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Biden to Speak with India’s Modi as U.S. Continues Pressing for Tough Stance Against Russia

Sophie Mann
April 11, 2022

President Biden will speak Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the U.S. leader continues to encourage other world leaders to take a hardline stance against  Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

India has thus far taken a neutral stance on the war, which has raised flags in Washington but garnered praise from Russian leaders including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He recently applauded India for assessing “the situation in its entirety, not just in a one-sided way.”

Last week, India abstained in a successful United Nations Human Rights Council vote to suspend member nation Russia over allegations of war crimes in Ukraine. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden will discuss with Modi the continued impacts of Russia’s invasion and “mitigating its destabilizing impact on global food supply and commodity markets.”

She also said the leaders, who are meeting virtually, will discuss “strengthening the global economy, and upholding a free, open, rules-based international order to bolster security, democracy, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.”

India has continued purchasing Russian oil and gas, despite pressure from Western allies to consider other options. Last month, India’s state run oil company purchased 3 million barrels of crude oil from Russia at what it reported to be a 20% below benchmark price discount. 

How Pfizer COVID Vaccines Failed To Meet India’s Safety Standards

FEBRUARY 14, 2022

Last year, Pfizer has withdrawn its application for emergency-use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in India. The company failed to meet India’s demand for a local safety and immunogenicity study. Furthermore, India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has stated concerns of side effects resulting from the vaccine abroad.

As of today, vaccine injury reports have been a common theme throughout this pandemic. By Oct 15, 2021, adverse events reported worldwide passed 2,344,240 for COVID vaccines in the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting system VigiAccess. These include serious adverse reactions like deaths, permanent disabilities, hospitalizations and emergency room visits to very mild reactions as well. Approximately 50 percent of vaccine injuries reported to VAERS in the last 30 years are all from COVID vaccines. Documents released in November show Pfizer was aware of over 50K serious COVID vaccine reactions within months of distribution.

India’s decision meant that the shot would not be available for sale in one of the most populous countries. India is running their immunization campaign using other products. The studies used to approve the Pfizer shot in other countries, like the United States and Germany for example, were not enough for India’s drug regulatory agency.

Pfizer said in a statement to Reuters approximately one year ago.

Based on the deliberations at the meeting and our understanding of additional information that the regulator may need, the company has decided to withdraw its application at this time.

The Indian government declined to meet Pfizer and Moderna’s requests for legal protection over any side-effects from the use of their shots. Pfizer and Moderna trying to gain freedom from legal liability in India was no surprise. What is surprising is that the Indian government denied this request when vaccine manufacturers are already liability-free in multiple countries like the US & Canada.

Indemnifying vaccine makers from liability has been a common theme throughout this pandemic. It allows manufacturers to get their products on the market faster, but it’s also a troublesome thought that there is no legal incentive for these companies to create safe vaccines and really vet their products.

In 1986 The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was created in the United States.

The VICP was established after lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers and healthcare providers threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce vaccination rates.

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This act, like the one recently established in Canada, also protects manufacturers from liability regarding adverse reactions and serious adverse reactions like death. It also uses taxpayer money to pay victims.

The VICP has paid out more than $4 billion dollars due to vaccine injuries. Since 2015, the program has paid out an average total of $216 million divided by around 615 claimants each year.

Those injured by COVID vaccines, however, are not eligible to go through the VICP because the shots are being rolled out under emergency use authorization. As long as vaccines are approved for emergency use in the United States, those injured by them have nowhere to turn.

Nobody can be held accountable, neither the pharmaceutical companies nor the government.

This does not mean that the vaccines being used in India are more safe and effective. The potential consequences and lack of effectiveness are, at least, clearly outlined by the Indian government. It’s called the Bharat Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine, and you can learn more about it here if interested. They also recently approved a single-dose vaccine.

As far at those who remain unjabbed, they do so due to a variety of reasons. Vaccine injury concerns, their low chances of death and hospitalization from COVID, and if they don’t have multiple underlying health conditions (given the fact that an overwhelming majority of people who have died with COVID also have an average of four other causes listed on their death certificate). Another big one would be that they want to reap the benefits of natural immunity.

Furthermore, COVID inoculations have failed to stop the transmission of the virus itself.

Dr. Robert Malone Posts Irrefutable Proof on Ivermectin and the Uttar Pradesh India Success Story

Jim Hoft
January 17, 2022

The government announced that the 33 districts in Uttar Pradesh, India have now become COVID free.

The recovery rate has increased up to 98.7% proving the effectiveness of IVERMECTIN as part of the “Uttar Pradesh Covid Control Model.” Of course, the media won’t mention that Ivermectin is being used for the treatment of COVID-19.

This state has an estimated population of 241 million people in 2021 and has the highest population in India.  This is almost two-thirds of the United States population in 2021 and yet it is now a COVID-19 free nation. 

On Sunday Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA vaccine posted on the Uttar Pradesh and Ivermectin success story.

Here’s the inconvenient truth.  The Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America has developed an atrocious track record during the many waves of COVID-19 disease which have swept across the country.  As if it were not bad enough that the evidence implicates Dr. Anthony Fauci and his minions as having created the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 in a biodefense strategy that would make Rube Goldberg’s Professor Butts proud, the United States is listed by Worldometers as having the most deaths attributed to the disease in the entire world.

If adjusted for mortality as a function of population (total cases per 1M population), the US ranks 19th out of 234 nations (2,614 deaths/1 million).  In  contrast, India comes in at 130 out of 234 with 347 deaths/1 million.  The overall world average for deaths/million population is 712.

What public policies are responsible for this amazing difference in outcomes?

The curious case of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is often sited. Densely populated, relatively poor, and they have absolutely crushed the COVID-19 death curve.  Widespread availability of a package distributed throughout the region, rumored to contain the repurposed drug Ivermectin, have often been credited for this amazing success.  But until now, these rumors have remained unsubstantiated.

As I mentioned recently on the Fox segment in response to the unprovoked attack by Mr. Berenson, a close colleague of mine recently returned from a vacation in the region.  Prompted by my specific request that she seek out evidence of the contents of these “care packages” which have been made available throughout the region, she returned with the following photograph of the list of ingredients.  As is often observed, a picture is worth a thousand words.

So, without further ado, I am glad to finally be able to provide photographic evidence of what is responsible for the miracle of Uttar Pradesh.  I have nothing more to add, other than that an apology is owed (By Mr. Berenson and many others) to the many brave physicians who have persisted, against enormous coordinated media and governmental pressure, to prescribe this agent as a key component of the staged early treatment protocols responsible for saving countless lives across the USA and the world.

More photos of the COVID home isolation kit:

More photos of the COVID home isolation kit:

India Sets Condition of ‘Peace and Tranquility’ on Border for Development of Relations With China

September 11, 2020

India conveyed to the Chinese administration that the further development of relations between the two countries would be ensured only if there are peace and tranquility on the border. The communication happened in a meeting between the Indian foreign minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Sept. 10.

“Maintenance of peace and tranquility on LAC [line of actual control] is essential to carry forward the development of these relationships,” a source in the Indian government told The Epoch Times, highlighting the pre-condition.

“We conveyed that recent incidents in eastern Ladakh have inevitably impacted the development of bilateral relations. Therefore an urgent resolution is in the interest of both countries,” said the official, adding that since 1976 when the two countries resumed their bilateral relations, peace on the border was responsible for the wider development of the relationship.

A joint press statement released by both sides on Thursday said that the ministers had a “frank and constructive” discussion and agreed on five points to work out the tension that is currently persisting in eastern Ladakh.

The bilateral relationships between India and China suffered a serious downfall after the killing of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers on June 15 and the killing of a patrolling Indian soldier by a Chinese land mine on Aug. 29, with both incidents in the Himalayan border region of Ladakh. This was followed by an incident in which guns were fired into the air on Sept. 7 for which both sides blamed one another.

The event has been described as the first exchange of fire between the two countries in 45 years.

The two ministers in their meeting on Thursday agreed to not allow “differences to become disputes” and that troops on both sides should continue to talk and disengage. “The two foreign ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side,” said the statement.

The source in the Indian government however said that India expressed “strong concern” at the deployment of Chinese troops with equipment along the line of actual control.

“Presence of such large troops is not in accordance with 1993 and 1996 agreements and this has created flashpoints along the LAC. The Chinese side hasn’t provided any credible explanation for their deployment. Provocative behavior from China is a disregard for the maintenance of border areas,” said the source.

The joint statement also highlighted that both sides talked with each other about abiding by the existing protocols and agreements to resolve the conflict on the border.

Just three days before the firing-in-the-air incident on the line of actual control, the Defense Ministers of the two countries, Rajnath Singh of India and Wei Fenghe of China, had also met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting.

“He [Singh] emphasized that the actions of the Chinese troops, their aggressive behavior and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements and not in keeping with the understandings reached between the Special Representatives of two sides,” another statement from the India side said on Sept. 5.

The government source told The Epoch Times on Friday that the Indian side will not sit idly by if there is any attempt by the Chinese side to change the “status quo unilaterally.”

“We also emphasized that Indian troops have scrupulously followed all protocols to the management of border areas. The immediate task is to ensure the disengagement of troops in all section areas to be done to prevent any untoward incident in the future,” said the source, adding that the final location of the troop deployment and their posts and how to go about the process of disengagement is to be worked out by the military commanders.

Following the escalating tensions on the line of actual control and the killing of its soldiers, India has taken several measures to counteract China.

These include banning 59 apps including Tik Tok in late July and further banning 118 Chinese apps on Sept. 2 including the popular video game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has 50 million players in India.

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India–China Stalemate Pulls India, US Closer

August 24, 2020

The stasis on the India–China border is setting in motion closer relations between India and the United States as well as the emergence of India as more of balancing power in relation to China, experts say.

India’s defense establishment hosted a high-level meeting on Aug. 22 to discuss the stalemate between the Indian and Chinese militaries on India’s western border.

India’s military had a bloody conflict with the People’s Liberation Army on June 15, in which 20 Indians and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed. The faceoff between the two militaries on the disputed border called the line of actual control (LAC) began in May, following a decade-long pattern of temporary incursions across the LAC.

The clash badly damaged the bilateral relations between the world’s two most-populous nations, although the developments imply that India is becoming more of a balancing power against China, Zack Cooper, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told The Epoch Times in an email.

“From an American point of view, this is healthy for the region, as it will help to provide more of a counter-balance to China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific,” Cooper said, when asked how the India–China stalemate will affect the United States.

With a combined population of more than 2.74 billion people, India and China comprise 36 percent of the world’s population and are two of the world’s top five economies. However, the two neighbors contrast politically—one a communist nation and the other a democracy.

The current stalemate between India and China is the outcome of Chinese “revisionism and expansionism,” which is visible in other contested areas such as the South China Sea, Priyajit Debsarkar, the author of several books and a geopolitical analyst with the London-based think tank Bridge India, told The Epoch Times in an email.

“It is a crisis, which is symptomatic of the Chinese Communist Party’s behavior, that is deliberately trying to undo all rules of international order created by notions of democracy and liberal values,” Debsarkar said.

“Obviously, the U.S. can hardly ignore the bearing of this bilateral issue on the current global order. At the same time, the U.S. understands that while the Chinese see the peaceful rise of India, as a threat, the U.S. and the liberal world see India’s rise as inevitable and in the greater interest of liberal international order,” he added.

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Indian soldiers walk at the foothills of a mountain range near the northern Indian town  of Leh on June 25, 2020. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images)


India’s Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat told the Indian daily Hindustan Times in an Aug. 24 report that a “military option” is possible if talks don’t succeed between India and China. Meanwhile, defense minister Rajnath Singh chaired a two-hour meeting on Aug. 22 with the country’s national security adviser and the heads of its army, navy, and air force.

This meeting was preceded by the Army head meeting the top seven army leaders from around India to discuss the “security situation and operational preparedness on both the northern and western fronts” with China and Pakistan, The Times of India (ToI) reported.

A week ago, India’s top defense leaders had a meeting with its external affairs ministry and defense ministers after which the Indian media was replete with reports about the country not relenting from its stand of the LAC being non-negotiable.

“The LAC is simply not negotiable. Our troops will remain forward deployed in eastern Ladakh till the Chinese soldiers withdraw,” an unnamed official told ToI.

After the Aug. 22 meeting, Indian officials again said there’s no change in the conflict on the LAC.

“China is indulging in ping-pong tactics by shuttling the ball between diplomatic and military talks, without any serious attempt at conflict resolution,” another senior official told the ToI.

Aparan Pande, a research fellow and the director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, told The Epoch Times on a chat platform that the India–China stalemate will deepen what’s already started between India and the United States and its allies.

“The more China refuses to budge, the more India will come closer to the U.S. and the more U.S. will be happy to provide military and economic support,” said Pande, who on Aug. 21 released a book, “Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power.”

In response to a question about the changing U.S. relationship with China and its emerging partnership with India, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 15 at a press conference that India is a great partner.

Sandeep Kaur (C) and her brother Prabhjot Singh (2R) react after laying the wreaths of flowers on the coffin of their father and soldier Satnam Singh who was killed in a recent clash with Chinese forces in the Galwan valley area, during the cremation ceremony at Bhojraj village near Gurdaspur on June 18, 2020. (Narinder Nanu / AFP via Getty Images)

“We talked about the conflict they had along their border with China. We’ve talked about the risk that emanates to India from the Chinese telecommunications infrastructure there,” Pompeo said.

“I think the whole world is coalescing around the challenge that we face and the democracies, the free nations of the world, will push back on these challenges together,” he added. “I’m very confident of that.”

The situation on India’s western border will bring more institutionalized cooperation between the world’s two largest democracies, India and the United States, said Krzysztof Iwanek, the head of the Asia Research Centre, War Studies University (Poland), and contributor to The Diplomat magazine.

“While New Delhi is unlikely to become a U.S. formal ally, this deepening of ties will take a form of more frequent and possibly partially more institutionalized cooperation: more intelligence sharing, more equipment transfers, strengthening of QUAD, maybe even new defense agreements or American training for chosen members of Indian armed forces,” he told The Epoch Times in an email.

QUAD refers to the quadrilateral security dialogue between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia. The think tank Stimson Center describes it as  an “important part of the geopolitical rebalancing in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Pande emphasized that while Indo–U.S. ties will become closer and the partnership will deepen, it’ll not lead to a military treaty between the two.

“Indian External Affairs Ministry said a no to the alliance,” she said. “Things don’t change so soon. Between countries like India and the U.S., it always takes time.”

Meanwhile, as the stalemate continues with both sides refusing to budge, Pande said the coming months are going to become tougher on the rough Himalayan terrain where even in June when the bloody conflict happened, the temperatures were sub-zero degree Celsius.

“We had military exercises in the mountains before. Whether both will do it right now, not sure but will all depend on if both DC and Delhi want to send a message to China and also if they want to ramp up or cool things down,” said Pande when asked if the world should expect joint military exercises between India and the United States in the coming months.

She noted that Chinese behavior can be unpredictable as the last and the only war between India and China started when China attacked India in October during the “snow and winter” of 1962.

“Normally both sides withdrew during winter and left small numbers [at the heights.] This time it will be large numbers all through snowy winter,” said Pande adding that China will try to send a message to the world that it is stronger than India, and India will counter it.

“The U.S. will support India,” said Pande.

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Indian Congress Party supporters leave Chinese goods on a flag displaying the country of China, along with an inscription reading “Boycott Made in China,” during an anti-China demonstration in Kolkata, India, on June 18, 2020. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Collaboration of the Century’

Debsarkar said that the stalemate between India and China is a “defining moment” in unfolding power arrangements in which he believes India will play a crucial role globally into the distant future. He defined the trajectory of the Indo–U.S. relationships in this context as “robust, bipartisan, and multidimensional.”

“India will fulfill the aspirations of the U.S., be it by supplying medicines to heal the planetary pandemic apart from the ties enshrined in trade and people. The relationship is every day evolving and is deeply rooted and can be certainly coined as the ‘Collaboration of the Century,’” he said.

Iwanek said the stalemate will accelerate various emerging geopolitical equations in the region.

“Growing U.S.-India cooperation, growing India-China rivalry (and the failure of their dialogue), growing China-Pakistan cooperation, and India’s deepening interest in modern Western defense technology: American, French and Israeli,” he said, adding that a major change would be India “apparently” abandoning its policy of keeping its political and economic relations with China separate.

Iwanek says Beijing has the capacity to simultaneously sustain tensions on India’s border as well as with its neighbors, and India remains at the “weaker side of the conflict.”

Debsarkar said in this scenario, the United States has an “abiding interest” in preventing a major catastrophe and helping to restore “tranquility for the world order of peace, prosperity, and democracy.”

“The bilateral bond between the U.S. and India is manifested in multiple layers with the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act [ARIA] as one focused in the Indo Pacific region. Joint collaboration and commitment to generate a policy framework is something that will bring lasting peace and prosperity for the entire region,” Debsarkar said.

The $2.5 billion ARIA, which was passed by Congress in December 2018, provides a broader statement for the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy.

“Without strong leadership from the United States, the international system, fundamentally rooted in the rule of law, may wither … It is imperative that the United States continues to play a leading role in the Indo-Pacific,” ARIA (pdf) notes.

Debsarkar says the United States must stand up against “unprovoked naked aggression especially to defend the free world order.”

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Beijing’s Motivations Behind Military Aggression Against India Draw Scrutiny

July 6, 2020

After a deadly clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the eastern Ladakh border region last month that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, Beijing’s motivation in escalating tensions with its southern neighbor has been drawing scrutiny.

China began pulling back troops from the region on July 6, and they were seen dismantling tents and structures at a site in the Galwan Valley, near where the latest clash took place, Indian government sources told Reuters.

There are several theories behind Beijing’s recent military aggression, according to Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer and head of maritime policy at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.

“The most compelling explanation is related to Chinese domestic politics,” he recently told The Epoch Times in an email. “With Beijing under pressure at home following its poor handling of the coronavirus crisis, many Indian analysts believe China is using the military standoff with India to divert attention away from its domestic failures.”

Beijing’s initial coverup of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, has been well-documented. In late December of 2019, authorities silenced eight doctors, among them ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, after they posted on Chinese social media about a new form of pneumonia that was spreading in the city of Wuhan.

Taiwan warned the World Health Organization (WHO) about the virus’ risk of human-to-human transmission in an email on Dec. 31, 2019. Beijing didn’t openly acknowledge the virus was being transmitted between people until Jan. 20.

Most recently, the WHO changed its months-long narrative after updating its official timeline on the pandemic to now say that the Chinese regime didn’t report the virus outbreak late last year to the world body.

Singh added that Beijing may be motivated by economic reasons, in particular, a response to New Delhi’s decision to block Chinese foreign investment, out of fear over China’s predatory market moves amid the current pandemic.

In April, the Indian government enacted stricter rules on investments, requiring those from countries with which it shares a land border to obtain government approval in advance.

The Indian trade ministry said the decision was made in light of any “opportunistic” takeovers and acquisitions of Indian companies that were under financial distress due to the pandemic.

Beijing might also be reacting to India’s construction of an all-weather road leading up to Ladakh, Singh suggested, in order to protect its interests in the nearby China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The 225-kilometer road (about 140 miles) is of strategic importance to India. It connects Ladakh’s capital of Leh to the Karakoram Pass, which runs nearly parallel to the border, separating Ladakh from China’s Xinjiang region. India’s Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip, which overlooks the Karakoram Pass, is about 5 miles from the border and China’s Aksai Chin region.

The CPEC, which is a key part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is a string of infrastructure projects running from Xinjiang’s Kashgar city to the Pakistani seaports, passing through Aksai Chin and neighboring Pakistan’s territory of Gilgit Baltistan area.

Beijing rolled out BRI in 2013, with the objective of increasing geopolitical influence by building up trade routes that link China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Since the clash, Indian politicians, traders, and ordinary citizens have initiated campaigns to boycott Chinese products.

The boycott was driven by a sense in India that China has “crossed a red line” in the latest clash—thus fueling nationalistic sentiment against the Chinese regime, Singh said.

He believes that New Delhi and Beijing want to deescalate from the tensions. Any conflict that could extend from the border into an India–China naval war “won’t happen any time soon,” he said.

“If things did spiral out of control, however, India would have little option but to pivot towards the United States,” he said.

On July 1, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that U.S. President Donald Trump was closely monitoring the situation in India and China.

“Both India and China have expressed a desire to deescalate, and we support a peaceful resolution of the current situation,” she said.

“He [Trump] said that China’s aggressive stance along the India–China border fits with the larger pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world. And these actions only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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Big Pharma Takeover of India’s Health System — Interview with Kapil Bajaj

This interview takes you into the depths of how the global elite hijacked the Indian Public Health System via the PHFI (Public Health Foundation of India).

We discuss the characters involved, the scandals that have taken place, & how this impacts the current Covid-19 crisis that we are currently facing!

Kapil Bajaj’s blog : https://kbforyou.blogspot.com/

Timestamp : 1:30 – Introduction to Kapil’s background & experience 6:00 – Creation & founding of the PHFI (players include Manmohan Singh, Rockefeller frontman Lincoln Chen, Tata frontmen, Mukesh Ambani & his frontman, Bill Gates frontmen Ashok Alexander & Rajat Gupta, Narayan Murthy, Rohini Nilekani, Anand Mahindra, Godrej, Srinath Reddy, etc) 13:00 – The Great Reset 19:00 – Kapil’s meeting with Rajat Gupta & Srinath Reddy 36:00 – Rajat Gupta’s activities in India 38:45 – Honeycombing of Government people 45:30 – No documents to show that Govt bureaucrats have been authorised to sit on PHFIs board 47:30 – No govt policy on PPPs, how the Governing board of the PHFI is fraudulent 55:00 – K Srinath Reddy sending forged document to Kapil under RTI 1:00:00 – Poonawallas & their connection to Bill Gates 1:05:00 – How different state governments were on board 1:11:00 – Fraud at PHFI 1:34:00 – How PHFI people are driving India’s Covid response 1:44:00 – How all Indian political parties are on board with Gates’ agenda.

Indians Turn Against Chinese Regime Amid CCP Virus Outbreak and Border Dispute

June 23, 2020

The killing of 20 Indian soldiers by China’s PLA in Ladakh has intensified anti-China sentiment that initially flared with the surge of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

“They have made a permanent enemy out of India. It’ll take a minimum of two generations to have a friendly China response from us,” retired Brig. Rumel Dahiya, a veteran who had worked for the joint staff of the Indian forces, told The Epoch Times.

Dahiya said China can forget about any kind of support from India on the international forums. He particularly highlighted “human rights forums” and said India will change its import policy and will take steps to control Chinese investment into Indian startups, China’s purchase of Indian real estate, and the purchase of shares in the Indian stock market by the Chinese companies.

“Certain sectors will be closed for China on security grounds … Efforts will be to diversify imports and systematically reduce imports from China,” said Dahiya who earlier also served as the Deputy Director-General of The Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, a government-funded think tank.

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Indian activists along with Tibetans living in exile shout anti-Chinese slogans during an anti-China demonstration in Siliguri on June 20, 2020. (Dipendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images

Unnerved by Chinese companies shopping in Indian stock markets, including China’s central bank, as the CCP virus started surging, the Indian government dropped FDI from its neighbors from its automatic approval list in April. Dahiya said neighbors “simply means China.”

A day after the Galwan incident—a border clash between Chinese and Indian military forces—India’s telecom ministry asked its state-run telecom company, BSNL, to rework its 4G network upgrading tender to exclude Chinese telecom companies. It advised private telecom companies to not procure equipment from Chinese firms.

Dahiya said India mostly imports tires from Thailand and China and these are licensed but things will now change. “Thai tires will be permitted but no license will be given to China,” he said explaining the immediate repercussions.

Boycott Chinese Products

There are many calls to boycott Chinese products in India but a popular one started during the standoff between India and China in the Ladakh region while the CCP virus was surging and it intensified after the death of the 20 soldiers.

It started when a well-known Indian education reformer, Sonam Wangchuk gave a call for a boycott with slogans like “Boycott China,” “Boycott Made in China,” and “Anywhere but China.”

Inspired by Wangchuk, who was the subject of the extremely popular Bollywood film Three Idiots, 16-year-old Chirag Bhansali started an online platform to provide Indians, particularly his school mates native alternatives to various Chinese apps and products.

Bhansali, a student who’s also a programmer took ten days to launch his platform on June 12, days before Gilwan happened.

“I wanted to support the nationalist sentiment,” he told The Epoch Times over the phone from Noida adding that Chinese apps have security issues and he wanted to support Wangchuk’s call.

Among many things, his platform called “Swadeshi Tech” lists Indian apps and Indian alternatives to Chinese laptops, televisions, mobile phones, audio devices, cameras, and air conditioners—it earned over 55,000 visitors in over 10 days and a salutation by Wangchuk.

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Activists of the ruling party, BJP stand in line as they hold posters during an anti-China protest in Siliguri on June 17, 2020. India and China held top-level talks on June 17 to “cool down the situation,” Beijing said, after a violent border brawl that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. (Dipendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

Prasanth A.K., a 56-year-old architect from the south Indian city of Calicut told The Epoch Times over the phone that there’s an intense anti-China sentiment in the business community across India but he is trying to find ways to promote local production as that’s the only way to sustain a boycott.

He believes a complete boycott of Chinese products can only happen if India achieves a “quality economy” across all sectors.

He said in India people have a change in their “value perception” and are slowly coming out of the lure of “cheap Chinese” products.

“How to be on our own foot is the main emotion pan India. The world was [earlier] reluctant to go against China. Now many nations are trying to be self-reliant,” said Prasanth who has been to China multiple times.

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Anti-China protesters prepare to burn Chinese products while urging citizens to boycott Chinese goods during a demonstration in New Delhi on June 18, 2020. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

India vs China’s Communist Regime

Dahiya said the Indian government is aware that what happened in the heights of Galwan can’t happen without the consent of its communist regime and the incident further exposes China’s communist regime to the Indian public.

“We also know that there’s a parallel command structure at each level. Professional guy and a party guy at all command levels” said Dahiya.

“CMC [Central Military Commission of the CCP] exercises great power. It’s the CMC that controls the army,” he explained.

Dahiya said the Indian administration knows “that party is dangerous … even in the 50s, 60s, and 70s we knew that the Chinese system was different, that the Chinese system wasn’t good.”

He said that concept of aligning with China was a “liberal imagination” but now it’ll be different.

“We [now] know that it is different from us and that it hardly is ever bothered about people. We also know each economic activity that takes place has a stake of these senior party leaders,” he said.

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88 Nobel Laureates Call for the Protection of Children

Ryan DeLarme
May 19th, 2020

NEW DELHI: Over 80 Nobel laureates, including Kailash Satyarthi, and world leaders have appealed to governments across the world to prioritise children during the lockdown and after that period. Poverty and hunger, child labour, child marriages, child slavery, child trafficking and children on the move are likely to increase during and after the Covid-19, a statement signed by 88 personalities said.

There is a need to strengthen the institutional responses to future catastrophes, and improve the existing child protection infrastructure.Cash transfers and ensuring food security for the marginalised, improving hygiene and sanitation, a robust healthcare system and promoting a free and equitable education system with free school meals are critical, the statement said.

“We, the laureates and leaders for children, demand that the most marginalised and vulnerable children are not forgotten by governments during this grave crisis and beyond.  We must act now or risk losing an entire generation,” said Satyarthi, one of the signatories. Dalai Lama, and former state leaders from New Zealand, Eucador, Bulgaria, were among the other signatories.

With the Covid-19 exposing the pre-existing inequalities, the aftermath would have devastating impact on the most vulnerable, the signatories said.Beyond the public health emergency situation, the economic impact will push more children in to child labour, the statement said.

Statement excerpts:

COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in our world. The virus, restrictions placed on the majority of the world’s population, and the aftermath will have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable.

The pandemic’s public health emergency is set to exacerbate the exploitation of children. Trapped in homes to escape the virus, children are at greater risk of sexual abuse and domestic violence. As restrictions are lifted, children will be trafficked, forced out of school and into labour, bearing the burden of sustaining their families. 

If, for once, our world gave the most marginalised children and their families their fair share – 20% of the COVID-19 response for the poorest 20% of humanity – the results would be transformative. One trillion dollars would fund all outstanding UN and charity COVID-19 appeals, cancel two years of all debt repayments from low-income countries, and fund two years of the global gap to meet the SDGs on health, water and sanitation, and education. More than ten million lives would be saved.

We call on leaders of the G20 to take additional action beyond their own borders for those who urgently need coordinated international aid.  We also call on all G20 leaders to honour existing global health commitments.

Signatories include:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu
HRH Prince Ali Al Hussein
Leymah Gbowee
Kerry Kennedy
Rigoberta Menchu Tum
Jose Ramos-Horta
Mary Robinson
Guy Ryder
Kailash Satyarthi

Laureates and Leaders for Children is an initiative of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.  The full statement, an accompanying video and signatories are here.


Source (s)– The Indian Express
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