31.10.09

The Case of Two States

From tomorrow there won't be any pre-paid mobile connections allowed in Kashmir. That region was given cellphones after years and now this.

Just in case the Home Minister is not aware, photo IDs are mandatory for both pre- and post-paid connections. Surely, limited vendors can be given distribution rights. Besides, since satellite technology is used, the authorities can keep tabs quite easily. But that's not the point.

Who suffers? The citizen and the Kashmiri is a citizen of India. The country is denying them basic rights using the security against terrorism tactic. Terrorists can manage to get connections as well as have them. They have other means of communication. And in areas where signals are weak would they depend on some cellphone provider?

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Meanwhile, foreign tourists are being given visas on arrival in Goa against all immigration laws. This is being done with the help of the authorities. Reportedly eight such tourists arrive every day, mostly Russians.

As always there is concern about the 'drug cartel'. The Taliban have more drugs but that would be a different issue, wouldn't it?

As we have seen, Goa has experienced blasts. So how has this been permitted to go on? Will they stop cellphones in Goa so they can protect the citizens? Was this special privilege granted only to lure more tourists?

In that case, Kashmir was a tourist haven. Why was it cut off from access to what are now basic facilities?

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End Quote:

"Madrassas encouraging militancy in the country." - RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

A warm welcome to Sadhvi Pragya and her chelas.

6 comments:

  1. fv....your kashmir is full of jehadis and pakis and goa is not so don't compare. many countries give visas on arrival, it is no big deal......the talibanis are not selling drugs get real

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  2. so now kashmiris are indians? what happend to alvida kashmir you were never mine?

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  3. Anon:

    The comparison is between security concerns about the two states, which does amount to getting real. Some countries do give visa on arrival, but India does not. And we cannot allow one state to have this facility when the security agencies have themselves expressed doubts.

    Arjun:

    Watching too many Karan Johar films? It is not alvida, but khuda hafiz, and I said Kashmir never was mine, not that Kashmiris were not Indian. I have never ever talked about handing over the state to Pakistan.

    Anyway, thank you for the memories!

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  4. Anon_for_good_reason02/11/2009, 20:01

    The country is denying them basic rights
    How come cell phones or pre-paid connections are basic rights?
    The main issue in this case could be terrorists using pre-paid connections with disposable phones making it hard to trace..or patterning..which is a legitimate concern..

    A cell phone is a dangerous device since it has too many stuff needed for building remote controlled IEDs built into one.With a cell phone all a terrorist needed is plastique and detonator for a highly sophisticated IED.Indian security agencies have hard time coping with cell phone tech..

    btw..FV..most of ur posting hav a kinda of caustic negative energy to it..kindly use less sarcasm and whenever used make it enjoyable..

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  5. Anon whatever:

    Before you use a quote, do provide the context in which it was mentioned and then give us your argument.

    This is the full quote:

    The country is denying them basic rights using the security against terrorism tactic. Terrorists can manage to get connections as well as have them. They have other means of communication. And in areas where signals are weak would they depend on some cellphone provider?

    A cellphone is a dangerous device by your 'logic' anywhere.

    And a cellphone becomes a basic right if it is accessible to people in other regions.

    Btw, you have the choice of not visiting this blog and enjoying positive energy elsewhere.

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  6. Anon_for_good_reason03/11/2009, 13:04

    A cellphone is a dangerous device by your 'logic' anywhere. J&K is not anywhere..it has a hostile separatist muslim population..its near enemy territory ..there is proxy war going on(COIN from our side) and the "normalcy" now currently witnessing is due to CI grids,high tech fences and gadgets and US pressure on Pak Army..

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