THE CLINTON CURSE-SUPERPOWER-SUPER STRUGGLE AGAINST DEBT
US President Bill Clinton Launched A ‘New Beginning’ On August 22, 1996, With A View To Balance The Budget Unfairly Targeting The Financial Contributions Made By The Hourly Wage Workers Toiling In The US. I Trace America’s Economic Downfall From That Day.
The three dimensions of ‘The Clinton Curse’ are 1. Shrinking National Economy, 2. Growing Federal Budget Deficit, and 3. Steadily worsening Foreign Indebtedness.
The Congressional Budget Office raised its estimate of the projected federal budget deficit Wednesday and is now predicting that the deficit will reach $960 billion for the 2019 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, and reach $1 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year.
The CBO had previously estimated an $896 billion deficit for 2019 and $892 billion for 2020.
The Treasury Department reported earlier this month that the US budget deficit has already hit $867 billion for the first 10 months of the fiscal year, an increase of 27% over this time last year.
“The nation’s fiscal outlook is challenging,” said Phill Swagel, director of the CBO. “Federal debt, which is already high by historical standards, is on an unstainable course, projected to rise even higher after 2029 because of the aging of the population, growth in per capita spending on health care and rising interest costs.”
He added that to put spending on a sustainable course, “lawmakers will have to make significant changes to tax and spending policies — making revenues larger than they would be under current law, reducing spending below projected amounts, or adopting some combination of those approaches.”
The White House’s Office of Management Budget has run slightly higher numbers, predicting that the deficit will exceed $1 trillion for the entire fiscal year.
The country’s debt has been piling higher under the Trump administration in part due to a $1.5 trillion tax cut signed into law in 2017 along with a massive spending package passed by Congress. Adding to the amassing heap is a two-year budget deal, signed by President Donald Trump, set to raise government spending by hundreds of billions of dollars.
Trump pledged to eliminate the federal debt during the 2016 campaign.
“CBO projects that the recent budget deal will add $1.5 trillion, plus interest, to our rapidly growing debt over the next decade,” said Michael Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in a statement. “That’s on top of an already unsustainable outlook driven by major structural factors like demographics and rising health care costs.”
The dismal economic forecast also comes as the President said his administration is weighing several tax cut proposals to help keep the economy moving. Doing so would only further reduce the government’s revenue and add to the country’s deficit.
“The recent budget deal was a budget buster, and now we have further proof,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, in a statement. “Both parties took an already unsustainable situation and made it much worse. Debt is now going to grow to almost the size of the economy within the decade. If Congress keeps extending tax cuts, debt will likely exceed the size of the economy within the decade.
THE CLINTON CURSE – WHY THE UNITED STATES FAILED ON AUGUST 22, 1996?
The Campaign to Repeal the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is not about giving citizenship rights to non-citizens. It is about upholding the Supreme Law of the Land to abolish bondage, servitude, and slavery. The Reconstruction of America is not yet over. Slavery re-appeared in this Land in a new form and remains hidden or unnoticed. ‘The Clinton Curse’ explains as to why the United States failed on August 22, 1996. The Curse reveals the nature of The Beast that is waiting to overtake this nation.
THE CLINTON CURSE – THE BEAST IS WAITING TO OVERTAKE THE UNITED STATES
WHERE IS PROTECTION FOR MAN DURING GOLDEN YEARS OF HIS LIFE? HOW TO SURVIVE THE CLINTON CURSE?
THE GREAT AWAKENING MOVEMENT – SPIRITUAL WARFARE AGAINST THE CLINTON CURSE
A NEW BEGINNING IN AUGUST 1996 TO BALANCE THE BUDGET – RECOGNIZE REALITY OF THE CLINTON CURSE
PRESIDENT CLINTON’S NEW BEGINNING IN 1996.
ECONOMIC OPPRESSION OF ALIEN WORKERS
On August 22, 1996, US President Bill Clinton (Democrat) signed into Law that reintroduced Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, Serfdom and Forced Labor in the pretext of making ‘A New Beginning’. Welfare Reform Act or Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) is unjust and unfair for it violates Constitutional Law that defends natural rights of all people living in the United States. All US taxpayers must be treated as equals for receiving retirement income benefits for which they paid taxes. President Clinton’s action constitutes a transgression of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that saved US Non-Citizens or Aliens from the indignity of Slavery.
EXPOSING THE CLINTON CURSE – TRAVESTY OF EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
NATURAL LAW vs MAN MADE LAW – SLAVERY IS CONTEMPT OF OVER 600,000 AMERICANS WHO DIED BECAUSE OF SLAVERY
US CONGRESS MUST DO THE RIGHT THING TO SAVE AMERICA FROM THE CLINTON CURSE
I ask my readers to review 43-word 13th Amendment and tell me if those words still govern, rule, and operate the lives of all people, wage earners who perform labor paying taxes.
My readers should not be surprised if I describe the US Congress as “Slave Driver.” The reason for my claim is based on PRWORA enacted by the US Congress in 1996 that amended The US Social Security Act of 1935. This legal provision enacted by 104th US Congress is incorporated as Section 202(y) of the Social Security Act. It mandates that no Retirement Income benefits shall be payable to registered alien(non-citizen) taxpayers in the United States without showing proof of lawful residency as determined by the Attorney General. In my view, unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD) must not be demanded if a worker has attained full retirement age as determined by law.
Social Security Act, Section 202(y) violates the principle enshrined in those 43 words called the 13th Amendment. This 1996 amendment to the Social Security Act is fundamentally flawed for it is unconstitutional. It takes away the property rights (earnings, wages, and retirement income) of individuals who paid Federal, State, Local, Social Security and Medicare Taxes working in this country to attain full retirement age.
The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln (Republican) in September 1862 came into effect on January 01, 1863 freeing slaves in all territory still at War with the Union. These slaves were not citizens of the Land and had no political rights of their own. In Law, Servitude or Slavery refers to the burden imposed upon the property of a person by a specified right another has in its use. Servitude involves labor in which the person who performs labor has no right to his earnings from labor. The Emancipation Proclamation specifically protects, defends, preserves and safeguards rights of aliens or non-citizens residing in the United States.
The amended Social Security Act unconstitutionally gives power to Social Security Administration to withhold the property (wages, earnings, monthly retirement income benefits) of alien workers who are not convicted by US Court of Law. In my analysis, The Social Security Act of 1935 amended in 1996 fails to uphold the US Constitution as the Supreme Law of this Land.
I ask my readers to make the distinction between Social Security Tax and Monthly Retirement Benefit. The first represents the tax paid to the government and the second represents earning or wage entitled to a retired person to provide income and security during old age.
The 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment
December 9, 2015.|Speaker Ryan’s Press Office
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, at a ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center, President Obama and leaders of Congress commemorated the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. Following are House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) remarks at the ceremony, as prepared for delivery: The Thirteenth Amendment is just 43 words long. It is so short that, when you read it, you can almost miss the whole significance. You have to stop and remind yourself that 600,000 people died in the Civil War—600,000 died over 43 words. Or to be more precise, they died in a war that decided whether those 43 words would ever be written.
All said and done, President Clinton’s Evil Plan failed to resolve the problem of National Debt. The Repeal Movement exposes President Clinton’s contemptuous violation of Constitutional Principles of equal protection, equal justice and equal treatment under Law.
US Social Security Administration must either obtain a criminal conviction or designate septuagenarian Senior Alien as “SLAVE” to withhold the payment of his monthly retirement income.
President Clinton’s Slavery Law of 1996 tramples upon fundamental freedoms and human dignity entitled to all human beings without any concern for their country of origin or citizenship status.
The US Congress can levy taxes but cannot deprive any person of Life, Liberty, and Property without due process of law. The United States Cannot Balance the Budget and cannot solve the problem of mounting National Debt without reaping the Blessings of God’s Promise. President Clinton’s tricks and gimmicks will utterly ruin and destroy the Nation for he failed to obey the LORD.
INDIA-TIBET RELATIONS COMPLICATED BY PAKISTAN’S INVASION OF KASHMIR IN OCTOBER 1947
In my analysis, India-Tibet relations from the very beginning were impacted by Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir in October 1947.
The Kashmir issue poses a great danger severely undermining India’s ability to exercise full freedom to formulate an independent Tibet Policy. India needs the support of the United States to counter China’s military superiority and at the same time, India has to balance the US involvement in Kashmir in support of Pakistan’s aggression.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
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Review: Tibet: When the Gods Spoke by Claude Arpi
Claude Arpi shows that the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement’s guiding principle of non-interference in and respect for each other’s territorial integrity left China to do in Tibet whatever it willed
BOOKSUpdated: Aug 17, 2019 10:10 IST
572pp, Rs1,650; United Service Institution & Vij Books
Claude Arpi’s third volume on relations between India and Tibet covers the deepening Chinese penetration of the plateau and Beijing’s administrative and military consolidation there. The freehand given to China in its consolidation in Tibet was made possible when the two Asian giants signed the Panchsheel Agreement on Tibet in 1954. This was the document with which India withdrew its effective presence in Tibet in the form of two trade agencies and military escorts, though India’s mission in Lhasa operated as before. The agreement’s guiding principle of non-interference in and respect for each other’s territorial integrity left China to do in Tibet whatever it willed. Beijing imposed land ‘reforms’ and new leadership and administrative structure that led to the 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.
Digging deep into India’s national archival treasure trove, Claude Arpi has pulled out a real gem. This gem is the assessment of the various Indian officers, and of the character and motives of those figures, both political and spiritual, within the Tibetan leadership structure. The comments by India’s Tibet hands include the urgent need for Tibet to reform its social structure, making it fair and just for all Tibetans. This Indian examination of the strength and weakness of the Tibetan leadership came for closer scrutiny when the Dalai and Panchen Lamas visited India in 1956 for the Buddha Jayanti commemorations.
These lengthy and fascinating reports were submitted to New Delhi by Apa Pant, the political officer based in Gangtok, who dealt with affairs of Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim, PN Menon, the former Indian consul general in Lhasa, and PN Luthra, special officer of border areas in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Apa Pant was convinced that “Old Tibet cannot fight new dynamic China.” He suggested that “In Tibet, unless the high monks, thinkers, and saints start seriously the re-organizing of the whole social and economic structure which is today based on privileges and is corrupt, there is no point in calling Tibet a Buddhist land…”
Apa Pant also suggested that “The Chinese have also a doctrine of social revolution and change which they are certain will help the common man. The Tibetans shall have to have an equally powerful dynamic policy of social change.”
Apa Pant made this fearful prediction. With China creating the conditions for the settlement of Tibet by Chinese migrants, “Tibet, as we know it today, will be annihilated, the process for its complete absorption into China (has) started.”
Colonel PN Luthra was assigned to the Panchen Lama’s party in its travels throughout India. About China’s designs on Tibet, the astute colonel has this to say. China, he wrote, “was eating Tibet like an artichoke, leaf by leaf.”
Claude Arpi ( Courtesy the author )
As for the time he spent with the Panchen Lama, Luthra wrote, “At a certain stage of the tour, it became possible to freely and frankly discuss any matter, however delicate, with the Panchen Lama himself or some of his principal associates.” Luthra was impressed by the Panchen Lama’s ability to recognize faces. He was, Luthra wrote, careful to “recognize the humbler staff such as motor drivers and dispatch-riders.” The Panchen Lama told Luthra that he did not believe in the “superstitious practices of Tibetan society. The Dalai Lama’s consultation with his oracle to decide the date of his departure to India had caused the Panchen Lama much amusement.” Luthra wrote, “I once asked the Panchen Lama what it felt like to be the incarnation of Amitabha. He replied that he had no such consciousness nor does he possess any supernatural powers. He struck me as a man without pretensions.”
According to Luthra, despite the traditional rivalry between Lhasa and Shigatse and the court politics of the two Lamas, “There seems to exist personal friendly accord as one would imagine between two youths who have so much in common… I have seen them cutting jokes, thumping each other’s backs and exchanging warm greetings.”
In 1959 when the Tibetan people rose up against Chinese rule in Tibet, the Dalai Lama along with an estimated 87,000 Tibetans fled Tibet to India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The Panchen Lama chose to remain in Tibet. In 1962, the Panchen Lama after extensive research and tour of all Tibet submitted the 70,000-character petition to the Chinese Communist Party, laying bare the Party’s disastrous mistakes on the plateau, nearly falling short of accusing the Party of genocide. Mao Zedong called the Panchen Lama’s constructive criticism “a poisoned arrow” aimed at the Party. For this, the Panchen Lama spent 14 long years in prison. After Mao’s death in 1976, he was released. In 1989, he confided publicly to the Tibetan people that Tibet had lost more than it gained under Chinese rule. That year under mysterious circumstances, the Panchen Lama died.
The third major voice to offer his commentary on the Tibetan political scene is that of PN Menon. He spent two years as India’s consul general in Tibet. In 1956 he was assigned to the Dalai Lama’s party. According to Menon, the weakness of the Tibetan struggle was “the real lack of a sense of unity and political consciousness in the way we understand it. At times the conflicting advice seemed to make the Dalai Lama rather confused…” But according to Menon, the Tibetan leader’s basic common sense seemed to “guide him away from the pitfalls of some of the advice offered.”
Contemporary and future generation of researchers of this period of Tibet’s relations with India will remain grateful to Claude Arpi for making these documents accessible. They will appreciate his bringing alive, loud and clear, the sterling character of these India’s frontier officials and their insights into the ominous events unfolding in overwhelmed and beleaguered Tibet.
Thubten Samphel is an independent researcher and a former director of the Tibet Policy Institute
NATURE NURTURES TIBETAN IDENTITY OF TIBETAN NATION
Nature, natural forces, natural mechanisms, natural factors, and natural conditions work in conjunction to nurture and shape the Tibetan Identity of Tibetan Nation.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
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Tibet has seen significant progress in restoring biodiversity.
BEIJING, Aug. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) — Tibet has seen significant progress in restoring biodiversity, with a forest coverage rate of 12.14 percent, said a white paper released in March this year by China’s State Council Information Office.
The population of Tibetan antelopes has grown from 60,000 in the 1990s to more than 200,000 and Tibetan wild donkeys have increased in numbers from 50,000 to 80,000, noted the document, titled “Democratic Reform in Tibet — Sixty Years On.”
Since the Qomolangma Nature Reserve was established in 1988, Tibet has set up 47 nature reserves of all kinds, including 11 at the state level, with the total area of nature reserves accounting for more than 34.35 percent of the total area of the autonomous region, the white paper said. Tibet has 22 eco-protection areas, including one at the state level, 36 counties in receipt of transfer payments from central finance for their key ecological roles, four national scenic areas, nine national forest parks, 22 national wetland parks, and three national parks, figures showed.
The central government has continued to increase eco-compensation for Tibet in return for its cost for protecting the eco-environment and the consequent losses in development opportunities. The white paper said that since 2001, the central government has paid 31.6 billion yuan (4.71 billion U.S. dollars) in eco-compensation to Tibet for protecting forests, grassland, wetland, and key ecological reserves.
Tourists visit the Tibet Garden at the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)
Tourists visit the Tibet Garden at the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)
Yaks on a wetland in northern Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Sea of clouds over Medog County, Tibet. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
The scenery of Bome County of Nyingchi, Tibet. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
The scenery of Nam Co Lake in Tibet. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
The scenery of the Yamzbog Yumco Lake in Shannan, Tibet. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
Tibetan wild donkeys on a pasture in Zanda County, Tibet. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
The scenery of a part of a glacier in Rutog County of Ngari Prefecture, Tibet. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
Banggong Co in Ngari Prefecture, Tibet. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
Black-necked cranes in Linzhou County of Lhasa, Tibet. (Xinhua/Zhang Rufeng)
Glacier on the foot of Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest) in Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Tangra Yumco Lake in Nagqu, Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Tibetan antelopes in Qiangtang National Nature Reserve in Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Peach flowers in the suburb of Lhasa, Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Trees planted along banks of the Yarlung Zangbo River (Brahmaputra River) in Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve in Lhasa, Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Stunning aerial shots display captivating scenery of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level.
LHASA, Aug. 15, 2019 (Xinhua) — Lhasa, capital of Tibet, saw more than 6.42 million visitors to the city in the first half of 2019, up 18.72 percent year on year, according to the local tourism authorities.
The city raked in 10.9 billion yuan (1.58 billion U.S. dollars) from tourism in the same period, up 25.46 percent year on year, according to the Lhasa tourism development bureau.
Lhasa is home to some of the most renowned cultural and tourist sites such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Yiliang)
Aerial view of the old town of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Hou Dongtao)
Aerial view of the old town of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, May 16, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Rufeng)
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
The Lhalu wetland in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, June 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
The Potala Palace square in Lhasa, Capital City of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Yiliang)
Aerial view of the old town of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Aerial photo taken on Aug. 10, 2019, shows the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Aerial photo taken on Aug. 10, 2019, shows the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital city Tibet. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
The New Bridge in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, April 3, 2019. (Xinhua/Jigme Dorje)
The old town of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
In my analysis, the Evil Red Empire of Asia is forging relations with other nations to formulate the New Axis of Evil Powers to usher the era of Neocolonialism to ruthlessly exploit the natural resources of Asia undermining the ideals of Democracy, Freedom, Peace, and Justice in their occupied territories.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Beijing on Friday for consultations with what he called a “trusted friend,” within a day of Islamabad’s decision to order the Indian ambassador to leave the country.
The change of status for Kashmir will in future allow any Indian nationals to buy property in the largely mountainous province, potentially laying the groundwork for Hindus to move in, and Kashmir to become a Muslim-minority region.
But, as Western diplomats told the Nikkei Asian Review, China has additional reasons to become alarmed over events in Kashmir, notably the division of the province into three portions and the creation of a new administrative zone for Ladakh near the Chinese border. The region has a sizable number of Buddhists, whose presence on China’s border will reinforce India’s support for the Buddhist community, analysts argue in gauging the motive behind China’s reaction.
“For the Chinese, the presence of yet another Buddhist area on their border will raise a major concern,” said one Western diplomat in Islamabad who spoke to the Nikkei on condition of anonymity. The diplomat said that such an outcome of ongoing tension in Kashmir eventually promises to deepen the footprint of Tibetan Buddhists led by the Dalai Lama — an anti-Beijing force that has been hosted by India for decades.
“For China, it is vital to try to reverse India’s move. There is too much at stake for Beijing,” added a senior Pakistani government official who spoke to the Nikkei shortly after Foreign Minister Qureshi landed in Beijing on Friday.
Pakistan’s leaders, notably Prime Minister Imran Khan, have publicly condemned the end to Kashmir’s special status on the grounds that the change will eventually alter the region’s Muslim identity.
“Pakistan’s concern is that there is now going to be a push by India to change the reality of a Muslim majority in Kashmir to a Muslim minority,” said retired Lieutenant General Abdul Qayyum, a former Pakistan army commander and now a member of the Senate, or upper house of parliament. In an interview with Nikkei, General Qayyum said that China has stepped into the fray with two of its own concerns.
“As you can see, the Chinese have opposed the Indian move. Specifically, the Chinese are concerned over the Indian move that will create a separate region with a sizable number of Buddhists,” he said, referring to a new identity for Ladakh under the Indian constitutional change.
For China, such a development will potentially encourage other communities, notably Uighur Muslims in the western Xinjiang province, to renew their push for greater autonomy and possibly independence from Beijing, analysts said.
China’s other concern, according to General Qayyum, relates to the security of China’s investments made under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan. “The CPEC route aims to connect western China with the Gwadar port [in southern Pakistan]. This is a sizable investment by China in Pakistan, where China would like to protect its investments,” added General Qayyum.
China plans to eventually spend more than $60 billion on CPEC projects in Pakistan, according to figures repeatedly put out by Pakistan’s government.
One minister in Khan’s government told Nikkei that events in Kashmir following the change of status, have created a major security risk with implications beyond just India and Pakistan.
“In February, we had the Pulwama incident and very quickly that made many countries quite worried about the risk of war between two countries armed with nuclear weapons,” he said, referring to a military escalation between India and Pakistan earlier this year, after a terrorist attack in the part of Kashmir controlled by India. The event became a pretext for India to order an airstrike on an alleged militant training camp in Pakistan.
Independent accounts later confirmed that the location bombed by Indian fighter planes was a deserted place on a mountainside with no visible signs of hosting a camp of any kind. The Indian attack was quickly followed by a Pakistan Air Force strike that led to the destruction of two Indian Air Force fighter planes and the capture of an Indian air force pilot, according to the Pakistani government.
“Major powers have reason to be worried about rising tensions between two countries armed with nuclear weapons,” added the Western diplomat who spoke to the Nikkei. He concluded that “China is located close to India and Pakistan. It (China) must have good reason to be worried about instability in its immediate neighborhood.”
For Foreign Minister Qureshi, choosing Beijing as his first stopover after Pakistan scaled-down relations with India was likely driven by China’s anxiety over the future of Kashmir.
LADAKH, THE BATTLEFIELD TO TEST THE US-INDIA-TIBET ALLIANCE
In my analysis, the importance of Ladakh lies in its value as the Battlefield to test the US-India-Tibet Alliance.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-4162. USA
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Ladakh: the good, bad and ugly sides to India’s ‘Little Tibet’, high in the Himalayas
A new tunnel will provide year-round access to an area usually cut off by snow for seven months of the year
Even without it, Ladakh’s resources and environment are already being stretched to breaking point
Published: 1:45 pm, 1 Aug 2019
Pangong Tso, the highest salt lake in India. Photo: Shutterstock
Known as Little Tibet due to a shared cultural and religious heritage, Ladakh (now, Union Territory of India) in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, is about the size of England, with a population similar in number to that of the Hong Kong district of Wan Chai.
The name derives from “la dags” meaning “land of mountain passes” and it’s a region characterized by high-altitude desert hemmed in by the mighty Himalayan and Karakoram ranges.
Cut off from the rest of the country by snow for seven months of the year, India’s northernmost region comes alive in summer. Deserts with the texture of eczema are lubricated by rivers swollen with snowmelt and the run-off from dazzling turquoise lakes.
To reach Ladakh overland involves a journey along one of the world’s highest altitude roads. Photo: Tim Pile
Shaven-headed monks emerge from brilliant-white monasteries and squint in the piercing sunlight. Talking of which, Ladakh will soon be home to the world’s largest single-location solar photovoltaic plant.
It could certainly do with the extra energy – tourism is booming and has brought tangible economic benefits. In all, 327,366 people visited the city of Leh in 2018, a whopping 50,000 increase on the previous year.
The former royal palace in Leh.
Many arrive in the state capital after completing one of the world’s great road trips. The 475km journey from Manali, in neighboring Himachal Pradesh, takes travelers between razor-sharp peaks and over high passes, including the 5,359-metre Khardung La, along one of the highest paved roads in the world.
The drive will become easier next year with the completion of the Rohtang Tunnel, a trans-Himalayan short cut that will reduce travel times and ensure year-round connectivity to Ladakh. A long-awaited railway line from Bilaspur to Manali and Leh will further open up the pristine region by 2022.
In another boost to the tourism sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated five new trekking routes during a visit to Leh in February.
Two locals, one with a Buddhist prayer wheel. Photo: Tim Pile
Before heading onto the mountain trails, get a feel for Leh by visiting the former royal palace. The 17th-century structure was modeled on the Potala Palace, in Tibet, and offers panoramic views of the dusty, medieval-looking settlement.
Besides its temples, markets, and monasteries, Leh is a city to observe and absorb. Pick a cafe, order a cup of yak-butter tea, relax and let the sights, smells, noise and color wash over you. Ladakh’s position at the crossroads of ancient trade routes can be seen in the weathered faces of its inhabitants. Kashmiri merchants rub shoulders with shepherds and Tibetan monks haggle with Punjabi businessmen.
The best-known of Ladakh’s attractions is a six-hour drive from Leh. Pangong Tso is the highest salt lake in India. The beauty spot draws movie buffs and Instagrammers keen to see where the final scene of 2009 Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots was filmed.
Leh is a city of temples, and culturally close to Tibet. Photo: Tim Pile
Next stop should be the spectacular Nubra Valley. Herders populate the high desert in summer, their yaks grazing near the snowline while tourists sign up for Bactrian camel safaris on the sand dunes of Hunder village, once a Silk Road staging post.
The farming of barley, wheat, and vegetables happen in a hurry hereabouts. No sooner are crops sown in the thin Ladakhi soil than winter starts drawing in and the ground becomes frozen solid for months on end. It’s enough to make villagers throw in the towel and head for the bright lights of Leh. That’s where fortunes are made, after all.
Except they’re not. Well, not for most Ladakhis anyway. The aforementioned tangible economic benefits accrue only to a small group of tour operators, hotel owners, and merchants, many of whom are from elsewhere in India and come to Leh solely for the tourist season.
A traffic jam at Khardung La. Photo: Tim Pile
Subsistence farmers, who make up most of the population, have seen little improvement in their living conditions but are left to deal with the negative social, environmental and psychological impact of Ladakh’s change from an economy based on self-reliance to one driven by external market forces.
Writer and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge feels the West has much to learn from the traditional Ladakhi way of life in terms of sustainability, diet, family values, and overall happiness. But instead, waves of wealthy outsiders descend on the pre-industrial region and leave locals, particularly the younger generation, feeling self-conscious, backward and poor.
Tourism industry wages aren’t anywhere near enough for them to emulate the high consumption habits of rich visitors, so illegal means are adopted. Theft, once unheard of in Ladakh, has become a problem, as have children pestering people for money.
Feral cattle graze on rubbish left on the street. Photo: Shutterstock
An estimated 30,000 plastic water bottles are dumped in Leh every day. Like nearly everything else, they were trucked in across the Himalayas from thousands of kilometers away. Then there’s the diesel emitted from cars idling in traffic jams at Khardung La and other high-altitude bottlenecks.
The new Rohtang Tunnel will enable ever more sightseers to reach Ladakh but does little to suggest an enlightened model of sustainable travel is on the cards.
In recent years there has been a surge in the number of domestic tourists drawn up from the baking Indian plains by the snow-capped scenery that appears in television advertisements and Bollywood blockbusters. In fact, 3 Idiots may end up being responsible for more damage to Ladakh’s environment than almost anything else.
A van negotiates a road fringed by deep snow. Diminishing snowfall is evidence of the impact of climate change in Ladakh. Photo: Tim Pile
Almost. The effects of global climate breakdown are increasingly evident in the ecologically fragile Himalayas – just ask the locals. Ladakhis say they have never witnessed such erratic climatic conditions. Flash floods caused by short but heavy downpours are worrying enough, but a pattern of diminishing snowfall and resulting drought has more serious long-term implications.
The glacier on which Leh depends is predicted to melt completely within five or six years and hoteliers are already drilling boreholes in search of elusive groundwater.
The shortage isn’t helped by the rush to modernize. Replacing traditional dry toilets with Western flush systems places greater demands on scarce water resources, for example. As engineer and educator Sonam Wangchuk puts it: “If people from the big cities live simply, then people in the mountains could simply live.”
An Air India plane approaches Leh airport. Photo: Shutterstock
Fly, rather than take the bus, to Leh (3,500 meters above sea level), and the thumping headaches, dehydration and general lethargy that accompany altitude sickness will begin as soon as you reach the baggage carousel. You’ll need to rest for a day or two while the symptoms subside.
The cafes are OK but I’d steer clear of the yak-butter tea. Unless it’s for a bet.
On August 08, 1974, I was stationed at Military Hospital Wing, Headquarters Establishment Number. 22, C/O 56 APO, of Special Frontier Force. Because of my lifetime regimental affiliation to Special Frontier Force, Nixon/Kissinger lives in my memory for his actions providing aid and comfort to Enemy while we dedicated our lives to secure Democracy, Freedom, Peace, and Justice in Occupied Tibet.
In my analysis, Nixon-Kissinger Vietnam Treason predetermined my Refugee Status, the Status of a Slave living in a Free Nation.
On this day in 1974, on an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.
On June 17, 1972, five men, including a salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee, were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, D.C., Watergate complex. Soon after, two other former White House aides were implicated in the break-in, but the Nixon administration denied any involvement. Later that year, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discovered a higher-echelon conspiracy surrounding the incident, and a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude erupted.
In May 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, began televised proceedings on the rapidly escalating Watergate affair. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman and that President Nixon had been aware of the cover-up. Meanwhile, Watergate prosecutor Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of thousands of citizens by the administration, and contributions to the Republican Party in return for political favors.
In July, the existence of what was to be called the Watergate tapes–official recordings of White House conversations between Nixon and his staff–was revealed during the Senate hearings. Cox subpoenaed these tapes, and after three months of delay President Nixon agreed to send summaries of the recordings. Cox rejected the summaries, and Nixon fired him. His successor as special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, leveled indictments against several high-ranking administration officials, including Mitchell and Dean, who were duly convicted.
Public confidence in the president rapidly waned, and by the end of July 1974, the House Judiciary Committee had adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of presidential powers, and hindrance of the impeachment process. On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, Nixon finally released the Watergate tapes. On August 5, transcripts of the recordings were released, including a segment in which the president was heard instructing Haldeman to order the FBI to halt the Watergate investigation. Three days later, Nixon announced his resignation.
At the Republican National Convention in Miami, Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew are chosen as the presidential and vice-presidential nominees for the upcoming election. In his speech accepting the nomination, Nixon promised to “bring an honorable end to the war in Vietnam.”
1973 Vice President Agnew under attack Vice President Agnew branded reports that he took kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland as “damned lies.” Agnew had taken a lot of heat in the media when he assumed a leadership position as Nixon’s point man on Vietnam. He frequently attacked the student protest movement.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR LIVING? I LIVE ON WHOLE FOOD.
On Tuesday, the Sixth Day of August 2019, I coined the phrase ‘WHOLE DUDE-WHOLE TIME’ to answer the question, “What do you do for Your Living?” I live on Whole Food to do the Whole Job during my Whole Life.
In my analysis, I cannot be classified either as White-Collar, or Blue-Collar Worker. I cannot be described as Part-Time, Temporary, Seasonal, or Full-Time Employee of any entity that provides the earnings, or wages in exchange for any mental or physical work performed by my human body.To live as Whole Dude is a Whole Time Job.
Whole Dude, Whole Man, Whole Person , or “WHOLE SELF”works Whole Time during his Whole Life, from the moment of his conception until his death, by performing the Whole Job called as Cellular Respiration even when he watches TV relaxing on his couch or even when he is snoring, fast asleep in his bed.
I ask my readers to totally avoid the narrow perspective of your School Education while you attempt your own Self-Discovery. You should submit to God and search for the Human Identity created by God. I am not saying that you should just give up your present Identity either in terms of your language, religion, gender, culture and etc., I am asking you to step outside the “BOX.” I am not asking you to compromise your human aspirations for political rights. The Identity given by God is not bound by our nationality or citizenship status.
I ask you to learn the correct manner in which you answer the basic questions about Life and Living. What do you for your living? The answer does not require your nationality, citizenship status, your race, your gender, your educational experience, and not even your occupational history. When you recognize God as the Supreme Controller, the Supreme Sustainer, and the Supreme Maintainer of Life on planet Earth, you will find a perspective different from all other human perspectives.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR LIVING? I LIVE ON WHOLE FOOD WHOLE TIME.
This blog post is dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati, the Goddess of Pure Knowledge and Perfect Wisdom. The question, “What do you do for Living” must be answered by attaching meaning to terms such as ‘Life’, and ‘Living’ using the information provided by Science. If the human Subject called “I” is existing, it has to be accounted for by the description of work or job performed to maintain or sustain the fact of its existence.
Goddess Sarasvati symbolizes the pursuit of Knowledge and Wisdom and helps me to define Life as Knowledge in Action.
Whole Job-Whole Life. What are Living Functions?
Spirituality Science. What do you do for Living? THE PROCESS, THE MECHANISM CALLED CELLULAR RESPIRATION IS NOT LEARNED OR ACQUIRED EXPERIENCE. NO SPIRITUAL TEACHER, NO SPIRITUAL MASTER, AND NO SPIRITUAL GUIDE CAN IMPLANT THIS KNOWLEDGE IN MAN.At a fundamental level, the Living System called man is thermodynamically unstable and it means that the System demands a constant supply of energy from an external source. The process or the mechanism called ‘Cellular Respiration’ is involved in energy acquisition, energy manipulation, energy transformation, and energy expenditure involved in the performance of the numerous Living Functions that establish the fact of the Living Thing existing in its given environment at any given place and time.
THE LIVING CELL IS THERMODYNAMICALLY UNSTABLE. TO EXIST, THE LIVING CELL NEEDS CONTINUOUS SUPPLY OF MATTER AND ENERGY FROM ITS EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT. PROTOPLASM OR CYTOPLASM USES THE POWER OF NUTRITION TO ACQUIRE MATTER AND ENERGY FROM ITS EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT AND ENABLES THE LIVING CELL TO PERFORM A VARIETY OF LIVING FUNCTIONS CALLED METABOLISM.
The Knowledge Theory vs The Living Functions:
Spirituality Science. What do you do for Living? Many important biological processes involve Redox or Oxidation and Reduction Chemical Reactions. These chemical reactions reveal a dynamic process that is the characteristic of both Life and Death. If Life is explained by a series of chemical reactions, the same process continues into Death.I ask my readers to carefully examine the role of Knowledge in the performance of human living functions. The man exists in the physical world, not on account of learned experience, or acquired Knowledge which he may use in the performance of actions that relate to his social occupation that provides him with earnings or income with which he caters for his physiological needs like food, water, clothing, and housing. Man’s physical and mental work is not the ultimate basis of his existence. For example, the man has no direct sensory awareness of the numerous Redox or Oxidation and Reduction Chemical Reactions involved in the dynamic process called Life and Death.
WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE?
Knowledge is defined as the act, fact, or state of knowing a range of information. The act of knowing requires knowledge or information relevant to a particular act. The state of knowledge describes the condition that characterizes an object in which such knowledge or information exists. If knowledge is defined as a fact of knowing some information, it describes a clear perception, or understanding, or awareness, or cognizance of information that pertains to that fact. Knowledge can only exist, can only be found in an object which has the abilities of perception, understanding, awareness, or cognition. In other words, knowledge is an attribute of the act, fact, or state of living. A living object is the seat of knowledge and the presence of knowledge could be verified or detected in any of the actions or activities of that living matter. The act of living requires a state or condition of knowing information relevant to sustaining life’s functions.
If the human brain or mind is viewed as the Seat of Knowledge, hands, and feet, or the muscles used in vocalization are the sites where Knowledge is transformed into Action.In common usage, the word knowledge is used to describe all that has been perceived or grasped by the human brain or mind. The learning, the body of facts, principles, etc., accumulated by man is stated as his knowledge. The state of knowing becomes evident only when knowledge is transformed into action. The man displays knowledge in the use of his hands and feet in the performance of his actions. Man can communicate his knowledge in his speech, in his writings, and in his use of a variety of tools, instruments, gadgets, and machines. If the human brain or mind is viewed as the seat of knowledge, hands, and feet, or the muscles used in vocalization are the sites where knowledge is transformed into action. Knowledge involves receiving/storing information at one site and using that information in the performance of action at a different site. The ability and the quality of a man’s function reflect upon his state of knowledge relative to that function. Knowledge is verified during its application to perform a function. This concept or understanding of knowledge in action could also be used in the context of describing functions at the cellular level.
The Da Vinci Telerobotic Surgical System permits the surgeon to perform an operation on a patient from a remote site. The mechanical robotic arm could perform tasks with great precision while it has no knowledge of its own.While information can be found in books, in writings, in speech/ speech recordings, and etc., it should not be described as knowledge. A robotic, mechanical arm could perform tasks with great precision while it has no knowledge of its own. Knowledge, awareness, and ability to use information exist only as an attribute of life or as an act of living.
WHAT IS LIFE? LIFE IS KNOWLEDGE IN ACTION:
Anatomy of Plant Cell clearly illustrates that Life exists because of the establishment of Knowledge, the source of Information for a variety of biological functions. Both Bacterial(Prokaryotic), Animal, and Plant(Eukaryotic) Cells share similar Characteristics. The Living Cell functions by application of the information contained in its genetic material. Use of information to perform action describes the Knowing and it represents Knowledge in Action. Virus particles composed of Nucleic Acids either RNA or DNA within a case of Protein, in it’s Free State the Virus particle behaves like Inert matter and when it infects living cells of plants, animals, or bacteria the Virus starts replicating using the Chemical Energy and Nucleic Acid synthesizing abilities of the host Cell. The Application of Knowledge in Viral Replication is very interesting. The Structure of the Influenza Virus reveals its Functional Organization. Each function involves the application of Knowledge. This Knowledge is derived from its hereditary information. The Virus exists because of genetic material which provides it the information to perform its function that is characteristic of its existence.
What is Life? Life is Knowledge in Action. A living cell performs a variety of functions that are characteristic of its life. The Cell Structure known as Nucleus is the Seat of Knowledge. In structures known as Chromosomes it stores hereditary, and biological information for its growth, development, replication, reproduction, and metabolic functions such as protein synthesis for its growth and maintenance. Protein Synthesis takes place in structures known as Ribosomes that are located in Cytoplasm outside the Nucleus. Nucleus transfers information to Ribosomes by using Transfer RNA. Nucleus provides only information and to use that information for its function of Protein Synthesis, the Ribosome derives Energy from another Cell Structure known as Mitochondrion. This process of Cellular Function describes Knowledge in Action.Life is described as a state of an organism characterized by certain processes or abilities that include metabolism, nutrition, growth, motion, replication, reproduction, responsiveness to stimuli, and awareness of its own condition of existence or living in an environment.
The act of living could be stated by describing the functions that characterize life. Functions depend upon the use of information; the information that is stored at a particular site or location is transferred to a different site or location where it is transformed into action which constitutes the nature of functioning. Life is always associated with its living functions and these functions depend upon the use of energy. If the Nucleus is viewed as the Seat of Knowledge of a Living Cell, it communicates its Knowledge to another Cell Structure known as Ribosome which is the Site of Action for the Knowledge transferred from the Nucleus. The Ribosome performs its action of Protein Synthesis drawing Energy provided by another Cell Structure known as Mitochondrion.
So also the human brain provides information and sends signals to muscles to perform actions. Muscle cells perform actions drawing Energy from Mitochondria of their Cells. This process called Living depends upon the use of Energy. If Life is a manifestation of an Energy or Life Force, Life could be defined as Knowing the Connection between ‘energy-Seeker'( or energy-demanding molecules ) and an ‘Energy-Provider’ or Source of Energy( or energy-yielding molecules ).
Life and its functions are evidence of its State of Knowledge. Hence, Life could be defined as “Knowledge in Action.” Life comes into existence or into a state called Living, and Life begins with the establishment of Knowledge in an object or matter that gains the identity of a Living Organism.
I SAY I GRIND, YOU GRIND, LIFE IS NOTHING BUT A DAILY GRIND.
TIBETAN NATION-TIBETAN IDENTITY-PHOTO PILGRIMAGE TO TIBET
I discover the Tibetan Nation and Tibetan Identity through my photo pilgrimage to Tibet.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
Photographer records Tibet with passion
The Buddha’s Day at Langmu Temple in Gannan during the 2019 Festival celebration [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Photographer Hu Guoqing has been closely following and capturing life in Tibet for more than ten years, travelling to the region eight times. His most recent visit included a trip to the Langmu Temple in Gannan, where he observed the grand Buddha Worshipping Festival.
Every year on January 13th of the Chinese lunar calendar, thousands of monks gather in Langmu Temple to participate in the Festival, which is also known as the Buddha Show Festival.
Monks carry huge statues of the Thangka Buddha to a fixed platform at the foot of the monastery for people to worship. Tibetan people wear beautiful clothes, bring a year’s harvest as part of a personal pilgrimage, and conduct small-scale material exchange. The most important thing during the event is the grand scene of worshipping the Buddha.
This year, the Festival experienced intense snowfall, adding to the grandeur of the event.
Hu Guoqing is a member of the China Photographers Association, and has won several photography awards, such as the 10th China Photography Award, and the 2014 Top Ten Creative Photographer in China
Pilgrims in the snow [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Followers on their way to the Buddha’s Day event [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Followers in the snow [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Some disciples of the Buddhist Academy [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
People climb Mount Kailash in Tibet [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Tibetan people and yaks [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
The season of sowing Highland Barley [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Tibetan people cross the grasslands of Gongga Mountain [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Potala Palace Square, Lhasa [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Pilgrims during prayers [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Pilgrims scatter longda, little pieces of paper printed with horses and beasts , for blessings [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
The road to the holy mountain [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]
Followers walk around the mountain to pilgrimage [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]