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Vitriolic White Man      

April 26, 2016

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                                                Current Presidential election campaign has exposed several fault lines of American society. Economic stagnation has veritably changed the mass-psychology, way of rationalization, level of tolerance and religiosity. Economic slumber of decades; engendered an undercurrent in the societal conduct; in the form of a vitriolic white man’s rebellion against immigrants and religions; which in its aftermath, must have landed sociologist, behaviorist and anthropologist alike on a unique learning curve.

 

Despite a recent uptick in economic activity; due to sustained steering coupled with huge capital injections, has not resulted in the alleviation of the average Joe. Although jobs are being generated and added to the workforce but mostly of part-time and temporary nature; which due to the global-parity-compulsions offer lower pay with least or no benefits. The result is that families are faced with a permanent state of uncertainty and fear. Due to shrinking or stagnant income in the face of rising costs; everyone has to pitch in to maintain their abode intact; which in turn has destroyed the fundamental structure of a family; more so of a white family, who used to be a conspicuous representation of a thriving, prosperous, well-knit American society. Father, who used to hold an esteemed status in familial-hierarchy, has either gone missing or become irrelevant. His role has been relegated to one of the breadwinners of a group. He now has to compete with younger people, of different tastes, odd work schedules, with a different set of issues, and somewhat better informed; pretending to be a family-head in control. In extreme cases, he has to even swap the role with his spouse. There is hardly an occasion for dinner table exchange of banalities. This has destroyed the inner core of the society transforming it into a bitter and intolerant one.

 

On the outer spectrum as well there is a huge shift due to the variegated flow of immigrants. They come with their own ingrained set of values; which are often at odd with American values; more so with inconceivably perverted values, which misleadingly are being boasted about and chaperoned as freedom of choice and expression.

 

In nut-shell white man is under a constant onslaught from every direction. First, he ceded to irreligiosity in the cloak of utilitarianism, then to the Abolition of slavery, then to the justification-of-equity in the shape of affirmative action, then to Mexicans and Latino workers. The recent spate of variegated immigrants, however, is the harshest, since it is at a (financially) hard time. There are not many jobs, not enough income, fractured family structure, degradation of moral values and society, as a whole, up in arms. It has pushed a sizeable segment of society in belligerent mode. A recent survey showing 24% increase in suicide rate (especially women) is an alarming vindication of societal frustration. They are vehemently against the influx of immigrant (mostly Muslim immigrants/refugees—given the sustained, premeditated demonization of Islam and Muslims). An unscrupulous, demagogue, presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, seized on these sentiments and started targeting Muslim and Mexican to win the election.

 

These immigrants come with their own set of values, work hard, get a good education and often land good jobs or establish successful businesses. They often stay and operate within their own groups except when they have to otherwise. They adopt American values but strictly based on necessity or compulsion. (Second generation, however, acts and behaves on more American less immigrant level). In fact, they traverse in parallel value-systems with ease; one from back home and the other need-based American. Their work ethics, moral standards, religious ethos and ratiocination; which are time-tested, put the white man under immense pressure despite their minimal proportion. White man seems to have been pushed to the wall for enumerated reasons. Ironically they feel under threat of being wiped out, as a majority, within their own country, which is ironically claimed and owned by all equally! They, as early settlers of several generations ago, think have an emphatically exclusive, claim and rights to America, unlike a newly sworn citizen. (Needless to say, it is the most cherished part of being an American for which some pay very heavy price).

 

This hurt is more pronounced in the middle-class and most in the lower middle class; who, more often, lay down an exclusive claim of being true American. These folks are so frustrated that they are ready to take on anything and everything. They think it is the matter of their survival. I am all sympathetic to their “Nationalistic” plight, but now this is other’s adopted/chosen home too; who after few generations would be standing with them, in the same shoes! The jingoistic course of action, chosen by them, therefore, is misleading and futile. They should rather, gain awareness, Learn, how to re-invent themselves, retrain, get educated, stay away from drugs, alcohol, pre-marital sex/pregnancies, hate, anger and frustration. Stop hating religions and God; because it simply deprives one of the privilege and faculty of contemplation, entailing humbleness and sense of gratitude. A recent jump in suicide rate could very well be related to this deprivation. Start having normal families and achievable goals. It won’t be long that you will become relevant and important as anyone else Stasis is unsustainable. Harboring negative feelings is an anecdote of self-immolation. Trump phenomenon, as people call it, is not really a solution to the ills of an American man. It is but an opportunistic cashing of the situation by a tabloid-famed, self-indulgent, demagogue. In the end, he probably would be flying high but you sure would be the in worst of a situation. The truth is that none of the politicians is interested in your or my welfare but his/her own. It is time for sagacity and wisdom to prevail. The choice is yours!

 

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Ugly Face of Western Darling India!

April 2, 2016

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Ugly Face of Western Darling India!

According to recent reports; India is wooing IS (Islamic State) by supplying arms and tactical support for a stronghold in south Asia; especially to destabilize Pakistan; in the wake of Gwadar Port being developed with the help of China, which would greatly benefit both the countries economically. Organizations such as Hizbut-Tahrir and disgruntled Taliban off-shoots; both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, are being recruited and supported by India to join IS. India, as a counter to Gwadar port, has been developing Iranian port Chah-Bahar. India had also been buying Iranian oil during the sanction period with complete impunity. The Economic Times reported — “Under pressure from the US and other western powers, India had relegated its second biggest oil suppliers by cutting down purchases from 21.2 million tons in 2009-10 to 11 million tons in 2013-14. Imports have been of that order in last three years”

It is an open secret that India for decades has been involved in terrorism in several countries including Pakistan. Indian PM Modi,(Gujrat famed–Burning of 10k Muslims) during his recent Bangladesh tour, has brazenly admitted the break-up of Pakistan in 1973.  During the investigations of recent “Lahore attack”, a top ranking Indian active duty naval officer has been caught operating in Pakistan. He has admitted the involvement in terrorism and also that his main purpose was to frustrate the Gwadar project.  Here is a report to substantiate it.  “Commander Kul Bushan Yadav is not the first Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) operative caught snooping in Pakistan though he is certainly the most high-profile spy of all seized till date, an exclusive research conducted by the “Jang Group and Geo Television Network” reveals”

Reportedly Modi has called Pakistani PM pleading not to raise the issue in international forums.

More disturbing than this is the fact that in recent years there has been growing concern about India’s security capabilities with regards to its nuclear stockpile and enriched Chemicals. According to reports about 20 tons of such chemicals is missing. Several nuclear watch organizations and. Governments are worried that it may have been supplied to most dangerous of all “ISIS”, who can easily use it for dirty bombs and wreck havoc.

“October last year, it was learnt that a 20-ton consignment of Beryl was smuggled from Kandla Port in Gujrat to Hong Kong. It is estimated that Rajasthan is accountable for 10% of Indian nuclear smuggling” (Center for Public Integrity)

“India’s nukes are at risk – The agency tasked with guarding India’s nuclear weapons and materials “is short-staffed, ill-equipped, and inadequately trained”, write Adrian Levy and R. Jeffrey Smith in a new in-depth report for the Center for Public Integrity. Reporters uncovered the evidence that “weapons and technical equipment lagged well behind comparable security forces elsewhere in the world. An estimated 90 to 110 Indian nuclear bombs are stored in six or so government-run sites,” which are guarded by the paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). However, the report shows that U.S. government officials and experts alike believe that the agency is inadequately equipped, and that “India’s nuclear explosive materials are vulnerable to theft.” December 22, 2015

 

“Recently, 31 tons of nuclear material was recovered from the accused who was arrested in Rajasthan, India. Indian media recently reported theft and smuggling of nuclear material from India to an unknown network of global buyers, however, no concern was raised over the issue. World powers are disturbingly quite on Indian nuclear smuggling case, something that is no less than a global threat. The anonymity of the alleged global network is of greater concern. There are no reports where the stolen/smuggled nuclear material ends up and how it is used, and what channels are employed to get said material out of India”

“The nuclear material in question is Beryl, an atomic mineral ore of Beryllium. China, along with the United States, Russia, Canada and Brazil is few of those countries that use Beryl in atomic power plants, space-technology and scanning equipment”

After all, this there is no justification for the world community to let their guards down; especially so for the west who is already under attack by ISIS. Lest it is that the material support is coming from their esteemed strategic and trading partner INDIA—Biggest Democracy in the world—where burning Muslims and killing Christians has been a norm. It sure would not matter if they are killed elsewhere even in greater number!

Would it, therefore, not be justified if President Obama, in the same vein and proximity as with Killer PM Modi, sits with Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi negotiating the sessions of hostilities and killings all around the world?

 

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