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End Violence Indian PM Urges Pakistan

India’s Prime Minister Mamohan Singh told Pakistan there could be no true peace between the two nations until Pakistan wipes terrorists from their soil. He emphasized his government’s desire for friendly relations and improved economic ties but insisted there had to be evidence Pakistan was serious about dealing with terrorism within its own borders. ‘Our silence and good intentions to improve relations with Pakistan should not be mistaken as our weakness. we are determined to fight terrorism and defeat it decisively.” He also promised to ensure the people of the divided area of Kashmir would benefit from economic prosperity if they supported his political party.

There is no question terrorist groups exist in Pakistan and some were even created by its secret service, the ISI. But, terrorism is a two way street and India also has terrorist extreme Hindu minded nationalists who preach hatred toward those not Hindu and carry out terrorist attacks on Christians and Muslims. if India is serious about dealing with terrorism, the fight should also begin at home.

Does India Have A Strategy For Terrorism?

The horror that engulfed India has sent a shock wave throughout the world, but it also raises questions as to the goals and effectiveness of Indian strategies in dealing with terrorism. The Mumbai disaster was created by Muslim extremists, but over the past twenty years there have been numerous examples of Hindu extremists who explode into violence, kill people, and are not crushed by the government. During the past few months Hindu nationalists terrorized Christians and drove hundreds from their homes, but no serious effort was ever made to crush those who carried out terrorism. There have been either Muslim or Hindu attacks that have resulted in hundreds of deaths and many speeches promising to do something, but after the talk, there is no action.

Perhaps, the place to begin developing a serious anti-terrorism program is to dramatically raise the size of Indian police forces and its army. Just a few weeks ago, an explosion rocked a mosque in Malegaon which was the work of Hindu nationalists and among those arrested was an officer in the Indian army.

There is need for a new deal in India which ends the ability of Hindu nationalists to impose their terror upon innocent people, and which finally resolves the lingering sore known as Kashmir. It is time to create an effective anti-terrorism group which deals with ALL forms of terror, not just Muslim.

India High Cout Orders Invesigation Of Riots

The Supeme Court of India ordered an investigation into the brutal riots gainst Muslims which took place in the western state of Gujarat in February-April of 2002 and resulted in the death of at least 1000 Muslims. The government of that state was controlled by Hindu extreme nationalists who are accused of not simply failing to protect innocent Muslims from rioters but of actually inciting further violence. The riots were initially triggered by a fire that killed 60 pasengers on a train packed with Hindu pilgrims. Hindu nationalists blamed Muslims for the fire although to this day no one knows the origin of it. Rioters then attacked Muslims and killed them by the hundreds.

Teeta Setalvad, founder of the Citizens for Justice and Peace, which has been working with riot survivors, hailed the decision as an important step in moving toward reconciliation between the religions. The Supreme Court appointed an investigation commission which wll report back within three months.