Can Trump Really Wipe Out “Radical Islamic Terrorism”?

Rise Of Global Terrorism

After climate change and global warming “radical Islamic terrorism”, as the US President Trump calls it, is another global threat that worries the global community. If climate change and global warming are purely ‘secular’ phenomena the menace of this jihadi terrorism is purely ‘religious’ – a “terror God” is pleased whenever his ‘true disciples’ kill innocent people. However, both do not recognize national or geographical boundaries – like flash-floods, landslides and earthquakes the jihadis also strike suddenly. Although their global brand ambassador, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has lost territory in the Middle East its “virtual Islamic Caliphate” continues to thrive in the cyberspace – radicalizing and recruiting Muslims to eliminate ‘infidels’ from the world. Thanks to its high-tech marketing propaganda on the internet and social media platforms, the glamour of jihadi terrorism has spread widely and penetrated deeply in the Muslim societies around the world. Now other jihad corporations are also perfecting the virtual skills for global jihad. Of around 7.6 billion global population, only about 1.6 billion are “believers.” The rest 6 billion are “infidels” – representing a huge unfinished work for the global jihadis!

Walking on the footsteps of the ISIS is the Islamic State of Pakistan (ISP) in the South Asia – the biggest Islamic State in the world, with over 200 million Muslims. While the ISIS was born and gone just in few years the ISP has managed to survive, despite bifurcation in 1971, since its Islamic birth in 1947. It proudly houses mighty terror corporations like the Haqqanis, Taliban, and Al Qaeda along with several dozen other jihadi enterprises. Its ex-President, Pervez Musharraf, proudly declares on TV channels that he has very high regard for the globally wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed – the mastermind of Mumbai terror attack of 2008. Its secret agency ISI not only runs numerous jihad factories in the country but also actively nurtures terror units in other countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar.  It also has several India focused jihadi outfits like JeM, LeT and HM for whom the presence of over 1000 million “infidel” Hindus in the neighborhood is a mouth watering proposition. The “holy warriors” routinely cross into Indian border and soon get dispatched to hell by the Indian security forces, despite the promise of 72 virgins in heaven by their Pakistani godfathers!

As part of its jihadi agenda, Pakistan ISI is doing its best to radicalize Indian Muslims and exploit the historical Hindu-Muslim fault line. Therefore, the hazard of jihadi terrorism is unlikely to disappear at least from the South Asia, and Hindu India would always remain their sworn enemy for wielding the 1400 year old “sword of Islam”.

Dream of Islamic Dominance!

Although the tradition of violence in the name of Islam is as old as Islam itself, the roots of the current spell of global jihadi terrorism can be traced back to the fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1980s during the last decade of the cold war era. Using its close ally Pakistan, the US created an army of Afghan jihadis and pitted them against the communists. Reflecting the peculiarity of Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan Muslimun), around 20,000 Mujahideens also arrived from different parts of the world to join the jihad (“holy war”) to drive out the non-Muslim “infidels” from Afghanistan. A big number came from the Middle East including, the rich Saudi national Osama bin Laden. They turned it into a typical Islam vs ‘infidel’ battle. Certainly, the Americans then could not imagine that this jihadi monster, like the Bhasmasur of Indian mythology, would one day turn against them and the whole humanity!

When the communists decided to end their decade long occupation of Afghanistan, the global jihadis like bin Laden went ecstatic. They projected it as yet another historic victory of Islam over the non-believers, conveniently ignoring the fact that the long drawn US cold war policies had already eaten away the might of the mighty Soviets to a significant extent. Thus, the Soviets not only withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 but the whole communist bloc too fell apart soon thereafter. [It is the same reason why colonial powers like Britain and France had to withdraw from their colonies at the end of second WW2.]

This victory emboldened the hardcore jihadis like Osama bin Laden to prepare for a much “bigger jihad” – reflecting their deep-rooted Islamic dream of conquering the whole world. The deadly Hollywood style September 11, 2001 attack on the US soil was the first quantum leap. Masterminded by Osama, it successfully demonstrated their capability to strike even the mightiest in the world. 15 out of 19 terrorists were from the Saudi Arabia – the motherland of the most suppressive version of Islam, Wahhabism that promotes radicalism and motivates terrorists to do what they do.

In retaliation, the US troops arrived in Afghanistan hunting Osama, and threw away the Pak backed Taliban government. But it took them 10 years to hunt down bin Laden in 2011 because he was living safely inside the radicalized Pakistan. However, even after 16 years of military presence, endless drone attacks and dropping the “mother of all bombs” they have failed to root out the jihadi hazard. On the contrary, jihadis appear to have grown stronger over the years, the credit for which again fully goes to Pakistan which is religiously obsessed to groom terrorism as an undeclared state policy – while posing of as the “biggest victim of terrorism” before the international community. It even wants the world to acknowledge its “high sacrifices” made in the global war or terror!!

Pakistan Turns Into A Jihadi “Islamic State”

Soviets withdrawal from the Afghanistan did not just inflate the ego of the Al Qaeda masters  it also distorted the cocky brains of Pak generals and turned them rogue. Rather than dismantling the jihadi factories after the Soviet departure in 1989 they decided to divert the trained jihadis against its ‘eternal’ enemy India. Thus, Pakistan started infiltrating battle hardened jihadis into Kashmir. It also created India-focused terror groups like JeM, HM and LeT to continue its undeclared war of attrition in the form of bloody Islamic jihad against Hindu India, particularly in Kashmir.

The 2002 Parliament attack and 2008 Mumbai terror attack are like most precious victory trophies for Islamic Pakistan in its jihad against the “infidel” Hindu India. Pak sponsored jihadi violence is a daily feature in Kashmir. Now Pakistan plans to equip jihadis with high-tech weapons for night warfare and is training them to handle even chemical weapons. Winter months always posed problems for the Pak jihadis to cross into the Indian side, so now Pakistan is importing protective winter gears for the jihadis so that they can carry on their violence uninterrupted throughout the year.

On the flip side, the love for jihadis and fundamentalists has already caused un-repairable damage to Pak society which is now badly infected with all types of jihadi viruses while the nation stands exposed internationally as a sponsor of terrorism. Global leaders are worried not only about Pakistan’s future stability as a country but also about terrorists taking control of its nuclear arsenal. They are also concerned about Pak military pushing fundamentalists into the political mainstream to weaken the “somewhat” civilian government.  After North Korea, Pakistan is the only country in the world that threatens its neighbor with nuclear attack on regular basis. It is also an open secret that Pakistan clandestinely supplied nuclear technology to North Korea.

However, the US President Trump has put Pakistan in a very tight spot by demanding that it eliminates terror groups from its soil because they are connected with groups launching terror attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan, of course, drags its feet pretending innocence! In the past, it was also ‘ignorant’ of Osama and several other top terrorists living in Pakistan!! Lying is an inherent cultural trait of Pak leaders; the world knows it all too well by now. As a result, the new US Afghan policy has dumped Pakistan despite its geographical prominence. Instead, ignoring Pak’s vehement protest the US wants India to play the dominant role in the development of Afghanistan and peace in the entire region. President Trump has coined the term “Indo-Pacific” to further emphasize India’s emerging new dominant role in the global politics along with Japan and Australia.

“Good Terrorists” and “Bad Terrorists”

The global efforts to wipe out terrorism have so far remained ineffective primarily due to the distinction: bad-terrorists vs good-terrorists. Thus, Osama and with his Al Qaeda gang were “good-terrorists” as long as they fought the Soviets in the 1980s. They became “really bad” after the 9/11 attack in 2001!

Between the departure of the Soviets from Afghanistan in 1989 and 2001 Kashmir remained the hotbed of Pak sponsored terrorism because Pak sent “good terrorists” for jihadi violence; they were of course “bad terrorists” for India. Americans remained unconcerned because they had never tasted the hurt of jihadi terrorism. In fact, the global community never bothered to listen whenever India raised the issue of jihadi terrorism. Over the decades, Pakistan has created several gangs of “good-terrorists” like JeM, HM, LeT specifically to hurt India. The Shia Hezbollah group is “good” for Iran but “bad” for Saudis, Israelis and Americans. Hamas is “bad” for Israel but good the Palestinians, Arab nations and Iran.

So, terrorists are always “good” for their godfathers. In fact, they are important pawns in the politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asian regions – in the later region, primarily due to the Islamic State of Pakistan. Their biggest advantage is that they can do things and operate in ways not possible for the soldiers of official army whose conduct is governed by international protocols. Thus, Pakistan could launch Kargil invasion using terrorists and mutilate bodies of Indian soldiers or use them to attack Indian soldiers at the border and behead them. It also used trained suicidal jihadis to attack Indian parliament in 2002 and Mumbai in 2008 to kill “as many ‘infidels’ as they could, till death.” Such substandard things are not possible with soldiers.

Realistically, the distinction of good/bad terrorist is unlikely to disappear because they have emerged as strategic assets for most Muslim nations. A country like Pakistan, which is devoid of any positive national goal other then the single point hate-India agenda, can never think of wiping out jihadi terrorism – no matter how hard the US and India try – because it is the only thing to justify its Islamic birth as a nation, nearing its expiry date!

Radicalization Through Social Media

A peculiar angle has emerged with Jihadi violence in recent years due to increasing penetration of Internet and popularity of social media around the world. Now, for instance, global terror groups can use social media and net connectivity to radicalize Muslims (lone wolf tactic) in any country. They can even give online training in bomb making and various ways to create panic, disrupt societies and kill people. Social media is a great channel for brainwashing and radicalization through videos, chats and multimedia material. Thus, people around the world have to be constantly watchful – there is no way to know if the Hafiz Saeed, Assiduddin Owasi or Pervez Musharraf living next door is not a radicalized lone wolf waiting for his chance to attack them.

The global Muslim population is around 1.6 Billion. Imagine if just 0.1 percent of this population is radicalized. That’s staggering 1.6 million potential terrorists threatening humanity.

How To Fight The War “On Terror” More Effectively

President Trump must evolve ways to plug online radicalization along with closing the sources of weapons and terror funding so that as the existing jihadis gets killed, no more crop up to replace them. But it would still not counter the ideology that creates terrorists at the first place.

President Trump’s two predecessors after the 2001 9/11 attack, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, did not see Jihadi terrorism on ideological lines. Republican Bush, however, was close in his description of jihadi terrorism as Islamic fascism of the terrorists who had perverted the ‘peaceful teachings of Islam.’ But he carried on his “War on Terror” as a “war against the evil” – not against the ideology.

His successor Barack Obama, wanting to be more politically correct, further distanced himself from the ideological reference and downgraded Bush’s “War on Terror” to a “fight” – a fight against specific terrorist groups. The phrase “terrorism has no religion” became fashionable among global leaders. He introduced drones to chase and kill terrorists in order to save American casualties. Americans felt relieved at this but he could not wipe out terrorism because as terrorists got killed many more were ready to replace them. The supply chain of fresh terrorists kept working, in fact more efficiently than ever. He failed to realize that the ideologically motivated jihadis are not like other underworld criminals who happen to be Muslims. Thus he only killed terrorists – and terrorism continued flourishing.

Republicans have long condemned Obama for failing to properly assess the threat. Trump and his team are more straightforward and quite close to calling a spade, a spade. Dumping the self delusion of ‘terrorism has no religion’ and the compulsion of ‘political correctness’ they chose to talk pointedly in terms of ‘radical Islamic terrorism’.

Interrogation of captured terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan also revealed that the top brains of terror outfits like the Al Qaeda and Taliban were genuine ideologues, adherents to the fundamentalist Salafi/Wahhabi strain of Islam. This ideology exploits the dual role of Mohammad – a social reformer saint and a political leader who fought wars. It solely focuses on the later and interprets Quranic verses out of context and in a totally distorted manner to glorify violence as a god given duty. In doing so, it entirely throws away the spiritual “essence” of Islam and turns it into a totalitarian political ideology. Irrationality is deeply ingrained in their thinking, which easily enters the domain of insanity. Yet, whether irrational or insane, terrorists do have a political ideology that no sane person would equate with the religion of Islam. In fact, their ideology appears totally alien to even Muslims.

Yet, they have an ideology which must be countered through a well devised narrative. Muslim scholars can make significant contribution here. In fact, they should have prevented misuse of their religion in such as a gross way at the first place. But alone they are vulnerable because of the very real fear of being killed – killing dissenters is a deep rooted practice of the fundamentalists in the Muslim societies. This deep-rooted violent tradition has largely left Muslim societies at the mercy of fundamentalists.

President Trump must collaborate with progressive Islamic elements such as scholars, intellectuals, and Muslim activists and create a vocal global entity that would counter and expose radical preachers and brainwashing experts who prepare the raw material for the terror industry. Saudi Prince’s recent desire to wipe out global terrorism gives some optimism. The Wahhabi scholars of his country can play a vital role in depoliticizing Islam by eliminating distorted interpretation of Quran.

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Can Trump Really Wipe Out “Radical Islamic Terrorism”?

Rise Of Global Terrorism

After climate change and global warming “radical Islamic terrorism”, as the US President Trump calls it, is another global threat that worries the global community. If climate change and global warming are purely ‘secular’ phenomena the menace of this jihadi terrorism is purely ‘religious’ – a “terror God” is pleased whenever his ‘true disciples’ kill innocent people. However, both do not recognize national or geographical boundaries – like flash-floods, landslides and earthquakes the jihadis also strike suddenly. Although their global brand ambassador, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has lost territory in the Middle East its “virtual Islamic Caliphate” continues to thrive in the cyberspace – radicalizing and recruiting Muslims to eliminate ‘infidels’ from the world. Thanks to its high-tech marketing propaganda on the internet and social media platforms, the glamour of jihadi terrorism has spread widely and penetrated deeply in the Muslim societies around the world. Now other jihad corporations are also perfecting the virtual skills for global jihad. Of around 7.6 billion global population, only about 1.6 billion are “believers.” The rest 6 billion are “infidels” – representing a huge unfinished work for the global jihadis!

Walking on the footsteps of the ISIS is the Islamic State of Pakistan (ISP) in the South Asia – the biggest Islamic State in the world, with over 200 million Muslims. While the ISIS was born and gone just in few years the ISP has managed to survive, despite bifurcation in 1971, since its Islamic birth in 1947. It proudly houses mighty terror corporations like the Haqqanis, Taliban, and Al Qaeda along with several dozen other jihadi enterprises. Its ex-President, Pervez Musharraf, proudly declares on TV channels that he has very high regard for the globally wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed – the mastermind of Mumbai terror attack of 2008. Its secret agency ISI not only runs numerous jihad factories in the country but also actively nurtures terror units in other countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar.  It also has several India focused jihadi outfits like JeM, LeT and HM for whom the presence of over 1000 million “infidel” Hindus in the neighborhood is a mouth watering proposition. The “holy warriors” routinely cross into Indian border and soon get dispatched to hell by the Indian security forces, despite the promise of 72 virgins in heaven by their Pakistani godfathers!

As part of its jihadi agenda, Pakistan ISI is doing its best to radicalize Indian Muslims and exploit the historical Hindu-Muslim fault line. Therefore, the hazard of jihadi terrorism is unlikely to disappear at least from the South Asia, and Hindu India would always remain their sworn enemy for wielding the 1400 year old “sword of Islam”.

Dream of Islamic Dominance!

Although the tradition of violence in the name of Islam is as old as Islam itself, the roots of the current spell of global jihadi terrorism can be traced back to the fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1980s during the last decade of the cold war era. Using its close ally Pakistan, the US created an army of Afghan jihadis and pitted them against the communists. Reflecting the peculiarity of Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan Muslimun), around 20,000 Mujahideens also arrived from different parts of the world to join the jihad (“holy war”) to drive out the non-Muslim “infidels” from Afghanistan. A big number came from the Middle East including, the rich Saudi national Osama bin Laden. They turned it into a typical Islam vs ‘infidel’ battle. Certainly, the Americans then could not imagine that this jihadi monster, like the Bhasmasur of Indian mythology, would one day turn against them and the whole humanity!

When the communists decided to end their decade long occupation of Afghanistan, the global jihadis like bin Laden went ecstatic. They projected it as yet another historic victory of Islam over the non-believers, conveniently ignoring the fact that the long drawn US cold war policies had already eaten away the might of the mighty Soviets to a significant extent. Thus, the Soviets not only withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 but the whole communist bloc too fell apart soon thereafter. [It is the same reason why colonial powers like Britain and France had to withdraw from their colonies at the end of second WW2.]

This victory emboldened the hardcore jihadis like Osama bin Laden to prepare for a much “bigger jihad” – reflecting their deep-rooted Islamic dream of conquering the whole world. The deadly Hollywood style September 11, 2001 attack on the US soil was the first quantum leap. Masterminded by Osama, it successfully demonstrated their capability to strike even the mightiest in the world. 15 out of 19 terrorists were from the Saudi Arabia – the motherland of the most suppressive version of Islam, Wahhabism that promotes radicalism and motivates terrorists to do what they do.

In retaliation, the US troops arrived in Afghanistan hunting Osama, and threw away the Pak backed Taliban government. But it took them 10 years to hunt down bin Laden in 2011 because he was living safely inside the radicalized Pakistan. However, even after 16 years of military presence, endless drone attacks and dropping the “mother of all bombs” they have failed to root out the jihadi hazard. On the contrary, jihadis appear to have grown stronger over the years, the credit for which again fully goes to Pakistan which is religiously obsessed to groom terrorism as an undeclared state policy – while posing of as the “biggest victim of terrorism” before the international community. It even wants the world to acknowledge its “high sacrifices” made in the global war or terror!!

Pakistan Turns Into A Jihadi “Islamic State”

Soviets withdrawal from the Afghanistan did not just inflate the ego of the Al Qaeda masters  it also distorted the cocky brains of Pak generals and turned them rogue. Rather than dismantling the jihadi factories after the Soviet departure in 1989 they decided to divert the trained jihadis against its ‘eternal’ enemy India. Thus, Pakistan started infiltrating battle hardened jihadis into Kashmir. It also created India-focused terror groups like JeM, HM and LeT to continue its undeclared war of attrition in the form of bloody Islamic jihad against Hindu India, particularly in Kashmir.

The 2002 Parliament attack and 2008 Mumbai terror attack are like most precious victory trophies for Islamic Pakistan in its jihad against the “infidel” Hindu India. Pak sponsored jihadi violence is a daily feature in Kashmir. Now Pakistan plans to equip jihadis with high-tech weapons for night warfare and is training them to handle even chemical weapons. Winter months always posed problems for the Pak jihadis to cross into the Indian side, so now Pakistan is importing protective winter gears for the jihadis so that they can carry on their violence uninterrupted throughout the year.

On the flip side, the love for jihadis and fundamentalists has already caused un-repairable damage to Pak society which is now badly infected with all types of jihadi viruses while the nation stands exposed internationally as a sponsor of terrorism. Global leaders are worried not only about Pakistan’s future stability as a country but also about terrorists taking control of its nuclear arsenal. They are also concerned about Pak military pushing fundamentalists into the political mainstream to weaken the “somewhat” civilian government.  After North Korea, Pakistan is the only country in the world that threatens its neighbor with nuclear attack on regular basis. It is also an open secret that Pakistan clandestinely supplied nuclear technology to North Korea.

However, the US President Trump has put Pakistan in a very tight spot by demanding that it eliminates terror groups from its soil because they are connected with groups launching terror attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan, of course, drags its feet pretending innocence! In the past, it was also ‘ignorant’ of Osama and several other top terrorists living in Pakistan!! Lying is an inherent cultural trait of Pak leaders; the world knows it all too well by now. As a result, the new US Afghan policy has dumped Pakistan despite its geographical prominence. Instead, ignoring Pak’s vehement protest the US wants India to play the dominant role in the development of Afghanistan and peace in the entire region. President Trump has coined the term “Indo-Pacific” to further emphasize India’s emerging new dominant role in the global politics along with Japan and Australia.

“Good Terrorists” and “Bad Terrorists”

The global efforts to wipe out terrorism have so far remained ineffective primarily due to the distinction: bad-terrorists vs good-terrorists. Thus, Osama and with his Al Qaeda gang were “good-terrorists” as long as they fought the Soviets in the 1980s. They became “really bad” after the 9/11 attack in 2001!

Between the departure of the Soviets from Afghanistan in 1989 and 2001 Kashmir remained the hotbed of Pak sponsored terrorism because Pak sent “good terrorists” for jihadi violence; they were of course “bad terrorists” for India. Americans remained unconcerned because they had never tasted the hurt of jihadi terrorism. In fact, the global community never bothered to listen whenever India raised the issue of jihadi terrorism. Over the decades, Pakistan has created several gangs of “good-terrorists” like JeM, HM, LeT specifically to hurt India. The Shia Hezbollah group is “good” for Iran but “bad” for Saudis, Israelis and Americans. Hamas is “bad” for Israel but good the Palestinians, Arab nations and Iran.

So, terrorists are always “good” for their godfathers. In fact, they are important pawns in the politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asian regions – in the later region, primarily due to the Islamic State of Pakistan. Their biggest advantage is that they can do things and operate in ways not possible for the soldiers of official army whose conduct is governed by international protocols. Thus, Pakistan could launch Kargil invasion using terrorists and mutilate bodies of Indian soldiers or use them to attack Indian soldiers at the border and behead them. It also used trained suicidal jihadis to attack Indian parliament in 2002 and Mumbai in 2008 to kill “as many ‘infidels’ as they could, till death.” Such substandard things are not possible with soldiers.

Realistically, the distinction of good/bad terrorist is unlikely to disappear because they have emerged as strategic assets for most Muslim nations. A country like Pakistan, which is devoid of any positive national goal other then the single point hate-India agenda, can never think of wiping out jihadi terrorism – no matter how hard the US and India try – because it is the only thing to justify its Islamic birth as a nation, nearing its expiry date!

Radicalization Through Social Media

A peculiar angle has emerged with Jihadi violence in recent years due to increasing penetration of Internet and popularity of social media around the world. Now, for instance, global terror groups can use social media and net connectivity to radicalize Muslims (lone wolf tactic) in any country. They can even give online training in bomb making and various ways to create panic, disrupt societies and kill people. Social media is a great channel for brainwashing and radicalization through videos, chats and multimedia material. Thus, people around the world have to be constantly watchful – there is no way to know if the Hafiz Saeed, Assiduddin Owasi or Pervez Musharraf living next door is not a radicalized lone wolf waiting for his chance to attack them.

The global Muslim population is around 1.6 Billion. Imagine if just 0.1 percent of this population is radicalized. That’s staggering 1.6 million potential terrorists threatening humanity.

How To Fight The War “On Terror” More Effectively

President Trump must evolve ways to plug online radicalization along with closing the sources of weapons and terror funding so that as the existing jihadis gets killed, no more crop up to replace them. But it would still not counter the ideology that creates terrorists at the first place.

President Trump’s two predecessors after the 2001 9/11 attack, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, did not see Jihadi terrorism on ideological lines. Republican Bush, however, was close in his description of jihadi terrorism as Islamic fascism of the terrorists who had perverted the ‘peaceful teachings of Islam.’ But he carried on his “War on Terror” as a “war against the evil” – not against the ideology.

His successor Barack Obama, wanting to be more politically correct, further distanced himself from the ideological reference and downgraded Bush’s “War on Terror” to a “fight” – a fight against specific terrorist groups. The phrase “terrorism has no religion” became fashionable among global leaders. He introduced drones to chase and kill terrorists in order to save American casualties. Americans felt relieved at this but he could not wipe out terrorism because as terrorists got killed many more were ready to replace them. The supply chain of fresh terrorists kept working, in fact more efficiently than ever. He failed to realize that the ideologically motivated jihadis are not like other underworld criminals who happen to be Muslims. Thus he only killed terrorists – and terrorism continued flourishing.

Republicans have long condemned Obama for failing to properly assess the threat. Trump and his team are more straightforward and quite close to calling a spade, a spade. Dumping the self delusion of ‘terrorism has no religion’ and the compulsion of ‘political correctness’ they chose to talk pointedly in terms of ‘radical Islamic terrorism’.

Interrogation of captured terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan also revealed that the top brains of terror outfits like the Al Qaeda and Taliban were genuine ideologues, adherents to the fundamentalist Salafi/Wahhabi strain of Islam. This ideology exploits the dual role of Mohammad – a social reformer saint and a political leader who fought wars. It solely focuses on the later and interprets Quranic verses out of context and in a totally distorted manner to glorify violence as a god given duty. In doing so, it entirely throws away the spiritual “essence” of Islam and turns it into a totalitarian political ideology. Irrationality is deeply ingrained in their thinking, which easily enters the domain of insanity. Yet, whether irrational or insane, terrorists do have a political ideology that no sane person would equate with the religion of Islam. In fact, their ideology appears totally alien to even Muslims.

Yet, they have an ideology which must be countered through a well devised narrative. Muslim scholars can make significant contribution here. In fact, they should have prevented misuse of their religion in such as a gross way at the first place. But alone they are vulnerable because of the very real fear of being killed – killing dissenters is a deep rooted practice of the fundamentalists in the Muslim societies. This deep-rooted violent tradition has largely left Muslim societies at the mercy of fundamentalists.

President Trump must collaborate with progressive Islamic elements such as scholars, intellectuals, and Muslim activists and create a vocal global entity that would counter and expose radical preachers and brainwashing experts who prepare the raw material for the terror industry. Saudi Prince’s recent desire to wipe out global terrorism gives some optimism. The Wahhabi scholars of his country can play a vital role in depoliticizing Islam by eliminating distorted interpretation of Quran.

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The Comedy Of Trump’s “Triple Talaq” To Pakistan!

Just when the Indian Supreme Court banned instant ‘triple talaq’ in India on August 22 the US president Donald Trump said the unthinkable. He uttered “Talaq Talaq Talaq” to Pakistan!  Pakistan was shocked. It went into the trauma of confusion and insecurity – as all helpless ‘triple talaq’ victims do. Was the US really ending their intimate relationship of so many decades?

Pakistan had banned ‘instant talaq’ on its soil way back in 1956. It never expected that it would ever face such a humiliating scenario on the international platform. But then Trump is no shut-brained Muslim male controlled by backward looking mullahs and has good reasons to be mad at Pakistan’s lack of loyalty. He was furious at Pakistan’s illegitimate affairs with the likes of Taliban and Haqqani corporations of terror industry – despite being partner in the US fight against terror in Afghanistan since 2002. He was also furious because Pakistan had not learnt any lesson even after the Americans hunted down Osama bin Laden and so many other global terrorists on its soil and put many Pakistanis on most wanted global terrorist list.

If the sudden divorce itself was painful, what was most unbearable was Trump’s falling for India. When Trump said he sees important role for India in Afghanistan, it was like a lightning strike. How could Trump be so callous, how could he never understood its deeply cherished Islamic sentiments! He should have known that Afghanistan is a Muslim country. Therefore, Pakistan alone has the ‘allah given’ license to control it in ‘typical Islamic ways’; like how its military is managing Balochistan since 1948 and how its jehadi babies are playing game of terror in Kashmiris; or how it ran Afghanistan through the Taliban corporate house in the 1990s. Moreover, Pakistan has always considered itself an indispensible US ally without which the Americans can’t achieve anything in this region.

Trump is really bad. He also did not recognize that Pakistan is the worst victim of terrorism!! Thousands of its ‘highly fierce’ Islamic troops died fighting the jehadis and so many of its citizens lost their lives in endless suicide bombings on its streets and mosques. They are still dying. How could Trump say that Pakistan doesn’t fight terrorists? So badly hurt is Pakistan that it stopped talking with the Americans; most talaq victims do that in retaliation and shock! But then it woke up to realize that it has to talk.

Pakistan’s commitment against terrorism is firm like rock. It wants to keep fighting the terrorists for rest of its life! And it’s the only country in the whole world wanting to do that!! But it’s only possible if it continues to produce them – after all you can kill a terrorist only once; it’s pure commonsense. Trump should understand that!

Trump is also so ignorant. He not only could not understand Pak’s heavenly love for jehadis terrorism, he also failed to note its divine hate for India, full of so many kafirs. If Pakistan were a jehadi terrorist it would have by now already blown its suicide vest to destroy India and reached jannat!

Pakistan Must Win Bangladesh War in Kashmir!

If Trump is talking like this it sure must be a devious conspiracy of Modi and Indian devil RAW who poisoned Trump’s ears. They are really bad. Now they are planning to setup high-tech Israeli fencing at the border. In fact, Trump should convince India not to do that; it would deny products of its Jehad factories their ‘right and freedom’ to kill and die to reach ‘jannat’ directly from Kashmir. The fencing would also put Pakistanis at great risk because jehadis would then have no option but to ‘perform their religious rites’ inside Pakistan. Whenever it happens all blames would go to Trump for endangering Pakistani lives!

Lately, India has beefed up its border surveillance and its military has been killing Pak trained jehadis sent there on divine mission and is locking up its agents who pay Kashmiri kids to throw stones at Indian army-men. It is unbelievable how Americans could join hands with such a hostile India. If Modi succeeds in his plan both jehadis and stone throwers would soon go out of job! There is already so much unemployment everywhere. India was really wonderful before Modi became PM in 2014. Modi is really anti-Islam; he doesn’t even practice Muslim ‘appeasement’ like others. Many of its mouthpieces are having a hard time in India. It is really hard to deal with Modi’s India.

Trump is also ignorant of history. He must understand that Pakistan has to win its Bangladesh war in Kashmir! But since India is too mighty, it can’t win a direct war. So it has to depend upon the jehadis to hurt India. In 1971, devil Indians helped East Pakistanis to become Bangladesh. They also captured 93,000 of its army men and grabbed 5000 square km of its land in West Pakistan. How could Indians do such a bad thing to Pakistan – the only country in the world formed in the name of religion. It badly hurt Pakistan’s Islamic pride. Trump should know that Islam was, and still is, the only reason for its existence! He must know that Islam is its only identity.

Pakistan lost in 1971 because it did not have jehad factories and jehadi products then. But situation is changed today. Now it has a thriving terror industry with indigenous brainwash centers and almost ‘Nobel Quality’ professors of jehad science and technology; its products have won worldwide acclaim. No corner of the globe is beyond the reach of its jehadis. In fact, they can go where even American fighter jets and drones can’t reach!

Pakistan is no longer a Muslim country; it is a Wahhabi nation now. In fact, more Wahhabi than Saudi Arabia. If Saudis know Wahhabism in theory, Pakistan actually practices it! So, if ‘not now then when’ it can think of winning the lost war of 1971! Americans should recall how Pakistan helped them train jehadis fighter to drive out the communists from Afghanistan in the 1980s. But they never bothered to dismantle the jehad paraphernalia after the communist left and Pakistan was burdened to look after their welfare.

Now it’s time that the US returned the favour by helping it win the Bangladesh war in Kashmir! But instead it is talking talaq, how ungrateful? Then it is also talking of conditional aid. Can there be conditionalities in marriage, even if it were a marriage of convenience?

Mr Trump must answer!

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India Ends Triple Talaq; Why Shah Bano Failed in 1985?

India got freedom in 1947 from British exploitation. But it took another 70 years for Indian Muslim women to gain freedom from the whimsical ‘triple talaq’, promoted by backward looking clergy in the name of Islam and Sharia. The AIMPLB clearly emerged as the biggest hurdle in granting freedom, equality and dignity to Muslim women..

August 22 Brings Dignity and Freedom For Muslim Women

triple talaq 1August 22, 2017 will be remembered by all Indian Muslim women as the day when they got freedom from the oppressive practice of sudden and arbitrary out-of-court ‘triple talaq’ deliberately sustained by the maulavis in the name of ‘Islam’ and ‘Sharia’. It brought unbelievable sense of relief and freedom for the 90 million women under the veil for the first time in their life. Although not fully out of the oppressive patriarchal shadow, Muslim women can now hope for some sense of dignity and security in their lives. It was something political pundits have never thought feasible, given the deep rooted cult of maulvi appeasement politics in the political establishment.

What is remarkable is that the initiative came from the triple talaq victims encouraged by women groups. But this time they were actively supported by the Union government of the Bhartiya Janata Party, which is staunchly against Muslim appeasement politics. Modi government firmly stood for women’s rights and gender justice in the Supreme Court. Needless to say, lawyer politicians from the Congress Party (the mother of all Muslim appeasement gimmicks) argued for maulavis represented by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) but failed give a single rational argument that triple talaq has anything to do with Islam.

August 22 must also be the darkest day in the life of backward looking maulanas because the SC verdict jolted their patriarchal stranglehold over women of the community. It also gave a severe blow to their uniquely irrational and unethical nikah halala sex business (unheard of in other religions).

Just when the Honorable Judges were delivering their verdict, a woman in MP received ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ written on a piece of paper in mail from her husband. She refused to accept the divorce and went to the police – an option that did not exist just a day ago! This is the new ‘Empowerment’ the SC gifted to Muslim women – always denied by the clergy class citing Islam or Sharia. This would certainly bring some sanctity in the institution of marriage and a sense of responsibility in Muslim men who grow up seeing marriage as just a social contract for sexual pleasure. While it would be wrong to expect that they would stop treating women like commodity but now at least women have recourse to State help, if they are arbitrarily pushed out of the marriage.

Why Shah Bano Failed in 1985

If a Muslim man could just walk out of the marriage so easily by mere verbal announcement in a secular country like India, even after several decades since independence, it speaks for the political clout of the ossified brained Maulavis who live mentally stuck in the 7th century Middle Eastern society. They hobnobbed with the self-serving appeasement politicians and reduced the community they supposedly represent to the status of a mere ‘vote bank’.

The ugliest face of ‘appeasement’ was on display in the mid 1980s when the Supreme Court ordered maintenance for a triple talaq victim, Shah Bano. It brought furious mullahs on the streets in protest as if the Supreme Court of secular India has launched an attack on their religion. Rajiv Gandhi led Congress government buckled under pressure and went to the extent of negating the SC verdict through Constitutional amendment in order to placate the angry maulvis.

Such has been the clout of radical Mullahs in India which is a secular state and 85 percent population doesn’t practice Islam. A lot of people were left confused why a pilot-by-training and convent educated PM Rajiv Gandhi appeared too eager to please the radical Muslim clergy.

Here is a Little Secret, why Rajiv Gandhi acted the way he did.

In a Lok Sabha TV debate on August 25, an SC advocate Amitabh Sinha revealed a startling secret – on how the then Congress Leaders looked at the Maulavis protest against the SC verdict. He cited the comment of a senior Party leader Arjun Singh: “If they want to remain stuck in a hole, let them be.” And thus, Rajiv Gandhi went ahead with the Constitutional amendment to mollify protesting mullahs and preserve the vote bank.

Thus, as long as the appeasement politicians ruled the central government Muslim women remained oppressed and exploited because the ruling elites could never think of going against the wishes of maulavis for fear of losing the vote bank. Despite the baseless and malicious campaign against the BJP that it fuels Hindu-Muslim conflict and that Muslims would be in trouble if it comes to power, Modi proved that only and he and his party are actually secular. Isn’t it surprising that since 2014 people have not heard of communal clashes and corruption scandals that were regular features for 10 years under the Congress led UPA government.

No surprise if a large fraction of Muslim women go with the BJP in future elections. It would discourage mullah promoted isolationism in the community and a big leap towards true national integration!

Are Muslim Women only Objects to be Used and Thrown Away?

In a recent survey an NGO found that of all divorced Muslim women, 66 percent were divorced orally; 7.6 percent through letter, 3.4 percent on phone. In recent years, social media emerged as another channel to throw away wives whimsically – reflecting the typical use, abuse and dump mindset of the male community.

The Census 2011 data shows that around half of all married Muslim women got married before the legal marriage age of 18; of which around one in seven even before 14. Such early marriages deprive them the opportunity of acquiring education or financial freedom. Child marriage is the proven cause of backwardness and poverty in communities across the world.

Triple Talaq 2If you wonder why women’s status is so weak in the Muslim community, just listen to any typical maulavi or qazi talk and you would soon conclude that all rights and freedom belongs to men alone – as per ‘their’ Islam and Sharia. Many have been proudly declaring on TV channels that even if the man is drunk and utters talaq three times the marriage is instantly over. ‘Their’ Islam is blind to justice for the estranged wife and concern for the abandoned children. As a result, a Muslim man could send the TTT words from Dubai just days after the marriage  or he could wait for 10 years, 20 years… he would still be always fully backed by the qazis whose livelihood depend upon propagating injustice to women ‘in the name of Islam’.

The human civilization has crossed the 20th century and is preparing for the global challenges of the 21st century. But Indian maulvis just can’t shed their ossified mindset; they appear mentally incapable of absorbing progressive modern ideas. They obsessively resist change talks of gender equality and equal rights to men and women – again hiding behind the smokescreen of Islam or Sharia.

‘Their’ Islam and Sharia can impose any injustice or irrationality particularly on women. Nikah halala is perhaps their favorite; it is a mouth watering proposition for sex lover maulvis. It comes in the picture if the divorced woman wants to remarry her previous husband. As per ‘their’ Islam she has to now marry another man, must have sex with him, and get divorced – only then she gets ‘purified’ to remarry her ex husband. What a nonsense logic!! News channels recently exposed how so many maulavis remain ever eager to become ‘one night husband’ for a hefty pre-fixed fee! It doesn’t even matter if these ‘play boy’ maulvis are already married.  This is a frightening and exploitative proposition for helpless and already harassed women. Imagine the immense mental agony, humiliation and exploitation a woman feels while going through such halala marriage for rape. But the ‘Islam’ of these maulvis allows it. Most certainly, like jehadi terrorists these stuck brain maulavis are the biggest enemies of their own religion.

It would be wrong to say that they are issues only of 90 million ‘Muslim women’. They are serious issues that vitiate the social atmosphere and culture of the whole country – which stands for justice, dignity and freedom for all its citizens. Maulvis tend to forget that Muslim women are ‘Indian citizens’ of a secular democracy too and that they have the same Constitutional rights as any other Indian citizen.

Over 22 Islamic countries (including neighboring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) banned ‘triple talaq’ long ago. Egypt was the first country to ban it in 1929; Pakistan banned it in 1956 after a weird and unethical behaviour of its then PM. But a secular country India where 85% people are not Muslim had to wait 70 years after independence to ban it. It is really disturbing to see how badly the maulvis have been spoiled by the appeasement politicians during all these decades.

AIMPLB Symbolizes Injustice and Oppression of Women 

AIMPLB mottoThe All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is a self-declared mouthpiece of ALL Indian Muslims. But don’t conclude that it represents all Indian Muslims or wants to promote education and development in the Muslim community. In reality, it is just a club of cocky and backward looking fundamentalist mullahs, who are highly allergic to progress or change. Even in the 21st century they behave as if mentally stuck in the 7th century tribal society of Arab desert. Symbolizing patriarchy and backwardness the only thing they wants is to maintain their stranglehold on the community. They almost compulsively oppose every talk of freedom, equality and dignity to women. And they always do so, in the name of Islam or Sharia.

women in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia society is the best reflection of their mindset. The status of women in Sharia society can be judged from the restrictions listed here. There is no dignity, freedom or respect for women as human being. Although the Saudi monarch has just recently announced that Saudi women would be allowed to drive from June 2018, the list of oppressive laws against women is very long. A Saudi Maulvi recently pronounced that a woman’s mental capability is only one-fourth as compared with a man. In a Sharia society a rape victim is highly susceptible to further humiliation. She would be accused of having engaged in illicit sexual relation which carries punishments ranging from imprisonment and flogging to death by stoning. The world ‘rape’ does not exist in the Sharia dictionary. In rape cases conviction can only happen if four male eyewitnesses testify to having seen the act occur.

Making itself an important party to triple talaq hearing in the Supreme Court, the AIMPLB changed its stand repeatedly. It initially wanted the SC to stay away from ‘meddling’ in their personal law (AIMPLB mullahs hallucinate that they are bigger than the highest Court of the land!), then announced that it would itself work towards abolishing this practice within two years, and finally welcomed the SC verdict (at least in public). It had also put forward a weird logic that ‘women are mentally less capable than men’. Implying, thereby, they can’t be trusted or taken seriously. Treating women like commodity and cattle is the foundation of AIMPLB’s deeply cherished Sharia Law that existed in the 7th century Arab land.

AIMPLB’s voice is never heard when rich old Sheikhs form the Middle East come to India to marry young Muslim girls and take them away as sex slaves. It has been also blind to sex rackets of qazis in the name of halala marriages that has been going on since ages as a Sharia Law. No one expects it to speak against polygamy either. It is unthinkable if it would stop opposing the uniform civil code. Its agenda is all about backwardness, suppression of women and politics in the name of Islam and Sharia.

The Way Forward

End of triple talaq should be seen as an important but only a tiny step towards justice and dignity for Muslim women. Talaq is still a privilege of men. However, now it is time to exploit the space created by the SC verdict to fight for further freedom.

The human civilization has crossed the 20th century and is preparing for the global challenges of the 21st century. Human life is all about developing various potentials that lie dormant in us. A religion is meant to help people ‘liberate’ from the shackles of ignorance and destructive thinking. But when it starts to imprison people into rigid thinking and promote irrationality, it becomes a serious obstacle to human growth and social progress. Radical Islamists and terrorists are the best example of that.

It is time for the younger generation of Muslim community to come forward, focus on acquiring modern education and join the national mainstream to enjoy fruits of development and freedom in the 21st century world. The most effective way to lift the mullah controlled Muslim community out of backwardness and patriarchy is to focus on girls’ education and stop their marriages before 18.

Perhaps the best way to integrate the Muslim community into national mainstream is to embrace the uniform civil code. It is opposed by the AIMPLB and obscurantist maulvis because it would weaken their political hold on the community, but embracing ucc would certainly be the most progressive step for the community.

You may also like to know what Wahhabi Islam is.

 

 

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India’s Obsession for ‘GDP Growth’ Is Killing Farmers

With an ongoing petition on farmer suicides in the Supreme Court, the debate appears to be heating up again – only to fade away much too soon! And, poor farmers would continue to end their lives.

Citing National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the Union agriculture minister recently informed the Parliament that 11,400 farmers committed suicide in 2016, compared with 12,602 such deaths in 2015.

The minster also said that in 2016-17, Rs 3,560 crore was paid towards premium under the crop insurance scheme and Rs 3,548 crore was claimed by the farmers. The figures for 2015-16 were Rs 3,760 crore and 4,710 crore, respectively.  He also talked about various Government initiatives and that Rs 10 lakh crore are allotted for farm credit in the current year.

Needless to say, most of this money will go in the pockets of companies supplying fertilizers, tractor, seeds, pesticides and so on. The farmers would remain where they are – in poverty! And yes, the GDP would get bigger!! All government allocations are basically designed to expand the gross domestic product (GDP). It’s all about economic expansion by helping companies, little about farmers and their wellbeing.

Statisticians playing with the NCRB data come to the obvious conclusion that suicides in the farming sector are largely due to economic distress than those in the non-farming community, except for Maharashtra and Kerala. They conclude that it is a regional problem, not a country-wide phenomenon.  Other experts who study demographic surveys tell us that farmers are not the most suicide-prone group in the country. But those farmers who committed suicide needed counseling more than economic palliatives!!

Really? Would that clear their debt burden or increase their income?

Such analyses are hallucinations of chart master ‘experts’ who have never actually walked on a paddy field. They are designed more for media debates in AC studios of TV channels; if at all a channel finds any commercial value in it.  For these number crunchers, farmer suicide statistics at best provide wonderful topics for MPhil or PhD thesis. But neither the government nor the ‘experts’ talk about the root cause of farmers’ suicide that has been going on for 2 decades. Thus, they have no solution.

GDP Centric’ Development

Since the economic liberalization in the early 1990s and weakening of license Raj, industrial sector became prominent for the government. Today this sector contributes the most to GDP growth. As a result, the share of farming sector in the GDP gets smaller each year. Currently, the farming sector contributes only about 15 percent towards the GDP. Moreover, the farmers who kill themselves due to financial distress are among the poorest.  Their contribution to GDP is only miniscule. They are also voiceless and choice less. Why would any policy maker care about them?

Moving from farming based economy to industrial economy necessarily involves shifting more and more people for the farming community of the villages to the industrial sector to become cheap industrial labor force. It also means displacing the tribal communities from their mineral ridden lands and converting them into industrial labor. In reality, farmers and tribals are the biggest victims of India’s GDP growth story since past two decades.

Some months ago, some half-brained pseudo-economists were debating this topic on a TV channel devoted to capital market. One ‘expert’ said something implying that: in order to have ‘lowest cost’ industrial labor, it is important that farming labors and tribals should be displaced from where they live and be forced to migrate to distant towns where they become rootless.

Such brain-dead intellectuals know nothing about human wellbeing, human dignity and what ‘development’ is really about. Their task becomes much easier as ‘GDP growth’ becomes the only national obsession. Unfortunately, we live in a copy cat country that believes in adopting western concepts without Indianization.

Why GDP Growth is So deceptive

The GDP is a pure economic number – the gross tally of products and services bought and sold. Things which aren’t sold, say household work, do not contribute towards the GDP calculation, though they add value to people’s lives. The reason why GDP is so deceptive is bad things can increase it and good things can decrease it.

Natural disasters like earthquake and flood are bad for people. But they increase the GDP because of the cost associated with repairs, clean up and reconstruction. Fast food is another great GDP booster!! As people develop taste for fast food they begin to develop all types of health trouble. It means more visits to doctors and more expenditure on medicines. It means bigger income for hospitals and pharma companies – GDP gets boosted!

Good things lower the GDP!

Imagine if people start practicing yoga, stop eating fast-food and eat only healthy diet. Then they would remain in good health and rarely fall ill. This would mean less business for doctors, hospitals and pharma companies. It would shrink the economy and lower the GDP – economy is depressed!!

If countries evolve some mechanism to eliminate conflicts and wars, the arms industry would collapse. It would badly hurt the GDP numbers!  Likewise if people become good citizens and stop committing crimes, there will be less expenditure on police, jail staff, lawyers and courts. This will also reduce the GDP, but good for people!

A Question: If the GDP is growing at healthy rate of 6-7 percent per annum, why farmers’ suicide not decreasing?

The answer is: GDP is just an economic number; it is not a measure of people’s wellbeing.

Development is a multidimensional process, of which GDP growth is just a dominant parameter. Deception crops up when GD growth alone is presented as development. This is exactly what has happened in India.

Solution lies in creating a better composite indicator of development. Such a composite development index can be easily created following the ideas behind the construct of multidimensional poverty index (MPI).

I hope someone in the NITI elite group is thinking along this line.

 

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Modi In Israel: End of International “Appeasement!!”

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Modi in Israel

Narendra Modi became the first Prime Minister of free India to visit Israel when he landed in Tel Aviv on July 4, 2017. The visit came 14 years after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to New Delhi and 25 years after the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. This visit is a milestone marking an important shift in India’s Israel policy; skipping Palestine visit (that would have immediately preceded or followed the Israel visit) is only an overt manifestation of that.

It was also an assertion of the changing geopolitical realities by the leader of the largest democracy with fast growing economy. It clearly signalled that now India is strong enough to assert itself at international level and its ties with Israel will no longer be governed by moods of the Islamic gulf countries, while it is still genuinely concerned about Palestinian interests. Therefore, his visit also disconnected Indian foreign policy from the domestic compulsions of ‘Muslim appeasement’ politics that has been (and still is) the central theme of governance by the Congress Party that ruled the country most of the time since independence.

However, it was neither Modi’s first visit to Israel, nor was it his first meeting with Israeli PM. Modi had visited Israel as chief minister of Gujarat in October 2006 and had met his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s annual session in 2016. They had also met during the Paris climate summit in November 2015. The Israeli PM sees Modi as one among the “most important global leaders”.

The ground for Modi’s historic visit was prepared by visits of several functionaries and delegates of the Indian government.  For instance, trips by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, several senior secretaries and a multi-party parliamentary delegation led by the Minister of State for Agriculture S S Ahluwalia. Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lamba also went on a five day travel recently.  President Mukharjee and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visits to Israel must also be seen in the same light.

Alongside these preparatory groundwork, PM Modi had also visited most of the Muslim countries in the Middle East; namely, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Iran etc and hosted their leaders and delegations in India to ensure continuation of good relations with them.

More importantly, just few weeks ago in May 2017, Modi even hosted the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and reasserted India’s traditional support for an independent Palestinian nation “at peace with Israel”. The two sides also signed several pacts in sectors such as IT, health, agriculture and so on. So, the Palestinians were well aware of his stand-alone Israel visit.

Clearly, Modi’s Israel visit was the result of careful pre-planning and thoughtfulness.

Hypocrisy of “Muslim Appeasement” Policy

India’s Israel policy has been a glaring example of hypocrisy that has taken deep roots in the thinking of politicians who ruled India since independence but now are sitting in opposition since 2014. This hypocrisy was a spill-over of the ‘Muslim appeasement’ for vote-bank politics started by the Nehru family owned Congress Party. As a result, the ruling Congress Party made ‘appeasing Muslims’ a central theme of running the ‘independent’ Indian State of 85% Hindus and where Constitution doesn’t allow discrimination on religious or ethnic grounds!!!

The clout of radical Mullahs can be seen from example of famous Shah Bano case of mid 80s, when the ruling Congress Party amended country’s Constitution to negate a Supreme Court verdict that went in favour of a Talaq victim Muslim lady, Shah Bano. This case clearly exposed how the so-called ‘secular’ politicians operated from the pockets of radical Mullahs. Their ignore-Hindu faces became exposed few years later when over half a million Kashmiri Hindus were driven away from the Kashmir valley by radical Mullahs and they did little to protect or rehabilitate these unfortunate Hindus. It highlighted the ugly truth that Hindus are hardly safe in free India, which the world sees as a Hindu nation. This mass scale exodus fully convinced the 85% Hindus that they have no political voice or security, and that the so-called politics in the name of ‘secularism’ is fully centered on Muslim community.

In the 1990s, as Italy born Sonia Gandhi planted herself as as head of the family owned Congress Party, the ignore-Hindu brand of ‘secularism’ decisively turned into a visibly anti-Hindu stance retaining the favour-Muslim flavor.  Radical Islamists in Pakistan and around the world love to see India’s ‘secular’ thinkers in action. They rejoice whenever the likes of Mani Shankar Aiyar or Digvijay Singh open their mouths or when Sonia or her mediocre son spit venom against Modi, BJP or Hindu organizations. Today this ‘secular’ tribe gets badly disturbed with the word ‘nationalism’. Many prominent Congressis like Sandeep Dikshit don’t hesitate to even attack Indian army chief because the army symbolises ‘nationalism’. His filthy thinking again surfaced recently when 7 Amarnath pilgrims were killed by Islamic terrorists.

If Pakistan (which is no longer an Islamic State, but a Wahhabi State) appears so emboldened in its endless anti-India campaign, it is due to the presence of such weird self-destructive creatures on the Indian political landscape. A wise Jain monk recently succinctly summed up the Indian scenario when he said: Indian ‘secular’ are a bigger security threat than Pakistan and its Islamic terrorists combined.

How Indian ‘Secular’ See Israel

India’s hardcore secularists think along these lines: “Since gulf Muslim countries hate the Jewish nation, India’s Muslim community must necessarily do so. And since their political survival squarely depends upon Muslim votes, they can’t not allow India to befriend Israel.” Thus, their habitual ranting against Israel is deeply rooted in comradery with radical Mullahs for Muslim votes, as exemplified last year.

Last year, Israel went on offensive to counter terror actions in Gaza – and the Indian ‘secular’ sounded like the biggest paranoids of the world, as usual. Politically irrelevant Comrade Sitaram Yechury demanded suspension of all military purchases from Israel and suggested that “India cannot be a party to this genocide.”  His buddy from CPI, D Raja, wanted a “categorical stand condemning Israel.” For Congress Party’s leader of the Opposition in the Upper House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, it was regretful that New Delhi did not raise its voice against the “massacre” and wanted the House to pass a resolution condemning the Israeli aggression. With the ‘virus of Muslim’ appeasement deep in their blood, they can’t distinguish the actions of a liberal democratic Israeli State from the murderous Islamic terrorists.

However, arrival of BJP (whom the Indian ‘secular’ accuse of being ‘nationalist’!!) at the Union government in 2014 brought fresh and rational thinking that started a national discourse untainted by the disease of ‘fake secularism’.

Jewish dominated Israel and Hindu dominated India can now mingle freely without worrying about radical Islamists and their ‘secular’ servants in India.

Futility of Palestine-Centric Israel Policy

The futility of blind support to the Arab lobby has become rather obvious in the past two decades. The Islamic Arab world remained firmly glued behind Pakistan, turning a blind eye to its cross border terrorist activities in Kashmir. The Arab nations still allow use of the Organization of Islamic Conference to build support for Pakistan and the anti-India jihadi groups operating from its soil.

But what has changed today is the world scenario; it is not the same as it was 20-30 years ago. The global order is seeing faster realignments today than any time in the last century. So, if Islamic Arab nations can’t see India’s point of view on Kashmir, on Islamist terrorism and on its security concerns, there is no reason why India remain so sensitive to their ‘Islamic’ worldview.

Since 1992, successive Indian governments began to concentrate more on India’s wider strategic goals at the international forums and simultaneously shifted away from the obsession with single-point ‘Palestine Cause’ as the sole driver of its Israel policy. Thus, India began denouncing Palestinian suicide bombings and other terrorist acts in Israel and stopped ‘automatic’ support of anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations.

Thus, while retaining genuine concern for the Palestinian cause India also started expanding its commercial and defence ties with Israel. As a result, has India emerged as the world’s largest buyer of Israeli weaponry and as Israel’s major trade partner in Asia in recent years, closely following China and Hong Kong.

Many policy experts also point out the example of an Arab nation like Jordan that maintains its traditional Islamic ties with the Palestine and yet has developed a healthy relationship with Israel. Beyond the domestic irrational ‘Muslim appeasement’ lobby there is no logical reason for India not to take a similar route.

What Makes India-Israeli Partnership Important Today

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There are compelling reasons why India should make strong ties with Israel.  There are many issues that make India and Israel natural global partners in the current global order.

Trusted Friend: The first is the past covert friendly relationship. Israel helped India during the 1962 Indo-China war. In the 1971 Bangladesh war, Israel purposely delayed sending back Pakistani aircrafts that had gone there for maintenance.  It again helped without reservations during the Kargil conflict in 1999. It was a time when the global powers had placed sanctions on India after its nuclear tests in 1998 and were unwilling to share high technologies. But Israel again helped whole-heartedly. It expedited supply of UAVs, helped train the Indian crew and provided images of Pak army positions. Even in June 2002 when India contemplated a limited military strike against Pakistan as part of “Operation Parakram,” Israel sent military hardware through special planes.

Counter terrorism and border security: Both nations are victims of Islamic terrorism for so long and are surrounded by hostile Islamic neighbours. As Pakistan continues to harbour Jihadi terrorists and continues its efforts to push them into Indian borders, India increasingly needs sophisticated anti-terrorism technologies and surveillance systems. Israel is readily willing to get into counter-terrorism partnership with India by sharing its state-of-the-art technical knowhow.

Given its long experience with Islamic terrorism coming from its neighbourhood, Israel has acquired proven expertise in small and medium range conflict zones. This is precisely what India needs to more effective counter Pak sponsored terrorism.

Border fencing and electronic surveillance are areas where Israel can be an ideal strategic partner. India needs better security at its Pak borders to keep Pak-trained terrorists away and in the Bangladesh border region in the east to curb cross border infiltration and smuggling.

Strategic partnership: As Pakistan is increasingly pushed away by the US Trump administration, it has started to lean closer towards China. Many defence expert think that given the massive Chinese investment in infrastructure projects and its increasing troops presence and terrorist groups regularly weakening Pak governance machinery, Pakistan is on the way to become a Chinese colony in next 10-15 years. The China-Pak now poses a bigger threat to India than before. Thus, it makes sense to aim for a long term strategic partnership with Israel.

Defence supplies: Israeli tanks, missiles, and drone technologies are among the best in the world. India can ensure its long term security needs through technology transfers and join production plans for various defense equipments. Israeli experts are confident that Indo-Israeli bilateral ties would move beyond the short term buying and selling of goods and the focus would shift towards joint research and development. Signs are already there: in February 2017, India cleared a ₹17,000 crore deal for jointly developing with Israel a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) for the army.

Israel is all set to replace the US as the major exporter of arms and ammunitions to India with Barak missiles, surveillance drones and other big league defense deals. India has already awarded a two billion dollar contract to Israel Aerospace Industries for supply of Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles to the Indian Army.  Similarly, the long-range surface-to-air missiles, including Barak 8, will provide security from anti-ship missiles at ranges out to 70km.

Pak’s dirty nukes: Pakistan’s dirty nukes (also seen as ‘global Islamic Atomic bombs’ by many) are of course a direct threat to India, but through Islamic comradery with Arab world, they can always possibly end up with gulf nation and get aimed at Israel too in unforeseen circumstances in the future. Then, given increasing close cooperation between Pak military and Islamic terrorist there is always the very real possibility of Pak’s nukes falling in the hands of terrorists any time in future. Possibility of such a scenario would again highly magnify security threat to both India and Israel.

Commercial ties: Israel can gain a lot from the fast growing Indian economy and a huge market through stronger India-Israel partnership. This was emphasized by the Israeli PM who talked of “Make With India’ complimenting Modi’s ‘Make In India’ program. On the other side, India will get the benefit of latest technologies in which Israel is among the pioneers.

Key global partnership: There are a number of areas where India-Israel ties would be key to the emerging global order, which is seeing much speedier realignments in the light of two most important global issues – Islamic terrorism and climate change. Given the confused nature of Trump Presidency in the US, India will be a major global ally for Israel.

Indian Diaspora: Ancient peaceful ties between Hindus and Jews dates back to 2000 years ago and have survived till date. There are around 80,000 Indian Jews who live in Israel and retain many of the cultural practices of India. They can easily serve as catalyst to strengthen Indo-Israeli ties. An important part of Modi’s diplomacy is engaging with the Indian Diaspora.

Agriculture: Israel is also a leading global player in rain water harvesting, sea water desalination, and effective irrigation of dry lands and so on. These are significant in the era of climate change, rapid loss of fresh water bodies and rise in seawater levels. In India, farmers live tormented by unruly monsoon rain pattern and alternating droughts and flash floods. Israeli experience will be valuable for them.

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Why Should The World Worry About Pak Nuclear Weapons

According to former National Security Director of Afghanistan, Rahamatullah Nabil, terror groups have deeply and widely infiltrated ranks of Pakistani military and secret agencies. Therefore, the world has to act before it is too late.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Pakistan has around 110-130 nuclear weapons compared with around 100-120 nuclear warheads of India.  It also  has the notoriety of exporting nuclear weapon technology to N Korea and Iran. In the past 2 decades, it has decisively established itself as global capital of terrorism (Bin Laden’s capture on its soil only underscored the close Islamic fraternal relation between the Pak establishment and terrorists).

According to the study “Pakistan operates four plutonium production reactors; India operates one. Pakistan has the capability to produce perhaps 20 nuclear warheads annually; India appears to be producing about five warheads annually.”  Experts opine that  within the next ten years, Pakistan could possess the third-biggest nuclear weapons stockpile in the world, only behind the United States and Russia.  India’s nuclear warfare policy is centered on a No First-Use (NFU) doctrine. Pakistan, however, refuses to adopt a NFU doctrine.   The 2015 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Stimson Center report shows that Pakistan is using more of its fissile material to make weapons than India.

For a global overview of nuclear states, please click here.

Ever since the Kargil war in 1999, border events have repeatedly exposed hand-in-hand comradeship between the army and terrorists. The recent beheading of 2 Indian soldiers by Pak’s Border Action Team (BAT) only goes to prove how terror training has entered into its military set up – defying all international protocol of hostility between two civilian states.

The Peshawar Talibani attack of December 2014 on a school of army personnel (that killed over 140 innocent kids) offered a great opportunity to establish itself as a civilian state and cut-off filial ties with all Islamic terror groups thriving on its soil. The attack also sent cold shivers down the spine of Pak’s atomic energy commission which demanded increased security of its nuclear weapons. Pakistan’s political leadership also made noise about wiping out all terror groups and its military did launch an offensive.  But today in 2017 the world clearly sees that Pak military – terrorist links are stronger than umbilical ties.

Experts’ worry is not without substance, because Pakistan is no longer an Islamic state; instead, it is a Wahhabi nation. Nurtured and propagated by Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism is an extreme Sunni Islamic ideology that wants to settle all disagreements through violence, terror or war. The Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the ISIS and all other Islamic terror groups are practical manifestation of this ideology. Mullahs of Pak military know it better. The day is not too far in future when the distinction between a Pak soldier and a terrorist would vanish completely.

The world has to wake up and act before that happens.  This is why the US and its allies have to look after Pakistan much more closely now than before.

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