What is the KKK+1 factor and what is its importance in the world today? It is certainly not about the infamous Ku Klux Klan in the least. Instead, it is about the famous three KKK+1 personalities who have dominated the world news in the recent days.
The first K in the headlines today is Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died at the ripe old age of 94. Kalashnikov is the inventor of the famous automatic assault rifle, the AK-47. The AK-47 is the weapon of choice of terrorist organizations all over the world. The AK-47 came into prominence during the Cold War Era Afghan war; it was the weapons the rag-tag mujaheddin militia used to defeat the mighty U.S.S.R.
The second K is Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party), is considered by many a giant killer as he defeated Sheila Dixit, the incumbent chief minister. His win ended the 15-year rule of Sheila Dixit and the Congress party in the state of Delhi. Kajrewal is now all set to become the youngest chief minster of Delhi, and has made a coalition government with the Congress party; the same party he ruthlessly campaigned against and defeated. Allying with Congress, and not the fundamentalist BJP, appears to be a case of choosing the lesser of two evils. An important point that needs to be considered is that had he not formed a coalition, Delhi would, under the terms of the constitution, be under President’s rule till the next general elections. This would have been for a period of six months at least, as the next general elections are scheduled to be held in June 2014.
The third K is Dr. Devyani Khobragade. She was the deputy consul general of India stationed at New York and is the main character of the row between U.S. and India. The charges against her are visa fraud and making false statement. Her former maid accused her of ill-treatment and of paying her less than $3 an hour, while she brought her from India on the contract by which the maid was to be paid $ 4,500 a month. The Indian government has asked the U.S. to seek an unconditional apology plus drop the case against Khobragade.
The +1 is the fourth K; Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky. The former Russian oil tycoon and the CEO of Yukos, who spent a decade behind bars for fraud and tax evasion. The real reason, though, according to the political analysts, was that he supported the political opponents of President Putin. Within hours of his release, he was boarded off to Germany, where he is presently in Berlin with his ailing mother. Kodorkovsky has no interest in taking part in future Russian politics, though he has vowed that he will fight for the release of all the political prisoners being held by the oppressive regime of Putin. Putin signed the amnesty orders by which 20,000 prisoners were freed. The other high-profile prisoners include two members of the Pussy Riot Band and 30 Greenpeace activists. According to the political commentators, Putin signed this amnesty ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics to divert international attention from Russia’s dismal human rights record.
This is the KKK+1 factor that has dominated the world headlines in the recent weeks.
By Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada