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They never wanted me around

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Pakistan's impotent war of a thousand cuts to rip Kashmir from India
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Previous.The treatment of minorities in Pakistan is no better. Pakistan cannot claim to be exemplar in this area but actually both countries have enormous problems with their religious and ethnic minorities. The Dec. 13 of 2001 attack by Pakistan-based Islamic terrorists on the Indian Parliament was a signal of how deadly and audacious these forces have become. It was an attempt to wipe out India's political leadership and to bring about chaos in the world's largest democracy.

These Islamist terror groups, nurtured in jihad by religious schools, are instruments of what Pakistani officials call their war of "a thousand cuts" against India. That is the official war policy of the Pakistanis. Death by a thousand cuts is a western myth of a Chinese torture also known as Slicing or Ling Chi . The idea is to kill someone by slicing small pieces of skin or flesh over a long period of time. It is gruesome to think about, but the phrase “death by a thousand cuts” has now passed into modern English use and describes a slow lingering degradation or destruction. One thing, which the Pakistani Army has understood, is that it will not be able to take Kashmir by open warfare. It is simply not powerful or big enough to do so. It is not economically as strong, nor is it militarily as strong.

Despite Kashmir being on the tip of the tongue of every notable, Pakistan will not be able to wrest it away, simply because the internal tensions will just tear Pakistan apart. On the other hand, it is like the dog chasing after cars. Theoretically speaking, if the dog did catch the car, then what? Will he live happily ever after? No way are the Indians going to allow this. Pakistan will have to pay a price, a big one at that. Remember Kashmir has Hindus too, who were the original inhabiatants and still exist until today. They have been living there continuously for centuries prior to the existence of Islam. They have a recorded history in Kashmir for thousands of years and have also been mentioned in the Mahabharata. Remember these were foreign Muslim rulers who were lording it over the Indians, they were never Indians. They were Persians, Arabs and a motley mix of Central Asian Barbarians. Now they call themselves Pakistanis. There were never Pakistanis or Pakistan, only Indians.

During the Islamic period of the Kashmir valley, hundreds of temples in Kashmir were destroyed. As a result, Kashmiri Pandits gradually migrated to other parts of India to escape persecution. Some Kashmiri pandits and buddhist were forcefully converted which in time resulted in Kashmir becoming predominantly Muslim. From the 14th century due to the growth of Islam and forced conversions into Islam their numbers of in the valley began to diminish and the Muslims by spreading Islam began to outnumber them. More here...

Here is an extract from Malaysiakini by Global Citizen on the case of The case for reporting religion fairly. He actually compares Paksitan with India.

If we have a perspective setting here, first, let's get one thing straight. India has a minority group Sikh prime minister, a Tamil minority finance minister now home minister, a former Tamil Muslim president who was loved by all Indians. Can one offer the same spectrum in leadership for Pakistan or any other Muslim country?

Second, as US former secretary of defence Colin Powell said, poverty isn't the root cause for terrorism. There are poor Indians period. But Islamic terrorism is global and not just in India. Christian and Hindus are oppressed in Pakistan. Bangladesh has 10-15 million refugees in India with many suspected as insurgents. Every country bordering with India has refugees in India from Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar and so on. China is happily the largest supplier of arms to all them with nukes to Pakistan. Mumbai was India's financial center with its Sensex being one of the best performing bourse in the world.

It's only weakness was the global market. Yet India's economy is dynamic. This places it in a an invidious position by others in the region. Give India a break .

Historically, millions of Hindus have been killed by the Muslim invasions of India . Is there a Muslim country that has been so forgiving and integrative? Malaysiakini
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 8:35 PM  
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