By Dr Shahid Qureshi:
“it is irrelevant if US punishes its enemies or not, but it definitely punishes its Friends” said a well-respected Jewish analyst and former US Secretary of State, Hennery Kissinger.
So good luck to Indian Prime Minister Modi and his BJP Hindu fundamentalist government as they have become hyper manic after US-Indian BECA deal signed recently in Delhi. Pakistan and its politicians Benazir Bhutto and Zia ul Haq have their own taste of US friendship with 80000 dead, over 4 million Afghan refugees and IDPs as well as $160 billion economic losses. Burdened a NATO member Turkey with 4 million Syrian refugees and armed 30,000 PKK/YPG terrorists. Iraqi president Saddam Hussain a US blue eyed was hanged with US made rope and so was Shah of Iran who was replaced by France based by religious fundamentalist Imam Khomeini. Why western colonial powers removed a liberal Shah of Iran and launched Khomeini via Air France? It was same reason they supported a Hindu fundamanlist BJP leader Narandera Modi. The reason below:
In his 1981 book, “Hostage to Khomeini,” journalist Robert Dreyfuss says that the Club of Rome, the Aspen Institute, and other elite think tanks conspired to take out the Shah and undo his modernization plans for Iran which they saw as a threat to their power and control over the region. Dreyfuss wrote:
“The mullahs did not come to rule in Iran on the basis of their own power; they were placed in power by men more evil than they – who would use the depravity of backwardness for their own ends…’
Media reported: “India and the United States on Tuesday 27 October 2020, signed a basic exchange and cooperation agreement for geospatial cooperation, a major defense pact for the exchange of classified geospatial intelligence between their armed forces.
The agreement was signed between the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which is part of the Defense Department, and the Indian Ministry of Defence during the third 2+2 dialogue between the defense and foreign ministers of the two counties. India and the U.S. negotiated the terms of the agreement for more than a decade, according to an MoD official.
“BECA will permit the U.S. armed forces to provide advanced navigational aids and avionics and share geospatial intelligence to India that will help boost the accuracy of the Indian military’s automated hardware systems and weapons such as drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles,” the official explained. The third round of the bilateral 2+2 meeting was held in India on Oct. 27 against the backdrop of a tense border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.”
Those who believes in India that War with China and Pakistan is in interest of India must see the following quote from a US National Security Advisor:
Zbigniev Brzezinski once boasted (“How the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan and starting the whole mess”, Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15 – 21, 1998, how he succeeded to trap the Soviets in the war by starting insurgency against the socialist government long time before the Soviet troops came over to help the government”.
US and its ally Israel reportedly proposed India to test fire its ‘spice missile’ on a Russian fighter jet and drop few bombs in Pakistan on 26 February 2019. Both US and Israel knew full well that Pakistani response will be robust and deep due to the Pakistan Air Force air superiority and Indian asset Nawaz Sharif is no more in power and Prime Minister Imran Khan like beating India on its soil. That is exactly what happened on 27 February 2019 at 9 am in broad day light, Pakistani air force successfully strike at the Indian targets, shoot down two Indian air force jets and arrested one of the pilots Wing Commander Abhinandan. The Indians, however, shoot down its own rescue helicopter mistaken as PAF jet.
US, Israel and France knew full well Indian military capability and risk assessed its fighting equipment long before. That was the reason within no time The New York Times wrote: “And 68% percent of the (Indian) army’s equipment is so old, it is officially considered “vintage.”
The New York Times wrote:
“It was an inauspicious moment for a military the United States is banking on to help keep an expanding China in check. An Indian Air Force pilot found himself in a dogfight last week with a warplane from the Pakistani Air Force, and ended up a prisoner behind enemy lines for a brief time.
The pilot (wing commander Abhinandan) made it home in one piece, however bruised and shaken, but the plane, an aging Soviet-era MiG-21, was less lucky.
The aerial clash, the first by the South Asian rivals in nearly five decades, was a rare test for the Indian military — and it left observers a bit dumbfounded. While the challenges faced by the India’s armed forces are no secret, its loss of a plane last week to a country whose military is about half the size and receives a quarter of the funding was still telling.
The New York Times further wrote, “India’s armed forces are in alarming shape.
If intense warfare broke out tomorrow, India could supply its troops with only 10 days of ammunition, according to government estimates. And 68% percent of the army’s equipment is so old, it is officially considered “vintage.”
“Our troops lack modern equipment, but they have to conduct 21st-century military operations,” said Gaurav Gogoi, a lawmaker and member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense.
American officials tasked with strengthening the alliance talk about their mission with frustration: a swollen bureaucracy makes arms sales and joint training exercises cumbersome; Indian forces are vastly underfunded; and the country’s navy, army and air force tend to compete rather than work together.
Whatever the problems, the United States is determined to make the country a key ally in the coming years to hedge against China’s growing regional ambition.”
While keeping in view the Chinese troops deployment and preparation in Ladakh and rest of the Indian-China border ‘it will be impossible for the Indian army to resist and fight with its 68% vintage army and obsolete weapons’.
On the issue of India’s hostile relations with all its neighbours I asked H.E Renandra Sen High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom few years ago in a fully packed London School of Economics hall after his lecture on ‘India as emerging power’.
“Your excellency, which country Indian has best relationship, three wars with Pakistan, border dispute with Bangladesh, hostile towards Bhutan and Nepal one war and border dispute with China which country India has best relationship apart from Mauritius?
He replied: “it is not a fair question”.
I reassured him later that it was not meant to undermine his lecture. The current trip of the Indian PM to China is significant and reflection of China’s policy of having good relations with its neighbours. One senior Chinese journalist told me few days ago that ‘Pakistan and China are all weathers friends and engagement of people is necessary’.
Now it is proven to be true as Indian isolated with all its neighbours but decided to start an extra marital affair with USA 10,000 km away. How intelligent it is time will prove.
The recent statement by Indian General Bipin Rawat about the corruption suggest that there is a great realisation in the Indian military and security establishment that: ‘corrupt politicians are using race, religion and ethnicity to rule the country with ‘divide and rule’ principles’. The whole Hindutva principle is based on racist mentality of ‘Brahmin – Aryan’ superiority. There is no cohesion among soldiers and officers who even cannot sit together and eat or drink’.
Rafale Jet deal corruption
BBC reported that: “India’s opposition parties are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegations of corruption in a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet deal.
Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the main opposition Congress party, has alleged that Mr Modi “favoured” an Indian company that is part of the French deal.
As part of the 2016 Rafale deal, Dassault agreed to invest 50% of the estimated $8.7bn (£6.6bn) contract in India to manufacture some components of the jet with billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence.
Bofors Guns Corruption
All the arms contracts are full of corruption from Bofors Guns by Rajiv Gandhi to French Rafael fighter Jets by Prime Minister Modi.
The India Today reported, “Bofors: Perhaps the scam most widely remembered in popular memory. Thanks to it Rajiv Gandhi lost the 1989 general elections. The scam was to do with a $1.4-billion howitzer deal between Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors and the Indian government signed in 1986. It was alleged that the Swedish company paid nearly $9 million to politicians, Congress leaders and bureaucrats. The case is still alive in the Supreme Court.”
I sincerely believe that: ‘some sane people in India have this view that current escalations have everything to sell the arms to poverty stricken, naked and hungry Indians whose BMI (Body Measure Index) is close to a poverty stricken African due to lack of toilet facilities and water born diseases’.
Every morning over 350 million sit on both sides of railways tracks to ‘defecate’ themselves due to lack of toilet facilities. However, Prime Ministers Modi sent space craft to the moon or shooting a satellite in the space to further make mess in the sky.
A non-religious India ruled by both Muslims and Hindus was a superpower with 26% GDP and it took European Colonialists over 100 years to fully conquer.
I told an Indian expert in London that, ‘after your role in 1971, Bangladesh creation and division of Pakistan: “some deep assessments might have already been done in some capitals as how many more countries can come out of India”.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 2019 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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