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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The relatively new India-Israel bonhomie makes much sense, both economically and strategically for India, and politically for PM Modi

By Sujit Bhar

This is a tricky issue, especially tricky for India, traditionally an Arab (read Palestine) backer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to Israel in July, the first Indian PM to do so, and he will not be stopping over in Palestine. That’s a rather unusual thing to do for a ‘friend’, when you are visiting a neighbour. One believes even the Arabs know the meaning of ‘atithi debo bhava’ and they would have reciprocated well.

The history of India-Palestine relationship cannot be overstated, starting from Mahatma Gandhi’s assertion that it wasn’t fair a land of and for the Arabs was forcibly sliced away and handed over to the Jews, who believed the Old Testament said this was their land.

India was always for the “Palestinian cause” trying to project its influence in multilateral forums. The draft resolution on “the right of Palestinians to self-determination” was co-sponsored by India and placed at the 53rd UN General Assembly. On the other hand, India recognised Israel only a year after its formation. India-Israel relations were on the upturn from 1992 and there have been no letup since. President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel in October 2015.

There has been a safety valve put in place, though. It has been reported that India would possibly host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before Modi’s visit to Israel. There will be a great deal of ironing out of kinks at that time and, fingers crossed, the Israel visit of Modi will not be affected by bad blood.

Let us look at this objectively. Gandhi’s views – it was also the view held by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru – on Arab self-determination was on political lines. It not only protected India from the larger influence of the US, but also helped the country produce a counter-balance to Pakistan and a larger than life image as founder of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM).

Technically, NAM is a closed chapter, defence compromises being overtaken by economic considerations. In the new world order, sentiments of the past can cause a negative draft. Now it’s the human face versus the business face of a nation. Let us face the practical world.

Sooner or later, Modi will meet US President Donald Trump, and there will be discussions and deals to sign if Israel is happy. Like it or not, the Trump-Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) relationship is going to flower. India has huge defence partnerships going with Israel, and there is a possibility that US aircraft manufacturer Boeing would be interested in moving some of its manufacturing bases to India. Airbus has.

Think of the possibilities for Modi. He has not been able to create the jobs he had promised the country in 2014. What he has created instead is race-caste hatred, the debilitating frustrations and joblessness of demonetisation and an atmosphere of fear and apprehension. He has delivered exactly what he had promised to remove.

Therefore, the face-saver. Israel, and hence the US, can offer opportunities in manufacturing that can produce a decent number of jobs and a technical base that the country has failed to produce even after 70 years of Independence. Remember, the only brand that India can proudly claim Intellectual Property Rights to around the world today is probably the BrahMos missile system (the fastest in the world, with Russia) and the PSLV space vehicle.

This digression was necessary to bring some perspective to the issue. While we cannot crudely say thanks, but no thanks to Palestinian overtures, it would be up to Palestine to realise that the vital necessities of a nation can often override humanitarian overtures.

Here’s the rub. Modi needs the jobs, the industry, the recognition, the export capabilities he craves, and to top it all, he wants to be remembered as a great statesman. How logical the last aspiration is, only time will tell, but if he fails to put food on Indian tables, and seal their backyards safely, he is in for a shock outcome sooner rather than later, whatever the Uttar Pradesh polls might indicate.

One would not want to look at this from narrow, personal perspectives, but that possibly is what it is.

India has drawn huge advantages from Israeli technology advances, especially in the agricultural and defence sectors. They are now cooperating in cyberspace security issues that would be the key point of worry in the coming years. Modi wants to take it further. And in doing so if he can jump to the US, why not?

It was a great relationship Modi had with former US President Barack Obama. They had tea in the gardens and talked about cooperation and Obama managed a $ 10 billion defence deal out of it. What did India get? Not even a sanction against Pakistan. The humanitarian angle simply does not exist. India still has the market advantage, and technology has to be a big input in setting up industry for Make In India.

Frankly, Modi’s Make in India has suffered at the very concept stage. Make what, and for whom? The Indian domestic market is big, but oversupplied in the low-tech region. High-tech is Intellectual Property-dependant and such technology is mostly imported. Indian cannot survive on low tech-mass production any more. Nobody is buying.

In a recent, ambitious policy statement, it was announced that India would go for a Rs 10,000 per month minimum wage limit. There has been no talk as to how this would be possible in the unorganised sector. If the unorganised sector is left out – it employs 70 percent of all employable Indians, contributing over 40 percent to India’s GDP – what is the point of this exercise? And the low-tech factories across unorganised setups will never be able to afford this level of payment.

Conversely, Israel needs a market that is receptive not only of its technology, but also of its ideology. The India market is a good fit. There is great scope for cooperation, and sorry Palestine, you lose out on all counts.

Frankly, let’s not make a mountain out of this Israel-Modi molehill. The nation deserves to survive and prosper. The world is a little different now from the heady 70s, and there is opportunity to grab. The economic realities are in the face, we cannot avoid them.

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West Bengal train ticket examiner collapses after live wire falls on him, video viral | Watch

The Senior DCM of Kharagpur, while talking to the media, also expounded on the conversation and stated that a probe has been ordered into the matter to find the genesis of the incident. According to reports, the officials suspect that the wire which caused the incident might have snapped after it came in contact with another live wire.

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West Bengal train ticket examiner

A spine-chilling video has come to light from West Bengal’s Kharagpur railway station, where two Train ticker examiners (TT3) were conversing, and out of the blue, a live wire fell on one. One of the two TTEs was able to save himself and step away from the area of impact, whereas, the other one wasn’t so lucky as the man comes in direct contact where the live wire fell on him.

In the video, two TTE’s can be seen conversing on the platform of the Kharagpur railway station and out of the blue, a live wire can be seen falling on one of the man which electrocuted the man which led to him collapsing and falling down the platform and onto the train tracks.

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The video also shows the man conversing with the victim prior to the live wire fall, being taken aback by what transpired as he narrowly escapes from it. The man can also be seen holding on to his hat as he dashes away from the the live wire.

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According to reports, the man was identified as Sujan Singh Sardar and upon witnessing the incident, the railway officials rushed to the victim and took him to the hospital. The man was reportedly reached stable state.

Authorities action

The Senior DCM of Kharagpur, while talking to the media, also expounded on the conversation and stated that a probe has been ordered into the matter to find the genesis of the incident. According to reports, the officials suspect that the wire which caused the incident might have snapped after it came in contact with another live wire.

Twitter reaction

After the video of the incident went viral one user came forward to remark on the incident and claimed the blood to be in the hands of the government, stauchly implyin that what caused the incident is the negligence of the government.

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Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Row: MVA MPs meet Amit Shah, protest outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru

Members of the Namma Karnataka Sena staged a vigorous protest against the Maharashtra government outside the bank located in Gandhinagar.

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Home Minister Amit Shah is having a meeting with MPs of Mahavikas Aghadi in Delhi on the issue of border dispute between Maharashtra-Karnataka. It is reported that a team of MVA MPs led by Supriya Sule has come to meet the Home Minister. Apart from the ongoing dispute between the two states, other issues of Maharashtra are also likely to be discussed in this meet.

On the other hand, there is news of a vigorous demonstration outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru regarding the border dispute. Reportedly, members of the Namma Karnataka Sena staged a vigorous protest against the Maharashtra government outside the bank located in Gandhinagar. Bengaluru police has also detained several of them.

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Last week the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra had taken a violent turn. Following a protest in Belagavi by an organization called Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, trucks with Maharashtra number plates were stopped, vandalised and black ink was applied on them. Several trucks were also pelted with stones.

Reportedly, Belgaum city is at the center of this dispute. Maharashtra has consistently claimed that this Marathi-majority region was wrongfully given to Kannada-majority Karnataka in the language-based reorganization of states in the 1960s. Karnataka has recently resumed its claim on some villages in Maharashtra, triggering a fresh round of acrimony, despite the fact that BJP is the only party in power in both these states.

Several political leaders of Maharashtra are asking for Centre’s intervention now. NCP chief Sharad Pawar even said that if Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai is going to make provocative statements, then the Centre should intervene. He also requested Maharastra MPs to take a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, since the winter session of the Parliament is beginning tomorrow.

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Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. PM Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah will attend Patel’s swearing-in ceremony.

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Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel is all set to take oath and begin his second term. Reportedly, BJP is planning to organize a grand swearing-in ceremony at the Gandhinagar assembly helipad ground on December 12. State BJP president C R Paatil said the ceremony will begin at 2pm.

He even revealed that Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. It is being told that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and several top BJP leaders will attend Bhupendra Patel’s swearing-in ceremony.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Congress barely managed to win 17 seats in Gujarat. This is severely down from its tally of 77 in the 2017 elections. This is also the worst performance of the Congress in Gujarat. Experts are blaming Congress’s silent, localised door-to-door campaign for a near evaporation of the party. 

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But Contrary to how things may appear, AAP has a lot to look forward. Yes! the party may have only won MCD elections but did manage to leave an impression despite its single-digit tally in the state. Winning 5 seats, Aam Aadmi Party has dared to breach the fortress of PM Modi and Amit Shah in Gujarat.

With its government in two states and one Corporation under its fold, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. now ranks third after the BJP and Congress, leaving behind all other regional parties.

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