Dispatch – 7

 

(Excerpts from whitehouse.gov website)

 

Protecting the Homeland

 

President Bush’s Top Priority Is The Safety And Security Of The American People. Since September 11th, President Bush has restructured and reformed the Federal government to focus resources on counterterrorism and to ensure the security of our homeland.

The Administration Has Worked With Congress To Implement The 9/11 Commission’s Recommendations. Since the Commission issued its final report, the Administration has taken action on 37 of the Commission’s 39 recommendations that apply to the Executive Branch and is working with Congress to continue to improve intelligence and homeland security.

Administration Officials Repeatedly Have Testified On The Implementation Of The Recommendations. Officials from the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and other agencies have testified before Congress on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission in over 50 hearings since the Commission issued its final report.

The President Supported The Work Of The Commission. The White House provided the 9/11 Commission with unprecedented access, including providing close to 1,000 interviews with Administration officials and making available 2.3 million pages of documents for the Commission’s review.

Key Institutional Developments And Accomplishments

Appointing The Director Of National Intelligence. President Bush signed into law the landmark Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which overhauls the intelligence community, mandating a range of reforms and centralizing in one office key authorities. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) serves as President Bush’s principal intelligence advisor and the leader of the Intelligence Community. The first DNI, Ambassador John Negroponte, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in this past April.

Establishing The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The NCTC assists in analyzing and integrating foreign and domestic intelligence acquired from all U.S. government departments and agencies pertaining to the war on terrorism. The Center identifies, coordinates, and prioritizes the counterterrorism intelligence requirements of America’s intelligence agencies and develops strategic operational plans for implementation. In July 2005, the Senate confirmed the President’s nominee, Vice Admiral Scott Redd, to become the first Director of the NCTC.

Establishing The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). The DNDO, in the Department of Homeland Security, provides a single federal organization to develop and deploy a nuclear-detection system to thwart the importation of illegal nuclear or radiological materials.

Appointing A Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The President has nominated the Chairman and Vice Chairman and appointed the other three members to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, to further help ensure that privacy and civil rights are not eroded as we fight the War on Terror.

Establishing The Terrorist Screening Center. In order to consolidate terrorist watch lists and provide around-the-clock operational support for Federal and other government law-enforcement personnel across the country and around the world, the Administration created the Terrorist Screening Center. The Center ensures that government investigators, screeners, and agents are working with the same unified, comprehensive set of information about terrorists.

Transforming The FBI To Focus On Preventing Terrorism. The President has led the effort to transform the FBI into an agency focused on preventing terrorist attacks through intelligence collection and other key efforts, while improving its ability to perform its traditional role as a world-class law-enforcement agency.

Strengthening Transportation Security Through Screening And Prevention. Since 9/11 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made significant advancements in aviation security, including the installation of hardened cockpit doors, a substantial increase in the number of Federal Air Marshals, the training and authorization of thousands of pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit, the 100 percent screening of all passengers and baggage, and the stationing of explosives-detection canine teams at each of the Nation’s largest. These initiatives have raised the bar in aviation security and shifted the threat.

Improving Border Screening And Security Through The US-VISIT Entry-Exit System. US-VISIT uses cutting-edge biometric technology to help ensure that our borders remain open to legitimate travelers but closed to terrorists. US-VISIT is in place at 115 airports, 14 seaports, and 50 land border crossings across the country. Since January 2004, more than 39 million visitors have been checked through US-VISIT.

Establishing The National Targeting Center (NTC) To Screen All Imported Cargo. DHS established the NTC to examine cargo and passengers destined for the United States to identify those presenting the greatest threat. The NTC screens data on 100 percent of inbound shipping containers (9 million per year) to identify those posing a “high risk.” CBP personnel examine 100 percent of high-risk containers.

Expanding Shipping Security Through The Container Security Initiative (CSI). The CSI is currently established in over 35 major international seaports to pre-screen shipping containers for illicit or dangerous materials before they are loaded on vessels bound for the United States.

Developing Project Bioshield To Increase Preparedness For A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Or Nuclear Attack. Project BioShield is a comprehensive effort that will ensure that resources ($5.6 billion) are available to pay for “next-generation” medical countermeasures, expedite the conduct of NIH research and development on medical countermeasures based on the most promising recent scientific discoveries, and give FDA the ability to make promising treatments quickly available in emergency situations. Project BioShield will help protect Americans against a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.

Cracking Down On Terrorist Financing With Our International Partners. Over 400 individuals and entities have been designated pursuant to Executive Order 13224, resulting in nearly $150 million in frozen assets and millions more blocked in transit or seized at borders. We have built an international coalition that is applying more rigorous financial standards and controls to help prevent terrorists’ use of the international financial system. Specifically, we have established with the Government of Saudi Arabia a Joint Task Force on Terrorism Finance that serves as a coordinating mechanism to cooperate on important terrorism-financing investigations.

Increasing Cooperation And Reform Among International Partners At The Front Lines Of The War On Terror. In Pakistan over the next five years, we will provide more than $3 billion in security, economic, and development assistance to enhance counterterrorism capacity and promote continued reform, including of the education system. In the last three years, the United States provided more than $4.5 billion in reconstruction, economic, and security assistance programs to Afghanistan.

 

 

 

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Dispatch-8

 

Friday, July 10, 2009

India, USA and Middle East—Changing Equations

 

Dear All,

 

We are living in a unipolar world. After the division of the former Soviet Union and its decline into a troubled economy, the world intended to lean towards the other super power, United States of America. The scenario emerged out after second world war, when the world was divided into communist and capitalist blocks this time a large number of countries started leaning towards the United States of America. The countries like France, Germany and Italy who were in the group of Axis countries and fought against the USA leaned towards America.

 

The USA not only helped these countries to re-strengthen their economy, but it also helped smaller countries in Africa. And in return, we all know that the CIA sought its own interest in these countries. The CIA reshuffled the govts and helped favourable governments to come in power. The USA also selected its power centers in the middle Middle East by supporting the countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. It also helped Israel to fight against Palestine and its so called terror organisation, Hamas. In Afghanistan, the USA initially helped the Taliban to fight out the USSR army, and succeeded in this.

 

This is the first half of the story, before the division of the USSR. In due course, and during the regime of Senior Bush Senior USA realised that its goal has been achieved in Afganistan, but the taliban Taliban was now is asking for its own pound of flesh, and thus wanted to rule in Afghanistan. A second threat that the US has had to face in the coming years was that of Al Qaeda, an organisation created on fanatic Islamic ideology.

 

Now, it is essential to know the ideology and origin of Bin Laden. Bin Laden (this includes ancestors of Osama Bin Laden), were rich businessman living in the western coast of the US. Not only this, but the Ladens were well connected with the royal family of Saudi Arabia and were having growing business with them in oil and real estate. A younger member of the Laden family, called Osama Bin Laden, had a keen tendency towards a rather rigid sect of Islam that is called Wahabism. The Wahabis restricts so many common traditions of Islam that it becomes difficult for everyday living. These Wahabis are supported by the Saudis. The liberal Islamic world and the countries which that were pro- America did not like it, but it is studied seen that religious leaders of these countries supported Osama to work on his ideology.

 

This was the birth of Al Qaeda.

 

Saddam Hussein was a dictator at large and had ruled Iraq for decades. He opposed the US on its claim of hidden biological weapons.

 

The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center made America realise that it is actually on the threshold of a clear confrontation and was the target of the once sheltered Laden. Now President Bush came up with a new terminology, of “WAR ON TERROR”, to fight against these evil forces and to extend its fight beyond American boundaries. In due course of time America claimed that Iraq not only had weapons of mass destruction but also had a link with Laden and Al Qaeda.

 

So the Bush administration, along with its old enemies and new friends, launched a heavy war fare in Iraq, and this time unlikely his father, Bush not only won the war but captured and hanged Saddam Hussein.

 

India, which was at one time a friend with of Iraq remained, a silent witness to this and leaned towards the US. America proposed a deal of civilian usage of nuclear energy and India welcomed it with an open heart. Experts suggest that the two countries, victimised by terror outfits, realised that it is time to shake hands and come closer.

In return India remained silent on US’s stand on imposing restrictions on Iran on developing nuclear arsenals.

 

This is a time when neither George W Bush is in power nor Saddam Hussein is alive.

India is visiting a swift change in its foreign policy. Bin Laden is there but the Obama administration has deleted the “WAR ON TERROR” term from the dictionary of the White House. India and the US are coming closer and the global recession of 2008 is slowly getting weaker.

 

And in this scenario we may see new friends and new foreign policies in India, US and in the Middle East. God knows who will be on more benefitting which side in the business of war and religion.

 

Written by Ratnesh Dwivedi on 10.07.2009

 

 

(This thread was dispatched by me only to seven individuals and organizations including president@whiethouse.gov  as part of “The Nose of The News” on Friday, 10 July, 2009 5:28 PM)

 

 

Dispatch-9

 

Friday, July 17, 2009

Indo-Pak Relations-Moments of Truth

 

India and Pakistan are on clear confrontation with each other since the Mumbai terrorist attacks. India claims and it is true it is that the Mumbai terror attacks were planned in Pakistan, and the attackers were trained inside the Pak border. Hafiz Saeed, the Jamat –ud-Dawa chief is at large in Pakistan, and India claims and has given evidences of his being the mastermind of 26/11.

 

The Non Aligned Movement once founded by India, Egypt and Turkey on during the peak of the cold Cold War, to remain distant with from either of the super powers, has given a platform to Indian and Pakistani premiers to come together to think on bilateral relations. The Egypt edition of NAM in which both the sides diluted their stands, is an ice breaking step. Pakistan this time has hidden the Kashmir issue, while India only mentioned about the Pakistani action on the Mumbai accused. The Indian Prime Minister would be in Delhi when I am writing these lines.

 

The history of India- Pakistan relations has been a saga of truth, accusation, infiltration, terrorism, occupation and betrayal. So far, India and Pakistan haves come into clear confrontation that led to a war, for four times. But there haves been remarkable steps as well to re-strengthen the relations between the two neighbours.

 

THE BITTER MOMENTS

 

On the strategic will of British rule and Mohammad Ali Zinnah, Pakistan came into existence in 1947, and couple of months later Pakistan infiltrated Pashtun tribes with the help of the Pakistani army into the Kashmir. The then Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh sought Indian help to fight out the infiltration and India asked to him to sign an accord to be an integral part of India. Seeing no way to of escape Hari Singh signed the deal and in return Indian troops defeated Pakistani infiltration.

 

In 1965, under the leadership of Lal Bahadur Shashtri India fought another war with Pakistan, and the Indian army reached as close as up to 18 kms from Lahore. The USSR mediated in for a ceasefire agreement that was signed in Tashkant. Experts say that Lal Bahadur Shastri could not stand up to the international pressure and died of a heart attack.

 

1971 saw another war between India and Pakistan on both sides of the border, when Shiekhs Mujjebur Rehman seeked sought Indian help to liberate East Pakistan from the traumatic leadership of integral Pakistan. India’s then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi helped Bangladesh Mukti Vahini and succeeded in liberating Bangladesh. The war was fought along the eastern and western borders.

 

Between 1972 and 1999 there haves been many issues including that of terrorism and Kashmir which have lead India and Pakistan to a clear confrontation.

In 1999 we saw the Kargil war in the back drop of the Lahore talks.

And most recently 26/11 happened which was again a cowardly act by Pakistan based militant groups, in the line of with many other attacks in Indian cities.

 

BETTER MOMENTS

 

Despite many turbulences and confrontations, full scale war and war like situations, there haves been moments when India and Pakistan sat together for betterment of relations and friendly ties.

 

Simla Agreement 1972 – First time India and Pakistan came together under the premiership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Indira Gandhi. Issues like intrusion and Kashmir were discussed and the Simla pact was signed.

 

In the 1988 the then prime ministers of India and Pakistan, Rajiv Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto talked about not interrupting the nuclear programmes of any country.

 

1998, visited Lahore talks when Indian prime minister Mr Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif talked about opening diplomatic relations, starting a bus service and the Kashmir issue.

 

In 2003 again Vajpayee and Musharraf came together in the Agra summit, which was another ice breaking step after the Kargil war.

 

So the history of Indo Pak relation has been a story of magical and miserable moments . It also has been a story of trust and betrayal. India has always welcomed Pakistan for talks but not on the conditions of Internationalization of the Kashmir issue. On the other hand Pakistan has always has tried US interference in the Kashmir dispute.

 

For the first time US President Barack Obama is unwilling to interfere in the bilateral talks and wishes that the issue is actually an internal matter of India and Pakistan.

 

Again India and Pakistan are coming close and we have to see if a new chapter of friendship and warmth will be written or it would one more step towards false promises and assurance and betrayal. Two good neighbours are sharing the one grilling pain of terrorism or two old enemies are sharpening their weapons to stab each other; whether two emerging economies of South Asia wish to talk their domestic problems in the time of recession or two economies are troubling the common public by imposing disturbances, terrorism and war or war like situations.

 

The world is watching through the international media what is going to happen next in South Asian relations, a history written by the ink of friendship and trust or a chapter unfolding another war between two nuclear states.

 

Let us watch…

 

Written by Ratnesh Dwivedi on 17/07/09

 

(This thread was dispatched by me only to seventeen individuals and organizations including president@whiethouse.gov  as part of “The Nose of The News” on Friday, 17 July, 2009 6:00 PM)

 

 

Dispatch-10

 

To,

Barack Obama

Honourable President of United States of America

White House Govt

White House

Washington D.C.

 

Sub- In the name of Peace and Prosperity. (Referring President’s Oslo Speech)

 

Honourable Sir,

 

Not too long ago when the world witnessed horrible terror attacks on American soil, to whom the media refers to as 9/11. Perhaps this incident was the beginning of Al Qaeda’s bloody foot print in the civilised world. It was not the first terror attack on American soil or people, or elsewhere in the world, but it was perhaps the beginning of a rare kind of war against human civilization. World Wars were as dangerous and the Cold War era was even more, but the religion adopted by these people to whom we refer as “terrorists” perhaps have given birth to an unending war against human institutions. We hardly see any sign that these animals and their religion is going to accept the idea of democracy and the idea of peace.

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were great men s of all time, and the path they made for humanity and brotherhood is a rare kind of example that must be adopted by one and all. But as you spoke out in your historical speech that there comes a time when the ideas and paths of people like Gandhi and King becomes a little irrelevant. In the a time when humanity and the concept of democracy is are in danger not only in the United States of America but also across the globe and in countries like India , we cannot sit together and look towards Gandhi and King for their advices. Rather, we should stand united in the name of humanity, peace and prosperity, for our generations to come and take an oath to defeat the idea of terrorism and extremism.

 

What I have understood in the last few years when I started writing to the White House govt that these people who claim to be fighting a “holy war” in the name of ‘God’ and ‘”Allah’,” have enlarged their organisations across the globe and haves garnered the support of many other outfits to come together to declare a big war against humanity and civilization. They do not want to see a common people living in peace and thinking about good livelihoods for their children. They do not believe that good democracies should talk to each other to solve the problems of humanity and planet earth. They fight for their own cause and a different kind of religion which claims only lives and leaves blood on the streets.

 

Mr President, I believe that each all countries and individuals have the right to think of its their betterment and prosperity of their people, and have a the right to protect its their own territories f it is attacked by these people to whom we refer as “terrorist”; and in order to do that a country have has all the right to talk to other heads of states to think about how to defeat these forces.

 

Terrorism is not a word which is restricted to the United States of America or the Republic of India, but it is a global war today. If one country thinks that the USA is suffering, hence, let it fight alone, then perhaps it is daydreaming. Today it is USA or India, another day it would be your country and your people. It is a global war of a different kind, and no territorry and nation is safe; even the nations which are sheltering these animals, because these animal do not believe in the idea of nations or the idea of democracy.

 

Let us understand and think and come out with an idea on how to defeat them. It is not a fight the USA should alone tackle. It is a fight of each and every individual. A fight of each and every nation and a fight of each and every member of the human institution and a fight of each and every member of and followers of the religion of humanity. So we must stand together and must take an oath  in the name of peace and humanity that we will support and protect the idea of democracy and the idea of human institution, and will defeat these animals and their religion, to whom we refer as “Terrorists”, by all means and methods. This is the time and this is the moment when we all across all continents should come out to protect our planet and to save humanity from these animals because we are in a “Danger”.

 

 

 

(This thread was dispatched by me only to five individuals and organizations including president@whiethouse.gov as part of “The Nose of The News” on Saturday, 12 December, 2009 12:38 PM)

 

 

 

Dispatch-11

 

An Open Letter to President Obama

 

To,

Barack H. Obama

Honourable President of United States of America

White House Govt

White House

Pensylvania Avenue

Washington D.C.

Washington

20502

 

And his Three Senior Advisors

 

David Axelrod, Vallerie Zerrot and Peter Rouse

 

Sub.–In response to grounding up of NASA’a Lunar Mission.

 

 

Honourable Sir,

 

I am Ratnesh Dwivedi in India a regular recipient of NASA’s updates. But before I write anything on NASA or its missions, I would like to tell you a little about my knowledge on science research work in USA. The first American President who talked against racism was Abraham Lincoln. He was the one who seriously guided America on sciences through his mission to establish the world’s biggest and most respected research organisation–The National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Sciences is the most respected name and a person feels high amounts of pride even if he even talks to a receptionist of NASA in Washington. So far its worthy scientists haves been honoured with dozens of Nobel prizes and other laurels. In due course of time the Academy enlarged its operations and established a few other divisions like National Research Council, Institute of Medicine and Institute of Engineering, under its umbrella.

 

The world’s biggest space science research organisation, National Aeronautics of Space Administration (NASA) also got its association with the Academy and National Research Council launched one of its one of the rarest kind of  Research Associateship Programme (RAP) to select unpanelled research scientists from across the globe to associate them with the National Academy of Sciences and with NASA through this programme. Budding scientists from countries like India got a chance to associate themselves with NASA and other disciplines of sciences and engineering. It was a remarkable step of the Academy to allow them to work on the minutest areas of life sciences, biology, biotech, engineering, technology and space sciences.

 

I, by that time, had collected some original research work on space sciences with the help of the information I received through NASA newsletters. I compiled it and sent the 1500 pages of research work on Space Dynamics to Mary D Cox, an official with The National Academy of Sciences. I quickly got a reply that my work has been forwarded to a NASA coordinator.

 

Leaving this story behind, I have always felt a significant amount of pride to learn from NASA letters and to remain in touch with NASA officials. In a recent e-mail from Whitney Calvin of Media Relation Department of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (most respected division of NASA), I got to know about some of the most optimistic missions of NASA. And the information was about designing two mega spaceships – The Aries and The Orion, which may carry a Human Voyage to the Moon and Mars, by 2020.

 

It may be a giant leap of human kind to touch down on the surface of the Moon once more and on the Red Planet for the first time. Mars, as I predict, is our hope to establish a Human colony in the future.

 

Honourable Sir, I am writing this letter in great depression that now your government have decided to wind up these missions. It is a great loss to sciences and to human kind. It is a rare chance to give an opportunity to humans to explore our solar system and to our moon and to the Red Planet. Sir, I , who have a great amount of interest in Space Sciences and in NASA activity humbly request you to allow NASA with its Lunar and Red Planet missions and to allow its scientists to carry on with the Aries and Orion spaceship programmes.

 

Sciences, Human kind and our generations would be obliged to the Obama administrations for ages if you live up the dreams of thousands of people like me and people in NASA by not stopping these, rarest of its kind, missions.

 

Thanking You.

Ratnesh Dwivedi

 

(This thread was dispatched by me to one dozen individuals including president@whitehouse.gov as part of “The Nose of The News” on Sunday, 7 February, 2010 12:13 AM).

 

 

Dispatch-12

 

Death of a Professor, of a Whistle Blower

 

When I was travelling to my home town of Ayodhya, a rather calm pilgrim town in the northern Indian province of eastern Uttar Pradesh, I had several things on my mind, and one of these things was to meet a Professor in Awadh University – a state university in the town. But I was did not knowing that destiny has written a cruel chapter for this meeting, as this time it was not going to be possible as in my earlier visits.

 

Professor Vijay Kumar Pande a historian in his own right and an archaeologist, was one of the most experienced professors in the state. He had been in academics for several decades, had written several books on the historical importance of Ayodhya and Faizabad. He had led a team of students to excavate several sites of historical importance in the region and had guided dozen of students for Ph.D programme.

 

But somewhere in his conscious mind he was not satisfied with several people in the University, with the system of working and the many restrictions imposed upon him by some of his colleagues.

 

I remember my first meeting with him when I was assisting a French film maker for a documentary on Ayodhya and its cultural importance. He was a great person. Always ready to help, always ready to meet and always ready to speak. My second meeting with him was when I decided to spend a couple of years in my hometown. I went straight to him and asked him to give me an opportunity for some guest lectures. And he trusted on me for this in 2005. I stayed with him for six months without asking for payment. He never imposed his seniority over me but humbly asked me to translate one of his books into English. I started the work but it remained incomplete.

 

We rather spent more time in discussing academic issues, .problems in the University and the atmosphere created against him. He never feared naming out the people who restricted him from doing some good historical and archaeological work. The chief proctor of the University, as he named many times before me, had been trying to defame his reputation and restricting his research work.

 

I remember how depressed he was when his years long work to establish an archaeological museum was restricted into just one room store of some stones. Not only this, but Mr Proctor also was involved in beating a man who was appointed by him to guard the museum.

 

He was under tremendous pressure by these people as none of his projects was getting approved. He was finding himself lonely and he complained many times about this with his fellow colleagues and even to me.

He also narrated once how brutally he was beaten up by some ‘gundas’ on the behest of the ‘Thakur’ lobby of the university, some twenty odd years back.

But I can remember that the Professor was fearless. I remember, I was sitting with him late night the day Ayodhya was attacked by terrorists. He had a diary with him, perhaps a Govt Of India PRO diary, from which he searched out the Home Minister Mr Shiv Raj Patil’s telephone number and straight away ranged him up and narrated the whole situation in the tensed town, for half an hour.

 

I remember him as my guru who taught me the ABC of Indian and World history in a couple of months.

 

I can’t forget his last phone call to me when he said, “I am very tense. Please help me out. I want to come to Delhi.”

 

Couple of months later he met with an accident and came to Delhi for an operation and returned to Ayodhya only after his death on the operation table.

 

I am writing these lines but still I am thinking what tension that professor was having with him or what irregularities he was willing to point out in Awadh University,…or what threat he was having from the people he mentioned in his conversations. May be his worries require an attention by the academia and media. May god rest him in peace.

 

Written by Ratnesh Dwivedi

 

 

(This thread was dispatched by me to eleven individuals including Rajdeep Sardesai and organization as part of “The Nose of The News” on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 9:07 PM.)

 

 

Dispatch-13

 

Story of a Dying Unit: A Brain Child of Indira Gandhi

 

To,

 

The Prime Minister of India

Mrs Sonia Gandhi (UPA Chairperson)

Mr Rahul Gandhi (General Secretary – AICC)

(Through three of my best friends in Media)

 

Sub– Story of a dying unit–A brain child of Indira Gandhi.

 

Respected Sir,

 

I have never been in the practice to write an open letter to the three top political leaders and policy makers in India. However, my e-mail suggestions to Wwhite house House government has been appreciated -,the a practice which I am doing since 2004.

 

But, something inside my conscious pushed me up to write me this letter to the Prime Minister, UPA Chairperson and Mr Rahul Gandhi. I am calling him by name since I find in him a trustworthy friend and a hope of the future.

 

I have spent my 25 years in the area which is known as eastern Uttar Pradesh, in the district of Faizabad. I know it as a place where I have seen some of the best and worst moments of my life. Let us not go in to that.

 

Mankapur, a small town some 56 kms away from Faizabad and almost at the same distance from its district HQ Gonda, has been home to one of the units which brought the Telecommunication revolution in India. Indian Telephone Industries, as it is named by the Government of India, is a brain child of Mrs Indira Gandhi. Apart from its Naini Unit and Raibareli Unit, Mankarpur is blessed to have one unit of ITI at a place which falls on the railway route from Lucknow to Gorakhpur.

 

So, we may call it as a home and place of worship place for thousands of workers and officers who work day and night to give us equipment and technology so we may speak to our loved ones. Indian Telephone Industries has designed some of the latest technology and equipment which are at par with international standards, and the Mankapur Unit is a part of it.

 

The other unit or the HQ is in Bangalore.

 

I have been visiting the ITI Mankapur campus while I was studying in the 12th standard as one of my relatives served as an engineer in that unit. However, another reason was to enjoy the small journey through the jungle of Tikri. I guess I would have visited ITI Mankapur as many as 70 times. Hence, I have an emotional attachment with this pride of India, hence here is the story.

 

I can tell you with all my honesty that the ITI unit of Mankapur is a mini India. It is the bread and butter of thousands of workers and officers working inside it and also the bread and butter for several thousands of villagers and people who are indirectly dependent on the success of this unit. But now there is a danger on for these several thousands of these people and on this unit. Insiders suggest that the unit may be closed at any given point of time. The reason it is not making profit is it is under huge debt. Salaries haves not been distributed to hundreds of employees and if you talk to any of worker, officer or neighbourhood people you may examine the amount of depression they are going through.

 

So the brain child of Indira Gandhi is in ICU, and doctors from the places like ALCATEL (France), which tried to save it once have given up the hope.

 

The Big Question before these several thousands of people is how to survive?

 

Mrs Sonia Gandhi, once, consoled the unit with 1,000 crore rupees, but insiders suggests that it has been randomly distributed among high officials and there have been irregularities in investment of that amount.

 

Now the question is how to make this unit overcome with all these kind of challenges?

 

The Unit is dying and so are its workers and officers.

 

The sources suggests that only direct interference from the center may give any solution, so relying on that sources I am directing this letter to three of my friends in the Media ,in the hope that the message would be conveyed to the right people.

 

Regards.

Ratnesh Dwivedi

 

(This thread was dispatched by me to Rajdeep Sardesai as part of “The Nose of The News” on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 9:35 PM.)

 

 

Dispatch -14

 

The Judgement Day and Ayodhya as it Stands

 

by Ratnesh Dwivedi on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 5:44pm

 

I was in class 12 when, on Dec 6, 1992 the disputed structure was demolished by Kar Sevaks, which led to communal riots across the country. But now we all can proudly can claim that India and Indians have moved ahead, rather haves grown up mature from these unstructured sentiments. As Mr Madhukar Upadhyaya (Historian and Journalist) suggests that we cannot demolish the understanding of co- existence of Hindus and Muslims in four hours for those who are living together for thousands of years.

 

I have seen Ayodhya in the last thirty years growing rather in as a mature town where people do worship Lord Rama, but they also do bother about their economic standing in society, worries about the future of their kids and respect the sentiments of other communities. Ayodhya is home to Lord Rama, and other gods of Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam. What so ever the misunderstanding has been created between communities has been washed up. And Ayodhya reacts with full maturity to not only issues of Dharma and Rama, but to other national and international issues.

 

I remember when I decided to take a leave from my engagements and then to stay in my home town – Ayodhya for a couple of years, I was asked by a university professor to take some lectures in Dr RML Awadh University. I decided to speak on Space Science and I proudly can say that the students of Ayodhya were very keen to understand about this area about which most of the genius students where many bother to take care of. Even I found a little student of twelve years in the school where from I passed out from in 1992–Maharaj Intermediate College, asking me finer points of gravity and planetary systems.

 

So, Ayodhya has grown up and so has their beliefs in Lord Rama and the Islam.

 

This land mark verdict and reactions after this at least suggests it.

 

Now we all know that the honourable High Court suggests that the total land area of almost 70 acres shall be equally divided in three parts, while the main worship place to which the Hindus refer to as ‘Garbh Griha’, will stand with the Hindus.

 

I guess the learned judges of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court haves given a chance to both the communities to show the world that they stand together, their beliefs stand together, the people of Ayodhya and Ayodhya itself stand as one, and so is our nation –India.

 

This is an opportunity to show the world that the place which created such ideological, political, religious and social differences across the country may again can show the world that Ayodhya also can also give the lesson of national integrity and Universal brotherhood by constructing a huge mosque and a magnificent temple at one place where from the worshipers of Imam-e-Hind lord Lord Rama and Prophet Mohammad may show the world that we all are one.

 

 

(This thread was dispatched by me to nineteen individuals including president@whitehouse.gov as part of “The Nose of The News” on Friday, 1 October, 2010 5:54 PM. And this was my last dispatch as part of the series.)

 

 

Dispatch 15

 

Ayodhya and Faizabad: Moving ahead from Ram and Allah

 

by Ratnesh Dwivedi on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 12:31pm

 

This time when I started a trip to my home town in Ayodhya and Faizabad, I was travelling with the shadow of the Ayodhya verdict and a low intensity blast that was a fallout of the Ayodhya issue. Ayodhya and Faizabad, the twin towns are located at some 125 kms from state capital Lucknow, and are known for Ganga Jamuni tehjeeb since ages. Ayodhya, a small Hindu pilgrim town is known as the birth place of Hindu’s holy god Rama, a seventh incarnation of lord Vishnu, and is one of the oldest cities of Hindu Mythology. Some 3000 temples are here as it is popularly called said that there is a temple in each house and there is a house in each temple. The temples of Ayodhya are manged by Akharas–Nirmohi, Nirvani and etc. Most of the Sadhus are Vaishnav, that means they worship Lord Vishnu.

 

This time when I tried to touch the pulse of common Ayodhya Vasi, interestingly no one showed any interest in the Ayodhya issue, rather they talked about the opportunities and development of the town.

 

Coming to Faizabad, one can profoundly say that its one of the most beautifully built (only ruins are there) cities. Once the capital of ‘Awadh’ in Nawab Asfuddaula’s period (which was later shifted to Lucknow) it is a Muslim populated city and the Hindus too live in newly built colonies. You can see Burqa clad women in rickshaws in chowk area. Faizabad itself has some 100 old mosques and is currently visiting growth.

 

HDFC, ICICI and other MNC banks have opened its their branches here and all the flyovers on link bypass between/w Lucknow and Gorakhpur are operational now. The University in the city is visiting ‘Winter Break’ and has now has a facelift.

 

However, there is an opinion among the Hindus that a Ram Temple must be built. The bank of the Saryu River is empty as there is no Mela season and so are the temples.

 

I also interacted with some Muslim girls on their way to school; they too feel that now it’s time for change and Faizabad and Ayodhya should be seen as a paradigm of change and growth and not only a place which created so much distance between the two communities.

 

As for as the rural population in the district is concerned, it is time to send the sugarcane crop to sugar mills and farmers are busy to shifting their crop to mills as soon as possible. One can see trucks and tractors loaded with sugar cane on its way to mills in Faizabad and Gonda. Eastern U.P produces the maximum of the total sugarcane in India.

 

There is a shift in the mood of Hindus and Muslims for a new chapter with religious harmony and eagerness for change and growth. The Member of Parliament from Faizabad, Nirmal Khattri should also be given credit for this change.

 

(This thread was dispatched by me to AP as part of “The Nose of The News” on Wednesday, 29 December, 2010 12:34 PM. And this was my last dispatch as part of the series.)

 

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