"THE results of Assembly elections have proved that Indian electorate has a mature understanding of terrorism as being a world phenomenon as against anti-Pakistan sentiment projected by the BJP. The cult of war cry, in the wake of Mumbai terrorist attack had inflated the ego of the BJP to imagine itself as a colossus." Writes Rajinder Sachar
Following a special report from The Dawn, which clearly established that the apprehended terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir Iman "Kasab" was indeed a resident of Pakistan, from Okara to be specific, the newspaper pens an editorial asking for its fellow citizens to work toward removing the scourge of terrorism and extremism from Pakistan. Pragoti re-publishes this edit and joins The Dawn in calling Pakistanis to work toward the effort, as much as Indians would have to work toward removing fundamentalism and right wing extremism from South Asia.
"It is worth learning this: Al-Qaeda was the biggest beneficiary of the “response” of the United States to 9/11 alongside U.S. corporations. America’s “War on Terror” produced far more terrorism in the world than there had been prior to that response." Writes P.Sainath
According to Pakistani officials, security forces over-ran a militant camp on the outskirts of Pakistani Kashmir's main city and seized the alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook Mumbai last month. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was among at least 12 people in Sunday's raid on the camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba the group reportedly responsible for the attacks. It remains unclear if Lakhvi will be extradited to India. These ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan took place amidst local Indian elections with certain Indian media stations speculating on potential Indian military action against Pakistan. Although the deputy editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan states "that there is no danger of war between India and Pakistan" he believes that "this crisis is pregnant with implications for Indo-Pak relations and the future of Pakistan." Real News Network interviews Siddharth Varadarajan on the developing situation between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Mumbai Terror Attacks.
Attack on "everyday India"
The tragic deaths of victims of the terror attack at Mumbai's busiest railway station gets scarce coverage by an elite-driven media.
Praful Bidwai argues for a multilateral approach to avert overbearing US interference. "But to adopt it, we must get out of denial and mutual recrimination", he writes in The News.
For all its claims to represent the people’s will, the Pakistan government today finds itself isolated in its apparent willingness and sincerity to cooperate with India.
Nirupama Subramanian in the Hindu.
As details emerge about who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week, the evidence points to a militant group and network of associates that can be linked to a number of intelligence agencies, including the ISI, the CIA, and MI6.Jeremy R. Hammond, writes in the Foreign Policy Journal.
India is still not out of the shadows cast by the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The barbarism of the demolition and the riots that followed has been re-enacted time and again--whether it be in the Gujarat massacre or the violence against Christians in Orissa and elsewhere or in the bomb blasts engineered by Hindutva terrorists. The RSS-BJP stands ready to reap the benefits of the failure of other ruling class parties to meet the aspirations of the people. The 2008 anniversary of the Masjid demolition is thus not just an occassion to reflect on an outrage past, but more an occassion to prepare ourselves for the threat ahead. It is a time to tackle difficult problems.
In this spirit we invite the readers of Pragoti to revisit an old article by two Left trade union activists writing about the impact on the working class of the Bombay riots that followed the Babri Masjid demolition.
We must not let '9/11' become a horrific status symbol signalling arrival into the fraternity of wounded superpowers.
Priyamvada Gopal Writes in The Guardian.