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Pot, kettle. Kettle, pot.

A Sri Lankan military vehicle in Vannerikulam, Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan military vehicle in Vannerikulam, Sri Lanka

India has been mounting a pressure campaign on Sri Lanka in the hopes that it can slow down the island-nation’s military advances into town of Kilinochchi, the administrative capital of the LTTE. Apparently, India has conveyed its “deep concern” over the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the LTTE controlled regions of Lanka. If this isn’t an example of a combination of barefaced hypocrisy and dirty politics, I don’t know what is. What right does a country whose politicians engage in violence against minorities as a matter of policy have to dictate terms to another country? Fringe nutjobs like Vaiko in Tamil Nadu and allies of the UPA administration, are behind this new effort to intervene in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. In supporting a reign-in of Lankan military advances, they are, in effect, allowing the LTTE to regroup and refortify its defenses in the town. Perhaps these political parties are forgetting that it was in Sriperumpudur, a town in their state, in 1991 where one of our Prime Ministers had the misfortune of having his head blown off by the very same LTTE that they’re sympathizing with.

If this wasn’t bad enough, Sri Lanka gave credence to New Delhi’s bellowing by inviting Pranab Mukherjee to come and evaluate the “humanitarian mission” in the region.

“With the view of clarifying the position of the Government with regard to the humanitarian mission in the North, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited the External Affairs Minister of India Pranab Mukherjee to Sri Lanka,”

Civilian casualties are an unfortunate consequence of war, and one that any responsible government will want to minimize, if not eliminate. Everyone understands that the Tamil situation cries out for a political, not military, solution. But Sri Lanka is at a defining moment in its history, and at the cusp of a victory against a terrorist organization that has stood between reconciliation between the Sri Lankan government and the Lankan Tamil civilians. Who appointed the LTTLE as the sole representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamils? The truth is that they grew like any other terrorist organization ever did — through dividing and conquering. It needs to be pointed out that this is an organization that India has outlawed, its leader Prabhakaran himself being a wanted man in India for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Bomb blasts wrecked havoc in Indian cities in '08

India’s three year honeymoon is over. Terrorism is back in the spotlight, as is communalism. These two elements of violence are interlinked in a vicious circle.  Communal violence unleashed by the BJP’s dogsbodies alienates an already alienated minority.  The sense of alienation, rightly breeds resentment. Resentment breeds vindictiveness, which in turn could manifest itself in the form of terrorism. BJP’s venomous agenda is clear, both at the state and central levels. They live to insight communal tensions in the country, even in places where such things have been unheard of, such as Karnataka. I have always maintained that Bangalore is the most liberal metropolitan city in India, even more so than Mumbai, where nutjobs like Raj and Bal Thackeray appeal to the mob mentality to attack anything un-Marathi. Yet, the recent attacks on churches in Bangalore, not coincidentally under the watch of Karnataka’s first ever BJP administration is very concerning.

That all of this is happening while Kashmir is burning and bombs are exploding everywhere, shows the signs of a cauldron that has long been simmering, going unnoticed by the beneficiaries of the Brave New Economy. It took a seemingly minor incident (the Amarnath board issue) to trigger off massive demonstrations, riots, and renewed calls for azadi in Kashmir. In the midst of all this, that hideous serpent Arundathi Roy, decided to chime in by calling for the independence of Kashmir. She needs to explain what plans she has to save the Hindus in Jammu or the Buddhists in Ladakh from impending slaughter following the independence that she’s fighting for.  I’m yet to see what she has to say about PoK. Does it merge with J&K, thereby creating a seamless state where terrorists west of the LoC can socialize and exchange notes with those east of the LoC on how best to blow up the Parliament? I’m not saying there shouldn’t be any debate over Kashmir’s independence – that’s an issue for another day. I’m questioning, as I always do, her sanity, for adding fuel to the ongoing fire.

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Pink City goes Red

Chaos and destruction in Jaipur

Hate to say this, but I knew this was coming. Over 60 dead, 150+ injured. This is an unfortunate price that India pays for being in the neighborhood that it is in. There are gasses in the Sun that are more stable than the political environment in South Asia. Every time there’s a change-of-guard in Pakistan, India bears the brunt of some attack or the other. Now, there’s every possibility of course that this could have been the work of home-grown millitants. Certainly, the Indian government apparatus made itself no friends with it’s wanton turn-a-blind-eye approach to Gujarat. But if there isn’t any correlation between political disturbances in Pakistan and civilian attacks in India, then it’s one heck of a coincidence.I saw this coming. The print media in Pakistan, which comprises largely of mouth-pieces of the government, tends to unintentionally betray the the establishment’s thought processes. There has been a steady increase in the number of “Kashmir independence” related articles and general anti-India propaganda on Pakistani news websites – certainly the largest battery of news articles and op-eds on the subject since the 2005 peace agreement. Of course, there have always been the usual venom spewing op-eds from Shireen Mazari, but that’s just Shireen being the fire breathing old dragon that she is, and I’m not one to take her petulant diatribes seriously.

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