Robotics is being proclaimed as the biggest impending trend that will shape the world, and in particular, the development of robots for military purpose. Nations around the world are joining in this new arms race, and India has announced that it is going to join in as well. Not just will it join in,but the government is actively looking to help students understand how robots work and to help them learn the military applications for them in preparation for future careers in robotics:
SSC student Lavanya wondered how robots could play football, and precisely identify the movement of the ball. Intrigued by the release of humanoid ‘Sophia’, class seven student Mahesh wondered if the rapid growth in number of humanoids could pose any danger to humans.
These are not students from any corporate school. These are students from a State-run Kammakandriga Zilla Parishad High School near Tirupati, who grilled the science experts on the occasion of ‘Science Day’.
In a bid to have science reach the rural areas, the Tirupati chapter of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), led by its President and former SVU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rallapalli Ramamurthy, observed the event at the little-known school in the form of a demonstration on robotics.
Titled ‘Understanding of robotics’, the demo was given by the Mindtronix crew, who presented five types of robots — meant for domains such as military and warfare, space research, and humanoid — which work on infra-red technology.
Visibly thrilled by the movement of the robots, the students had a hands-on experience on dismantling and re-assembling the robots, while Prof. Ramamurthy explained the basic physics behind them.
On behalf of ISCA, he also offered to train mandal-level teachers in higher science so that they could teach the same to students hailing from rural areas.
District science coordinator P. Neelakantaiah announced that a similar event was conducted at Pathiputtur ZP high school in Vadamalapet under the aegis of APCOST. More events will be held in the first week of March at government schools in Thondamanadu (Srikalahasti), Rompicherla, Ramasamudram and Gundla Kattamanchi (Bangarupalyam). (source)
Mindtronix corporation, which gave the presentation, is an educational outreach platform that promotes the Indian equivalent of what STEM is for the USA. The company, which was founded in 2016, does not build robots for military purposes. However, the fact that it is promoting robots for military use means there must be a deeper connection to larger funders and the military-industrial complex.
While looking for information, we came across a story on LiveMint, which is a separate and online-only newspaper published by the Hindustan Times, one of the major newspapers in India. According to the story, which dates from December 2017, it says the India has the potential to be the second largest producer of robots in the world and can potentially attain this goal by 2020. The author, R. Shashank Reddy, works for the Carnegie Foundation’s India branch and is a “security specialist” as well as is a member of the “International Panel for the Regulation of Automated (read- Robotic) Weapons” based in Berlin, Germany, and he says that in order for India to attain this goal, she needs to work with Japan and leverage Japanese technology and engineering with Indian software and IT talent:
India’s robotics industry on the other hand, is still in its nascent stages, with penetration of industrial robotics limited to large manufacturing concerns. Further, there have been no significant investments in the field of personal or consumer robotics. This situation, however, is starting to change, with the necessary push being given by a clutch of new start-ups. The use of industrial and surgical robots in particular is on the rise. GreyOrange, for example, one of the leading robotics and automation start-ups in India recently launched Butler, a robot that sorts 1.2 crore packets a month, potentially revolutionizing warehouse logistics in the country. Surgical robots are also becoming increasingly popular. Currently, India possesses over 50 surgical robots that conduct an estimated 700 robotic-assisted surgeries each month in the country. But, there is potential for a lot more to be done. According to Vattikuti Foundation, India has the potential to be second largest surgical robot market by 2020.
For all these efforts to bear fruit, however, India needs an integrated and coordinated policy approach for robotics. Firstly, unlike other East and South-East Asian countries such as China, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore, India still lacks a unified policy for commercial robotics. In India, the commercial robotics space has developed primarily through start-ups that operate in a policy vacuum devoid of any specific incentives for such companies. A cohesive national policy would serve as a great incentive for more players to venture into the field.
Secondly, India needs to leverage its IT talent pool in developing intelligent programs, server engineering, embedded programming, and other software aspects of robotics, which are as important as the hardware components. Given India’s current talent pool, this in fact is an area where India could quickly become globally competitive.
Third, the Indian government and industry should begin looking at greater research and technical collaborations with foreign companies and start-ups. Japan, in these respects, is an ideal partner. Not only do its robotics companies have a long and distinguished pedigree, it is also the very edge of startling new innovations. These innovations are not only technical innovations, but also end-use and cultural innovations as has been mentioned above.
With a stagnating domestic market, such Japanese companies also have a vested interest in building better technological relations with India. Leveraging Japanese expertise in robotic manufacturing and channelling local software talent would allow India to come to terms with a fast changing global economic scenario, where automation will rule the roost. (source)
India has already been making steps toward trying to assert itself as a world player in robots, such as with the creation of Mitra, which PM Modi introduced to Ivanka Trump and touted as the first “Made in India” robot. Mithra in made by Invento Robotics, which has come out an announced that it plans to integrate the functioning of the Robot to the Aadhar National ID Card system in India:
Invento Robotics plans to sell and, also, rent Mitra based on customer specifications. Canara Bank, one of the company’s first clients, will soon be doing a pan-India launch at its branches, Panyam said. Mitra would use facial recognition technology to identify customers and can also recognise several languages.
Speaking on the privacy issues involved in allowing access to details of bank customers to a robot, Panyam said Mitra is similar to what an ATM does. “It tells you your account details, asks you to link your Aadhaar to the bank account. It does everything an ATM does,” he said. (source)
This is highly concerning because there are many Indian Christians who have warned that the purpose of the Aadhar is tied to the rise in Hindu nationalism. Since the Aadhar system integrates all data about all citizens in India, including their religious affiliations, it could be used to hunt down and persecute or murder Christians. We warned about this at Shoebat.com:
Hindu nationalists are actively waiting for a conflict to happen in the Western world or other location that will allow them to indulge their Hitlerian desires. They are already making major advances into the government of India and are promoting the Aadhaar, or a national identification card program that according to some former Hindu nationalists, will be used to systematically identify and hunt down Christians that they would be deported to detention areas and systematically exterminated. It is no different than what the National Socialists did in Poland and across Europe, except this is in India and with the technology of the current day as opposed to that of the previous century, as according to Wikipedia it is the world’s largest, most comprehensive, and most advanced biometric data system in the world, claiming to have registered 1.19 billion out of India’s 1.349 billion strong population.
Given that most of India’s population has been “registered”, it is easy to see what would happen if Hindu nationalists took absolute power, which they are inching closer towards doing. The system is a literal gold mine of data which can be used to hunt down anybody, anywhere in India and to “identify” and target people for extermination. (source)
The founder of Invento Robotics is a man named Balaji Visawanathan, who while he claims on his Quora account that he respects other religions and does not present himself as an extremist, openly says he supports the Hindu Nationalist and anti-Christian BJP party:
Recently, a major Christian bishop begged the people that India would be saved from the BJP and their plans because the just won power in India and have been terrorizing Christians across India. Known as “saffron terrorists” by the color of their robes, they have been committing such atrocities such as cutting the tongues of Christians from their mouths, destroying Christian schools, and calling for all Christians to be sterilized to prevent them from reproducing. The violence is so bad that police are recording on average an attack on a Christian by a Hindu nnationalist every 40 hours.
The BJP are violent Hindu nationalists who hate Christianity and want to institute what they called the “Hindutva Rashtra,” which is their concept of a “perfect” Hindu state that will be realized by the mass purging of all non-Hindu ideas and people. This means committing genocide against India’s Christian population. As we at Shoebat.com reported on, this has been a plan in the works for years by Hindu nationalists that has been exposed recently by former BJP members, who they say they party is hoping to executed within a decade:
Catholic leaders have accused the pro-Hindu state government in Goa, western India, of inciting terrorist activities and the promotion of Hindu fundamentalist ideologies across the country.
The accusation follows a three-day conclave, involving some 130 pro-Hindu organizations, that called on followers to hang beef eaters and initiate violence against Hindus who believe in secular ideologies.
Goa and Daman Archdiocese’s Council for Social Justice and Peace questioned the government’s inaction over “conventions that propagate divisive, anti-national and terrorist ideologies,” in the Christian-stronghold state.
A Hindu nun, Sadhvi Saraswati, who addressed the assembly reportedly declared that Hindu groups would establish a Hindu-only nation in India within a decade.
The resolutions passed at the meeting included the declaration of India as a Hindu Rashtra (nation) by 2023, a ban on cattle slaughter, and the declaration of the cow as the national animal. (source, source)
Due to the positions of the BJP and their openly-stated desires, to support the BJP is to support Christian persecution because they have made Christian persecution and the rise of Hindu, racist nationalism a central point of their party’s mission.
Rajendra “Raj” Vattikuti
Another group of interest in the Vattikuti Foundation, which as noted above, is pushing for India to become a world power in robotics. The foundation claims on its website to be a “non-profit that supports the development and global sharing of robotic surgery knowledge” and was founded by the Indian business tycoon Rajendra “Raj” Vattikuti, who now lives in Michigan and has made considerable donations to charities throughout the USA and India as well as continuing to work in many different business ventures. His current focus is a company called Altimetrik, which is a data mining and processing company.
Interestingly, right on Altimetrik’s website is a complete brochure touting the benefits of the Aadhaar system and how it is the “way forward”, and how it will revolutionize “payment processing” by linking all payments and purchases to a centralized computer which will be accessible to the government:
AADHAAR IN INDIA- WAY FORWARD
Aadhaar in India is currently at Approach 2- Step 3.1 stage as mentioned in “Table 1- Detailed process flows followed in two approaches” and “Figure – 4: National ID for Payment Transactions – Approach
Snapshot”. As per the same table/figure it can either move forward to Approach 2 – Step 3.2 or Step 3.3 or stay put on Step 3.1.
As per Approach 2 – Step 3.1, Government body – UIDAI has been involved in issuing National ID (Aadhaar card) number (Aadhaar number) to its citizens. Citizens have to link the Aadhaar number to their bank account/s for payment transactions. Meanwhile there has been discussions going on related to issuance of smart card (Approach 2 – Step 3.3) with Aadhaar as its number which can lead to multiple benefits as quoted in Approach 1 – Step 5 and 6. There is also wide scope for various entities like banks to initiate the issuance of Aadhaar branded smart cards in association with concerned Government agencies to its customers (as illustrated in Approach 2 – Step 3.2). (source)
Why is Altimetrik taking such a strong interest in the Aadhaar? Who benefits? Clearly Altimetrik, but the question of specific details is yet to be revealed. What we can say is that the push for robotics and AI is not just militaristic in nature, but tied to people in India who are either associated directly with Hindu nationalism or who support programs that are being actively used by Hindu nationalists to further their mission, which the persecution and extermination of Christians and the creation of a pure Hindu ethnostate as it has been warned about.
A.I. and robotics are going to play a major role in the future, especially for military purposes. That said, times change but people do not. New technologies do not erase old hatreds, but they do give more efficient, faster, and consistent means of reproducing the effects of the same old hatreds.
Are Hindu nationalists in the Indian government developing killer robots to exterminate Christians in the future?
Given that India’s investment in robots is tied to their variant of the military-industrial complex, that Hindu nationalism is rising and these same nationalists have stated they are looking to exterminate or to forcibly convert Christians to Hinduism, and that major Indian companies have invested in technology that links private data to the Aadhaar system or are connected to Hindu nationalist groups, the writing is on the wall. For if Hindu nationalists do not persecute the Christians through their members, there is every reason to believe that they will see to the development and use of the coming new innovations in robotics technology to realize their goals.