The Agni V still needs to pass several other tests besides some bureaucratic issues before it becomes a part of the Indian armory. But Indian officials were full of pride in stating that the country can now be counted among the world’s most powerful and scientifically advanced nations.
“At the moment there is a huge assymetry in China’s favor,” stated C Uday Bhaskar, former head of the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses. After the inclusion of the missile into the Indian armory, however, “India’s deterrent profile in the region would be appropriately burnished.”
Following the missile’s successful launch, India has been keen enough to point the range of the Agni V missile by naming Chinese cities only.
“India announced the successful test launch Thursday of a new nuclear-capable missile that would give it the ability to strike the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai for the first time, a significant step forward in its aspirations to become a regional and world power”, The Times of India stated on its website.
“The new Agni, named for the Hindi word for fire, is part of this military buildup and was designed to hit deep inside China”, Defense Analyst Rahul Bedi stated.
Such statements led to a calm response from the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, who refused to comment on any such issues but he rather stated that the Indians and the Chinese should work together as strategic partners.
The Chinese media, on the contrary, was not calm on such statements and responded. “India should be clear that China’s nuclear power is stronger and more reliable. For the foreseeable future, India would stand no chance in an overall arms race with China,” stated an editorial in the Global Times. The editorial further warned India not to work with the Western powers in order to restrain China.
“If it equates long range strategic missiles with deterrence of China, and stirs up further hostility, it could be sorely mistaken,” the editorial further stated.
India and China battled each other in 1962 over territorial issues and they still nurture a border dispute. Such heated arguments may not be considered good and prosperous for the both the South-Asian giants.
Between India and China, 200 million girls have gone “missing” as parents abort female fetuses or kill and abandon baby girls. Several documentaries and reports cover this phenomenon, trying to explain the causes for this deadly gender discrimination and figure out what can be done about it.
With the tagline of “The three deadliest words in the world”, the “It’s a Girl” documentary is one which through interviews and on-location filming is figuring out why 200 million girls are “missing” in India and China, and why there has been no effective actions to this problem.
Born to Die is another film investigating the rise in female feticide and infanticide in modern India.
Poh Si Teng for Global Post also has a video on the relationship between ultrasound devices, gender screening and female feticide, and whether the laws banning portable ultrasound will help stop the selective abortions in India:
The BBC’s 2007 investigatory documentary on India’s Missing Girls and people who are trying to turn the tide on a cultural phenomenon that affects all of India’s socio-economic levels: the cult of boys, and the belief that girls are not worth the trouble to raise them. The documentary, split in 3 parts can be found online (1, 2, 3).
One of the organizations trying to make the difference is the Aarti Home in Kadapa, who take in abandoned children, most of whom are girls abandoned because they are girls, and also talking to expectant mothers of female children to encourage them to have and cherish them.
Aarti House hopes to be a home for girls who were already rejected once for being girls and make sure they have a safe haven. At the very beginning of this next video, a young girl talks about the disadvantages and hardships she went through just because she was a female:
World renowned Chinese-American novelist Anchee Min, who writes strong female characters admits in this next video how she didn’t want to have a daughter, and all through her pregnancy, secretly hoped that it would turn out to be a boy, despite ultrasounds and tests because “Who wants to be a girl in China?”
Taiwanese Next Media Animation explores the consequences of the gender imbalance in China brought on by the One Child Policy and a society which values males more than females with the video and song No Girls Born (In China Anymore)
Beginning of December, a program aired on ABC 20/20 about India’s deadly secret. It was about 40 million girls who have vanished. All aborted before they could take their first breath. Their crime was that they were girls. As you know the gender ratios is India are terribly skewed about 914 girls per 1,000 boys.
In Punjab it is about 833 girls per1,000 boys. Unfortunately this happens amongst the privileged and the educated also. The only woman who has brought cases against her in-laws and husband is Dr Mitu Khurana. Please watch her story and sign her petition for justice. Please give those 40 million girls silenced forever, a voice.
Please forward this to as many friends as possible.
and here is the link to her website-
After you sign the petition, there will be a request from the site for a donation. This donation is totally discretionary and does not in any way or form affect or benefit Dr Mitu Khurana. All she is asking for is your support (signing this petition) so that pressure can be put on the Indian authorities that the whole world is watching them in total disbelief as they make a young mother run around in vain for four years in search of justice
Sign the following petition to end the GENDERCIDE in India
- How India Turned Me Into a Feminist- aussiegirlinindia (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- China’s Gender Imbalance Improves for Newborns (abcnews.go.com)
- A mothers fight to save her daughters (savedaughters19.wordpress.com)
- Save daughters – Petition Online (savedaughters19.wordpress.com)
- Teen on a mission to end sex selection (fassmumbai.wordpress.com)
- The girl, child of a lesser god (fassmumbai.wordpress.com)
A 26-year-old Tibetan man(Living in Incredible India since 2006) on Monday set himself on fire at Jantar Mantar, two days ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India for the BRICS summit. Media ran around him just to click photos and shoot videos so that their headlines would get perfect photos and videos.
- Tibetan exile who set self on fire in India dies (sacbee.com)
- Tibetan exile sets self ablaze (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Tibetan activists in ‘ Preventive Detention’ and ” House Arrest” in Delhi (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- Tibetans refuse to take Chinese premier’s visit to India lying down (scotsman.com)
- Dead Tibetan activist’s letter calls for freedom (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Protester ran 50m before collapsing in flames outside Indian Parliament
- Over 30 have performed self-immolation this year in protest at China‘s rule over Tibet
A Tibetan protester has been treated for severe burns after setting himself on fire in a demonstration during the Chinese president’s visit to India.
The unidentified male protester sprinted for 50m through New Delhi today engulfed in flames as hundreds demonstrated against China’s rule over Tibet.
The protester carried out the self-immolation as he ran near the speakers at a rally near the Indian Parliament in the country’s capital.
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He collapsed after around 50m as fellow protesters beat out the flames with Tibetan flags they were carrying.
The man was later treated for severe burns at a New Delhi hopital, one Tibetan organiser said.
He made the dramatic protest as Chinese President Hu Jintao prepared to arrive in India later this week for a summit meeting.
More than 600 protesters, carrying banners and posters, marched across New Delhi to a central plaza near the Indian Parliament to hold a protest meeting.
The Tibetan protest came as Chinese president Hu Jintao prepared to visit New Delhi for a summit meeting
Some carried posters saying ‘Tibet is burning’ and ‘Tibet is not part of China’.
At the protest venue a big poster featuring Mr Hu’s face with a bloody palm print on it said: ‘Hu Jin Tao is unwelcome’ at the summit.
As speakers addressed the crowd, the protester set himself ablaze and ran across the venue.
After witnessing the man set himself on fire, one onlooker, Tenzin Dorjee, said: ‘This is what China faces unless they give freedom to Tibet.’
At least 30 people in Tibet have set themselves on fire over the past year in protest at Chinese rule over their homeland.
The Dalai Lama has blamed China’s ‘ruthless policy’ for the self-immolations. China accuses the Dalai Lama of stirring up trouble.
China says Tibet has always been part of its territory. Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries.
Video: Photographer captures burning protestor on camera as the crowd try to put him out
(courtesy: Daily Mail & CHRIS PARSONS & Manish Swarup)
- Freedom (jaythomas.co.uk)
- “I am giving away my body as an offering of light to chase away the darkness, to free all beings from suffering.” (riftibet.com)
- Horrific anti-China protests become Tibet’s norm (sacbee.com)
- China Accuses Dalai Lama Of Nazi Policies (kayceeweezy.wordpress.com)
- Record Number of Tibetan Protesters Set Themselves on Fire (blogs.the-american-interest.com)