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1971 War: Indira’s determination and willpower made Pakistan and its allies feel vulnerable

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First Woman primeminister of India Indira Gandhi
First Woman prime minister of India Indira Gandhi

It was a tough time for India and its young first woman prime minister Indira Gandhi as the outrageous neighbor and a competitor Pakistan was waging atrocities on its northeastern part than called as Eastern Pakistan. India was already going through challenges of poverty, unemployment lack of education and then the burden of eastern Pakistani refugee made the condition worse for India.

After Western Pakistan overthrow eastern Pakistan’s leader Shiekh Mujbir Rahman who was asking for an Independent Bengali state, he took shelter in India and met Indira to ask for help and military intervention.

In his book ‘India After Gandhi’ Ramchandra Guha has stated that By the end of April 1971 there were half a million East Pakistan refugees in India; by the end of May, three and a half million; by the end of August, in excess of 8 million. Most (though by no means all) were Hindus.19 Refugee camps were strung out along the border, in the states of West Bengal, Tripura, and Meghalaya. To distribute the burden, camps were also opened in Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. The refugees were housed in huts made of bamboo and polythene; the luckier ones in the verandahs of schools and colleges.

The first woman prime minister of India Indira Gandhi is still considered as Iron Lady, her strength and decision-making power not only proved the efficiency of Indian woman’s capabilities in Politics but she faded away from the conservative notion that women have less effective political leaders. Indira not only proved herself in India but she made a tough impression worldwide.

How Indira dealt with pressure from America and China?

According to historian Ramchandra Guha, the then Chinese prime minister wrote to the Pakistani president deploring the ‘gross interference’ by India in the ‘internal problems’ of his country.

However this was not the case, Indira as a leader of India many times informed leaders of other countries about India’s suffering from the refugee influx coming from the eastern Pakistan. The prime minister wrote to world leaders urging them to rein in the Pakistani army.

In the first week of July 1971 Dr. Henry Kissinger – at the time national security adviser to President Nixon – met Mrs. Gandhi in New Delhi, where he was acquainted for the first time with ‘the intensity of feelings on the East Bengal issue’. The refugee influx had placed a great burden on India – ‘we were holding things together by sheer will-power’, said the prime minister. The crisis could be resolved only when ‘a settlement which satisfied the people of East Bengal was reached with their true leaders’.

In the 1970s the International alliances were different from today as Pakistan and America were both great allies of each other and the then president of United State of America Richard Nixon considered Yahya Khan as a decent man.

However on India’s interference in Eastern Pakistan Nixon said ‘the Indians are no goddamn good’. Before India’s military intervention in Eastern Pakistan America warned India with their military support to Pakistan.
But Russia which has been a great India alliance since 1947 helped India in every possible way.

When frustrated US president Nixon abused the Indira for making Pakistan vulnerable in 1971 War.

Ramchandra Guha in his book wrote: The war had lasted a little less than two weeks. The Indians claimed to have lost 42 aircraft against Pakistan’s 86, and 81 tanks against their 226.

50 But by far the largest disparity was in the number of prisoners. In the western sector, each side took a few thousand POWs, but in the east, the Indians had now to take charge of around 90,000 Pakistani soldiers. Less than pleased with the outcome of the war was President Richard Nixon.

‘The Indians are bastards anyway’, he told Henry Kissinger. ‘Pakistan thing makes your heartsick’, he said. ‘For them to be done so by the Indians and after we had warned the bitch.’ Nixon wondered whether, when Mrs. Gandhi had visited Washington in November, he had not been ‘too easy on the goddamn woman’ – it seems to have been a mistake to have ‘really slobbered over the old witch’.

By this time even Kissinger had been turned off the Indians. He was cross with himself for having underestimated their military strength – ‘The Indians are such poor pilots they can’t even get off the ground,’ he had claimed in October. His hope now was that ‘the liberals are going to look like jerks because the Indian occupation of East Pakistan is going to make the Pakistani one look like child’s play.’

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Women fatally shot in head during robbery in Patna

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons and effort are on to arrest them,” Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said.

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Patna, Nov 29: A woman was fatally shot in her head by robbers after she resisted their move to loot passengers of an aut-rickshaw in state capital Patna, police said on Sunday.

Saiqa Parveen was travelling with her husband Imran Alam in the auto-rickshaw when she was shot dead late Saturday night.

Police said that when the auto-rickshaw reached Chiraiyatadh flyover near Patna railway station, two men riding it asked the driver to stop. Two more persons riding two motorcycles reached the spot and looted all the passengers at gunpoint.

While Alam handed over his belongings, Parveen resisted the robbers. One of them shot her in the head, killing her on the spot.

Alam, a private bank employee in Siwan, was on way to his native Dehri-on-Sone town in Bihar along with his wife. As they had reached Patna at night, they were on way to the railway station for overnight stay in a nearby hotel, he told the police.

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons and effort are on to arrest them,” Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said.

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SFJ annouces $1M aid for agitating farmers, agencies vigilant

The SFJ had announced anti-India campaign, ‘Referendum-2020’, in November this year to seek secession of Punjab from India.

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New Delhi: As thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are rallying at Delhi’s three interstate border points, banned secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is trying to fish in troubled waters by announcing $1 million aid for farmers who suffered injuries or damage to their vehicles while facing police action in Haryana.

The information has sent security agencies into a tizzy, with many deployed on protest spots in plainclothes to keep a close tab on SFJ supporters who may mingle with protesters as part of their “ill-intention” to lure innocent farmers and take undue advantage of the situation in the name of helping them.

In its recent announcement through a social media platform, the SFJ said it will provide $1 million aid to farmers from “Punjab and Haryana who have suffered bodily injuries or damage to their vehicles while facing police action during their hard-fought journey to Delhi”.

The SFJ’s message mentions its plan for opening a 24-hour call centre on November 30 in the US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany to accept online applications from farmers of Punjab and Haryana to reimburse for their losses and also to register votes for its “Khalistan Referendum”.

“SFJ is kick-starting the Khalistan Referendum voting from London on August 15, 2021 for the independence of Punjab,” mentions the message circulated by SFJ’s US-based General Counsel and group’s key leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun — designated a terrorist by the Indian government.

Assuring farmers of Punjab and Haryana that the SFJ will bear all the losses they have suffered, Pannun stated that “once Punjab is liberated from Indian occupation, the loans of the farmers will be waived and free power supply granted”.

The group has also threatened to take up the matter at the international level if the Indian government did not repeal its three contentious farm laws enacted in September.

“If the Modi government does not scrap the farm bills, as demanded by the farmers, SFJ will initiate legal action against India at the international level with the backing of various kisan organisations,” Pannun said in the message.

Security establishment, including anti-terror agencies, have since intensified efforts against the group banned by the MHA via a notification dated July 10 last year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) following its “anti-India activities” to disrupt law and order in the country.

However, the security officials maintained, no suspicious activity of the group has been noticed in the national capital or in the interstate border areas so far, even as central agencies are keeping a strict vigil to avoid any untoward activity.

It is the third such message circulated by the SFJ in the past one week. The SFJ earlier this week had called upon farmers of Punjab and Haryana to raise Khalistan flag at the India Gate here on the 12th anniversary of a terrorist attack in Mumbai on November 26, following which the national capital was put on high alert.

The SFJ had announced anti-India campaign, ‘Referendum-2020’, in November this year to seek secession of Punjab from India.

The move followed inputs that the Sikh community across India has rejected the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) sponsored propaganda of ‘Referendum-2020’. Pakistani intelligence agency ISI has been backing the malicious campaign launched by the SFJ as a large number of Pakistani Twitter handles have started tweeting in favour of the so-called ‘Referendum’.

Dubbing Sikhs in Kashmir as “freedom fighters and Sikh soldiers”, the US-based Khalistani radical outfit has urged them to support its most infamous agenda, ‘Referendum-2020’.

The group is already on the radar of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has been taking action against its key leaders such as Pannun and many others. In the beginning of September, based on NIA’s inputs, the MHA had issued an order to attach the properties of Pannun and SFJ’s Canada coordinator Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

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Guru Nanak Jayanti: Inspirational quotes and teachings by Guru Nanak Dev

This is why the Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 is mentioned as Guru Nanak Gurpurab 551.

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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020: To mark Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, people across the country celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti also known as Gurpuarb on Karthik Purnima. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus, was born on the day of the full moon during the Hindu month of Kartik.

This year, the Sikh community across the globe will be celebrating his 551st birth anniversary. This is why the Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 is mentioned as Guru Nanak Gurpurab 551.

Read on to know the motivational and inspirational teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru’s grace, he is obtained.

He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

The production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.

What should the yogi have to fear? Trees, plants, and all that is inside and outside is He Himself.

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.

If the people use the wealth bestowed on them by God for themselves alone or for treasuring it, it is like a corpse. But if they decide to share it with others, it becomes sacred food.

Even kings and emperors, with mountains of property and oceans of wealth – these are not even equal to an ant, who does not forget God.

Whatever be the qualities of the man with whom a woman is united according to the law, such qualities even she assumes, like a river, united with the ocean.

Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don’t understand the truth, nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is a plant? Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian?

Quotes by Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The world is a drama, staged in a dream. – Guru Nanak Dev

Those who have loved are those that have found God. – Guru Nanak Dev

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru, none can cross over to the other shore. – Guru Nanak Dev

Speak only that which will bring you honour. – Guru Nanak Dev

He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God. – Guru Nanak Dev

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