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Volume 2, No. 6 - November 2002

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Armchair Counter-Terrorism
Editorial Team
Last week's hostage-taking by Chechens in Moscow ended in dramatic fashion. As their deadline to blow up over 700 hostages approached, the terrorists were getting increasingly violent and killed two hostages. The Russian authorities implemented a well-thought out plan, storming the theater building after using a gas that apparently incapacitated the terrorists before they could trigger explosions that would have leveled the entire building. Most of the terrorists died in the operation. Adverse effects of the gas also killed over
a hundred hostages, while the rest were rescued.....

Text of the Presentation made to Amnesty International at Chicago, USA.
Delivered on Oct 20, 2002
By Dr Rabinder Koul

François Gautier
No doubt Mr Vajpayee is a nice man, no doubt he is well-meaning, no doubt he also embodies some of the better virtues of tolerance and ahimsa of Hinduism, but lately, he has all but surrendered Kashmir to Islamic separatism, not only losing elections there, even amongst his own people, but also saying that “democracy has won in Kashmir”. Democracy has won in Kashmir?.........More...

Wahi: The Supernatural Basis of Islam
Part II  - The Modern View of the Quranic Trance
Dr. Koenraad ELST

So, where did the Quranic messages come from?
“It is the concept of the unconscious that has enabled us to understand these things. (…) One has only to dip into psychology text-books to find a hundred perfectly bona fide cases of people in a state of hallucination hearing things and seeing visions which they claim quite genuinely never to have seen or heard before........More...

Two Elections: Two Misnomers
Sreeram Chaulia

No sooner had election results for the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly and the Pakistan national and provincial assemblies been declared in the first half of October, than the American press and audiovisual media went into overdrive transmitting two major misnomers which are at total odds with reality.......More...

Beyond Subcontinental Elections: Stabilizing Kashmir and Redefining Restraint
Subodh Atal, Ph. D.
The recently concluded elections in South Asia have highlighted the sharp contrast between democracy and pluralism in India and religious fundamentalism and terrorism.  In Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state in India, Pakistan did its utmost to disrupt elections and expression of democracy by sending terrorists tasked with killing civilians and politicians, and attacking campaign rallies and voting booths......More...

J&K: Forward to the Past?
K.P.S. Gill
Attempting to predict the future is, of course, an activity fraught with danger, but it is safe to speculate on the basis of the historical record that Sayeed's elevation at the present stage of the conflict in J&K bodes ill for the counter-terrorism effort in the State......More...

Islam and prisoners of war
Vinod Kumar

Islam advocates clemency with captives. History has never known warriors so merciful to their captives as the early Muslims who followed the teachings of their religion. The most authentic source of Islam is the Koran itself and after the Koran it is the recorded traditions of the Prophet known as the Hadis. Of all the four most well known traditions, the one compiled by Imam Bukhari is deemed to be most authentic......More...

A one day conference, titled "Kashmiri Pandits - A Hindu Community Seeks to Survive" was held at the Bharat Sevashram Sangh, Kendall Park, New Jersey, USA on October 27, 2002. The speakers were Kashmir experts from around the United States. A broad range of topics was covered, including ancient and recent Kashmiri history, particularly its deep and rich Hindu roots, Muslim depredations in the region, the 13-year long ethnic cleansing of more than 400,000 Kashmiri Hindus, suggestions for political solutions within the state, and strategic options for India to neutralize the jehad war.

The conference ended with a lively and intense discussion that covered the breadth of issues plaguing the region. Cultural events, including songs by several children offered another dimension to the day's program.

The presentation by Dr. Subodh Atal, titled "Will War Bring Peace to Jammu and Kashmir?", analyzing India's strategic options is available here.

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