Sovereign States Constitutional Matter

October 1, 2019

Sovereign States Constitutional Matter

Padmini Arhant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government reserving Article 370 removal in Jammu & Kashmir as India’s internal constitutional matter might be received as such and acknowledged by international political class. 

However, How does Prime Minister Narendra Modi justify his decision to intervene in neighbor Nepal’s similar and rather positive development in constitutional amendment declaring Nepal a secular state renouncing the traditional Hindu majority national identity to which India imposed unilateral economic blockade for nearly seven months hurting the weak, poor, vulnerable and mainstream Nepalese population deprived of essential food supplies, medicines and critical trade costing lives and livelihoods in the small developing country, Nepal?

Unlike Jammu & Kashmir situation post Article 370 abrogation by incumbent PM Narendra Modi government, Nepal’s constitutional measure was a progressive step towards inclusion of minority groups and other demography transcending religion, ethnicity and nativity. While India exercising sovereignty on Article 370 action, PM Narendra Modi not recognizing Nepal’s sovereignty to implement constitutional revision and reprimanding the neighbor with severe economic sanction confirms double standard.

When bigger nations assert authority on smaller counterparts for political reasons and simultaneously rebut global citizenry legitimate concerns over the former’s engagement in Jammu & Kashmir albeit India’s union member, the response is anything but convincing or satisfactory.

PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah’s claims on Jammu & Kashmir that eliminating Article 370 would turn the lives around for the state’s citizens unfortunately and evidently negative from ground reality. When the Central government apparently had so much confidence on their audacious act of revoking Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir to be celebrated by Kashmiris across the spectrum, 

What is the need for extended curfew denying all citizens basic access to survival and health requirements paralyzing existence?

What is the purpose behind detaining state political party prominent members with whom BJP and Congress party at the Center have forged alliance and run state governments in Jammu & Kashmir?

Why is PM Narendra Modi government moving ahead with local city at municipal level election on October 24th under lockdown position in Jammu & Kashmir?

Any democratic nation would provide explanations to all above mentioned circumstances and earnestly strive to relieve the affected citizens from the ongoing duress returning the state to normalcy for the people to continue their lives without any fear, obstacles and threats to their fundamental rights as well as freedom. 

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

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United States – July 4th Celebrating Freedom

July 4, 2018

United States – July 4th Celebrating Freedom 

Padmini Arhant

United States commemorates freedom on Fourth of July with fireworks and social gathering.

Freedom is priceless and meaningful when experienced by all. Those who strive to safeguard freedom i.e.the brave men and women in uniform, humanitarians and ordinary citizens from all walks of life engaged to maintain freedom and democracy despite overt and covert suppression of liberty in various format are to be recognized not just on the Independence Day but every day. 

Freedom is inalienable right that unfortunately considered a privilege rather than fundamental for survival in any civil society. Any nation declared free and independent respecting other nations’ sovereignty and territorial integrity would demonstrate respect and regard for self-determination and autonomy. 

The position of power and authority exerted over certain demography in a society under the guise of national security subjecting the victims in these situations to extreme suffering and isolation cast a shadow on the ethos of the nation. Not to mention human rights violation in denying natives legitimacy and legality to exist with their nucleus family. 

Similarly, those held indefinitely in prison such as the Guantanamo Bay inmates without any legal access or representation as well as many in rendition overseas do not reflect well for the nation proudly acclaimed the beacon of democracy and bastion of liberty. 

Interestingly, the term Free world is loosely used though the world is not entirely free with significant population in subjugation besides discrimination and gender bias are common. Furthermore, territories are occupied over decades without any hope for statehood and emancipation. 

Accordingly, under these circumstances no head of the state regardless of presumed status could possibly be the so-called leader of the free world due to misinterpretation of power and dominance over nations deemed weak and vulnerable. 

The truly free nation would not curb free speech against those in power. The free state would promote tolerance, fairness, equality and opportunity to all unlike the tradition of  prejudice and predisposition towards targeted segments, individuals and community. 

The election in a free country would be transparent prohibiting funding from sources viz. corporate and diverse special interests as strong bidders and stake holders of the political system representing them instead of the people in a democracy.

Consumer rights and data are exploited to benefit corporate entities with politics granting oligarchy carte blanche authority in dismantling regulations meant to protect consumer interests that are under assault in the present  economy. 

Major corporations merger and acquisitions having become the norm ultimately shifting the economic burden on the end consumer, the average citizen apparently not a concern to those elected to serve the people affected in the deal. 

The big corporations monopoly not just limited to gaining lion market share in respective economic goals, their active participation and cooperation with NSA in illegal dragnet surveillance on citizens of the country is a routine affair. 

The outlined activities clearly define the kind of freedom in the country and rest of the world. 

Freedom chained to political dictum and narcissism pose a challenge to the idea of free spirit and a free world.

Happy Fourth of July!

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

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United States Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

June 21, 2018

United States Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

Padmini Arhant

United States withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council citing the latter as a hypocrite and  self serving appropriately applies to accusers than the accused considering own legacy and status quo. United States reason for withdrawal is attributed to UN Human Rights Council’s ‘Chronic bias towards Israel.’

United States decision suggest neither US nor the ally Israel are independent nations. United States move on Israel’s behalf creates the position for US as a vassal state to Israel.  Simultaneously, Israel riding on United States coat tail on all matter concerning Israel proves Israel’s protracted dependency including public relations undermining any legitimacy as a sovereign state. Under these circumstances, both entities are required to ascertain the role they play for proper representation in the international forum.

As for human rights violations, United States immigration issue reportedly leaves the fate of 2000 children hanging in balance as they remain in the detention center subsequent to the halt on separation of immigrant families and their offsprings. Notwithstanding the lack of interest and responsibility in U.S. Congress to pass the immigration bill on dreamers and amnesty for the significant number of immigrants facing deportation. Then there are detainees in the infamous Guantanamo Bay held for nearly two decades denying them habeas corpus i.e. legal representation in addition to inmates families having no access to these men who are sons, fathers, husband, brother to someone overseas. 

Similarly, Israel’s trajectory in Palestinian territory is well known worldwide. Israel’s occupation of Palestine and since then human rights abuse sparing none viz. children kept in Israeli Defense Force controlled Administrative detention center outside West Bank without contacts with parents, the Saharonim prison where African asylum seekers are held in the Israeli facility on Negev Desert and unilateral blockade against Gazans for more than a decade forcing the densely populated Gaza strip under siege summarize United States and Israel’s human rights record.

The US administrations tradition pardoning those convicted of crimes and serious charges predominantly based on political preferences and exchange of favors while detaining hard working immigrants with clean profile for mass deportation is a paradoxical policy with conflicting ethical standards.

Accordingly, on  hypocrisy both Israel and United States remain unopposed veterans in this domain.

United States retreating from UN Human Rights Council in Israel’s defense is imprudent diminishing U.S. image and position in humanitarian affairs.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

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