February 11, 2006

India : Caught in a pincer

Caught in a pincer

India is ringed by hostile neighbours, who hope to bleed and balkanise it.
By Gautam Sen

India is encountering a geopolitical pincer movement to corner it, prior to its eventual liquidation as a significant political entity. The principal instigator of this pincer movement is China, which has already garlanded India with a ring of hostile countries, itching to see it prostrate. The garland of thorns surrounding India begins with Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal and ends with the bleeding dagger of Pakistan already thrust deep into India’s body politic. Nepal’s unabashed participation in this campaign has been held back by India’s economic stranglehold over it, but its dominant elites are more than anxious to plunge a dagger of their own into India’s heart. Where Sri Lanka will fit into this equation barely requires much imagination, despite the apparent current honeymoon, because the Sinhalese have long harboured iridescent contempt for India.

The other arm of this pincer, threatening India’s very survival, is an array of Arab supporters of Pakistan now implanted deep inside Indian society and its polity. They apparently concur that the hiatus of British and post-colonial kafir ascendancy in India is poised to end. Sunni Islam is looking forward to the restoration of their rule in a vast swathe encompassing north and west Africa, reaching out towards the Black Sea coast and then stretching all the way eastward to obscure Chittagong port. And such is the Islamic self-confidence and influence within India itself that minor coastal Gulf statelets, with populations that would disappear in one Indian city suburb, finance and nonchalantly promote lethal bombing campaigns in its capital city. The Indian state, which could easily punish these vile Cantons militarily, utters not a whisper of protest as the evidence of their dastardly complicity piles ever higher.

Transnational ambitions of Islam and the Maoist revolt have combined to tie down the Indian state well and truly. The unfolding drama in which they are playing a pivotal role is a prelude to delivering a coup de grĂ¢ce, at an appropriate time when the Indian state is besieged and stretched. At that climacteric moment of danger, India’s self-obsessed and morally neuter elites will be susceptible to blandishments to save their own skins in exchange for all sorts of acts of national betrayal. The outcome is likely to be the surrender of sovereign territory and grants of political autonomy to seditious regions that will make the provisions of Article 370 seem excessively centripetal.

The Islamic instrument of subversion is a remarkable, but entirely predictable hold over their sub-continental co-religionists. This far-reaching influence is maintained through doctrinal and financial stranglehold over India’s Islamic clergy and institutions. The clergy itself enjoys immense sway over the faithful through mosques and madrasas. In the eloquent testimony of Tehmina Durrani, the former spouse of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s close colleague, who laid bared the private vileness of Pakistan’s ruling elites, “The multitudes might be impoverished and illiterate, but invoke the name of Islam – no matter how erroneously - and they will rally.” As a result, India’s Islamic clergy is able to brazenly announce its loyalty to the wider ummah and the imperative of establishing a caliphate in the future, where non-Muslims, according to Jamaat leaders, will be suitably deferential.

The pincer movement against India distending ominously along its borders is combined with manifold domestic dissent and policy stasis, accentuating the impulse toward implosion. The selfsame foes, sitting animatedly along its borders, assiduously sponsor a great deal of this internal political discontent within India. Characteristically, the Left parties across the country are embarked on a truly insidious campaign of criminal sabotage of their own on all fronts. They have joined hands with China and jihadi Pakistan to ensure the failure of the Indo-US accord on nuclear energy. The Iran issue in the IAEA is merely an excuse since the real goal is to advance the interests of communist China, to which Pakistan happens to be joined at the proverbial hip.

Quire revealingly, India’s erstwhile foreign minister engaged in a disgraceful subterfuge by unilaterally stopping India from co-sponsoring a resolution to institutionalise the commemoration of the Holocaust at the UN. This was a pernicious and crude play for Leftist and Islamic sympathy to protect himself from the consequences of being named in the Volcker Report. But it is not a surprise that the Left and their Islamic co-conspirators refuse to commemorate the Holocaust because anti-Semitism has become their triumphant hallmark. The self-indulgent foreign minister himself gave no thought to India’s good name and its important relationship with Israel in perpetrating this shameful act of betrayal, which also happens to be contrary to avowed government policy. Yet, he remains a member of the Union Cabinet, with the zealous support of the political Left, and the honourable prime minister does not find the situation intolerable.

Of course, rotten governance and devilish economic mismanagement are also playing a diabolical role in undermining India’s advance. The government’s overweening presence in the economy constantly politicises economic disquiet and drags it into every contentious issue. In a largely impersonal private economy the political system would be more insulated from the daily ebb and flow of economic events that affect personal destinies. Economic setbacks would not rapidly translate into collective political discontent and revolt. But the collaborationist and criminal political class only has the short-term goal of securing political power and the spoils of office, with which reform has minimal connection. Yet, it is the Left’s impact on current economic policy that is proving extraordinarily damaging to India’s future, though the Nehruvian economic legacy has contaminated political parties right across the ideological spectrum.

India is encountering a geopolitical pincer movement to corner it, prior to its eventual liquidation as a significant political entity. The principal instigator of this pincer movement is China, which has already garlanded India with a ring of hostile countries, itching to see it prostrate. The garland of thorns surrounding India begins with Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal and ends with the bleeding dagger of Pakistan already thrust deep into India's body politic. Nepal's unabashed participation in this campaign has been held back by India's economic stranglehold over it, but its dominant elites are more than anxious to plunge a dagger of their own into India's heart. Where Sri Lanka will fit into this equation barely requires much imagination, despite the apparent current honeymoon, because the Sinhalese have long harboured iridescent contempt for India...

A huge number of people have a stake in ensuring an overbearing role for the government in running the Indian economy. The government is the central platform for the destructive re-distributive struggle that has seized India, overshadowing the primary goal of productive effort. Everyone seeks a piece of the ill-gotten revenue pie and has an imaginative argument to buttress their claim. And ministerial office itself seems to mean that nothing has to ever be paid for again and every urgent necessity entails a trip abroad, preferably with one’s entire family in tow. One calculation suggests that half of India’s entire middle class is directly or indirectly dependent on the government for their incomes. Gratifyingly for them, government jobs, whether in administration, medicine, teaching and much else besides, are political rewards and very little actual work is required of the privileged few lucky enough to have them. In some leading teaching institutions in the national capital staff appear once a month only to collect their salaries.

Unsurprisingly, in such a corrupt system, much public investment is simply a circuitous route for embezzlement, since contractors, politicians and bureaucrats conspire to siphon off as much as possible. The ostensible intended work itself is the least of their concerns. The immediate damage is through direct theft, but private producers also suffer huge productivity losses because they need efficient services like transportation, energy, etc, in order to operate themselves. This is why the failure to expand employment in the organised sector is the unavoidable corollary of the mafia trade union politics of India, supported by all major political parties, which nurture their respective labour wings. This minuscule group of blackmailers and extortionists has made it extremely unattractive for prospective employers to hire labour because being held to ransom by trade unions is the norm. Only informal employment has grown in India in the past decade while employment in the formal sector has actually shrunk. But the Left is always present to ensure that the jobs of their work-shy members are protected at all costs.

The incumbent prime minister’s powerlessness in the face of rampant deceit and unashamed criminality within his own Union cabinet, with a succession of indicted ministerial colleagues forcibly ejected, is a harbinger of the shape of things to come. The writing is clearly on the wall since the functioning of most state governments has merely become a sublimated cover for illegality. In the grimly self-destructive pursuit of money and power political life in India has been reduced to unadulterated entrepreneurial activity that stops at nothing. Such is the cynical depth of this phenomenon that one sighs in silent relief when an accused legislator or parliamentarian is only alleged to be involved in kidnapping and armed robbery rather than multiple homicide.

In some regions the pretence of serving the public interest has been replaced by out-and-out criminality. A shocking calculation suggests that legislators accused of criminal activities in UP, belonging to all political parties, could form a government of their own, since they have enjoyed an absolute majority in the state assembly for some time. Not only are state legislatures and the national parliament itself teeming with felons, chief ministers of many states are also engaged in blatant criminal activity. Recently, a chief minister vitiated all precepts of justice and morality by instigating the illegal arrest of religious leaders, who define the very nature of Indian civilisation. An ally of the same state government is also ruthlessly harassing a business rival for making innocuous statements on safe sex by wilfully misusing a fully complicit judiciary.

The persistence of any public purpose in governance is not so much fortuitous as merely the final vestiges of a dwindling historic idealism. It survives by virtue of a degree of inertia, the prior dominance of the better educated and the integrity of selection procedures for higher administrative jobs, preventing outright collapse. But the arrangements barely survive. The bureaucrat, who may have once idealistically sought to further the public interest, has increasingly joined hands with his political masters to pursue corrupt enrichment. The capital city itself is in the thrall of political goons in hock to criminals, collectively engaged in a feeding frenzy of theft and extortion. The recent attempt to impugn an uncharacteristically honest municipal chief executive, who forlornly sought to inject a modicum of transparency, was launched jointly by government and Opposition legislative members. Amazingly, it went virtually unnoticed and he is now being put out to pasture.

The political class as a whole, both government and Opposition, hoodwinks the electorate by engaging in make-believe public jousts. In fact, they co-operate with each other behind the scenes against the public interest. Occasionally, an unfortunate individual may succumb in the course of such contrived displays of public divergences, but the political class usually ensures its own collective survival by looking after each other. Thus, governments in power rarely go in for the kill against the Opposition, confident that they too will receive due consideration from them when they happen to form the government. A catalogue of the mutual courtesies between political parties in recent history, while they strive to fabricate the impression of earnest and high-minded conflicts, is a salutary reminder that political entrepreneurs are not about to commit suicide by fighting each other to death. They have too much to gain by co-operating discreetly in order to secure their extremely profitable joint future robbing a credulous public.

It is also clear that ISI terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim and his associates were financing major political parties within India and businesses in various parts of the country. This gives the lie to expressions of serious intention by the Indian government in demanding Dawood’s extradition from Pakistan. In fact, one senior Maharashtra politician was seen in the company of Dawood in the VIP lounge of Mumbai’s international airport at a time when he was supposedly a fugitive from the law, accused of mass murder. But what are a few hundred dead bodies and national honour to Indian politicians and their bureaucratic co-conspirators when both can be bartered for hard cash? The lethal pincer has bitten deep indeed into the entrails of India.


Dr Gautam Sen formerly taught at the London School of Economics & Political Science
SOURCE : http://www.indiareacts.com

Soaring flight of Narendra Modi in development

Title: Soaring flight of Narendra Modi in development
Author: Arvind Joshi
Publication: “Pudhari” (Marathi Daily- Free translation)
Date: February 9, 2006

The state of Gujarat has been in limelight for the last five-six years.
Riots, devastation caused by the cyclone or the terrific loss of life
and wealth by the earthquake, on account of all these reasons, there was
a world-wide discussion over Gujarat and consequently, the Chief
Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi was constantly in the whirlpool of
criticism. Now all these debates are taking back seats. A new face of Gujarat
is coming to the front. The gallop of Gujarat on the industrial front
has now become a subject of discussion. As this gallop has been the work
of the Chief Minister Narendra Modi through his well planned efforts,
the people are also looking at him from a different viewpoint. His image
was a CM who encouraged communal riots. It is undergoing a change and
his name is being taken as an excellent administrator and a
development-oriented leader.

Influence all over the world

Gujarat and Rajasthan states are considered as industrial states.
Rajasthani and Gujarati people are famous for going to anywhere in the
entire country and launching their trade successfully there. Gujarati
persons are basically industrious. In the olden times, the name of Sheth
Shantidas was famous in this respect. Because, 350 years ago, this Sheth
used to give loans even to the Mogul emperors too. If we think that
way, Gujarati man has always been in the forefront of trade. Gujarat has
been supplying the entire country with Ground-nuts and its oil. The
industrious mindset of Gujarati people which was so far engaged in the
traditional professions has now assumed the form of liberal economy freed
from the old shackles. Its influence is now felt all over the world in
the trade world and the investors all over the world are being attracted
towards Gujarat.

Some conclusions reached after its survey by an English weekly ‘India
Toay’ about Gujarat, are very encouraging for Gujarat. According to this
survey, Narendra Modi is the best Chief Minister of all the CMs of the
country. When the opinions of many people in Gujarat were taken, 80 per
cent of those who were interviewed have confirmed that Modi was the
Chief Minister. When in the last August, a similar survey was carried out,
75 % voters had given their opinion that Modi was the best Chief
Minister. As such, Modi has not only maintained his first rank, but improved
by 5%.

According to the detailed report, in the fields of education, health,
Law and order and security, Gujarat state stands about sixth or seventh.
But the basic infra-structure for foreign investment and industries,
Gujarat stood first even then and now also it’s the first.

Administrative Skill

The reasons for this honour which has gone to Gujarat are the great
efforts taken by CM Modi. Since last some years, he has concentrated his
attention on foreign investment and increasing basic facilities. He has
harnessed all his administrative skill and is working for it. Day for
Modi starts at 6 o’clock. No file on his table remains there more than
48 hours. He shows the same diligence in following up the cases with
what diligence he disposes them. One more facet of his skill is, he is
expert in obtaining the involvement of the state’s administrative staff
in his programmes and development process. He has left no stone unturned
for attracting the foreign investors. The ‘Garaba’ of Gujarat is
famous all over the country. The fete of ‘Garaba’ or ‘Gandiya’ was also
utilized by him towards foreign investment. He had given the commercial
appearance to the Dandiya and invited a number investors and
industrialists from foreign countries. He had displayed large ads on the air
ports of London and New York.

First preference of the Investors

Narendra Modi’s invitation got a profuse response of 125 foreign
traders, 200 NRIs and 200 specially invited investors. The representatives
arriving for the Ras Dandiya festival,
had brought with them a number of proposals. During the 9-day Mahotsav,
proposals amounting to Rs.55,000 thousand crores were signed. All this
has not happened automatically. Gujarat has made progress which will
attract the investors. Industries require basic adequate facities as
peace, law and order along with power, water, land, roads, ports. Modi has
emphasized on these matters strongly.

State without power-cut:

If only the situation of power is considered, the situation in Gujarat
appears to be different. (This is a mild description. The situation and
Gujarat are vastly different. Just consider, where I am staying, we
have 11 to 14 hours power cut. ) In Maharashtra power-cut is for 11 hrs,
but Gujarat state is free of any power cut. Gujarat has 100%
electrification throughout. During the period 1998 to 2002, 5 large power
generating projects were erected. 4 more projects are under construction.
Jyoti-Gram Plan has been executed in the state. According to it, all
villages will be given three-phase power. Although this plan has not been 100%
successful, but 12,000 villages has been given such power. 17,000
villaes out of 18,000 have now built up roads and connected to the main
roads. Progress has been made towards the private investment in the
development of ports. The capacity of handling 200 lakh tonne goods in 1998,
has now reached to 825 lakh tones.

February 10, 2006

Foreigners Act to be amended, tribunals to be set up

The IMDT act was one of the most idiotic,impractical and illogical acts ever conceived and implemented by Copngrtess ! Now after the supreme court had struck it down the congress is trying other back door tricks to appease the Bangladesh Muslims for their by now familiar Vote Bank politics !!! This method is as prolonged and complicated as the IMDT act was !!!!!!!!!!!!


- By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, Feb. 10: The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs on Friday dropped earlier plans to bring in a new law to replace the Foreigners Act, ahead of the Assam Assembly elections scheduled for later this year, but decided to amend the existing law to ensure that every person got a fair hearing before being declared a foreigner.

The CCPA meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, took this decision in the in the wake of the situation created by the Supreme Court order last July striking down the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act. A Group of Ministers (GoM) had been set up to study the court's ruling and decide on further action.

Instead of bringing in the IMDT Act in another form, the GoM headed by the PM decided to utilise provisions under the Foreigners Act and set up tribunals for determination of illegal migrants.

Briefing reporters, defence minister Pranab Mukherjee said the CCPA decided that before a person is declared a foreigner under the Act, his case shall be referred to a tri-bunal. The tribunals would be set up under the Foreigners Act, he added.

The Prime Minister, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, had given an assurance during a visit to the state last month that steps would be taken to protect the legitimate interests of the minorities and that there would be no harassment of genuine citizens


Former spy master links ex-CM to ISI

[ Friday, February 10, 2006 07:22:15 pm IANS ]

NEW DELHI: A former Indian spy master Friday accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of corrupting journalists and even top Indian politicians, including a former chief minister.

"We see the ghosts of the CIA and KGB everywhere. The ISI has also made deep inroads into the media and political structure," former Intelligence Bureau joint director M.K. Dhar said at the launch of his new book "Fulcrum of Evil: ISI-CIA-Al Qaeda Nexus".

Dhar, who worked with India's internal intelligence agency for nearly three decades, however did not name the former chief minister whom he accused of working for the ISI.

Despite repeated provocations, he refused to say anything specific and took refuge in the Official Secrets Act that forbids such disclosures.

He only said his book was confined to events before 1995. "It's for you to find out," he said cryptically. "2006 is going to be a year of more upheavals as far as ISI operations are concerned."

Samata Party leader and former defence minister George Fernandes launched the book at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Dhar's first book, "Open Secrets: India's Intelligence Unveiled", published last year, created a big splash by raising questions about the propriety of former civil servants divulging government secrets.

"Like the two other major fulcrums of evil - the CIA and KGB - Pakistan has targeted sensitive segments of Indian panorama. This segment contains the most sensitive areas of Indian politics, media and opinion makers," says the book.

"Fulcrum of Evil" seeks to expose the supposed links between the ISI, CIA, Saudi intelligence and various Islamist outfits linked with Al Qaeda, besides the ISI's evolution as a primary breeder of terror and subversive activities in the region.

Dhar says he has also traced the operations of the ISI inside India and India's "intelligence encirclement" from Nepal and Bangladesh.

Fernandes said: "We have often been casual about national security. We are not able to pre-empt crises. Terrorism is spreading everywhere.

"We should be wary of those who talk like friends, but operate like enemies," he said.

Fulcrum of Evil: ISI-CIA-Al Qaeda nexus is another magnum opus from Maloy Krishna Dhar, author of best selling book Open Secrets: India’s Intelligence Unveiled. A real life intelligence operator, the author has unfolded hitherto unknown secrets, birth, growth, operations, network and tangential evolution of the International Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan from an intelligence agency to a terror-breeding tool and a fulcrum of evil. The volume incorporates details services, structural and functional characteristics of the ISI and its devastating interventions in the internal political affairs of Pakistan. The author has candidly unveiled the operational thrusts of the ISI inside India, and India’s intelligence encirclement from Nepal and Bangladesh. There are poignant focused revelations on the ISI’s successful penetration of sections of the Indian political spectrum, opinion makers and the media. The frightening picture of emergence of Bangladesh as the twin terror-breeder of Pakistan has been candidly projected. The book delves deep into the ISI’s intricate connectivity with the International Islamic Jihad movement. The book is the product of author’s long pursuit of understand the global strategic manoeuvres, attempts to change the political geography of different countries through overt and covert men’s, transcendence of territorial colonialism to economic and military hegemony and Islamic fundamentalism and jihad. The Fulcrum of Evil concept has not been borrowed from President George W. Bush’s Axis of Evil’ rhetoric. The concept is a part of civilisational evolution. In wider global context, the author has traced the intricate connectivity between the ISI, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Royal Saudi Intelligence and Al Qaeda al Sulbah; International services Intelligence’s collaboration with Pakistan’s Islamist organizations and Al Qarda in promoting terrorism in the name of jihad in India, Afghanistan, USA, UK, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Uzebekistan, Xinxiang Uyghur Autonomous region, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Southern Thailand have been succinctly portrayed. This is the first comprehensive effort to unveil the darker sides of Pakistan’s prime intelligence agency.

Price : $ 40.00

ISBN: 8170492785
Place of Publication: New Delhi
Publisher: Manas Publications
Edition: 1st ed.
Year of Publication: 2006
Physical Description: 402p., Maps; Index; 25cm.
Book Format: Hardcover
Language: English

Maloy Krishna Dhar

Maloy Krishna Dhar's career with the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) spanned nearly three decades, during which he conducted and witnessed innumerable counter-terrorism, counter-espionage and political opertions. He specialized in counterintelligence measures to meet Pakistan's overt and covert aggression and proxy war it had unleashed in the past few decades against India. After retirement he took to freelance journalism and professional writing-published two novels, Mission to Pakistan-An Intelligence Agent in Pakistan and Bitter Harvest and its Punjabi edition- 'Kadwi Fasal'. He also co-authored Pakistan After 9/11.

February 09, 2006

Letter to Congressman Thomas G Tancredo from Balochistan Human Rights

Mr Thomas G Tancredo, Congressman

1130 Longworth HOB 7th Feb 2006
Washington, DC 20515-0606

Ref: Military Operations in Balochistan

Dear Congressman Tancredo,

The silence of world on the plight of destitute innocent Baloch people is extremely disturbing.

Let us applaud you for your firm humanitarian, visionary and of leadership calibre stand on plight of Baloch victims of ongoing criminal Pakistani military operations in Balochistan by writing to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and urging her to convince President Bush to raise Washington?s concerns over the situation in Balochistan with Perviz Musharaf during his visit to Pakistan in March this year.

Rightly as it was outlined by you, the Baloch people are demanding for their equal democratic rights in Pakistan. Baloch political parties (Four Parties Alliance) worked strenuously to find a political solution for the reason that as you yourself concluded that the Pakistan Government?s move of curbing civilian resistance by force has never worked in the past, and are not likely to work now.

The situation in Balochistan is worsening by day as Gen Musharaf and his military entourage are for a military resolve only. The Army of Pakistan is deploying troops excessively armed heavily with jet-fighters, deadly weaponries and poisonous bombs in Balochistan. There is evidence that the Army of Pakistan used phosphorus bombs in its ongoing operations in Balochistan. The Army of Pakistan deployed 40,000 troops and paramilitaries in Kohlo area and 35,000 in Dera Bugti area in Balochistan - the ratio of deployment of military and other so called security forces is 1 to every 36 civilians in Balochistan (Senator Sanaullah Baloch stated recently in the Senate of Pakistan). Pakistan has announced construction of permanent military cantonment in Dera Bugti and port city of Gwadar on .02.02.2006 despite the passing of a resolution by the Balochistan Assembly against establishment of garrisons in Balochistan.

As it is stated by you ?this diversion of important military resources could be better used to hunt down the Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups?. One is bound to agree, but the key to hunt down Al-Qaeda is sincerity of Pakistan. It is revealed by news.telegraph on 29th Jan 2006 that ?Pakistan 'delay let bin Laden escape US raid?.

It also stated that ?Prevarication by the Pakistani government cost America the chance to kill Osama bin Laden in an air strike near the Afghan border two years ago, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

A CIA lead that the al-Qaeda leader was hiding in a remote province was squandered because the Pakistani government delayed giving permission for the attack on its soil, according to a senior Western diplomat. By the time US officials got the go-ahead, bin Laden had left the suspected hideout in Zhob, in the Baluchistan province of south-west Pakistan.?

Pakistani Army and establishment at its highest level especially in Inter Service Intelligence are evidently riddled with staunch defender of Al-Qaeda and religious zealots. The Carnegie Endowment in its report states that ?The budget of the Ministry of Religious Affair for the province- Balochistan is said to be approximately 1.2 billion Rupees, compared with 200 million Rupees allotted to the ministry of Education.? (Source: Page 11, Pakistan: The Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism, Carnegie Endowment, Report Number 65, Jan 2005)

Following the policies adopted by Zia Ul-Haq in the 1980s, Pakistan?s government continues through its Ministry of Religious Affairs to encourage the setting up of madrassas in the province in order to penetrate deeper into ethnic Baluch areas stubbornly opposed to the mullahs (ibid).

Baloch Nation, Baloch Resistance and Baloch Nationalism have been secular and remain to be secular despite malevolence policies of Pakistan to spread religious fundamentalism in order to annihilate Baloch nation by driving a wedge between faith and Baloch national identity. Pakistan for its actions and un-democratic system is a source of instability in the region rather than being an ally of the international community in its fight against terrorism. For instance proliferation of nuclear weapon by A. Q. Khan was carried out by knowledge and apparent approval of Pakistan Army to rogue fundamentalist state of Iran and other Islamic zealots in order to forge powerful non-tolerant fanatic version of Islamic Bloc despite the forced denial of Gen Musharaf. Pakistan as a state and its top policies makers, namely Army draw their legitimacy from fanatic version of Islam. Hence for Pakistan any departure from what is embodied in non-tolerant Islamic fundamentalism remains an illusion for foreseeable future and is simply an attempt to buy time.

Balochistan is the poorest unit of Pakistan federation despite of being the main source of Gas, Minerals to Pakistan (Source: Carnegie Endowment, No 65 of January 2006).

Pakistan has failed Balochistan since its creation due to its repressive approach to legitimate and democratic rights of Balochistan to present day. Balochistan suffered four Pakistani military onslaughts in 1948, 1958, 1963 and 1973-77 which resulted in loss of thousand Baloch lives and destruction of properties. Now the ongoing military operation accounts for the fifth one as the Pakistan lacks any just and viable strategic and cohesive policy towards Balochistan but policy of suppression and resorting to military force. Now Balochistan is a war-like region as observed and reported by Carnegie Endowment.

Sadly as this letter is being written to you, there is a report by BBC that merciless Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps are extensively engaged in bombing and killing Baloch people in Dera-Bugti and Kohlo areas of Balochistan. The people of these areas have fled due to indiscriminate shelling of rockets and air attacks by the Army of Pakistan (Source: Human Rights Commission in Pakistan).

Baloch people throughout Balochistan, Karachi, other cities in Sindh and in Europe and USA are vigorously resisting and protesting against Pakistan Army?s ongoing brutal and criminal military operations in Balochistan. Now it has become routine for the Pakistani army and security forces to kidnap and torture Baloch activists and protesters. Around 4000 of innocent Baloch have been abducted by Army and F.C (frontier corps) from different areas of Balochistan and their fate or whereabouts are still unknown (the figure was given by Pakistan?s own Interior minister Aftab Sherpao on 9th Dec 2006).

The Pakistan Frontier Corps and Army extra-judicially killed 12 innocent Baloch while in custody in Dera-Bugti in Jan 06. The merciless Army of Pakistan has been using excessive force indiscriminately in Balochistan where innocent Baloch children, women and people were killed and injured in their hundreds; their homes were reduced to rubbles in order to demoralize Baloch Resistance( HRCP confirms in its report these facts).

Balochistan Rights Watch firmly believes that conflicts of political nature are best resolved amicably through meaningful dialogue, guaranteed by international and independent bodies or states.

In order to bring an end to conflict and bloodshed in Balochistan and resolve Baloch people rights and issues once and for all as you perfectly stated a dialogue is needed between the Baloch people and the Pakistani Government. Without such an effort, there will not be an end to the bloodshed. The opposition leader of Balochistan Assembly Advocate Kachkol Ali warned on 05 Feb 2006 that conflict will not end as long as military operation continues and there will be no peace without rights.

Therefore Balochistan Rights Watch appeals for international intervention in particular for the intervention of the United States of America to help the Baloch people in their just and democratic quest and resistance for equal rights in any possible form.

To help the Baloch people it is needed to:

? Intervene on time and demand from Pakistan for an immediate halt to all its military operations in Balochistan

? Demand release of all detainees of the conflict and Baloch political activists

? Demand withdrawal of military troops from Balochistan

? Demand an end to construction of cantonments in Balochistan

? Despatch an independent international body to investigate the conflict to present recommendations and to ensure accountability for crimes committed in Balochistan

? Allow a period of calm and understanding

? Initiate a comprehensive dialogue supervised by international bodies to work-out Baloch concerns and rights based on the recommendations.

Balochistan Rights Watch appeals to you for your continued proactive role in defence of deprived Baloch people and their rights, and to urge the White House for direct intervention and for a clear and proactive role in Balochistan before the distressed Baloch people resort to a non-tolerant and fanatic version of Islam as the only mean available and open to them to seek justice out of sheer desperation. Any long-term and strategic approach and policy by international community and USA in particular requires protection of democratic rights of Baloch nation. Defending Baloch national rights is a visionary approach to the stability of the region, to the interests of Baloch people, world at large and above all to humanity.

Balochistan Rights Watch looks earnestly forward to your continued proactive role to help Baloch people.

Yours truly,

Balochistan Rights Watch

Al-Zawahiri's Pakistani Ally: Profile of Maulana Faqir Mohammed

By Sohail Abdul Nasir

Protesters upset over the January 13 U.S. airstrike in Bajaur Agency.
Maulana Faqir Mohammed was catapulted into prominence last year when his house was raided by Pakistani security agencies hunting a "high value" al-Qaeda target. In the span of seven months, a combination of public sympathy, treacherous local terrain and the intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan has raised Faqir Mohammed into a position of leadership in the Bajaur Agency. Mohammed's house was raided again on January 22 by Pakistani security forces who detained three of his relatives.

Since May 2005, Faqir Mohammed has been a wanted man on account of his links to al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives. In order to deter him from cooperating with Taliban and al-Qaeda elements, the authorities have pursued a dual-track approach. On the one hand, they are putting increasing pressure on the tribes of the region to alienate Mohammed; on the other hand, they have deployed Pakistani security forces against his followers. Mohammed's house was burnt last year on the authority of elders enacting tribal norms. On January 24, a tribal jirga that convened at Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency, decided that Faqir Mohammed should be asked—through his relatives—to surrender to law enforcement agencies and sever his association with al-Qaeda and the Taliban. If Mohammed does not abide by the decision, then in keeping with tribal norms, his house will be burnt again.

The central question revolves around Mohammed's ability to evade capture. The primary reason behind this is the region's highly distinctive administrative system, a direct legacy of British colonial rule. There is a dual administrative system in the tribal areas consisting of political agents and tribal jirga. A political agent is directly appointed by the federal government and is tasked with overseeing all administrative matters of the tribal agency. The political agent is assisted by subordinate staff and paramilitary troops. The tribal jirga is comprised of tribal elders and notables who perform the role of jury in any dispute and controversy and base their judgment on tribal norms. The recent upsurge in militancy in North Waziristan, South Waziristan and now in Bajaur is indicative of the gradual erosion of the legitimacy and effectiveness of this unique administrative system. It is unlikely, however, that this system will be fundamentally altered in the foreseeable future. Customary procedures are deeply-rooted and alternative systems are neither appealing nor practical.

Background of Maulana Faqir Mohammed

Faqir Mohammed hails from Bajaur Agency, a tribal administrative unit of Pakistan, bordering the Kunar province in Afghanistan. He was born in Chopatra, a village that is 20 kilometers away from the Afghan border. He is 37 years old, tall and well-built. He has a long black beard and sports a Taliban-style haircut and turban. Despite the fact that polygamy is a common feature of tribal society, Mohammed has only one wife.

Mohammed belongs to the powerful local Mommand tribe (not to be confused with the Mehmands of Mehmand Agency). Mohammed has a large extended family and almost everyone who is associated with him (by blood or otherwise) is in some way connected to his activities. His two sons and two first cousins, Mulvi Mohammed Karim and Mulvi John Mohammed, were staunch activists of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), or Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Laws. They went to fight jihad in Afghanistan with Maulana Sufi Mohammad. They tried to make their way home after the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, but were captured and are now languishing in Dera Ismail Khan jail in southern Pakistan.

Although Faqir Mohammed is not a chief or tribal elder, he has managed to secure a powerful support base in the region and moves relatively freely, accompanied by his personal security team. Normally he is guarded by five to eight diehard followers. When undertaking journeys on foot, Mohammed is usually accompanied by 15-20 followers and guards; when traveling by jeep their number is confined to the capacity of the vehicle. The local tribal administration does not dare arrest him and in recent years Mohammed has rarely ventured beyond Bajaur and the adjoining tribal belt.

Maulana Abdus Salam and Maulana Sufi Mohammad

Until the age of 20, Faqir Mohammed was simply known as an excellent student and was not involved in politics or militancy. In keeping with local tradition, Faqir Mohammed started his early education in a local madrassa and was taught by the prominent Maulana Abdus Salam. Abdus Salam is widely respected in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and is not considered to be involved in politics or militancy. Maulana Abdus Salam belonged to the Deobandi school of Islam, but recently adopted Salafism and has shifted his madrassa to Peshawar. Faqir Mohammed was greatly inspired by Maulana Abdus Salam and under his guidance obtained the Dars-e-Nizami, which is equal to graduation.

Faqir Mohammed also studied the Quran at Darul-Uloom Pamjpeer, which is considered as one of the most influential religious schools in central Peshawar valley. It has no political or militant affiliations and is well known for its monotheist-oriented religious curriculum. It was the Salafi strands of Maulana Abdus Salam and the teachings at Pamjpeer that impressed Faqir Mohammed the most and eventually led to his embrace of the "Arab" Afghans.

Maulana Sufi Mohammad was Faqir Mohammed's first jihadi mentor who introduced him to militancy in Afghanistan in 1993. Sufi Mohammad was one of the active leaders of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) in the 1980s. He was the principal of the JI madrassa in Tamaergra, a town in the northwestern part of NWFP. He was an instinctive hardliner and in due course developed differences with JI and left them in 1992 to form TNSM. Faqir Mohammed was introduced to Maulana Sufi Mohammad in 1993 when he was 22.

One of the main objectives of TNSM was to enforce Islamic laws through the use of force if necessary. The Afghan Taliban subsequently used TNSM methods to enforce Shari'a in their own country. It was this ideological and methodological affinity that led many TNSM activists (including Faqir Mohammed) to wholeheartedly embrace the Taliban.

Faqir Mohammed continued to fight in Afghanistan until the fall of the Taliban in late 2001. According to reliable sources, Faqir Mohammed mainly fought in the Bagram front (north of Kabul) and areas bordering the Panjshir valley. He mostly stayed in the Afghan province of Kunar and, by virtue of his Arabic language skills, quickly developed a rapport with Arab mujahideen. Faqir Mohammed never enjoyed a special position among the Taliban and merely fought as a volunteer. It was this modesty, coupled with Mohammed's status as a trained religious scholar, that significantly boosted his prestige and credibility (this information was derived from an interview with Molvi Hakim Khan, a former TNSM activist in NWFP). Faqir Mohammed was considered a brave fighter and an expert at guerrilla warfare. He is proficient in using all small arms, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft weapons.

After the downfall of the Taliban, Mohammed's native knowledge of the tribal Pakistani regions adjacent to Afghanistan, his status and influence in the region and his ideological commitment to international Islamic militancy proved invaluable to al-Qaeda operatives and other radical elements. Security agencies believe that his house in Chopatra village has been used as a winter headquarters by al-Qaeda, which prompted them to raid it in May 2005. Faqir Mohammed is a key facilitator for al-Qaeda and Taliban activities in this mountainous region, and security sources maintain that Mohammed is financially rewarded by the militants for providing logistical facilities and shelter.

For his part, Faqir Mohammed strongly denies any presence of al-Qaeda or Taliban leadership in the area and says, "According to Pashtun tradition we will definitely exact revenge on America. Ayman al-Zawahiri never came here but if he wanted to come, we will welcome him, and it will be a great pleasure for us to be his host" (Daily Jang, January 23). President Pervez Musharraf, however, is insistent that "al-Qaeda fighters were probably killed in a suspected CIA air strike that killed 18 civilians in Bajaur Agency earlier this month…now that we have started investigating the reality on the ground, yes we have found that there are foreigners there, that is for sure" (The Nation, January 25).

It is noteworthy that JI is politically influential in the area; its only deputy member in the National Assembly (Sabzada Haroon-u-Rashid) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas is from Bajaur Agency. Notwithstanding the influence of JI, the masses are staunch followers of the Taliban, not least because of strong feelings of Pashtun ethnic kinship and the proximity of the region to Afghanistan (Mashriq, July 26, 2004).

February 08, 2006

BALOCHISTAN : Dire Prophecies

Dire Prophecies


In 1992, an analyst predicted that Balochistan could become the third richest oil-producing country after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The clock is ticking and the Musharraf regime must move swiftly for a political situation, where the strong are just and the weak secure....


Almost prophetically, over 14 years ago, Abul Maali Syed, evolving scenarios for Pakistan in the year 2006, predicted, in his book The Twin Era of Pakistan: Democracy and Dictatorship (New York: Vantage Press, 1992):

Who would have believed that Balochistan, once the least populated and poorest province of unified Pakistan, would become independent and the third richest oil-producing country after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait? Who would have thought that this vast terrain was impregnated with vast reservoirs of oil and gas? The development in Balochistan was neglected and whenever a tribal chief spoke about the plight of their people, the Pakistan government shoved the barrel of a gun at him and silenced him. Today, having lost East Pakistan, Balochistan, Sindh, and part of Seraiki belt, Pakistan is still entangled with Pakhtoon tribes on her northern border and is no more in a strong position to hold on to the Pakhtoon area much longer.

While this scenario is still far from realization, a cursory glance at Balochistan in 2006 clearly shows that the situation in this strategically important and largest province of Pakistan is following an ominous trajectory, with Baloch nationalist violence escalating into what could soon become a major insurgency. The law and order situation in Pakistan’s resource-rich but poorest Balochistan province continues to spin out of the government’s control amidst a massive military operation being carried out against the rebel Baloch nationalists, who, as yet, are just demanding greater political autonomy and a bigger share of revenues from their huge gas reserves and other natural resources.

Balochistan has been in the news for over a year now because of frequent clashes between armed Baloch nationalists and the Pakistan Army, which have already led to a massive military operation in parts of the province that are under the influence of the Bugti and Marri tribes. The government says that local tribal chiefs and the nationalists are responsible for ‘creating a law and order situation’ because they are opposed to development in the province. The tribal chiefs and nationalists, however, complain that they are constantly being denied their due share of the income from huge gas coffers and that they have been excluded from both the development as well as the political process to the advantage of the Pakistan Army which is using development to extend its presence and influence in the province.

The current operations in the Marri and the Bugti areas started after President General Musharraf’s visit to Kohlu, the administrative headquarters of the Marri tribal area, on December 15, 2005. On his arrival, eight rockets slammed into a Frontier Constabulary (FC) camp on the outskirts of Kohlu. The following day, the Director General and the Inspector General of the FC were injured in firing while surveying the area. The FC, backed by regular troops stationed in the Sui area, launched a massive operation against ‘miscreants’ in both the Marri and Bugti areas. The military as well as the government continues to emphasise that no military operations are underway, and only the paramilitary FC is engaged in rooting out miscreants. Both Balochistan Governor Owais Ghani and Chief Minister Jam Yousuf have stated that 1,000-2,000 fararis (rebels) are holed up in camps that are being targeted by the security forces. They have tried to allay fears regarding civilian casualties stating that no civilians are to be found in the vicinity of the farari camps.

Since the areas under siege have been sealed off by the troops, the only sources of information on the situation are official spokesmen or Baloch nationalist leaders. Irrespective of whether one chooses to take on board all that both the sides are saying, it is undeniable that a major conflagration is in progress. The latest reports of Kohlu being deprived of power by the blowing up of electricity pylons, as well as rocket and bomb attacks in Sibi, Harnai, Naushki and Turbat, suggest that the fire is spreading to new areas in the province. The security forces may claim to be confining themselves to targeting the farari camps, but in aerial strafing and bombing, avoiding collateral civilian casualties is beyond the scope of even the most sophisticated armies. While the fighting rages and spreads in Balochistan, voices of concern from other parts of the country are steadily getting louder.

The opposition parties in Pakistan have criticized ongoing operations, demanding an immediate halt and the initiation of negotiations with the Baloch leadership. The Nawaz Sharif-led Muslim League and the Benazir Bhutto-led People’s Party and the Jamaat-e-Islami, led by Qazi Hussain Ahmad, have all condemned the military operations in Balochistan, in the process delivering dire warnings of the dangers of trying to resolve essentially political problems through the use of force. In a joint resolution adopted by the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) at its emergent meeting in Islamabad in the last week of January 2006, the opposition parties demanded that the government call off the Balochistan operation, dust off the parliamentary committee reports on the Balochistan issue, and try to re-engage the Baloch leadership with the weapon of negotiations rather than the language of weapons.

An adamant Musharraf, however, insists that those resisting the military operation in Balochistan were ‘foreign agents’ who are opposed to development in the province and would have to be dealt with an iron hand. Consequently, as things stand, the fifth civil-military war in Balochistan since independence in 1947 has escalated to a worrying degree. The sputtering insurgency led by the Baloch nationalists is fast being transformed into an all-out internal war between the forces of the Centre backed by the Punjab-dominated military establishment and the Baloch people.

Taking notice of the Balochistan imbroglio, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Asma Jahangir, led a fact finding mission to Balochistan in January 2006 to collect first hand information and to verify the flood of reports being received by the Commission about the use of heavy weaponry against the Baloch nationalists by the Pakistan Army and the scale of armed conflict in parts of Balochistan. Giving a first hand account of the actual happenings in Balochistan, Jahangir told this writer that the ongoing militarization of the province in the name of development had provoked the current crisis. "The people of Balochistan believe that the real motive behind the setting up of new cantonments in the province was to completely take over their natural resources, particularly in Kohlu and Dera Bugti."

Commenting on the government’s repeated denials of having launched a military operation and its claims that it was only trying to deal with a law and order situation in Balochistan where a ‘few miscreants’ were involved, Jahangir stated: "However, our findings are very different. Having visited the troubled areas of the province, particularly Dera Bugti and Kohlu, we found evidence of a full-fledged military operation being carried out.

The Army is also involved in the operations because there have been helicopters flying over, there has been aerial firing and in some places also bombardment. The disproportionate use of force, mass arrests of civilians and the lack of accountability of state agencies amount to a grotesque violation of the most basic rights of citizens." Jahangir also disclosed that, since just December 31, 2005, the military operation inflicted at least 50 civilian fatalities, including women and children, besides causing injuries to dozens. She said the local population had been subjected to indiscriminate bombing and the dead even included some Hindus, many of whom had been forced to leave their homes due to the fighting.

The chief of the Bugti tribe, Nawab Akbar Bugti, however, insists that the military operation jointly being carried out by the Army and the Air Force since December 15, 2005, had killed over 300 people, mostly women and children. The Baloch leader added further that over 50,000 regular Army troops are currently deployed in Balochistan, in addition to over 30,000 personnel of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC). The latest phase of violence has taken a serious turn because the military operation has been extended beyond the Kohlu area. Though official circles are emphasising that military action is limited to the dissidents’ camps and the tribesmen attacking government installations or the troops, unofficial and independent sources talk of the brutal impact on ordinary people who have been forced to migrate to other areas. The information on military operations being provided by the Army’s spokesman is not corroborated by independent news sources.

The stepping up of military activity in Balochistan appears to herald the collapse of the peace process that was initiated by the government last year, which was meant to push for a political solution. Despite the fact that the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Balochistan constituted by the centre had already submitted its recommendations to the government in June 2005, no step has been taken towards their implementation. The Committee had made sweeping proposals for enhancement of gas royalties to the Province and clearance of arrears, amendments to the Concurrent List, changes in the National Finance Commission Award, provincial autonomy, and the development of gas-rich areas. Unfortunately, however, the political negotiations track is dead, and the only dialogue being conducted in Balochistan is the dialogue of opposing firepower. Where that will lead can only make one shudder.

Most political observers in Pakistan disagree with the commando-style handling of the Balochistan situation by Musharraf and fear that the use of brute force may inflame the state of affairs and the localised insurgency could escalate into a major security nightmare for the General, who comes from the Special Service Group (SSG) of the Army. The Baloch nationalists are clearly gaining support against a military dictator who they accuse of exploiting their rich natural resources without providing benefits to the Baloch population. As a matter of fact, the ‘armed terrorists’ in Balochistan, Musharraf often refers to, are not foreigners but Pakistani citizens. Observers say they may well be highly unpatriotic, even treasonous, yet they are still to be accorded the rights due to any other Pakistani citizen. They argue that the mistake made by the establishment in East Pakistan is now being repeated in Balochistan.

The matter of solving the Balochistan dispute is no more about settling a single problem, such as the exploitation of the province’s natural resources, the setting up of new cantonments, or the continuing hostility and tension surrounding the natural gas reserves.The matter is fundamentally about Pakistan’s basic political direction, whether or not the country is to become a stable and prospectively progressive state. If this is, in fact, the case, the only way to deal with the problem is to give the people of Balochistan the rights that have been denied to them. The use of brute force will only cause further alienation, leaving them with no option but to fight for their genuine economic and political rights. The clock is ticking and the Musharraf regime must move swiftly for a political situation, where the strong are just and the weak secure.

Amir Mir is Senior Pakistani journalist affiliated with Pakistani Monthly Newsline and Dubai-based Daily Gulf News. Courtesy, the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Revealed: ISI's Operation Andhra

Author: George Iype

Publication: Rediff.com
Date: February 1, 2006


The recent arrest of a suspected Laskhar-e-Tayiba operative from Nalgonda in connection with the terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore holds a lesson for the country: That Andhra Pradesh is fast becoming jihad's production factory.

But just how deep is the problem? And why do terror touts find easy prey in the south Indian state?

The concluding part of an investigation by Rediff India Abroad Managing Editor George Iype.

Intelligence agents who have tracked the operations of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence say since the ISI has been involved in establishing Andhra Pradesh, and Hyderabad, the hub of its activities in south India, since the late 1980s.

According to security officials, the ISI has today a considerable base in and around Hyderabad.

'The thrust, subversive activities and secessionist plans of the ISI are of grave concern and great threat to the state's security,' said a document that the Intelligence Bureau's Andhra Pradesh wing prepared three years ago.

The ISI kingpin in Andhra Pradesh, Azam Ghauri, was killed in a police encounter in Jagityal town in Karimnagar district in April 2000.

The most active terrorist group recruiting young men from towns like Nalgonda is the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the ISI-aided urban warfare outfit operating mainly in the Kashmir valley.

The police say Lashkar leader Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed recruited the Warangal-born Ghauri in 1990. In messages to several Muslim fundamentalist organisations in the country, Sayeed had proclaimed that Lashkar's priorities were 'the liberation of Kashmir and Hyderabad.'

After being trained at the Lashkar headquarters in Pakistan and with the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, Ghauri returned to Andhra Pradesh in 1993 and conducted terrorist strikes across southern India. He subsequently floated the Indian Muslim Mohammadi Mujahideen, that claimed to be the Lashkar's sister outfit.

The police estimate that Ghauri recruited more than 200 youth from across Andhra Pradesh. "The masterminds of the Bangalore IISc attack could have been part of this group," says a police officer.

He says young men from towns like Nalgonda have been trained at various Lashkar camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. They then formed different terror groups and conducted some 60 attacks in Hyderabad and across Andhra Pradesh in recent years like:

* The first ISI killing masterminded by Ghauri was in 1992, when G Krishna Prasad, an additional superintendent of police, was killed in Hyderabad.

* In 1993, four ISI agents killed two Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists, Nandaraj Gaud and Pappaya Gaud, who had participated in the kar seva in Ayodhya that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, in December 1992.

* In 1994, terror operatives led by Dr Jalees Ansari, a native of Mumbai, planted bombs inside the Madina Education Centre, on the Andhra Pradesh Express and the Secunderabad railway reservation complex.

* In November 1999, terrorists killed Devender Sharma, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker.

* In 2000, the terror outfits executed Mahavir Prasad, a Hyderabadi jeweller, who had sparked off a furore in 1997 when he ordered his staff to search a burkha-clad Muslim woman who he wrongly accused of shoplifting.

* Three Nalgonda youth were allegedly involved in the sensational killing of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in an Ahmedabad park in March 2003, in retaliation for the 2002 Gujarat riots.

* The Deendar Anjuman module, which blew up places of worship in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, too had a Nalgonda link. Of the 40-odd accused, seven hailed from Nalgonda.

The police shot Ghauri dead in April 2000, but the men he trained are still at large.

In the early 1990s, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba also trained a man named Salauddin from Nalgonda and to groom youth from the area in subversive activities. The police is said to have either arrested or killed several youth who Salauddin had trained.

S A Khan, a teacher in Nalgonda, says several student organisations in the area have been established to foment trouble. "I always tell everyone let us not spread trouble, but instead work for the progress of Andhra Pradesh. Largely, people here are nice, through they are poor. A few dozen people have brought us a bad name," he says.

Khan says Nalgonda's biggest communal problem occurred in 1990, after riots in Hyderabad claimed over a hundred lives. The shilanyas programme then undertaken by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party turned Nalgonda into a beehive of communal activity.

The police say the backwardness of districts like Nalgonda is a breeding ground for terrorists. "We have come across at least a dozen terrorist modules across Andhra Pradesh," says a police officer. "Of which, six are from Nalgonda."

Rural riots and denial in China

The American Thinker, February 9

Our contributor Brian Schwarz highlights in his blog China Challenges the deep denial of Chinese authorities about the escalating domestic unrest they face.

Last month, Beijing reported that the number of disturbances to public order rose 6.6 per cent last year to 87,000. According to the SCMP, it seems some officials are still in deep denial over the massive problems in the countryside. Vivian Cui writes:

Mainland police have played down the growing wave of social unrest sweeping the country, describing it as a phase common to fast-growing economies worldwide. Ministry of Public Security spokesman Wu Heping said in Beijing yesterday that the rural riot was “a concept that does not exist”.

“In the phase [of fast economic development], the interests, relations and positions of different parts [of society] are undergoing adjustment. In the process of adjusting, there will accordingly be an increase in [the number of] common people who, in order to defend their own interests, express their pleas to government and relevant departments through various channels,” Mr Wu said.

Somehow I must have missed the wave of riots which accompanied Japan’s period of rapid economic growth in the 1960s. Sure, there were demonstrations over political issues and student issues, but nothing comparable to the violent unrest roiling China.

Thomas Lifson 2 08 06

Encore information technology and communications program of US : $13 Billion

Vendors are enthusiastic over prospects for DISA’s $13 billion IT and telecommunications vehicle.

By Peter A. Buxbaum

Vendors have responded with enthusiasm to the release by the Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) late last year of a request for proposal (RFP) for a new and greatly expanded version of the Encore information technology and communications program.

There were a number of reasons for the excitement. Vendors universally describe Encore as a popular program that attracts government customers and provides significant revenues to the contractors. Significantly, the new 10-year program will be outfitted with a $13 billion spending ceiling, considerably higher than the original $2 billion attached to the original program and higher also than anticipated by many for this program.

The government’s RFP also includes relaxed requirements and set-asides for several categories of small businesses.

Encore II, as its name suggests, is a follow-on to the original Encore, a broad program that provides the Department of Defense, its constituent services and agencies, as well as civilian agencies, with an array of information technology and communications needs. Initiated in 2001 as a $2 billion program, the Pentagon raised Encore’s ceiling over the summer of 2005 by an extra $500 million in order to accommodate customer demands and to carry the program through to March 2006, when the Encore II contracts are expected to kick in.

The dramatically higher ceiling for Encore II represents an acknowledgement of the value provided agencies by its predecessor program, observers say.

The Encore II RFP emphasizes the Pentagon’s strategy of promoting network-centric operations, with migration to an integrated and interoperable Global Information Grid and the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (Ipv6), in the spotlight. Encore II is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract against which agency customers will place time-and-materials, labor-hour, firm fixed price and cost-reimbursement types of task orders. The $13 billion ceiling applies to a five-year base period and to five additional one-year option periods.

Task Areas

DISA officials anticipate awarding multiple contracts in two categories: full and open competition awards and set-aside awards for small businesses. In the small business category, the government intends to award one contract each to a women-owned small business, a service-disabled-veteran-owned small business, and a HubZone small business. In all, six regular and five small business contracts are anticipated.

The RFP is structured along 20 different task areas, nine more than appeared under Encore I. Bidders in the full and open competition must demonstrate competencies in all 20 areas, while small business offerers must bid on only eight areas from among task areas 1 through 17 and 20. The two task areas not covered, 18 and 19, are for hardware and software procurement.

“The RFP says that DISA will read proposals only for the first eight task areas proposed by small businesses,” noted George Kolesar, senior vice president of TranTech, a woman-owned small business that is an Encore incumbent contractor and Encore II bidder. “This makes it easier for smaller businesses that don’t have the resources of the big guys. We’ll be able to focus on the core competencies where we are strongest. That is a nice feature and we appreciate that the contracting organization has made it easier to become a winner on the Encore II program.”

Bidders found a number of other significant elements in the Encore II RFP. “The $13 billion ceiling is pretty noteworthy,” said Kolesar. “It’s a higher ceiling than anyone had discussed up until this time.”

Willie Callahan, Encore manager at Lockheed Martin Information Technology, was also impressed by the enhanced monetary ceiling. “The $13 billion was higher than what industry had anticipated,” he said. “It allows room for various agencies to use the services included in this vehicle and not run into a ceiling problem. The ceiling allows continued support from vendors to provide services to the government.”

Callahan said the RFP was consistent with earlier drafts that had been circulated, with one important exception: the expansion of the number of task areas from 11 to 20. That feature will “allow agencies to procure services that encompass all phases of net-centric solutions, he said, adding that it will also allow bidders like Lockheed Martin to provide a broader array of services to agencies and for agencies to “expand the scope of services they able to procure and still be within the scope” of the program.

Expanding on the same theme, Ed Newton, Encore manager at Northrop Grumman Information Services, added that DISA put a greater emphasis on net-centricity in the Encore II RFP than it did in its predecessor program. The agency “made a point of stating that the contract is not intended for standalone hardware purchases,” he explained. “There are other vehicles available to customers for hardware. DISA is looking for vendors to provide solutions, and that is spelled out more clearly in this RFP.

“In the past,” Newton added, “there were some tasks awarded under Encore that supported the net-centric philosophy of DoD, but now the military is looking specifically to this vehicle as a means of implementing the various aspects of net-centric philosophy and architecture.”

As for the expansion of the number of task orders, Newton noted that they are focused on telecommunications engineering, architecture and support. “I believe that is a way of focusing attention more on the communications side of Encore’s activities.

“They did a better job of defining the full breadth of telecommunications engineering support required,” Newton added. “These requirements, as well as the asset management task area, probably would have been gray area in the current Encore contract. Now, they are specifically called out in Encore II.”

Kolesar agreed with Newton that the 20 task areas outlined in the Encore II RFP make the program’s requirements clearer. “Under Encore I, you could probably buy just about anything you can under Encore II,” he said, “but you had to read between the lines. Now the requirements have been made explicit”

In area of telecommunications support, for example, the RFP provides “a very thorough description” of requirements, Kolesar said. “In the past, customers thought of Encore as a software development contract. Now, they’re going to realize that the contract provides a forum for one-stop shopping for a variety of hardware and software as well as the gamut of support and consulting services. This will make the program that much more appealing to customers and will also encourage vendor teaming. Bidders are going to have to partner with other companies that complement their competencies in different areas. I believe the government is going to receive an enormous number of proposals.”

Another interesting departure from Encore I, for Kolesar, is the fact that DISA intends to award contracts to six large vendors in the full and open competition, down from nine in the earlier Encore program. “The interpretation is that they believe the contract winners will form teams large enough to take care of customers’ needs,” he said. “They purposely kept the numbers modest in order to encourage the formation of larger teams. As a woman-owned small business, we are hopeful our bid will be viewed favorably within that special area of interest.”

One-Stop Shopping

What made the original Encore such a popular program? “DISA has done a good job in providing a contract vehicle that allows customers to come up with a complete solution in one contract instead of splitting their requirements across multiple contracts,” said Newton. “The all-encompassing nature of the program contributed to its popularity because users can get a compete solution in one place.”

Vendors also praise DISA’s contracting processes and personnel. “Our experience has been great with Encore,” said Lockheed Martin’s Callahan. “We think DISA has a top-notch contracting shop. They have a streamlined process for procurement and solicitation and they provide meaningful and timely interaction with vendors. We have provided an array of services to a variety of customers under Encore I and we are optimistic that the same experience will continue for us under Encore II.”

“I believe that the overriding reason why Encore is popular is because the contracts people they have over there at DITCO [the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, a DISA unit] take a customer-oriented approach as representatives of the government,” Newton said. “They respond to customer needs and help them get the solution that satisfies their requirements fast.”

The contracting agency does not make vendors or customers “jump through hoops,” Kolesar said. “At first, the Encore contract was not well known to the general population of end users. But once it became known, it became popular because of the broad scope of services and solutions that met the requirements of what federal agencies might need.”

It was this popularity that eventually led to the raising of the Encore I spending ceiling and to the use of the program by civilian agencies such as the Department of State and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The original Encore has been “a very important part of TranTech’s business,” Kolesar added. “TranTech won 39 task orders worth roughly $35 million in business under Encore I. It has given us the opportunity to win Defense Department business, to develop a roster of happy customers, and to expand. For a company of our size, that has been very good news for us.”

TranTech’s 39 task orders have included a “variety tech services,” Kolesar said, including software development and systems integration.

TranTech’s biggest task order under Encore I involved producing a solution for the Armed Forces Information Service (AFIS), within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. “We beat out some big systems integrators to get that job,” Kolesar said.

The system developed by TranTech allows the AFIS to store, search and retrieve unclassified images and video. TranTech also received an Encore task order to develop software for the Naval Air Systems Command in Jacksonville, Fla.

One of Northrop Grumman’s most significant Encore task orders involved providing information assurance and telecommunications engineering requirements for U.S. forces in Iraq. “We have a number of civilian employees in Iraq right now supporting some local communications infrastructure and information assurance projects for combat units as well as headquarters elements,” said Newton. “Several security agencies have also issued us task orders to support some classified information processes.”

In all, Northrop Grumman has been awarded Encore task orders from numerous defense agencies, from all of the military services, and from a number of civilian agencies, including the Department of State.

GSA Schedules

If there is any downside to the Encore program, say analysts, it is that its popularity may be eroding the level of business conducted through General Services Administration (GSA) schedules, thus harming those contractors that have focused their government marketing through those vehicles.

“Encore is just another example of how things are moving away from GSA schedules,” said Trey Hodgkins, director of defense programs at the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), a Washington-based trade group. “The status of the Encore program contrasts with the picture at GSA. At GSA, reorganization, the absence of an administrator and the morale problems they are having have provoked deep concern among industry and have created conditions that has forced people to take their business elsewhere.”

While Hodgkins sees cause for optimism in GSA’s revitalization, he also foresees the inevitable growing pains that will come along with that. He expects a great deal of interest in Encore II among ITAA members and that they will “go where the business goes.”

GSA’s Federal Technology Service is currently developing the governmentwide Alliant and Alliant Small Business IT services contracts, which will have a combined ceiling of $65 billion, as well as the Networx telecommunications program, with an expected value of about $20 billion. (MIT, Volume 9, Issue 10, page 21.)

Kolesar noted that TranTech attracts a variety of business with its three GSA schedules, covering information technology, networking services and business services. He commented that some GSA and DISA schedules overlap and suggested that “there is some value at taking a look at contracts available across the federal government to see what is duplicative and determine whether they are really necessary.”

Encore II Task Areas
• Task Area 1: Enterprise IT Policy and Planning

Provides support with planning, engineering, fielding and operating IT systems and resources, including the review, analysis and coordination of processes, policy, doctrine, directives, regulations and implementation.

• Task Area 2: Integrated Solutions Management

Research, analysis and recommendation of integration issues and approaches.

• Task Area 3: Performance Benchmarking

Analysis of current and emerging technologies, infrastructures and systems to develop benchmarking tools and methods for integration.

• Task Area 4: Business Process


Devising approaches for improving organizational performance by implementing new or revised business or functional processes, with an eye toward the integration required at the levels of the agency, enterprise and Global Information Grid (GIG).

• Task Area 5: Requirements Analysis

Developing, installing and testing applications and databases to ascertain optimal cross-functional solutions for network operations, management and defense.

• Task Area 6: Market Research

and Prototyping

Preventing premature systems obsolescence with research into current market conditions and providing the gamut of prototype lifecycle management services.

• Task Area 7: Information

and Knowledge Engineering

Developing cross-functional information flows, common data elements and shared databases in support of the GIG and for law enforcement and counterintelligence activities.

• Task Area 8: Custom Application Development

Modifying legacy applications with COTS or main-line commercial products.

• Task Area 9: Product Integration Reduction in the level of legacy systems and migration of legacy information systems, databases and infrastructure to an integrated environment.

• Task Area 10: Test and Evaluation Testing and evaluation of IT systems, including prototype systems and services.

• Task Area 11: Asset Management Controlling the life-cycle, from procurement to retirement, of applications, license agreements, IT systems, hardware and video teleconferencing equipment, including inventory tracking and contract management

• Task Area 12: Communications Engineering

Network design and performance evaluation, specifically geared toward Internet Protocol convergence and the integration of voice, data and video communications.

• Task Area 13: Security Engineering

Certification and Accreditation Developing, implementing and evaluating the gamut of network and application security systems and providing associated services.

• Task Area 14: Telecommunications Support

Providing, among other things, on-line data processing, on-line database storage and retrieval, electronic data interchange, e-mail, voice mail and integrated user directory services.

• Task Area 15: Computer-Telephony Integration

Computerization of call center services, including the ability to use PCs to initiate and manage telephone calls.

• Task Area 16: Web Services

Design, development and maintenance of Web services that provide components for service oriented architectures and enhanced network visibility and defense.

• Task Area 17: Operations Support Developing and installing migration applications.

• Task Area 18: Hardware

Providing the gamut of computers, peripherals and networking hardware.

• Task Area 19: Software

Providing applications, operating systems, licenses and integration components.

• Task Area 20: Managed Services Providing complete solutions—including facilities, hardware, software, network connectivity and labor—for a variety of IT-related services, including application maintenance, network support, performance monitoring, system backup and recovery, database management, help desk operations and information security.

US Airforce Personnel attend FBI training program

2/7/2006 - POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- Explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, technicians from nearby Hickam Air Force Base are attending FBI training here. The 79th large vehicle bomb post blast investigator’s course teaches attendees how to increase their ability to respond, investigate and collect evidence.

Four FBI instructors and a cadre of Army EOD technicians use a combination of classroom instruction and range work. There are classes on explosive physics, contamination issues, residue analysis, managing a bomb scene, equipment preparation and the importance of forensics.

With two days of classroom instruction and two days of practical scenarios, the students are kept busy. They practice their skills from the classroom out on the range.

The FBI set up four vehicles loaded with artillery shells and blew them up to bring realistic training to the scenarios learned from Afghanistan and Iraq.

But these scenarios could very well be played out in the Pacific Command region and involve EOD personnel from Hickam.

“Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh -- they are having their own near insurgencies right now. The devices are just as dangerous and they’re killing just as many people. So it’s very important to have this training (in this area),” said Special Agent Kevin Miles, lead instructor from the FBI.

“They are teaching us a lot about preserving evidence. If you don’t know how to use your equipment how can you record it properly?” said Airman 1st Class Kent Perkins, an EOD technician from Hickam AFB.

“I can’t stress enough how important training is,” Airman Perkins said. “No two incidents are going to be alike. You have to be trained. You have to know what to look for.”

Air Warfare Battlelab: Turning ideas into reality

by Staff Sgt. Chawntain Sloan
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

2/7/2006 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFPN) -- They aren’t mad scientists who wear lab coats and pocket protectors, and their expertise extends far beyond the confines of their think tanks. They were chosen because they’re the Air Force’s most innovative thinkers, and they’re turning ideas into operational force enhancers all over the world.

The Air Warfare Battlelab is one of seven that has been paving the road for a leaner and more lethal Air Force since 1997.

Each battlelab is specialized, but they all have the same goal in mind -- to develop an idea into something the warfighter can use to do their job better, said Lt. Col. Mark Koopman, deputy commander of the battlelab.

“(Our battlelab) looks for innovative ways to improve expeditionary operations, from initial deployment through employment and sustainment at the (area of responsibility) to redeployment back home. That is essentially our mission,” the colonel said.

While some of their unique concepts originate from within the network of officers and enlisted Airmen from more than 25 different career fields, the majority come from their biggest source of inspiration -- you.

“People need to realize we are here for them,” said Tech Sgt. Brian Humphrey, aircraft maintenance systems project officer. “If they have a need or know of some sort of solution out there, we want to know about it.”

Whether it’s coming from the boardroom or the flightline, the battlelab relies on input from both the military and civilian sectors.

“At least every 10 months to two years, we visit all (major command) headquarters, and take a contingent of people from all the battlelabs to meet with the functional managers who know best about what is going on and what is needed the most,” Colonel Koopman said. “We also go to maintenance symposiums all over the world to get the most cutting edge and up-to-date information from contractors and the bluesuiters that may attend those.”

Their best feedback comes straight from the horse’s mouth.

“The warfighters can have the smallest ideas or the simplest needs, and there are so many ways we can meet those needs,” said Sergeant Humphrey, who spent 16 years as an F-16 crew chief. “I couldn’t do my job without getting input from the flightline and maintenance units.”

Once they have gathered their ideas, the professionals approach the most difficult part of their job -- sorting through and deciding which ones have merit.

“We take the ideas that were submitted and the reasons why. We definitely take a personal view of everything and look at it, but it has to make a big impact and meet expeditionary needs,” Colonel Koopman said. “Every idea that comes to us, we consider, but there’s a finite number of people and money that we have to work ideas.”

When an idea shows promise, it is upgraded to an initiative for approval and funding. Of the more than 470 initiatives the battlelab has reviewed so far, about 40 have either fully or partially changed the lives of warfighters. Business is not due to slow down any time soon.

The battlelab is currently working 20 initiatives that have been approved for funding and three draft initiatives that are in the approval process, Colonel Koopman said.

The Airmen work as a team to get an idea from concept to development in 18 months.

“I am the lead on three projects and a team member on four others,” Sergeant Humphrey said. “Even though I am not a team lead on all those projects, it helps to have a good working relationship with the rest of the people on your team because the initiative doesn’t stop if I go on leave. It doesn’t stop if I go (on a temporary duty assignment) for another initiative. I have to constantly be working on those initiatives and relying on the other team members to help me out.”

Despite the hectic schedule, the impact one idea can have on their clients is enough to keep them going.

“My biggest reward has been knowing that I can take an idea from the concept stage to development and find a need for it out there in the warfighters -- the guys whose boots are on the flightline, the guys who are deploying to the desert -- and I can give them this widget that is going to improve their warfighting capabilities in about 18 months,” Sergeant Humphrey said. “I know I am making a difference for them.”

To submit an idea, visit Click.

February 07, 2006

Balochs allege use of chemical weapons by Pakistan in Baluchistan

Balochs allege use of chemical weapons by Pakistan in Baluchistan

By Priscilla Huff, Washington: A Washington-based leader of Pakistan’s troubled Baluchistan province, where right’s groups have accused President Pervez Musharraf’s military-led government of “gross human rights violations”, said the regime was now resorting to the use of chemical weapons on innocent locals.

Dr. Wahid Baloch, an activist of the Baloch Society of North America based in Washington, alleged that the Pakistani army was continuing with its attacks on the innocent residents of the province.

“There is a full-fledged military operation going on right now as we speak. Thousands of military and paramilitary troops invaded Baluchistan with the help of armored vehicles and heavy artilleries, gunship helicopters and other sophisticated weapons. Arms and ammunitions they are all being used. General Musharraf has once again let the Pakistani army loose to refresh again the atrocities of East Pakistan of 1971. There are reports, including the use of napalm, and other chemical poisons being used in this military operation against the Baloch civilians,” he said.

Baloch said they have photographs that indicate that chemical weapons of some sort have been used in their province.

Meanwhile, tribal militants blew up a gas pipeline in Pakistan’s troubled southwest today, cutting off supplies to a U.S.- and British-owned power plant for the fourth time in a month.

Baluchistan has seen a surge in violence since December and 21 people died at the weekend alone including 13 in a bus bomb.

Wahid Baloch said there was no right for the Pakistani army to be in the province as they were committing atrocities on the residents.

“There is no reason for the Pakistani army to stay there, if they consider the Pakistani citizens why they have built these armies, Baluchistan border does not need this, its not enemy country, no animosities with Pakistan. It is next to Iran and the Persian Gulf, so what is the Pakistan army doing in Baluchistan? Genocide against ... and the Baluchistan people’s rights?” asked Baloch.

Pakistan’s government had denied the allegations and the HRCP as well last month said that interviews with local people had not provided evidence to prove a claim by Baluch opposition politicians that the military had used poison gas.

Baloch said they only want resources of the region be left for the development of their province.

“The demands of the Baluch people are simple. All they are saying to Pakistan is to leave us alone and to let us live in peace. They are saying, stop looting and exploiting our resources. They are saying the resources that come out of Baluchistan should be used for the Baluch people, not for Punjab or Islamabad, which is what Pakistan has been doing for the past 58 years. We are not asking Islamabad or Punjab that whatever comes out of Punjab should be spent in Baluchistan. All that we are asking is that whatever comes out of Baluchistan should be spent for Baluchistan and our development,” he said.

Baloch said people were longing for peace to return to the troubled region hit hard by the atrocities of Pakistani army.

“What the Baloch people want is to live in peace. And they want the resources that come out of Baluchistan to be spent on them, which Pakistan has denied for 58 years, in denying our national rights, denying our resources. And the people are living in Stone Age, hungry and poor,” he said.

The violence has posed another challenge to Musharraf’s efforts to bring stability to a nation already troubled by Islamist militancy.

Pakistan’s military launched a major crackdown on militants in Baluchistan after a rocket attack on December 14 during a visit by Musharraf. The crackdown coincided with the announcement of plans to privatise two gas distribution firms in the province.

Baloch said they want things to be sorted out in a democratic way.

“Oh! definitely in a democratic way, they want to. They’ve been a part of the democratic process. They have taken part in elections. But you cannot guarantee elections under a military dictatorship, due to the manipulation and fraudulent elections, it is hard to guarantee,”
he said.

Baluch nationalists say hundreds of people have been killed. Analysts say this could be an exaggeration, but the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has accused the government of gross human rights violations in the province.

Baluchistan is thinly populated but mineral rich, and its people want to benefit more from the exploitation of those resources but the government faces trouble both from tribal militant and the secessionist Baluch Liberation Army, which accuses it of ignoring their rights.

The rebels have waged a low-level insurgency for decades, but the violence has escalated over the past year, posing another challenge to Musharraf’s authority over his turbulent nation and the military has since waged an intensive crackdown.

The offensive has also coincided with the announcement of plans to privatise two gas distribution firms in Baluchistan, which is home to Pakistan’s main gas fields.

But the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has rejected government claims that it was not using regular armed forces in a crackdown in the southwestern province launched in December after rocket attacks by tribal militants battling for greater autonomy and control of lucrative natural gas fields.

Indian Cultural Nationalism : But Where Is That Culture?

By Divya Kumar Soti

The "Theory of Cultural Nationalism" was developed by some devoted nationalists who were not ready to accept partition of their country on religious lines. It was propagated after Congress's "secularism" failed to secure "Undivided India". At that point nationalists understood that "Secularism" is a meaningless term in Indian context as people here group themselves as "Hindus" and "Muslims" firstly instead of "Indians".Congress tried to counter this superficially but Congress leaders compromised with it in name of "Real Politik". Partition of India led to rejection of Congress's "moderate nationalism". Nationalists felt the need of a cultural revolution. Need for developing a new "culture". The Culture of Nationalism. A culture where people identify themselves as "Indians" first.

This is only solution of Indian communal problem. But till today there is no clear roadmap to bring this revolution. There is no clear strategy. And communal problem is worsening day by day. There are many contributors to this problem-both national and international but unfortunately there are few to fight for cultural nationalism more few are those who fight for this cause without any political intrests. And that too in this age of Trans-National clash of civilizations-to which sub continent is most susceptible and where this clash first of all happened. Unfortunately cultural nationalism is juggled by people who know nothing about Indian Communal Problem similar to Mr.Nehru who juggled with moderate nationalism. The theory of cultural nationalism was taken up by BJP which totally failed to make people understand and assimilate it in its true meaning. What to talk of implementing it Although if promoted using right strategy it has potential of countering wave of transnational Islamic Jihad.

The Strategy should be:

1. Islamic institutions promoting extremism should be dealt with iron fist without calculating loss of Muslim votes as these institutions do overtime to maintain "Muslims" a separate culture and do not let them merge in Indian culture.

2. Moderate factions in Muslim society should be patronized especially Shias who are opposing Sunni Wahabism.

3. Decentralisation of Muslim population should be facilitated as that will help "Indianisation" of them.

4. All funds flowing into India having Wahhabi origin should be stopped at all costs.

5. Entry of Foreign nationals in the name of getting Majhabi Talim should be banned. Currently large numbers of such people are in India working as sleepers and terrorist contacts as well as agent provocateurs.

6. Uniform Civil Code should be implemented at all costs.

7. Last but not the least a new Political Organization or better to say "Revolution" should be founded with the collaboration of nationalist organizations like RSS as BJP badly failed to carry this Cause forward.

That will lead to Culture of Nationalism-Cultural Nationalism in true!

February 06, 2006

USW Assails Bush Administration's 'Alice in Wonderland View' of U.S. Economy

USW Assails Bush Administration's 'Alice in Wonderland View' of U.S. Economy

Calls Bush's refusal to punish China's trade violations a betrayal of U.S.

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31 -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today
assailed President Bush's State of the Union speech as "an exercise in Alice
in Wonderland rhetoric."
"If everything's going so great, why are millions of Americans feeling so
bad?" asked USW President Leo W. Gerard.
"The reason people are so stressed," he said, "is that health care costs
are totally out of control, the cost of gas and heating fuels is going through
the roof, and millions of family-supportive jobs - especially in manufacturing
- are being wiped out because of rotten trade policy and a president who's
more willing to cater to Wall Street and the Chinese than enforce the trade
laws or protect American workers."
Gerard said his members are particularly outraged by President Bush siding
with the Chinese at the expense of American workers by refusing to impose
tariffs on pipe imports, despite a ruling by the International Trade
Commission (ITC) that the Chinese are dumping pipe in the U.S. at below market
"To satisfy the Wall Street crowd that's making a killing on outsourcing,
the President blatantly betrayed American workers whose jobs are being wiped
One in six (16.5 percent) manufacturing jobs were lost in the past five
years - more than three million in all - the worst losses since the
demobilization in the wake of World War II.
"Every industry that has lost jobs - some of them well over 40 percent of
their workers - is being devastated by massive outsourcing to countries, such
as China, where workers' rights are non existent and dirt cheap wages are
"Yet this administration shamelessly champions outsourcing as 'good for
America' while it refuses to enforce the nation's trade laws." When you add
to these woes "exploding health care and energy costs being incurred by most
industries," Gerard added, "you get a clear picture of why this speech is a
product of an Alice in Wonderland view of the U.S. economy."
The USW said that the administration has added insult to injury with its
drive to privatize Social Security and push for a pension bill that "will
destroy defined benefit pensions and turn workers' retirement security to a
risky bet in a game of Wall Street craps."
"Anybody who thinks that gambling workers' retirement security on 401(k)s
is the way to go should remember that six months before Enron wiped out
thousands of workers' life savings, Wall Street was telling people Enron was a
great bet."
Gerard said the President's call for new initiatives on alternative energy
is long over due, but that Bush's rhetoric is mocked by the actions of his
Administration, which spent several years getting an energy bill passed in
Congress that was "nothing short of corporate welfare" for the oil industry.
"This is political opportunism at its worst," Gerard said. "To believe
that the president from the Oil Patch will seriously lead us toward energy
independence when the energy bill he sent to Congress was literally crafted by
oil industry lobbyists in the White House requires more than a leap of
political faith, it requires people to believe in the Tooth Fairy."
Energy industry lobbyists had the inside track on crafting the energy bill
in White House meetings with Vice President Cheney early in the Bush
Administration, which went to court to prevent records of that meeting from
being made public.
"The administration knew," he said, "that if the records of that meeting
had become public, they'd never be able to conduct the kind of rhetorical
charade on energy independence that was pulled off today."
The USW is now North America's largest industrial union, with 850,000
members. It represents workers in the steel, rubber and tire, paper, mining,
and the oil and chemical industries, as well as tens of thousands of health
care and service workers.

Contact: Marco Trbovich (412) 760-4335

SOURCE United Steelworkers
Web Site: http://www.steelworkers-usw.org