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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hanuman Converted into Ravan

Lalgarh tribal region of West Bengal.

In June 2009, India started military operation against insurgents in Lalgarh tribal region of West Bengal. In eastern regions, Naxalites have established their writ running large in hundreds of villages. India has problems within and also with its neighbouring countries ie China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal etc.
Since its leadership tries to destabilize other countries of the region by supporting insurgencies to extend its hegemony, other countries may also retaliate to the detriment of the so-called largest democracy of the world.
There is perception that India could implode and disintegrate because it is more vulnerable to separatist movements and insurgencies in 14 out of 29 Indian states. Pakistan is also facing extremism and terrorism, and unfortunately India is supporting insurgents in Balochistan and terrorists in FATA through its consulates in Afghanistan. Anyhow Pakistan has successfully demolished infrastructure and network of terrorists in Swat and Malakand Division. President Barack Obama’s envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan recently lauded successful military operation in Swat and Malakand Division, which seemed to have prompted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare that he had credible information about Pakistani militants groups’ planning for fresh attacks in India. Pakistan has taken exception to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks, and Foreign Office has rightly demanded of Indian prime minister that if he had any such information, he should pass it on to Pakistan, which was agreed upon between both the prime ministers at Sharm al-Sheikh. Secondly, Indian PM perhaps tried to vent out his anger because India was against the original plan of Richard Holbrooke’s visit to India when he was in Pakistan on 15th August on a four-day visit. NDTV carried the report that “India’s foreign office has told Holbrooke in very polite diplomatic terms that he cannot walk in and out of India at will. Holbrooke, senior Indian officials said, had a habit of unilaterally deciding when he wanted to come to India and then demanding to see his top foreign policy interlocutors”.
A Chinese think tank and strategist suggested in an article that China should break up the Indian Union adding that China with a little help of other countries could break up the Indian Union into 20 to 30 nation-states like Europe. This article of 8th August was reproduced in several other strategic and military websites in China. The original article did not mention the name of the author and there was no disclaimer either. The website itself- iiss.cn is the new incarnation of the original website of Chinese International Institute of Strategic studies – chinaiss.org based in Beijing having semi official relations with the authorities. However, on 11th August an insertion was made and the source of the article was cited – XinLang Bo ke. It was suggested that China in its own interest should join forces with different nationalities like the Assamese, Tamils, and Kashmiris and support the latter in establishing independent nation-States of their own, out of India.
Website Rediff news carried excerpts of an article captioned ‘If China takes a little action, the so-called Great Indian Federation can be broken up’ in which the author says that the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) in Assam can be helped by China so that Assam realises its national independence. The author was of the view that for Bangladesh, the biggest threat is from India, which has designs for a great Indian Federation extending from Afghanistan to Myanmar. India is also targeting China with support to Vietnam’s efforts to occupy Nansha (Spratly) group of islands in South China Sea; hence the need for China’s consolidation of its alliance with Bangladesh. The Chinese think tank suggested that China could give political support to Bangladesh enabling the latter to encourage ethnic Bengalis in India to get rid of Indian control and unite with Bangladesh as one Bengali nation. It would be desirable, for the purpose of weakening India’s expansion and threat aimed at forming a ‘unified South Asia’.
Earlier in April 2009, New Delhi had taken exception to an article on a quasi-official Chinese website, which claimed that the great Indian federation was ripe for dismemberment if Beijing tried just a little. Posted on April 8 on the website iiss.cn (International Institute for Strategic Studies), the article had detailed a roadmap for breaking up India. “To split India, China can bring into its fold countries like Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, support ULFA in attaining its goal for Assam’s independence, back aspirations of Indian nationalities like Tamils and Nagas, encourage Bangladesh to give a push to the independence of West Bengal and lastly recover the 90,000 sq km territory in southern Tibet,” the write-up said. Historical evidence suggested that India as a nation never really existed in history. It was held together by decadent Hinduism which encouraged caste system and exploitation. India is trying to keep the country united through brute force, and diverting the people’s attention from internal contradictions towards Pakistan. According to report in People’s Daily, an authorised official view, made it clear on August 11 that Arunachal Pradesh was a part of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), and is disputed territory, but occupied by India.
The report emphatically said that the Chinese foreign ministry had made it quite clear that the Chinese government and the people never accepted the “illegal” McMahon line drawn by the British imperialists. This was followed up by another article in the People’s Daily of August 13 (English website edition) not only on the border issue but also with respect to India’s strategic behaviour. Written by the newspaper’s eminent strategic expert Li Hongmei, the charges on the border revert after some years to attacking Jawaharlal Nehru and his alleged imperialist and expansionist policy as the cause for the 1962 war. Nehru is accused of provoking the war with backing of imperialists ie the British and the USA.
Of course India wants to put Pakistan on the defensive so that it does not highlight the Kashmir issue. There is credible evidence that India has not only been training Baitullah Mehsud’s thugs but also providing them funds to launch terrorist attacks against sensitive targets in Pakistan. According to Janes Information Group, RAW and Mossad are cooperating to infiltrate Pakistan to target important religious and military personalities, journalists, judges, lawyers and bureaucrats.
India is supporting Baloch insurgency, and according to Talal Bugti, the RAW is training almost three hundred Balochis in its camps in Afghanistan. A number of weapons manufactured in India have been captured on the information provided by the terrorist arrested in Lahore who confessed to be working for RAW in smuggling Pakistani weapons to India, which can be shown to the world after stage-managing a terrorist attack and then implicate Pakistan. But this dangerous game should end and India should resolve all the disputes with its neighbours with a view to securing permanent peace in the region. Mohammad Jamil