India to demand treasures including Koh-i-Noor in colonial ‘reckoning’

Narendra Modi targets crown jewels and museum artefacts in repatriation campaign that dwarfs Greece’s attempt to reclaim Elgin marbles


Yes, the UK has much reckoning to do, but will it do it, well if not a trade deal may not be available.


Source: India to demand treasures including Koh-i-Noor in colonial ‘reckoning’

 Chancellor Rishi Sunak defends wife Akshata Murty in row over non-dom status – BBC News

There are many Indians, former residents of India, who have decided to be residents of the UK and wish to stay in the UK, rather than keep open the option to return to India as they decided that the UK is now their home. Also they would not be able to afford to have Non-dom status, as Akshata Murty is reported to be paying £30,000 a year for non-dom status.

While, I believe she has still decided to retain her non-dom status, she will now be also paying UK tax on her Indian income.

Rishi is currently the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a MP so you would expect him to be wishing to retain residency, but his wife appears to be unsure as she expects to return to India, hence her non-dom status. Rushi also kept his American Green Card so expecting him to return to residence in America. Is this what we expect from a MP and  a Chancellor of the Exchequer for is he planning to move to America or India or is it all purely a means to avoid as much UK tax as possible.

He has seen that those least able to afford it pay as much as possible when he could have increased tax free limits, increased benefits, but no he wants the poor and disabled to suffer, while he and his family play tax avoidance. He was claimed to be great for some of his actions during COVID, the Furlough and other measures, but was this some of his playing with the UK population, who knows what’s in his mind.


Source: Chancellor Rishi Sunak defends wife Akshata Murty in row over non-dom status – BBC News

Non-domiciliary residency and paying UK tax

It is now in the news that the wife, Akshata Murty of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, being of India origin is unable to obtain Dual Nationality and decided to retain her Indian Nationality rather than applying for UK Nationality. This means she does pay UK taxes on her income earned within the UK, which has been stated that she does, but not with regards to any income earned in India and this has been so for the last 7 years as this is paid un der India’s system

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also stated that this was not possible after 15 years, but didn’t take time to expand on this’

I would stress this is all perfectly legal as is the situation such as Amazon and paying UK tax, but is it ethical and only open to persons or companies of wealth.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also states that the tax affairs of Akshata Murty should be treated as being private and this |I would normally agree with, but she is married to Rishi, the Chancellor you by them being a couple could well be enjoying the benefits of his wife’s earnings, so with this questioning should be done.

Many in the UK are suffering considerably due to the measures introduced by Rishi to gain more revenue, while revenue is being avoided by his wife as she chooses to retain Indian Nationality rather than obtain UK Nationality as she could do having been in the UK for 3 years.

A Tory prime minister, one David Cameron, once said ‘we are in it together‘, which reflected his comment when in Opposition.

Talk is easy, but actions are what are noticed and rightly so.

We are never all in this together for it is down to wealth, the less you have the less equal you are, when the true equality should be, in that for all to be equal, more needs to be done to bring people up to being more equal for it will never be that the wealthy give to make those less wealthy more so. Even, if the miracle does happen, the wealthy have the means to leave the UK, which the less wealthy have not.

Will a millionaire, ever need to attend a food bank, for if they do it will be because only millionaires and billionaires exist as all below have creased to exist and the millionaires will then be the new poor. No wealth redistribution only the extermination of those who have no means to exist, which in many instances are quickly approaching and for some already have.

It is said that there is a facility to voluntarily pay the tax you would have paid if you were eligible to pay, so as a gesture of goodwill she could pay voluntarily, for she can afford to do so, but feel she is unlikely to do so.

Mother-of-one, 20, attacked by crowd in Delhi, India after being gang raped and tortured [Video] | Daily Mail Online

WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: Police arrested 11 people after a 20-year-old mother-of-one was gang raped and dragged through a jeering crowd that attacked her on Wednesday in Delhi, India.


In India misogamy appears to part of their culture which is not good news for women in India. While the Indian authorities say they are doing what they can to uphold the rights of women it does not appear to be so in many parts of the Indian population and this is in many ways reflected in the Indian Law and order system to some extent.

Until the rights of women are really defended and respected in India then women will continue to be abused.

Only India can do this, but they are not alone for many parts of the World do not respect women as they should, as this can be seen, especially in Afghanistan by the ruling Taliban and some other Arabic countries including Saudi Arabia.

However, in the West all is not as it should be in some instances as can be seen with the Met police in London


Source: Mother-of-one, 20, attacked by crowd in Delhi, India after being gang raped and tortured [Video] | Daily Mail Online

John Kerry: Cop26 puts us closer than ever to avoiding climate chaos | Cop26 | The Guardian

US climate envoy says many countries have very aggressively increased their ambition


Is John Kerry’s comment totally correct or is he just trying to put a good spin on the outcome of Cop26.

I say this as Cop26 promised so much more and could easily have not produced anything.

For the last minute intervention of India and China could well have meant that there was no good outcome from Cop26, even though there was a good outcome, the outcome could have been much better, if the Indian and Chinese intervention had not been made.

Even with the reduced outcome, it is still good, but not as good as it could have been, so we are not as close to avoiding Climate chaos as we could have been and all this assumes that every country will do as they promised, which has not been so with past Cops. Why not put penalty clauses in the outcomes, so that if any country fails to do as they promised then they would have to pay severe penalties. But then one may not get any promises.

For there is still a very long way to go and the time is running very short.

Would Trump have pulled out of the Paris Accord if there was a penalty to be paid for doing so, well with Trump, well he could still well have done so because, according to him, he does no wrong, for Trump Word is law, who said so, well Trump himself believed that, for according to him he was the best president ever, what a moron!!

But climate change is very serious and many countries could well disappear, if more is not done and done quickly, especially Great Abaco of the Abaco Islands Bahamas.

We all need to do more, everyone one of us.

Source: John Kerry: Cop26 puts us closer than ever to avoiding climate chaos | Cop26 | The Guardian

‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian

Applause for Cop26 president Alok Sharma after he gave the closing speech at the closing plenary of the UN climate summit on Saturday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


We are all seeing the effects of climate change some much more than others, but many in the developed world and a few in the non-developed world are not taking it as seriously as they should.

That said, and although Cop26 could have done a whole lot better, it did achieve somethings as long as all the countries present do as they  promised. But even that can’t be guaranteed.

Even what has been promised will not be enough to save some of the countries who were present, especially some of the small island nations. Great Abaco, Bahamas being just one

The likes of China, India and Australia should be ashamed of some of their lack of commitment, but others could do more including Russia, America and even the UK and some others in the developed world. Also some in the non-developed world such as Brazil.

World leaders have to commit and with some of the major countries their leaders were not there not even for one second.

If in the next 5 to 10 years one country is lost then this will be down to all the lack of commitment at Cop26 and all the other Cops, for the days of inaction have gone long ago.

Coal has to go, no matter how important to some countries it is and go quickly, even 2030 could be too late. But there is gas and oil and the destructions of forests which also need to be seriously dealt with.

They need to go completely as discounting is nowhere near good enough.

Even with America their involvement can’t be guaranteed for it could be more than likely that Trump or some others could emerge, as it could in many of the other countries.

Climate change is with us and has been for many years, but it is not being taken as seriously as it should be.

There will be another Cop being Cop27 in Egypt next year and much more needs to be done there , if not before.


Source: ‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian

India’s Disabilities Act amendment to boost businesses will dilute the anti-discrimination clauses :

An amendment seeks to decriminalise minor offences and have some cases settled outside court.

Source: India’s Disabilities Act amendment to boost businesses will dilute the anti-discrimination clauses :

Children as young as 13 saved from clutches of forced marriage across Yorkshire – Yorkshire Post

Children as young as 13 have been saved from the clutches of forced marriage by police officers across Yorkshire.

A special investigation by the Yorkshire Post can today reveal 183 cases have been intercepted by police across Yorkshire and the Humber in 2018.


Source: Children as young as 13 saved from clutches of forced marriage across Yorkshire – Yorkshire Post

Sunday Topics: Impeachment poll, Trump is triggering a geopolitical realignment, Dems’ internal troubles

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Impeachment poll

A new CNN poll shows an increase in support for impeaching President Trump, but it also shows that Americans still resist impeachment even though they support the ongoing investigations of him by Democrats in the House of Representatives.

  • President Trump’s approval rating remains steady at 43% approve, 52% disapprove.
  • Support for impeachment increased over the last month to 41% predominantly among Democrats and college educated whites, while 54% oppose impeachment.
  • The percentage of people who say Democrats are overreaching in their investigations of Trump decreased correspondingly to 40% over the same period, and 53% say that Trump isn’t doing enough to cooperate with those investigations.
  • 47% agree that Democrats’ investigations of Trump are justified by the facts while 44% disagree.
  • 67% want Robert Mueller to publicly testify before Congress.
  • 66% believe that legislative cooperation between Congress and the White House is being negatively impacted…

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Indian temple shuts for ‘purification’ after women enter shrine – Asia Times

The Sabarimala Temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala was closed in order for a “purification” ritual to be performed after two women below 50 years of age offered prayers at the shrine early on Wednesday morning.

The two women were the first to be able to enter the temple since the Supreme Court ordered an end to the decades-old ban on the entry of menstruating women to the shrine. Bindu and Kanaka Durga, in their early 40s, entered the shrine surrounded by security at around 3.45 am.


Source: Indian temple shuts for ‘purification’ after women enter shrine – Asia Times