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The Students Solidarity March
So, Will It Not End With a Bang But a Whimper?
29.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju
So, Will It Not End With a Bang But a Whimper?



The Students Solidarity March in Pakistan has whipped up a lot of hoopla and brouhaha not only in Pakistan but also in the Indian subcontinent.
 
The sight of the leather jacketed Arooj Aurangzeb singing ‘Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai’ has created great excitement, as if a revolution or some great change was on the doorstep, like an Arab spring.

While I support the movement, my own view is that this burst of youthful enthusiasm will last only for a month or two, and then end up as a damp squib, like the Anna Hazare anti corruption agitation and the anti rape (Nirbhaya) agitation in Delhi. Then it will be business as usual.
 
It reminds me of a line in Shakespeare’s Macbeth "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".
 
Most of these students have no scientific understanding of historical processes, but are only well intentioned youth but with little in their heads.

The ‘revolutionary’ heroes of the 2016 JNU ‘Azadi’ Movement in Delhi ended up by being exposed as careerists seeking to advance their political careers, Kanhaiya Kumar by contesting the recent Indian Parliamentary elections (in which he lost badly), and Shehla Rashid by joining the newly created Shah Faesal’s party J&K People’s Movement.

While I generally support Indian and Pakistani youth in their demands, I have no illusions about them. While many pose to be modern minded and revolutionary, in fact most are casteist and communal, with feudal mindsets, and what I call ‘gobar’ (cow dung) in their heads.
 
It was students of Abdul Wali Khan University, Marian, Pakistan who lynched the liberal Mashal Khan, it was some students in Tamilnadu of the Vanniyar or Thevar caste who physically assaulted dalit students, and it was Rajput students who attacked Dalits in Saharanpur, UP.

I can quite accurately foresee the future of these agitating students. They will end up seeking cushy jobs in the civil services, or in a multi national corporation, or as Professors, or abroad in America or Europe seeking a green card. That will be the end of their revolution and ‘Tamanna’ for ‘Sarfaroshi’!

The Students Solidarity March demands legalizing students unions. I too support this demand. But I have no illusions about students unions. Most of the students leaders in these unions are affiliated, or will get affiliated to some political party, and everyone knows that the leaders of these parties have no genuine love for the country but only an insatiable desire for power and pelf.
 
The student leaders will undoubtedly follow the example of their gurus in later life. Many of these student leaders are hardly students, and often remain ‘students’ well into their middle age.
 
Some are rank goondas. That is what I personally saw when I was a student of Allahabad University (1963-67).

So good luck to these students. No doubt ‘Hungaama hai barpa’ because of their brave ‘revolutionary’ activity, but I fear it will end not with a bang but a whimper. 

 
 

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


 

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Jurists Foundation vs Federal Government
Salute to the Judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court
28.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju
Salute to the Judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court



I AM STILL marveling at what the Pakistan Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Khosa has done by its order dated 28.11.2019 in the case of Jurists Foundation vs Federal Government.
 
I confess I simply could not believe they had the guts to do it, for the reason that the past record of the Court has been very shabby. It has often kowtowed before the Pakistan army, which is perceived as the real ruler of Pakistan.
 
For instance, at the dictate of General Zia-ul-Haq (in pic) it committed the ‘judicial murder’ of Bhutto, and propounded a novel ‘doctrine of necessity’ to validate army coups.
 
This latest order of the Supreme Court is therefore akin to Chief Justice Coke’s act of courage in the Commendam case of 1616 in opposing King James 1 of England who claimed the right to pronounce judicial verdicts.

‘Power grows out of the barrel of a gun’ said Mao Zedong (in pic), and this doctrine was adopted lock stock and barrel by the army generals after General Ayub Khan staged his coup in 1958.
 
For 30 years the army ruled directly, and for much of the remaining period indirectly through the cover of a civilian government. The real seat of power in Pakistan is widely believed to be the Corps Commanders Conference.

When Roman general Pompey the Great (in pic) went to Sicily, the people of Sicily questioned his jurisdiction on the ground that it was against an ancient law of Rome, to which Pompey replied "Don’t quote the laws to us, we carry swords".

General Ayub, General Zia, and General Musharraf were worthy successors of Pompey the Great, as they believed in the same philosophy, and the Pakistan Supreme Court dutifully validated their coups, even though in flagrant violation of the then Constitution.

I have written earlier that through the Fauji Foundation, Army Welfare Trust, Shaheen Foundation and other devious organs the Pakistan military has infiltrated into almost every sector of the Pakistan economy (see Ayesha Siddiqa’s book ‘Military Inc’).
 
Thus, the Pakistan military has a vested interest in holding on to power. Whenever any institution challenges that vested interest the army points a gun at that institution, which meekly surrenders.

It was therefore an act of real courage on the part of the Pakistan Supreme Court to question General Bajwa’s extension of term as Chief of Army Staff by three years.
 
Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Chief Justice of Pakistan 
 
Who could have imagined unarmed judges to stand eyeball to eyeball with the Generals?
 
Even the petitioner, after having filed the petition, had later lost courage and backed out by filing an application for withdrawing his petition. The judges could have easily dismissed the petition as withdrawn, but it must be said to their credit that they did not.
 
The time had surely come in Pakistan to tell the Generals where they get off, and it was only a courageous Supreme Court bench which could do so. 

I have read the short order of the Court, and was surprised to read in paragraph 2 that neither in the Pakistan Constitution, nor in the Pakistan Army Act, Rules or Regulations is there any provision about the tenure of the army chief, or whether he can get an extension/reappointment.
 
The Court therefore rightly directed Parliament to legislate on this matter. 
 
General Qamar Javed Bajwa 
 
The Court also displayed pragmatic wisdom in granting General Bajwa a six months extension, by which time Parliament must legislate.
 
Some people may criticize this 6 months extension, but in my view this avoids an unnecessary confrontation, and gives adequate time to the concerned authorities to decide on General Bajwa’s replacement as Chief of Army Staff.
 
Indeed, if General Bajwa has any self respect, he should himself refuse a further extension beyond 6 months and should gracefully retire.

Hats off to Chief Justice Khosa and his colleagues on the bench. May Justice Khosa’s successor as Chief Justice of Pakistan display the same courage as he has. 
 
 

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


 

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!

 


 

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THE INTRIGUING METAPHOR OF IMPROVEMENT
A deeply philosophical observation: From ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’
19.11.19 - Jawed Naqvi
A deeply philosophical observation: From ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’



SPURRED by an unexpected breeze, the quality of air in Delhi ‘improved’ from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’. Some improvement, you would say, but do tarry a little.

The Delhi Met Bureau may have actually made a deeply philosophical observation with its imagery applicable to several facets of life these days. The intriguing metaphor of improvement between severe and very poor certainly applies to extant political choices in a large number of locations.

Take Pakistan, where the PPP is compelled to swear by Z.A. Bhutto as a great liberal even though he heaped misery on a minority community in a moment of communally inspired political opportunism.
 
And Nawaz Sharif is the preferred symbol of the nation’s hopes for a democratic recovery having conjured images of a Taliban-style amirul momineen replacing the country’s elected prime minister.
 
As for Imran Khan, he continues to flirt with some kind of liberation theology given his abiding faith in the Muslim clergy. As for the generals, they trump everyone by merging the options into a seemingly irreversible order of things.
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The Delhi Met Bureau may have actually made a deeply philosophical observation.
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Transpose the irony of self-limiting choices on American politics. Is it not true that Obama was to Libya what Bush was to Iraq and Clinton was to Yugoslavia? To the American voters, however, these former icons define all that they can choose from. The slightest difference in demeanour and style becomes the critical inflection.
 
Elizabeth Warren, or whoever gets to lead the Democratic challenge against Donald Trump next year, thus needs to fight not just Trump but the ghost of his predecessors to progress from choosing between severe and very poor.

In this regard, the choices for Indians have been even more notably stifling. It seems as though the ‘Good’ has been removed as an option from a Clint Eastwood movie, leaving only the ‘Bad’ and the ‘Ugly’ to battle it out. Among other regressions, Nehru’s Congress is talking to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra where they could come together along with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of former chief minister Sharad Pawar.

Following recent state elections, which the BJP-Shiv Sena had fought together, the BJP’s numbers in the new assembly dwindled. In Haryana too, in Delhi’s neighbourhood, Modi’s party lost seats, but it co-opted the services of a discredited legislator to cobble a wafer-thin majority. The BJP had earlier sought the man’s arrest for alleged rape but it is now beholden to him for critical support. The Congress has no role in the ugliness of the moment and needs to just watch the BJP choke on its own muck.

It is significant that in Maharashtra and Haryana Modi’s appeal didn’t work. And this happened despite the Congress grappling with its own severe crisis as it limps on under an interim president in Sonia Gandhi. It has the numbers with the NCP to wean Shiv Sena away from the BJP by offering it greater share in the power structure. But should it morally do so?

The Shiv Sena has run on fascist principles with a pernicious anti-Muslim and anti-Dalit ideology. The outfit shored up by militant middle-caste Marathas was actually set up by the Congress, as a cat’s-paw against the influence of Brahmin-led communist unions that greatly troubled Mumbai’s business captains. The strike-breaking Sena conjured different enemies in stages and is currently positioned as anti-Muslim and anti-Dalit. Its volunteers confessed to taking part in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992.

What’s significant about this Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena project, though it is still on the anvil, is that it follows the supreme court’s judgement on the Ayodhya dispute, which rather controversially assigned the piece of land where the Hindu mob razed the 16th-century mosque against the supreme court’s orders to the very mob with a mandate to build a temple to Lord Ram there.

Many Hindus worship Ram as the god-prince of Ayodhya, but only the BJP and its linked groups seem to know the precise spot where he came into the world. There was a time when the Congress government under Manmohan Singh told the apex court tartly that though Ram was worshipped across the country — and Muslim poets including Iqbal had written paeans to him — there was no scientific evidence he actually existed. Be that as it may, the Congress is now fully on board with the temple project, which is not surprising at all.

Ever since the communists parted ways with the Congress party in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule, the Congress has veered closer to the Hindu right. This was a leading factor in Mrs Gandhi’s hurried calculations that led her to misjudge the mood in Punjab where she weighed in against the alienated Sikh community with military might.

The consequence was disastrous for India even though in the short run Rajiv Gandhi did win an unprecedented landslide, seen as a sympathy vote over his mother’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.
 
Thousands of Sikhs were slaughtered in Delhi by mobs that were encouraged by the Congress party’s backroom cosiness with the Hindu right.

As for Maharashtra, there is nothing new or even surprising about the Congress and the NCP coming close to the Shiv Sena even if they pretend to be wary of its pronounced fascist tag.
 
One needs only to flick off the dust from the Justice Shri Krishna Commission report on the 1992-93 anti-Muslim violence in Mumbai in the wake of the Ayodhya outrage.
 
The commission cited direct evidence to illustrate complicity between the Shiv Sena, sections of the police and the Congress government of the day who were together named by the report, the reason why they jointly buried it. Not unlike the Delhi Met, William Shakespeare’s witches may have been pointing to a similarly deep universal reality as they sang in unison: "Fair is foul and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

 
 
The writer is Dawn’s correspondent in Delhi. Courtesy: dawn.com
 
 

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!

 


 

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THROWING A SPANNER IN THE WORKS
Conspiracy, vested interests behind low footfall at Kartarpur Corridor, alleges Bir Devinder Singh
14.11.19 - Team PT
Conspiracy, vested interests behind low footfall at Kartarpur Corridor, alleges Bir Devinder Singh



An obnoxious effort is currently underway to negate and nullify the very concept, purpose and viability of the Kartarpur Corridor, with entrenched elements in the Government of India, deliberately sabotaging the venture and doing everything to suppress the footfall of Sikh Sangat, senior Punjab politician and former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Bir Devinder Singh, said today.

In a statement issued here, Bir Devinder Singh, currently the Senior Vice President of SAD (Taksali), said while Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated the corridor and thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for responding to the sentiments of the Guru Nanak Naamleva, certain powers in India's Deep Establishment are throwing a spanner in the works.

"Through which empirical survey has the Government of India determined that an average Guru Nanak Naamleva is equipped with a passport? When Pakistan is not imposing the condition of passport, then why is New Delhi insisting on sticking to the terms of the MoU signed earlier?," Bir Devinder Singh said, adding that the MoU predated the announcement made by Prime Minister Imran Khan about scrapping the condition of passport.

"In fact, India is losing out on an opportunity to call the bluff of Pakistan. We should have allowed the pilgrims to go to Pakistan on the basis of any valid ID, like the Aadhar card, as PM Khan had said, and if Pakistan had refused to accept them, we should have gone to town to expose the chinks between Imran Khan's executive and the military there," he said.

The former Deputy Speaker said the Sikh community and Punjabis at large would have grave doubts about the intentions behind the insistence on cumbersome procedural restrictions for the pilgrims opting to travel via Kartarpur Corridor.

On the one hand, the world can see an outpouring of overwhelming religious exuberance of the Sikh community and on the other hand, it can also watch the meagre numbers trudging through the Corridor. "Clearly, there is a disconnect, and that disconnect is not because Sikhs and Punjabis at large are not enthusiastic to go for Darshan of the last abode of the Guru Nanak Dev Ji, but because certain powers are creating obstacles," Bir Devinder Singh said.

He said it was surprising that neither Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, nor his friend and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal seemed much bothered about the state of affairs regarding the corridor.

"The Kartarpur Corridor is more than a photo-op, and now that politicians have had their faces splashed on television channels, who will take the responsibility of ensuring that the world sees the success of this corridor that denotes peace in the trouble-torn region of South Asia?" he asked.

Bir Devinder Singh urged CM Amarinder Singh to use his deep connections in the Delhi Durbar, who arrange for visa for his close Pakistani friend without fail every time, irrespective of the state of India-Pakistan tensions, to do away with undue procedural obstacles and facilitate pilgrimage along the corridor. 

"It is strange that the man who cried hoarse all the time about opening the border is now silent after merely ensuring that a particular Pakistani citizen can criss-cross the Radcliff Line any time she wanted," he added.

Bir Devinder Singh wondered if it was the inherent malevolence found among certain elements in India's Deep State that was responsible for efforts to sabotage the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor after they failed to prevent it from happening. "The hidden agenda of these elements seems to be to disdainfully dissuade Pakistan not to replicate any similar venture since Sikhs are demanding free access to all the Historical Gurdwaras left in Pakistan after the partition of the country in 1947," he said.

Bir Devinder Singh came down heavily on Capt. Amarinder Singh's repeated references to the ISI being behind the corridor's opening and called it a "conspicuously ridiculous harangue."

This was nothing but an effort to pre-empt the opening of the corridor and was defeated by the sheer enthusiasm of the Sikh Sangat, he said, adding that Captain Amarinder Singh was acting as an "agent provocateur" of Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor, and did not shy away from statements that just blotched the sublime glory of the inaugural function of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on the 9th of November, 2019 at Dera Baba Nanak.

"I wish he had not exhibited the repugnant sickness of his mind. What kind of a leader could be so completely oblivious to the grace of the solemn occasion?" Bir Devinder Singh asked.

Calling all talk about security related worries in the context of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor as humbug, Bir Devinder Singh said there was much potential in the positive interfaith dialogue between Sikhism and Islam and this could have massive geo-political impact on the Kashmir narrative.

"Now, this is something from which India can gain, if the powers that be wanted to utilise the potential of such a dialogue. On the other hand, they could feel threatened by it if their designs were nefarious," he said.

The seminal contours of the interfaith understanding and commonalities along the broader spectrum of faith were well understood by historians, geo-political experts and theologians, he added.

"I urge the Government of India to immediately remove all unnecessary bottlenecks and allow unhindered flow of Sikh devotees to Kartarpur Sahib," he said.

Bir Devinder Singh said India should, if required, further rework the bilateral agreement with Pakistan to do away with the need for a passport as Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already consented for it.

"Why should families spend so much money on getting passports made, when all they have to do is to walk through a corridor for which their passports are not even to be inked?" he wondered.
 

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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