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Goli Maaron Saalon Ko
Anurag Thakur’s novel pitch will open up a Nazi era
28.01.20 - Markandey Katju
Anurag Thakur’s novel pitch will open up a Nazi era



Union Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, must be credited for taking Indian politics to a higher virulent and toxic level than ever before.

At an election rally for the forthcoming Delhi Assembly elections on 8th February he shouted from a podium "Desh ke gaddaaron ko", and sure enough, the bloodthirsty mob, like the one calling for hanging of Cinna the poet merely because he bore the same name as one of the murderers of Caesar (in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar) shouted in response "Goli maaron saalon ko".

Everyone knows that in India elections are not contested on real issues like poverty, unemployment, malnourishment, lack of healthcare and good education, etc but on emotional issues like building Ram Mandir on so called Ram Janmabhoomi (which increased the BJP’s seats in the Lok Sabha from 2 in 1984 to 183 in 1999), cow protection, bashing the devil called Pakistan (the Balakot attack was of great help to the BJP, which was projected as a party of ‘chowkidars’ in the 2019 elections which gave it 303 seats) etc.

But the sheer brazenness of Anurag Thakur’s slogan really takes the cake. And the beauty of it is that it cannot be called an election  corrupt practice under section 123 (3A) of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, since it is delightfully vague.

Section 123(3A) regards as a corrupt practice "The promotion, or attempt to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred between different  classes of citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate".

Now the candidate was present in the meeting in which Anurag Thakur said this, so his statement was certainly with the consent of the candidate, But did it promote feelings of enmity or hatred between different communities or castes ? There is nothing in the statement which expressly does so, and it is well settled that an election malpractice must be proved beyond reasonable doubt, like a criminal offence. 

Who are the ‘desh ke gaddaar‘ who deserve to be shot? The expression can have any number of meanings. It can mean minorities like Muslims and Christians, who are perceived as terrorists and anti national. It can mean all those who are anti BJP. It can mean liberals. It can mean JNU, AMU and Jamia students (the tukde tukde gang). It can mean many other things.

In my opinion if the BJP wins the forthcoming Delhi Assembly elections (and I think it will) the primary credit must go to Anurag Thakur, much more than to Amit Shah. The latter only spoke of pressing the button of an EVM machine to disperse the anti CAA crowd in Shaheen Bagh. The former, on the other hand, has raised hatred against the undefined ‘desh drohis‘ to a feverish venomous pitch, and now the bloodthirsty mob will seek out the Cinnas to hang them for their bad verses. 

By advocating violence, Anurag Thakur has opened a new dimension in Indian politics, which will resemble the last years of the Weimar Republic in Germany when strong arm thugs like the S.A. and S.S. roamed the streets of Berlin, Munich etc winning arguments not by words but by breaking skulls.

I have several times said that though the Preamble to our Constitution declares India as a secular Republic, the ground reality is very different. In India most Hindus (80-90%) are communal, and so are most Muslims. Till 2014 this communalism was usually  latent and erupted only occasionally, but thereafter it has become open, virulent and continuous. Anurag Thakur’s statement will open up a Nazi era in Indian politics.

The great German leader Bismarck in a speech in 1862 to the Prussian Landtag said "The great issues of the day will not be decided by votes and speeches but by blood and iron (blut und eisen)". Indian politics seems also headed in the same direction.
 
 
Justice Markandey Katju is former Judge, Supreme Court of India and former Chairman, Press Council of India. 
 
 
 
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SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL: KATJU BLASTS GOGOI
A former judge condemns the "brother and sister judges" of the Supreme Court
23.01.20 -
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Whether you agree with him or not, you can always be assured former Supreme Court justice Markandey Katju won't mince words on controversial issues. Katju had retired from the Supreme Court in 2011 and has since been a prolific writer and speaker, never hesitating to speak or write on controversial issues.

So, it is not surprising that Katju had an opinion when news emerged that the Supreme Court had reinstated a woman who had accused former chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual misconduct. The woman, a Supreme Court staffer since 2014, had been dismissed from service in December 2018 when she had been posted to the residence-office of Gogoi. The woman had alleged Gogoi misbehaved with her in October 2018.

Taking to his Facebook account, Katju referred to the reinstatement of the woman by the Supreme Court and alleged Gogoi was a "rascal and a rogue". 
 
Katju wrote, "At last the woman employee who was sexually molested by CJI Gogoi and victimised along with her family has been reinstated. There was no vice which was not in Ranjan Gogoi. And yet this rascal and rogue rose to become CJI. It speaks volumes about our judiciary..."

Katju also lambasted the "brother and sister judges" of the Supreme Court who, instead of seeking to protect the complainant, protected Gogoi. 

Katju alleged Gogoi had misused his position as chief justice of India and harassed the woman's family. In a letter to the 22 judges of the Supreme Court in April 2019, the woman had claimed her husband and brother-in-law had been suspended from their positions of constables in the Delhi Police after she was terminated from service. In May 2019, an 'in-house' panel of Supreme Court justices exonerated Gogoi of all the charges against him.
 
Katju had written in another Facebook post on Wednesday, "How low a man was this rascal Ranjan Gogoi can be seen from the fact that he not only got the woman he sexually molested dismissed because she complained against him, but his vendetta was not thereby satisfied. He went after her whole family, and misusing his position as CJI got them sent to jail. And what about his brother/sister judges? They should have asked Gogoi to resign, but many of them protected him, instead of protecting that poor woman and her relatives. Shame on them."

Katju has had a 'history' with Gogoi. In November 2016, Katju was summoned to the Supreme Court to explain his criticism of a decision of a bench, led by Gogoi, to set aside the death penalty given in the Soumya murder case.

At the hearing, Gogoi issued a contempt of court notice against Katju. Gogoi had even summoned security personnel to escort Katju out after they argued in court, but decided against it after being requested by others. In a Facebook post on the incident, Katju alleged the court hearing was a "pre-arranged drama organised by Gogoi" with the intention to "humiliate" him.
 

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CAA, NPR and NCR
What Use Are These Protests?
22.01.20 - AMANDEEP SANDHU
What Use Are These Protests?



Today the Supreme Court heard around 140 petitions filed against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The Supreme Court refused to grant an interim stay on CAA or NRC or NPR and the government is free to implement those laws as of today. The Centre will have to file replies on all other CAA-related pleas (except those about Assam and Tripura) within four weeks. SC will consider hearing pleas related to Assam and Tripura separately, after Centre files its reply after the given window of two weeks. 
 
Yesterday, in Lucknow, the Home minister declared, 'CAA will not be withdrawn.' The day before, in Bengaluru he declared, 'Protests against CAA are anti-Dalit.'

All this while, for the last 35 days, at the peak of north Indian cold, the brave and resilient women of Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi, have been protesting day and bitter cold nights, calling to the Home Minister, the Prime Minister to talk them.
 
By today's news, 40 Shaheen Baghs have erupted across big and small cities and towns around India. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of mass protests have already taken place in the nation and are continuing in full stream.

In my opinion, these protests are targeted at CAA/NRC but the anger in people is about something much bigger: the very apathy and arrogance that the Home Minister has displayed and the RSS-based BJP's divisive Hindutva project through which for the last six years there is a definite attempt to turn the secular Indian nation into a Hindu Rasthra.
 
This when our economy is in doldrums and even the IMF has said that the fall in Indian economy is now affecting world trade.

Many people unfamiliar with protests are asking: what is the point? The government won't bend.

To them my answer is any protest should not only be seen as targeted at one result. The nature of protests is such that it accrues many gains while staying focused at its primary aim. To me, the protests of the last month plus are significant for three primary reasons:

- Overcoming Fear: It is through these protests that India's largest minority - painted in the corner for three decades since Babri, especially for last six years since the rise of BJP - has found its own voice. When the community was stepping out, there was the usual even liberal critique of clothing, of slogans, of chants, of religious agenda.
 
There was also drastic police action, much attempt at bullying, but the community chose to take it all head on and prevailed. This is a major step towards feeling equal, being able to assert oneself. This happened because along with the community, a huge number of people, especially the Generation Z students and people from all walks of life have stood up in solidarity all over the country.

- Creating the Narrative: Until now, the right-wing's biggest strength has been its effective targeted communication. The right-wing did this by usurping the symbols of the nation.
 
These protests display a fascinating creativity of slogans and poetry, stay focused on a single slogan 'Won't Show Papers/Kagaz Nahin Dikhayenge' and in the process have reclaimed the national flag, the colours, the anthem, the Preamble of the Constitution, every symbol of the nation.
 
Each day the right-wing tries to disrupt the new narrative, each day it fails. Added to that is the huge focus on non-violence, on not giving the state a chance to hijack or break the protest. I love how the right-wing is completely disarrayed.

- Non Political Party Politics: Yesterday, Samajwadi Party's leader Akhilesh Yadav's daughter's pictures (left in pic) from Clock Tower, Lucknow started circulating. He was at pains to explain how though his party is opposed to CAA, the daughter had merely gone for a walk and not to join the women protesting at Clock Tower. The same women whose blankets, food material the police had confiscated the previous night. This shows the gap between all traditional political parties and the people. Specifically, that party politics is not personal.
 
Hell! Politics is personal. Every single citizen fearing to be deported to detention camps is extremely personal. The simple fact is that people have moved far ahead in their politics and the positions the political parties occupy are now redundant. After all, these parties abused the Parliament by allowing the Bill to be passed. The parties now have only two choices: either evolve or perish.

The beauty of these protests is that they are spontaneous, they are organic, and no one reason will put them down. They are now the fertile ground for a new leadership to emerge.

A nation is always in evolution. I believe, these protests have opened a huge space in our society to evolve, to mature, and no longer fall prey to rabid Hindutva propaganda. Where the protests go, what emerges, is yet to be seen. The protests are an open road, walk them. Be part of history in the making.
 

Amandeep Sandhu is author of PANJAB: Journeys Through Fault Lines

 
 

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

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CAA & NPR
Punjab to move SC against CAA; Assembly passes resolution seeking repeal of act
17.01.20 - Team PT
Punjab to move SC against CAA; Assembly passes resolution seeking repeal of act



Describing the controversial legislation as ‘inherently discriminatory’ and a negation of the very secular fabric on which the Constitution of India is based, the Punjab Assembly on Friday adopted, by voice vote, a hard-hitting resolution seeking immediate repeal of the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA), which Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh compared with the ethnic and religious cleansing of Hitler’s Germany.

Clearly, no lessons had been learnt from history, said a visibly anguished Chief Minister during the discussion on the resolution, which also urged the Central Government to put on hold the work on the National Population Register (NPR), till forms/documents associated with it are amended suitably, in order to allay apprehensions that it is a prelude to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and designed to deprive a section of persons from citizenship of India and implement CAA.

The resolution, which termed CAA as divisive and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution, was introduced in the House by Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra, and witnessed extensive discussion before being put to vote by Speaker Rana KP Singh.
Pointing to the omission of Muslims and such other communities as Jews from the ambit of citizenship under the CAA, the resolution asked for a repeal of the Act "to avoid any discrimination on the basis of religion in granting citizenship and to ensure equality before law for all religious groups in India.”

Talking informally to mediapersons outside the House, the Chief Minister said the Centre would have to make the necessary amendments to CAA if it had to be implemented in Punjab and other states opposing the legislation. Like Kerala, his government would also approach the Supreme Court on the issue, he added. In response to a question, he made it clear that the census in Punjab would be conducted on the old parameters and the new factors added by the Centre for the purpose of the NPR would not be included.

Terming the divisive Act as a tragedy that he was unfortunate to witness in his lifetime, the Chief Minister earlier spoke from the heart in the House to lament that "what happened in Germany under Hitler in 1930 is happening in India now.” "Germans did not speak then, and they regretted it, but we have to speak now, so that we don’t regret later,” he asserted, urging the Opposition, particularly the Akalis, to read Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to understand the dangers of CAA. He said he would get the book translated and distributed so that all could read and grasp the historical mistakes that Hitler made.

"What is happening in India is not good for the country,” said Captain Amarinder, adding that people could see and understand, and were protesting spontaneously, without any instigation.” Making an impassioned plea to the Akalis to rise above politics and think about their own country before deciding on their vote, he said he had never imagined such a tragedy could happen in a secular nation like India, which had more Muslims than Pakistan.

"Where will all those people, who you brand as non-citizens, go? Where will the 18 lakh people declared illegal in Assam go if other countries refuse to take them? Has anyone thought about it? Has the Home Minister even thought about what has to be done with the so-called illegal people? Where will the poor people get their birth certificates from?” asked the Chief Minister, declaring that "we all have to live together as citizens of secular India in our own interest.”
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People of all faiths have lived harmoniously together in this country all these years, and Muslims have given their lives for this country, said the Chief Minister, citing the example of Indian Army soldier Abdul Hamid, who received the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his actions during the Indo-Pak war of 1965, just like many others. The Cellular Jail in Andamans was full of Muslim names, he pointed out.

"Why have Muslims been excluded? And why have they (Centre) not included Jews in the CAA?”, asked Captain Amarinder, pointing out that India had a Jew Governor, General Jacob, who also fought for the nation in the 1971 war.
Those responsible for this situation should be ashamed of themselves, said the Chief Minister, even as he lashed out at the Akalis for supporting the legislation in Parliament and then speaking on it in different voices to promote their political agenda. Pointing out that Punjab had just celebrated the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, who taught that "koyi Hindu nahin, koyi Mussalman nahin, sab rab key bandey,” Captain Amarinder asked the Akalis if they had forgotten the Guru’s teachings. "You should be ashamed, and you will repent this one day,” he said, adding that he felt bad about speaking in such language but circumstances had made it necessary.
 

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SAD (Taksali) to land at Shaheen Bagh on Jan 19
Punjab is at Shaheen Bagh today – Farmers, Students, Activists Stand In Solidarity With Muslim Women Against CAA-NRC
15.01.20 - Punjab Today Bureau
Punjab is at Shaheen Bagh today – Farmers, Students, Activists Stand In Solidarity With Muslim Women Against CAA-NRC



New Delhi: Punjab emerged as the in-focus state today, January 15, at the Shaheen Bagh protest site with hundreds of farmers and student activists converging in solidarity with the women staging a sit-in against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Top leadership of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), led by its president Joginder Singh Ugrahan and general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, with hundreds of their supporters, declared complete support to anti-CAA movement and said they will also organise a Punjab-level massive protest on the issue very soon.

Activists of Lok Morcha Punjab, Naujawan Bharat Sabha and Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa) also landed at South Delhi's Shaheen Bagh on Wednesday morning.

A smaller group of activists led by Joginder Singh Ugrahan also reached the JNU campus to express solidarity with the protesting students and demanded immediate resignation of the vice-chancellor.

Meanwhile, the top leadership of Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), led by its president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and including Ratan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan as well as Bir Devinder Singh, will be landing at the Shaheen Bagh on January 19.

Speaking to Punjab Today, Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said the BKU activists are busy planning a massive agitation on the issue of parali burning in Punjab next week, on Jan 20 and 21, and after that, a major demonstration is being planned on the CAA-NRC issue.

"Let India's rulers listen to this simple fact: 'We the farmers' are an integral part of 'We the people' and we shall not allow communal forces to divide the people. On one side, these communal and crony-capitalist forces are hand in glove, and on the other side, there is the unity of students, youth, farmers, workers, teachers, professionals and all progressive, right-minded people. This is a battle we will fight to the finish," Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan declared to loud cheers at the Shaheen Bagh.

Among other farmer leaders at Shaheen Bagh on Wednesday were Jhanda Singh Jethuke, Hardip Singh Tallewal, Jaswinder Singh Longowal and Harvinder Kaur Bindu, who also led a group of women from Punjab in sisterly solidarity with the Muslim women.

The Lok Morcha Punjab group was led by Jagmel Singh, the Naujawan Bharat Sabha group was led by Ashwani Ghudda.

Confirming the SAD (Taksali) party's plans, its chief spokesperson and senior vice president Bir Devinder Singh said they will be meeting the JNU Students Union leadership as well. 

SAD (Taksali) general secretary Karnail Singh Pir Mohammad and its youth wing president Harsukhinder Singh Babbi Badal, as well as former MLA Ravinder Singh Brahampura will be part of the delegation that will declare total support of the Sikh community and the larger Punjabi society in the agitation against any divisive agenda.

"We are with the progressive forces in this country, be it on Kashmir, Art 370 or the nefarious plans to carry out a nation-wide NRC. We also demand that the Congress must direct all its chief ministers, including Amarinder Singh, to openly declare that they will not carry out the NPR work. It is strange that Amarinder Singh is silent on this. If Kerala Assembly can pass a resolution opposing the CAA, why can't the Punjab Assembly do the same?" Bir Devinder Singh said.

Punjab has been intermittently represented at the Shaheen Bagh protest site. Earlier, on January 3, noted Sikh legislative affairs expert and human rights activist Prof Jagmohan Singh from Ludhiana had addressed the crowds at the Shaheen Bagh with his video initially going viral among the Sikh community groups on social media, and later finding even more traction on Muslim viral groups. "Well, that’s the beauty of taking a stance on human rights. It always resonates with the more oppressed,” Prof Singh, a veteran of many fights over rights, said wryly.
 
Dal Khalsa’s Kanwar Pal Singh’s presence at the Shaheen Bagh only underlined the broad spectrum from which the collective rage against CAA-NRC is drawing support. "The outpouring of such support is actually a long suppressed feeling that goes way beyond the current shenanigans of RSS-BJP. The saga of trundling over minorities’ sentiments and aspirations in India is decades old, and now that Congress and its acolytes are also discredited, the people are reclaiming their nationalities, identities, desires, aspirations and destiny. Shaheen Bagh is an example of it,” Kanwar Pal Singh said.

Speaking to Punjab Today, Prof Jagmohan Singh said it has become imperative for the Sikh community and for Punjab to stand up and be counted at this juncture because "we have suffered in the past and our experience teaches us that remaining silent will amount to consenting with violators of human rights.”

The Shaheen Bagh protest has now entered into its second month, becoming an unprecedented event in independent India's history where people across class, race, religion, creed are coming in solidarity with Muslim women who have taken up the cudgels on citizenship issue.
 
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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

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Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

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A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

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Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

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Comment by: Dr Craig Parrish

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

reply


Comment by: Dr Craig Parrish

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

reply


Comment by: Dr Craig Parrish

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

We are in urgent need of a kidney donor for a good amount of 7Cr (Advance money 3.5cr) in India, Interested person kindly Contact us now..
DR Craig Parrish
Call / WhatsApp: +919047292804
Email- craigparrishkidneyfoundation@yahoo.com

reply


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