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  • BrahMos: India's Supersonic Mega Missile That China Should Fear

    08/28/2016 8:55:28 AM PDT · 10 of 10
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    Brahmos launched by Ins Kolkata

    Su30 MKI with Brahmos

  • BrahMos: India's Supersonic Mega Missile That China Should Fear

    08/28/2016 5:47:26 AM PDT · 1 of 10
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  • There’s one group of minority immigrants in the US that is surprisingly pro-Trump

    08/23/2016 8:39:45 AM PDT · 17 of 19
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    Unusual though the ones you know may be an exception, most Sikhs fled the area of Pakistani Punjab during partition. The population was almost completely ethnically cleansed, not more than 20,000 exist in the whole of Pakistan compared to 20 million in India (the opposite migration was equally complete, there are almost no Punjabi Muslims in Indian Punjab)
  • There’s one group of minority immigrants in the US that is surprisingly pro-Trump

    08/23/2016 8:13:22 AM PDT · 15 of 19
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    "Know several Pakistani Punjab Sihks that are also Trumpers."

    Most likely Sikhs from Indian Punjab, there are barely a handful of them in Pakistan.

  • India inks $1-bn deal with Boeing to buy 4 more P-8I aircraft for Navy

    07/27/2016 7:19:38 PM PDT · 1 of 8
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  • MUNICH SHOOTING: 10 dead including 'IRANIAN' gunman & 20 hurt after shopping mall attack

    07/23/2016 1:11:19 AM PDT · 130 of 172
    cold start to freespirit2012
    "yea but Shep was certain he was a neo-nazi right wing extremist..."

    Well....the killer was from Iran...

    Iran literally means - Land of the Aryans

    (India being the other Aryan land - Aryavarta)

    Neo-nazis are wannabe Aryans......

    Hence Iranian = Neo-nazi...... :-)

  • The world must support those within Islam speaking up for reform

    07/16/2016 7:25:44 PM PDT · 1 of 47
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  • India successfully tests missile defense system developed with Israel

    06/30/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · 3 of 8
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  • India successfully tests missile defense system developed with Israel

    06/30/2016 7:37:00 PM PDT · 1 of 8
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  • Lifting away the weight of 3 years: Why we Israelis go to India after the army

    06/30/2016 7:25:26 PM PDT · 1 of 14
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  • Stop Paying Pakistan

    06/28/2016 6:31:48 PM PDT · 1 of 11
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  • Obama’s Warnings About Anti-Semitism Ring Hollow

    02/03/2016 8:19:34 AM PST · 15 of 15
    cold start to SJackson
    "Citing the flight of Jews from Western Europe, as well attacks on Jews in India and Kansas"

    India?? Other reports on his speech seen to suggest he was referring to "attacks on Jewish centers in Mumbai"..... There was just one attack on a Jewish centre(Chabad House) in Mumbai and that was carried out by Pakistani terrorists during the 3 day attack on the city starting 26th November 2008.

    There have never been attacks on Jews in India by Indians (prior to the Mumbai attack, that "honor" was held by the Portuguese - "The strong presence of Sephardic Jews from Iberia and local Indian Jews in this region was the primary justification for the Portuguese to institute the Goa Inquisition in 1560 - 24 years after the Portuguese Inquisition was instituted in Portugal") Anti-Semitism has never existed in India, not in the 2600 years of Jewish presence there.

  • Pakistani security seeks to tamp down reporting on California shooter

    12/06/2015 6:04:47 PM PST · 3 of 20
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    .....Men claiming to be from security agencies, but who refused to provide identification, also sought to discourage Reuters from further reporting on Malik's background, threatening journalists with arrest for unspecified offences. "Whether you consider this a request or a dictation (order), I would advise you not to pursue this story," one said. Tim Craig, a reporter from the Washington Post, tweeted that police had prevented him from leaving his hotel in Multan. "I've lost track of how many different security/intel officials I've had to talk to, copy my passport, etc in past 17 hours - think 12 to 16," he tweeted.
  • Pakistani security seeks to tamp down reporting on California shooter

    12/06/2015 6:03:19 PM PST · 1 of 20
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  • ROPE By Capt Raghu Raman

    11/11/2015 8:03:29 PM PST · 2 of 3
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  • ROPE By Capt Raghu Raman

    11/11/2015 7:56:56 PM PST · 1 of 3
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  • World's most advanced missile defence system: Here's what India is buying from Russia

    10/30/2015 7:56:10 PM PDT · 3 of 25
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  • World's most advanced missile defence system: Here's what India is buying from Russia

    10/30/2015 7:53:34 PM PDT · 1 of 25
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  • India's Light Combat Helicopter Gets Hot & High

    09/03/2015 7:45:57 PM PDT · 1 of 4
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  • Army used ‘chilly grenades’ to flush out Pak terrorist Sajjad Ahmed from a cave

    08/28/2015 11:36:59 AM PDT · 27 of 34
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    "I take it the translation should’ve been ‘chile grenades,’ and not grenades that froze his butt off?"

    Kind of funny that I picked the only source whose proof readers were sleeping on the job. Everyone else seems to have the spelling right.

  • Army used ‘chilly grenades’ to flush out Pak terrorist Sajjad Ahmed from a cave

    08/28/2015 11:12:06 AM PDT · 4 of 34
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    Info on the Chilli grenade:

    GAUHATI, India – The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chili.

    After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday.

    It has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the [un]scientific measurement of a chili's spiciness. Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units, while jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000.

    "The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials in Indian defense laboratories, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defense Research and Development Organization," Col. R. Kalia, a defense spokesman in the northeastern state of Assam, told The Associated Press.

  • Army used ‘chilly grenades’ to flush out Pak terrorist Sajjad Ahmed from a cave

    08/28/2015 11:08:44 AM PDT · 1 of 34
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  • Our RAF jets 'BEATEN' in training exercise with Indian pilots in Russian planes

    08/07/2015 9:07:14 AM PDT · 14 of 15
    cold start to aegiscg47
    Btw, the famous exercise with the F-15's that you refer to (Cope India 2004) was with a very early type of the Su30's which were then phased out. The fighter that reportedly gave the the F-15's the most problems (along with the Su30) in that exercise was an upgraded version of the Mig 21. Also in no exercise, whether with the US, the French or the British, have the Su30MKI's ever used their radar in anything other than the training mode.
  • Our RAF jets 'BEATEN' in training exercise with Indian pilots in Russian planes

    08/07/2015 8:58:31 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    cold start to aegiscg47

    There were both BVR & WVR engagements. These supposed results were in the WVR engagements. The BVR engagements were supposedly closer though the word is that the Su30’s did very well even there. As for limitations put on Typhoon & them being outnumbered, the exercises were held in the U.K. & there were just 4 Su30MKI’s involved.

  • ‘I came to kill Hindus, it’s fun doing this,’ says captured Pakistan terrorist

    08/05/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · 1 of 9
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  • ISIS preparing to attack India to provoke confrontation with the US, says report

    07/30/2015 6:51:14 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    cold start to Savage Beast

    You can’t be serious. Terrorist attacks are one thing but to imagine ISIS doing to India what they are doing in the Middle East is simply laughable. India has one of the largest armies in the world, not even ISIS would be that dumb to take on the Indian military frontally. The most that may be achievable is a large scale terrorist attack, terrible but certainly not connected to India’s survival.

  • ISIS preparing to attack India to provoke confrontation with the US, says report

    07/30/2015 6:21:58 AM PDT · 17 of 27
    cold start to Savage Beast
    "Even so, India would require assistance from the Western Nations if she faced an assault such as that threatened:

    Assistance? For what?

  • Islamic State secretly planning to provoke 'end of the world' by attacking India ......

    07/29/2015 7:18:04 AM PDT · 1 of 14
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  • Shashi Tharoor tear apart British colonialism in this Oxford debate

    07/24/2015 7:24:07 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    cold start to driftless2
    A couple of thousand dead does not qualify as a major famine and while it was true that American food aid (thanks due to President Lyndon Johnson,following an assessment made by Lester Brown) followed by the Green revolution (credit due to Norman Borlaug) was a hugely important factor, it underlined how a democratic set up could not allow its people to starve (also a major assertion by Amartya Sen that famines don't happen in democracies). My point on the "Great Bengal Famine" & Churchill's culpability on that score still stands. The U.S. President had even then offered to ship grains to Bengal but Churchill did not follow up while he blocked every move by his own officials to try & mitigate the situation. Lord Louis Mountbatten is on record as saying that he diverted ships to India against Churchill's express orders.

    The British had been colonial masters for about 200 years when the Great Bengal Famine happened. To suggest that they are blameless in that tragedy is pushing the envelope a bit too far. The economic policies followed by Nehru might not have been the best for India but they certainly didn't cause famine. As for the good of colonialism outweighing the bad, I'm not going to join issue with you about it because different perspectives on different matters can exist. This was just about the British handling of a famine at the fag end of their colonial period.

  • Shashi Tharoor tear apart British colonialism in this Oxford debate

    07/24/2015 7:15:15 AM PDT · 25 of 32
    cold start to driftless2
    India has not had a single famine since it gained independence in 1947. That was just 4 years after the Great Bengal Famine that is being spoken of. What do you think suddenly brought about that change? Especially if you are arguing that famines were inevitable?
  • Shashi Tharoor tear apart British colonialism in this Oxford debate

    07/24/2015 1:40:24 AM PDT · 17 of 32
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    Remembering India’s forgotten holocaust

    British policies killed nearly 4 million Indians in the 1943-44 Bengal Famine

    The Bengal Famine of 1943-44 must rank as the greatest disaster in the subcontinent in the 20th century. Nearly 4 million Indians died because of an artificial famine created by the British government, and yet it gets little more than a passing mention in Indian history books.

    What is remarkable about the scale of the disaster is its time span. World War II was at its peak and the Germans were rampaging across Europe, targeting Jews, Slavs and the Roma for extermination. It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines.

    Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh.

    Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.”

    “No one had the strength to perform rites,” a survivor tells Mukerjee. “Dogs and jackals feasted on piles of dead bodies in Bengal’s villages.” The ones who got away were men who migrated to Calcutta for jobs and women who turned to prostitution to feed their families. “Mothers had turned into murderers, village belles into whores, fathers into traffickers of daughters,” writes Mukerjee.

    Mani Bhaumik, the first to get a PhD from the IITs and whose invention of excimer surgery enabled Lasik eye surgery, has the famine etched in his memory. His grandmother starved to death because she used to give him a portion of her food.

    By 1943 hordes of starving people were flooding into Calcutta, most dying on the streets. The sight of well-fed white British soldiers amidst this apocalyptic landscape was “the final judgement on British rule in India”, said the Anglophile Jawaharlal Nehru.

    Churchill could easily have prevented the famine. Even a few shipments of food grain would have helped, but the British prime minister adamantly turned down appeals from two successive Viceroys, his own Secretary of State for India and even the President of the US .

    Subhas Chandra Bose, who was then fighting on the side of the Axis forces, offered to send rice from Myanmar, but the British censors did not even allow his offer to be reported.

    Churchill was totally remorseless in diverting food to the British troops and Greek civilians. To him, “the starvation of anyhow underfed Bengalis (was) less serious than sturdy Greeks”, a sentiment with which Secretary of State for India and Burma, Leopold Amery, concurred.

    Amery was an arch-colonialist and yet he denounced Churchill’s “Hitler-like attitude”. Urgently beseeched by Amery and the then Viceroy Archibald Wavell to release food stocks for India, Churchill responded with a telegram asking why Gandhi hadn’t died yet.

    Wavell informed London that the famine “was one of the greatest disasters that has befallen any people under British rule”. He said when Holland needs food, “ships will of course be available, quite a different answer to the one we get whenever we ask for ships to bring food to India”.

    Churchill’s excuse — currently being peddled by his family and supporters — was Britain could not spare the ships to transport emergency supplies, but Mukerjee has unearthed documents that challenge his claim. She cites official records that reveal ships carrying grain from Australia bypassed India on their way to the Mediterranean.

    Churchill’s hostility toward Indians has long been documented. At a War Cabinet meeting, he blamed the Indians themselves for the famine, saying they “breed like rabbits”. His attitude toward Indians may be summed up in his words to Amery: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” On another occasion, he insisted they were “the beastliest people in the world next to the Germans”.

    According to Mukerjee, “Churchill’s attitude toward India was quite extreme, and he hated Indians, mainly because he knew India couldn’t be held for very long.” She writes in The Huffington Post, “Churchill regarded wheat as too precious a food to expend on non-whites, let alone on recalcitrant subjects who were demanding independence from the British Empire. He preferred to stockpile the grain to feed Europeans after the war was over.”

    In October 1943, at the peak of the famine, Churchill said at a lavish banquet to mark Wavell’s appointment: “When we look back over the course of years, we see one part of the world’s surface where there has been no war for three generations. Famines have passed away — until the horrors of war and the dislocations of war have given us a taste of them again — and pestilence has gone… This episode in Indian history will surely become the Golden Age as time passes, when the British gave them peace and order, and there was justice for the poor, and all men were shielded from outside dangers.”

    Churchill was not only a racist but also a liar.

    A history of holocausts

    To be sure, Churchill’s policy towards famine-stricken Bengal wasn’t any different from earlier British conduct in India. In Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis points out that here were 31 serious famines in 120 years of British rule compared with 17 in the 2,000 years before British rule.

    In his book, Davis tells the story of the famines that killed up to 29 million Indians. These people were, he says, murdered by British State policy. In 1876, when drought destituted the farmers of the Deccan plateau, there was a net surplus of rice and wheat in India. But the Viceroy, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, insisted that nothing should prevent their export to England.

    In 1877 and 1878, at the height of the famine, grain merchants exported record quantities of grain. As the peasants began to starve, government officials were ordered “to discourage relief works in every possible way”. The only relief permitted in most districts was hard labour, from which anyone in an advanced state of starvation was turned away. Within these labour camps, the workers were given less food than the Jewish inmates of Buchenwald, the Nazi concentration camp of World War II.

    Even as millions died, Lytton ignored all efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions of peasants in the Madras region and concentrated on preparing for Queen Victoria’s investiture as Empress of India. The highlight of the celebrations was a week-long feast at which 68,000 dignitaries heard her promise the nation “happiness, prosperity and welfare”.

    In 1901, The Lancet estimated that at least 19 million Indians had died in western India during the famine of the 1890s. The death toll was so high because the British refused to implement famine relief. Davis says life expectancy in India fell by 20 percent between 1872 and 1921.

    So it’s hardly surprising that Hitler’s favourite film was The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, which showed a handful of Britons holding a continent in thrall. The Nazi leader told the then British Foreign Secretary Edward Wood (Earl of Halifax) that it was one of his favorite films because “that was how a superior race must behave and the film was compulsory viewing for the SS (Schutz-Staffel, the Nazi ‘protection squadron’)”.

    Crime and consequences

    While Britain has offered apologies to other nations, such as Kenya for the Mau Mau massacre, India continues to have such genocides swept under the carpet. Other nationalities have set a good example for us. Israel, for instance, cannot forget the Holocaust; neither will it let others, least of all the Germans. Germany continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in cash and arms aid to Israel.

    Armenia cannot forget the Great Crime — the systematic massacre of 1.8 million Armenians by the Turks during World War I. The Poles cannot forget Joseph Stalin’s Katyn massacre.

    The Chinese want a clear apology and reparations from the Japanese for at least 40,000 killed and raped in Nanking during World War II. And then there is the bizarre case of the Ukrainians, who like to call a famine caused by Stalin’s economic policies as genocide, which it clearly was not. They even have a word for it: Holodomor.

    And yet India alone refuses to ask for reparations, let alone an apology. Could it be because the British were the last in a long list of invaders, so why bother with an England suffering from post-imperial depression? Or is it because India’s English-speaking elites feel beholden to the British? Or are we simply a nation condemned to repeating our historical mistakes? Perhaps we forgive too easily.

    But forgiveness is different from forgetting, which is what Indians are guilty of. It is an insult to the memory of millions of Indians whose lives were snuffed out in artificial famines.

    British attitudes towards Indians have to seen in the backdrop of India’s contribution to the Allied war campaign. By 1943, more than 2.5 million Indian soldiers were fighting alongside the Allies in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Vast quantities of arms, ammunition and raw materials sourced from across the country were shipped to Europe at no cost to Britain.

    Britain’s debt to India is too great to be ignored by either nation. According to Cambridge University historians Tim Harper and Christopher Bayly, “It was Indian soldiers, civilian labourers and businessmen who made possible the victory of 1945. Their price was the rapid independence of India.”

    There is not enough wealth in all of Europe to compensate India for 250 years of colonial loot. Forget the money, do the British at least have the grace to offer an apology? Or will they, like Churchill, continue to delude themselves that English rule was India’s “Golden Age”?

  • Indian attack helicopter crosses crucial hurdle

    07/04/2015 2:21:31 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    cold start to punchamullah
    "Cold weather flight trials? 20C = 68F. Is that remarkably cold?"

    Read it as minus 20 degrees.

    From another source:

    BENGALURU: The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) recently completed the cold weather trials in Leh and team LCH says that the trials covered engine starts with internal batteries after overnight cold soak at 3km altitude and 4.1 km altitude. HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju said in an official communique that the engine starts were satisfactory in the temperature of minus 18 degree C at 4.1 km. "The flights were also carried out to assess high altitude performance and low speed handling," he said.

  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:32:14 PM PDT · 9 of 13
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  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:24:24 PM PDT · 4 of 13
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    INS Kolkata, expected to be the first ship to have this on board

  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:18:13 PM PDT · 1 of 13
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  • Indian Army crosses Myanmar border in rare attack to avenge Manipur massacre

    06/09/2015 7:17:46 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    cold start to FreeAtlanta
    No specific permission was sought for the actual raid.Would have been suicidal if they had done that considering the Chinese influence inside parts of the Myanmar government. The operation started at about 3 A.M. and the Myanmar government was informed during "regular working hours" by the Indian ambassador when the 2 teams from 21st Para(SF) were back on Indian soil.
  • Radical Hindus to India's Christians: Convert ‘Or Get Ready to Die’

    06/01/2015 10:17:18 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    cold start to markomalley
    Such a lot of garbage. Forced conversions in India? Threats to convert or die? I suppose that Indian courts were all sleeping till an anti-India group had to file a case in the U.S.? Can't do this crap in India, the lies will be outed pretty quickly. In the U.S. where most people have very rudimentary (if that) knowledge about India, such stuff will always find some consumers. This was a country partitioned on the basis of India for the Hindus but opted to be a secular state with a large Muslim minority and smaller percentages (though high in numbers because of the size of the population)of Sikhs, Christians, Zoroastrians , Buddhists & a Jewish population that has never experienced discrimination. Not one of the major minority communities have experienced negative growth (Jews & Zoroastrians have - emigration to Israel & a refusal among Zoroastrians to accept a child born of one Zorastrian parent as a member of the religion) in their population, something that should be expected if there was widespread backlash against them from the majority. Does anyone believe that if 80% Hindus didn't want to treat these minorities well, that these groups would enjoy the high level of protection that is enshrined in the constitution?
  • The Scripps National Spelling Bee Has Co-Champions, Again

    05/28/2015 8:48:21 PM PDT · 1 of 19
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  • Indian Americans richest community in the US with median income of $100,547

    05/08/2015 10:43:59 PM PDT · 7 of 54
    cold start to 2ndDivisionVet

    Don’t think it was meant to surprise, this position at the top has been held for quite some time. What is probably seen as newsworthy is that the figure has now crossed the $100,000 mark.

  • Indian Americans richest community in the US with median income of $100,547

    05/08/2015 10:30:30 PM PDT · 1 of 54
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  • Once you’re Pakistani, there is no going back to India

    04/19/2015 8:23:38 PM PDT · 7 of 20
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    "Once you go Pak, you never go back?"

    More like once you go Pak, no one wants you back......

  • Once you’re Pakistani, there is no going back to India

    04/19/2015 8:05:24 PM PDT · 1 of 20
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  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:58:21 AM PST · 4 of 8
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    India’s ‘top-ranking’ Jew, Jack Jacob, reflects on 89 years

    Lt. Gen. Jack Jacob, a national hero in India for saving probably hundreds of thousands of lives, is planning to fade away.

    “I’ve just had my 89th birthday,” he says. “I think I’ve earned the right to rest.”

    Jacob, India’s “top-ranking Jew,” stayed home in his modest New Delhi flat while enjoying his birthday cake, a special delivery from Nahum’s, Calcutta’s famous Jewish bakery and one of the last of the Jewish-owned establishments in the city.

    Jacob’s answers to a stream of questions are instantaneous, yet measured. He occasionally illustrates his points with passages from English poetry.

    He has loved two women, he says, but they did not wait for him. His brothers are no longer alive; he has no contact with extended family. Calcutta’s Jewish community has mostly migrated to Israel.

    “My friends and peers are all gone,” Jacob says.

    Jack Farj Rafael Jacob is best known for his decisive role in the 1971 Bangladesh war. Indians and historians generally agree that his courage, strategic thinking and chutzpah changed the course of South Asian history.

    What started as a freedom fight by the eastern wing of Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against mainland Pakistan turned into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Estimates range from 500,000 to 3 million people massacred. Some 10 million refugees streamed over the border into India, which then declared war on Pakistan.

    Jacob, chief of staff of the Indian Eastern command, knew that a protracted war would claim countless more lives. As the war began, his troops enacted a daring plan to capture Dhaka, the capital of East Pakistan.

    Two weeks into the war, Pakistan’s commander in East Pakistan, Gen. A.A.K. Niazi, invited Jacob to lunch to discuss a cease-fire. Jacob wrote up an “instrument of surrender” document and flew with it across enemy lines, unarmed and accompanied only by one staff officer.

    Niazi was given a stark choice: Surrender unconditionally and publicly, and receive the protection of the Indian army for all minorities and retreating troops, or face an Indian military onslaught. Jacob gave Niazi 30 minutes to decide.

    Jacob, as he retells it, went out to the veranda, pacing for the full half-hour while trying to appear calm. Knowing that he had been bluffing, “I appealed to God for help and said the Sh’ma Yisrael.”

    Niazi agreed to the terms. The next day, 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered. Jacob had but 3,000 Indian troops, 30 miles away, behind him.

    Multitudes were likely saved by this surrender, which is still studied by military students. Last month, the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh awarded Jacob a certificate of appreciation for his “unique role” in the formation of the nation.

    Jacob was born into the once-vibrant Baghdadi Jewish community of Calcutta in 1923. His was a deeply religious family, and his parents hired Hebrew teachers for him and his brothers. But Jacob says he “just wasn’t interested, something I now deeply regret.”

    That was before poetry and war pulled him away. It was before he saved forests and wildlife from destruction and his (secret) efforts to cultivate the now 20-year-old Israel-India relationship. It was before he became a national hero.

    When India gained independence in 1948, Jacob continued to serve in the Indian army, swiftly rising in the ranks.

    “The only place I encountered anti-Semitism was from the British in their army,” he says. “Among Indians it does not exist.”

    After retirement in 1978, he was appointed governor of the small southwestern state of Goa. He battled corruption, paid back high-interest loans and saved large tracks of forest from the mining industry by designating those lands as wildlife reserves.

    Jacob was next appointed governor of Punjab. When he left the post, graffiti went up on the walls: “Without Jacob, who will feed the poor?”

    Jacob still will not share details of his role in forging India’s diplomatic bond with Israel. However, when Israel’s ambassador to India arrived in Delhi this year, he brought a personal letter for Jacob from Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Jacob has been to Israel several times, even before the forging of diplomatic relations. Over the years, he developed close friendships with Israeli leaders, including Peres and the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    Today, Jacob’s uniform hangs in the Israeli military museum at Latrun, Israel. He donated his mother’s silver wedding girdle and jewelry to the Indian Jewish museum in Lod, Israel.

    He says he was never tempted to move to the Jewish state.

    “Israel has outstanding military leaders of their own, they do not need me,” he says. “Besides, India has always been very good to us. I am very proud to be a Jew, but am Indian through and through. I was born in India and served here my whole life; this is where I want to die.”

    Jacob-Farj-Rafael "JFR" Jacob

  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:41:38 AM PST · 3 of 8
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  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:38:12 AM PST · 2 of 8
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    Tell us about your wound.

    At that time, I was still not wounded.

    There was a BSF commander who got panicky when he saw all these fellows (prisoners) and asked: "Please send someone here.' I told the CO that I would go. I did not know that I was walking on a minefield. I stepped on a mine and my leg blew off.

    A Bangladeshi saw this happening, he picked me up and took me to the battalion headquarters. They were feeling bad. I told the doctor, 'Give me some morphine.' They had no#8800 it had been destroyed during the operations. 'Do you have any Pethidine?' 'No'

    I told him: 'Could you cut this off?'

    He said: 'I don't have any instrument.'

    I asked my batman: 'Where is my khukri?'

    He said: 'Here it is, Sir.'

    I told him: 'Cut it off.'

    He answered in Gorkhali: 'Sir, I can't do it.'

    I told him: 'Give it to me.' I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Now go and bury it.'

    You tell people that you are embarrassed to tell the story because it was nothing at all. What was your first thought?

    My first thought was for her (pointing to his wife, Priscilla). I thought, 'What a stupid thing happened to me. It was beyond my control, it just happened.'

    Then the doctor came and tied it up. My CO also came: 'Ian, you are very lucky, we have captured a Pakistani surgeon. He will operate on you.'

    'Nothing doing, Sir, I don't want to be operated by a Pakistani doctor. Just get me back to India,' I answered.

    By that time Dhaka had fallen and there was no chopper available.

    I then told the CO: 'Two conditions.' He immediately said: 'You are not in position to put conditions.'

    I told him: 'OK, two requests. One, I don't want Pakistani blood.'

    He retorted: 'You are a fool.' I said: 'I am prepared to die a fool. My second request, Sir, I want you to be present when they operate on me.' The CO asked: 'Why?' I answered: 'You know why.' (There had been cases of torture). So, he agreed.

    Anyway, the Pakistani surgeon did a good job. His name was Major Mohamed Basheer. I have never been able to say, 'Thank you.' I owe him a thank you, but it is not easy (to find someone in Pakistan].

    What did you feel when you cut your own leg?

    People are giving more credit than I do. Actually I just felt deeply embarrassed because my leg was in a terrible state. I did not want to look at it and others to look at it. I wanted to get rid of it. Nobody wanted to do it, so I did it.

    You have said that you always dream that you have two legs.

    Yes, in my dreams, I have two legs, no artificial leg.

    How did you manage to get a promotion after being disabled?

    One has to accept that the army puts a great amount of emphasis on physical fitness. One has to be fit to be a commander at any level.

    From my side, I felt that the doctors were unfair to me to say that I could not perform as well as anybody else.

    With my wooden leg, I was determined to prove to the army as well as to the world in general, that a person with a wooden leg could do as well, if not better, than a two-legged person. I resolved to keep myself physically fit.

    I woke early morning, did some exercises and went for a run. I did the battle physical test. I had a problem with the officer in charge of the test who refused to allow me to pass the test. He said he would not let me go through that test because a year earlier someone physically unfit had gone through the test and died.

    I told him I was fit, but he answered that he would arrest me if I do the test. I told him: 'You can put me under arrest only after I commit the offense. So let me do the test and you can arrest me after.'

    So I did the test and left seven officers with two legs behind me. The officer was a good man, he said, putting his arm around my shoulder: 'Well done, Sir, good job.'

    I later went to the vice-chief and asked him, what else should I do? He said: 'Come with me to J&K.'

    He came by helicopter to a place at 6,000 feet. I climbed from the road to the helipad. When he arrived, he asked me: 'How did you come here?' thinking I had used my contacts to fly with a chopper. I told him: 'Sir, I climbed from the road.'

    He was surprised: 'You can climb!' I told him: 'What I can or can't do is the minds of my senior officers.'

    He said 'Alright' and put up my case to the army chief (General T N Raina) who asked me to accompany him to Ladakh. I walked in mountains in snow and ice. General Raina saw this and when he returned to Delhi, he asked for my file and wrote: 'Yes, give him a battalion and to all other officers who are not taking shelter behind their wounds.'

    For me, it only meant that one has to do what is required by one's job. I was the first disabled officer to be approved to command a battalion.

    The same thing happened when I was to take command of a brigade. The bureaucracy said: 'No, you can't command a brigade.' I wrote to the army chief that I had proven that I could command a battalion; there was no reason why I should be demoted in a staff job.

    The chief said: 'Why do you harass this man, give him the command of a brigade.'

    Later three disabled officers became army commanders. One even became vice-chief: he had earlier had both his legs amputated.

    What would you tell the youth of this country?

    I have many things to say: You have only one life to live, live it to the full.

    You have 24 hours in a day: Pack it up.

    The other thing is 'Never give up.'

    If you believe in something, do it in a right way at the right time.

    I must say I had always the support of my wife for whatever I did in my life.

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  • Video shows Alabama police throwing grandfather from India to ground

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    Alabama police officer arrested after Indian grandfather left partially paralyzed

    The FBI is investigating an incident in which an Indian grandfather’s encounter with police in Alabama left the man partially paralyzed. An officer involved in the incident is under arrest, and the police chief proposed that he be fired, police said Thursday.

    A spokesman for the FBI said that the agency became involved shortly after the Feb. 6 incident, and it is being treated as a civil rights investigation. The findings will be turned over to the Justice Department for review.

    Sureshbhai Patel had recently come to the United States from his farm in India to help care for his grandson, who was born prematurely and was suffering from health complications.

    At about 9 a.m. on Friday in Madison, Ala., just days into his visit, Patel was strolling through his family’s neighborhood when he was approached by police. A neighbor had called authorities and told them a man who looked “suspicious” was peering into garages, according to the Huntsville Times. That man, police determined, was Patel.

    Within minutes, the 57-year-old grandfather was face down on the ground with a severe neck injury that left him partially paralyzed.

    A lawyer for Patel has filed a lawsuit against the Madison Police Department, alleging that his constitutional civil rights were violated and seeking damages. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal district court.

    “First, I’m hoping that the truth will come out, second that this case might bring to life the real issues we have in this country about the police abuse of power where

    someone can’t try to blame it on the victim,” Hank Sherrod, the family’s attorney, told The Washington Post. “Here we’ve got someone who is truly blameless and innocent. He was brutalized, and hopefully will, but may never, walk again.”

    Representatives from the Indian government visited Patel in the hospital on Thursday, Sherrod said.

    Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey told reporters Thursday that he has recommended termination for one of the officers involved in the incident. Officer Eric Parker, Muncey, said, has also turned himself in on charges of assault in the third degree.

    The Madison police concluded from its investigation into the incident that the officer’s actions “did not meet the high standards and expectations” of his department, Muncey said. Muncey apologized to Patel, Patel’s family, and the community. The police chief added that the FBI was conducting a “parallel inquiry to ascertain if there were any federal violations.” He declined to answer any questions, citing the pending lawsuit.

    The department also released portions of audio and video pertaining to the incident. In a non-emergency call to police, a neighbor described Patel as a “skinny black guy” and said that he’d “never seen him before” in the neighborhood. Patel, he said, was “just wandering around” and “walking close to the garage.” The caller added that he was following Patel at a distance. When asked to estimate his age, the caller guessed Patel was in his 30s.

    The neighbor also told the police dispatcher he was “nervous” leaving his wife because of Patel’s presence in the neighborhood.

    In a statement to Agence France-Presse, a spokesman for the government called on U.S. officials to conduct a full investigation.

    “We expressed concern at what appears from media reports as the excessive use of force by police,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP after meeting with a senior U.S. diplomat. “We have requested expeditious investigations and sharing of investigations and that action (be) taken.”

    In an earlier statement, police said that Patel attempted to pull away from officers as he was being patted down, leading at least one officer to force him to the ground, “which resulted in injury.” Patel’s son, Chirag, told the Huntsville newspaper that police escalated the incident, not his father.

    “He was just walking on the sidewalk as he does all the time,” said Chirag Patel, who arrived in the United States a decade ago to study engineering before getting married and becoming an American citizen. “They put him to the ground.”

    “This is a good neighborhood. I didn’t expect anything to happen.”

    Two videos of the incident later released by Madison police include both audio of the officers involved, and visuals of the exchange. In one video, a pair of officers approach Patel and ask him where he’s headed, what his address is, and request to see his ID. One officer says, “he’s saying ‘no English.’ ” The second officer continues to ask Patel questions, including “are you looking at houses and stuff?”

    Sureshbhai Patel said he tried to tell the officers that he doesn’t speak English by saying “No English. Indian. Walking,” according to the lawsuit. He says he repeated his son’s house number and pointed toward the residence.

    In the police video, an officer then tells Patel, “Do not jerk away from me again. If you do, I’m gonna put you on the ground.” The officer asks, “Do you understand?” and tells Patel to “relax.”

    That’s when an officer twisted his arm behind his back, Patel said, and forced him to the ground, face-first. His face was bloodied, but worse, he also injured his neck and was left paralyzed in his arms and legs, the lawsuit alleges.

    One of the two police videos shows the officer holding Patel forcefully, pushing him to the ground. Patel, on the ground, is then told to “chill out” by one of the officers. The officer tells a third, approaching officer that Patel doesn’t “speak a lick of English,” and that they were trying to pat him down. “I don’t know what his problem is, but he won’t listen,” one of the officers adds.

    Patel remains on the ground as the officers call for medical assistance.

    “Stand up, let’s go,” one officer says. “You’re all right.” For several minutes, the officers repeatedly attempt to get Patel off the ground and into a patrol car.

    One officer asks, “He OK?”

    Sherrod, the family’s attorney, said things went wrong as soon as a neighbor who didn’t recognize Patel called police and reported suspicious activity.

    “This is broad daylight, walking down the street,” Sherrod told the Huntsville Times. “There is nothing suspicious about Mr. Patel other than he has brown skin.”

    Sherrod said officers left Patel on the ground, injured and bloodied and in desperate need of a paramedic.

    “This is just one of those things that doesn’t need to happen,” the attorney said. “That officer doesn’t need to be on the streets.”

    Speaking to The Post after the Thursday press conference, Sherrod said that he “appreciates [the police] doing the right thing on Thursday,” but criticized the department for not acting sooner. “On Monday they were trying to blame Mr. Patel,” he added.

    Patel underwent cervical fusion surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord and has regained some feeling in his arms and one leg. He remains partially paralyzed. His left leg is entirely or mostly paralyzed and he lacks grip strength in his arms, the lawsuit said.

    A fund was established to help cover the cost of Patel’s medical care and a recovery that could take months. He does not have health insurance.

    Patel’s son told the Times that before the incident, he was proud to own a home in Madison. He chose the community, he said, because of the educational opportunities the area would someday provide his son. Now, he said, he’s not so sure about his decision.

    “It is a dream for me because I came from a very poor family and I worked so hard here,” he told the paper. “I’m totally devastated that I might have made a big mistake.”

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    Brutal & completely unnecessary.

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  • India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing

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    INS Kolkata