Defending the Terrorist
State of Pakistan: Christina Rocca on US Capitol Hill
On October 29th, the House International Relations Committee held a hearing on
US policy on terrorism in South and South East Asia. Of the two panels invited,
the first one consisted of three State Department officials, including assistant
secretary of state for South Asia, Christina Rocca. The hearing started with
long opening statements from most of the committee members, including a fiery
one by pro-Pakistan Republican from Indiana, Dan Burton. All the Democrats, and
most Republicans on the committee, however, questioned
Pakistan's commitment to the war on terror.....More...
Recognise Jihad, Deal With It
America continues to sink into the jihadi morass in Iraq, it is now a moot
question whether the Bush administration underestimated the power and appeal of
Islamist terror before plunging into what Senator John McCain has frankly dubbed
‘Vietnam II.’ The will to resist oppression and occupation is present in every
society and nation, but the tactics and methods of resistance vary. The Dalai
Lama never waged a sustained guerrilla war against China for Tibetan freedom and
Mahatma Gandhi did not call for bloody insurrection to drive out the British.
However, with the notable exception of Badshah Khan in Pashtunistan, no Islamic
leader in history has led peaceful and democratic movements for change.....More...
Reaching the Roots of Terrorism
For last two years the US is actively engaged in combating
Islamic terror. Big and small powers in the European, Asian and African
continents are also activated against terrorism. Muslim leaders and governments are unhappy to
call it Islamic terrorism. They argue Islam is a religion of peace and
that Islamic faith is not the cause of terrorism. There are some takers
of this theory, some at personal and others on official level, whether
out of exigency of situation or by conviction.....More...
Another Swing of the Pendulum
India's policy on Jammu
& Kashmir (J&K), on terrorism, and on the principal sponsor of terrorism
in South Asia - Pakistan - has often been criticized for its
inconsistencies. Over the past years, however, an increasing consistency
has been evident - though perhaps not in any particularly constructive
sense: the consistency of a pendulum, swinging with insistent regularity
from one extreme to the other.....More...
Kashmiri Hindus and Imams
In recent weeks, we have once again seen some chattering
by local Jammu & Kashmir
politicians, National politicians and Islamic terrorists about
the return of Kashmiri Hindus to Kashmir valley. Let it be known to one and all
that Kashmiri Hindus will surely return to their sacred homeland and will return
on their own terms. Neither Mufti Sayeed nor Yaseen Malik will dictate when and
how Kashmiri Hindus can return to their cherished homes and hearths.....More...
On Idol Worshipping
According to reports, on Diwali day two young white men intruded into a
Ram temple in Ealing Road, London, and shook the idol of Ram, breaking
an arm and the bow when a number of women had congregated there for
satsangh. (The Hindustan Times, October 26, 2003)
One of the men snatched the mike and allegedly shouted there was only
one God, the Jesus Christ, and they (the gathering) were stupid to
worship a stone....More...
J&K: The Writing on the Barrel of
In November 2002, just after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took
office, two grenades went off outside his home on the outskirts of
Srinagar. The grenades were not intended to kill, but to forcefully
remind the new Chief Minister of the need to honour his party's promises
of dialogue with Islamist groups and a scaling back of offensive