Continued threat of terror inspired by Islam – 2

Posted on July 29, 2008. Filed under: India, Muslims, Politics, terrorism |

Following the blasts killing innocent bystanders, relatives of blast victims attending hospitals, and simply people going about their daily business, 18 more bombs have been recovered from Surat. The “Indian Mujahideen” have claimed that these bombs were meant to show the ease with which they could penetrate Indian society and civilian life with their threats. Muslims have also been killed in these blasts – and Muslims must surely be realizing the cost of allowing terrorists surviving among themselves. This could in the coming days be a big step towards getting the cooperation of sections of Muslims themselves in providing intelligence, and might even have been responsible for the information leading to exposure of the bomb sites.

An interesting but expected development is the capture of two Laskar-e-Taeba (LET) operatives who were acting under cover from Murshidabad in West Bengal. Murshidabad is a border district of West Bengal, and before the partition the Muslim League tried desperately to include it within the then proposed Pakistan. Murshidabad has a majority of Muslims. It was an important centre of Mughal administrative and military power, and grew in importance under the semi-independent later Nawabs of the unified Subahs of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa (the two other older centres of pre-Mughal Turko-Afghan Islamic power still surviving under the Mughals were the Faujdari of Hooghly and the subsidiary Nawabi around Dhaka-Bikramanipur). It remains an important transit centre for Islamic terrorists using Bangladesh as a natural supporting society flourishing on the well fanned anti-India-anti-Hindu sentiments of a large section of Bangladeshi Muslims.

Bangladesh hosts the second largest Islamic faith gathering in the Islamic calendar, the “Vishwa (World) estema” or religious gathering. The major driving force behind the hatred of India and Hindus in the politics of Bangladesh stems from the pre-Bangladesh period, when it was still under Pakistan. The partition aimed at creating a land for Muslims. There has been a lot of deliberate confusion created by Muslim apologists for the formation of Pakistan – not the least by the chief verbal face of the Pakistan movement – M.A.Jinnah. Jinnah kept the formal face of an inclusive state, where non-Muslims are officially tolerated. But the same double-dealing as to interpretation and reconstruction of the Islamic faith texts for the consumption of non-Muslims were in action at the formative stages of Pakistan. The British collaborated in this, for a variety of political and military goals, and some very short-sighted unstatesmanlike and revengeful tendencies always inherent in British Imperialism being forced to retreat. The actual actions of the Pakistani state with regards to non-Muslims, and especially Hindus, reveal the real intentions as well as consistency with the actual strategies enjoined in the Quran and the Hadiths to be employed on non-Muslims – capture Hindu lands, evict or liquidate Hindu populations to possess their property, (with a formal state support for this quintessential Islamic demand in the form of the Enemy Property Act – which remained in place even in the independent Bangladesh formed with the help of India and its “Hindus”), forced marriages or “lifting” of Hindu women, and forced conversions and destructions of Hindu shrines under any pretext. This trend has even continued in present day Bangladesh with some obvious clues in demographic indicators (the well know case of “missing population” acknowledged even by Bangladeshi demographers) of the displacement and reduction of Hindu populations in Bangladesh.

We can understand the basic desire and target of the elite of Pakistan and Bangladesh simply by looking into the targets of early Islam and the strategic recommendations in the Islamic faith texts. Islamic religious leadership and elite understand that they can only retain power if they can reproduce the societal conditions existing in the first millennium Arabia and the middle East – this will imply a natural contradiction in unlimited progress of modern methods of seeking and processing knowledge and the inevitable fallout of such knowledge going against the faith teachings and pretensions. Islam therefore cannot go very far in the technology direction without weakening its hold and therefore it will seek agrarian resources, and try to impose the millennial desert cultures to justify its hegemony. To ensure compliance it will need to systematically destroy and eliminate all secular and modern institutions of learning and research which can be potential centres of rebellion and resistance.

India provides a thorn in the sides of Islamic dominance on the Indian subcontinent as it continues to provide ideas and examples that bring into question the basic demands and claims of Islam. At the same time India retains vast agrarian resources. India’s productive lands, and other basic biological resources including human reproductive resources, are a lucrative target for the elite in both Bangladesh and Pakistan. Until these two regions survive as Islam dominated societies, they will continue to breed, and support terrorists – as the only way they can survive with their problems of huge populations and low-surplus economies keeping the Islamic framework intact is that of conquering Indian lands and populations and impose Islam.

Bangladesh may seem a contradiction to this prediction because of its greater proximity to Hindu Bengali culture and supposed “links” from the Liberation War but there are concrete societal conditions which will continue to disrupt this oversimplified picture of cultural “affinity”.  We will discuss Bangladesh specifically in a subsequent post.


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