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A very level-headed guy talking absolute sense! Must watch for anyone who believe that the Muslims of the world are out to get the ‘Infidels’.
What’s happening around us has nothing to do with religion or gods. It’s all a game mastered by ingenious criminals with political intentions and second agendas.
This is a nice bold letter. Though I do disagree with Yasser’s words on Kashmir, It is definitely people like Yasser who makes me respect all Pakistanis. I have personally met a lot of Pakistanis during my few years in the middle east. And all the Pakis that I know are really nice, trustworthy and kind people. I definitely do’nt buy into the political and media’s branding of all Pakistanis as BAD. I KNOW that they are as nice as we Indians and the rest of the world are.
The only serious problem is that ‘some’ Pakistanis seem to have forgotten that we were all part one one country that was and is called India. The whole idea behind forming a separate state of Pakistan was to allow both India and Pakistan to co-exist in peace so that the citizens of both the state can live harmoniously with the equality, respect and love they all deserve.
Open Letter to all Pakistanis: Bombay, Faridkot and us
By Yasser Latif Hamdani
Dear fellow Pakistanis,
I wrote an open letter recently to our neighbors in India which got a lot of attention- both from India and Pakistan. The letter was written by a citizen of Pakistan to a citizen of India but it is only fair that I write a similar letter to my own compatriots. Let me begin by thanking those of you who wrote emails of praise and appreciation. At the time I wrote that letter, I genuinely could not conceive of a young boy from the remote village of Faridkot, too small to be visible on the map of Pakistan, in Khanewal district to strike at the heart of India’s financial capital. Given the motive, timing and the unfortunate demise and martyrdom of Hemant Karkare, a true hero for the people of India, and the growing nexus of Hindu extremism with terrorism aimed at the Muslim minority in India in the recent years forced me to point a finger, more speculative than accusatory, at Hindu fundamentalist groups in India.
There is now incontrovertible evidence however that we were wrong. And while we have to face up to this skeleton in our closet, it pains me to see so many of you still using my letter as some sort of defense to feed your own denial that this was our own boy from our own Faridkot. The remoteness which to my mind declined the likelihood of this dusty village is probably the real reason why it is so.
We must face up to certain facts. There are groups that will prey on poverty, illiteracy and real grievances of ordinary Pakistanis and pluck from them youth who will then be brainwashed into unleashing terror onto hapless populations. No matter how legitimate one’s grievance or cause, it does not sanction violence aimed at unarmed civilian populations far removed from the cause itself. This is the only real definition of terrorism if you ask me: every time an unarmed non-combatant civilian population is attacked, be it by insurgents or by a state force, it becomes terrorism. We must also accept that our experiment with Jehad in the 1980s has now become a Frankenstein monster. I do not wish to belittle the sacrifices of the freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Afghanistan from expansionist Soviet imperialism and totalitarianism. The American led Jehad against Soviet expansionist tyranny was a bellum justum and we can be rightfully proud of it as a people. After all, it was one of the two successful such Jehads in the 20th century: the first was when the great Gazi Kemal Ataturk raised the banner of Jehad and Muslim solidarity in Anatolia to motivate the Turks i.e Muslim inhabitants of Anatolia to drive out the invading Greeks from Turkey. The major difference there was that at as a true patriot, Ataturk knew when to switch the Jehad button off. The result was the first successful and modern secular nation state of the Muslim world. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, our leaders and policy makers never got around to switching the button. Their only countermove was to try and divert the Jehad to Kashmir but that strategy was only partially successful.
This strategy failed to liberate Kashmir but the Jehadis continued to be trained and funded by us. It has become a bad investment with no likely future. In the post September 11 world, these groups can only serve to discredit what is a legitimate freedom movement of the Kashmiri people. We must realize that we live in a dangerous world where increasingly borders are irrelevant. Our days of waging proxy wars are behind us. The strategy of bleeding India with a thousand cuts has backfired. Lal Masjid, violence all over Pakistan and growing anger of militant movements out of state’s control are cuts that seep blood in Pakistan every day. We must pause, cry halt and ask ourselves: Is this what we made Pakistan for?
The idea of Pakistan always had detractors – many across the border but some here as well. We’ve given them a lot to be glad about. At the heart of the Pakistan idea was Jinnah’s idea of political and economic empowerment of the Muslim community. Decades of military rule have made the former impossible and the latter is now becoming an ever elusive goal. Jinnah spoke of a Pakistan committed to the “welfare of the masses” where “rule of law” would prevail and “life liberty and religious belief” of every citizen shall be fully protected. Indeed it would be the first priority of the state or so Jinnah thought.
Today in Pakistan the life and liberty of every citizen is in peril. Religious belief is not even an option any more. As more Pakistanis slip under the poverty line, it is clear that Pakistan is not committed to the welfare of the masses other than the ruling elite and the few hundred thousands who make up its armed forces. Instead of making a mess of things, had we honestly applied ourselves to the fulfillment of Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan, we would not find ourselves in the mess that we are in. Had we worked for the welfare of the masses as the Quaid expected us to, Ajmal Amir Qasab would be an educated and productive member of Pakistani society instead of causing havoc and chaos in a neighboring country which inching towards respectability and whose success would deliver a large portion of humanity from the misery and terror of poverty. If we are too lazy, selfish and dishonorable to put things right for ourselves, let’s atleast not disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions in a country that is making an effort.
In my letter to the Indians, I ranted about Indian media and its propaganda against Pakistan. Now I ask myself: Can we blame them? I don’t blame them in the least. We deserved every single bit of what we got from the Indian media. May this be the sledge hammer for us to finally wake up from our deep slumber of ignorance and arrogance.
Jinnah’s Pakistan Zindabad
A fellow Pakistani
PS: Kudos to Dawn Newspaper for courageously exposing the roots of terror. At least one of Mr. Jinnah’s creations is living up to its founder’s expectations.
[ source: PakTeaHouse ]
There has been much speculation since Israel started bombarding the Hamas, questions have been asked as to why India does not follow suite and take it to Pakistan, I have asked my question myself but found it a bit difficult to understand, below is an article I found on Forbes which gives 5 reasons for a War agains Pakistan not being possible from an Indian perspective.
1. India is not a military Goliath in relation to Pakistan in the way Israel is to the Palestinian territories. India does not have the immunity, the confidence and the military free hand that result from an overwhelming military superiority over an opponent. Israel’s foe is a non-sovereign entity that enjoys the most precarious form of self-governance. Pakistan, for all its dysfunction, is a proper country with a proper army, superior by far to the tin-pot Arab forces that Israel has had to combat over time. Pakistan has nukes, to boot. Any assault on Pakistani territory carries with it an apocalyptic risk for India. This is, in fact, Pakistan’s trump card. (This explains, also, why Israel is determined to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran.)
2. Even if India could attack Pakistan without fear of nuclear retaliation, the rationale for “doing a Gaza” is, arguably, not fully present: Israel had been attacked consistently by the very force–Hamas–that was in political control of the territory from which the attacks occurred. By contrast, terrorist attacks on India, while originating in Pakistan, are not authored by the Pakistani government. India can– and does–contend that Pakistan’s government should shut down the terrorist training camps on Pakistani soil. (In this insistence, India has unequivocal support from Washington.) Yet only a consistent and demonstrable pattern of dereliction by Pakistani authorities– which would need to be dereliction verging on complicity with the terrorists–would furnish India with sufficient grounds to hold the Pakistani state culpable.
3. As our columnist, Karlyn Bowman, writes, Israel enjoys impressive support from the American people, in contrast to the Palestinians. No other state–apart, perhaps, from Britain–evokes as much favor in American public opinion as does Israel. This is not merely the result of the much-vaunted “Israel lobby” (to use a label deployed by its detractors), but also because of the very real depth of cultural interpenetration between American and Israeli society. This fraternal feeling buys Israel an enviable immunity in the conduct of its strategic defense. India, by contrast–while considerably more admired and favored in American public opinion than Pakistan–enjoys scarcely a fraction of Israel’s “pull” in Washington when it comes to questions of the use of force beyond its borders.
4. Pakistan is strategically significant to the United States; the Palestinians are not. This gives Washington scant incentive to rein in the Israelis, but a major incentive to rein in any Indian impulse to strike at Pakistan. However justified the Indian anger against Pakistan over the recent invasion of Mumbai by Pakistani terrorists, the last thing that the U.S. wants right now is an attack–no matter how surgical–by India against Pakistan-based terror camps. This would almost certainly result in a wholesale shift of Pakistani troops away from their western, Afghan front toward the eastern boundary with India–and would leave the American Afghan campaign in some considerable disarray, at least in the short term. So Washington has asked for, and received, the gift of Indian patience. And although India recognizes that it is not wholly without options to mobilize quickly for punitive, surgical strikes in a “strategic space,” it would–right now–settle for a trial of the accused terrorist leaders in U.S. courts. (Seven U.S. citizens were killed in Mumbai: Under U.S. law, those responsible–and this should include Pakistani intelligence masterminds–have to be brought to justice.)
5. My last, and meta-, point: Israel has the privilege of an international pariah to ignore international public opinion in its use of force against the Palestinians. A state with which few others have diplomatic relations can turn the tables on those that would anathematize it by saying, Hang diplomacy. India, by contrast, has no such luxury. It is a prisoner of its own global aspirations–and pretensions.
Article Source| Tunku Varadarajan, a professor at the Stern Business School at NYU and research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, is opinions editor at Forbes.com, where he writes a weekly column.
[ source: Desinuts ]
Interesting post. The author is a Christian and seems to be looking at both the sides of the story. I wish we had more such level headed people in the society. We need more such people and less of those controversy whoring bastards/bitches at the media (pardon my language. I have no other words for the joke, these new age journalists have made of my country and its values).
WAS born in a Catholic family. My uncle was a priest, a wonderful man of warmth and compassion and I spent most my early years in Catholic boarding schools. When I was young I wanted to become a missionary and to ‘convert’ pagans in Asia. What I was taught by priests was that Hindus worship false gods and they needed to be brought back to the True Word by Jesus Christ.
Then of course, I came to India and discovered that actually Hindus, far from being the heathens, as had been portrayed in Europe, not only believed God’s diversity, the wonderful concept of avatar, but had given refuge to all persecuted minorities of the world, whether the Syrian Christians, the Parsis, the Jews (India is the only country in the world where Jews were not persecuted), the Armenians, or today the Tibetans.
I am also aghast at the one-sided coverage by the Indian media of the Christian- Hindu problem: blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus in Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai train blasts, Jaipur, etc. Yet, neither Manmohan Singh nor Sonia Gandhi have pronounced once the word ‘Islamic terrorism.’ But when furious Hindus, tired of being made fun of, of witnessing their brothers and sisters converted by financials traps, of seeing a 84-year-old swami and his Mataji brutally murdered, of reading blasphemy about their Gods, vent their anger against churches, many of them makeshifts, the Indian government goes after the soft target which the Hindus are.
The same thing applies to the United States: they never warned Muslim organisations in India about the killing of Hindus, but when dollars are used to buy new converts and it angers the majority community of India,Washington has the arrogance to issue a warning, and Manmohan Singh does not have the pride to tell the US to mind its own business.Neither the Indian press nor the western correspondents bothered to write about what made Hindus angry in Karnataka: Newlife, one important westernfunded missionary centre ( http://www.newlifevoice.org), began making conversions in and around Mangalore by accosting poor people in market areas, or in bus stands, befriending them and then taking them to churches to introduce them to the father.
Upon introduction they were paid Rs 2,500 per person and then taken to the Velankanni shrine, in Tamil Nadu, where they would get another Rs. 3,000.When they finally converted to Christianity by changing the name, they got an incentive of Rs 10,000 onwards.Newlife would then give them instructions to abandon wearing tilak on forehead, not to visit and offer prayers at the Hindu temples, replacing the photos and idols of Hindu gods and goddesses with a Cross, etc.But what really angered local Hindus was when Newlife went one step further and published a book in Kannada — Satya Darshini — which was widely distributed by its missionaries. Here below is the translation of some of the most abusive passages: “Urvashi — the daughter of Lord Vishnu — is a prostitute.Vashistha is the son of this prostitute.He in turn married his own Mother. Such a degraded person is the Guru of the Hindu God Rama. (page 48).
When Krishna himself is wallowing in darkness of hell, how can he enlighten others? Since Krishna himself is a shady character, there is a need for us to liberate his misled followers (page 50). It was Brahma himself who kidnapped Sita.“Since Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were themselves victims of lust, it is a sin to consider them as Gods. (page 39).When the Trinity of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) are consumed by lust and anger, how can they liberate others? The projection of them as Gods is nothing but a joke. (page 39). God, please liberate the sinful people of India who are worshipping False Gods. (Page 39).” When blasphemy and much worse is brought against the most sacred Hindu Gods, Hindus are supposed to take it meekly as sheep and let themselves be converted to a foreign religion! There are more than 4,000 foreign Christian missionaries involved in conversion activities across different states.In Tripura, there were no Christians at the time of independence.
There are 1,20,000 today, a 90 per cent increase since 1991. The figures are even more striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1,710 Christians in 1961, but 1.2 million today, as well as 780 churches! In Andhra Pradesh, churches are coming up every day in far-flung villages and there was even an attempt to set up one near Tirupati.Christians throughout the ages have strived on the concept of persecution and as a brought up Catholic, I remember feeling bad about all those martyred saints of Christianity. Christians in India like to say that they are only two per cent and can do no harm. But it is a sham: in the Tamil Nadu coastal belt from Chennai to Kanyakumari, there must be now 10 per cent Christians posttsunami and the same may be true in other parts of south India.
My heart goes out to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who took a courageous stand against unethical Christian conversions, but is now under pressure from the Centre.The BJP, having learnt from bitter experience that the Congress has no qualm in invoking President’s rule under fallacious pretexts in states which are ruled by non-Congress governments is in a quandary: it must show some action against militant Hindu groups while remaining true to itself.
This is why Yeddyurappa took some action against Hindu groups while saying that his government will not tolerate forcible conversions and will take stringent action against missionaries involved in conversions.And ultimately, the blame must fall on Hindus: they are 800 million in India, the overwhelming majority; they have the brains, they have the money and they have the power. But either their intellectual and political class sides with the minorities, out of fear, inferiority complex imbedded by the British or just sheer crass political opportunism, or the bigger mass is indifferent inert, selfish, un-civic conscious.
Every Hindu is the inheritor of the only surviving spiritual knowledge which at the moment is under a concerted attack by Christian missionaries, Americanisation, Marxism and Islamic fundamentalism.
No comments!!! I couldn’t help but laugh crazily on seeing this!!! Read the question and read the answer too!! 😀
- US spends over $5.6 billion dollars a month in Iraq, which is more Federal aid than any current state is receiving.
- At $5.6 billion dollars, US could pay each and every Iraqi $215 a month, ten times what their average income is now. How could they complain?
- With an estimated 250,000 American citizens currently residing in Iraq it is already nearly half the population size of Wyoming.
- Fighting would have to stop because the U.S. cannot declare war on itself.
- US can save time and money not having to draft up a separate Iraqi constitution since they already have one.
- Baghdad is only 1400 miles further from Washington than Honolulu is.
- Historically, US has added new states about every 50 years. They are due.
- It will reduce unemployment by creating jobs for English teachers.
- Forget the oil. US needs a state with a “Q” in it!
- US made Alaska and Hawaii states.
* Got this by mail.