Monday, May 30, 2011

Hindu-Jews protest against defaming Lord Shiva in United States strongly

As mark of an ideal effort to strengthen religious bonds, Jews in United States are supporting a US-based Hindu group, distressed at the portrayal of the image of Lord Shiva in Nataraja form on leggings, harem-pants and miniskirts. The mischievous act was done by globally celebrated “Manish Arora” fashion label of India.

One of the main strugglers, against the said pernicious activity, has been Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, renowned Jewish leader in Nevada (United States of America). In her statement, the venerated Rabbi stated even if reflection of the sanctified may be an effort to compliment, the fashion house is clearly insensate in trying to market Hinduism’s respected deity along with sacrosanct notions. She also pleaded internationally renowned “Manish Arora” fashion label to steer clear of hurting billions Hindus through reworking the image with apposite consultants.

As per ElizaBeth W. Beyer, liberal Jews are known to favor gospels of freedom of expression, but this is the time that businesses must show liability and not use revered religious traditions and symbols gratuitously to better commercial interests altogether.

Speaking on this sudden development, prominent Hindu statesman in United States, Rajan Zed, stated in his release from western USA, it was highly worrying to perceive an image of Lord Shiva, greatly revered in Hinduism, on women's legwear. It is known to all that God Shiva is worshipped in temples or home shrines and not desecrated by wearing on the legs and other lower parts of the body for the commercial greed of a fashion house.

Rajan Zed is also the President of Universal Society of Hinduism and has asked Manish Arora to express regret, stop selling and recall legwear having Hindu Lord Shiva straight away in public. He has also stated that businesses have got to be more aware while dealing with faith related subjects and sanctified emblems of all religions.

It is to be noted that lots of hue and cry took place when a model portrayed an image of Goddess Lakshmi on her swimwear at a fashion event held in Sydney (Australia) recently.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hindu Samhati salutes Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Bande Mahapurushashashya Charanarabindam

Controversies are expected in any field of human life be it political or academic; but the continual castigation against a single individual or the mythos (propounded or procreated and nurtured by him) for decades by the indigenous governance authenticates its might only.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (28 May 1883 - 26 Feb 1966), in spite of being a valiant freedom fighter, social reformer, author, historian, political leader and philosopher, has always been chastised by the Indian government and his notion of Hindutva has turned into a hapless victim of mischievousness and half truths only. An assortment of political commentators, philosophers, historians has penned of Hindutva. Sadly, Savarkar has been termed as scholar but an intransigent chauvinist by his detractors. Fellow travelers have venerated him and his lifelong struggle time and again, it is needles to say.

Savarkar’s birth anniversary on 28 May, therefore, brings forth an excellent opportunity to assess his contributions on the modern Indian scenario dispassionately. It must also be mentioned (at the same instant) five philosophical attributes of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar include Rationalism and Positivism, Utilitarianism, Pragmatism and Realism and last of all, Humanism and Universalism.

Certainly any such person must depict seeds of his brilliance in early days of own life and Savarkar was also no exception. He was instrumental in forming Mitra Mela, youth group in those days, known for promoting radical and nationalist views. Nevertheless, his admission in Fergusson College, Pune was a great juncture. Indian freedom struggle, then, was in its formative years and under the auspices of radicals. Speeches, austere lifestyles of leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai and Bipin Chandra Pal and their valiant struggles for national freedom made a great impact on his psyche. Partition of Bengal in 1905 and struggles against it, Swadeshi movement changed his life altogether.

In 1905, to further the cause of Swadeshi campaign, Abhinav Bharat was founded by Savarkar along with a band of his friends, followers and students. Even if he was expelled from the college, none could dampen his revolutionary zeal. Philosophy of Swaraj, advocated by Tilak, impressed him a great deal.

Gradually Savarkar realized that such notions must be spread among the Indian students studying abroad also and with this end in view he joined Gray’s Inn law college in London and got accommodation in India House. Free India Society was soon founded by Savarkar to help organize fellow Indian students with the aim of fighting for total independence through a revolution. He declared unequivocally “We must stop complaining about this British officer or that officer, this law or that law. There would be no end to that. Our movement must not be limited to being against any particular law, but it must be for acquiring the authority to make laws itself. In other words, we want absolute independence.”

Two major things happened during this time. His book “ The History of the War of Indian Independence" and wholehearted efforts to save Madan Lal Dhingra, arrested for assassinating Sir Curzon Wylie, British Member of Parliament, in 1909 in a public meeting, made him famous and source of blazing inspiration for the Indian youth, both in England and India.

In subsequent years, following the horrific experiences in Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there was a shift in his way of thinking. He became more interested in Hindu culture, its political nationalism and evolution of Hindu political ethos through ages. All these led him publish “Essentials of Hindutva” in 1923 and dedicate himself to the cause of Hindus till his last breadth. Throughout his life he was criticized for his vehement support or espousing gospels of Hindus on the whole (termed by many as a bigoted notion leading to Hindu separatism only against Indian nationalism) but he remained nonchalant. On the word of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a Hindu happens to be a devoted resident of Bharatvarsha, venturing beyond a religious identity. His seminal slogans ‘Hinduize politics’ and ‘Militarize Hindudom’ has inspired Hindus a lot from time to time.

Savarkar felt a shock at the adoption of Lahore Resolution of Muslim League in 1940 demanding a separate Muslim state on the basis of Two-Nation theory and lost no time to term it as a vicious plan leading to racial extermination of Hindus ultimately. Had the Indian National Congress under Mahatma Gandhi comprehended the reality, fate of India would have surely been different. This has been explicitly described by Bhimarao Ramji Ambedkar in his internationally renowned book “Pakistan or The Partition of India”.

The book states – “Mr. Savarkar... insists that, although there are two nations in India, India shall not be divided into two parts, one for Muslims and the other for the Hindus; that the two nations shall dwell in one country and shall live under the mantle of one single constitution;... In the struggle for political power between the two nations the rule of the game which Mr. Savarkar prescribes is to be one man vote, be the man Hindu or Muslim. In his scheme a Muslim is to have no advantage which a Hindu does not have. Minority is to be no justification for privilege and majority is to be no ground for penalty. The State will guarantee the Muslims any defined measure of political power in the form of Muslim religion and Muslim culture. But the State will not guarantee secured seats in the Legislature or in the Administration and, if such guarantee is insisted upon by the Muslims, such guaranteed quota is not to exceed their proportion to the general population.”

But the Indian governance has always been the rowdiest listener to these words of wisdom and its vengeance got most discernible when Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was implicated (as part of a sinister design) in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. But due to lack of evidence he was bailed out ultimately.

Savarkar died on February 26, 1966 through renouncing food, medicine and water – something unbelievable for any Gandhian Congress leader till date. There had never been any dearth of malice against him but he fought like a valiant warrior with his strongest conviction in Hindutva.

Hindu Samhati salutes Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on his birthday.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bengali Hindus are innate fighters

There is a common and quite famous (at the same instant) tittle-tattle across India that Bengali Hindus, for being a traditional non-martial race, remains vulnerable to Islamic aggression ever. Hence, there is nothing unusual that there would be genocides of community members from time to time unlike other Hindu communities in India. The issue, as it reflects, happens to be quite imperative and makes the entire Bengali Hindu community answer a few significant questions. If it is non-martial, passive and even pessimist these days, whether this is a new phenomenon. There is another issue too – whether the overwhelming Left presence in Bengali Hindu mindset has played a vital role in this regard.

There is always the need of a battleground to prove one’s worth. This is said responsively and also aggressively since the past of Bengali Hindus is resplendent with manliness and this certainly dates back mediaeval India, period when an assortment of Bengali Hindu royal chiefs offered stiff resistance to Islamic aggressions. The most famous of them include Raja Ganesh, Raja Pratapaditya and Maharani Bahavashankari.

This tradition was followed in the later ages too and the emergence of militant nationalism to oust iniquitous British Empire under aegis of generations of vibrant Bengali Hindus manifested the same zeal yet again. Nevertheless, despite great sacrifices the community remained at the receiving end forever and a day. The last phase of Indian independence struggle that came along with the proposal of partition of undivided Bengal was the greatest blow on the community and what happened on 16 th August, 1946 wounded its psyche forever.

The day was marked as “Direct Action Day” under the patronage of Muslim League and was meant for the racial extermination of Bengali Hindus once and for all. But reversely it turned out to be a disastrous defeat of Muslims; it became a war and Bengali Hindus with a fierce mindset participated in it en masse. Bengali Hindu prowess was revealed once again. Even if the “Direct Action Day” led to series of riots across India, including Noakhali, Bengali Hindus didn’t succumb to Islamic supremacists even for once.

Barishal genocide happened in then East Pakistan in 1950 and the pogrom there shook moral sense. But instead of mitigating the crime, there was an out and out retribution in the Indian state of West Bengal. This became most prominent with the hurried exodus of millions of Muslims from Indian Bengal. The mindset was same in 1964 and the following days.

Surely there has already been a stiff deterioration in attitude and the entire community has to be blamed. There has never been any dearth of religious persecutions on Hindus in Bangladesh (former East Pakistan) since 1947 but protests against these dastardly acts from this side of the border have always been feeble and poor-spirited. This inhuman silence has instigated Islamic persecutors only who consider Bengali Hindus are the easiest prey to them.

If Bengali Hindus want to exist, they have got to bring back masculinity, brightest jewel of the community once. It has already mastered “Shapadapi” or power of knowledge; now it has to surmount “Sharadapi” or knowledge of power.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rashbehari Bose; rebel who never slept

What will be the first reaction of a youngster if he is ever asked of Rashbehari Bose? The answer will surely be negative and his next approach would be to steer clear of the questioner. But this would not have been, had the history of India been written in a free and fair way. Sadly, approach of the Indian governance has always been to despise the role of revolutionary activities in Indian freedom struggle and herald non-violent movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. What can be done then? It’s the duty of the present generation to bring the unsung heroes of independence struggle to limelight.

Rashbehari Bose (May 25, 1886–January 21, 1945), if truth be told, is one of the greatest revolutionary leaders who vowed to fight against the British Raj in India. He was one of the foremost organizers of Hindu-German conspiracy to overthrow British Raj and also of Indian National Army, later on. From his young days, Rashbehari was interested in radical activities to overthrow the iniquitous British Raj but he had to leave Bengal (for the time being) to shun the Alipore Bomb Case (1908).

In Dehradun he worked as Head Clerk in Forest Research Institute and being inspired by Jatindra Nath Banerjee a.k.a. Niralamba Swami, Jatindra Nath Mukherjee or Bagha Jatin and also Amarendra Chatterjee, got involved with the revolutionaries of Bengal. However, following the failed effort of to assassin Lord Hardinge, he went to hiding soon. Whatever happened, nothing could kill his zeal. Hindu–German Conspiracy, series of plans formulated between 1914 and 1917 to instigate a Pan-Indian rebellion against the British Raj during World War I, happened during this time and he got involved.

Even if this plan failed also, Rashbehari was soon recognized as the key person to the then British administration. It is to be noted that the conspirators included revolutionaries from India, Ghadar Party in United States, Indian Independence Committee in Germany. Basic idea of Jugantar Party was to make a rebellion among Indian soldiers in different cantonments and there was hope, since British Empire became highly engaged with World War I, it would not be able to quell the rebellion. But the conspiracy failed, majority of revolutionaries got arrested and also killed brutally. Nevertheless Rashbehari became successful to escape and arrive at Japan in 1915.

A rebel never sleeps and being the perfect example of this maxim, Rashbehari continued his efforts to help Indian independence movement from abroad. Owing to continual pressures of British Empire on Japanese government for his extradition, he married a Japanese lady, daughter of well-known Pan-Asian leaders, and turned into a legitimate citizen of Japan in 1923. During intervening years, he along with AM Nair was instrumental to fortify Indian independence struggle.

In 1942, Rashbehari Bose convened an international conference in Tokyo, capital and largest city of Japan, from March 28-30 that led to the formation of Indian Independence League. The conference also adopted a resolution that an army would be raised for national liberation of India. The second conference took place on June 22, 1942 in Bangkok, capital of Thailand. The conference was historical indeed as it decided to invite Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to join the League and become its president. Bear in mind that all these endeavors led to the formation of INA (Indian National Army) under the leadership of Netaji.

But his falling health could not let him perceive the glory and he died soon after, on January 21, 1945. He was honored by the Government of Japan with Order of the Rising Sun (2nd Grade).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hindu Samhati pays homage to 19 May martyrs

We have got to initiate this text by accepting a depressing reality; crude truth at the same instant as well. Hindu Bengalis are scattered across the globe and the majority of them, if not more, look to West Bengal, dominated by Bengali Hindus, at times to draw inspiration. But in most cases they become dejected; West Bengal is morally reprehensible to lead them. Same mindset was portrayed during the Bengali language movement in the Barak valley of Assam in 1961. West Bengal has been maintaining a bizarre silence of this even if interest in paying tributes to cause and martyrs of 21 st February (International Mother Language Day) is increasing.

To be precise, the culmination of the Bengali language movement in the Barak valley of Assam has a few origins. The first partition of then Surma Valley (at the behest of British Empire) segregated people of this region from Bengal (mainstay of their ethnicity) and compelled them to merge with the State of Assam, at variance to them in every context. The partition of Indian subcontinent in 1947 proved to be more fatal; 4 among 5 subdivisions of Sylhet district went to Pakistan and Barak Valley was having Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts only. Influx of refugees from East Pakistan made dominating Assamese community more skeptical, leading to infamous Bongal Kheda Movement in 1960. The violence and arson that followed polarized the entire state. Barak Valley was simmering in anger for rising, cruel economic distress and forced cultural alienation.

Salt was added to the gaping wound when Assam Legislative Assembly introduced a bill (Official Language Act) in 1960 for making Assamese the sole official language of Assam except English. It is to be noted, then Chief Minister of Assam Bimala Prasad Chaliha played the predominant role in this regard. This entailed outright denial of the demand to render due respect to Bengali, second key language in Assam and major language in Barak Valley. Bengali Hindus were not in a mood to accept the insult and commenced a democratic language movement in opposition. Mounting strength of the movement created uproar both in state and central (New Delhi) administrations and the campaign attained its height in Silchar in 1961.

The movement was both peaceful and democratic and touched the soul of every person in Barrak Valley; women participation was indeed praiseworthy. On 19th May, struggling Cachar Zila Gana Sangram Parishad gave a call for bandh (general strike throughout the valley). This pointed out radical change in the movement’s approach. The movement that started form some mere protests turned into a full-blown revolutionary movement by then. Satyagrahis (non-violent activists and volunteers) were in the streets from morning to make the strike a success. Administration made efforts to stamp down the revolutionary zeal but failed.

A different scene was witnessed in Tarapur Railway Station where making use of fiery protests administration assigned security forces and they fired without prior warning. 11 agitators died within next few minutes and hundreds of others were injured thanks to assault of bayonets along with inhuman lathi charges. The martyrs include Kanailal Niyogi, Chandicharan Sutradhar, Hitesh Biswas, Satyendra Deb, Kumud Das, Sunil Dey Sarkar, Tarani Deb Nath, Sachindra Paul, Birendra Sutradhar, Sukomal Purakayastha and Kamala Bhattacharjya.

On account of intense pressure, following the massacre and rebellious situation, Government of Assam drew back Official Language Act. Bengali was given official status in the three districts of Barak Valley.

Now the question remains – whether there is any difference between movements of 19 th May and 21 st February. There can’t be but people must acknowledge both in similar manner.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hindu-Jewish Solidarity Day performed with gaiety in United States

The first Hindu-Jewish Solidarity Day was observed on January 19, 2011 at Houston, largest city in Texas in the United States, under the aegis of “Hindus of Greater Houston”, noted Hindu organization and “Bridge Houston”, well-known Jewish organization, amidst grandness. The grand assembly took place at India House and was joined by sages of both religions, along with workers and representatives of temples and synagogues. The assembly was inaugurated by the chanting of a Sanskrit Mantra, Vaijyanti Vivek and the prefatorial address was given by Ira Bleiweiss, founder of “Bridge Houston.”

Speaking on the event, Ira Bleiweiss told with conviction that Jews have been living in India for the past 2000 years but they have never undergone any kind of religious persecution like other nations. For that reason Hindus and Jews living in the United States have got to work together. She also stated that they also adopted the plan to celebrate Diwali together in the coming November.

Swami Nikhilananda, inhabitant of Barsana Dham in the city of Austin, and Rabbi Steve Morgan gave speeches in Sanskrit and Hebrew languages respectively. A video comprising Jewish life and history in India was also shown on the occasion. Dharmendra Kumar, Vijay Pallod and Girish Naik of “Hindus of Greater Houston” played potent roles to make the assemblage a success.

Michael Duke, journalist of Jews Herald Voice newspaper, got influenced by the temperament of the program. He said that Hindu-Jew unity of last 2000 years must be forwarded to the posterity so that the unity can sustain for the next 2000 years.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Will a somber, liberal Bangladesh be seen before long?

There are, in fact, several reasons to make India and Bangladesh collide with each other at times, even if India’s role in liberation of Bangladesh is both pivotal and historical. One of these is the use of land of Bangladesh at times to wage war against India. Without a shred of doubt, an assortment of evidences including documents do proclaim that Bangladesh has been used time and again by NE (North-east of India) militants; it has been used both as bastion and transit point. Bangladesh, however, has never left any stone unturned to shrug off all these accusations, termed as depiction of India’s magisterial standpoint in the Indian subcontinent.

Conspicuously, there has hardly been any difference in Bangladeshi standpoint even if the regime changes in the country and hence, its avowal to eradicate terrorism and religious extremism now has blown India out of the water.

Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A.K. Khandker, Minister of Planning in the present Sheikh Hasina Government in Bangladesh, stated categorically recently that the governance there had introduced an “uncompromising fight against terrorism and extremism.” He was at New Delhi to inaugurate 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore.

On the occasion at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, UPA chief Sonia Gandhi said Tagore endorsed unity through diversity and also appended that it was “all the more pertinent today when certain forces in the country want uniformity in diversity”. A.K. Khandker, chief guest at the program, elucidated how Tagore’s rich ideals of peace and happiness for the downtrodden led to a great influence on Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman and at that time he spoke of Bangladesh’s steadfastness to eliminate terrorism.

“We in Bangladesh firmly believe that for our region to develop and achieve peace, prosperity and stability, it must be free from the scourge of terrorism and extremism. To this, the government of Sheikh Hasina has launched an uncompromising fight against terrorism and extremism. She has also assured India that Bangladesh will not allow its soil to be used by elements working against the interests of any country.”

What can common Indians say then? Even if we prefer to remain silent, Bangladesh’s generous and pragmatic resolve at this time must be appreciated. But the question remains of the fate of such resolve. Undoubtedly, journey of Bangladesh beginning with ideals of secularism and socialism, no-exploitation has resulted in the evolution of a nation where Islamic hardliners call the shots. There, also, has never been any dearth of religious persecutions on Hindus and other communities and brooding silence of the governance facing all these.

A sober, liberal neighbor is expected by all; India is no exception.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Worship Gopal Pantha – be a Gopal Pantha

At times stacks of articles on the same subject do appear and people get bored stiff as usual; even if the aim of all these is to make people more conscious. Lots of articles on Direct Action Day, Calcutta, 16 th August 1946, have been published already but the majority of these, if not more, speaks of the same theory. It is to make an appraisal of then administration, role of Hindu and Muslim leadership, what went wrong on the whole and also to malign the Hindus, termed by Marxists as the real troublemakers.

Thanks to all these, people accountable for calling Muslim League’s heinous conspiracy to destroy Hindus en bloc a halt were never heeded. They have become unsung heroes of Indian history, especially at its juncture and owing to despondencies of Bengali Hindus, they do not come out in any tête-à-tête too. This gloom must be ended and it can be done through paying homage to Gopal Pantha alias Gopal Mukherjee, savior of Hindus and also one of the most valiant Bengali Hindus in those days.

Here is a short bio of Gopal Pantha, called mostly as a notorious goon of North Calcutta and leader of a strong army of 800 young men, 33 years old during the said Calcutta carnage. He was born to a Hindu family of butchers, well-known in the vicinity for running a prosperous slaughter-house of goats. Gopal was also conducting the same business during the juncture of the Indian subcontinent. Now one may enquire meaning of the word “Pantha”. In colloquial Bengali language it is meant for a goat. But the sense of responsibility made him switch his target from goats to Islamic crooks roaming in the streets of Calcutta at random.

What happened on Direct Action Day, Calcutta, 16 th August 1946, was no less than any shock to him. Even if Hindus were apprehending something bad, the mammoth meeting, projected as peaceful and amiable in the preceding days, under the aegis of Muslim League (party controlling Bengal Government then), turned out to be a gigantic assemblage of Muslim criminals having sole ambition to annihilate Hindus en masse. Pogrom (better than the word “riot’) started the instant meeting of Muslim League in the heartland of Calcutta ended. And it was nothing other than a bloodbath of Hindus. When the situation went out of control, thanks to Muslim League’s warlords and effete police and administration, Hindus and Sikhs started repelling.

The situation is best described in the chronicles of Gopal Pantha himself. He stated in BBC "50 years of India’s independence" without any qualms and with conviction, “ I heard that two goalas (milkmen) had been killed in Beliaghata and riots have started in Boubazar ...;it was a very critical time for the country; the country had to be saved. If we become a part of Pakistan, we will be oppressed so I called all my boys and said, this is the time we have to retaliate, and you have to answer brutality with brutality ... We were fighting those who attacked us ... We fought and killed them. So if we heard one murder has taken place, we committed ten more ... the ratio should be one to ten, that was the order to my boys.” It is worthwhile to mention that arms and ammunition were easily available in Calcutta, most prominent military bastion of Allied Forces in South East Asia, those days.

How courageous was Gopal? Two anecdotes are enough to depict it. One of these is related to aged Ghulam Rasool, top leader of the Muslim National Guard (terrorist Muslim organisation, connected to Jinnah's Muslim League and liable for most of the Hindu genocide in Bengal) in Calcutta. He, once during those tumultuous days, asked Gopal Pantha to put an end to all bloodshed. He stated with folded hands, “Bahuth khoon bahchuka...hamari tharaf se bhi aur aapki taraf se bhi. Ab is qatl-e-aam ko rokna hoga. Hum aur khoon kharabe ke liye taiyaar nahee hain. Hum ceasefire ke liye taiyaar hain." In short, Muslim strong-armers were overwhelmed by the virility of Hindus, especially Gopal, and were pleading for a ceasefire only.

Again, as per S. K. Bhattacharjee, a sub-inspector in the Lalbazar police headquarters, he was very ferocious. A time came when Mahtama Gandhi came to Calcutta and tried to convince Gopal along with other Hindu warriors to surrender their arms. But Gopal Pantha was a harder personality for Gandhiji even and remained defiant. In his own words, "I will not lay down even a nail if it has been used for defending Hindu honour."

Why aren't there Gopal Panthas these days? It can only be if Hindu youths conform to the policies of Gopal Pantha and get engaged with physical culture (Shakti Aradhana) instead of wasting time, energy and LIFE.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hindu Samhati Congratulates United States for Stamping Out Laden

Pakistan must be Banished from United Nations

It’s a great victory after all! The most dreaded and wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden has finally been killed on early Monday, May 02, 2011, and the whole credit, in this context, goes to the mightiest special forces of the United States of America. It has come to the knowledge, as from US official statements, the victory was the result of an intense helicopter-borne operation at Abbottabad, close to Islamabad or capital of Pakistan, bringing a more than 10-year long massive manhunt to an end.

What was the role of Pakistan in this case? None wants to depict its own cowardice ever and so Pakistan, in the beginning, tried to show the operation as a joint-exercise under aegis of US and Pakistani administrations. However, any such move was brushed aside by the claims of US. “Bin Laden, 54, is dead and his body is in US custody," President Obama said at half past midnight US time even if the initial story had already been broken by several news channels.

US citizens, overlooking the time and darkness outside, came to the street to celebrate the historic triumph. It was simply astounding to find crowds massing outside White House toning 'USA, USA'

It must be stated at the same instant Osama bin Laden or dreaded Al Qaeda chief was carrying a bounty of $ 25 million. And in this incident, as per fresh news, apart from Laden, two couriers one of whom was his son and the other a woman, apparently used as human shields, were also killed. How long did the operation last? It has been learnt that two US helicopters moved into the compound, where Laden was defended by his faithful and extremist Arab bodyguards, at 1.30 am and 2.00 am. No less than 20 to 25 Navy Seals under the control of the Joint Special Operations Command stormed the compound alongside CIA and took on bin Laden and his men in a firefight. There was a desperate defence as usual, US officials said.

Key officials seized Laden's body following the skirmish and corroborated his identity.

Amongst all these role of Pakistan and its bid to advocate and extend tentacles of Islamic terrorism across the globe have come to fore yet again. Notably high-ranking US officials have explicitly hinted at for months that Pakistani military establishment and its intelligence agency were shrouding Laden.

Last but not least, even if death of Osama bin Laden denotes the end of a chapter, his exponents must also be penalized. Pakistan must be banished from United Nations.