Rajat Sharma

My Opinion

Our Workaholic Prime Minister

Aaj Ki Baat 29th June Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited three nations in a span of four days, covered 26,000 kilometres, remained airborne for 33 hours, and used up every minute of the remaining 62 hours. I am really surprised at the number of meetings he attended, discussing crucial issues with heads of state and government, and meeting CEOs of reputed companies. These are all masters in their own field. It is no easy matter to clinch deals with these head honchos without adequate preparations. I have myself travelled with several Prime Ministers in the past. Normally these Prime Ministers after jet lag used to spend nights in hotels, took early morning briefings from their staff, and, at most, held two or three meetings during the day. But Prime Minister Modi not only attended several official meetings in a single day but also met people from diverse fields for 10 to 15 minutes daily. These were not scheduled meetings. The most important thing is that he works with non-stop zeal, in the glare of cameras, but with nary a frown or worry on his face, without showing any sign of fatigue. I have no other alternative but to appreciate our Prime Minister for his workaholic nature.

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PM Modi’s Successful US visit

27th June Aaj Ki Baat When Prime Minister Narendra Modi set out on his trip to the US to meet President Donald Trump, there were sceptics who were pointing out Modi’s ‘friendship’ with former President Barack Obama. They were doubtful about how Trump would react. But the electric chemistry that evolved between Modi and Trump at the White House belies those apprehensions. Trump has declared that he was a “true friend” of India. Trump’s remarks have given more power to Indian diplomacy. On the eve of Modi’s Washington visit, the US declared United Jehad Council and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as an “international terrorist”. This has raised the hackles of those in Pakistan who were eulogising Salahuddin as a “freedom fighter”. There have been protests in Pakistan against this US move. At a different level, the country that is most wary of Indo-US friendship is China. The US has openly backed India’s position on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, and China is worried about it. A Chinese diplomat has commented that India should not harbour the illusion that it can “sideline” China by befriending the US. The aggressively anti-Indian Chinese policy is now being reflected on the normally peaceful Sikkim border, where Chinese soldiers have smashed Indian bunkers and openly tried to transgress the border. China has also stopped the travel of Kailash Mansarovar yatris, in a clear attempt at needling India on a sensitive religious issue.

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Terrorists in Kashmir are Becoming Desperate

26th June Aaj Ki Baat Yet another revelation nails Pakistan’s lies about not inciting terror on Indian soil. A 43-second video shot from the headquarters of a terrorist outfit in Lahore exposes Pakistan’s hand in the Srinagar terror attacks. The video shows militant Saifullah Khalid, with a mike, delivering live commentary about the Srinagar encounter between terrorists and the Indian army. These terrorists, who were holed up in the city’s DPS school campus, were shown being eulogised by Khalid at a time when the operation to eliminate them was under way.

It’s highly unfortunate that despite umpteen videos and proofs, Pakistan refuses to accept that it’s harbouring and training terrorists. This has been the main thrust and substance in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s summit talks with US President Donald Trump. The ball is now in the US court to call Pakistan’s bluff.

The United States must note that Pakistan’s act of putting terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed under house arrest is nothing but a sham. Hafiz Saeed was recently detained by the Nawaz Sharif government reportedly in the face of US warnings of sanctions against Pak.

This video is also testimony to the fact that Hafiz Saeed is calling the shots even today. Terror mastermind Abdul Rehman Makki is also spotted in the clip. Makki is known to hold the reins in the absence of Saeed. Makki, Saeed’s brother-in-law, known as Professor in terror parlance, holds a bounty of Rs 13 crores on his head. He has risen to limelight for his nefarious activities like provoking youth through radical speeches, doing the rounds of terrorist camps and so on.

This is not the only video revealing Pakistan’s nefarious designs. Another video is evidence of a more dangerous nexus. A clip shot in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir shows terrorist outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba joining hands to spread violence in Kashmir.

In the video, Mujahideen chief Sayeed Salahudeen is taped inciting lawlessness in the valley in the name of Burhan Wani. With his provocative speech, he is shown to encourage youth to come out on the streets and engage in unlawful activities.

The emergence of these videos in rapid succession stems from the desperate attempts of terrorists to display their power that’s fast waning in the face of aggressive stance of the Indian Government. Indian forces have taken powerful steps in controlling violence in the valley, as a result of which, in the past 35 days, as many as 70 terrorists have been eliminated. This is clear evidence of the terrorists becoming desperate.

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Rage of Kashmiris Over Lynching of Policeman Will Become a Turning Point

Aaj Ki Baat 23rd June The entire nation is outraged over a mob at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, brutally lynching a Kashmiri Deputy Superintendent of Police on Thursday night. It was heartrending to watch the niece of the slain policeman weeping and saying, “I am an Indian”. My view is that the sense of outrage in the minds of Kashmiris over this brutal inhuman act will surely become a turning point at a time when separatists have become very active across the valley.

Terrorists are now targeting innocent Kashmiris, and this incident will surely prove to be the last nail in their coffin. The tears of women in the families of those innocents killed by terrorists will not go waste. The blood of every Kashmiri is boiling over this brutal act that took place two days before Eid ul-Fitr, and that too near the stairs of a famous mosque. The people of Kashmir will surely take revenge against those who are carrying out mayhem against ‘Insaniyat’ and ‘Kashmiriyat’.

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Yogi Govt’s Crackdown on Mafia in UP

Aaj Ki Baat 22nd June Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s government is preparing district-wise lists of sand mafia, mining mafia, land mafia, liquor mafia, crime mafia and transport mafia. These lists include names of leading gangsters like Atiq Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari, who had been getting political protection over the last two decades. Atiq Ahmed, accused

Atiq Ahmed, accused of the murder of ex-MLA Raju Pal,  tops the list of land grabbers in Allahabad, along with his family members. Other names include gangster Khan Mubarak, who had once fired at a bottle placed on the head of a trader. In the list prepared for Allahabad alone, there are names of 75 gangsters, and more names are expected to be added. The UP government has already started filing cases against these gangsters. It would be better if action is taken faster so that the confidence of people in the majesty of law is revived.

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Truth About Samjhauta Express Blast Must Come Out

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The revelation made on India TV by an investigation officer Gurdeep Singh in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast that killed 68 innocent people is shocking. This police officer has said that two Pakistani suspects, including Azmat Ali, were released 14 days after their arrest in the Samjhauta Express blast case. He has hinted at “instructions from seniors”. I remember, the then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, for the first time, had mentioned the phrase “saffron terror” in his speech at the AICC session, and that had surprised everybody. Later two senior Congress leaders P. Chidambaram and Digvijay Singh also had used this phrase “saffron terror” to put BJP on the backfoot.

I remember, the then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, for the first time, had mentioned the phrase “saffron terror” in his speech at the AICC session, and that had surprised everybody. Later two senior Congress leaders P. Chidambaram and Digvijay Singh also had used this phrase “saffron terror” to put BJP on the backfoot.

The suspects, on the other hand, were reportedly from Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, but were inexplicably released. Later Hindu leader Swami Aseemananda and several others were shown as accused, to give an 180-degree twist to the investigation. I think there seems to be a well-planned conspiracy behind this. The bogey of “saffron terror” was raised to protect these Pakistani suspects and Indian nationals were held accused.

The question is: whose Machiavellian mind was behind this? Whether anyone among P. Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh or Sushilkumar Shinde was part of this conspiracy? The truth must come out.

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Why Income Tax Dept Attached ‘Benami’ Properties of Rabri, Misa, Tejaswi

Aaj Ki Baat The Income Tax department has attached 12 ‘benami’ properties belonging to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharati and son Tejaswi Yadav in connection with the Rs 1,000-crore benami properties and tax evasion cases. The department had issued summons to Misa Bharati and her husband Shailesh twice for interrogation, but they failed to appear citing security risks. The department has now given them fresh date in the month of July, but has not disclosed it for security reasons.

Son Tejaswi Yadav on Tuesday denied that he and his kin owned these properties and described these actions as “political vendetta”, but the fact is, if family members of Lalu Prasad admit that these benami properties belong to them, the task to prosecute would become easier for the Income Tax department. The onus is now on the Income Tax department to prove that the real owners of the benami properties are family members of the RJD supremo.

On Tuesday, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi disclosed more ‘benami’ properties, which he alleged, belonged to Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi. Since these are serious allegations pertaining to Bihar’s most famous political family, a detailed investigation and prosecution is the need of the hour.

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Mir Waiz Should Learn a Lesson from Pakistan

Aaj ki baat 20th June Hurriyat Conference chief Mir Waiz Omer Farooq on Sunday congratulated Pakistan on winning the Champions Trophy final. There were celebrations with firecrackers over Pakistan’s victory in Kashmir valley. Teams do win or lose in sports. Congratulating a team on its win in sportsman’s spirit is alright, but to celebrate India’s defeat while being an Indian national is shameful.

Mir Waiz should know: Had he been a Pakistani national, staying in Pakistan, and had he celebrated India’s victory then, what could have been the consequences? He could have been thrown into prison. He should know that a Pakistani young man is still languishing in prison for praising Virat Kohli in public.

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Mamata is Playing with Fire

aaj ki baat 16th June West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to appoint a Muslim minister, Firhad Hakim, as the chairman of Tarakeshwar Development Authority has raised the hackles of BJP and other Hindu outfits. These groups say that a Muslim cannot be appointed the head of a body that will look after the affairs of one of the most venerated Hindu temples in West Bengal. Mamata’s argument is that the authority will only look after the development of the area around Tarakeshwar temple. Mamata Banerjee is an experienced politician, and she fully understands the implications of her decisions. The decision to appoint a Muslim minister as the head of a temple area development authority was a calculated one, and this is bound to ignite passions in the minds of Hindu voters. Mamata’s government had earlier prohibited immersion of Durga idols in a particular district. She then slapped a ban on Hanuman Jayanti processions. Mamata Banerjee is trying to send out a message through these decisions. Hindu voters in West Bengal are very much agitated over these decisions. Mamata is, after all, a shrewd politician, and she always takes decisions in a calculated manner, with an eye on vote bank.

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Mamata Must Douse Darjeeling Fire Through Talks

15th June Aaj ki Baat The picturesque hills of Darjeeling are witnessing violence for the last one week, and the West Bengal Police, under orders from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is trying to crush the voice of the people in the hills. There is not an iota of doubt that most of the people in Darjeeling hills are with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha led by Bimal Gurung.

On Thursday, police raided the house of Gurung and seized bows and arrows, axes and spears. It is plain common sense that no outfit can launch a rebellion with the help of these weapons. The only way out of the present crisis is through talks. Bimal Gurung must also ensure that his supporters refrain from violence, otherwise, this will not help anybody.


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Yogi’s Action Against UP Land Mafia

Aaj ki baat 14th June Episode The Uttar Pradesh government under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is currently busy preparing the list of land mafias, who have grabbed government and private land in the past ten years. Names of several politicians have figured in the list. The state cabinet, at its meeting on April 25th, had set up a task force to identify and take action against the culprits. A two-month deadline was issued, which is going to lapse on June 25th.

During the UP assembly election, land grabbing was a major issue, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had openly promised to put land grabbers behind the bars. Thousands of plots were forcibly acquired by land mafias, and buildings were built on them. We will see shortly, what action the state government has taken to free such plots from the land grabbers.

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The Two Faces of Kashmir

Aaj Ki Baat 13th June 2017 This is the story of 13-year-old Arif Dar from a village in Pulwama, who was a bright cricketer studying in 8th standard. Arif, who had never ever thrown a stone, one day left home with Rs 70 and joined the terrorists. Arif Dar is today the right-hand man of the militant commander, Abu Dujana.

Dar was brainwashed by the militants to join their gang. Contrast this with the stellar work being done by the Indian Army, which provided 11-month coaching to 35 Kashmiri youths under the Super 40 scheme to crack IIT-JEE. Out of them, 28 students cleared JEE Mains, and nine of them qualified further to pass JEE Advanced exam and are now set to join IITs. The rest are eligible to join the NITs.

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, on Tuesday, personally met each of these Kashmiri youths and lauded them for their efforts. In one stroke, the Army Chief has replied to those politicians who had labelled him as ‘Sadak ka goonda’. The Army has shown how a constructive approach can change the lives of Kashmiri youths. These young minds need opportunities, support and a little bit of love. None of the parents in the Kashmir Valley want their sons to become terrorists, but the hard fact is that the separatists indoctrinate these gullible youths by showing them jihadi videos of hate speeches and acts. The youths then take up the gun, and by the time, they find out the truth, it becomes too late for them to retrace their steps. The need of the hour is to keep the path of conciliation open for such misguided youths.

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