India is being ruled by a Hindu Taliban

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Narendra Modi is clamping down on tolerance and freedom of expression. In Britain we have a responsibility to speak out against it

The Hindu god Vishnu has several incarnations, many of them human. The latest of these appears to be Narendra Modi. All over India there are images of the man, right arm raised in the benevolent gesture of good fortune. But this strong-but-enlightened-man image hides the frightening and shrill reality of an increasingly Modi-led Hindu dominance of India.

The country’s openness to social and religious minorities (more than 500 million people) and regional differences is at serious risk. Of late, Modi’s regime has effectively tolerated – if not encouraged – a saffron-clad army of Hindu activists who monitor and violently discipline those suspected of eating beef, disobeying caste rules or betraying the “Hindu nation”.

In the UK, people might perhaps be familiar with India’s cricket prowess, atrocities in Kashmir or the recent horrific rape cases. But beyond that, many of us choose not to know. India’s global image now mimics China’s – a rising global economic power with attractive trade and investment opportunities. As a result, business trumps human rights, with little concern, especially on the part of David Cameron’s government, for the rising wave of Hindu tyranny.

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Gen Sharif himself requested for this visit – Pentagon

COAS to share ideas with US on Afghanistan

BY BAQIR SAJJAD SYED

ISLAMABAD: Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif is expected to mainly focus on Afghanistan during his coming visit to the United States.

During his stay in the US, from Nov 15 to 20, the COAS will meet senior officials at the Pentagon and the State Department, according to officials making preparation for the visit.

This will be the army chief’s second visit to Washington in a year. And it comes close on the heels of a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month when he discussed almost everything with President Barack Obama.

But given the extent of the military’s influence in the country’s foreign affairs and security matters, people here believe that more substantive discussions would take place during the army chief’s US trip.

One must also not lose sight of the fact that Gen Sharif himself requested for this visit. To put it in the words of a Washington-based source, it is not ‘a counterpart visit’.

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Russia is Developing a 6th Generation, Pilotless Fighter Jet

It will also display its Su-35S 4++ gen and T-50 PAK FA 5th gen fighter jets at the MAKS air show this week.

By Zachary Keck

Russia is developing a sixth-generation aircraft even as it continues developing its fifth-generation designs.

On Tuesday the 2013 MAKS air show opens up in Moscow and Russia is pulling out all the stops for the event.

Ahead of the airshow on Monday, Pyotr Deinekin, a former Russian Air Force chief, said that Russia is actively developing a sixth-generation aircraft, and it will most likely to pilotless.

“The sixth generation of aircraft will most likely be pilotless. Naturally, we are actively working on this,” Deinekin told the Russian newspaper, RIA Novosti in an interview.

He added that Moscow could not skip a generation and would therefore complete all its fifth-generation designs before moving onto the 6th generation fighters.

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