India today tested ASAT Missile making it a part of elite club of Space Super Powers. While we rojoice having capability to showcase our force in space, lets find out which other countries have Anti-Satellite Capability.
1. USA :
The USA was finally successful to launch its first space satellite missile om 13th September 1985. The F-15 took off from Edwards Air Force Base climbed to 38,100 feet (11,613 m) and vertically launched the missile at the Solwind, a U.S. gamma ray spectroscopy satellite orbiting at 555 km (345 mi), which was launched in 1979.On February 21, 2008, the U.S. Navy destroyed the malfunctioning U.S. spysatellite USA-193 using a ship-fired RIM-161 Standard Missile
2. Russia :
The world’s first successful intercept was completed in February 1970 by Russia. The first successful test (the second overall) achieved 32 hits (each could penetrate 100mm of armor).
3. China :
On January 11, 2007, the People’s Republic of China successfully destroyed a defunct Chinese weather satellite, FY-1C. The destruction was reportedly carried out by an SC-19 ASAT missile with a kinetic kill warhead similar to that of USA.
4. Israel :
The Arrow 3 or Hetz 3 is an anti-ballistic missile, currently in service. It provides exo-atmospheric interception of ballistic missiles. It is also believed by experts such as Prof. Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, chairman of the Israel Spy Agency, that it will operate as an ASAT.
The Baloch people are observing the Black Day worldwide to mark the 71st anniversary of the forceful annexation by Pakistan on 27th March 1948.
The first war of independence led by Abdul Karim was fought soon after the occupation. Abdul Karim was the younger brother to the king of Balochistan Ahmed Yar Khan better known as Khan of Kalat. Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah after having initially secured Kalat’s independence from the British — in the capacity of Khan of Kalat’s legal advisor — then betrayed the Baloch trust in him by sending in the military to bring about Balochistan’s annexation against the will of the people. From August 1947 onwards Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s all attempts to coax in the Khan of Kalat came to nothing. The Upper and Lower Houses of the Baloch Parliament unanimously voted against the idea of merging into Pakistan in December 1947 and January 1948.
After realising the Baloch leadership’s unwillingness to surrender their country, the Pakistanis adopted divide and rule policy before the military invasion. Pakistan not only refused to return back leased areas of Balochistan which should’ve been done soon after the British departed; they also started dealing directly with the vassals of Kalat in Makran, Kharan and Lasbela by offering them the same status as that of Khan of Kalat thus breaking away the 300 years old state old by adopting unethical and illegal methods. The treachery of the feudal lords of the said 3 feudotories was no less than that of Jaichand and Mir Qasim in an Indian context. Balochistan’s current Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan is a scion of the feudal lords of Lasbela. The traitors are being rewarded till this very day. After dividing the Baloch with the help of the Quislings the Pakistanis moved in the troops forcing the Khan of Kalat to sign the accession document against the wishes of his people. The first war of independence was launched right away in 1948 followed by 4 more insurrections against the occupying force. The current ongoing uprising is in the 19th year; started in July 2000 in sporadic form and further intensified after Nawab Akbar Bugti’s martyrdom on 26th August 2006.
The Baloch nation has come a long way since 1948. This not a tribal movement restricted to the mountains of the Balochistan. The network of the Baloch activists are spread their all over the world. The Black Day will be observed internationally in US, Germany, England, Australia, Canada, India, Australia and South Korea. This time the Baloch have friends from the other oppressed nationalities within Pakistan. Altaf Hussain the leader of the Muhajirs announced on 26th March 2019 that his MQM will be marking the occasion in solidarity with the Baloch. The Pathans connected to Manzoor Pashteen’s PTM are also sympathetic to the Baloch struggle. The Baloch organisations such as Free Balochistan Movement, Baloch National Movement, Baloch Republican Party, BSO Azad et al are all participating in taking their voice to all the capitals of the world. The Baloch leaders and activists Karima Baloch, Bibi Mahdim Baloch, Mehran Marri, Hammal Haider, Bhawal Mengal, Harbiar Marri, Brahumdagh Bugti, Farzana Majeed, Abdul Nawaz Bugti, Hafsa Baloch et al are contributing to the cause globally.
Domestically along with the armed outfits the flame of freedom is kept alive by Khalil Baloch, Mama Qadeer, Seema Baloch, Muhammad Ali Talpur and Hooran Baloch. Even Akhtar Mengal’s BNP calls for Balochistan’s self determination in their manifesto.
Pakistan’s selected Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan’s on the verge of discovering oil reserves in the Arabian Sea. More than 700 kilometres of Pakistan’s coast (out 900 km in total) belongs to Balochistan. Provided if Imran Khan’s claims turn out to be true this can have some serious ramifications for Pakistan’s neighbours especially India and Afghanistan. Regardless of what the bleeding heart liberals in India may say we should stop being humbugged by the oft repeated bumkum ‘stronger Pakistan means stronger India’. A stronger Pakistan both militarily and economically is not in India’s interests. Post Partition Pakistan was economically more viable than India until India liberalized its economy in 1991. In that period we got 3 wars and the Jihadist terror in the Kashmir Valley all initiated by Pakistan. Even in 1971 we waited for Pakistan to fire the first bullet which they did on 3rd December 1971.
Discovery of oil may force the International community to take more interest in the Baloch cause. India is world’s largest democracy and located in Balochistan’s vicinity should step up to play her role for the rights of the Baloch nation. Once New Delhi’s starts speaking up the world will have to listen to the Baloch plight as India’s renowned diplomat G Parthasarthy has said. India should adopt both covert and overt methods to assist the Baloch people to secure the lasting peace and stability in the region.
Today in a press conference held by Congress Party, Rahul gandhi, the President of the party, announced ‘Nyay for India scheme’, where in 5 crore of India’s poorest farmer families will receive 72,000 per year.
Although on the out it looks like an election lollilop, if scratch you it a bit, it has a very huge potential for setting a very dangerous precedent.
First and the foremost is that it will give rise to freeloading culture, there by making more and more people unemployed if they were to receive Rs.6000 per month by doing nothing.
Secondly, Rs.72000 to 5 Crore families, will amount to 15% of India’s GDP. Has Congress given us any plan how it plans to implement it? Taking out such a huge sum from country’s GDP at a stage where economy is booming and one wrong step will make us go back to 20 years before.
Making 15% of India’s GDP to go to nothing, will demand reducing India’s defence budget, which at this crucial juncture and taking into consideration the geopolitical scenario is suicide.
PPP will get reduced by around 8-9% reducing HDI , which will again put a large protion of population below poverty line.
If Congress were to implement this scheme, it will not only make economy stagnant, but will also produce a huge chunk of population doing nothing to fed by another huge chunk of Population doing everything
‘Nyay for India’ is another one of the ideas from a socialist mind that has huge potential to turn India into Venezuela.
As 2019 Loksabha Elections come near, so the political commentaries and game-playing from both sides, BJP and Congress. With all the talks rounding around Farmers, Employment, Rafale, Patriotism debate and all the conundrums with counter and replies, one block which seems to be not talked of or conveniently ignored are the first time voters: the Millennials. Being from the widely ignored illustrious group I thought it would be good to speak and let my voice heard.
Most of us grew in shadow of talks and accusations of Congress’s corrupt nature and country desperately searching for an option to the corrupt, dynastic and nepotistic Grand Old Party, and when 2014 happened, country got the ‘Messiah’ in the form of Narendra Damodardas Modi, a leader with most humble background whose rise is testimony to fact of our rich democracy and country’s undying spirit to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. After five years of Modi, although I will agree we haven’t got all that was promised to us, but not one non-political person will deny the fact that that this government has been by far one of the most clean governments in India’s 70 years Independence history. The Opposition has been on back foot whirling around same old issues of farmers and unemployment. The opposition hasn’t been able to counter Modi on the real fresh issues. By far there are no serious corruption allegations against the current government. Rafale is almost dead and Modi’s popularity keeps on soaring.
PM Modi’s most successful project is the push for Digital India and Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. According to me these both projects are the most yielding and have reached the masses. Five years back, apps like BHIM, Digital Complaints etc were a dream. PM Modi’s interaction on Social Media is wonderful. People love how he is active on twitter, Instagram, Facebook totally contrast to his preceder, Mr. Manmohan Singh, whom we have almost never heard. People, especially youth identify with him, connect with him in a way, they haven’t done with any PM, except for maybe PM Nehru. With his “Mann ki Baat”, PM makes each n every Indian feel important, connects with them cultivates a sense of responsibility in regards to the Nation building.
Coming to the Foreign Policy, I think India has never been so much active on International forum. Visiting almost every country, PM Modi has made sure India had active diplomatic relations around the world. That was visible in current happenings regards to Masood Azhar saga, when each n every country supported India against Pakistan except for China and also during the aftermath of Pulwama attacks. Most illustrious win of this government according to me was when Sushma Swaraj was invited as ‘Guest of Honor to a fairly traditional and beaurocratic OIC, and Pakistan, one of its founding members, was left red-faced and ignored after threatening to withdraw as a protest against India’s invitation.
Coming to economy, Demonetization surely was a very bold move, but aftermath has been fairly yielding. Country’s economy is blooming at the rate of 7-8 %, the highest in the world, surpassing China. It was during this government’s tenure that we have surpassed France to be the fifth largest economy in the World. According to Spectator Index, India’s economy is all set to surpass that of U.S by 2030, if the current growth rate sustains.
In science and technology sector too we have seen wonderful growth. With ISRO’s high profile Mars Mission being a great success, there is surely going to be enormous boom in the space sector. Many new IITs and IIMs have been started, giving opportunities to many youngsters to be a part of the illustrious institutions. Literacy rate is growing and age old practices and societal evils are declining.
PM Modi has always projected himself as a tough man who gets shit done. So it is natural for him to be under continuous scrutiny pertaining to National Security. With two surgical strikes on his curriculum vitae and diplomatic offensive against our troubled terrorist neighbor, PM Modi has shown that under his rule, India is not going to take any attack on its soil lightly. The Balakot airstrike which became death warrant for Pakistan’s beloved 300 terrorists have put India’s image from being a soft power, to a strong and not to be messed with nation. It surely has strengthened the morale of Indian Armed Forces, which uptil now were restraining from replying to Pakistan in a language it understands due to lack of political will.
After all this achievements, I would have still considered looking for an option to Modi, had Rahul Gandhi, not questioned the surgical strikes, not one, but both of them. And how can I forget his hobnobbing with Chinese Diplomats during Doklam standoff when India was on verge of going to war with the Dragon. If that is not anti-national, I don’t know what is! And I don’t know about those confused souls who say, “Nationalism is the refuge of a scoundrel”, atleast I want my Prime Minister to be a nationalist, and if that means being a scoundrel, I will wear that tag as a badge of honor.