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India- Sri Lanka fishermen problem needs bottoms-up solution: Sri Lankan envoy


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New Delhi: The long-drawn fishermen problem between India and Sri Lanka – that has often threatened to spoil ties – needs a “bottoms-up solution rather than one imposed from above,” says Sri Lankan envoy, Sudharshan Seneviratne.

The fishermen problem, that has recently seen some harsh language used by Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera – with India voicing its displeasure – can only be solved through “earnest dialogue”, says Seneviratne.

“In my opinion, both parties are trying to talk. The government of Mr. (Narendra) Modi is very concerned to try and work out a solution. But it has to be a short-term, mid-term and long-term process, with an understanding on both sides of the modalities, he said.

“Unless you can carry out an earnest dialogue in good faith, the problems will continue,” the envoy, who has been recalled just one year into his term, told IANS.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her recent press conference had commented that sometimes “very provocative statements come” from Colombo, which can “vitiate the atmosphere”. She said that both sides need to keep the atmosphere conducive before discussing the fishermen issue.

Seneviratne says both sides have to “understand the needs of the people, based on the old cultural, economic habits and the flexible way of people in using the resources”.

He says a “qualitative change seems to have occurred” on the old flexible ways of fishermen when the LTTE was dominating the area.

The envoy said the mechanised way with bottom trawling of fishing “is unacceptable for Sri Lanka and India”.

The bottom trawling, followed by Indian fishermen, “is a very destructive process; it is like killing the goose that lays the golden egg”, says the envoy.

He said according to marine ecologists, “in the next 6-8 years, the total marine ecology will be destroyed for South India and Sri Lanka”.

Seneviratne points out the “contradiction” in the way the Tamil Nadu fishermen and others in the state get “hyped up about problems the Tamil people are undergoing” and the bottom trawling by Indian fishermen “which is depriving the Tamil fishermen of Sri Lanka of their livelihood”. The practice also destroyed the nets laid out by Sri Lankan fishermen.

He stressed that the issue has to be resolved through dialogue.

“We can’t put barriers. There is a historical connectivity between these people – there are inter-marriages that took place. There has to be a bottoms-up solution rather than a solution imposed from above,” he stressed. (IANS)

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“If Jinnah is secular than Laden is the world’s best democrat”, Ahmar Mustikhan

The recent emotional reunion between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother has garnered enough global attention.

Ahmar Mustikhan has come in for full support of Kulbhushan Yadav and his family
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NEW DELHI: In a recent Facebook video, Ahmar Mustikhan has communicated his views on the recent meeting of Kulbhushan Yadav with his wife Chetna and mother Avanti. Mustikhan is a renowned writer, analyst, and veteran Baloch journalist. He is also the founder of a non-profit organisation known as ’American Friends of Balochistan’. Through this organization, Mustikhan expresses his views on atrocities of Pakistani army been hammered on Baloch people.

Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court.. Wikileaks
Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. Wikileaks

Kulbhushan Yadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. The recent emotional reunion between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother has garnered enough global attention due to the mental torcher experienced by both the ladies at the Pakistani foreign office. The cold-shouldered response from Pakistan’s side was fiercely condemned by the Indian people and called it a violation of the human rights of the women. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj even called it a “propaganda weapon” used by Pakistan.

MustiKhan in his video referred Pakistan as “Chapal Chor Pakistan” (Slipper thief Pakistan) because Pakistan’s foreign office had confiscated the slippers of Kulbhushan’s wife on the pretext of security concern. The women were even asked to remove their mangalsutra, bindi, and bangles for the same reason. Later on, Pakistani media didn’t let any stone unturned by harassing both the women and calling them murderer’s wife and mother.

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On this basis, Mustikhan viewed that a Hindu or an Indian can never get Justice from the hands of Pakistan. To support his views, he quoted a historic event of 1927 which is related to a Hindu Marwari merchant, Raj Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta. The merchant had built a very splendid mansion in the love of his ailing wife and named it ‘Mohatta Palace’ and was considered as the most beautiful residence of Karachi at that time. But Muhammad Ali Jinnah got his eyes on his house and forced him to vacate it. Soon, the house was taken over and turned into Pakistan’s first foreign office. After the capital was relocated to Islamabad from Karachi, the mansion was transferred to Jinnah’s sister, Fatima Jinnah. So, this was the case of the first foreign office of Pakistan, as stated by Ahmar Mustikhan.

According to MustiKhan, the Indian people who crib about Narendra Modi are directly supporting the views of Pakistani Generals and militants. These are the same army generals who have the blood of millions of innocent people on their hands.  When Modi was elected as the Prime Minister of India, some people called him as the “Butcher of Gujarat”. MustiKhan also denounces the view that Kulbhushan Yadav and Ajmal Kasab are similar offenders, as claimed by the Pakistani media. But he openly challenges the Pakistani government regarding any proof related to Yadav’s case, whereas Kasab’s heinous act was captured live on CCTV cameras. Here, MustiKhan openly exposes the double face strategy of Pakistan.

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MustiKhan even said, “If Jinnah is secular (as people says in Pakistan) than Laden is the best Democrat.” With his all these efforts, he is trying to make people aware of the war crimes against the people of Balochistan and has even requested the Indian people to support his cause of peace and harmony.