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Delhi Must Crush Islamist Terrorism

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

I am in total agreement with India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s analysis of Islamist terrorism. The Minister said at an Indian newspaper summit the other day : “Terrorism here is not home-grown. It is externally aided. Pakistan blames non-state actors for it. I ask them whether the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is a non-state actor. If anyone is fully helping terrorists, it is the ISI…. They have not effectively acted on our request to hand over culprits ( Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim) who planned the 26/11 attack on Mumbai [in 2008].” I hope his government will also be taking appropriate action to defend India against this evil.

Volumes have already been written as to how India has suffered on account of Islamist terrorism since Islamabad sent its armed forces in the guise of Pakhtoon tribals to capture Kashmir (October 22, 1947). According to verified studies, since 1980 alone jihadists have claimed 150,000 lives in India . The minorities – Hindus and Sikhs—in India’s Kashmir have been the worst victims of this jihadist war. The population of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley in 1989 was 400,000. Today it is less than four thousand. By 2000 the Islamist terrorists killed more than 34,252 innocent citizens, wounded and decapitated 17484, set on fire 10,000 Hindu houses and destroyed state and individual properties worth 2000 crore rupees.

American Congressman Frank Pallone’s letter of August 23, 2004 to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh contains the best description of the Kashmir scenario today: “The Pandits have suffered more than any group as a result of the conflict in Kashmir…violence continues to threaten their existence. Kashmiri Pandits are on the verge of losing their identity, culture and homeland in Kashmir.  The ethnic cleansing of Pandits from Kashmir started as a result of targeted assassinations leading to forced exile of the entire minority community in the early stages of insurgency. Horrible events have been repeated in recent years when Islamic insurgents committed mass massacres of Pandits in villages and hamlets throughout Kashmir”.

This state of affairs in the Valley has been a matter of shame indeed for the Indian Republic. The first and foremost function of a modern state is to take care of all its citizens. Since then Jammu and Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh signed instruments of accession to India (October 27, 1947) it has been the duty of the Indian state to protect this province and its people. But New Delhi has continued to neglect this fundamental function despite so much of moral and military strength on its side.

It may be recalled that the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, told Indian’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru there should be no submission to the evil in Kashmir and the raiders had to be driven out. The Indian Army, too, was in a position to take care of India’s integrity. Yet New Delhi agreed to Lord Mountbatten’s suggestion (December 30, 1947) to refer the matter to the U N Security Council and, in the process, lost 2/5ths of our own state to Pakistan.

Ironically, New Delhi still seems to be in favour of developing a concerted global strategy to combat Islamist terrorism . At the Munich Security Group meeting, organised by the Observer Research Foundation, in New Delhi last month India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said that the three major challenges in dealing with India’s security threats “ are invisible ‘cyber’ enemies, outdated intelligence-gathering techniques and a disunited approach to tackle terror” and suggested a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism– a call made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Jagdish N. Singh

Islamist Terrorism: Practice, Not Preach, Zero Tolerance

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I wonder if I should take seriously what our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been promising around : zero tolerance to terrorism. So far the successive dispensations in New Delhi have hardly meant what they said on this .

Immediately after India’s Independence, Islamabad sent its armed forces in the guise of tribals (October 26, 1947) to capture Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir’s Maharaja Hari Singh signed instruments of accession to India ( October 27, 1947). Henceforth, it was the duty of the Indian state to protect this province and its people . The Indian Army was in a position to take care of India’s integrity. Yet New Delhi lost 2/5ths of Kashmir to Pakistan. Ever since then India has suffered a lot at the hands of the jihadists . According to an estimate, since 1980 the jihadists have claimed 1.5 lakh lives in different parts of India.

Ironically, things have improved little in India even in the post- 9/11 landscape. There has of late emerged a plethora of literature on the socio-economic political ideologies, goals , strategies and tactics of the phenomenon of Islamist terrorism. This has led to a near consensus across the enlightened international community that this phenomenon constitutes a great threat to the contemporary enlightened humanity’s shared fundamental rights and values.

In order to combat this threat the world’s leading liberal democracies have come to adopt many new diplomatic , legislative and security measures . New Delhi has, however, done little to address this threat . It seems to have been content with its conventional, stereotype explanation that the terrorism it is confronted with has been conceived, conspired and sponsored by certain elements in the Pakistan establishment and is being perpetrated by them in coalescence with a handful of local elements within India.

As a result of New Delhi’s approach on this issue , the influence of violent Islamists has increased in India over the years . It is well documented that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba andJaish-e-Mohammed are seeking accession of Kashmir to Pakistan. They have carried a series of attacks against India. Jaish-e-Mohammed was formed in 1994 after the supporters of Maulana Masood Azhar split from Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. It is the deadliest terrorist organization in Jammu and Kashmir. Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have long been branded as terrorist organizations by the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia .

In a video posted last week al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is said to have vowed to spread Islamic rule and raise the flag of jihad across the Indian subcontinent. In this message the notorious Egyptian cleric Zawahri , who became this outfit’s head after Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011, termed the formation of al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent as glad tidings for Muslims in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Kashmir.

It would be naïve to overlook the influence such forces have had on the disgruntled elements within India. Recently, in a related Islamist development, Sunni theologian Maulana Salman Nadvi of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama reportedly greeted the self-appointed caliph and head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi . He also asked the Saudi government to prepare an army of five lakh Indian Sunni Muslim youth to join the new caliph led fight against the Shia militias in Iraq and elsewhere. Besides , some Indian youths called up their families from Syria and confirmed they were fighting for ISIS.

I would suggest New Delhi could better remain vigilant against such fanatic elements at home and abroad . Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh , Defence Minister Arun Jetley and Foreign Minister Sushama Swaraj could see to it that all appropriate measures were adopted to deter the Islamists . India may perhaps practise the kind of zero tolerance Israel does in combating Islamist terrorism .

Jagdish N. Singh

An Only in Israel Story from India

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

We’re hosting the 7th Annual MEGAComm conference this week (www.megacomm.org) and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event. A little over a week ago, we got word that we’d have an honored guest from India, sent by Adobe. This is an incredible recognition of the value Adobe places on our community.

I’ve been working hard to finalize so many details – the conference bag, the magazine (with help from an amazing editor and designer, proofreaders, writers who have offered articles, etc.), fliers that need to be printed, and so much more. And, in the midst of all of this, I wanted to pick up our guest at the airport to ensure his entry to the country was smooth and more, to begin a dialog that has taken place for many months, even years, over email and telephone alone.

Elie knew that I was tired and so offered to drive, leaving me free to go into the terminal to welcome our guest. As we drove back to Jerusalem, I began pointing out some of the sights – how the land is relatively flat but soon we’d be climbing up to Jerusalem (and explained how we mean this in both a physical and spiritual sense). Of the battle of 1948, and the military vehicles that remain, to this day, to a monument to those who died in the war of our independence. Of the open areas that stretch out between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and the cities and towns along the way. Of the train passing, the lake that isn’t really there – except now because of the massive amounts of rain we’ve had recently.

And finally, we pointed to the tank museum to the right. Latrun. Our guest seemed interested and so we took a small detour to drive up and show him a few tanks that are part of the museum. A large part of Elie’s life remains the army and this became part of the discussion on Israel and life here as we drove.

And then our guest shared a story that has had me smiling since. He has family members in the Indian army and some have served in Kashmir an area known for the strife that plagues it. Apparently, there was an attack and hostages were taken – among them, four Israelis. The Indian army prepared to move in and when they got there, they found that the Israelis were so annoyed at having been kidnapped, they overpowered their kidnappers, tied them up and handed them over to the army.

I explained how so many Israelis after the army take off for foreign lands for a few months to see a world beyond our small borders. They leave behind family, friends and country – and take with them so much of who they have become. No, Israelis wouldn’t sit around and wait to be rescued if the opportunity arises.

I told this story to my son-in-law, who just finished the army, and to a soldier we needed a lift into Jerusalem this morning. When I got to the end of the story, about the Israelis rescuing themselves, they both laughed and smiled.

Even from India, there are “only in Israel” stories!

Visit A Soldier’s Mother.

Paula R. Stern

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