69 million page views

Long Standing Pakistani ISI Propaganda- B. Singh

Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam
in response to reader comment: Mother Teresa, A Misused Icon To Furhter Aims Of Christian Conversions

Submitted by Vishnu Gupta (India), Dec 2, 2005 at 21:52

Pardon me, B. Singh, I didn't catch on to this one at the outset, but the politics of early 1980s in India, was between the Sikhs and the Congress Party led by Indira Gandhi; the RSS had nothing to do with it, in fact. I am not a Hindu or any other fundamentalist, just pointing to the historical fact. The Sikhs based outside India did much to aggravate the situation, while escaping its aftermath. It is the Pakistani ISI that is largely carrying on the divisive campaign against India. There are many efforts currently on to revive Sikh separatism in Punjab, but the locus of its sponsorship is obviously external, and it is no longer possible to do so. There are many websites in fact managed by the Pakistan establishment, in pursuance of its notorious 'thousand cuts' policy against India, its logic being that 'if we are already finished' (because of hate politics internally and externally), 'we will see that you don't get away either!'

RSS consistently opposed Congress repression in Punjab, actively helped the riot-affected people in Delhi and elsewhere after the terrorist assassination of Indira Gandhi, and were coalition partners with the Sikh religious Akali Party for many years. Punjab enjoys relative peace and prosperity compared to most other Indian states north and south, and along with Gujarat, is the most dollar-rich Indian state, because of expatriate funding. Unfortunately, this was also the main source of terrorism in India, through the 'timely' support of the Pakistani ISI. Genetically it is hard to differentiate between Punjabi Indian Sikhs, Hindus and Pakistani Muslims. Add a Singh to your name, tie a turban, speak Punjabi, and who will say you are not a Sikh? But Indians have seen through this game after a decade of violent terrorism in Punjab in the 1980s. Especially after the focus shifted to Kashmir thereafter, with Punjab being a tough nut to crack in the jihadi gameplan.

And mind you, I don't condone the excessive force used to quell the insurgency, or the politics that preceded before that! But the then President of India personally apologised to the Sikhs in the Holy Temple in Amritsar; the current Prime Minister did; the Congress Party President also did. What more do you want? Allow the democratic processes to take their natural course and in time, all the bitterness of the past will settle down. India is evolving in a major way from the past blunders in trying to develop from the colonial handicaps. We also see the problems that western nations are similarly facing, and I think we haven't done too badly over the past few decades. Indians are fast maturing as a democratic despite all the conflicts and contradictions. Give us time, and we can really be on par with Western nations in the matter of authentic equality and human rights too. No amount of Pakistani jealousy can stop this course now.

I agree with you that no war-mongering fanatic nation can survive in the long run! This is the lesson of history. Fanaticism is a false position that the jihadis are trying to corner Indians into. They cannot succeed because the realtime fanatics are in the minority, and most Indians are peacefully united against such divisive methods, no matter what their background. I don't agree with you that Hindus are fanatics by disposition, and currently the Government of India is a strongly democratic coalition run on a fair degree of consensus, despite all the stresses and strains. At the same time, no self-respecting nation will allow insurgencies to flourish within its sovereign borders especially in the present climes. Pakistan tries to score brownie points each time there is a report of excessive force or atrocity anywhere in a vast country like India. They themselves couldn't even manage humanitarian relief within their borders under like conditions! Indians and Hindus have become whipping boys in the international media, especially as engineered by the jihadi lobby based in the UK! Now the world is waking up to their vile operations within their own borders.

Please remember that no nation can prosper even in the short run if its policies are dictated by fanatics! India has made steady progress on all grounds despite the albatross of a jihadi nation on its either side from the time of the Partition.

Hindus in fact have gone a long way to ensure unity and building bridges rather than contention and fragmentation as the failed jihadi states from across its western and eastern borders hope! They deserve greater respect than is currently accorded them in the Western media that has fallen for the jihadi ploy through the efforts of suave Pakistani media managers. This doesn't last in the long run, since the truth will out sooner than later.
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Long Standing Pakistani ISI Propaganda- B. Singh by Vishnu Gupta

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)