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Danger In North East: Christian Terror on one side, Islamist on the other

Danger In North East

The terrorists entered the market and started firing indiscriminately, and before anyone could know, dead bodies were scattered around and cries of carnage filled the air.

That would describe what happened in the Kokrajhar market attack on 5 August in Assam, or any recent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-style lone-gunman operation. However, it also draws similarities with the massacre carried out by the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) at the Singicherra Bazaar in Tripura in 2002. NLFT – a Christian secessionist outfit had issued diktats against the celebration of Makar Sankranthi – the pan-India harvest festival. To punish those who dared to celebrate, NLFT terrorists entered the Singicherra market and shot dead 16 villagers. (16 shot dead by NLFT in Tripura – PTI, 13 January, 2002)

The Kokrajhar attack shows the revival of the old tactics by the North-Eastern secessionist outfits. It may also be indicating some new dynamics in the present changed political milieu of Assam. And it needs serious attention.

In the North-Eastern states, there is a pattern to secessionist terrorism. These terror forces are animated by the dangerously-flawed Marxist theory of linguistic racism. Every tribal language subgroup has been made to consider itself a separate ‘subjugated nation’ and wants to violently eliminate the ‘oppressing nation’. Missionary forces play no small role in creating this violent ethnic divide.

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Burhan Wani-wali azadi? Leftists have succumbed to narrow view of Kashmir

Burhan Wani-wali azadi

From the discourse of the past two weeks on Kashmir, it would seem as if the people there have risen against India because of pellet guns. There is no doubt that these guns, used by the police and the paramilitary forces, have caused terrible injuries. Every act of cruelty undermines the legitimacy of the state even more, and fuels further radicalisation — and this is true of Kashmir as of anti-Maoist operations or operation against militants in the North East.

But it is also a fact that the security forces in Kashmir have had to deal with extremely hostile crowds. In the skirmishes of the last few days alone, over two thousand policemen and over one thousand personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been injured. Two policemen have lost their lives, one of them after his vehicle was pushed into the Jhelum River from a bridge by protestors. One CRPF jawan, hit by protestors on his head with a brick, is in a critical state. Dozens of police stations and army posts have been attacked by frenzied mobs.

It is still understandable that in a display of anger against the Indian state, or because they support Burhan Wani’s vision, many Kashmiris came out to protest his death. But it is baffling why a section of leftists in India, who are advocates of azadi in Kashmir, would mourn the death of the commander of a terrorist organisation that has not only killed security personnel but unarmed Kashmiris as well, including many from the Hindu minority, in several cases dragging them out of buses and shooting them dead in cold blood.

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"Idiotic", Vikram Seth? The Travails of a Sycophant

Idiotic-Vikram

One of the sad realities of post-independence Indian literature has been the breed of Indian writers writing in English. These worthy inheritors of the infamous Nirad Chaudhry [1] discovered a short-cut to success: any shocking portrayal of bride burning, sati or prostitution certainly got them overnight fame and a couple of (re)awards for a job well done. They have quite seriously appropriated the mantle of conveying to the whole world a mythical India mired in millions of horrific practices. Let us take the case of Vikram Seth, an Indian novelist and poet, who has written some-odd novels and poetry books of doubtful standing and has wrangled some awards including one of ‘Crossword Book’. He has tried to make a career of it, but that does not come easy. For such a path, one has to excel in sycophancy. One has to sell one's soul, appease a lot of firangis and suck up to them non-stop. The deal  also includes calling one's own patriotic and eminent countrymen "idiotic" and "obscurantist" or even "extremists" [2].  One has to efface one's self-respect and plead for the causes of foreigners even when they are distorting and invading the sacred [3] in the name of "scholarly work". A "liberal intellectual’s” slanderous work is never done!

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Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 2)

Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 Part 2

Rajiv Malhotra's Criteria for Evaluating Swami Nithyananda Matter
 
I already gave my initial impressions on Swami Nithyananda's Persecution 2.0. [Swami Nithyananda Persecution 2.0 (Part 1)] Now I wish to explain my methodology for reasoning on these matters. There are multiple factors to consider. Following are the criteria I use to evaluate where I stand:

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Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 1)

 Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 Part 1

Also see Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 2)

In my recent India trips I tried to inquire into the allegations against Swami Nithyananda and found a totally new set of facts than what I had been led to believe earlier. Though not a legal expert, I feel I should share what I heard from sources that seem reliable.

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The curious case of Kejriwal

 The curious case of KejriwalIf Kejriwal has been brought to the limelight to divide the anti-incumbency/anti-corruption votes thereby stopping Modi from coming to power, no more discussion is required on it. In that case, he is bigger culprit than Gandhis because while Gandhis are arrogantly corrupt, Kejriwal has raised the hopes of thousands of people who see him as messiah who will remove corruption from this country. If only 10% of senior founder AAP member Ashwini Upadhyay’s revelations are true, Kejriwal may be the most wicked politician India has seen in last few decades.

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Expect the Expected

Expect the expected

My next door neighbor, Singh Sahab is a nice husband and family man, famous as an actively practicing cook and grocery shopper. A fortnight ago, his wife and kids had gone to their native place and Singh Sahab was enjoying a bachelor life. Last Sunday, while cooking lunch, he found that he had run out of tomatoes. The vegetable shop is less than 2 minutes walk from our house;  thinking that he will be back in less than 5 minutes, he didn't lock his house and went to buy his tomatoes. Nothing unusual happened and the guy was back in less than 5 minutes. Ten minutes later, he knocked at my door which was already open for my obsession with fresh air and asked me if I had taken his phone from his house. Before I could understand what he was up to, he had accused me of stealing his phone from his house. As per his argument, no other house was so close to his for the operation to complete within 5 minutes, no other door was open so no one else could have seen him going out. Amid the din, 10 of my neighbors came around and I was convicted of being a thief. The only relief of the day for me was that the poor guy whose phone was stolen and those sympathizing with him didn't do a third degree search of my house to find the phone. May be for them, I deserved to keep the iPhone in return for the insult I was given.

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