Sunday, June 16, 2024

India in British Parliament: Times of India has a lot to answer

Times of India has a lot to answer its discerning readers on a front-page story which, for want of a better word, appears part of an agenda if not a plant. 

The story, headlined: “UK MPs suggest human rights conditions imposed in UK-India trade deals” quotes an MP (Jim Shannon) from a party (Democratic Unionist Party) which has just eight members in a 650-member House.  I didn’t find any other MP making such a “trade-deal condition” in the story to warrant “UK MPs” in the headline as if there was a cacophony for such a demand in a “debate” in the British Parliament. 

If indeed it was a “debate” in the British Parliament, the Times of India story should’ve mentioned Theresa Villiers (a Conservative MP) who wondered how the House had no time to reflect on forced conversion and killings of minorities in Pakistan but enough to debate on India where the issues of minorities, “can’t be called State-sponsored.”

To be fair, the Times of India story ended with a quote from Labour MP Barry Gardiner questioning why an issue of a sovereign country should be discussed in British parliament when the latter’s own record in such matters is terrible. But the newspaper made it appear a compromised opinion since Gardiner was “awarded a Padma Shri in January last year.”

It didn’t end here: Times of India carries a screaming report by Chatham House which has clubbed India with China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey as the “Difficult 4” in terms of Human Rights. Now Chatham House might appear just one think-tank but it shouldn’t to Times of India, and certainly not to its reporter Naomi Canton, if the two have anything to do with the written word. 

Chatham House, which came after World War I, sought British domination of the world. Its blood-brother is Council on Foreign Relations in New York. You would drop your coffee if you knew its members: European Commission, BP, British Ministry of Defence, Apple, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Royal Dutch Shell, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Barclays, the Bank of England, Lockheed Martin, the BBC, Vodaphone, the Guardian, the Telegraph Media Group and many more. And of course there is George Soros and his Open Society Foundations who we all remember having reserved $1 billion to remove the likes of Narendra Modi. 

If this is not enough, look at its donors: Rockefeller Foundation, De Beers Group (yeah, the same Cecil Rhodes mafia), Kuwait Petroleum Foundation, Microsoft, NATO defence college, UK Labour Party (see the connection to British MPs!), Google, the Economist, the Scottish government. 

I am not suggesting that Times of India and its reporters are doing the bidding of Chatham House or globalist forces. But it surely should’ve crossed their mind whether Britain, of all countries, with such sketchy human rights record, present or past, should be lecturing the world on minorities. 

I mean look at human rights issue in our times in UK: 

  1. Older people in the social care system;
  2. Inadequate government support for domestic violence survivors;
  3. Rising number of homeless people;
  4. Deep cuts to public services;
  5. An openly hostile immigration policy. 

Anyone for Windrush scandal which broke out just two years ago? When tens of blacks from the Caribbean origin, who had arrived in UK before 1973, were denied legal rights and wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office?

Anyone for lack of justice for the victims of overseas war crimes and torture by British forces?

Anyone for citizen Shamima Begum who had joined ISIS but later pleaded her own Britain  to provide her unborn child with a chance to survive but found, in reply, that her citizenship had been revoked?

Isn’t it a matter of Human Right when UK asks its 16-year-olds to join army when most don’t and when UN itself condemns them on the same?

Britain incidentally for its failure to support more than 100 recommendations on subjects ranging from the rights of children to international law on abortion was found out. 

As for past, let’s first look at United Kingdom’s immediate history:

  1. Most Brazilian dictators, between 1964-1985, were actively helped by the UK;
  2. The Desert tyrants of Middle East, including Libyan despot Muammar Gaddaffi was offered moist kisses and costly arms till he became too big for them; 
  3. Anyone on Algeria who had their human rights issues brushed under the carpet only because it was so attractive for London?

Do we go back to the real history? Where Indian textiles were used to buy slaves from Africa? Where Indian peasants were made to slog 24×7 to produce opium—one of the most exhausting process—to be shipped to China? Do we talk of Bengal famine of 1940s? Or how Zulus, Red Indians and Aborigines of South Africa, the United States and Australia were made unwelcome in their own land?

Do you now see the problem I have with the Times of India article? It hides more than it publishes. It supports forces which are Breaking India in nature. By ignorance or by design, it’s meant to hurt India. 



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