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We will Miss You: Roll Call of People who passed Away in 2016

A list of people who bade the world goodbye in 2016.

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Dec 17, 2016: 2016 was an unlucky year because we lost many gems. Many eminent personalities from the political arena, art and music field etc, passed away. They left back an impression, a void which would never be refilled by a replacement. Here is a list of talented and popular personalities who left our side in 2016:

  1. Parmeshwar Godrej

Parmeshwar Godrej was an Air hostess in Air India. She married Adi Godrej at the age of 21. She was also one of India’s premier socialites. She had launched an initiative for combating AIDS, called Heroes Project in 2004 wherein she also received international support. She died on October 10, 2016 in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.

  1. J. Jayalalithaa

Jayalalitha served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms ie. over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016. She worked as an actress in movies, primarily in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies between 1961 and 1980. She has acted in over 140 movies. She died on 5 December 2016(2016-12-05) (aged 68) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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  1. Dileep Padgaonkar

He became the face of Indian intellectual journalism while handling the editorial team of The Times of India. He died on 25th November 2016.

  1. A.B. Bardhan

Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan was a freedom fighter, trade union leader and the former general secretary of the Communist Party of India. A.B. Bardhan passed away of a paralytic stroke in December 2015. He was admitted to the hospital where he died, aged 91, on 2 January 2016 at the Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital in New Delhi.

  1. Nida Fazli

Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli was the full name of the veteran Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution to literature. Fazli suffered a heart attack and breathed his last on 8 February, 2016.

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  1. Balamurli Krishna

An Indian Carnatic vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, and character actor, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna was an encompassment of innumerable talents. Balamurli was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to arts. He breathed his last on 22 November 2016(2016-11-22) (aged 86) in Chennai.

  1. S.H. Raza

Sayed Haider Raza was a painter whose works comprised of abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy. He died on July 23, 2016(2016-07-23) (aged 94) in New Delhi, India though he spent quite some parts of his life in France.

  1. Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi was an Indian Bengali fiction writer and also a social activist.Devi was voice of the tribals and the dispossessed. Movies like Rudaali and Hazar Chaurasi Ki Maa , are based on her novels. She died on July 28, 2016 in Kolkata.

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  1. Cho Ramaswamy

His real name was Srinivasa Iyer. He was was an eminent Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. An encompassment of so many talents and skills, Cho died due to cardiac arrest at 3:58 AM on 7 December 2016 at the age of 82, in Chennai.

  1. Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai was an eminent Indian classical dancer and choreographer. Sarabhai trained over 18,000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali. She died on 20 January 2016.

We lost many gems in diverse fields in 2016. We can only hope that they know that the shoes that they have left behind cannot and will never be, filled by anyone else. May their souls rest in peace!

– by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

 

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The Death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Friedman then gives vent to the bile he has accumulated against Trump for having been at cross purposes with the Deep State Friedman

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He notes, satirically, how "effusive Trump was of the intelligence agencies who found and tracked al-Baghdadi to the lair in Syria where he blew himself up to avoid being captured." Flickr

In these dark days when terrorism has become a strategic asset, to bump off a superior practitioner like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has implications. Had he begun to serve the interests not of his original handlers but, possibly, their rivals? Has he been eliminated at all? Does his disappearance leave unprotected those oil wells, which his gang or his patrons profited from? Is the drama in murky light, a bait to drag President Trump back to the West Asian arena, which he is militarily withdrawing from? Death.

From the very beginning, Syria was at the heart of the conflict between Trump and the Deep State, which is now accepted even by the New York Times.

In fact, NYT’s Establishment columnist Thomas Friedman, while applauding the killing of the ISIS leader, reveals which side he is on in the Trump-Deep State conflict. He notes, satirically, how “effusive Trump was of the intelligence agencies who found and tracked al-Baghdadi to the lair in Syria where he blew himself up to avoid being captured.”

Friedman then gives vent to the bile he has accumulated against Trump for having been at cross purposes with the Deep State Friedman so obviously adores. “Well, Mr. President, those are the same intelligence agencies who told you that Russia intervened in our last election in an effort to tip the vote to you and against Hillary Clinton.” What does this line of reasoning mean?

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From the very beginning, Syria was at the heart of the conflict between Trump and the Deep State, which is now accepted even by the New York Times. Flickr

When history is written, Trump will be faulted on a hundred counts, and severely. But it would be uncharitable not to note one truth about him: Trump is the only President in recent history who tried to end military conflicts the US was involved in and who did not start a conflict. There have been 13 military conflicts in recent decades costing $18 trillion, by some estimates.

The Baghdadi image did have its uses. The last time his photograph appeared on front pages of newspapers was after the Easter Sunday massacre in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21. On TV too, Baghdadi was shown claiming the massacre as a “revenge” for the attack on a mosque in New Zealand. French experts, among others, soon established that it was a fraudulent clip — a voice had been super imposed on his visage.

Which outfit would like to stir up a conflict between Sri Lanka’s two frail minorities — Muslims and Christians? New Delhi alerted Colombo as early as April 4, that a major terrorist attack can be expected. How did New Delhi know?

At this time, Sri Lanka was sharply divided between two camps: President Maithripala Sirisena had embraced China’s Road and Belt Initiative; Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was in convulsions to sign the (SOFA) Status of Forces Agreement with the US before the next general elections.

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A puzzle remains. The island nation is at the centre of fierce competition between a rising China and a retreating US for influence in the Indian Ocean. Over 300 people are killed; 500 injured. Among those killed are Chinese Marine engineers. Hotels attacked have Chinese links. Whodunit?

There were stories about Saudis leaving because they had advance knowledge. Supposing the al-Baghdadi clip claiming the massacre had been borne out by facts, which direction would the needle of suspicion point to? Islamic terror? What purpose would that narrative serve?

Looking for simple answers would not help. A small island nation, just recovering from a vicious civil war, would be shaken up by the sheer scale of the massacre, warranting the appearance of intelligence agencies from everywhere — US, UK, Israel, Australia, India. An initial pooling in of intelligence would lead to a penetration of systems until the benefactors achieve their hallowed goal: place roadblocks in the way of the Road and Belt project.

That may or may not have been the plan but police sniffer dogs found something extraordinary while walking through the Jaic Hilton hotel. The dogs stopped in front of an apartment and would not stop barking.

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In fact, NYT’s Establishment columnist Thomas Friedman, while applauding the killing of the ISIS leader, reveals which side he is on in the Trump-Deep State conflict. Flickr

The management cited some difficulties in opening that apartment, national security or no national security. After considerable time had lapsed, two persons claiming to be with the US Embassy turned up. In the room were two “explosive detectors”. The detectors, said the two men, were for their personal security. Just look at the cockiness of this stance. They ignored the obvious fact: dogs would only bark if the detectors had been in touch with explosives. These details are part of the investigations conducted by Dr. Michael Roberts of the University of Adelaide.

Those who tried to foist the tragedy on al-Baghdadi were obviously embarrassed. But, even a fraudulent use of the ISIS chief was possible when he was still theoretically alive. He may be missed. Even NYT’s Friedman, I have quoted earlier, had recommended that al-Baghdadi can be creatively used in the American interest. He advises Trump not to waste his time fighting the ISIS. He wants “Trump to be Trump — utterly cynical and unpredictable.” He continues, “Trump should let ISIS be Assad’s, Iran’s, Hezbullah’s and Russia’s headache.”

Friedman has not cooked up the theory of terrorism as a strategic asset on his own. He has acquired this wisdom from leaders, including US Presidents like Barack Obama. In the course of a lengthy interview in August, 2015, he asked Obama a very pertinent question. When ISIS first reared its head in Mosul a year ago, why did the President not immediately bomb it out of existence?

Obama stated quite plainly: “We did not just start taking a bunch of air strikes all across Iraq because that would have taken the pressure off Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki.”

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Obama’s priority was not the elimination of the founder of the Caliphate. His priority was to exert pressure on Nouri al Maliki to vacate the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office. Why? Because Maliki was “brazenly” pro-Shia and had refused to sign the Status of Forces Agreement with the US. Obama’s “one-two” (to use a term from boxing) worked. US pressure, and al Baghdadi’s menacing presence at the gates of Iraq’s capital, helped ease Maliki out. (IANS)