Labour Candidate Slams Party for Anti-India Selection

The candidate who missed out on being selected for Leicester East has railed against Labour for running a “sham contest” in the seat, selecting NEC member and friend-of-the-site Claudia Webbe. In his statement, Sundip Meghani criticised the party for allowing its “ruling Executive [to choose] a member of Labour’s ruling Executive as the candidate.

Meghani says Labour has ignored the concerns of the sizable Indian community in the seat, saying Corbyn’s party “has chosen to rub salt into the wound it has created amongst British Indians.” Read his powerful statement here…

“Worst of all, it is a slap in the face for the Indian community in Leicester and across Britain, to not only impose a non-Indian heritage candidate — in a seat with one of the highest Indian demographics in the country — but also a candidate who chaired Labour’s National Conference last year when it passed an appalling anti-India motion. It sends entirely the wrong message and is an insult to the people I come from. It shows just how little the Labour Party values and respects the Indian community, particularly Hindus and Sikhs.

Any other decent candidate would have been suitable – it didn’t necessarily have to be me. But by selecting such an inappropriate candidate for Leicester East, Labour has chosen to rub salt into the wound it has created amongst British Indians. Labour is taking the Indian vote for granted and I condemn this crooked outcome.”

This is just the latest incident in Labour’s rapidly growing India problem. Ian Lavery is quoted in the Times of India today as being contrite about the offence caused to “some sections of the Indian diaspora, and in India itself…” A lot of voters too…

110 British Indian Organisation Claim Corbyn has ‘Sown Seeds of Disharmony’

As Guido reported on Friday, despite not being Prime Minister, Corbyn has already managed to spark a major diplomatic row in India following a meeting he had with the left wing Indian Congress Party in which he claimed they had discussed the ongoing issue in Kashmir, which then caused Modi’s party to accuse their opponents of “shameful shenanigans”. The Congress Party hit back, accusing Corbyn of misrepresenting their meeting. Corbyn’s stellar foreign policy record continues…

Now, 110 British Indian organisations have signed a letter addressed to Corbyn, expressing their “deep dismay” at the “one-sided and divisive” emergency motion on Kashmir that was passed at Labour’s conference, which has “sown the seeds of community disharmony within the United Kingdon“. Read the full letter below…

Guido also learns that a big protest is now planned for Wednesday, and Lord Gadhia will today be leading a charge on the issue in Parliament. This issue for Labour isn’t Kash-merely going to go away…

Lenin Statue Bulldozed as Communists Lose in India

This is the moment a crowd of BJP supporters, the UKIPpers of India, bulldozed a statue of Lenin after communists lost control of India’s Tripura state. The statue, in Belonia town, had stood for the last five of the Communist Party of India’s 25 year rule over the region. Tapas Dutta, a party official, told The Indian Express newspaper:

“After the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body. Then the BJP workers played football with Lenin’s head.”

Sound…

India Protests Scotland’s Extravagant Spending

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Pressure is mounting on Baroness Scotland tonight after India expressed its anger at the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s extravagant spending. The Indian press says their government is “concerned“, reporting that “alarm bells went off” when they learned Baroness Scotland handed huge contracts to her friends and spent vast sums doing up her Mayfair residence, all paid for by the Commonwealth taxpayer. A letter sent by Baroness Scotland to the Indian high commissioner attempting to justify the lavish spending splurge has gone down particularly badly. The Indian press quote their corruption-conscious government as complaining:

“We are the fourth largest financial contributor to the Commonwealth. We have concerns in how the budget is being spent.”

The main Commonwealth contributors – Britain, Canada, Australia and India – are the ones paying through the nose for Baroness Scotland’s vanities. They are the ones who can stop her too…

London Lands 30 Billion Rupee “Masala Bond”

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India’s first offshore rupee-denominated bond was listed on the London Stock Exchange today. The investment – known as a “masala” bond – was issued by India’s largest bank HDFC, whose chairman Deepak Parekh praised London’s “wide range of financial instruments” and “unshakable trust from international investors.”

“While we did explore other markets for listing, the responsiveness and efficiency with which the officials at the UKLA and London Stock Exchange responded to our urgent requirements was remarkable.”

HDFC’s decision to place the 30 billion rupee / £341 million bond on the British market was preceded by the Chinese government earlier this year, who issued the first ever Yuan bond outside of China (worth £300 million) in May. Last week, the German stock exchange (Deutsche Börse) voted overwhelmingly in favour of merging with the London Stock Exchange, hoping to make it the world’s largest market. Both India and China are listed within the top 20 GDP growth rates in the world, and form part of Guido’s post-Brexit trade map. It cements London’s place as the financial capital of the world – Paris and Frankfurt didn’t have a hope. Even the arch-Remainiacs over at Bloomberg are grudgingly admitting it’s good post-Brexit news…

Guardian Cynically Uses Heatwave Tragedy to Sell Global Warming

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In what is a perhaps a new low for the Guardian, the Observer ran an article on Sunday using the tragic deaths in India’s ongoing heatwave to advance their climate change agenda:

“This is a scenario we should get used to seeing more of, scientists say. As the effects of climate change take hold and global temperatures creep up, extreme heat events will become more common.”

There’s just one problem with the sensationally titled articleThe heat and the death toll are rising in India. Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?“, as even the article caveats later on, blaming the deaths on climate change is a little far fetched for a region that has been hit by heat-waves throughout recorded history.

“It is hard to say for sure whether any single extreme weather event is a result of man made climate change, but this is a scenario we should get used to seeing more of, scientists say.”

Do they have no shame?

Thanks From the Indian Space Research Organisation

Success! British taxpayers will be delighted to learn that India’s mission to Mars is complete, with the Mangalyaan spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet last night. The Mars Orbiter Mission cost £45 million, or 6% of the £800 million in overseas aid Britain has sent to India since 2010.

Once again, the Indian Space Research Organisation would like to say thank you for all the money:

Not a bad time for UKIP to pledge a 90% cut in overseas aid at their party conference…

Who is Modi?

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The line from the Guardian/BBC axis is that Narendra Modi is a dangerous blood-thirsty right-wing nationalist, a sectarian Hindu who oversaw the massacre of Muslims in his home state of Gujurat. For added measure he was associated with the RSS, a uniformed Hindu-fascist organisation. Despite all this disapproval from the left-wing media establishment he has just won more votes in a free election than anyone on the planet…

The reality is he has risen from being a lower caste, poor chai-wallah, a boy selling tea at a train station, to successfully running Gujarat – a state with a population of 60 million – which has outperformed the rest of chronically corrupt India on all economic indicators. The Indian supreme court found there was no evidence that Modi allowed or even encouraged the mob violence in 2002 in Gujarat that led to some thousand deaths. The RSS is closer to Baden Powell’s boy scouts than Hitler’s brownshirts. Modi is a vegetarian, technocrat who believes that India’s Hindus and India’s Hindu culture should command more respect. In that it is fair to say he is a conservative nationalist.

The born-to-rule Congress Party has been swept from power, the once great idealistic party of Gandhi that brought Fabian socialism to India had degenerated into an arrogant, corrupt, nepotistic kleptocracy. Modi offers his fellow members of India’s lower castes the prospect of social mobility, competent government and a high growth economy based on free market reforms, accelerated privatisations and technological progress. Modi’s campaign emphasises optimistically that India can become the largest market in the world and in a way reminiscent of Ronald Reagan, Modi promises to make India proud of its future. His campaign anthem commercial rocks too:

India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।

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Guido India would never run out of copy…

Flashback: Indian Spaceman Thanks British Taxpayer

As India prepares to launch a giant up yours to China by sending a probe to Mars, lets just remember how grateful the Indian spaceman was to receive the £800 million in British aid since 2010. Blast off!

We Pay for Indian Olympic Team They Win No Gold Medals

As the Olympics drew to a close a couple of weeks ago Guido reminded readers just how much they had forked out for the Games. Now the Paralympics are under way there is one last stat to boil the blood of Olympic-sceptics one last time.

The Indian government spent a staggering £30 million training up their athletes for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a tenth of Britain’s £300 million annual aid budget to the country. And what did we (or they) get for our money? A grand total of zero gold medals, two silvers, four bronzes and an embarrassing final ranking of 55th in the world. As for the Paralympics, India has sent just ten athletes to London. Now Indian Olympian Randhir Singh is asking for more cash:

“The government is spending tremendous amount of money and taking sports seriously. If that continues, there is no limit to what we can do. Take the case of Australia, they spent a lot and did so well. Now they have stopped spending and finished just in the top 10. There can’t be a comparison with China. They have been spending generously for a long time. We’ve just started.”

When will Andrew Mitchell wake up…

Video: Cancer Sufferer Attacks PM For Indian Space Project

Dave had a very tense moment on LBC earlier today as he was forced to explain to a cancer patient why the NHS could not afford to pay for her treatment despite billions being spent on foreign aid. His face told the whole story…

Labour MP Denies Illegal Donation From the Indian Government

Ten days ago the Telegraph ran an intriguing story about Ealing MP Virendra Sharma and a mysterious party he held to celebrate his election victory in May 2010. A host of big names, including David Miliband and Lord Paul, came along to the event that was hosted at the Monsoon Banqueting Suites in Southall. Nothing really out of the usual so far. Except for an allegation in the Indian Express that the party was paid for by the Indian government through its tourist board in London “Incredible India”:

“An invoice of £5,000 was made out to the Incredible India Office. Jagdish Chander, director of the office, received a letter dated May 31, 2010 from “Dr C Marliapart,” “chief executive” of the “Krishna Menon Institute”, thanking him for funding the event. “Thank you for participating and supporting our event on 23rd of May 2010. On behalf of Krishna Menon Institute I would like to thank you for contribution of £5,000 towards to costs of the hall hire and the entertainement. Could you please make the cheque payable to Monsoon.” India Tourism obliged with a State Bank of India cheque to Monsoon on July 14, 2010.”

When Sharma’s attention was drawn to the matter by Ealing councillor Phil Taylor he said:

“I vehemently deny the false allegations that you refer to in your email and that have appeared in various media. I have never received a donation from Indiatourism and have therefore never been liable to make a declaration in the Parliamentary register of members’ interests.”

But Guido has some bad news for Sharma, via his Indian sources, he’s managed to get hold of a copy of the cheque:

Even if the event was private it would be dodgy enough to have what is effectively an arm of a foreign government pay for it, but Sharma clearly said on the night:

“On behalf of our chair Gurdip Sahota I welcome you to the Ealing Southall Labour Party thank you celebration.”

In other words it’s an official event. There is no declaration to Parliament or the Electoral Commission for it, and besides foreign donations are illegal. What’s going on Mr Sharma?

Victory: Mitchell Promises Aid to India Will Be Stopped


Whilst the austerity squeeze is being put on at home, Guido thought it a little odd that the UK taxpayer was expected to borrow hundreds of milllions to send to India whilst they boost the Indian space program and equip their aircraft carriers, which we can’t afford to do.[…] Read the rest

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Indian Spaceman Thanks Taxpayers for All the Money


We found the taxman doling out our hard-earned cash to the grateful Indian spaceman watched over by a rather chippy Cafod staffer. India remains the biggest recipient of British development aid, having received more than £800 million over the last three years.[…] Read the rest

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Indian Astronaut Thanks Mitchell for Taxpayers' Cash

Cafod, Oxfam, Action Aid and other assorted campaign groups have put together a little jamboree in Westminster where activists are demanding that the international aid budget goes up from 0.7% to 1%. At a time when the UK can’t even afford an aircraft carrier, most people are baffled by the idea of giving our money to nuclear powers like India and Pakistan.  […] Read the rest

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Brown Goes to India, Avoiding Scotland

Gordon invited himself at the last moment onto Alastair Darling’s trade trip to India. Obviously it will provide a few good photo-ops but a happy by-product is that it will get him out of one photo-op that he now deems best avoided.
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Cameron a Hit in India

Anyone who has been to India knows what the bus drivers can be like. Guido has been on buses careering round mountains with the driver mistaking the horn for a safety feature. Dave’s mini-bus has unfortunately crashed into a woman badly injuring her seriously enough for her to be taken to hospital.
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