With rising tensions in Kashmir, Balochistan has, become a buzzword in India in last 5 years, though we know their struggle is as old as independence of India and Pakistan. Baloch who are waging a lonely battle against the might of the Pakistani state, are facing a lot of atrocities in the hands of Pakistani state. ‘The Thekedars of Human Rights’ in west are silent on the oppression of Baloch people. I see many friends on Facebook and Twitter extending their support on Kashmir’s separatist movement, calling it human’s first right to crusade against human rights violation, I see media houses from New York to Australia, blotting rims of papers in the favor of those cowards who are waging a war against India in the shields of women and children.
I do not question their wisdom, I do not judge their intentions, but one thing that I can assure you is-they are hypocrites at their hearts and minds. What silents their voice when it comes to speak about free Balochistan? What makes west to ignore the violation of human rights in Balochistan?
Why Balochistan is less important than Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or Kashmir? Why the terrorists in Kashmir, Naxalite in Chattisgarh are seen as rebels, but the rebels and martyrs of Balochistan are seen as illiterate savages?
We know the answer too. But these brave Balochs are fighting un-wavered, Balochistan is currently seeing the fifth and longest and bloodiest uprising against Pakistani rule. Will their struggle yield any fruit?
What is the Balochistan conflict?
In 1947, when British colonial rule came to an end in the Indian subcontinent, 535 princely states were given the option of either acceding to India or Pakistan through merger of territory, or remaining free and independent. Divided by the Goldsmith Line of 1871, Balochistan was split between Pakistani and Iranian occupation, with some bits spilling into Afghanistan on account of the flawed Durand Line. Balochistan was forcibly converted into a province of Pakistan, against the wishes of the Baloch and their Khan, though brave Baloch were, and remain, a fiercely independent people, with their own cultural and social identity. Brutal repression by the Pakistani Army has failed to break the spirit of resistance. Baluchis are a fierce tribe. They have never subdued in their entire history except in the last 50 years where they were made slaves of muddy politics in the name of Pakistan. The first uprising of the Balochs happened during Military Dictator Ayub Khan’s regime, though it was quashed. There have been 2–3 more uprisings, but the Pakistani state has been brutally suppressing these, killing the young Balochs, raping their women and leaving their children orphan. After the assassination of the Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, the rebellion changed gears and became more intense.
— David B. Cohen (@DavidBCohen1) July 16, 2016
Will Balochistan be free ever?
They say, separatist movements only succeed if there’s some great power pushing for them. Look at Libya and Egypt’s uprising. Having millions of dollars of funding, backed by powerful nations, having ultra-moderns weapons in their artillery, rebels all around the world have pushed their revolutions successively. But when it comes to Balochistan, no one really cares for Balochs & their troubles. There is no international support of Baloch movement for freedom because the countries that share borders with Balochistan presume that an independent Balochistan would result in more violence and destabilization. Iran sees free Balochistan as a threat to it’s economic & geopolitical interests, China sees free Balochistan as a hindrance in it’s devilish power-play in Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan is busy with own problems and… India despite of having one of the biggest strategic win of the world (Bangladesh-1971) in it’s credit, is advancing too slow in the diplomatic cloak-and-dagger policies about supporting free Balochistan movement.
Some people compare, Balochistan’s struggle with that of Bangladesh’s. But they must remember the face of Banglasdesh’s freedom movement Mukti Bahini (the Bangladeshi National Liberation Army) consisted of all the classes of their lands, be it doctors, laborers, journalists or the farmers, everyone jumped into the movement regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sects under a same banner. The spirit of freedom painted every color of Bangladesh (east Pakistan then) on a single canvas of revolution. Seeing potential to wage a full-scaled war against the satanic state of Pakistan in the unity of Mukti Bahini, communist leaders of Balgladesh also joined the movement and ultimately India extended their unconditional support to Bangladesh. But Balochistan, unfortunately, has failed to do so. Baloch freedom call is led by tribal chieftains some of who continuously change positions on this issue (depending on their proximity to power). They are not united. They do not stand firm on their stand, the lack of determination in leaders, weakens the spirit of freedom, for example, one of the biggest rebel Brahamdagh Bugti (grandson of Akbar Bugti), offered his surrender with the words, “If people of Balochistan aren’t interested in freedom then we can negotiate”. As leaders have no political acumen, the youth of Balochistan is loosing it’s spirit of revolution. The Pakistani army and ISI has cashed this scenario in most nefarious way pushing the Baloch youth in menace of drugs, so that they loose the grip on their culture, they forget the need of freedom, and ultimately loose their own lands that has been non-nonchalantly a free land of Balochs for century irrigated by sweat and blood of their ancestors. Drinking water that is basic need of life isn’t easily available for Baloch people, but drugs are flooding at every nook and corner plaguing Baloch youth, all thanks to ISI. I would like to recite Mao’s quote here, “Keep men, lose land: land can be taken again. Keep land, lose men: land and men are both lost”. Some people might feel it irrelevant here, but folks, having youth deluged in drugs is no less than loosing them.
— K⭕️H❗️ 🅱️🅰️L⭕️CH (@BalochukKohi) June 21, 2016
But looking at the other side of coin, Hong Kong dares China, Ukraine dares Russia, Peshmerga dares ISIS – size doesn’t really matters. Sometimes! Pakistan is currently a failed country, a filed country can be easily be parted in different free states without waging a war even. It isn’t easy to defeat a Guerrilla ware so easy. Some of brave Baloch fighters have mastered the art of Guerrilla warfare, just it is that they are not united and organised under a same banner and efficient leadership. An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. Once rebels unite themselves for a common cause, and represent themselves fiercely on both war and diplomatic front, it would be easy to bring the matter into limelight making it a high ground for India to intervene and support their movement and to raise the issues of human-rights violation in UN’s court, without getting into any quid pro quo deals with the devils. Overall, Balochistan have very high chances to be a country as a free nation, if they stand united on diplomatic front and fight organized in Guerrilla warfare they can persue this seemingly distant dream.
Update: Indian Philanthropist addresses Balochistan issue in Bollywood movie
Indian philanthropist and spiritual saint, Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim, has addressed the issue of Balochistan in his movie Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab. The plight of Baluch women, and youth who dare to raise the voice against Pakistan’s state sponsored atrocities is sensibly portrayed in the movie.
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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2: What’s Inside The Box
Finally, Xiaomi has unvieled the Mi Mix 2 device which is an heir to last year’s bezel-less Mi Mix and features a features a 5.99-inch full-HD (1080×2160 pixels) 18:9 display with a pixel density of 403ppi and a DCI-P3 colour gamut with even thinner bezels. Unlike its antecedent, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 has been confirmed to launch in India soon, informed Manu Kumar Jain, MD of Xiaomi India on Twitter.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) September 11, 2017
The design: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Mi Mix: As an improvement over the predecessor, Xiaomi has swapped a few things in Mi Mix 2. With four-sided curved ceramic body and an aluminum frame, Mi Mix2 looks more charming than Mi Mix with 12% narrower bezel.
However, the screen size is of Mi Mix 2 (5.99-inch) is comparatively smaller than the predecessor putting it back in the realm of ‘normal smartphone size’ as most of the Mi Mix owners were unhappy with its huge size.
Thanks to rounder edges, Mi Mix2 is more comfortable to handle while Mi Mix had sharper edges and it flaunts 18K Gold-plated decorative camera rim.
While Mi Mix had a “piezoelectric speaker” instead of a normal earpiece speaker, but in the Mi Mix 2, this bizarre setup is replaced by a razor-thin earpiece in the top bezel.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Specifications, Review, Price in India
Processor and RAM: As one would anticipate, the Xiaomi MIX 2 comes with flagship specifications to meet its premium design. It features high-end Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
Camera: With Sony IMX386 sensor (with 1.25um pixels) and 4-axis optical stabilization setup it can shoot 4K or 1080p video at 30 fps, and 720p video at up to 120 fps for slow motion.
Making it a truly global smartphone that can work on almost all the networks in the world, Mix 2 supports 43 bands.
Mi MIX 2 Key features:
18:9 Screen, 5.99″ display
12% reduced chin size
Hidden speaker & proximity sensor
Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
Sony IMX386 sensor, 1.25μm large pixels 4-axis optical image stabilization
Four-sided curved ceramic body 7-series aluminium alloy frame
Global LTE support, 6 modes 43 bands
Review – What’s Bad in Mix 2: Despite having Quick Charge 3.0 support, powered with 3,400mAh battery Mix 2 fails to meet up the battery backup expectations. Another disappointment is the front-facing camera, which has been more seamlessly integrated into the bottom panel but will still require you to hold the phone upside-down for selfies.
Expected price of Mi Mix 2 in India: INR 32,500
Launch date: Manu Kumar Jain, MD of Xiaomi India, took to Twitter to confirm in a post that the Mi MIX 2 will be launched soon in India. He, however, didn’t share any specific timelines.
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Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist Terrorist group?
What is Boko Haram: Militant Islamist organization Boko Haram refers itself as Islamic State West Africa Province (al-Wilāya al-Islāmiyya Gharb Afrīqiyyah) and has been a reason of massive devastation in Africa’s most populous nation Nigeria through a wave of bombardments, brutal assassinations, rapes, and abductions – is battling to topple the government and create an Islamic state.
Who is Boko Haram Leader: Boko Haram’s founder, Muhammad Yusuf, died in police custody in July 2009, and hundreds of others were murdered during that huge crackdown – which many blame for coercing the group even more violent. The militant group Boko Haram was headed by Abubakar Shekau until August 2016, when he was replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
In 2014, a shocking video clip of Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was surfaced that showed him grinning as he admitted the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls, promising to sell them. The Islamic State (IS) militant group has announced that its West African affiliate Boko Haram has a new leader as Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi. Little is known about Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, who appeared in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as the group’s spokesman.
Agenda of Boko Haram: Boko Haram advocates a fanatical version of Islam that makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any partisan or friendly activity affiliated with Western society. This entails voting in polls, wearing shirts and trousers or getting a secular pedagogy.
Boko Haram sees the Nigerian country as being governed by non-believers, notwithstanding of whether the president is Muslim or not – and it has stretched its military campaign by targeting bordering states.
Since the prevailing insurgency began in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and uprooted 2.3 million people from their shelters and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror organization by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015.
Boko Haram’s alliance with ISIS: Boko Haram had alleged links to al-Qaeda, but in March 2015, it declared its loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Most of the analysts that have been keeping an eye on Nigerian crisis foretell that Boko Haram will soon be beaten, but the militant group’s allegiance with ISIS means that would presumably push the militants further into bordering countries.
Quick Facts About Boko Haram
- Founded in 2002, initially concentrated on opposing Western-style education.
- Propelled military operations in 2009.
- Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirls.
- Joined Islamic State, calls itself IS’s “West African province.”
- Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphate.
- Regional force has retaken most territory last year.
- Boko Haram was widely covered in the Western media in 2014 after the group kidnapped 219 schoolgirls.
- At least 17,000 have been killed since Boko Haram launched an insurgency in 2009 to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.
- More than 2.6 million people have fled their homes since the start of the violence, but some of the internally displaced have returned home after troops began a fight-back last year and recaptured territory.
Why #PrayForNigeria was trending on Twitter
#PrayForNigeria was started recently because there was a suicide bombing on a mosque that killed 24 people, now you can see a lot of stuff about it on Interwebs, including torture of hostages, kidnapping of women and kids burned alive.
But most of the stuff that is being shared by Twitterati dates back to February, when Boko Haram extremists raged a series of assaults against innocent people in refugee camps.
Way back in February, members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram killed 86 people, including children in a series of attacks on a village, near a refugee camp in northern Nigeria. But we only cared about it, when a Twitter hashtag started trending worldwide.
Right, Black lives matter! Yes, we should pray for Nigeria, we should pray for the world, we should pray for the peace, but what we should not do is to spread baseless things, as spreading needless negativity makes our world more vulnerable to negative elements.
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