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Itís All In The Perception!

24 December, 2008

By Adnan Gill


Recently, the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh labeled Pakistan to be the ‘epicenter of terrorism’. Is it true or a deliberate campaign to manufacture negative perceptions is in full swing? One way to answer the question is through a rhetorical question: do all the terrorists hold Pakistani identity cards, or are trained in Pakistan? Not at all! If the Indians choose to suffer from selective amnesia over their self-indulgences in terrorism (including state terrorism) then a brief introspective look should joggle their memories.

Since Mumbai attacks, Indians are crying, the ‘sky is falling.’ As deplorable as the attacks were, they pale when compared to the Indian state terrorism and the pogroms regularly carried out by the Hindu extremists; which are arguably much worse than the isolated cases of terrorism. But God forbid if even a single crocodile tear is wasted on the victims of Indian sponsored terrorism, both within and outside India. Could it be true that India also has many skeletons in its closet that needs to be exposed too? At the forefront of Indian terrorism is its infamous intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

But before visiting the memory lanes, it might be prudent to familiarize ourselves with the definition of terrorism. The Webster’s dictionary defines ‘terrorism’ as: “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”

Following are some of most glaring examples of Indian terrorism:

1. In 1971, at the cost of thousands of deaths, India maliciously severed Pakistan.

2. In June 1984, during the Operation Blue Star, Indian army massacred over 7,000 Sikhs.

3. In November 1984, in New Delhi well over 3,000 Sikhs were cut to pieces by the Hindu terrorists.

4. In 1992, Hindu terrorist groups, such as VHP and Bajrang Dal, demolished the 500 years old Babri Masjid.

5. Since early 1990s, the Indian military systematically exterminated close to 80,000 Kashmiri Muslims.

6. During the last 20 years alone, thousands of Christians are butchered by the Hindu terrorists. A gruesome example of such atrocities stood out when Bajrang Dal’s terrorists burnt alive the Australian missionary and his two young sons.

7. In 2002, Hindu terrorists slaughtered some 2,000 Muslims in Gujarat. Sickening confessions of the VHP's leaders (e.g. Babu Bajrangi’s), responsible for the attacks, are available on the YouTube.

8. In 2007, over 60 Pakistanis were burnt alive in India. The gruesome massacre was the handy work of Bajrang Dal’s terrorist Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit.

9. A brainchild of terrorist RAW, the globally known terrorist organization Tamil Tigers/LTTE was founded in 1972. To this day Tamils are funded, trained and armed by RAW. Its cadre are trained and provided safe-heavens in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

10. Just last September, VHP terrorists destroyed dozens of Christian churches. They also set a Christian orphanage on fire, and burned to death a 20-year-old Christian teacher.

Pick any of US State Department report on the Religious Freedom in India; one realizes, religious minorities in India had been systematically persecuted far worse than in rest of the world put together. The reports squarely blame the Hindu terrorist groups, like BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal for gross human rights violations of the minorities (including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits). If that’s not terrorism, then what is?

Since 1968, RAW had been intimately involved in everything that could be considered as terrorism. Its dirty deeds include, but not limited to: drugs trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, coup d'etat in foreign nations, subversive activities, assassinations, nuclear proliferation, and downright recruiting, funding and training of exporting terrorists.

Some of feathers in RAW’s cap are: Creation and support of Mukti Bahini. Mujibur Rahman's assassination. Subversive activities and flagrant spread of terrorism in Sri Lanka. Subversive activities in the Raj of Sikkim. Could it be mere coincidence that dozen or so Indian consulates dot the Pakistani border with Afghanistan? RAW established terrorist training camps in Afghanistan to spread terrorism in Pakistan in general, and in specific to infiltrate terrorists in Balochistan and NWFP. Cultivated, nurtured and armed Burmese terrorist groups like the Kachin Independence Army. Subversive activities in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Nuclear proliferation activities include smuggleing of flow meter units, and feed & withdrawal equipment for the nuclear centrifuge cascades. CIA mole in RAW, Rabinder Singh, who defected to the US with documentary evidence, confirmed RAW’s infatuation with terrorism.  

 

Some Indian Chanakyas are working overtime to capitalize on the Mumbai tragedy by manufacturing a supposed war of civilizations. They want to divide the civilized world between the so-called murderous Muslims and a hapless troika of Hindus, Jews and Christians. If the objective of the Mumbai terrorists was to take on the besieged troika, they must have been out of their minds to spend so many resources to take on the Christians and Jews in India when they could have easily killed many more in Afghanistan, where all the help and resources are readily available.

Ironically, despite the bloodletting of hundred of thousands of minorities and foreign nationals, not a single Hindu or RAW terrorist could be found on UN’s, EU’s or even on US lists of terrorists. Conspicuously, not a peep could be heard from the so-called fair and balanced Indian and Western media, neither over the export of terrorism or the genocides that routinely take place in India.

During the last three decades, Pakistan has experienced more acts of terrorism than rest of the world put together. More Pakistanis had fallen to the terrorist attacks then rest of the world together. More Pakistani soldiers have sacrificed their lives fighting the terrorists (on RAW’s payroll) then all the NATO put together. Naturally, one has to wonder, is the bad reputation systematically forced upon Pakistan: a reality or a perception hyped by the enemies of Pakistan; especially, when their own record is arguably much worst?

End.

Reader Comments:

Adnan you are unbelievable. Instead of introspecting why everything went wrong with pakistan, you are encouraging to project failures as successes. Wow!! By the way, can a reader ask why you chose to circumvent the acts of pakistani army in bangladesh, why you didn't compared the human rights of minorities in India and Pakistan in correct perspective. At the time of independence, muslim population in India was 10-15%, it still is atleast a little more than that. And do I need to say anything about the condition of Hindus in Pakistan (they have ceased to exist...and what was their number by any accounts atleast 30%). Did you mentioned who supported those sikh terrorists which lead to Operation Blue Star in 1984. What happened in Delhi in 1984 or Godhra in 2002 is absolutely despisable and every Indian hangs his head in shame. But those acts can't be used as excuses for violent crimes perpetually. Indian military systematically exterminated kashmiri Muslims, what about Hindus? Are they lesser of humans. Thousands of Christians butchered in india, who is trying to convert the religion of those local populace? About religious freedom, Christian missionaries can even try to convert Hindus to Christians in a country that is 85% Hindu (2-3% christian) is a testament to religious freedom. Tell me a country where Muslim population is more than 50% and minority religions have lived in peace. The condition of minorities in India is atleast comparable to Hindus, I agree there are abberations. But you find differences between two brothers. Over and above lets talk about the failure of the idea of two-nation theory aka "Hindus and Muslims are two different nations". Hindus and Muslims fight in india, so what, Muslims and Muslims fight in Pakistan. Just ask your muslim friends in India if they would like to come to Pakistan. But I should say your best analysis was reserved for Kargil 'outstandingly-low-esteemed-liarish...

Jagdev Singh, Pakistan - 25 December, 2008

Hey Adnan you very easily forgot that Pakistan military killed close to 1million people in Bangladesh and that is why Bangladesh is a separate country now.

Innocent people are being killed in Pakistan by our own Taliban and not by RAW, because the Taliban would not take orders from India.
But the real question is why are you acting like a eunuch by not exposing our own ISI and others.
Why don't you set the record straight for just once if you are a real man.


Dulla Maula, Pakistan - 25 December, 2008

YOUR ARTICLE IS TOTALLY FALSEFROM EVERY ANGLE,NOW THE TIME HAS COME FOR PAKISTAN TO PAY HEAVY PRICE FOR TERRORSING INDIA FOR LAST 20 YEARS.IF GIVEN AN OPPOTUNITY INDIAN ARMED FORCES ARE READY TO WITH A MIGHTY FORCE TO DESTROY ALL THE CAMPS AND ITS MILITARY COMPLEXES FOR EVER.IT WILL WIPE OUT ALL THE JIHADIS FROM PAKISTANI SOIL, MOREOVER PAKISTAN WILL BE SLICED INTO HALF AS PER INDIAN ARMY`S RAPID ACTION FORCE. PAKISTANI RULERS HAVE NO IDEA OF RESOLVE OF 1.1 BILLION INDIANS TO FIGHT WAR WITH PAKISTAN. IT IS BETTER TO PAKISTAN TO HAND OVER 20 CRIMINALS WANTED BY INDIA RATHER THAN LOSE MILLIONS OF LIFE IN THE EVENT OF WAR.WE HAVE NOW READY FOR ANY EVENTUALITY.IF PAKISTAN USES SINGLE NUCLEAR STRIKE AS IT IS ADVOCATING, PAKISTAN WILL BE WIPED OUT FROM THE MAP FOR EVER IF IT USES NUCLEAR WEAAPONS, WE WARN CHINA TO STAY FROM THIS CONFLIT OTHER WISE RUSSIA AND US WILL SUPPORT INDIA IN ITS WAR WITH PAKISTAN IF CHINA SUPPORTS PAKISTAN.

PAKISTAN HAS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT ITS MISTAKES AND IT SHOULD STOP IMMEDIATELY ALL TRAINING CAMPS AND PUT ITS HOUSE IN ORDER.

MAY GOD ENLIGHTEN PAKISTAN LEADERSHIP AND ITS PEOPLE INCLUDING ADNAN GILL FROM THIS DANGEROUS DEVELOPMENT.TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

RAMESH GONDKAR, United Kingdom - 25 December, 2008

Pakistan Zindabad

Wake up bro, before it's too late.

Jinnah, Pakistan - 25 December, 2008

Simple question to you

Why no cricket team visits pakistan? why whole world is lying and only pakistan is right? bush, blair, rice, MI6, FBI, CIA, Europe, india everybody are wrong and only pakistan is right. Why cant pakistan fight terrorism on its soil with same hatred as it shows against india? what the hell will world gain by destroying pakistan? doenst world have more important things to do than that?

Sneha, Pakistan - 25 December, 2008

True about perceptions

True about perceptions:
1. In 1971, at the cost of thousands of deaths, India maliciously severed Pakistan.
--It came only after Pakistani air force attacked Ambala and Chandigarh on Dec. 03. Before that India had repeatedly said that it is Pak's internal matter and was under US pressure not to attack to help Bengalis who were crying that India should help them.
2. In June 1984, during the Operation Blue Star, Indian army massacred over 7,000 Sikhs.
People of Punjab have proved more than 15 years back that Sikh terror was wrong and their divisive ways were wrong. So, operation Blue Star was certainly justified and finished off those who were using the respectable Golden Temple for undue violence.
3. In November 1984, in New Delhi well over 3,000 Sikhs were cut to pieces by the Hindu terrorists.
It was bad, but it was in reaction to murder of Mrs. Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh security guards, which no one can justify either.
4. In 1992, Hindu terrorist groups, such as VHP and Bajrang Dal, demolished the 500 years old Babri Masjid.
--In the basement there are lotus and other Hindu marks, a local court ruled that it could not have been a mosque, a Canadian agency did hi-tech scanning and said the same and then, we know that Babar had converted the Hindu temple to mosque by force in 1526.
5. Since early 1990s, the Indian military systematically exterminated close to 80,000 Kashmiri Muslims.
Really, and all the freedom fighters were supplied by Pak and they even killed woman and children of the families who supported India, killed many innocent locals for various reasons and even killed girls for not wearing Burka and so on.
6. During the last 20 years alone, thousands of Christians are butchered by the Hindu terrorists. A gruesome example of such atrocities stood out when Bajrang Dal's terrorists burnt alive the Australian missionary and his two young sons.
--Fantastic. You even know the numbers. Of course, some people took the liberty of killing a high level Hindu saint and doing anything in the name of Christ, who never said such a thing at all and loved all human beings as his children.
7. In 2002, Hindu terrorists slaughtered some 2,000 Muslims in Gujarat. Sickening confessions of the VHP's leaders (e.g. Babu Bajrangi's), responsible for the attacks, are available on the YouTube.
--That was too bad and it was in response to merciless burning of about 70 Hindu pilgrims in the train coach at Godhra. Only in India minorities can do it and still be supported by democratic and sane, secular forces. It cannot happen even in USA.
8. In 2007, over 60 Pakistanis were burnt alive in India. The gruesome massacre was the handy work of Bajrang Dal's terrorist Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit.
--Probably yes. Who says all the violence always came from Muslims or Pak? All countries are full of that in history e.g. Catholic-Protestant wars in Europe. However, Hindus seem to react when targeted by others, rather than target anyone. Indian Muslim too, is able to live fine in the country that has the second highest Muslim population after Indonesia.
9. A brainchild of terrorist RAW, the globally known terrorist organization Tamil Tigers/LTTE was founded in 1972. To this day Tamils are funded, trained and armed by RAW. Its cadre are trained and provided safe-heavens in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
--India was the first country in the world to ban LTTE in 1980s and had sent its army to kill them then. There is no support for LTTE or terror in Indian society and that includes Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs or Christians as well.
10. Just last September, VHP terrorists destroyed dozens of Christian churches. They also set a Christian orphanage on fire, and burned to death a 20-year-old Christian teacher.
--Bad, but again Hindus had reacted to killing of their spiritual leader and had not indulged in violence from their side to begin with. They feel they are targeted in their own country.

Dayal, Hungary - 25 December, 2008

Hypocritical Muslims

Muslims have a very bad record of dealing with minorities in areas they control. And where they are minorities, they are excellent at portraying themselves as persecuted.

Arijit Mahanta, Georgia - 26 December, 2008

Re:Its All in perceptions!

Adnan,
with intellectuals like you, its no wonder that pakistan is just waiting to be declared as terorrist state anytime by the world community.

Abhijeet Jadave, United Arab Emirates - 26 December, 2008

if u people are thinking this way and guiding innocent pakistanies like this un trouth stories it is harmfull only to pakistan, pleaase do wake up and see what your milatary and isi doing. u people might think that like this cunning ways u can bluff the world and harm the india but u r only the victims for u r miss deeds. acctually u r experiencing that now. if u continues like this in future u will drop once again to middle age situations finally there is no pakistan existance. so wake up try to be responible country not s failed state. go world wide and see what pakistanies image today, indians can say proudly that 'we are indians 'but pakistanies are feeling shame, to call them as pakistanies. last word india has been there will be there for ever we are growing stronger and stronger and we will. all the best. thank u.

, Cyprus - 27 December, 2008

Not Surprising

Most of what is written in this article is true. India is actually a terrirost state and not like the world is currently claiming: Pakistan. India has been pointing fingers at its noble neighbour for all of its existence. First they take away Kashmir from you guys, then they attack you guys twice and kill so many soldiers in the process. Then the whole Kargil mess. Those were terrorists and not Pakistani military. Pakistan is in the was against terror to fight it not support it like people say. More so, it is a victim of terror. All these terrorist factions that are there are using Pak as a battle ground to prove their point. So as a victim of terror the world should support it. All in all the media is acting in a bit delusional way and they are hyping the falsities of the Indian terrorist government. They are saying that Kasab is from when when he clearly is not. There is no one in the village any more so no one can prove it. They are saying that terrorists come from Pak, but so what they can come from anywhere. They are saying they are sick of the inaction of the Pak govt. but thats a totally different issue. Pak needs to fix its own problems before they go round fixing other problems. I mean, trust me the world sees that Pak has problems and its is not responsible for all this slander and vicious media hype.

Asif Hussein, Iceland - 27 December, 2008

What a tool

Dis you even know RAW existed before the Mumbai attacks, because reading your atricle only proves to a large extent that you have no idea what you are saying. The facts seem out of proportion and is blamed on a government than on communal violence. Ok to clarify: India has a larger population of Muslims than Pakistan does. We have our differences. We seem to fight each other a lot. In our own country within our borders we can do what we like. BUt dont be stupid and think that just because of a shared religion we should use outside help to avoid 'terrorism' as you put it. Not as for minorities being harrased, you again have no idea. India pays for all the Haj pilgirms. Tax payers contribute. Hindus and Christians and Muslims and Sikhs and everyone else pays for thre Muslims to go on Haj. Yes its true that parts of the muslim population in India is in poverty but then its very very stupid to think that this is some hindu conspiracy. We have a huge population of poor people and religion has nothing to do with poverty. Now on the Gujarat riots. They were a reaction to the ridiculous communal tensions created. In India, first hand accounts and not your stupid sidle line commentary, one feels unsafe in a muslim region because they might make an issue of it. People from other religions are not particularly welcomed. Its not the same everywhere else. You have to be here to see it. The muslims commit atrocities on people. They get away with it because of vote bank politics. They cry foul just like you when someone says something. Do you understand the desperation when your brother is killed because his bike skidded and crashed and the muslim guys thought it was on purpose in their area. They beat up these guys because they think the guy is trying to be funny. innocent people get beaten up like this. If the Gujarat riots happened they happened for a reason as did Col. Purohit's attack on the muslim terrorist org. SIMI. Now please understand that as a nation we do not support the acts committed in Gujarat or by Col. Purohit. Both those are isloated incidents of people getting very very frustrated with inactive politicians and a lax justice system. Its easy to be heard in a minority but when you are in a majority you are one of the many millions and no one really cares becuase there is more. Now coming to RAW. Those are just a bunch of inept fat bureaucrats. They are not spies. You just replaces India's constant argument that ISI funds terrorists with RAW funds terrorists right. I know, its sounds cool and all but the reality is so much more unglamorous. RAW is no where near as cool as you make it out to be. They are just a bunch of govt. officials. really, you need better material and better parties to blame it on. RSS is a good place to start. Not finally, the world is not going to support you. Pakistan has too many problems to actually think they are innocent in all of this. You have a huge responsibility in the war on terror. There are too many fights that you as a country are trying to fight. ON the Afghan border, on the northern frontier, your own terrorist mess and chaos. YOu have a strong and powerful neighbour in India who despite its faults has a decent military which can help fight on side of the battle while you protect your other borders. India is not really interested in Pakistani land. Kashmir in fact was Indian land as per history and Pak wanted it. so to say it again let india fix the terrorists on one side, you fight the taliban and fix your other problems. BUt if there are more terrorists that come from Pak then India can and will waltz all the way to the afghan border with Khiyani's head on a plate. despite being a nuclear power Pak is much much weaker as a nation and a military force than India which we had repeatedly demonstrated. Kargil and two successful wars. On each occasion mind you the incursions were from the Pakistani side and India won. Imagine now thirty years on, the second largest growing economy in the world, with lots of money and power with several allies, Pak really does not stand a chance. all your gloating and shouting is pointless because Indians, Hindus + Muslims + Christians + Sikhs + Buddhists + Jews + Parsies, dont care about you. We are all Indians after a point. We have our differences and we fight. But what we do in our own house is our problem. YOu dont get the priviledge to raise a finger on it. You have much lower moral standards. Pak does not suffer from terrorism, you guys just have a bomb testing issues. I mean you blow things up in your own home killing your own people of the same religion for no apparent reason and no difference of opinion. India can do nothing to you which is worse than what you will do to yourselves. What you are getting is your own creation. by looking at us all these years you are now getting screwed from all sides for it. The Tag of Pak Terrorist is now officially earned.

Some Guy, Hungary - 27 December, 2008

muslims haven't done anything wrong...

You are right; it's all Hindus' fault.
-Kashmir was known for hindu pandits, but muslims did not kill any hindus and kicked them out of their own sacred land. righ?
-Indian civilization is 5000 years old (Kama Sutra was written before Kuran) and Muslims didn't come over and kill any hindus. right?
-Pakistan used to have hindu/sikh majority in the regions; Muslims didn't kill/rape any of them. right?
-Azad Kashmir is in much better situation than Indian Kashmir. right?
-Pakistan wann't only one of the handful countries who recognized TALIbans before 9/11 right?
-Pakistani women have more rights than Indian women. right?
-Nobody rapes/kills/steals in pakistan right?
-Kashmiri kids in so called AZAD KASHMIR are getting better education that Indian Kashmir. right?
-There are more muslims getting killed in pakistan than India every year.. no no it's the other way around right?
-India is the oldest civilization and has 20 official languages and more dialects than any other country in the world. Pakistan's culture is more similar to Indian instead of Iran or Saudi Arabia; why is that? oh I am sorry Indian culture is similar to Pakistani right?


eduardo, Solomon Islands - 28 December, 2008

Lies

Regarding your accounts of massacres against minorities happen everywhere.

I am a christian and I would say for sure Christians are not discriminated here. We have been living for more than thousand years with our hindu brothers and sisters who protected and cherished us. These things are done by a handful of people for political aims.

If you consider the situation in Pakistan is worser than you imagine. Could you atleast name a prominent person in Pakistan who hailed from a minority background.Let me tell you that your lies will fell on deaf ears.

Matthew, Hungary - 06 January, 2009

U r fool and making all Pakis fool

OK.
Ask any of Muslim in India if they want to go to pakistan? answer is NOOOOOOO

Coz they are safe in India then in Muslim country Pakistan.

Indian President was Muslim " Abdul Kalam " Indian Minister is Sikh. Those are minorities.

TEll me one name who is minority and on some high position in Pakistan?
Answer is NOOOOOOO

coz forget about minority in Pakistan Muslims are killing Muslims what can be worse then this.

Paki fool, Pakistan - 13 January, 2009

laughable..!!

hehehe... Anti-India rhetoric is a part of Pak's international policy..!! i am not denying any of the above accounts mentioned in this article... but i wouldnt agree to them either. rather than fault-finding with India, you guys should concentrate on resolving your internal problems instead.

Nikhil, Hungary - 27 January, 2009

Numbers dont add up

This was one of the few well researched articles I found in this site. It was based on facts that one cannot deny. Except few allegations primarily on RAW and the massacre of christians which does not have a sound base rest of the article cannot be disputed. But unfortunately Mr. Gill has missed a fundamental point. It is not just what happened that creates perceptions but also what could have happened that did not happen. For example post Babri Masjid or post Godra Riots could have resulted in couple of million muslims being murdered, which was not the case. Murder of christian missionaries is confined to Orissa tribal belt and does not happen elsewhere to the thousands of them spread across India. For all the Khalistani uprising a few thousand more Sikhs could have been murdered and their rights legally usurped, but it did not happen. Incidentally the last COAS of Indian Army was a Sikh. Inspite of the murder of the Kashmiri youth, though I dispute the number 80000, people come out and vote in large numbers defying the separatists. All these have happened because India has strong democratic secular institutions that take care of balancing the issue and providing a correction mechanism. Hence it is not about what had happened but it is about how the situation is recovered, that matters in perception.

Compare this with Pakistan where the Ahmadias are recognized as second class citizens by the constitution, civilian governments come up only when the army gets tired of administrating the country, economy consistently on the brink of collapse with seventy percent of the stocks in KSE owned by one army institution or the other, close links of Army and ISI with the likes of Taliban, half the country overrun by these fanatics who behead individuals for evening primetime entertainment, the government having a deal with them for reasons only God knows, the top nulear scientist is considered to be a nuclear rogue by every respectable government across the world, almost every terrorist incident across the world traced to Pakistan, even the cricketers are related to Dawood Ibrahim. Is there any one respectable institution that an outsider can talk to ? The story of Pakistan, if made into movies, could become the most successful political horror franchise. It is easy to point fingers at India but let me tell you this Indians are the one who truly feel sorry for Pakistan and would like to do something for it without a hidden agenda. We are just waiting for you to reach out.


SAM, Hungary - 23 February, 2009

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