Friday, May 28, 2010

Medias and Right Activists waiting for Hindu backlash in Ahmedabad?

Ahmedabad: Religious places been vandalised , brutal murder and attacks been reported, Vehicles set on fire and shops ransacked - Yet no special reports in print media nor any special discussions on Visual media.

Reason ?
Victims are Hindus and the state is Gujarat - The media crew is impatiently waiting for the Hindu backlash to begin so that they can celebrate the event and tarnish Modi, Gujarat and Hindus

Muslims ban Music near Mosque
Riot in Shahpur began when a Hindu wedding procession was passing through a street where Muslim mosque is located. Muslims asked Hindus to stop music and dancing. They also started harassing Hindu girls participating in wedding procession.

Brutal Murder of Vijay Datania - Vijay was brutally attacked by Muslims on Tuesday He was killed while on his way home for his lunch. He was dragged to a Muslim majority street near Ambalivali pol secondary school, was beaten by stones, forcefully fed acid, showered by acid and injured by stones, swords and pipe by group of rioting Muslims. He was stabbed on his left thigh. His head and chest were crushed after being beaten with heavy stones. He continuously vomited blood as he was assaulted heavily. By the time hearing about the attack on Vijay, Hindus in the area formed large group, went there and rescued him from the hands of Muslims. He died yesterday in Ahmedabad’s V.S.Hospital. Vijay Dataniya was 52-year old. He is survived by two children and wife.

Widespread Attack on Hindus - Two Hindu peons of City Civil Court in Mirzapur were stabbed while returning from court by rioting Jihadis. Muslims set two bikes belonging to Hindu shop keepers on fire in Delhi chakla area. A Hindu sweeper Ghanshyambhai Chauhan was attacked in Ahmedabad’s Muslim dominated Kalupur area on Thursday morning. Ghanshyambhai was going to attend his duty near Patwa sheri on Relief road area. He was stabbed using sharp weapon. His condition was serious according to primary details available.

Temples under attack - At least four Hindu Mandirs were vandalized by Muslims. Idol of goddess Khodiar mata was damaged. All this happened when heavy police force was deployed here.

Acid Attacks - Jihadis were well equipped with Acid bulbs and attacked Hindus by throwing Acid bulbs and pouring acids.

Police Action
Heavy Police forces has been deployed in the area to prevent further clashes. Six companies of State Reserve Police (SRP), two Rapid Action Force (RAF) and over 800 police jawans have been deployed in the Shahpur and nearby areas. Twelve cases have been registered in connection with the riots, and nine persons have been arrested while five have been put under preventive arrest.

Not for the first time
Well planned attack against Hindu Marriage by Jihadis in Shapur is not first of it’s kind in Gujarat. In Dahemi a village in Anand district, Muslims attacked two Hindu marriages one on 19th and other on 23rd of May. Here also Marriage procession was passing through a street where a Juma Mosque is situated.

Monday, May 17, 2010

‘Why should Manipur remain in India?’

Tarun VijayKamminlung Singson was sitting next to me on a four-hour hopping flight from Delhi to Imphal. He had one year of training in a short-term programme of Indian Army and was on his way back home to Churachandpur, about 60km from Imphal. He was supposed to travel by train up to Guwahati and then take a bus, but the highways to his hometown, NH 39 and NH 53, had been blocked by Naga rebels for almost 30 days at that time, so he had to somehow arrange for an air ticket. Not many Manipuris can afford an air ticket, he said sadly.

He was casual, in a cotton bermuda with blue strips and a brown, wrinkled T-shirt. I looked at his footwear - he was wearing coloured slippers. He was looking out of the scratched window pane when the plane took off.
We started chatting.

How’s is the situation, I asked?

Very bad. UGs are ruling and people are suffering. Imphal to Churachand Pur ticket has gone up to Rs 150 per person, which was just 40 rupees a few months back, he said.

UGs? Who are they? Underground rebels, he grinned at my ignorance. There is a severe food scarcity and no petrol or diesel is available. One has to be in a queue for one or two days to get 20 or 40 litres of oil. He stared at me as if asking who the hell you are so oblivious of the facts that are tearing apart the lives of Manipuris.

I know some of it, I said sheepishly, hence on my way to Imphal. OK, now that you have taken an armed training with the Army, would you be serving the Indian forces or join the other side? I collected myself and asked.

It was a mischievous question, just to poke him and get him speaking on his motherland. He opened up.

I will fight for India, that’s my motherland. But not many in my village think so. They feel India doesn’t care for them. He showed me a news clipping from a south-based daily which made horrendous reading - it was about the death of a Manipuri woman due to starvation. I didn’t find it mentioned in any other newspaper or channel.
The correspondent of the newspaper Iboyaima Laithangbam had filed an Imphal-datelined report:

IMPHAL: Takhellambam Komberei (70), a diabetic, died of starvation and lack of Medicare owing to the ongoing protest by tribal students in Manipur. While going to her home at Jiribam from here on May 5, the bus in which she was travelling was stranded on Highway 53 as a result of economic blockade. She and other passengers managed to buy rice at an exorbitant price of Rs 200 a kg from the nearby village. But soon nothing was available in the village market and they started eating roots, herbs and green bananas found on the mountain slopes. The old woman then started trekking up, but collapsed and died by the roadside.(

Why was Takhellambam Komberei’s death, a painful end, ignored by a Muthalik-obsessed media? A Mulayam prank or a Lalu joke and statue devis and the Hindu terror talk to please the Arab variety of secularism overwhelms the media, but nothing on the pains and anguish of those who are living under a constant threat from anti-national ultras, have yet to see a railway station after six decades of independence, bad roads, almost negligible infrastructure, 38 insurgent terror groups always breathing down their necks to extort money and yet proud to be an Indian?

Kamminlung tried to be as nice as possible 30,000 feet above the ground level. But I could see it was difficult to control emotions for him.

How many Indians would be caring for Manipur or Arunachal or Nagaland, inspite of all those patriotic songs? How many of us would be able to tell what kind of name a Naga, a Mizo or a Manipuri love to wear?
Or distinguish their faces and not to call them all as ‘chinkies’?

How many of our elitist or government schools tell the children about India beyond Kolkata and the culture, names, social dynamics and problems of our border region and northeast in particular?

How many newspapers from mainland India sent their correspondents to report what’s happening to a people who have been cut off from the rest of India, except through the air route, for the last one month?
It’s our hypocrisy and a sham nationalism that makes distant areas like Manipur feel distanced from our hearts too.

Manipur faces a crisis that’s communal in its colour and anti-national in its import.

Insurgents, blatantly anti-Indian, control the social and political life. They work on unhindered communal hatred. In Kashmir, Hindus were driven out by Islamist jihadis and nothing happened? In Nagaland and Manipur it’s the Christian and jihadi insurgents stifling the Hindu masses and their voices. The real fight is to get maximum number of non-Christians either converted or annihilated. It’s as simple as that. It’s a foreign-aided political colonialism in the garb of religious fervor.

Manipur is on their target for its Vaishnav traditions.
And how? The China-fixed insurgent group Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) has given notices to all non-Manipuri Hindus to leave the state by May 31. Its slogan is – unless they sever all ties with “Hindus, Hindi and Hindi speaking people’’ their target to have an independent Manipur can’t be achieved. The best protection for a non-Manipuri resident is to display Islamic half-skull cap, because none of the Muslims have ever been targeted or asked to leave, no matter which state they come from. Thousands of Bangladeshi infiltrators have entered Manipur, but these so-called puritan rebel terrorist groups, one of them an Islamic one Peoples’ United Liberation Front, having its headquarters in Hebron, Nagaland, with NSCN-IM have kept mum about them.

The entire north east is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of Christianization with the help of foreign money. Recently on May 5, a huge Jesus statue was unveiled in Arunachal Pradesh said to be the tallest in Asia, in a region where Christian population is less than 5%. But still Kohima can’t have a Gandhi statue as the NSCN opposes any Indian icons in their region. So is true about Manipur where under threats from insurgents, neither can the national anthem be sung in schools nor can it be published in school textbooks. Even Republic and Independence Day celebrations are held only in government offices under tight security and wrapped up in minimum possible time. No school or private institution is allowed to have a function on such occasions leave aside hoisting the tricolor. The government employees, traders and politicians have to pay a part of their income to insurgents as a routine manner. Even the government contract funds must be shared with them and almost 20% of each such contract is distributed in cash to various anti-national outfits. What a joke of governance: terror groups are sustained on state funds!

Surely, there is an answer to ‘why Manipur should remain in India’- why shouldn’t it? Manipur is quintessentially India and India is incomplete without its hoary Radha Krishna traditions, tribal richness and Meitei culture. But the inconvenient situation demands self-introspection as an Indian people and state.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Love in Beijing

Tarun Vijay

Only in a government on a holiday "masti", things like Twitter Tharoor and Chindia-fame Ramesh can happen. In Saigon, night-bird youths riding on fancy high-speed motorbikes control the roads after ten. So in Delhi, highflyer ministers like Tharoor and Ramesh take full-speed government bikes to have a "masti"-tweet and bash your own people and your own government to have an extra dose of adrenaline.

I must appreciate the tenacity and maturity of my old friend Manmohan Singh, whom I have always criticized for his policies and a compromising attitude towards our enemies, for calling up Ramesh and reprimanding for his simply outrageous Beijing love. As TOI reported, "Ramesh on Saturday had said that the security establishment was putting 'needless' restrictions on Chinese investments in India as 'we are imagining demons where there are none'. The home ministry was quick to retort. It 'snubbed Ramesh for his comment, saying no discrimination was being meted out to Chinese companies. It is wrong to say that the security establishment was biased against the Chinese,' home secretary G K Pillai said."

What was that brought Ramesh to Beijing?

He was simply on an environment circuit tour, ostensibly to broaden "cooperation on climate change negotiations and discuss issues related to environment, forest management and renewable energy", according to a curtain raiser to his visit. From renewable energy to ministry of home affairs is a quantum jump indeed.

If at all he was keen to take up all the Indian issues as a minister representing Indian interests in China, one would have expected him to raise the issues of continuous Chinese incursions in the Ladakh sector, damming rivers that bring water to India, opening up of Kailas Manasarovar route through Demchhok, balancing China-India trade, which is heavily in favour of Beijing at present, and, of course, taming China's blue-eyed buddy Pakistan a bit on Indian front. Or why the Chinese are hacking Indian sites?

But apparently he wanted to have some fun for the Chinese. And he did it meticulously. He blasted his pal, Chidambaram and "suggested that the home ministry needed to be "much more relaxed" in its approach to Chinese investments in India". Having being snubbed a second time, first by Digvijay Singh, Chidambaram invoked the fury of his boss, Manmohan Singh and had Ramesh reprimanded in Beijing itself. He also made his home secretary Gopal Pillai issue a rejoinder, quite extraordinary for a government to snub his own minister, who is still on a foreign soil, through a high level bureaucrat in public.

That's how the UPA works. Shifted Shivraj Patil and Vilasrao Deshmukh post 26/11. Dismissed Tharoor post IPL investment issue. Keeping a studied silence on the Raja spectrum scandal-called the 'mother of all scams' and now has its own minister criticizing the government before the Chinese. What a spectrum of "mast"-governance. If I were Singh, Ramesh would have been immediately called back cutting his China odyssey. Ramesh has always been a bit too sympathetic to his Chinese friends. In his book "Making sense of Chindia" (a phrase popularized by him that refers to India and China together in general), his contention was that Indian leaders are still wary of giving too much to the Chinese. There are very few Chinese companies coming directly into India. Jairam cited the examples of Haier and Huawei Technologies and said these seem to be facing some obstacles and were not being allowed to expand in India freely. He said that there is a mind block that does not want to accept that with changing times even sworn enemies can become friends.

Even in Beijing his comments came, in a way to support a Chinese company about which there are various different opinions. His comments came in the context of recent reports that India had barred import of telecom equipment from major Chinese firm Huawei, especially in the border areas following security concerns."

Good sentiments but are they in synch with the China policy of the government? Oops, sorry, does this government have any China policy at all? What about Huawei's security credentials and the Pentagon's inquiry into its affairs? And what about your own R&AW? Do you care a bit about your homegrown intelligence agencies, Mr Minister? Here is one for you: "The security concerns of Indian intelligence agencies about Huawei's close connection with the Chinese security establishment are shared by the US administration and had led the latter to cancel Huawei's 2008 bid to pick up stake in 3Com. Even British intelligence agencies have warned that the Chinese could cripple IT-dependent telecom infrastructure and critical services like water, power and food supplies by embedding malware in equipment installed by firms such as Huawei and ZTE. According to security assessments of Huawei Technologies put together by R&AW, the Chinese firm not only shares ties with the Chinese security establishment but is also suspected to be a part of its intelligence set-up. Not only was it founded by retired PLA officer Ren Zhengfei, a former director of the Information Engineering Academy of the PLA's general staff department, in 1988, but one of the members on the company's board was an officer of the PRC ministry of state security."

One has to see all this in the wake of continuous hacking of Indian security establishment sites by the Chinese. And here was an honourable minister taking up the cause of the same company, put in the question box by Indian intelligence agencies.

Reacting to Jairam Ramesh's comments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Ramesh and emphatically told him that there was "no confusion" in the government over its approach towards China with which it wanted to have "constructive engagement". Singh told Ramesh that it was "advisable for Cabinet colleagues not to make comments on the functioning of other ministries, especially with regard to relationship with important neighbours like China," the PMO sources said.

Isn't it funny, like a banana republic or an island country living on tourist traffic that we have behaved? A Prime Minister has to eat humble pie and tell his grown-up minister about how to behave in a foreign country and that minister cares a hoot about the CEO of the nation and goes directly to the super Prime Minister to report his 'path breaking statement'? Does India deserve this humpty-dumpty governance?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hell is... to be a Pakistani American

Chidanand Rajghatta

Couple of weeks back, US state department spokesman P J Crowley dropped a clanger that should have been a strict no-no in the Foggy Bottom rulebook. He compared, obliquely though, Pakistani-Americans with Indian-Americans . Pakistani-Americans , he suggested at a briefing, should strive to follow Indian-Americans when it comes to improving ties with the United States. Just as the Indian diaspora in the US played an affirmative role in terms of strengthening bonds between the two countries , Pakistan-Americans should take the same route to build ties between Islamabad and Washington.

There was nothing provocative or incendiary in what Crowley said; he clearly meant it in a constructive , positive way. But as any South Asian expert worth his or her salt will tell you, it’s bad form to imply Indians are somehow better at something, much less ask or suggest that Pakistan follow India in any respect — although the Pakistanis do it all the time. This is especially true in the US, where each Indian organisational effort is followed by a Pakistani imitation (such as associations for physicians , political action committees, aid foundations etc — each Indian-American effort has a Pakistani clone). Crowley was preaching to the converted, but as far as Pakistanis are concerned, it was offensive to be told to do as Indians do.

Despite some talk of common heritage by the liberal “South Asian” lot, many Pakistanis dislike being clubbed with Indians in the US. Some of them don’t like being subsumed under the South Asia rubric (this is also true of many Indians, who are even more resentful of having their distinct Indian identity swallowed by the recent “South Asian” entity.) Over the years, Pakistani-Americans have made strenuous efforts to carve a distinct identity, including campaigning to be counted separately in the US census like Indian-Americans are (Pakistani-Americans were earlier counted under the broader other ethnicities category). So to have Crowley appear to undermine this effort must have been a bummer.

In any case, Faisal Shahzad was probably past caring by then, if he was listening at all. Around the time Crowley was making his point, the young engineer was rigging up his crude bomb and casing Midtown Manhattan looking for right place to park the Nissan Pathfinder (Incidentally, the best gag to come out of the whole episode: How did Faisal Shahzad find parking in Times Square on a Saturday night?) As it turned out, the bomb fizzled, but for now, it has torpedoed the US administration’s carefully designed route to walk Pakistan back into the international mainstream and heal the post 9/11 trauma of Pakistani-Americans .

Because, make no mistake, for all the talk of common heritage, language, food etc, Americans see Indians very differently from Pakistanis in the US (as Crowley indicated). Indians are a stunning success, the best-educated , highest-earning , frequently-overachieving ethnic group in the country. Whenever they see Indians, Americans see IT — information technology — or similar high-funda stuff that they fear will take away jobs (although much of it is lowgrade work). And when they see Pakistanis? Also IT — except, it stands for international terrorism. “These days when I hear of a terrorist plot, I can count back from 10, and before I get to zero, someone will bring up the P word."

It’s not that there are no Pakistani-American success stories or Indian-Americans taking to crime. But over the course of the past two decade, starting with the first world trade center bombing, Pakistanis have gradually earned a reputation for herapheri — what began as a small time terrorist capers in India now has international dimensions. In more than a dozen incidents of terrorism across the world in the last couple of decades, the principals have either been Pakistanis or the trail has led to Pakistan.

Meantime, Indians have serenely chosen to build on their economic success. Last week’s incident provided a stark contrast between Indian and Pakistani achievement in the US. While young Faisal Shahzad joined the ranks of the Ajmal Kasab and others in the world's rogues gallery, a young Indian-American attorney , Preet Bharara, was readying to put the MBA grad+suburban dad on the mat. And even as that story picked up pace, Harvard Business School announced that IIT-ian Nitin Nohria would head the Harvard Business School. As much as it is a good time to be an Indian abroad, it is hell to be a Pakistani.

chidanand.rajghatta@timesgroup .com

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kasab: Punishing a pup for the master

Tarun Vijay

Punishing Kasab is like punishing a burglar's pup. The real culprit is Pakistan — the terrorist state that creates, trains and sends Kasabs into our homes to cause mayhem and anarchy. Kasab of course must meet exemplary death, but Pakistan too must be punished. The irony is, we prepare biryani for Pakistani state actors who are playing a game that helps the terrorists. Even a Pakistan-obsessed Indian media feels shy of playing up the role of Pakistan in anti-India terrorist activities because it has taken upon itself a task to talk peace while Indians get killed. Nowhere, not even on the so-called fair and objective media channels, did I see deep analyses and debates on the Pakistani hand in massacring Indian citizens. The victims’ family members were interviewed as if Kasab was a one-man phenomenon and the story began and ended with him.

Talking for Saeed’s and Lakhvi’s extradition and then expressing full faith in Islamabad’s intentions through Gilani means nothing. Rather it makes Pakistan talk cheap and take our claims lightly. After Kasab, India must make sure, on its own, that no one from Pakistan enters our territory with bad intentions and no one in Pakistan is able to get training or raise funds for killing Indians. It needs a credible sincerity and a ruthless will which goes beyond party lines and sham, secular vote-bank considerations. An enemy is an enemy is an enemy. His religion shouldn't make any difference to the law enforcement agencies.

To understand how not to handle Pakistan, look at Washington, which foolishly fattens Pakistan with dollars and arrests Pakistanis in New York for a mayhem that almost happened. Think of the following nine points to take up and respond.

1. Stifle Pakistan with economic sanctions till it agrees to do something concrete to stop its bad babies getting arms and funds on its soil.

2. Start a worldwide diplomatic offensive accompanied with pictures of Kashmir massacres and blasts all over India with good, credible speakers from India representing films, media, and other streams of public life to show the real face of Pakistan and its involvement.

3. Make the American people understand what Pakistan means to us and the US, and establish truthfully Islamabad as the most dangerous threat to world peace and stability. Americans will understand better than the foggy-headed desk officers Obama has employed. Once people rise in protest, White House will have to think twice, especially the Hillary types before they cosy with Rawalpindi Khakis and ignore Indian concerns.

4. Encircle Pakistan diplomatically to shame it for its continued support to terror groups active on the Indian front and its open abetment to violence and separatism in Kashmir, which has resulted in almost nil industrialization, trickling tourist traffic and an ethnic cleansing of Hindus, unparalleled in world history.

5. Put a resolution in the UN to demand UN control on Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, which is the gravest threat to us and also to the western world, as no one knows when a part of it would fall into the hands of the Osama lads making them happiest to use it in London or Rome or Washington.

6. Change the Indian laws to be more draconian and have a separate judicial system dealing with anti-national activities. I was happy to see a US senator’s proposal to strip terrorists of their citizenship. "I think it's time for us to look at whether we want to amend that law to apply it to American citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorists organizations, whether or not they should also be deprived automatically of their citizenship and therefore be deprived of rights that come with that citizenship when they are apprehended and charged with a terrorist act," Senator Joe Lieberman told Fox News in an interview. Let’s do it here even if the US mulls over it endlessly under Obama-Hillary’s Rawalpindi obsession. Those who are found involved in activities against India must not get the privileges and the protection of Indian law either.

7. Refurbish and get a completely new set-up for intelligence agencies and train police forces for anti-terror actions taking up as top priority. The US police did a wonderful job in not only locating the devastating vehicle just in time but also nabbing the Pakistani culprit just seconds before he was flying to Dubai and had the man he travelled with in Karachi arrested from a mosque. Can we do something like this here?

8. Take more help from Israel in strengthening the anti-terror network and intelligence.

9. Rejuvenate the National Cadet Corps compulsorily in all schools giving training in arms to all students from an early age. They all know and read about how terrorism has affected our daily lives. Let them get the right inputs for defeating it.

Nations and societies that are angry when assaulted and show pain and anguish get solutions. Those who don’t care about their hurt never get cared for by others.

Where are Ahmadiya leaders in India?

Muslim leader says US enemies should leave

AFP - May 4, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) A leader of the Ahmadiya Islamic minority on Tuesday implored US Muslims who would attack the country to leave, after a Pakistani-American was charged in a car bomb plot.

The Ahmadiya, who mostly hail from Pakistan and other South Asian nations, break with mainstream Islam by not believing Mohammed was the last prophet. They also advocate a separation of mosque and state.

Naseem Mahdi, the US Ahmadiya community's missionary-in-charge, said that Muslims across the United States faced both economic and social ruin unless they spoke up more loudly against violent elements.

"We have to stand up and say that this is nonsense, this is not acceptable to us. If our loyalties are somewhere else, why should we be here and enjoy the benefits of this beautiful country?" he told a news conference.

He denounced US citizens who would attack the country as leading "hypocritical lives."

"My advice to them is to be bold and leave and go and live in the land where their loyalties lie," he said.

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born US citizen, was arrested just before midnight Monday after trying to detonate a car bomb in crowded Times Square, according to prosecutors.

A criminal complaint said that Shahzad admitted training in lawless Waziristan, a holdout of Islamic extremist groups. Islamic hardliners have frequently targeted the Ahmadiya sect, which under Pakistani law is not considered Muslim.

The latest report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom found that Pakistan had "systematic, ongoing and egregious violations" of freedom of belief, including legislation against the Ahmadiya sect.