Xtreme theory on China



The Indian strategic community is in a dither, trying to work out why the Chinese have suddenly sent 40 troops 19 kilometres into territory that they have traditionally not even bothered to claim.

No theory is better than any of the others so long as Beijing remain opaque on its motives, even denying that there is an intrusion at all.

While I suspect that we will eventually find that domestic drivers have inspired this strange and egregious move. But for now one can speculate as to why this is taking place.

My favourite school of thinking is a bit far-fetched but has a certain geopolitical flair to it. This links the Daulat Beg Old intrusion with the Chinese taking over the Pakistani port of Gwadar.

The arises from the fact that the Depsang plateau’s northern ridge overlooks the Karakoram Pass — China’s gateway to Pakistan and lands beyond.

Beijing’s demands that India cease and desist its recent attempts to improve its border defences are about an attempt to neutralise the plateau as a site for Indian military deployments.

An artillery line or two or even some sort of a helipad on Depsang’s heights — and it’s hunting season for any vehicle, train or container crossing the Karakoram Pass.

Similarly there has been amazement at the recent Chinese announcement it would invest $ 750 million in developing Gwadar — a port connected to nothing, where a ship docks every half year and next to the fully developed port of Karachi.

Are these connected events? These would physically be connected if China did extend its plans to be Eurasia’s infrastructure hub to encompass Pakistan and the Arabian Sea.

As a Global Times article pointed out, a pipeline running from the Karakoram to Gwadar would allow China to get access to West Asia without the hindrance of the Straits of Malacca. Such a corridor would additionally boost Pakistan’s economy.

Cleaning up the Depsang would be part of any strategy to secure such an enormous project.

It sounds nice and also formidable in terms of funds and engineering.

I suspect therefore it was more of a few Chinese commanders getting together, saying India needs to be taught a lesson and someone then piped up “let’s do it on the Depsang plateau then, we need to keep that clear anyway.”

Or may be the prime minister’s visit to Japan was on their mind. Or sheer orneriness. All of the above may also be true.

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  • Lines Flight

    Hello…An interesting piece and quite thought provoking at a number of levels. I have only two points that I’d like to raise.

    First, much of your post is based on hearsay. You trust the credibility of the source, but I may not necessarily share your confidence in your source. Just wanted to point this out.

    Second, based on my often desultory observations, I find that individuals who often find themselves at the intersection of money, the media and politics – wittingly or otherwise – cease to be “normal”. What does “normal” mean? Simply, recognizing and understanding that in the larger context of matters pertaining to life and death, that no one is particularly unique. While we may wish for such people to be “normal” and while they may themselves wish to be “normal”, the reality is different. Individuals like SRK – and he is not the only one either in India or anywhere in the world – begin to believe in the reality and normalcy of their abnormality. This is the point at which they begin to assume a larger-than-life persona.

    The problem begins when this larger-than-life persona begins to break down. More often than not, individuals (SRK being a case in point, but he is not unique in this) are not able to handle this trauma. The result is the typically irrational behavior that these individuals begin to engage in. Matters are not helped if such folks are doing drugs and alcohol in excess.

    If you notice, with specific reference to SRK, going by the media reports, there appears to be an upheaval in his life and work. First, with Aamir and Salman hit huge financial jackpots with their recent films, SRK must be feeling the heat of the competition and he is not getting younger. Television is ruled by Amitabh Bachchan – with Aamir most likely to join him at the top of the ranks. So that is a problem area. Domestically, rumours abound about SRK’s alleged intimacy with a top ranking actress which, if true, must also be very unsettling to his wife and to his domestic front generally.

    There have been equally “credible” reports (though unconfirmed) that SRK has been using hard drugs and alcohol excessively. Excessively enough, apparently, to be noticed and commented upon even within the rather permissive social system that is Bollywood. Again, while reiterating that all of this is purely hearsay and there is no confirmation whatsoever of at least the problems that SRK may be undergoing on the domestic front, taken as a whole, these would challenge this larger-than-life persona that SRK has become today.

    No longer is the world appearing to dance to his tune. He can’t seem to fix the gradual restructuring (or re-ordering) of his reality. It maybe the case that SRK is discovering the limits to his perceived notion of power. He seems to have forgotten an elemental truism of the natural world – that power cannot be hoarded, it circulates.

    All this makes for a pressure-cooker situation and unfortunately, it appears (all caveats given and in place) that SRK is currently being overwhelmed by this change and transformation that is happening all around him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shahrukh may be going through mid life crisis but MCA is also not clean in this, they only bully people who tolerate it, tell me when did MCA take any action against Bal Thakrey who sent the goons for destroying the pitch ?

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    Lines Flight Reply:

    While accepting the fact that the MCA are no angels, I find it difficult to accept your line of reasoning. You need to take note of the fact that the independence of the MCA is severely limited by the BCCI. So, even if the MCA takes action, the BCCI can overrule that action. Now, the interesting thing is that SRK is very close to the BCCI (and the IPL). In fact, it is alleged that SRK played a crucial role in the BCCI and Sahara sponsorship issue. He is said to have also played a role in getting the Pune Warriors into the IPL. If the BCCI supports the MCA, it would signal that SRK’s value in the BCCI-IPL circles is dminishing. But the real question is this – will the BCCI intentionally hurt one of its assets (SRK)? Whatever may be SRK’s problems, there is no denying the fact that his remains a commercially viable brand – may not be as good as what it was before, but still viable.

    But still the MCA bans SRK! Why?

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  • Aparakh

    Pathetic apologist for a overrated Bollywood actor, he broke the law and I hope he gets duly punished, ( not very likely as there are plenty of hired bloggers like this one to defend him.)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    So when are they going to punish Bal Thakrey who sent goons for destroying the pitch ? looks like they only bully people who tolerate it.

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  • Kris, chennai

    Excellent article. Well done for taking the time to clear some of the misconception. All the media wants to do is go for controversy, not look for facts. Any human being would have done the same to protect himself and the kids, against these goons, who abuse south indians and biharis, and make them feel outsiders in their own country.

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  • Asha Sinha

    Well done to Shahrukh for standing his ground. He did the right thing.

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  • RajX

    So the author is implying that SRK was attacked and setup  for refusing to let in a fat kid into his team? And all this accusation without any proof while there is audio proof of the actual events? Pathatic apologist for a badly behaved Bollywood star. Does it pay well to stoop so low?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    So when are they going to punish Bal Thakrey who sent goons for destroying the pitch ? looks like they only bully people who tolerate it.

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    RajX Reply:

    Good question. He should be locked up but he is too powerful.

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  • http://twitter.com/sridharkswamy Sridhar Krishna

    The tragedy of this country is that our historians are so sure about what happened 2,500 years ago but our journalists have to do so much investigation, talk to so many unnameable but unimpeachable sources to find out what essentially happened on camera. Jai Ho

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  • Anonymous

    Predictable trash from Sujata, lot of mud slinging based on invented sources. No dirty trick will be spared by her to defend anyone remotely connected to Congress and she will go to any lengths to throw muck atanyone who dares to oppose her favorite party… Pathetic to say the least.

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  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha …. Very well said Sridhar.

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  • Uppen

    The blogger Sujata has contradicted herself in the above blog. She has started with showing indifference with IPL by saying that she does not even watch its matches. And she has ended her blog by showing her concern for IPL that if SRK is mistreated, more than one owners of IPL will leave it causing a loss to it. The tone and tenure of the blog gives impression that it is a paid blog.

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  • KMR Overseas

    Sujatha, this is another **** story. Bluff !! LOL

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  • http://twitter.com/IluvIndia18 Amit

    Why give benifit of doubt when we have audio and video footage nail the culprit. Be it SRK or cop. Also, I would like to know the name of the cop who is so brave to go against congress, I mean SRK.

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  • Gyan

    Mumbai Police is the worst in India. Scrap them all. I would suggest 10 years van on Wankhede stadium for any national or international matches. MCA is a bunch of filthy lices should let dry off.

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  • Aam Aadmi

    Sujathas version is very contradictory & misleading Could be a paid one. I am not in favour of Such a Confrontation !!
    but the bad behaviour is a bad behaviour as it has appeared on videos cannot be denied and a suitable warning & punishment is a must
    especially to one who had started considering & louding himserlf as God of the entertainment industry.At the same time,
    I strongly appeal to all Indians & media not to analyse this incidence on any religious or political bases interests & motives . It is just a human Behaviour not always predictable !!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    What about Thakreys bad behaviour ? why didn’t MCA punished him after the digging of pitch by Shiv Seiniks ? looks like they just bully people who tolerate it.

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  • Sumit Bose

    It is common knowledge that the the ex-Italian maid , who now happens to be named by an European Luxury magazine as the 4 richest politician of the world after King of Saudi Arabia, Sultan of Brunei and Michael Bloomberg (his wealth is not as a result of plundering the national treasury, but from inheritance and enterprise), can afford to “mantain” legions of “dalals” from the print and electronic media; i cannot imagine that SRK can have his own set of ‘dalals”. Because, dalals just dont come too cheap. But this article proves my hunch wrong.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And you know it all ? where did you get this information ? in your wet dreams ? because in real world you will be called crazy.

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    @truthhurts, looks like you find it difficult to digest that our beloved Italian ex-maid is the 4th richest politician , well Business Insider does not . So, its time for you to bang some more money out for barking on her behalf.

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  • Anonymous

    MCA only bully people who tolerate it, they rough up small kids, tell me when are they going to take any action against Bal Thakrey who dug the pitch on same ground ?

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  • Anonymous

    See the speed with which RSS Nazis doing propaganda against Shahrukh.

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  • http://www.youbihar.com/ Shalu Sharma

    Shah Rukh Khan does not deserve a second chance. The trouble is that money and fame gets to the head. Unless you kick their ego down to the floor, these super heroes will not lean.

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  • Karwaanshul

    Just see this pic…SRK is right..

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  • Jay

    Mrs. Anandan, as usual, as ridiculous as she can be!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/prakashjaiswal.401 Prakash Jaiswal
  • http://www.3mik.com/ sanjeev j

    Cycling is clouded by doping these days as 100 meter race was suffering from Drug offenders in 1980’s. Not only lance but every top cycling star is under doping controversy and it is not good for game as spectators will loose interest. Cycling needs a new star as federer is for tennis.

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  • anil

    China can outdo India on every front even take its plate with lunch and dinner but it can not compete India in r a p i n g affairs – a new age phenomenon as Indian’s sign of progress!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    But that cannot be a reason to blatently intrude India’s terretory. There are many countries superior, richer than us. That does not give them a right to challenge our soverignty.

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    Joseph Reply:

    People like you just criticize. When we don’t have any national pride how can we expect others to respect us? These kinds of crimes are very unfortunate and they unfortunately happen everywhere in the world. If you have a solution to the Chinese intrusion problem, please share otherwise make these kinds of comments on some other forum.

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  • anil

    [While I suspect that we will eventually find that domestic drivers have
    inspired this strange and egregious move. But for now one can speculate
    as to why this is taking place.]

    You got it! Indian High Flyers flying

    tooooooooooooooooooo

    high not knowing what’s happening on the ground. The link between the Leaderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    and the people is beyond repair.

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  • anil

    [....The arises from the fact that the Depsang plateau’s northern ridge
    overlooks the Karakoram Pass — China’s gateway to Pakistan and lands
    beyond.....]

    Yes, Yes, Yes!

    There is still room for some Indians to speculate more and more and more and more…….

    And

    do Ph.Ds on this front and come closer to the High Command to receive their “rightful dues from the left overs”, for their extra ordinary contribution in philosophising/theories.

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  • Anonymous

    Highly speculative theory
    I believe if Chinese don’t end incurssion, Chinese premier’s visit this month will be a sour one, which will set deteriorating relations on steeper downward spiral.

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  • Amar

    I LOVE IT HOW COWARD INDIANS FIND EXCUSES WHY CHINA INVADED INDIAN LAND, EXCUSES AFTER EXCUSES, VERY DISGUSTING.

    PURE AND SIMPLE, INDIANS AND INDIAN LEADERS ARE WEAK, COWARDS, ALWAYS BACK DOWN, CHINESE ARE EVERY DAY FINDING OUT HOW EASILY IT CAN BULLY INDIA AND INDIA PROVIDES EXCUSES TO HERSELF WHY THEY SHOULDN’T CONFRONT CHINESE AND GET RID OF THEM…… I DON’T THINK CHINESE KNEW IT WOULD BE THIS EASY…. EVEN LOT OF CITIZENS EVEN THIS WRITER FINDS EXCUSES WHY IT’S NOT HEAVY AGGRESSION..

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  • Tarun

    Times of India, Everytime I click on Chinese incursion in Ladakh news headlines on Times of India, it takes me to this webpage, (( htt*****ww6(DOT)adspdl(DOT)com/ )). Any other news links are woking fine, only Chinese border incursion in Ladhak related news lines on Times of India. Anyone else experience this?? IS IT CHINESE HACKERS’ VIRUS?? And is Times of India aware of this??

    PLEASE REPLY IF ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM..

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    Anonemus Reply:

    that is an AD posting link which TOI uses to post ads on their website, it is just a technical problem.

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  • Indian_Abroad

    India is suffering from too much thinking
    and doing nothing.

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  • Indian Army

    very good analysis….India must immediately construct two helipads and move Bofors guns to the site, encircling the 40 chinese troops

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  • balaji

    for improving security one must look and follow bigger than self so india has look to and follow china , unlike looking at pakistan or other smallers to compare security force system and get satisfied/happy himself ediotically,

    as per security force capacity system india and pakistan are at similar stage, so that means pakistans politicians and defense forces are more intelligient or more aware towards security than indians politicians or security/defence forces….

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  • balaji

    for improving security one must look and follow bigger than self so india(125) has to look and follow china(135) , unlike looking at pakistan(20) or other smallers to compare security force system and get satisfied/happy himself ediotically,

    as per security force capacity system india and pakistan are at similar stage, so that means pakistans politicians and defense forces are more intelligient or more aware towards security than indians politicians or security/defence forces….

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  • Truly Anonymous

    We Indians basically have guts to harm our own people within our country like people from different religion, caste, and sex, but we just do not have GUTS to confront our others outside our country, be it china, dawood, pakistan. We always give the reins to rule this country into wrong hands like sonia ji, raul ji, gujral ji, laloo ji, mulayam ji, my *** ji…etc…Until and unless we as Indians dont realize that we are Indians first and then hindus or muslims or other things, we are not going to get guts to dare these situations. Jai Hind.

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  • Gohram Rind

    this is really far fetched to the point of hallucination…

    gawadar is close to iran not to india.. if china was looking to sqeueeze india then it would establish base at karachi not 700 miles away from indian soil…. any geostrategist worth his salt knows that this string of pearl thoery is a balony..(it wouldnt hurt if you can consult maps once in a while).

    chinese investment in gawadar is for three reasons

    1. to cricumvent long shipping haul for oil through perilous waters of indian ocean . this port could also help western regions of china.

    2. china is investing heavily in mining sector in afghanistan and gawadar is short distance from afghanistan…

    3 this investment would also help pakistan develop an economically backward region.

    however if your objective was to raise the usual bogey of china-pakistan ganging up on india… then you dont need facts for that … any theory no matter how imaginary would work.

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  • That Awkard Moment

    Plagiarism from Rhodium Group

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  • Sumit Bose

    After reading through the hadiths and each and every Surah ,
    I would divide “Muslim liberals” into three categories. The first, and by far the largest category, consists of liars, opportunists and taqiyya; people who want to infiltrate our societies rather than reform Islam. The second category consists of people who may be well-meaning but simply don’t understand the issues involved. They are people, who have terrible knowledge or access to the brutal innards of not only the life of the Prophet himself, leave alone, the history of the conquest and the spread of Islam; or , they are ready to invert the bare facts to provide cover to this brutal cult. The third and smallest category consists of people who are knowledgeable and genuinely desire reform.The German-Syrian scholar Bassam Tibi could be placed here. I find some of his work interesting, but even he is incoherent and unconvincing in presenting the case for how a moderate Islam should look like or live like.

    Muslims during the early Mecca phase invited people to accept Islam. When some of them refused to do so, Muslims took upon themselves the right to start killing people and force them to accept Islam. Look all around the world, right from Morocco till Malaysia, this leit-motiff is yet consistent and persistent.
    There is absoloutely no difference between the Jihadis from Philippines,
    or Thailand or Pakistan, or Palestine, or Egypt, or Iraq, or Syria, or Chechnia,or Dagestan etc etc .
    All Muslims have to concur that the definition of “freedom” is identical with sharia, and that those who abuse their freedom by not living according to sharia should face armed Jihad until they do. It’s for their own good because the shariah is God-given!!!!

    What good is it to grant any person the label of “liberal muslim”
    when moderate Islam supports slavery ( there are several suras and Hadiths that state that the prophet himself was a slave trader and abused slaves), stoning people to death for adultery, whipping those who enjoy a glass of wine or beer and massacring those who disagree, or beheading for converting from Islam to any other religion?

    One question really arises about this “ghatiya Taqqiyaa” and his blurb that his “need to know” transformed into his “need to tell” and all that he is farting is at the best “ardh satya” and at its usual , just outright deception. Islam is just what Islamic societies have been doing, are doing and by the looks of it will continue to do, only a hardcore shameless person would spin any apologies for it.

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  • Sumit Bose

    The accident of birth should never strip one from the human values of respect and peaceful co-existence.
    Hindus have been co-existing peacefully, according full rights to all adherents of all other faiths.
    Over a millennium and half of Islamic rule, all over the world, bears witness to the profound intolerance and barbarity of Islamic rule and that merits no recounting. Intolerance of the muslims emanates from the verses in your terror manual.

    But, it is not just the 624 verses that exhort believers to commit violence to non-believers, but the terrible record of the life history of the most exalted human ever for one group that is instrumental for one group to be so convinced that perpetrating similar brutalities will ensure quick loot in this worlds and 72 vir gins in the next along with 80,000 slaves etc etc.
    How can members of a certain cult think straight when they get gems as this as Lord Almighty’s own command?
    4:76: “Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of Evil: so fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.”

    No wonder people all over the world are plain sick of the same cult members who have been so very successful in ridding their lands of all other belief systems, and then blame every one else for their own failings.

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  • Sumit Bose

    Zia Mian, there are legions of Taqqiyyas all around in the Islamic world and there is a very good reason,They have a very huge and important task to do. The complete turnaround of the fortunes of the Popat, from rags in Mecca (with around 70 followers) to riches in Medina, not by by honest trade or labour but by caravan raiding, hostage taking for ransom and selling slaves (captured in raids of the infidel villages).

    Likewise, the “revelations” to the Popat changed with his “successes”.

    A sampling below:

    Meccan Early Verses
    2:256There is no compulsion in religion.
    Medinan Later verses
    9:123Oh ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers
    and let them find harshness in you.

    Meccan Early Verses
    73:10Be patient with what they say, and part from them
    courteously.
    Medinan Later verses
    8:12 I will instill terror into the hearts of the
    unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off.

    Meccan Early Verses
    109:6 To you be your religion, and to me my religion”
    Medinan Later verses
    3:85 Who so desires another religion than Islam, it shall
    not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall be among the losers.”

    Meccan Early Verses
    20:103 Therefore be patient with what they say, and
    celebrate (constantly) the praises of thy Lord,
    Medinan Later verses
    2:191 kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out
    from wherever they drove you out

    Meccan Early Verses
    2:83 Speak good to men…
    Medinan Later verses
    9:5 Slay the idolaters wherever you find them

    Meccan Early Verses
    50:45 We well know what the infidels say: but you are not to compel them.
    Medinan later Verses
    9:14 Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers.

    The list can go on and on.
    Now Mr Zia Mian, but this is a very large topic. In short, you who has made it your (supposed) mission to “tell” is spinning outright lies about this “most exalted human ever” and the God given “terror manual”..
    You right totally off the mark when you equate Denmark with Saudi Arabia.The first mosque in Denmark was built in 1967 and there are several more all over. But putting your lies on your face is of no use, you will come back again and again with even more lies.
    But is so doing you are being a very good Taqqiyaa and can lay stake to your 72 vir_gins, 80,000 slaves, endless wines, but as a human being are a ghatiya from the gutters, whose secular education is a total waste

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  • Sumit Bose

    The happy co-existence of the Parsi, Jews and Christians since 2 millennia is proof enough for the peaceful co-existence. The “crimes and horrors” of Shudras and Dalits are primarily economic in nature, not as a result of divine instructions with bountiful rewards in a debauched after-life in a unpaid “brothel”.
    Look all around the world, Islamic societies hold the perverse record of ridding multiculturalism as a fundamental cornerstone.

    Post partition of India, Muslims of Papistan has been successful in reducing Hindus to be statistically invisible, they do not even make 1% of the population today form 28.7% of the population. And the Bengali converts were also busy doing the same, from 43% in East Bengal, Hindus are down to 7%.

    In case if you are ignorant of history, this is the most comprehensive extirpation of humans since the dawn of mankind.
    Besides, you should have the honesty to look, why Muslims are a constant source of “crime and problems” in all countries of the world, once they are over 2% of the population.
    Sameera, if you have any sense of identity, you would look to find the reason, why you are “thinking” as a Pseudo-Arab and delve into your family’s authentic history to find out what was the brutal reason for your ancestor’s conversion into being a boot-!icker of the Arabs.
    One resource would be this book, “Islamic Jihad” by M A Khan.
    It is so well researched with straight translations from the chronicler’s records of the marauding scoundrels right from Muhamad of Ghazni right upto our great “freedom fighter” Tipu Sultan, to know first hand from their own records, what terrible bestiality they inflicted on us Indians in the name of that inhuman brutal cult named Islam.

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  • Sumit Bose

    In your perverted world-view, any one who is able to show (from your own hallowed records) that your holy book is actually a “terror-manual” and your “most exalted ever” was no different from a ……, well you know what…… is a a “hater” !!!!!!

    How conveniently you have snatched even truth as a defense, from the kuffurs, hence, they have to be looted. tortured and beheaded.
    And you have the temerity to brand almost 6 billions of this planet as “haters”!
    No wonder your cult members are filled with so much hate, violence and are the scourge in almost all nations that you reside in, and are always disproportionately in almost all the developed and under-developed countries of the world.

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    please add “convicted” after disproportionately. Thanks.

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  • pankaj#1

    Zia;
    It looks like that you want your readership back and that is why you are writing such absurd articles. Islam and liberalism?? what non sense. I can discuss any aspect of this religion, with emphasis of it being the most toxic ideology in present woorld, and its followers chanting that not even a comma can be changed in it. Faithful taking each and every word of it as supreme truth?? what an irony.

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  • pankaj#1

    So by this definition, who is a muslim? Are Pakistanis Muslims? Are Talibans Muslims?? Is there any real Muslims, who follow each and every word of Quran???
    And if any one claiming to be a muslim, as most of the pakistanis do from roof top, then, they are not fit for present century as in this century and henceforth, humanrace will have to coexist, tolerate each other, respect each other and most important, not try to spread its ideology by hooks or crooks. At present, Pakistani muslims in general and Indian Muslims, where ever they are in majority, are intolerant persons and not fit for modern world.

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  • Ni2

    Let us harbour no doubt what so ever about the aim of RSS/BJP – to destroy all notions of modern democratic India. It was formed for that very purpose and over the last 88 years, its tactics may have varied, but its strategic objective has remained the same.

    RSS’s ideological project is to replace modern Indian Republic with a rabidly intolerant fascistic Hindu Rashtra. It invented the concept of “vote bank politics” by sharpening communal polarisation, it has learnt that it is unlikely to get much support from the Muslim voters, but it has much to gain by frightening Hindus into its sphere of influence. The RSS believes that a homogenous Hindu community is a prerequisite to its fascist project which is manically obsessed with Muslims and other religious minorities, It therefore believes communalism has a role in consolidating mass base for the extreme right.

    Amit Shah knows that Narendra Modi’s chance of becoming the PM partly depends upon the BJP winning substantially in the UP. To that end he has started to roll out the Gujarat Model of using terror of communal violence to consolidate Hindus and to build an invincible vote bank for the BJP.

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  • Sumit Bose

    Zia Mian, what could possibly be your motive for this mataam over community based voting?
    It has been on ever since independence from the Brits.
    Can you please explain why the Muslim League, that was primarily responsible for not only partitioning the country, but its “branch” in Pakistan, was responsible for the largest extirpation of humans perhaps since the dawn of history of civilizations; yet in Kerala , in two muslim majority districts always in unbroken succession has sent in ONLY Muslim League candidates.
    The interesting fact is that for nearly 15 years the MP from that district was one Banatwala, a Gujarati convert who spoke no Malayalam!
    There was absoloutely no “security” issues for the muslims of that district, rather the few Hindus and Christians were the ones to subjected to brutal insecurity. there.
    The quintessence is that Muslims will ONLY vote for Muslims, barring a few exceptions.
    This coming elections are going to be very interesting, because, the usually fragmented Hindus are appearing to coalesce into a voting block, and that puts up all the alarm flags for the political parties that thought had their calculations as reliable as mathematical formulas..
    This event, if it does occur even marginally, totally emasculates and subsumes the Muslim block vote, and that is very troubling to this Mian,

    The tap of preferential dollops the Muslim community has been inured to would run dry.

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  • Devraj

    You say they call you Muslim and feel that you are not being addressed as Indian First – A grouse coming from literate Muslim , Sounds good… But fault lies at your end – how many on your side (i.e. – educated Indian Muslims) do really come out to speak on national , inter-community issues….What do you have to say for those who put religion first – nation second or maybe further down when asked to commit . what ever happened in muzzafarpur (2013) , Gujrat (2002) , Delhi(1984) e.t.c is an example of Demoncracy / democracy..
    Instead of the commentary , It would be better to come out in public and create space for dislodge , discussion and support the one who seems to be crusading the line which connects with you. Let the nation see and hear the voice of a citizen and not a minority commentator.

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  • pankaj#1

    Bhaiyye,
    bahut dinon ke baad aaye ho. What kind of proof you want. just let me know. I will GIVE YOU THAT PROOF.

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