The Deceitful Front

03:54 PM | 19 Dec, 2022
The Deceitful Front

Following the harsh condemnation of Narendra Modi by the Pakistani Foreign Minister, who called him the "Butcher of Gujarat," Indian media has gone berserk. From the flamboyant Arnab Goswami to the shrieking Rubika Liyaquat, a propaganda war has been started against Pakistan and her leadership.

India's desire to shield UNSC members from hearing such criticism of the PM is unclear. Why does it not want the world to talk about India's fascism?

According to Indian Express, IPS Sanjiv Bhatt, one of the major investigators looking into how Modi supported the anti-Muslim carnage in Gujarat, was suspended in August 2011 shortly after giving a deposition critical of the then-Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. Sanjiv Bhatt accused Narendra Modi of being involved in the rioting in an affidavit submitted to the Indian Supreme Court. He claimed to have been present at a meeting where Modi reportedly instructed senior police officers to permit Hindus to express their resentment at Muslims. Later, Sanjiv Bhatt was targeted by the RSS's legal branch, arrested, and imprisoned in violation of the law.

The Frontline, a left-leaning publication in India, stated that PM Modi received a clean slate from the Supreme Court of India. The arrest of Teesta Setalvad, the secretary of the Committee for Justice and Peace, and R.B. Sreekumar, the former director general of police in Gujarat, came just after this. The arrest was made as a result of a first information report submitted by a Gujarat Police officer, who claimed that the complainants had falsely accused the Prime Minister of India and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty's piece in the New York Times described how the right-wing objective of the RSS and the Modi-led government had fundamentally altered India's sociocultural environment. Anand Patwardhan, a prominent producer and director of liberal documentaries, is the focus of the author's argument. The main thesis of Chakraborty's paper contends that after the BJP took office in 2014, the greatest democracy in the world has descended into a majoritarian abyss. Patwardhan challenges the narrative that the BJP frequently presents to the nation's 900 million voters by including testimonies from witnesses to mob lynching, tales of college students driven to suicide by severe right-wing rejection, and interviews with Hindu nationalists who defend the frequent murders of journalists and activists.

Along with the development of the BJP and the RSS, a militant group committed to turning India into a Hindu state and rendering its minorities second-class citizens, there have also been increasing attacks on the right to free speech.

Reason, a documentary by Patwardhan, is centered on the killings of four Indian activists who were all persecuted in some way for defying Hindu dogma. With the same caliber handgun, point-blank shots were fired at M.M. Kalburgi, Ms. Gauri Lankesh, and Narendra Dabholkar. A lawyer and scholar named Govind Pansare was also murdered in February 2015.

Why hasn't India been classified as a yet?

The reason is straightforward: For the past 50 years, Indian participation in the internal affairs of a neighbouring state has been unlawful: supporting the ISKP in Afghanistan, the Mukti Bahinis in East Pakistan, the Tamils in Sri Lanka, Nepalese and Bhutanese political groups, and Pakistani anarchists.

Second, India has consistently sought to undermine Pakistan and Afghanistan. The relationship between RAW and terrorists in Afghanistan, spies apprehended by Pakistan and Qatar, participation in terrorist actions in Pakistan, and backing for the TTP and ISKP are evidence that India is still the only repository of terrorism in the area.

Third, New Delhi repeatedly incapacitates the UNSC, just like Israel, and refuses to carry out UN decisions in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Delimitation of seats, demographic apartheid through the repeal of Articles 370A and 35, and the economic blockade in Kashmir are all signs that India is still a state that disregards international rules.

Minorities are also under risk from the Hindutva ideology and related extremist groups. India is collapsing domestically and is quickly turning into a fascist state, as seen by the rise in hate crimes committed against Christians, Muslims, and Dalits as well as the unlawful demolition of mosques and churches with the help of the state apparatus. Humans are discriminated against in India by the government on the grounds of caste, religion, and nationality. Just look at how discriminatory CAA and NRC are, and how the state apparatus and fanatics crushed rallies on these matters.

India is a nation that also has a poor press freedom score, a high social hostility score, and a high rate of hunger and poverty. When more than 100 children died from cough syrups produced in India, the nation that supplies phony medications and vaccinations to Africa and other nations showed little sorrow.

Additionally, reports from the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, AI, and HRW all point to the reality that minorities have no place in India and that there is a high chance of organized Muslim genocide under the Modi Regime. India is genuinely ruled by an intolerant Hindu majority.

India also does poorly when it comes to protecting its key assets. Just look at how frequently nuclear material is stolen in India, how readily it is available in Indian marketplaces, and don't forget about the March 2022 launch of Nuclear Capable Brahmos into Pakistan.

In conclusion, India, which claims to be a regional leader and aspires to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is actually a supporter of state terrorism and a nuisance to its neighbours. Internally, it has turned into a dictator toward its minority, violates grave human rights on disputed territory recognised by the UN, and fails to address inequalities in its society.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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