India View


By: Deepika Jaitley

Is there a difference between Naxals and terrorists? Is there a difference between Muslims and terrorists? Why is everyone asking everyone else these questions today? Is it because we Indians cannot forget Mumbai, or is it because the Maoist rebels blew up a bus in Chhattisgarh, killing about 35 people including civilians and special police officers, just ten days after they blew up an Army bus, killing 8 soldiers. It seems like killing has become an everyday nuisance for our lives. If its not terrorists and security personnel, its an angry spouse or an angry parent, and even if its none of those, it’s a rich but mentally sick industrialist and his servant. Yes, Moninder Singh Pandher, I’m talking about you. If you think he is an exception, and that India also has its devils, but it has its saints, we all need to look no further than Swami Nithyananda, the latest in a series of world renowned ‘sex swamis’. No, these ‘sex swamis’ are not famous for their exploits in bed; they are only famous for the fake cover of saintliness and hermitage that they use to lure women (‘disciples’) into acts of carnal debauchery. Shame on you, Nithyananda.

What is wrong with India today? Have we already become ‘Talibanized’? Are our social divisions so deep and irreparable that we are luring ourselves into false day dreams of “all is well” (Yes, Aamir Khan, thank you for crystallizing this epitome of neglect and insensitivity that is truly Indian).

Let us return to the most pressing issue for Indian’s sovereignty today; the Naxal movement, also called the Maoist rebels. Maoist rebels blew up a bus carrying civilians and policemen in central India on 18th May killing at least 27 (and an upward estimation of 35) people, delivering another major strike against a nationwide offensive to drive them from strongholds. The Maoists are truly India’s Taliban, but they are a tad more deadlier; the religion of poverty binds them together. Initially inspired by Maoist ideology, it has pressed a campaign of violence against the government, police and landowners in a class war that seeks to install communist rule.

About 30 civilians and 25 so-called SPOs (special police officers, who are actually civilians recruited to help security forces fight the leftwing guerrillas) were travelling in the bus in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state when it was attacked at about 4:30 p.m., District Collector Reena Kangale said by telephone. At least 13 civilians and 14 special police officers were killed and 15 others injured in the attack, she said. This strike is the biggest since April 6 when the rebels killed 76 police in the same district, the largest death toll from a single incident of Maoist violence in a decades-long conflict. Only on May 8, Maoist rebels blew up an army truck killing eight paramilitary soldiers and wounding two others in a densely forested Bijapur district in Chattisgarh state, said Vishwa Ranjan, the state’s director general of police.

Footage broadcast on the NDTV 24×7 television network today showed the wreckage of the bus, bodies and weapons strewn across a road. The rebels planted and triggered an explosive device that blew up an armored truck in the May 8 attack as well, signaling a heightened sense of improvisation in explosive devices by the Maoists. AP called it an explosive device, while AFP called it a landmine. The same modus operandi seems to have been used on May 18 – IEDs or planting of mines, and then ambushing a convoy or target. However, civilian transport had so far not been targeted in the conflict. A security official told the Financial Times that Maoist rebels had not previously attacked civilian buses. “If you use police transport, they blow up the vehicle,” said the official, who asked not to be identified. “If you have them travelling in a bus with civilians, they won’t blow up the bus.” So it seems that the SPOs, instead of protecting the civilians and helping the deployed police and CRPF, were IN FACT hiding behind civilians and cowering under the guise of targets that the Maoists wouldn’t attack. It also seems that the SPOs are carrying out their logistics this way.

Indian security officials said the Maoist guerrillas, known locally as Naxalites, appeared to have advance knowledge that between 15 and 25 special police officers, who were wearing uniforms, were riding on the civilian passenger bus. The special police officers are low-paid local recruits serving as interpreters, and terrain guides, for regular security forces who are from outside the remote area. The SPOs, many of whom had earlier been part of a more informal anti-Maoist militia known as the Salwa Judum, are particularly loathed by the guerrillas for the role they play in facilitating the police offensive . SPOs are considered collaborators by the Maoist rebels.

The attacks are a setback to Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram’s efforts to rid India’s eastern states of the guerillas and open up regions rich in iron ore, coal, bauxite and manganese to investment. NMDC Ltd. operates its biggest iron-ore mine and Essar Steel Ltd. plans to build a $1.5 billion steel plant in the region. So much for capitalist development and India’s ruling junta touting the capitalist success of India by selling its most rich and prized resources to foreign companies, and becoming the largest servant state in the history of the world. Pretty soon, the West’s laundry will also be outsourced to India.

The crux of this entire story – this tirade, rather – is the state of perceptions that the Indian people are living in. How can one draw a distinction between killers by giving them different names or labels? If a Kasab kills an Indian and a Maoist kills an Indian, that means we hang the Kasab first? I read on IBNLive that “when terrorist attack there is more hue and cry as terrorist attack city and important targets”, whereas “when Maoist attack they only attack security forces and their menace is restricted to a few states”. This esteemed fellow Indian, Vinay Akapran, needs to know that Naxalites are active across approximately 220 districts in twenty states of India, accounting for about 40 percent of India’s geographical area. They are especially concentrated in an area known as the “Red corridor”, where they control 92,000 square kilometers. According to India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) 20,000 armed cadre Naxalites were operating apart from 50,000 regular cadres working in their various mass organizations and millions of sympathizers. If you don’t believe me, let me show you a map I got from Wikipedia:

Indeed, India is incredible when it asks for official superpower status, a seat on the United Nations Security Council and a veto, and more leeway in the G-8 and G-20 global economic organizations. This leaves me incredulous.

Incredible India is not a slogan with an exclamation mark, but with a question mark in the end. Indians need to resolve the basic questions about what it means to be Indian, and whether our interpretations and desires actually conform to the views and perceptions of neither a majority, nor a minority, but to all segments and social classes of Indians.

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8 Responses to “India View”

  1. Sohan Vir Goyal Says:

    You are just a Idiot.

  2. pranab Kumar Says:

    You are bull shit.

  3. deepikascorner Says:

    Very mature of both of you. Shabash! You have succeeded in proving me wrong…. NOT!

    In fact, you both have displayed the exact belligerence that epitomizes India’s foreign and regional policy.

    Do you have a constructive comment to make? Any substantial rebuttal to make? I don’t think so. Because you guys are as “Incredible” as “Incredible India”. FACE THE FACTS, CRYBABIES!

    You cannot argue with the content and substance, because you all know its true. Instead of fixing the problems of India, you think your childish comments are going to make people ignore these basic realities? What a stupid thought.

    Grow up, losers.

  4. krishna Says:

    hi, really i agree that you are a idiot, not only. you don’t have rights to speak swamy nithyananda. In his the media is playing major role. What you know about him. First of all video is posted without testing. second no wittness the cid police arrested. what are the allegation is claimed by media. all false the information they got from third right people’s. First up all who are you talks about the great saint. just wait he will come and proove. who is he. stop you are idiotic comments

  5. deepikascorner Says:

    Well, if i don’t have rights to speak, then why did WordPress give me a blog? Only Krishna has rights to speak. Why? Because you are a Blue God? Because you THINK you are better than me? You are wrong and mistaken. YOU ARE AN IDIOT, KRISHNA! AND TO THINK YOU USE THE NAME OF A DEITY TO SPEW VENOM AND UNREFERENCED STATEMENTS AND A BIASED OPINION? SHAME ON YOU.

    Media always plays a major role, not just in India, BUT IN EVERY COUNTRY. I can clearly see the ‘sex acts’ performed by that fat South Indian actress on this ‘Swami’. How do you test a video? The same way you test for HIV+ or -? There is no such thing as ‘video testing’. Audio tapes can be doctored, but it is really hard to doctor video tapes; especially one where there is no element of editing or overlaying.
    The CID Police has arrested NITHYANANDA! HE IS NOT A WITNESS BUT HE IS THE CRIMINAL HIMSELF! HE CLAIMS TO BE GOD! IS A SWAMI GOD?!

    YOU ARE MAKING FALSE AND UNREALISTIC ALLEGATIONS THAT ARE NOT BACKED BY FACTS OR BY EVIDENCE. AND YOU ARE RIDICULING INDIAN MEDIA WITHOUT FACTS OR EVIDENCE. I HAVE PROVEN ALL OF YOUR POINTS WRONG.

    And your name is Krishna, while you are defending a SEX ADDICT who is using Hinduism for his own carnal and materialist ends. YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO KRISHNA AND TO HINDUISM!

    WHO ARE YOU TO TALK ABOUT ANYONE OR ANYTHING WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THE REAL IDIOT IT?

    Goddd you lower-caste Indians are so stupid and pathetic. When the truth is RIGHT IN YOUR FACE you say “No, this is wrong, you are idiot, we are like this only” and expect everything to go away? WELL IT DOESNT. IN THE REAL WORLD, EVERYTHING STAYS. AND THE TRUTH COMES BACK TO HAUNT YOU.

    IN THE REAL WORLD, YOU ARE THE IDIOTS WHO STILL SUPPORT A SO-CALLED SWAMI WHO IS ACTUALLY A SEX-ADDICT.

    SO KRISHNA, AND SOHAN AND PRANAB (WHO ARE THE SAME PERSON, BTW), STOP POSTING YOUR IDIOTIC COMMENTS. If you have something constructive to add, then you are most welcome. But my blog is no place for your uneducated psychobabble bullsh*t. Go home to your sisters and moms (I doubt you have wives or girlfriends) and talk to THEM about this psychobabble bakwas that you people are saying on my blog. I am sure that even they would slap you silly (if they are in their right minds, but considering how they raised you and brought you up, I don’t expect them to).

    Or better yet, go worship your ‘Swami’ and perform ‘sex acts’ for him.

    EVEN BETTER! Why don’t all three of you form a line and wag your tongues waiting for your Swami to ‘come’ and prove TO ALL OF YOU THAT HE IS INDEED A SEX-ADDLED MANIAC…
    (And in case you guys are still as stupid as you were the last time you commented on my blog, YES I JUST MADE A JOKE ABOUT A ‘SEX ACT’)

    IN CONCLUSION, I WILL REITERATE:
    1. FACE THE FACTS, CRYBABIES!
    2. GROW UP, LOSERS!!!

  6. Namaste Says:

    No one has mentioned that you don’t have the right to speak. However, you don’t have right to make up your own facts. The fact is in Swami Nithyananda’s case, not a single victim has come forward to substantiate the allegations. Now we know who has to face the facts and who should grow up!

    • deepikascorner Says:

      You just don’t have any argument to make, so all of you are just saying “blah blah blah we are like this only” because you think that by continuing to hide the wrong things, everything will be right 😛
      I am NOT talking about victims, YOU ARE! I am just talking about the damning video tape, because I dont need ‘victims’ to argue my point because victims will never come forward and identify themselves and their miseries. Did any ‘victim’ of Dera Sacha Sauda reveal themselves? NO! They just wrote an anonymous letter to the Indian PM. The FACT REMAINS that in these cases the victims seldom come forward, so the evidence is only the videotape – which is there for everyone to see, regardless of material witnesses. And I didn’t make up the video, nor am I making up any facts. That remains the crux of my argument, and the premises of YOUR ARGUMENTS are baseless, fictitious and frankly, they are no help to Nithyananda, to his case, to the case against him, or to anyone else.
      HOW’S THAT FOR STUPID, STUPID?

  7. deepikascorner Says:

    Oh and BY THE WAY, all you ‘smart Indians’, you ‘Incredible Indians’, you might want to realize that the Nithyananda post is a DIFFERENT ONE! 😛

    STUPID UNEDUCATED ILLITERATE FECKLESS SMELLY LOSERS!

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