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Are they just ‘useful idiots’? – S Gurumurthy

Are they just ‘useful idiots’?

S Gurumurthy

21 Jul 2011

http://expressbuzz.com/biography/Are-they-just-%E2%80%98useful-idiots%E2%80%99/296511.html

See this list of seculars and liberals. Justice Rajinder Sachar, author of the famous Sachar Committee Report on the state of Indian Muslims; Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the three interlocutors on J&K appointed by the central government; Harish Khare, the media adviser to the prime minister; Rita Manchanda, the India/Pakistan Local Partner for Women Waging Peace; Ved Bhasin, editor, Kashmir Times; Harinder Baweja, editor (investigations), Headlines Today; Gautam Navlakha and Kamal Chenoy, human rights activists, and; Praful Bidwai, well-known columnist. This is the illustrative list of popular Indian liberals who exert powerful influence over the Indian discourse — be it on Kashmir or secularism or on corruption or communalism or on Narendra Modi or Sonia Gandhi.

But this is not the list of probables for the Padma awards. This is the list of those who have been the guests of Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was arrested three days back by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US for acting as the front man of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). The Washington Times (July 19, 2011) reported that Fai “was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents in a suspected influence-peddling scheme to funnel millions of dollars from the Pakistani government, including its military intelligence service, to US elected officials to help drive India out of the disputed Kashmir territory in South Asia”. Fai was arrested in US not for working to drive India out of Kashmir — as it is not an offence under the US law — but for the offence of funnelling ISI money to buy influence over US officials for Pakistan. Under the Indian law, the case against the Indian liberals in Fai’s list may well be one of sedition if they had known who Fai was, or if they had not, they could be well just his “useful idiots” as a former editor, R Jaganathan, wrote in his brilliant column in firstpost.com. But are they just useful idiots or more?

The 45-page affidavit by the FBI in the case has charged Fai with “conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign principal”. Media reports that the FBI swears in its affidavit that Fai, who floated the Kashmir American Council (KAC), was a front man for Pakistani interests in US in the garb of Kashmiri’s. The reports say that Fai “took dictation from his masters” in Pakistan. The media cites the FBI affidavit to say that Fai received at least $4 million — at some $500,000 to $700,000 every year — to manipulate the Kashmir debate in favour of Pakistan. And this is important. This is where the Indian liberals listed at the opening are party to advancing the designs of Fai. They had been attending the conclaves and meets organised by Fai, at the instance of ISI, to oust India from Kashmir.

The FBI seems to have worked meticulously to link Fai to his masters in Pakistan. It appears to have got the details of some 4,000 e-mail and telephone exchanges with his handlers in Pakistan. An accomplice of Fai seems to have confessed — as a confidential witness for FBI — that Fai was a henchman of ISI. According to the confidential witness, cited by the media, the ISI “created the KAC to propagandise on behalf of the government of Pakistan”. Fai could play this role unsuspectingly because he was originally from India, being born in Kashmir, with a master’s degree from Aligarh Muslim University. After becoming an ISI agent, according to reports, he began to do what Pakistan and ISI directed him to do, namely hold conferences and seminars funded by ISI for which he was sourcing the propaganda material of the ISI. According to the report, the confidential witness seems to have confessed that, “of the statements Fai makes, 80 per cent are provided by the ISI for Fai to repeat and disseminate verbatim. The other 20 per cent of the KAC’s messaging consists of Fai’s own ideas, which have been pre-approved by the ISI”. So Fai is a hundred per cent ISI mouthpiece.

Our liberals figuring in the list participated as important speakers from India in the conventions and seminars organised by Fai, now charged by FBI as an ISI agent. According to reports, Fai, assisted in his objectives by our liberals, was so effective in hurting India’s interests, that, to counter him, the Indian government specially had to appoint Wajahat Habibullah, a Kashmir cadre IAS officer who retired last year, as minister, community affairs, in its embassy in Washington. Imagine. On the one hand, the present media adviser to the prime minister and one of the three present interlocutors of the government on J&K had worked to hurt India’s interests in the way the ISI was conspiring to do, by participating in the seminars organised by Fai and funded by ISI to “drive out India from Kashmir”; and on the other, the government of India was forced to send out an IAS officer from Kashmir cadre to contain that damage. The result is that those who, through Fai, were part of the ISI design, are now part of the UPA government.

But could Fai with his mission to push Pakistan/ISI agenda “to drive India out of Kashmir” include in his efforts such important opinion-makers of India, unless he knew that their views would advance his master’s interests? Why would Fai not call an Arun Shourie? A Cho Ramaswamy? An M J Akbar? An Arnab Goswami? It is self-evident. Their views would stall, not support, the ISI. Undoubtedly, Fai knew that the views on J&K publicly held by our liberals in Fai’s guest list would further the cause of the separatists. Now, is it easy to dismiss that they were just “useful idiots”?

PS: Two of these liberals are still in high positions — one is an interlocutor on J&K appointed by the Centre and the other is the media adviser to the PM. Mr Prime Minister, this is evidence coming, not from our police, but from the FBI in the US, the country you love most! Are you listening?

The writer is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.

E-mail: comment@gurumurthy.net

Pak ‘agent’ gets 7-yr RI for spyi

Pak ‘agent’ gets 7-yr RI for spying
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Pak-agent-gets-7-yr-RI-for-spying/articleshow/7820759.cms

AN INDIAN BECOMES A PAK AGENT FOR HIS LOVE FOR A PAK GIRL!

Investigations had revealed that Upadhyay had fallen in love with a Pakistani girl, Fatima Shah, on an Internet chat service two years prior to his arrest. The prosecution said the girl’s father, Salauddin Shah, was an ISI agent. Upadhyay visited Pakistan twice – in October 2006 and January 2007 – and had taken army training at an undisclosed location in Karachi.

PUNE: The court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Suchitra Ghodke on Tuesday sentenced Vishalkumar Premchand Upadhyay (28) of Jharkhand to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment on charges of spying. The Pune police had arrested Upadhyay on April 8, 2007, accusing him of being an agent of Pakistan’s ISI.

The Pune police crime branch had arrested Upadhyay, a second year student of Annasaheb Magar College of Engineering in Pimpri Chinchwad, from his rented room at Ganga lodge in the Deccan Gymkhana area.

According to the prosecution, the police had recovered 12 CDs containing photographs of army units and Hindu religious places from Upadhyay. Two of the CDs contained information regarding defence establishments like the National Defence Academy, Bombay Sappers and the High Explosives factory in Khadki, apart from names and contact numbers of top army officials. The other photographs were of the famed Dagdusheth temple and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s office in Modibaug here.

The police had also seized Upadhyay’s Indian passport, a Pakistani visa, a receipt of money received from Pakistan through Western Union and two diaries, including one in Urdu, containing addresses of Pakistani citizens.

Investigations had revealed that Upadhyay had fallen in love with a Pakistani girl, Fatima Shah, on an Internet chat service two years prior to his arrest. The prosecution said the girl’s father, Salauddin Shah, was an ISI agent. Upadhyay visited Pakistan twice – in October 2006 and January 2007 – and had taken army training at an undisclosed location in Karachi.

The police chargesheet names four “absconding” suspects in the case – one Hafiz, Salauddin Shah and two officials of Pakistan’s high commission in New Delhi, Sayyad Shahid Hussain Tirmezhi and Abdul Latif alias Javed. Tirmezhi and Javed were immune to prosecution and, on a report submitted by the Pune police, were sent back to Pakistan.

The chargesheet states that Salauddin, aided by Pakistan’s high commission officials, helped Upadhyay easily obtain a Pakistani visa. Upadhyay had obtained the photographs from Hafiz.

The judge said the girl had lured Upadhyay by promising to marry him and had also told him that he would be looking after their business interests in London. Upadhyay, while falling for the girl, had acted against the integrity of the nation and had obtained two passports – in 1995 and in 2005, she said.

Ghodke said Upadhyay had accepted money coming from Pakistan in Pune and in New Delhi. He had sent several emails to Pakistan, but none of them referred to his love for Fatima. He had also made and received several telephone calls from Pakistan, the judge said.

Ghodke praised investigating officer Bhanupratap Barge of the crime branch for conducting an in-depth investigation, saying this had helped the court in bringing the guilt of the accused on record.

Upadhyay’s lawyer Rajesh Kature pleaded that his client be given an opportunity to reform himself as his father was suffering from paralysis and his sister was of marriageable age. Assistant public prosecutor Prakash Gaikwad, however, said Upadhyay should be given maximum punishment for committing a crime against the nation.

The court held Upadhyay guilty under sections 3 and 9 (spying) of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced him to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for each count. All sentences will run concurrently.

Upadhyay did not show any remorse after the verdict, but his sister broke into tears. She told her brother that their father was seriously ill and that his mother would not survive after hearing of the conviction. Upadhyay consoled his sister and asked her to take care of their parents. He also told her to get married without waiting for him to return home.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Pak-agent-gets-7-yr-RI-for-spying/articleshow/7820759.cms

Terror map of Pakistan

Here is the link from Sify. They have compiled terror network of
Pakistan in a very good presentation

http://sify.com/news/specials/terrormap/?vsv=TopHP1

Is Mumbai really anything new? By Dr. Richard Benkin

http://www.analyst-network.com/article.php?art_id=2612
 
Is Mumbai really anything new?  
29 Nov 2008 
By Dr. Richard Benkin
 
Albert Einstein once said “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”  What happened in Mumbai in the closing days of November 2008 was evil.  The terrorists who planned and financed it were evil.  The terrorists who carried it out were evil.  And the terrorists who provided tactical and other support were evil.  That should surprise no one.  People long have known the depths of depravity to which radical Islam is capable of sinking.  Have they not given us ample evidence?
 
Just since the September 11, 2001 bombings that killed over 3000 Americans, radical Islamists have carried out over 11,000 terror attacks worldwide.  While they were not the first to use suicide bombers or hijack airplanes, Islamists carried both to new heights as their principle weapons of terror.  They have blown up schools and students, driven busses into crowds of people, set off terror bombs on public transportation and elsewhere in dozens of countries throughout Asia and Europe.  Their leaders openly call for genocide against Jews and Hindus, and their followers are trying to carry out those calls.  Wherever they have had the power to do so, they deliberately destroy religious shrines and houses of worship and brag about it as step in destroying other faiths or variants of Islam.  And then they have the gall to claim that these things were done because they were angry at some perceived offense, frustrated at their current living conditions, or defending their own warped conception of human rights.  So, while terrible, are the events that unfolded in ten locations across Mumbai anything new or surprising?  Did the terrorists do anything they have not promised us they would do?
 
The tragedy is that these events could have been prevented.  Radical Islam has been warning the rest of us that it means to re-make our planet in its own image and kill anybody that threatens to stand in its way.  Its practitioners have vowed repeatedly to destroy India as an abomination against Islam; yet its leaders act as if they were only kidding.  Despite the country experiencing almost non-stop Islamist attacks, the ruling Congress Party maintains a strict policy of non-confrontation with home-grown Muslims who support the radical organizations.  It recently showed far more zeal in prosecuting an alleged “Hindu terrorist” after a bomb went off in a predominantly Muslim town.  The accused Hindu priest was interrogated several times, despite the fact that her only tie to the bombing was a car used in the attack, which 38 year-old Sadhwi Pragya Singh Thakur had sold years before.  In a policy of appeasement similar to Britain’s (which was also a target in the Mumbai attacks), that same government deliberately refrains from identifying terrorists as Muslim. 
 
Indian Hindus often complain that the government is not carrying out its mandate of secularism but practices a “pseudo-secularism” that bends over backwards to favor minorities even if it means heaping disabilities on Hinduism or Hindus.  Its recently-passed budget contained millions in subsidies for Muslims to go on the Hajj to Mecca and pilgrimages to Jerusalem; but not a penny for the numerous but uncounted Hindu refugees from Islamist ethnic cleansing in Bangladesh.  Other groups are agitating because the government took possession of Hindu temples but refuses to maintain them.
 
Before Mumbai, there had been 1,111 Indian fatalities (mostly defenseless civilians) from terrorist attacks in 2008 alone.  Most attackers were Islamist, but 369 Indians were killed by leftists.  When I was in India earlier this year, there was a terrorist attack or counter terrorist operation every day.  But while security forces will go after individual terrorists, the government has made no strong moves to stop terrorism at its root—either by breaking up home-grown supporters or taking any one of numerous actions at its disposal against foreign nations involved in the death of Indian citizens. Neither has India done anything to end its open border policy, especially in the North and Northeast where I observed contraband in the form of arms and drugs being carted into India under the noses of the Indian Border Security Force and other militia.  Terrorists also enter India freely from Bangladesh, Nepal, and China.
 
Indian intelligence sources now have confirmed that the Mumbai terrorists received training and support from Pakistan.  All information points to at least two Islamist organizations, including Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kashmir.  One of the captured terrorists, Abu Islam, however, reported “that they reached India via sea route and they were trained by the Pakistani army as well as [the] Pakistan intelligence agency, ISI.”  Abu Islam lives in Pakistan, and several reports identify a number of terrorists as “British subjects of Pakistani origin.”  These revelations already have caused an international stir.  The British government asked the Indians “not to jump to conclusions” without a full investigation.  More ominously, the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi cut short his visit to India after the allegations surfaced; although he later said that Pakistan would “extend full cooperation and at all levels,” while denying a Pakistani connection to the attacks.  Reneging on that pledge, however, the Pakistanis refused to send the head of the ISI as requested but only “a representative.”
 
The way India responds to these nascent geo-political events will indicate how extensive its anti-terror resolve might remain.  Pressure against that resolve will come from Europe, Iran, the Arab world, and almost every member of the international NGO club; all of whom will counsel “cool heads” and argue against taking action to preserve Indian lives.  These are the same parties that continue to push a faux human rights agenda Israel, thereby aping the Islamists they are in effect supporting.  For instance, when Palestinian terrorists were blowing up innocent Israelis on public busses, they were unyielding in telling Israel to make concessions to the terrorists because the latter felt “humiliated” by the checkpoints they had to pass on their way to wreak havoc on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.  The United States similarly lost a lot of the resolve it had after the September 11th attacks.  It did destroy Afghanistan’s oppressive and racist Taliban government.  And by the way, which nation’s capital is only 100 kilometers from the radical seminary that trained the Taliban?  Saudi Arabia?  Iran?  Pakistan?  The answer, unfortunately, is India where the Darool Uloom Seminary just north of New Delhi.
 
US anti-terrorist actions have prevented any attacks on its soil since September 11th,  and they are wrapping up their successful mission in Iraq.  But the unity of resolve that characterized the United States in the days following 9/11 is a distant memory.  The US President who launched the war on Islamist extremism, George W. Bush, will be leaving office in a matter of weeks; and his administration has been engaged in trying to pressure Israel into rewarding the Islamists.  Moreover, Americans have just elected a President, Barack Obama, whose policy is to negotiate with those nation-states that sponsor Islamist terror.
 
It is up to Indians and Indian leaders to learn from these mistakes and recognize the danger they face on a daily basis from Islamist radicals.  Whether in a new “coalition of the willing” (to borrow a phrase from Bush), the sort of changes in its border and security policies that the United States started to make after 9/11, or a sustained military and intelligence effort to destroy any of the millions of Indian Muslims who are part of or support Islamist extremists; the resources exist for India to energize the lagging international fight against the international scourge of Islamist terrorism.
 
[Dr. Benkin is a noted expert on South Asia and is available for speeches, commentary, or consultation through this paper.]