Is Xi Jinping the Sunrise after Mao for China?

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the week-long Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, the Premier of the Party and the People’s Leader, since 2012 laid down a detailed vision to move China forward with its agenda of reform and revolutionising the Chinese society.

The predecessor of Xi, Hu Jintao, was never given the honour of being the Premier of the CPC. The 5-yearly CPCC, commenced from yesterday, where Xi Jinping laid down a detailed agenda touching the political outlook, foreign policy, military upgrades, and social policy framework. The CPCC will also look into amending the Chinese Constitution on the line of thought of Xi, which ranks high on their agenda.

The Xi factor is remarkable for only two reasons, namely, the first, Xi just like Mao wields a deep support from the military of the country, and the second, the corruption crusade has led him to gain popularity among the masses and has kept him as one of the most power wielding leaders since Mao.

This brings us to analyse what the CPCC is about to work upon and what will be possible outcomes of the same for India and the world.

Xi has tried to prepare a road-map for the economy, and make China one of the most powerful economies by 2035. Xi has also outlined primarily on the touchstones of the foreign policy and the has denied all the accusations of being expansionist in its aggressive display of military might overseas.

Addressing the border disputes as well he has clarified that the Chinese outlook will be to address all concerns peacefully and will in-limine be guided by the ‘Panchsheel Principles’ of peaceful co-existence.

Chinese economy had taken a dip, and since then they have initiated moves aimed at building their markets. Xi has been focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen the over-industrialised economy by providing easy access to Chinese products into other economies.

The Xi programme also focuses on strengthening the military, furthermore he acknowledged the PLA ability to undertake roles in combat by conducting real-time war exercises and creating new specialised forces. He has also focussed on a complete arms overhaul of the PLA by 2022, which will provide the ability to the world’s largest standing army avenues to assume greater roles in the global security avenue.

The sea troubles have not done any rounds and the Premier has asserted that the Chinese will never claim what is not rightfully theirs. This is a silent talk of the strong stands taken by the dragon in the recent times over tracts of land and sea patches, by creation of artificial islands and patrolling.

The Premier has also declared that no dissent will be tolerated and the internal security threats will be dealt with a heavy hand.

These measures are an open letter to the world to the dragon demanding the world to allow it to take the leaps it wishes while not disturbing others. India needs to acknowledge that the dragon is aware of the military might which has come with experience to our men in uniform. The strong and decisive leadership at the Centre has also made Xi think about its neighbourhood with a perspective which takes a de-tour from the past.

Xi has aimed at strengthening his position at home as well as globally by creating a new narrative for the foreign policy which has to usher in an era of Chinese leadership.

India may take its agenda ahead and focus on its programmes while the dragon changes its course, and through mutual collaboration the nations may benefit each other considerably. The recent experience has been a way forward where the dragon has tried to cosy up to the tiger by acceding to its demands (OBOR) or maintaining status quo (Doklam) over disputes, while avoiding escalation.




Talwar's Walk to a New Dawn Heading to Punjab

The order delivered by the Hon’ble Allahabad High Court on the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, is one that bears an imprint of a psychological bend which faces our society and its office bearers.

The fateful incident occurred on the intervening night of 15/16th of May, 2008 when the accused, Dr. Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur Talwar were out leaving behind their daughter under the watch of their trusted servant, Hemraj.

The case grabbed a lot of limelight and to such a serious extent that their was a movie also made on this murder.

The CBI Judge, Ghaziabad held the Talwar couple guilty for the murder of their own daughter and their domestic help Hemraj. The sole foundation of this judgement remained that the deceased were found in a compromising position, thereby leaving the father, Dr. Talwar with only one option but to kill both of them in the bedroom of their daughter.

Unfortunately, country’s top crime investigation agency CBI, restricted its investigation only to this premise that a girl was left alone in her house by her parents and the duo used the opportunity to satisfy their carnal desires.

This was amply evidenced by the CBI by constructing a chain of events which was not to an unbreakable chain. The event as constructed by the CBI does not coincide with the one as narrated by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

The evidence led by the CBI, and the statements given by the neighbours as to what transpired in L-32, Jalvayu Vihar, Noida on the 16/15.03.08, is not indicative of the fact that the Talwar couple was anyway involved in the murders.

The CBI’s charges were never backed by the polygraph test that a broken father had to go through, and the evidence on record narrated the presence of outsiders in the house. The reports of the pathology suggested no sexual assault or rape, which simply led to our detectives to believe the story of compromising position.

This story lacked any strength as it was evident from the record found that there were others too in the house and specifically not the parents of Aarushi.

The results of the lie detector, brain-mapping, Narco-analysis and Polygraph tests to which Krishna (Dr. Talwar’s clinic employee)  was subjected in AIIMS, New Delhi and Forensic Laboratory, Bangalore hinted at the presence of Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal along with Krishna in the house
of Talwars on the night of the incident.

This fact also coupled with the articles recovered from Krishna’s possession included a ‘Khukri’ stained in blood.

The possible crime when enacted did not make any suggestions that the CBI claimed. The evidence again which led the prosecution to believe that there must have been something not good, was a farce. The body of Hemraj was recovered from the terrace of the Talwar’s after one day and half from the incident. Prior to this, Hemraj was the one to be accused of the murder.

The CBI did not accord any ear to the fact that there must have been other reasons or motives behind a death of a girl and her servant. The High Court since has acquitted the Talwar couple, who donated their earnings from the jail to the inmates and have left to Punjab.

The CBI this one time has not done a good job, the CBI must have gone out of the chauvinistic and narrow definitions which not always shroud the crime scene. The CBI did not even prove an unbreakable chain of events and the Talwar couple got the benefit of doubt.

The mystery as to who and why committed the murder still remains unsolved, and the over publicised life of the couple may never get better. Aarushi and Hemraj have not met their share of justice yet.

The acquittal though a sigh of relief for the Talwar’s but comes with a 9 year-long battle, which may consume the next years of their lives to come to peace with their plight.

This author believes that the CBI must conduct a fresh probe and the Talwar’s must not be disturbed this one time, unless there is something other than maligning their daughter’s image and dignity after her unfortunate demise.


Pranab da had "every reason to feel a grievance that he was better qualified" : Manmohan Singh

The last President of India, Pranab Da, also known as ‘Poltu’ by his near dear ones, launched the third volume of his autobiography, ‘The Coalition Years, 1996-2012’ this Friday.

The event was attended by the Leftist and Centre-Left parties, including, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, and Akhilesh Yadav along with ex-PM, Manmohan Singh.

In his book, Pranab Da has very honestly revealed that after a meeting with Ms Sonia Gandhi, he had the apprehension that she may choose Manmohan Singh to be the President, in which case he may be made the Prime Minister.

The response given to this remark by Manmohan singh has been one of exceptional caution where he declares that Pranab Da was in any case a man of greater experience and he was politician by choice not by accident like Mr Singh himself.

This book launch saw a series of discussions by ex-colleagues sharing jokes and laughter at a time when the opposition is trying to re-invent itself. The event was attended by the entire left leaning parties.

The lucid and the reserved manner in which Mr Singh talked about the internal dynamics of the UPA, is not to be perceived as a strong show. Pranab Da just shared his thoughts while Manmohan Singh got down to disaster management mode immediately when he was seen appreciating Sharad Pawar and Pranab Da for their mentoring and guidance in running the UPA as a ‘cohesive unit’, where the PM did not know that his Telecom Minister, A Raja had indulged in a serious scam in allocation of spectrum. What a cohesive unit it may have been.

Mr Mukherjee openly talked about Ms Gandhi’s letter wherein she asked for suggestions from Pranab Da, for the post of the PM, as he had been playing a crucial role in the functioning of the government.

Pranab Da was a prominent and short-tempered leader, this was known to many. He had once sent the External Affairs Minister of Pakistan back from the airport without even receiving him in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

Manomhan Singh on the other side says that he had no choice in the matter and plays a trick where he is just learnt to have done something which is not to be read as a measure of professional rivalry.  The tone of Mr Manmohan Singh is that of gratitude and helplessness, though actually it should not have been  the case.

The narrative is very well-known to the public that Mr Manmohan Singh was a mere ‘rubber-stamp’ or ‘puppet PM’ for Ms Gandhi who could not become the PM herself.

Pranab Da also said lauded the bold moves taken by the present BJP establishment to improve the economy of the nation but has said that a better result may be obtained when  we work individual countries to know about the data of the money stashed abroad.

This remains a well-known fact that Pranab Da had always been very self-styled and a persona demanding respect, and Ms Gandhi would have never chosen him to be the PM, as he would have side-lined her.

Though this remains a unanimous fact that had he held the post of the PM in UPA, the present would have been much different.

His secular credentials are very well-known as he never favoured just one community but advocated equal treatment to all the communities.

The Party that is trying to re-work its image, may not be able to put up a good show when the carefully crafted words of Pranab Da actually make some sense to the intelligent Indian.