Saturday, May 15, 2010

Raman's strategic analysis: PAKISTAN: QUO VADIS?

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    • B.RAMAN
    • 5.Its present Afghan policy is influenced not by the perceived need for a strategic depth in the conventional sense, but by the newly-felt need to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a spring-board for destabilizing operations in its Pashtun belt. Its past quest for a strategic depth in Afghanistan was a defensive reaction. So is its present quest for the re-establishment of its influence in Afghanistan.

      6.Deobandi extremism in Pakistan, which is at the basis of many of its internal security problems, was a product of the policies followed by the late Zia-ul-Haq between 1977 and 1988. His attempts to protect Pakistan from an overflow of the newly-triumphant Shia Revolution in Iran led to the aggravation of the ever present Shia-Sunni divide in the country. Terrorism in Pakistan was initially a bye-product of the Shia-Sunni violence. Many of the terrorist leaders of Pakistan today earned their jihadi spurs in the anti-Shia movement. They subsequently drifted away from anti-Shia violence and gravitated initially to the jihad against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan and then to the jihad against the Indian presence in Jammu & Kashmir.

      7.However, a hard core of the anti-Shia elements in the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SES) and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ) has persisted with the anti-Shia violence. They allied themselves with the Afghan Taliban when it was in power in Afghanistan and subsequently with Al Qaeda when it moved over into North Waziristan after 9/11. Suicide terrorism was brought into Pakistan by the anti-Shia elements.
    • 11.Those who live by militant Islam shall fall by militant Islam. That is the spectre threatening Pakistan today. The threat to Pakistan’s existence as a State arises no longer from India, but from militant Islam. Just as communism started swallowing its own children, militant Islam has started swallowing its own children in Pakistan.

      12.The fight against terrorism in Pakistan has a military and an ideological dimension. The Pakistan Army is paying attention only to its military dimension. It is avoiding countering its ideological dimension. Unless Islam is demilitarized and sent back to the mosques and madrasas where it belongs, Pakistan stands in danger of being weakened and destabilized by its own creations. A Frankenstein’s monster is difficult to control. It is even more difficult to control a religious Frankenstein’s monster.

      13.Pakistan was born in the name of Islam. Unless it is able to control this monster, it stands in danger of being bled to death in the name of Islam. Zia thought Islam would be Pakistan’s salvation. Instead, Islam as fashioned by him could become its curse. (14-5-10)

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    • नेपाल के माओवादी नेता पुष्प कुमार दहल प्रचंड सरकार और पूर्व विद्रोहियों के बीच जारी गतिरोध को खत्म करने के लिए अपनी पार्टी की अ‌र्द्धसैनिक इकाई भंग करने तथा लड़ाकों को मुख्यधारा में लाने के लिए तैयार हो गए हैं। गुरुवार को दिए बयान में प्रचंड ने कहा कि उनकी पार्टी अपनी अ‌र्द्धसैनिक इकाई यंग कम्युनिस्ट लीग (वाईसीएल) को खत्म करने के लिए तैयार है।

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    • This self-proclaimed defender of the Hindu faith needs to be dealt with severely, and an example set. On this score there is little scope for disagreement. The government of Karnataka --"BJP's Karnataka" as the media likes to call it, to subtly influence minds against the party -- needs to show resolve and demonstrate to the nation that Muthalik and his goons are not sleeping with leaders of the BJP as many allege.

      But, hang on. The story is not a simple one of the good guys and the bad, both easily identifiable. There is a serious twist here. The good guys, who are self-proclaimed defenders of secularism, are also not what they appear to be. They are manifestly hit men who are executing one more deadly mission for an undisclosed consideration.
    • The Congress has been in power since 2004. During this period, many a scandal has surfaced, rivetted the nation's attention and then mysteriously disappeared, without any proof having been found to nail anyone.
    • Corruption is now a reality on an unprecedented scale at the highest echelons of the government. But do we hear even a whimper? On the contrary, Barkha Dutt says she has become shock-proof to it. What that means and what that says about the integrity levels of journalists is not difficult to figure. What is of even greater significance, shocking in fact, is that Tehelka has not done a single sting on any Congress minister or senior party leader, much less on a scale and at the level that it did against the NDA government. In six long years. Even during these years, it has focused primarily on the BJP and outfits whose deeds can spoil the image of that party.
    • Muthalik is bad, no doubt. But, as you will soon find, Tehelka is ugly.
    • In perhaps a first for Indian journalists - and that is saying a lot considering the lot we have - Tarun J Tejpal, editor of Tehelka, has crossed every possible red line that separates journalism and political sycophancy.

      In an open letter “to the unlikely woman whose tenacity in staying the course changed the contours of Indian politics”, this paragon of secularism not only belittles India's many gods but lays obscene praise at her feet, including her famous 'renunciation' of the PM's post, by - hold your breath - crediting it to Tenth Commandment (Though shall not covet) of the "extra god" that he says she has brought along with her from Italy!
    • He does not stop here. Craftily, he even roots for dynastic rule and Rahul Gandhi: "No doubt with the help of your extra god, you have done a fine job of bringing up your son. He has humility, decorum, diligence, and he takes the long and inclusive view. We do not like the idea of dynasty, but we abhor the idea of divisiveness more". And then he drops the inevitable big bombshell, not wanting to take even the slightest risk of being found wanting along any dimension: "And yes, as I bid you speed and strength, with the extra god by your side, may I make a final plea. You have given us of yourself, and of your son. Now will you kindly also give unto us your luminous daughter"!

      Now you know why this angel of morality and ethics and values and integrity lay silent for the five years that the Congress was in power. Now you know why no sting operation that could taint the government in any manner was done by Tehelka. Tejpal was not alone in this deceit.

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JAGO HINDU JAGO: AAJ TAK ने तो सांप्रदिक दंगों के मामले में हिन्दू संगठनों की खटिया ही खड़ी कर दी! अब कोई हिन्दू संगठन मिडीया के सामने सिर उठाने की हिम्मत नहीं जुटा सकता!

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    • हमने जो सुना इसमें मुथालिक कह रहा था कि लोगों को नहीं मरवाया जा सकता क्योंकि ये अच्छी बात नहीं इस पर तहलका का षडयन्त्रकारी कहता है कि देखों हमें पबलिसिटी चाहिए और पबलीसिटी तभी मिलेगी जब ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोग मारे जायेंगे।साथ ही वो यह भी कहता है कि वो ये बाचत किसी को नहीं बयाएगा कि मिडीया ने इन लोगों का कत्ल पबलिसी के लिए करवाया है तब मुथालिक जबाब देता है कि अनगर आत्मा है(छाती की ओर इसारा करते हुए) जो गलत काम नहीं करने देती ।अब आप सोचो कि ये स्टिग आपरेसन मिडीया का हुआ या फिर मुथालिक का या दोनों का ...खैर यह एक योजना थी मिडीया की हिन्दूओं को एक बार पिर सांप्रदायिक दंगों के लिए दोषी ठहराने की
    • अगर हम 1945 तक हुए हिन्दुओं के नरसहारों को न भी लिखें तो भी इन मुस्लिम जिहादियों ने 1946 के बाद ही हिन्दुओं पर इतने जुल्म ढाये हैं कि इनके बारे में सोचते ही रौंगटे खड़े हो जाते हैं ।

      मन ये सोचने पर मजबूर हो जाता है कि हिन्दू ये सब कैसे और क्यों सहन कर गए ?