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May 11 9 tweets 3 min read
Maryada Purshottam Shri Ram.
Yogeshwar Shri Krishna.
Rameshwar Bhagwan Shiv.
Why are temples at Ayodhya, Mathura & Kashi important? some friends asked wondering what the entire controversy about reclaiming places of worship is all about.
Most didn't know the significance at all. Are we actually so cut off from our history, culture & religion?
Do others have the same question about Mecca or Vatican or Jerusalem?
It is a historical fact the followers of religion that originated in India have been ruled by those following religions that originated elsewhere
Apr 17 7 tweets 8 min read
After close to 2 months in #Ukraine signing off. No end in sight to the #Russia Ukraine War. A beautiful country & lovely hard working people stare at an uncertain future. Lives & homes shattered, a country devastated. Russia will keep trying to inch forward from Donbas to Dnipro ImageImageImageImage 17 Feb we landed at #boryspil Airport before the war started on Feb 24. #Ukraine was preparing well for defence of #Kyiv. Fought hard in #Mariopul & #Kharkiv. But lacks effective air power. Air defence resources are not infinite. Longer conflict lasts more Ukraine stands to lose.
Feb 10 5 tweets 4 min read
Rules framed in 2004. Created issue only in 31 Dec 2021: Yashpal, school management at #Udupi. No #Hijab worn in classrooms. In earlier school also the girls were not wearing #Hijab. Uniform Rules were in place. PTA, management, Principal together in forming rules. @IndiaToday Dec 31 girls came wearing #Hijab. Before that no Hijab worn. We have pictures. No #Hijab worn in class. Issue created by vested interests. Some started wearing Hijab & became like activists. 965 students. 90 Muslims. Only 6 Muslim students created issues: Yashpal to @nabilajamal
Jan 10 7 tweets 5 min read
Sincerely hope & pray #SPG Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are not discussed & debated in public or put in public domain. There will be discussions in the Supreme Court but SOPs will be studied very closely by India's enemies to exploit. This is a landmine. Tread cautiously! Many years ago #Pakistan asked #India for help to strengthen security of their prime minister. #Pak wanted to study/learn about #SPG. India had politely declined. #Pak would learnt our SOPs & exploited weaknesses.But now with #Punjab breach in court, alarm bells should ring again
Jan 7 4 tweets 3 min read
The @PMOIndia of a major power stuck on a flyover for close to 20 minutes. The head of Govt of India stranded in our own country.
Those responsible for this should hang their heads in shame. They have let #India down.
You may or may not have voted for @narendramodi, he is our PM This is collapse of law & order if a road cannot even be sanitized for the @PMOIndia in our own country in a sensitive border state.
This is not about insulting *Punjabiyat* or people of a state. Must probe where the system failed that Prime Minister's security was `compromised'
Jan 6 4 tweets 2 min read
Govt sources: Jan 1 & 2 there was a ASL (security liasion) discussed `in detail' road journey from Bathinda to Ferozpur. Road survey & Vulnerable pints to be secured discussed. Even sabotage possibility & strong deployment discussed. contingency reheaesal for road journey on 4th SPG discussed with DGP road journey. Only after getting clearance, @PMOIndia's cavalcade moved. The convoy was piloted by SSP but PM's motorcade not informed about blockade by protesters (For close to 20 minutes PM of India was stranded on a flyover. Was this not serious breach?)
Jan 6 4 tweets 4 min read
1.When @PMOIndia landed in #Punjab it was raining.
2.He could not take helicopter due to inclement weather.
3.Waited 20 minutes for weather to clear up.
4.Decision taken to take road route to Martyrs memorial.
5.Punjab police DGP gave 'all clear' for road route.
6.Road sanitized? 7.Who informed farm union leaders about @PMOIndia taking road route?
8. Once/if sanitized why were vehicles permitted on PM's route?
9. @PMOIndia's security compromised by permitting/not stopping protesters on PM's route?
10. Is this how casual one can be with the security of PM?
Jan 5 5 tweets 3 min read
Baseless charges are being leveled, says @rssurjewala. 10,000 police personnel had been deployed for @PMOIndia rally. Entire route had Punjab & Haryana police deployed. PM was to travel by helicopter. Not road route. Last minute plan to go by road to Hussainiwala & rally Bhatinda Congress says last minute decision to travel by road. Police could not say no to @PMOIndia & hurried arrangements made. Some farmers decided to protest on the road to press for their demands. Should police have shot those farmers who blocked the PM's route? No crowd for PM rally.
Jan 5 5 tweets 1 min read
MHA statement: Today morning PM Narendra Modi landed at Bathinda from where he was to go to National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.Due to rain and poor visibility, PM waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out. ``When the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Marytrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police.''
Jan 3 5 tweets 6 min read
Dragon huggers in India...
Listen to @AmbVPrakash on the challenge posed by peddlers of Chinese agenda in #India.
Indian democracy used against India as #China uses PsyOps.
Should Govt respond? Nip it in the bud?
#Doklam to #Galwan India must counter Chinese mind games asap. Important to beware!!!

China uses local laws, pressure groups (brainwashed &/or paid?), 'democratic institutions' to its advantage.
China failed in #Doklam. China has not succeeded in eastern #Ladakh to brow beat us.

Dec 6, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Old saying: Way to Hell is paved with good intentions.
Some advocating removal of #AFSPA as a 'goodwill' gesture, same ecosystem advocated removal of #AFSPA even in valley before 2016 violence.
Keep #AFSPA, ensure it is not misused by anyone.
Probe & act in a transparent manner. Some are passing judgment without all facts being in public domain. Let facts emerge, including details of intelligence inputs & operations.
Did vehicle not stop when directed to? Did occupants flee when challenged? Let Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe reveal all facts 1st.
Oct 28, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
We didn't know better then. As we celebrated cricket, Gen @P_Musharraf launched #Pak Army into #Kargil. Dec 18, 1999 Capt Nadeem & L/NK Laikjaan & others were sent on reconnaissance patrols. We gave Pak cricketers a standing ovation, Pak Army firmed up defences on Kargil heights 530 Indian families lost a son, a brother, a husband, a soldier in the #Kargil war. In the months preceding Kargil, #Lahore bus journey was hailed as a game changer that would herald an era of peace. Pak sent one team to Chepauk, another with Assault rifles & Arty guns to Kargil.
Oct 25, 2021 5 tweets 6 min read
`Victory of Muslims over Hindus,' Pak cricket captain Mushtaq Mohammed after 1978 test series win. (Don't just blame Pak interior minister Sheikh Rasheed. It is #Pak DNA. Understand it.)
India's aim should be to isolate #Pakistan till it remains a state sponsor of terror. Why would #Pak bring in religion into #Cricket? Whether it is '#SheedaTalli' @ShkhRasheed or #MushtaqMohd,Pak cricket captain who in a cricket series after close to 2 decades called Pak victory over #India victory of Muslims over Hindus: coincidence, happenstance or enemy action?
Jul 19, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
#Amnestyinternational has had a rather dubious role in #India. It's funding & activities have been repeatedly questioned by both UPA & NDA governments. Former PM Manmohan Singh had red flagged the NGO during #KudanKulam nuke plant issue. In fact in Feb 2014 UPA froze it's funding In 2009 #Amnestyinternational had #FCRA issues. Even under NDA rule Amnesty funding remained rather opaque. @dir_ed probed dubious fund flow pattern. RBI put Amnesty in prior permission category due to suspect funds flow, acc to the #Govt. Even during UPA funding was suspect: BJP
May 13, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Approx 18 Crore vaccinated in India. 3rd highest after USA (26 crore) & China's claimed numbers: Dr VK Paul. India's vaccination pace fastest claims Dr Paul. Requests pls ``take pride'' in this achievement & laud the doctors & nurses who achieved it. Calls it national achievement Centre continues to procure for states for 45+. Dr Paul says even this narrative important. 45+ (single doze): one third of 34 crore have got it. Process started 4 months ago & made in India vaccine achieved it. 88% deaths were in this category. 50% got 2nd dose. Work in progress
Mar 23, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
Kargil after Lahore summit
Kaluchak after Agra summit
Pathankot after Lahore
Just how often do we want to be stabbed in the back & bitten by a venomous snake in the neighbourhood?
Pakistan is virtually bankrupt, they are importing wheat, Pashtuns & Balochs are up in arms...1/n Pakistan's troubles will only increase as their economy collapses. China will extract its pound of flesh. Pakistan's aim is to establish a proxy in Afghanistan. This sham of peace gesture is only to concentrate on that border. Pak wants strategic depth again. #Balakot exposed Pak
Mar 20, 2021 8 tweets 10 min read
Stunning allegation!!! Former Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh shoots off a letter to CM @OfficeofUT. Alleges #SachinVaze collected money for Anil Deshmukh. Tasked to collect Rs 100 Cr per month. Breaking on @IndiaToday. Does #ParambirSingh a serving top cop have proof? @IndiaToday's @mustafashk accesses #ParambirSingh's letter. It has a virtual guidebook for collection of 100 crore a month. 1750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai. Collect Rs 2 to 3 lakh from each. Rs 40 to 50 crore monthly achievable. Top focus @IndiaToday
Mar 19, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Pakistan's tried & tested template.Don't ask for prosecution of terrorists for past terror attacks.Let's start afresh (till the next terror attack)
India has repeatedly fallen for it
1. IC 814 hijack
2. Parliament Attack
3. J&K Assembly
4. 26/11 Mumbai
5. Ind emb Kabul
Long list #Pakistan targeted India with impunity because Indian leadership was told they are a nuclear weapon state India cannot respond. A strong pro Pak lobby played the Pak game of dialogue despite terror for peace in the sub continent. Uninterrupted & uninterruptible dialogue tamasha.
Mar 10, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
West Bengal CM @MamataOfficial injured. In severe pain. Foot injury. sketchy details. Swelling in the foot. A team of doctors rushes to the CM. Someone tried to push her. TMC to complain to election commission. CM wants to return to Kolkata. No local police. 4-5 people pushed her There was no one from local police, says @MamataOfficial. Says she was intentionally pushed. Also complains of chest pain. BJP says let there be a CBI investigation. Claims this is to gain sympathy. TMC says even CM not safe & security to woman CM was inadequate. Moving 2 Kolkata
Mar 9, 2021 6 tweets 6 min read
Leads from 2008 #Ahmedabad blasts (57 killed) helped in identifying the perpetrators of Delhi blasts (39 killed) & led us to L-18 #BatlaHouse: @singhkarnal2, then Jt CP @DelhiPolice tells me on #IndiaFirst. @GujaratPolice tracked #IndianMujahideen. Had reported 2008 Ahd blasts🖕 In Ahmedabad blasts #IndianMujahideen terrorists had planted the 5th & the most powerful bomb at the hospital. Their aim was to kill not just injured from other blast sites but also their relatives, doctors, police etc at hospital (Yet some give intellectual cover fire to terror)
Mar 8, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
#IndianMujahideen terrorist #ArizKhan convicted for killing brave Insp Mohan Chand Sharma & attempting to kill police officers in #BatlaHouse encounter. Delhi module of terror group was neutralized.
(Had covered the terror strikes, the encounter & the shameful politics after it) ImageImageImage Political leaders to academics to influencers an entire ecosystem charged at the terror fighting mechanism.
Was the attempt to demoralize it? Weaken it/destroy it?
At whose behest?
Vote bank politics became more important than India's war on terror?
Every fact was ignored. Why?