The Great Distraction?



In all the chatter on the sweetening bond between Pakistan and China, one point may get lost. China, for all its diplomatic bluster backing its best friend, doesn’t want new problems while putting its own house in order.

Some Chinese intellectuals suggest that maintaining its own stability while grappling with widening inequalities and social tensions is keeping Beijing anxious and so in no mood for more trouble on the international front. For now, they estimate, Beijing may not risk overplaying its Pakistan card during a politically sensitive phase at home.

In the short-term, the buzz on Pakistan’s sovereignty, which became a talking point even in corporate Chinese lunch hours in Beijing’s central business district, served as useful public distraction. China is heading for a leadership succession in 2012-13 while dealing with an internal conflict of ideas on power sharing and political reform. There is the strongest crackdown on dissent since 20 years. Its netizens have become bolder and more demanding than ever before.

India is not a regular talking point for Chinese citizens. But neither is ally Pakistan, once the headlines move on.

This week, China is talking about an unusual anti-demolition protest. An alleged suicide bombing at a government office killed three and wounded ten people in Fuzhou city in southern Jiangxi on Thursday. Chinese netizens tracking the story on microblogs appeared to be sympathising with the attacker.

Xinhua reported that the bomber was allegedly a disgruntled petitioner named Qian Mingqi who was suspected of taking ‘revenge against the local government’.
The Global Times said that he posted on his Twitter-like microblog: “I was forced to step onto a road I didn’t want to step on” due to the loss of his newly built house which was “illegally demolished.” Three others attempted self immolation last year in Fuzhou to protest demolitions.

And in the far-flung north, Inner Mongolia remained tense on Sunday as paramilitary police swarmed its capital Hohhot and sealed parts of the province to suppress calls for mass protests that were blacked out of the mainstream Chinese media.

The death on May 10 of a Mongolian herder who was hit by a coal truck driven from the dominant Han community has kept the region simmering with ethnic tension and resentment over the government’s rapid development plans that may threaten its ethnic way of life.

All this in the span of a week.

And more…The Communist Party-run media issued a terse denial to squash a daring online rumour claiming that former chairman Mao did not write the Little Red Book.

The China Daily reported the denial : Online rumours that some articles and poems under the name of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong were written by his secretary Hu Qiaomu and other colleagues are unfounded, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The rumour says two reports concerning the issue were filed to the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee in 1993 and one in 1995. The website cpc.people.com.cn, affiliated to People’s Daily, cited the unnamed spokesman of the Party Literature Research Center, the Party History Research Center and the Party School of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC), as saying the reports are rootless. The spokesman said contrary to the rumour, Hu said on many occasions before his death that Mao often helped him edit his articles, and many of his old-style poems were learned from Mao.”

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  • Linusmvs2

    Thousands of lives?? stop inflating the figures. Get correct data, logic argument and then blabber.

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  • Chictecnic

    1 padma shree

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  • Ganesh

    If you support Congress point of view,it is sure these DESHBHAKTS will tear you,your reputation and dignity to pieces.Modi’s contribution to Gujarat’s development has been blown out of proportion.Gujarat as a state has always been a sensible state in matters of development.It is perhaps the only state in India where there is a broad political consensus on development.Modi is not the FIRST chief minister to sustain the development.Every CM has done it.Whichever party.

    What amazes me and amuses me is every time 2002 riots and Modi’s role are brought into focus – two tunes are sung by Modi supporters – one,what about 1984 riots and second about Gujarat’s development.So ? Tell this to families of the victims.

    In these columns,the writer keeps enduring the idiotic attacks on her by BJP supporters.No one has a right to vilify,abuse and belittle anyone with a different opinion.

    But then,we are becoming a nation of caterpillars and pied pipers.I am a middle class man,I am a Hindu so I have to support Modi.If I dont then even if Ram,Allah and Christ come together to save me,I wont be spared by Modi supporters.

    Wow,what a democracy I am living in.

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    Ganesh Reply:

    If you support Congress point of view
    —– then its not a balance view, which is pointed by many. we might as weel listen to digvijay singh.
    Modi is not the FIRST chief minister to sustain the development
    —- ok name a few others
    idiotic attacks on her by BJP supporters
    — as you mentioned earlier, she support congress, others hv right to put their point of view, take it or leave it, but you cannot say stupid.
    No one has a right to vilify,abuse and belittle anyone with a different opinion.
    ,I am a Hindu so I have to support Modi
    —— , who told you ? who forced you, you can vote any one
    Wow,what a democracy I am living in.
    — clearly you don’t know the meaning of democracy, where you can support any one. even without this basic knowledge of democracy, you better shut up….

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    Ganesh Reply:

    Well apart from Modi how can one forget Chimanbhai Patel against whom first there were agitations but later he turned out to be the most pro – development CM.Just like no one PM in the country can lay exclusive claim to development,same holds true for Gujarat.Who is denying development under Modi slogan ? But the slogan development ONLY under Modi is not acceptable.

    As far as Digvijay Singh is concerned,let me say for every Digvijay there is a Pravin Togadia !!!! Do you or me belong to the lunatic fringe ? If we belong,what are we arguing in these columns ?

    Why are you asking me to SHUT UP ? That is the problem with you BJP wallas.When you dont have anything to say,instead of trying to understand what the other person is saying you ask him to SHUT UP.

    Those like me – even though we support Congress are the critical mass of the country.Vajpayee became PM because we also voted for him.Modi needs to accept his faults,re – invent himself then only he can become PM.

    Pulling a FAST one on the country does not help.

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    Ganesh Reply:

    Why are you asking me to SHUT UP ? That is the problem with you BJP —–
    that’s because you mentioned – idiotic attacks on her by BJP supporters — you are not ready to listen to others also how do you know iam a bjp supporter. that’s the problem with pseudo seculars, anyone who does not agree to congress point of view is a BJP guy, how pathetic.

    Ganesh Reply:

    Digvijay there is a Pravin Togadia —- but digvijay is a MP and in a responsible position with power, how can you compare him to pravin…..

  • Ganesh

    Tch.Tch.Poor little innocent Modi.The whole world is after him.Isnt it ?

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  • Ganesh

    Here is the RIGHT blabber.Sorry not thousands of lives.Just a few thousands.And the riots went on for only six months.

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  • Ganesh

    Yeah.They are the ONLY patriots.And if anyone differs with them he is a **** or A PAID CONGRESS AGENT right ? Your love for Advani and Modi makes me reach out for my handkerchief !!! To wipe my tears.Am getting emotional.

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  • Ganesh

    Why ? BJP uses your services and does not pay you ? So sad !!!!

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  • RAMACHANDRAN

    Christians and western $ first bought Indian Media. Then hired anti Hindu brain like yours for pea nuts to spread all lie. Later they planted a Christian waitress through love drama to power center. There after they eliminated all obstacles though most heinous and inhuman way. Now they are spreading all canards to belittle any patriotic Indians. Better readers realize their vicious aim. Otherwise future of Indian civilization will be same as that of 199 other civilization. If their aim is love then they would never have used all crooks method to convert people to a sub standard faith. If one tenth of their effort were made by our kings, entire world would have adopted rich Indian culture.
    Take my word, lie can never rule for ever. The filthy brain behind all this crime will realize.

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  • Kushal

    Not ALL things, Dhanishta. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all those Donna Leons.

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  • Kushal

    I don’t think I’ll rush to the bookstores for Rowling’s adult book – which, I believe is a crime novel, you really should research before you use double entendres, Akhilesh – but I’ll certainly buy it out of sheer curiosity.

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  • Kushal

    I suppose you have a point, Rupa, she said grudgingly. The mint choc you left behind is still in the fridge.

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  • Anonymous

    I have no respect for Vir Sanghvi. Nira Radia affair has exposed what we knew all along i.e. the fact he is a corrupt Congress stooge. However I concur with him that regional parties may emerge stronger and form a so-called Third Front govt. in 2014. That is a cause for worry as their previous record with the likes of Charan Singh and Deve Gowda has been utterly contemptible and a recipe for chaos. The BJP has to get its act together fast for India’s sake as the Congress cannot and will not think beyond its hopeless nincompoop dynasty.

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    Guest_6070 Reply:

    10 year later, the whole of India might have forgotten the Nira Radia episode but it seems and many other like you will keep on harping on this topic even if it not relevant to the subject matter.

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  • Har Gobind Bhukkal

    You said it my friend. Muslim Brotherhood of the intellectuals.

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  • Amarish Misra

    While the Delhi Police is patting itself on the back for the deportation and subse-quent arrest of Abu Jundal, one of the alleged 26/11 mastermind, whose voice apparently was instructing the terrorists on the fateful day of the attack on Mumbai, sections within the Maharashtra Police, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and other security agencies do not think Abu Jundal is a prize catch.
    “Abu Jundal’s arrest is a sham. He has nothing to do with 26/11. He is either an informer of the Mumbai Crime Branch or the Maharashtra ATS or any other agency connected with the Maharashtra Police. He helped the police in the Aurangabad arms haul of 2006. The Delhi Police are settling scores with the Maharashtra Police—that’s all”, an IB source revealed on the condition of anonymity.
    Another source in the Maharashtra Police said that “there are so many underworld figures living in Saudi Arabia. But they are never deported. To me, it seems that Abu Jundal’s story is a frame-up. It is designed to enforce an Indian link in the 26/11 attacks”.
    This indeed is a serious allegation. Pakistan is already talking of an Indian link in 26/11. This goes against the Indian case—buttressed by revelations made by David Headley—that the 26/11 conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan, by Pakistanis—with or without the knowledge of ISI, Mossad and CIA—with sections within the Pakistani establishment keeping the Government of Pakistan probably in the dark.
    It is incredible that some major figures of the Indian establishment are gleefully rejoicing at Abu Jundal’s deportation. In fact, the incident might end up helping Pakistan to establish an Indian hand in 26/11 and thus, wash their hands off the entire affair.
    Let us expand this argument further: the Indian government is trying hard to get to the truth in the murky 26/11 saga. Till now, on the basis of revelations made by David Headley and Ajmal Kasab, it was assumed that during the 26/11 attack, Pakistani handlers were talking to terrorists fighting Indian Police and commandoes in Mumbai. Kasab had allegedly taken the name of one Abu Humza, whose voice was supposedly heard on the transmissions during the 26/11 attacks—Abu Hamza’s identity was till now not clear; most security analysts had painted him either as a Pakistani national or an ISI mole gone rogue.
    Now suddenly, out of nowhere Abu Jundal, a native of Beed and an Indian national—whose real name is Zabiuddin Ansari and who has an established, positive connection with the Maharashtra Police—emerges as the one whose voice samples are supposed to match those of Abu Hamza! So at least for now, officially as per the Delhi Police Special Cell, Abu Jundal is Abu Humza!
    To understand the counter view that Abu Jundal’s arrest has nothing to do with 26/11—and that it is related to the intense turf war currently being waged between various Indian security agencies—one has to bring in two more personalities—Naquee Ahmed and Qateel Siddiqui—into the equation.
    On January 2012, the Maharashtra ATS arrested Naquee Ahmed, a resident of Bihar, in connection with the July, 2011 blasts in Mumbai. The Delhi Police Special Cell protested officially claiming that Naquee was their man—their source—who was helping them nab Yasin Bhatkal, an alleged IM operative, wanted in several terror related cases, including the 2011 Mumbai blasts. The Home Secretary went on record to say that though Naquee could have been a Delhi Police Special Cell informer, it is more likely that he is also a terrorist who got caught by the Maharashtra ATS.
    What is going on? A Delhi Police Special Cell informer is arrested as a terrorist! The home secretary does not rule out the possibility of him being a police informer! Going strictly as per the statements of the home secretary himself, Indian Police forces are actually harbouring terrorists as informers—if that indeed is true, why wasn’t any action taken against the handlers of Naquee in the Delhi Police Special Cell? Home ministry officials cannot have their cake and eat it too—it is unethical to say that Naquee was a police informer and a terrorist.
    Now, during the David Headley saga, US authorities too claimed that Headley might have been “their man” who then went rogue and helped Lashkar-e-Toiba in executing 26/11 attacks!
    As mentioned above, Abu Jundal too is being seen as a Police informer who turned rogue!
    Are we ordinary Indians fools? Can’t we see through the game being played here by Indian security agencies, US authorities, ISI, Mossad and God knows who all?
    So many innocent and precious lives were lost during the 26/11 attacks. So many Indians have died in innumerable bomb blasts and terrorist activities. Whomsoever, is arrested, emerges as an informer of some agency or the other. So, even if we go by official versions, most blasts and terrorist actions are being undertaken by people known to security forces and various state police forces. So basically, our brothers, sisters and children are being butchered mercilessly by these modern bhasmasurs—demons created by security agencies who then turn against their creators—but wait—no, not against their creators but the ordinary people of India! At least, I have not heard till date of any near relative of a security official dying in a major terror incident!
    But then there is the other angle—it can also be said that these bhasmasurs are only paper tigers—that, instead of going after the real perpetrators, Indian security agencies have made it a habit to implicate their own informers in terror related cases!
    Some years back, a Delhi Court ordered a CBI enquiry into a case where the Delhi Police had claimed that it caught two terrorists. The CBI enquiry confirmed what the accused had been saying all along—that they were not terrorists but informers for the Delhi Police!
    In the December 2000 Red Fort attack case too, the man who was held guilty went on record stating that he was actually a Pakistani citizen working for RAW who was implicated, in the Red Fort case simply out of nowhere. The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) also took up this case.
    The icing in the case of course concerns Qateel Siddiqui, the alleged IM operative belonging to the so called “Darbangha module”. Officially Qateel was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell, made an accused in the Jama Masjid firing and other terror incidents. Then the Maharashtra ATS sought his custody. Subsequently, Qateel was murdered inside the Pune Yerwada Jail premises.
    The manner, in which Qateel was bumped off, through Hindu underworld figures, carries the unmistakable stamp of some high ranking Mumbai Police officers, including Rakesh Maria, the current Maharashtra ATS chief. It is well known that as many as seven Muslim accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts were assassinated extra-judicially by members of the Chota Rajan gang. This gang supposedly split away from Dawood after the 1993 blasts on “patriotic grounds”. Then it went on a killing spree.
    Sources in Mumbai Police allege that Chota Rajan’s killing spree had the blessings of officers like Rakesh Maria who is credited with cracking the 93’ blasts case. Salim Khan Durrani, one of the accused in the 93’ blasts—later exonerated of the charges of conspiracy and harbouring by the TADA special court—is on record for having stated that in 1994, he too, like Qateel in 2012, was lodged in the anda (high security) cell of a Maharashtra prison (Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai). In 2012, the entry to Qateel’s cell in Pune Yerwada jail was left unguarded and he was murdered by Mohol and Bhalerao, two heinous criminals. In 1994, the jail authorities `forgot’ to lock the inner gate of Salim Khan’s cell. Members of the dreaded Ashwin Naik gang tried attacking Salim Khan at night. He was saved literally by divine intervention as his screams attracted other inmates.
    Rakesh Maria has been accused of horrifying human rights violations, including parading Muslim women naked, making men drink urine and eat human faeces’ and forcing incest during interrogations.
    All of this is documented in a book called `Voices’ written by an anonymous victim of what Amnesty International termed then as fourth degree tortures (far more brutal than the horrible third degree torture, the usual norm in Indian jails!).
    But why was Qateel killed? A possible answer might lie in the turf war between the IB and the Delhi Police Special Cell. Sometime in 2010, some IB officers were probing a fake currency international network (FCIN) network in West Bengal. They were looking for a person named Qateel Siddiqui, whom they thought was a key person in the network.
    The IB took help of the West Bengal Police in this operation. They raided Qateel’s house in Darbhanga in Bihar once, but he managed to escape. Later they kept watch on certain mobile numbers from the FCIN operators. Success followed as some persons associated with the FCIN were arrested in 2010. One of them happened to be Yasin Bhatkal—the most wanted IM operative. But as per the official version, as Yasin’s pictures were not available then, the IM operative was jailed for a while in the fake currency case and later released.
    The IB team chasing Qateel was not aware of this. In October 2011, the team managed to get leads about Qateel and found out that he was holed up in Delhi. Naturally, the IB team sought help from the Delhi Police Special Cell. This innocuous request made to the Delhi Police proved costly for the West Bengal police and the IB officers.
    Initially, according to sources, the Delhi Police Special Cell detained Qateel Siddiqui as a person wanted by West Bengal police. But after a brief interrogation Qateel became an IM operative with an association to Yasin Bhatkal! The Delhi Police arrested seven IM suspects from Darbhanga, keeping the West Bengal police in dark.
    Not just that, local media in Delhi carried reports, apparently leaked by Delhi Police, on how West Bengal police let Yasin Bhatkal escape. This was a blow which was difficult to digest for the West Bengal police and the IB group associated with them. They now started looking for an opportunity to teach Delhi Police a lesson. The Mumbai operation of the Delhi Police (the Naquee Ahmed affair cited above) came in handy.
    It is equally interesting to understand why the West Bengal police and a section of the IB, decided to pit Maharashtra ATS against the Delhi Police Special Cell. The Maharashtra ATS comprising of some former senior officers of the Mumbai crime branch do not see eye to eye with the Delhi Police Special Cell.
    Seeds of distrust were sown far back, as Mumbai crime branch did not take Delhi Police in confidence while looking for fugitive IM leaders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal when they were holed up in Delhi in 2008. When the Delhi Police came to know that a prized catch was holed up in their domain, they launched the notorious Batla house encounter in which some terrorists’ were killed but the Bhatkal brothers were nowhere in the picture! Mumbai Police has since blamed the Delhi Police of highhandedness and spoiling their operation.
    Of late, just before Abu Jundal’s arrest, Delhi Police blamed the Maharashtra Police of circulating pictures of dreaded Pakistani terrorists who later turned out to be Lahore based traders!
    Several lessons can be drawn from the Abu Jundal and related operations:
    1. It is obvious that a strange anti-terrorism competitiveness (the race to catch an alleged terrorist) between various Police organs of different States, is violating all constitutional procedures and penal codes of Indian law. This race has reached absurd proportions.
    2. The unhealthy competitiveness is producing a phenomenon where in a game of one-upmanship, the various security forces are arresting innocents, particularly Muslim boys, often their informants, and showcasing them as terrorists.
    3. A lot of tax payer money is thus being wasted while ordinary Indian citizens are getting killed frequently. There is no accountability on part of the security agencies.
    4. Indian security agencies cannot be trusted. The Police charge-sheet filed in Sadhvi Pragya/Raj Kumar Purohit 2008 Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blast case shows that Mossad and ISI have penetrated Indian security forces with the help of RSS type organizations .
    5. The Maharashtra ATS arrested Naquee Ahmed, an informant of the Delhi Police. So has the Delhi Police done a *** for tat by arresting Zabuiddin Ansari, an informer of the Maharashtra Police, and presenting him as Abu Jundal, the terrorist?
    6. An impartial, judicial enquiry should be set up to probe the Naquee Ahmed/Qateel Siddiqui/Abu Jundal cases.
    7. The focus ought to shift back to the line taken by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), wherein the hand of Sangh Parivar related terrorists was found in major blasts and terror attacks that shook India. The NIA probe was leading to the involvement of Indresh, a high ranking RSS functionary—why has this line of investigation not progressed? Is it because the current Home Minister is being blackmailed by the BJP-RSS (to shift the limelight away from Sangh Parivar terrorism back to innocent Muslim boys) in exchange for letting the Home Minister breathe easy in the 2G case and other allegations of corruption against his family members? If BJP-RSS are actually tolerating corruption where the Home Minister is involved, only to save their skins in terror cases, the Sangh Parivar hypocrisy needs to be exposed.
    Finally, there can be no compromise on National Security. Hindu/Muslim/Sangh Parivar or any x, y, z entity, cannot be forgiven. Neither can one community (in this case the Muslims) be singled out for persecution. WE—HINDUS, MUSLIMS, CHRISTIAN, PARSEES, JAINS—AS A PEOPLE—HAVE LOST OUR DEAR ONES IN BLASTS AND TERROR CASES. WE CANNOT TOLERATE THE BUFFONERY OF OUR MAJOR SECURITY FORCES. WE CANNOT BE HELD HOSTAGE TO TURF WARS AND SECRET DEALS BETWEEN THE HOME MINISTER AND THE BJP-RSS. WE DESERVE THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

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    bharadwaj Reply:

    26/11 was hindutva game to kill karkare and drown india in hindu muslim voilence.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    There is a RSS hand behind ur bhund, making you squeak lies :)

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    nickknock Reply:

    If I recollect correctly, the person in the Control Room goading on the killers at Chabad House spoke perfect Punjabi. How a person from Beed in Maharashtra can speak such chaste Punjabi is beyond me.

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