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How to remake the Foreign Service and embassies for today's world
The most underutilized asset in America’s foreign policy arsenal is its network of embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world — 307 in total. All of them are staffed with some of the brightest and most well-trained Americans the country has to offer. But most of them operate under 20th century and sometimes 19th century assumptions of what ends diplomatic outposts are meant to serve.
Congress should consider that U.S. embassies have the capacity to pursue more national ends than just cable reporting, memo writing, consular services and diplomatic representation. Our embassies should be front-line, “whole of government” satellites for U.S. foreign and economic policy.
Most U.S. embassies are equipped with large political sections and comparatively smaller sections for economics. Much of foreign service officers’ time and effort are consumed with reportage: writing cables to Foggy Bottom on matters of party politics, political personalities, election forecasts, GDP numbers and news cycles.
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THE PARADISE IN THE LAP OF BENGAL...
Among the various spots spread across our very own Bengal, Sundarban is one such location which really draws people from the four quarters of the earth to witness the rare flora and fauna on the earth. Sundarban is a cluster of low lying isles spread across Bangladesh and Kolkata.
Sundarban is an active delta, measuring a distance of about 40, 000sq.km and much famed for its Mangrove forests. Besides the famous Royal Bengal Tiger is the first and foremost fascination for the tourists. But it is tragic to note that owing to poachers,the number has declined a lot, accompanied by the menace of striking a discordant note in the nature's harmony. Truly, nature 's balance is at stake, gradually making us reach the fettle of jeopardy in the not too distant future!
It is conventional that tourists prefer to visit almost every place, no matter what the season is! There is hardly any moment when one doesn't notice an unalloyed rejoice among them, as soon as the holiday season appears. At times the weekends too cater a golden opportunity to indulge in a sense of wanderlust indeed! But to visit the kingdom of mangrove forest , winter is the best time. There is a nip in the air and a slight haze in the early evening. The chilly weather not only inspires awe and wonder among us but a sustained sense of desire to keep on visiting such a natural heaven time and again!
A place far from the madding crowd,is dotted with different spots which one would love to visit and taste the waters of pleasure.Some of them are, Samne khali Bird Sanctuary, Sundarban Wild Safari, Sushantakhali Watch Tower, Tinkona island, heron point, mangrove eco garden,the list is simply endless. The elegant sights act a soothing salvo to the ached nerves and indeed help to begin everything afresh!
Taking care of your pocket yet assuring a complete contentment, a number of resorts have been set up.A few of them are Sundarban Residency, Sundarban Tiger camp, Prakriti Village Resort, Hotel Amorabati, Hotel Dolphin, Hotel Deepak and many more. Moreover, the hospitality shown is beyond any complain. The lovely green ambience accompanied by the token of comfort and relaxation add an extra dimension to the whole matter.
So if you have some spare time and want to enjoy with your friends and family, just board a public transport from Kolkata to Canning (45 kilometers) and a little more of (29 kilometers)from God khali port have to be travelled. The entire time taken is just an hour and twenty minutes. Bon voyage!!
GANESH CHATURTHI: AN AUSPICIOUS HOUR : A DEPICTION
Mythology tells with confidence that Lord Ganesha was born off the skin dirt and particles of Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva. Later in a fight with Lord Shiva, Ganesha was beheaded by the Lord with his trident. Being utterly shocked, Parvati threatened to destroy the whole creation, if her son was not brought into life. Shiva, realising the seriousness of the situation, put the head of an elephant and Parvati's son once again became alive. This Ganesha was gifted with prudence, counsel and policy by the Shankara himself. Lord Ganesha was also blessed to have the offerings from his devotees at the very beginning of the season of puja. And since time immemorial, the tradition has been followed with devotion and loyalty! Today is his day. Ganesha Chaturthi. The city and the suburbs as well are dotted with mandaps where he is worshipped in a grand manner! Devotees congregated at his spot to be blessed with wealth and prosperity. But the decision is in his hand, whom to bless and whom to put into a test to get rid of the sinister thoughts! The chiming of bells, the blow of conch shell, the burning of incense sticks and above all the ladoo prasad have added an extra flavour to the puja spree! However, the holiday is a restricted one and as a result the sense of uniform delight is missing somewhere. Anyhow, we can hear the sound of the silent steps of his mother, as not much time is left for the Bengalis to dance to the beating of dhak, kasor and ghonta!!
#RETURN #OF #THE #HARMONY
The city unfolded its wings,
Basked in the open sunshine,
That touched the rocks and mountains,
With a unique splendour!
Breathed in the open air,
Confined which was once!
The smell of the blooming blossoms,
Braced the tender soul!
I was not petrified,
At the sight of the swelling crowd,
That dotted the edges, the city!
Yet a sorry truth,
The darkness has not bidden au revoir!
If the rays are shattered once more,
If the solitude grips the motto of existence,
If the destiny chooses the other path,
O! My City,
Will you be the same beautiful as before?
Will you be the same rhythmic like the gliding will of a narrow brook?
Will you sing the song of eternity again?
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National security through a youngster's eye
To our East, Xi Jinping has probably been crowned Emperor of China, even if they still call him President. They say that he will rule till he breathes, with all the power of the Party, Politburo and the PLA concentrated in his hands. This simply means a far more aggressive China led by a man who, in real terms, is not accountable to anyone. While we are still figuring out how to respond, China’s encirclement of India is complete. From bases in South China Sea to the 99-year lease of the Hambantota Port, from PLA warships in Gwadar to the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, we are hopelessly surrounded.
To our West, we are dealing with a rogue nuclear-armed army that actually owns a nation of 200 million luckless souls. This army is not accountable to anyone. In 1999, it launched an attack on Kargil, without so much as informing its own Prime Minister. In 1965, it did not deem it necessary to inform its own sister services, the Pakistan Air force and Pakistan Navy that it had launched Operation Gibralter and attacked India in Kashmir. Both the Pakistan Naval and Air Chiefs suspected something was wrong, but their worst fears came true when they heard Madam Noor Jehan singing patriotic songs on radio. That, in Pakistan, usually means war. Or a coup.
Pakistan will supposedly issue, though some say it already has, tens of millions of long-term visas to Chinese nationals to settle in Balochistan for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. According to the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), by 2048 the majority population of Balochistan will be Chinese. Mandarin is already being taught to Pakistani children, not that they were learning anything useful earlier…and the Yuan will soon be legal tender in Pakistan.
Earlier we had China to the East and Pakistan to the West. We now have China to the East and China to the West. The dragon is moving its tail.
Closer home, there is massive radicalization in Kashmir. From the pulpit of mosques to social media accounts, the Valley is turning Wahhabi with a fierceness not seen earlier. ISIS flags are waved at funerals and clashes.
“Is ISIS really present in Kashmir?” a panelist asked his fellow panelist on a TV debate
We must understand this “Islamic State is an idea, not a car dealership”. There may or may not be physical manifestations of this vile idea, but to assume it does not exist just because you can’t see it, would be a gross miscalculation.
If terrorists repose faith in an idea, it is real. Lets not look for overt signs. No one is going to put up neon boards in downtown Srinagar. Its in the speech in the mosque, the terrorist raising his index finger on video, the sign of “Tawheed” or oneness of God, the central monotheistic concept in Islam, it is in the flags draped over terrorists bodies in funerals. Seek, and you shall find.
A good part of the battle for mind-space in Kashmir can be won if we have a narrative. Pakistan has a Kashmir narrative. Hurriyat has a Kashmir narrative. Terror organizations have a Kashmir narrative. All of them push their narrative everyday. And India, which has the most powerful Kashmir narrative based on the absolute truth, is reluctant to even tell its side of the story. So, in the absence of our truth, their lies flourish. Kunan Poshpora. 700,000 troops in Kashmir. Genocide. Disappearances. Mass rapes. Unknown graves. Braid chopping. Flying saucers. Its like Sidney Sheldon has started writing in Kashmiri.
It is important that an urgent narrative around Kashmir is created and pushed. There are a lot of fence sitters in Kashmir. They overtly support the terrorists, but privately hate them. Such is the cost of living in Kashmir. We must give these fence sitters a story; a narrative so powerful and true that it blows away everything in its path. This narrative exists. It is structured around the truth of the UN Resolutions of Kashmir, the truth about the Hurriyat, the truth about the lavish lifestyles of those who scream “azaadi”. Shopping malls, private jets, luxury hotel stays, foreign holidays in Spain and Mauritius…while the hapless population is mired in misery, Asiya Andrabi’s son is found in a 5 star resort in Bangkok, posing for photographs with Hulk Hogan. For the separatists, the blood of the Kashmiris is a credit card with no limit. Keep swiping. Keep killing.
Many Kashmiris support the Hurriyat not because of love or respect, but because Kashmiris have a long history of supporting whoever they perceive as the victor. Kashmiris see Hurriyat winning against the Indian state. They don’t care to know or acknowledge that the Hurriyat exists because the Indian Constitution allows space for dissent. Had Hurriyat tried in Pakistan, a minuscule percentage of what it does in Kashmir, Geelani would have disappeared and the Mirwaiz would have been found under some culvert in a very small gunny sack. In Kashmir there is a very fine, almost invisible, line between fear and respect. Some say there is no such line at all. We must understand these nuances.
Geelani and his cohorts are doing a very fine balancing act. They are indispensible to the Pakistanis and have, somehow, convinced the Indian government that they speak for the Kashmiri people. That credibility must be damaged, not just by NIA raids but also in the heart of the Kashmiri people. This is not difficult to do; the Hurriyat’s credibility is based on falsehood. All we need is to be constant and consistent in cracking the mirror, with truth.
India is plagued by many other challenges. The North East is still simmering. The Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas, or the Red Corridor, are perhaps India’s greatest internal security challenge. This is a long list. The list will remain long because the people responsible for shortening of this list are bureaucrats.
The greatest initiative to push India to industrial superstardom, “Make In India” is sputtering to a halt. And the people who are spiking it are our own bureaucrats. Not just the elite of the bureaucracy but the middle and lower level functionaries, too. The entire structure is rotten. They derive their power from stopping progress and denial of permission. They have created these rules and laws to buttress their arguments. If India has to progress, its bureaucracy must be cut to size.
Before asking countries to invest in India, we must take a step back and take the surgeon’s knife to India’s “babudom”. Let a committee for reforms in bureaucracy, be constituted; a group with wide ranging powers. At the very top, we need technocrats. The miracle of the Delhi Metro happened because of E Sridharan. Had there been a senior bureaucrat in charge, the Delhi Metro would have gone the way of the Tejas LCA.
Our issue is not whether we have meritorious people at the top, or not. The issue is that we have wrong people at the top. And they decide sensitive policy, without having a day’s exposure to the practical aspects of the issue. We have a veritable galaxy of “Paper Tigers” running the administration of India.
An American author once said about India’s missile program… Agni does not mean Chrysanthemum. It means fire. Dr Kalam knew exactly what he was building.
When we put the right people at the top, magic happens. ISRO is a miracle because, scientists lead it. The day a senior bureaucrat is appointed Chairman of ISRO; PM will receive a beautiful presentation on why ISRO can no longer launch satellites.
It is these very bureaucrats who are killing Make In India, especially in defence manufacturing. May I submit the following process?
Firstly, we must redefine the entire process for selection and purchase of any weapons system. Each item takes decades to order and then decades to reach the soldier. By that time, it is obsolete. We're all aware that two-thirds of all Indian Army equipment is obsolete. Our artillery is 35 years old, simply because we did not order, manufacture or induct a single artillery gun for past 35 years.
Secondly, no one is going to invent any weapons system just for us. All weapons systems that we are importing are being used in some armed force of the world. It should not take more than five years to import even something as sophisticated as a fighter jet. The Air Force knows what it wants. Let them know the budget. They will figure out what they want, test it and then make recommendations to the government. Ditto for other services. But importing is not Make In India, right?
Thirdly, execution is the key. Let us assume that Indian Army wants a new assault rifle. Army knows what it wants, because technical evaluation happens everyday in the Indian Army. It’s not a one-time process for them. Let them shortlist 5 rifles, globally. Let them test all of them simultaneously. Why should rifle trials take a decade? It’s a rifle…just a collection of metal moving parts. In a few months, they should shortlist 3 rifles. Let the negotiations begin. Again, this must be completed in a stipulated time. The selected vendor should be partnered with an Indian company to start manufacturing in India. By the time factory starts production, 15% of rifles can be directly imported. Yes, there has been a greater push for transparency. There should a similar push for greater speed.
In the end, the key is not global weapons manufacturers making weapons in India. It is our investment in R&D. We must have an indigenous manufacturing base, which is the result of Indian minds and Indian sweat.
The sooner we shut down our Ordnance Factories, the better it would be for our manufacturing and also the lives of our soldiers. Overpricing and pathetic quality are their hallmarks. In fact, some of their products are so bad that Nepal refuses to take them for free. Yes, Nepal refused to induct the 5.56 mm INSAS rifle. "The rifle is so bad that even if given free, it is too expensive a deal", They say.
India is marching towards global super-power status. But we are like an athlete who runs with an iron ball chained to the feet. Everyone wants the athlete to run faster, but no one is looking at the iron ball. That iron ball is India’s bureaucracy. Unless we hack away at that ball and chain, we will keep dragging out feet. We will keep losing.
The day the top employee and decision maker of every government department is an experienced and qualified subject matter specialist who is duly empowered, things will improve. We have many Sreedharans, impatient to give wings to their dreams of India, but held back by the ball and chain.
Dreams float on an impatient wind
A wind that wants to create a new order
An order of strength and thundering of fire
Dr. APJ Kalam, perhaps India’s greatest ever Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces wrote these lines. It is his dream that we must impatiently pursue, with vigor and renewed resolve.
In Hindi, Agni does not mean Chrysanthemum. It means fire.
The ball and chain must go.
Dr. Kalam would approve.
- Harendra singh shekhawat
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