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1956 – A Vision and a Birth This creation is a mystery. The known is very little in comparison to vast realms of the unknown

. Sometimes events can be dismissed as mere coincidences. At times, seemingly coincidental events can reveal a great mystery.

Consider the following two seemingly unrelated phenomena and join them up in a logical sequence; you get a hard-to-dismiss revelation about a significant happening from the realm of the unknown.

Sri Aurobindo was a great freedom-fighter, poet, and philosopher, renowned world-wide. His philosophy, termed the Integral Yoga, is highly original, though with its foundations in Vedanta. Sri Aurobindo stated that a moment would soon come when the Cosmic Soul, the Supramental Consciousness, would descend on Earth. This would result in humanity progressing towards the next stage of evolution, from Mind to Supermind.

Sri Aurobindo took Samadhi in 1950. The Integral Yoga was developed in collaboration with a French lady, who was titled by Sri Aurobindo as the Mother. The Mother is regarded worldwide as a great Yogi in her own right.

On February 29, 1956, the Mother experienced a vision. In her words “This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material, was there present amongst you. I had a form of living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door which separated the world from the Divine.

“As I looked at the door, I knew and willed, in a single movement of consciousness, that “the time has come”, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow, one single blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces.

“Then the Supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed down upon earth in an uninterrupted flow.”

(The above is from http://saccs.org.in).

Now let’s consider a well-accepted medical phenomenon.

(The following is an excerpt from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-does-consciousness-arise, by Christoff Koch)

‘..when does the magical journey of consciousness begin? Consciousness requires a sophisticated network of highly interconnected components, nerve cells. Its physical substrate, the thalamo-cortical complex that provides consciousness with its highly elaborate content, begins to be in place between the 24th and 28th week of gestation….. Thus, many of the circuit elements necessary for consciousness are in place by the third trimester. By this time, preterm infants can survive outside the womb under proper medical care. And as it is so much easier to observe and interact with a preterm baby than with a fetus of the same gestational age in the womb, the fetus is often considered to be like a preterm baby, like an unborn newborn.

Now let’s co-relate these two phenomena in a logical sequence, in the backdrop of space and time.

Let’s take time first. We have the date Feb 29, 1956. For arguments sake, let’s assume that the Supramental Consciousness entered a specific fetus on that date. We have seen that the fetal brain develops a structure to exhibit consciousness during the seventh month of pregnancy, between the 24th and 28thweeks after conception. So, the probability is high that this Divine fetus was born in May 1956. If we take the mid-point of the period 24-28 weeks, that is 26 weeks, this Divine fetus was born in the middle of May 1956. 

We now take the list of some notable births in mid-May 1956.

May 11th – Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist

May 11th – Alex Lester, British broadcasterMay 13th – Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)May 13th – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living FoundationMay 14th – Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, US, sci-fi author (Hawk of May)

May 14th – Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)

May 17th – Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalistMay 17th – Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, 

(The above is from www.historyorb.com).

Now, dear reader, which is the most likely of the above births to be the Supramental Consciousness?Who has been producing a tremendous spiritual and social transformation worldwide? Is it not difficult to guess?

Let’s now take space. The vision of the Mother was at Pondicherry. Was there a birth in mid May 1956 in the proximity of Pondicherry?

Yes, there was. The only notable birth near Pondicherry in mid May 1956 was in a small town 125 km from Pondicherry.  A town called Papannasam.

A vision by an internationally renowned Yogi! A birth at the correct time and place! Is the above mere speculation, mere coincidence?

Or is 13 May 1956 a date of profound significance to humankind? A date that will increasingly emerge on the global consciousness, as marking the beginning of an epoch?

After Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China, it is necessary to remember a few hard facts:

INDIA VERSUS CHINA: OR CHANAKYA VERSUS GANDHI
For nearly 70 years, China has humiliated India at every step :
It betrayed Nehru’s naive trust in a Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai friendship and treacherously attacked India from Tibet which Nehru had implicitly left to the Chinese, humiliating the Indian army which would take decades to recover. It directly or indirectly encouraged separatist movements in the northeast; it used Nepal as a front state against India; it armed, and worst of all, gave the nuclear bomb to Pakistan, a crime against humanity. Today it is still sitting on a million square meters in Aksai Chin (supposedly given to Pakistan), which rightfully belong to India; it claims Arunachal Pradesh, and sometimes Sikhim, does regular incursions into Indian territory and is still busy encircling India in Burma. Chinese despise Indians, witness how they summoned the Indian ambassador at 2 am in the morning as if she was some lower hireling.
Indian leaders, including Mr Narendra Modi, are also perfectly aware that the Chinese, in a span of fifty years, have killed 1,2 million Tibetans, razed to the ground 6254 monasteries, destroyed 60% of religious, historical and cultural archives and that one Tibetan out of ten is still in jail. As we have entered the Third Millennium, a quarter million Chinese troops are occupying Tibet and there are 7,5 million Chinese settlers for six million Tibetans – in fact, in many places such as the capital, Lhassa, Tibetans are outnumbered two to one… India has also to wake-up to the plain fact that China needs space and has hegemonic aspirations : it got Tibet, it got Hong Kong, it got part of Ladhak; now it wants Taiwan, Arunachal Pradesh, the Spratly islands and what not ! Seventy years ago, during the Korean war, Sri Aurobindo, had seen clearly in the Chinese game : “the first move in the Chinese Communist plan of campaign is to dominate and take possession first of these northern parts and then of South East Asia as a preliminary to their manoeuvres with regard to the rest of the continent in passing Tibet as a gate opening to India”.
And magically, for once, India has a chance to get back at China without appearing to do so. China claims Arunachal Pradesh and gives staples visas to Kashmiris and Arunachalis. It would be easy for India to prop-up the Dalai lama, a wonderful man if there is one, and let the Tibetans freely claim their country back, which has never been in Chinese possession except for such short spells. This would embarrass the Chinese enormously and give India some leverage in their territorial negotiations with the Beijing.
Tibet is so important for India: it has always acted as a peaceful, non-violent buffer zone between the two giants of Asia: China and Tibet. And the Dalai-lama wants it even pore peaceful: a demilitarized, denuclearized harmony region. But it’s exactly the opposite which has happened: according to the CIA, China has transferred one third of its nuclear arsenal to Nagchuka, 250 kms away from Lhassa, a region full of huge caves, which the Chinese have linked together by an intricate underground network and where they have installed nearly one hundred Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, many of them pointed at Indian cities. The reason for this is that the Chinese, who are probably among the most intelligent people in the world, have always understood that India is their number one potential enemy in Asia – in military, nuclear and economic terms.
Today India is encircled by hostile neighbours, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, from Chinese-occupied Tibet, to a Maoist Nepal (encouraged and fostered by Indian communists and the Congress who betrayed the interests of the nation). It has also to deal with a valley of Kashmir whose only true allegiance is Islam, and separatism from some north-eastern states who have been nearly fully converted to Christianity.
Never has India faced a darker hour whatever gurus say. Never has she faced so many enemies at the same time – and truly China is one of the most dangerous ones. Yet India always bends backwards to please the Chinese. Only Mr Modi, since he has come to power, has worked to loosen the iron grip that the Chinese have thrown around India, with his trips to Japan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal et cetera. But will, he like Mr Vajpayee, fall in the trap of the Hindu-Buddhist misconception of Ahimsa at all costs, which the Chinese eagerly seize upon to deceive India.
Why is that so? Because the Indian intelligentsia, the « secular » politicians, the journalists, the top bureaucrats, are the descendants of these « Brown Shahibs », which Macaulay created more than 250 years ago. The man who thought that « all the historical information which can be collected from all the books which have been written in the Sanskrit language, is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England », wished to make of Indians a darker version of the British. He has been immensely successful and has created a nation with a colonized mind. Many of India’s politicians, bureaucrats and journalists are always aping whatever the West does, or are always worrying about what the West thinks of them. They never think Indian, they have no idea about India’s great culture, philosophy and spirituality. Very few have read the Bhagavad Gita, or understood that it encourages yoga in action and that sometimes it is important to defend one’s country, culture and borders, by force if necessary. They are no match for Chinese, who are proud of themselves and their nation and will use any means, open and covert, legal and foul, to foster their dream of a Greater China. Beware then Mr Modi, your enemy may be a match for your own political acumen and opportunism. You need to borrow now from Chanakya, or Krishna of the Bhagavad Gita, not Buddha or Gandhi
François Gautier

At last, Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib have been sidelined ! These two ruled supreme for nearly 40 years. T

ogether they have falsified Indian History with total impunity. For instance, in “Communalism and the writing of Indian history”, Romila Thapar, Harbans Mukhia and Bipan Chandra, once professors at the JNU in New Delhi, the Mecca of secularism and negationism in India, denied the Muslim genocide by replacing it instead with a conflict of classes. The redoubtable Romila T…
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Enfin, Romila Thapar et Irfan Habib ont été mis à l’écart ! Ces deux règne suprême pendant près de 40 ans. Ensemble ils ont falsifié l’histoire indienne en toute impunité. Par exemple, dans « Communalisme et l’écriture de l’histoire indienne », Romila Thapar, Harbans Mukhia et Bipan Chandra, une fois les professeurs à la JNU, New Delhi, la Mecque de la laïcité et le négationnisme en Inde, a nié le génocide musulman en lui substituant plutôt un conflit de classes. Le redoutable Romila Thapar dans son « Penguin History of India », co-écrit avec lance Percival, écrit: « Aurangzeb prétendue intolérance, est peu plus qu’une légende hostile basée sur des actes isolés comme l’érection d’une mosquée sur un site de temple à Bénarès “. Comment peut-on être si malhonnête ou si aveugle ? Mais il montre comment le négationnisme est perpétué en Inde.

Qu’en est-il de Irfan Habib de l’école d’Aligarh ? Il poursuit l’héritage de son père, Mohamed Habiib, de réécrire le chapitre des invasions musulmanes en Inde. Père Habib et livres du fils, reposent sur quatre théories: 1) que les dossiers (rédigés par les musulmans eux-mêmes) de massacres d’hindous, l’esclavage de leurs femmes et leurs enfants et l’arasement des temples étaient « simple exagération par les poètes de Cour » et zélés chroniqueurs pour plaire à leurs dirigeants. 2) qu’ils étaient bel et bien des atrocités, mais principalement commises par les Turcs, les coureurs sauvages de la Steppe. 3) que la destruction des temples a eu lieu parce que les hindous stocké leur or et bijoux à l’intérieur de ces et donc musulmanes armées ont pillé ces. 4) qui n’eut pas la conversion de millions d’hindous à l’Islam, “mais ce qui est arrivé, c’était il y avait un changement d’opinion dans la population, qui, sur son propre gré, ont choisi la charia contre le droit hindou (smriti), comme ils étaient tous opprimés par les brahmanes mauvais”…!!!

Au revoir, Mme Thapar, M. Habib & C °. Nous espérons que vous sera remplacée par une nouvelle génération d’historiens Indiens, plus fiers de leurs racines, plus véridiques et moins calomnieux. FG

What Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, Bipan Chandra and others have done since forty years, is to deny historical facts

, in particular the Hindu genocide since Hindu Kush. These need to be ropily documented now as I explain below:
A HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN PUNE
The massacre of 6 million Jews by Hitler and the persecution that Jews suffered all over the world in the last 15 centuries has been meticulously recorded after 1945 and has been enshrined not only in history books, but also in Holocaust museums, the most famous one being in Washington DC. It has not been done with a spirit of revenge: look at Israel and Germany today, they are in the best of terms; yet, the facts are facts and contemporary Germany has come to terms with its terrible actions during Second World War.
Hindus have suffered also a terrible Holocaust, probably without parallel in human history. Take the Hindu Kush for instance, probably one of the biggest genocides of Hindus. There is practically no serious research ever done about it and no mention in history books. The Hindu Kush is a mountain system nearly 1000 miles long and 200 miles wide, running northeast to southwest and dividing the Amu Darya River Valley and the Indus River Valley. The Hindu Kush has over two dozen summits of more than 23,000 ft in height and historically its passes, particularly the Khyber Pass, have been of great military significance, for they provide access to the northern plains of India. Most foreign invaders have used the Khyber Pass: Alexander the Great in 327 BC, Mahmud of Ghazni, in 1001 AD, Timur Lane in 1398 AD, or Nader Shah in 1739 AD.
Yet, in the first millennium before Christ, two major Hindu kingdoms, those of Gandhaar (Kandahar) and Vaahic Pradesh (Balkh of Bactria) had their borders extending far beyond the Hindu Kush. The kingdom of Gandhaar, for instance, was established by Taksha, grandson of Bharat of Ayodhya and its borders went from Takshashila (Taxila) to Tashkent (corruption of ‘Taksha Khand’) in the present day Uzbekistan. In the later period, the Mahabharat, one of India’s greatest epics speaks of Gaandhaari as a princess of Gandhaar and her brother, Shakuni as a prince and later as Gandhaar’s ruler (the last Hindu Shahiya king of Kabul, Bhimapal was killed in 1026 AD). Then came in the 3rd century B.C. Buddhist emperor Kanishka, whose empire stretched from Mathura to the Aral Sea (beyond the present day Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Krygzystan) and under his influence Buddhism flourished in Gandhaar. The two giant Buddha sandstones carved into the cliffs of Bamian, which have been destroyed by the Taliban, date from the Kanishka period.
In Persian, the word ‘Kush’ is derived from the verb Kushtar – to slaughter or carnage. Encyclopaedia Americana says of Hindu Kush: The name means literally ‘Kills the Hindu’, a reminder of the days when Hindu slaves from Indian subcontinent died in harsh Afghan mountains while being transported to Moslem courts of Central Asia. Encyclopaedia Britannica for its part mentions “that the name Hindu Kush first appears in 1333 AD in the writings of Ibn Battutah, the medieval Berber traveller, who said the name meant ‘Hindu Killer’, a meaning still given by Afghan mountain dwellers. Unlike the Jewish holocaust, the exact toll of the Hindu genocide suggested by the name Hindu Kush is not available. “However, writes Hindu Kush specialist Srinandan Vyas, the number is easily likely to be in millions”.
A few known historical figures can be used to justify this estimate. Encyclopaedia Britannica recalls that in December 1398 AD, Timur Lane ordered the execution of at least 50,000 captives before the battle for Delhi; likewise, the number of captives butchered by Timur Lane’s army was about 100,000 . Encyclopaedia Britannica again mentions that Mughal emperor Akbar ‘ordered the massacre of about 30,000 captured Rajput Hindus on February 24, 1568 AD, after the battle for Chitod, a number confirmed by Abul Fazl, Akbar’s court historian. Afghan historian Khondamir notes that during one of the many repeated invasions on the city of Herat in western Afghanistan, which used to be part of the Hindu Shahiya kingdoms “1,500,000 residents perished”. “Thus, writes Vyas, it is evident that the mountain range was named as Hindu Kush as a reminder to the future Hindu generations of the slaughter and slavery of Hindus during the Moslem conquests”.
Since some of the Moslem conquerors took Indian plainsmen as slaves, a question arises: whatever happened to this slave population? The startling answer comes from New York Times (May-June 1993 issues). The Gypsies, who used to be wandering peoples in Central Asia and Europe since around the 12th Century, have been persecuted in almost every country (the Nazis killed 300,000 gypsies in gas chambers). Until now their country of origin could not be identified, as their language has very little in common with the other European languages. Recent studies however show that their language is similar to Punjabi and to a lesser degree to Sanskrit. Thus the Gypsies probably originated from the greater Punjab. The time frame of Gypsy wanderings also coincides with early Islamic conquests; hence most likely their ancestors were driven out of their homes in Punjab and taken as slaves over the Hindu Kush.
Why does not the Government of India tell Indian children about the Hindu Kush genocide? The horrors of the Jewish holocaust are taught not only in schools in Israel and USA, but also in Germany, because both Germany and Israel consider the Jewish holocaust a ‘dark chapter’ in the history. Yet, in 1982, the National Council of Educational Research and Training issued a directive for the rewriting of school texts. Among other things it stipulated that: ‘Characterization of the medieval period as a time of conflict between Hindus and Moslems is forbidden’. Thus denial of history, or Negationism, has become India’s official ‘educational’ policy. Fortunately, the present Government of India ill soon initiate, it is hoped, a rewriting of History school books, although this policy will surely come under attack as “a dangerous saffronization” of history.
This is why Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT), which I started, has opened the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History in Pune, which shows Indian History as it HAPPENED, not as it has been written. It records not only the genocide of Hindus at the hands of Muslim invaders, but also the terrible persecutions by the Portuguese (also hardly mentioned in Indian History books). We also included the British – nobody knows that 20 millions Indians died of famine between 1815 and 1920, a genocide, as the English broke the agricultural backbone of India to get raw materials which they needed, cotton, jute etc. the plight of the Kashmri Pandits etc.without speaking of the plunder of India by them.
Please tell your friends in Pune and Mumbai to come and visit this Museum, it’s 12 minutes from the Pune airport, past the Air Force base, past Lohegaon village, 300 metres on the right after the Marathwada College of Engineering.
Francois Gautier
FRANCOIS GAUTIER

As Prime Minister Modi visits China, it is necessary to remember a few hard facts: INDIA VERSUS CHINA: OR CHANAKYA VERSUS GANDHI

For nearly 70 years, China has humiliated India at every step :

It betrayed Nehru’s naive trust in a Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai friendship and treacherously attacked India from Tibet which Nehru had implicitly left to the Chinese, humiliating the Indian army which would take decades to recover. It directly or indirectly encouraged separatist movements in the northeast; it used Nepal as a front state against India; it armed, and worst of all, gave the nuclear bomb to Pakistan, a crime against humanity. Today it is still sitting on a million square meters in Aksai Chin (supposedly given to Pakistan), which rightfully belong to India; it claims Arunachal Pradesh, and sometimes Sikhim, does regular incursions into Indian territory and is still busy encircling India in Burma. Chinese despise Indians, witness how they summoned the Indian ambassador at 2 am in the morning as if she was some lower hireling.

Indian leaders, including Mr Narendra Modi, are also perfectly aware that the Chinese, in a span of fifty years, have killed 1,2 million Tibetans, razed to the ground 6254 monasteries, destroyed 60% of religious, historical and cultural archives and that one Tibetan out of ten is still in jail. As we have entered the Third Millennium, a quarter million Chinese troops are occupying Tibet and there are 7,5 million Chinese settlers for six million Tibetans – in fact, in many places such as the capital, Lhassa, Tibetans are outnumbered two to one… India has also to wake-up to the plain fact that China needs space and has hegemonic aspirations : it got Tibet, it got Hong Kong, it got part of Ladhak; now it wants Taiwan, Arunachal Pradesh, the Spratly islands and what not ! Seventy years ago, during the Korean war, Sri Aurobindo, had seen clearly in the Chinese game : “the first move in the Chinese Communist plan of campaign is to dominate and take possession first of these northern parts and then of South East Asia as a preliminary to their manoeuvres with regard to the rest of the continent in passing Tibet as a gate opening to India”.

And magically, for once, India has a chance to get back at China without appearing to do so. China claims Arunachal Pradesh and gives staples visas to Kashmiris and Arunachalis. It would be easy for India to prop-up the Dalai lama, a wonderful man if there is one, and let the Tibetans freely claim their country back, which has never been in Chinese possession except for such short spells. This would embarrass the Chinese enormously and give India some leverage in their territorial negotiations with the Beijing.

Tibet is so important for India: it has always acted as a peaceful, non-violent buffer zone between the two giants of Asia: China and Tibet. And the Dalai-lama wants it even pore peaceful: a demilitarized, denuclearized harmony region. But it’s exactly the opposite which has happened: according to the CIA, China has transferred one third of its nuclear arsenal to Nagchuka, 250 kms away from Lhassa, a region full of huge caves, which the Chinese have linked together by an intricate underground network and where they have installed nearly one hundred Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, many of them pointed at Indian cities. The reason for this is that the Chinese, who are probably among the most intelligent people in the world, have always understood that India is their number one potential enemy in Asia – in military, nuclear and economic terms.

Today India is encircled by hostile neighbours, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, from Chinese-occupied Tibet, to a Maoist Nepal (encouraged and fostered by Indian communists and the Congress who betrayed the interests of the nation). It has also to deal with a valley of Kashmir whose only true allegiance is Islam, and separatism from some north-eastern states who have been nearly fully converted to Christianity.

Never has India faced a darker hour whatever gurus say. Never has she faced so many enemies at the same time – and truly China is one of the most dangerous ones. Yet India always bends backwards to please the Chinese. Only Mr Modi, since he has come to power, has worked to loosen the iron grip that the Chinese have thrown around India, with his trips to Japan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal et cetera. But will, he like Mr Vajpayee, fall in the trap of the Hindu-Buddhist misconception of Ahimsa at all costs, which the Chinese eagerly seize upon to deceive India.

Why is that so? Because the Indian intelligentsia, the « secular » politicians, the journalists, the top bureaucrats, are the descendants of these « Brown Shahibs », which Macaulay created more than 250 years ago. The man who thought that « all the historical information which can be collected from all the books which have been written in the Sanskrit language, is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England », wished to make of Indians a darker version of the British. He has been immensely successful and has created a nation with a colonized mind. Many of India’s politicians, bureaucrats and journalists are always aping whatever the West does, or are always worrying about what the West thinks of them. They never think Indian, they have no idea about India’s great culture, philosophy and spirituality. Very few have read the Bhagavad Gita, or understood that it encourages yoga in action and that sometimes it is important to defend one’s country, culture and borders, by force if necessary. They are no match for Chinese, who are proud of themselves and their nation and will use any means, open and covert, legal and foul, to foster their dream of a Greater China. Beware then Mr Modi, your enemy may be a match for your own political acumen and opportunism. You need to borrow now from Chanakya, or Krishna of the Bhagavad Gita, not Buddha or Gandhi

François Gautier

#SalmanKhan & The prostituting of India’s icons

The insensitive tweets of Bollywood stars against #SalmanKhan ’s conviction remind us how spoilt are India’s icons. Does the fact that Salman was driving drunk, without a licence, killed an innocent man and injured others, did not stop to help and fled, count for nothing? Are Bollywood stars and children of politicians above the law, as they have been for decades?

People think corruption is taking only bribes. It is not. India’s stars, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bacchan, Pryanka Chopra, or Deepika Padukone are looked up by tens of millions of Indians. They are not only stars, but role models to millions of youth. And what do they do? Amitabh Bacchan @bigbamitab , probably the most respected Bollywood star, advertises for anything: cement, cheap biscuits, suits, paan… Has the man no self-respect? Does he need so badly money that he sells his image so cheaply? Deepika Padukone #DeepikaPadukone  says she is depressed. No wonder with the amounts of adds she does. Again how much money does she need? Is not acting the most important part of her life. The same is true of Pryanka Chopra @priyankachopra. She has so much talent, but she seems to spend more time doing adds than acting. Let’s not talk about Shah Rukh Khan twitter.com/iamsrk . He does any add, any time for any price, in passing, with the same goody-goody fake expression that fools us all.

Are sportsmen better ? Not at all ! India’s heartthrob, Sachin Tendulkar @sachin_rt , also does adds indiscriminately, for Pepsi Cola, for instance, even though he knows that it has proved harmful for kids. He has been honored as an MP in the Rajya Sabha to serve his country, but out of 60 days, he attended only four. What a sense of civic duty and what an example for India’s youth ! And what about Mahendra Singh Dhoni @msdhoni, who started as a nice young guy. He also does adds indiscriminately, even endorsing liquor products, such as McDowell’s  VSOP brandy. Is that also not a form of corruption ? What example do these heroes give to Indian youth by prostituting their images for crores of rupees, while so many Indians, many much more talented, get only one meal a day.

Cry of My Beloved India, see what Thy children are doing to Thee

Francois Gautier

#ModinFrance For once India does not go with a begging bowl to #France… In fact it is probably the French that will be begging India this time!

The #Rafale fighter deal is stalled not only due to the high costs involved, but also due to disagreement on how the local component of fighters to be produced in India. Dassault has taken the position that it cannot guarantee the quality of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) built 108 Rafale fighters after the first 18 are imported. But many experts here say that this is a whim of Dassault and a lack of trust in the Made in India dear to Mr Modi. Dassault may want another local partner, like the private-sector giant Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), to complete the deal. RIL, with its $10 billion cash hoard, has already set up a defence sector business unit, Reliance Aerospace Technologies Pvt Ltd (RATPL), The initial estimation of $12 billion has also escalated to over $22 billion, which is twice as much as the cost of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter.

#Areva is in the fray for six new nuclear power plants in collaboration with Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). But Areva has sought a tariff of `9.18 per unit, which India finds too expensive. Again the Russians or even the Americans have better offers.
In 2005, the Indian Navy ordered six Scorpene submarines, all to be built at the ministry of defence- owned Mazagon dock and elsewhere, with the last two to be fitted with an Indian air-independent propulsion (AIP) module. The first India-made Scorpene has just been been launched, 12 years behind schedule. Again costs have gone up by 50% and the Indian Government finds that the French are nor reliable in their deals
#Airbuses. Mr Modi will visit Toulouse the headquarters of Airbus. But Air India has been buying more Boeings latetly than Airbuses, so The French will try to woo Mr Modi. At last, India is the new China!

I am a French man and proud to be French, but nevertheless France’s record with India is abysmal & their attitude is often neo colonial
Nothing symbolises more than the car makers of France who have ventured into India. The fist one #Peugeot was a complete flop : Peugeot partnered with Mahindra to produce the 309 an obsolete car (even then) that had done well in Africa. The second one Renault, use its sub brand Dacia (a third class Romanian car manufacturer that #Renault bought) to market in India the Logan and Duster cars under the brand Renault, half a lie, as in France they are sold as Dacia and considered cars for the lower middle class. Any fool living India for more than a year could have told Renault that Indians like big cars, latest models, even if they cost money and Renault could easily have marketed in India some of its recent vehicles such ss the Megane or the Espace 5, which would do very well in India. The Japanese and Koreans have understood it long ago at India is a luxury market: look at the incredible success story of the Innova, and how today every fourth car in Delhi is an Audi or a Mercedes.. Instead the Logan and Duster are slowly fading way from Indian road. Is the economical section of the French embassy doing properly its job?

Let us talk about France’s airline #AirFrance was the last to fly from Chennai and the first to exit, when all the other companies have been flying from there profitably for two decades. It shows its arrogance and the fact that it does not care about the Indian market as its prices are more expensive than the other airlines, whereas its business class is one of the worst, without any real flat beds.

On the overall economic front, France is still not much of a reliable partner ,with bilateral trade of about eight billion euros. This is less than India’s trade with all of France’s neighbours such as Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Italy. From 2000 onwards the total FDI in India was close to $900 billion. France’s contribution was below $15 billion or about 2%.
It is also sad that the French Foreign Minister and the French embassy in Delhi still dance to the tunes of the French Indologists of the CNRS, who are all close to the JNU or such outdated historians like close Romila Thapar’s. As a result, whenever they appear in French televisions or write in French newspapers, as they will invariably do before Mr Modi’s visit, they speak about poverty, slums, caste problems, Hindu ‘fundamentalism’ and India being a ‘soft’ power, never able to compete with China. This in turn influences wrongly the French diplomats and business men, who all read newspapers such a Left leaning Le Monde, or watch Government owned France 2, not a great friend of India (it recently did a very negative piece on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, without the French correspondent of France 2 based in Delhi, bothering to pay a visit to the Bangalore ashram of Sri Sri)

We thus hope that Mr Modi, while being his friendly self, will be tough and frank in negotiations with the French and will impress them that India is not only samosas, Bharat Natyam, and snake charmers, as the French tend to believe. Then only will France begin taking India seriously as an economic and geopolitical partner
FG