist attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi was murdered outside of his business in Arizona by a man who wanted to go out and "shoot some towel-heads” in retaliation.

When we think of attacks on houses of worship, we often think of synagogues, mosques and black churches that have been targeted recently by white supremacist terrorist attacks. But before these attacks became a hallmark of this decade, we witnessed the horrible tragedy at Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six Sikhs were murdered in their temple in 2012.

Muslims owe the Sikhs thanks for this unwavering and inspiring steadfastness in the face of Islamophobia. And as you grieve over the loss of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, we grieve with you. 

As an American Muslim who wears a kufi and a beard, I want to take this occasion to say thank you to the Sikh community. Thank you for the constant solidarity you show to my community, and the constant service you render to our country. Your community is too often underrepresented in the discussion of fatal bigotry, uncared for in its grief and unappreciated for its service and solidarity.

 

(Imam Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar, activist and civil rights leader, is founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an adjunct professor of Islamic studies in the graduate liberal studies program at Southern Methodist University. Coutesy: Religion News Service.)


 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

_______________________________________________________________

Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT






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MODI MEETING XI
India must be wary of China's kiss of death
10.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju
India must be wary of China's kiss of death



It is believed that if a mafia leader kisses you, you are marked for death (as in Godfather 2).

So also, if a Chinese leader approaches you, you should be sure it is with some evil design.

The Indian Prime Minister Modi is meeting the Chinese President Xi Jinping today in Chennai, India and I would advise the Indian leader to be vigilant.
 
Why do I say this ? 

To understand the political situation in the world today one must have some idea of economics, for, as Lenin said, politics is concentrated economics.

Today China has a foreign exchange reserve of over $ 3.2 trillion. This is a huge amount of hot money hungrily looking for investment avenues.
 
The truth is that after Mao Zedong's (in pic) death in 1976 and accession to supreme power of Deng Xiaobing, China  is not a communist country, it is capitalist, and it is in the nature of capital that after a certain stage of development a country becomes imperialist, that is, it seeks avenues for overseas investment, markets,  raw materials and cheap labour. For this it becomes aggressive and expansionist, like Britain and France in the 19th century.

However, in the 1930s and 40s the main danger for the world was not British or French imperialism, it was the imperialism of Hitler Germany. That was because at that time German imperialism was aggressive and expanding imperialism, while British and French imperialism were on the defensive.
 
In other words, while the latter only wanted to hold on to their colonies without seeking more, the former wanted to conquer and enslave other countries. So Hitler's Germany was the greatest danger to world peace at that time.

Today, the Chinese are the greatest danger to world peace, not America or any other country. This is because in pursuit of avenues for profitable investment, markets, raw materials etc they have become virulently aggressive and expansionist (though their expansionism is not yet militant but economic).
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One can only hope that in the Xi-Modi meeting in Chennai a kiss of death is not given to India too.
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As pointed out in detail in my article 'Trump's opposition to Chinese imperialism overshadows his defects' published online, today the Chinese have expanded everywhere, penetrating Asia, Africa and Latin America (the Monroe Doctrine has been cast to the winds by the Chinese), apart from their capture of markets of Western countries.
 
Their Belt and Road Initiative is only one of the Chinese moves. They have captured ports (e.g. Gwadar port in Pakistan), infrastructure, etc of many countries, as stated in my article. Details have been given in that article, and so I am not repeating the same here.

The 'kiss of death' seems to have been given to Pakistan by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and huge Chinese investments in Pakistan, which are nothing but a sugar coated poison pill, as noted by Panos Mourdoukoutas, Professor of Economics in Long Island University, New York in his article 'What is China doing to Pakistan? The same thing it did to Sri Lanka '. In other words, Pakistan will soon be riddled with debt it will owe to China, and become a Chinese semi colony.

One can only hope that in the Xi-Modi meeting in Chennai a kiss of death is not given to India too. 

I submit that all the countries in the world now realise the Chinese danger to the whole world, as Winston Churchill understood about the Nazi danger, and put up a stout opposition to Chinese imperialism, instead of behaving like Neville Chamberlain, who thought appeasement policy could bring peace
 
 
 

Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India and former Chairman, Press Council of India


 

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