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Communists Take Blame For Killing Hindu Leader

Riots have swept through the Indian state of Orissa after a prominent Hindu holy man was killed. Hindu fundamentalists blamed Christians for the murder and then proceeded on their own murderous rampage against Christians homes, churches and people in order to avenge the death of their holy man. They also accused Christians of bribing poor tribes people and low caste Hindus in order to persuade them to become Christians. A Maoist leader announced to the world his group was behind the killing of the holy man. Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda told reporters “we ordered the death penalty for him”because he was using force to get tribes people to convert to Hinduism. “They suppressed the evidence so that they could get an excuse to attack Christians.”

India lies between modernity and living in a tribal religious past in which religion is used in order to gain power and wealth. During the riots against Christians, nuns were raped but it is doubtful if anyone will be arrested for this violence. In the mean time, the person responsible for the death is free to hold press conferences. However, Christian villagers are now living in refugee camps.

Pakistan Lawyers Now Denounce President Zardari

During the past year, lawyers in Pakistan have organized themselves into a powerful force that seeks to create the basis of a democratic society. They staged countless demonstrations against the regime of President Musharraf who they believed had violated the Constitution and imposed a one man rule. They undoubtedly played a role in forcing the Musharraf resignation, but now they are upset at President Zardari who took over the high office. Now, lawyers are shouting in the streets, “”What is Pakistan’s new disease” Zardai, Zardari!” They are furious because Zardari does not wish to reinstate supreme court justices who were fired by Musharraf. Zardari has fears an independent judiciary might set about checking his own sordid background. His nickname while his wife, Benazir Bhutto was in office, was “Mr. Ten Percent” referring to his cuts on government contracts.

The streets of Pakistan’c capitol echo with the shouts of lawyers shouting the name of Iftikhar Chaudhry, who was the chief justice fired by Musharraf and who has yet to be restored to office. Frankly, the chief justice is the only one in Pakistan politics who has made clear his desire to end corruption so that money can be used by the nation rather than by the men with out stretched palms.

Anti-Christian Violence Spreads In India

The Western media has published countless articles depicting Muslim terrorism and violence but has tended to ignore the growing violence in India against Christians. At least 20 people have died over the past month in the state of Orissa as Hindu mobs attacked churches and homes of Christians who are accused of a variety of crimes ranging from attempting to convert poor Hindus to killing Hindu leaders. Yesterday, a mob of 1,000 surrounded a police station in Orissa’s Kandhamai district demanding the release of 20 Hindu leaders who had been arrested in conjunction with violence toward Christians. Police had to open fire and at least one person was killed in their attempt to storm the prison.

Thousands of Christians have already taken shelter in makeshift government camps in Orissa after Hindu mobs torched their homes. Ironically, India has never had any history of such anti-Christian behavior and it most probably has arisen over the past few decades as Hindu nationalism became more prominent in the political scene. In the southern state of Karnataka at least 20 churches have been burnt by Hindu mobs in the past ten days.

The India government has asked for assistance from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party but there is scant evidence it wishes to calm down the mobs. Perhaps, it is time for the world media to pay some attention to Hindu terrorism and violence.

Cybercrime Impacts India

India is facing new challenges in dealing with Muslim militants who apparently are using cybercrime as part of their efforts at spreading terrorism. A group of extremists hacked into an Internet connection to claim responsibility for a new round of deadly bomb attacks. Mumbai police’s anti-terrorism squad said the company’s wireless network was unsecured and had been hacked the third time in as m any months. One email sent before the blasts in the western city of Ahmedabad in July originated from the hacked wireless connection of a US national working in the city. Another email that threatened police was linked back to a college in the city.

We most probably are living in the early years of what eventually will become a major factor in crime on this planet. The use by extremists of the Internet will only increase and become more deadly in the years ahead.

Islamic Militants Set Off Blasts In New Dehli

In the simplistic world view of Bush, McCain and his ignorant side-kick, Sarah Palin, there is such as thing as “victory” in current struggles occurring in the Middle East and Asia. The past few days have witnessed a series of bombings in New Dehli which have caused the death of at least 21 and the wounding of over a 100. A group who calls itself, the Indian Mujahedin, claims responsibility for the bombings and promises there are more to come as part of its struggle against India. An email sent by them contained expressions such as “eye for eye,” or “the dust will not settle.”

The world is witnessing a chaotic situation which arises from ongoing Indian-Pakistan issues over Kashmir and clashes between religious fundamentalists in both nations. The Bush Republicans somehow believe these issues will come to an end with a “victory.” These concerns are linked to long term work in the area of economic, social and political efforts to create conditions which ensure a decent life for people. The resolution of topics such as Kahsmir require a give and take on the part of both sides. There, most probably, will never be a “victory” in the forseeable future, but there can be conditions of peace and security which result in shoving militants off to the side.

Anti-Christian Riots Hit India

Attacks on Christians and their churches continued in Orissa leaving at least nine people dead. Pope Benedict XVI in an address at the Vatican spoke of his “deep sadness.” The Pope appealed to “religious leaders and civil authorities to work together” to bring people of diverse religions to end the violence. There are reports of Christians being dowsed with kerosene and burned to death by angry mobs. Violence also spread to new areas when a mob set afire a church and a missionary hostel. It appears mobs are upset about alleged efforts by Christian missionaries were making progress in converting poor Indians to their religion.

Poverty in India is among the highest in the world and some estimates are that one out of three poor people in the world now live in India. Christians are expected by fundamentalist Hindus to remain quiet and behave themselves and avoid attempts to reach out to the poor. These brutal attacks speak more of the poverty among Hindus of dealing with poverty than any mistake on the part of Christians.

Japan Will Not Oppose US-India Nuclear Pact

Sixty three years ago this month, atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in the final act to end World War II. However, despite the nation’s dislike of any aspect of nuclear weapons, the Japanese government will not express any opposition to the recent United States nuclear agreement with India which transfers nuclear technology expertise even though India has refused to be a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. A government source said, “japan will not stand in the way of revising the guidelines at the upcoming NSG extraordinary plenary meeting.” Up to this point in history, Japan has opposed any revisions of guidelines that provide assistance to nations who refuse to sign the treaty.

Some experts believe economic factors played a role in the switch of Japanese policy. Japan is interested in making inroads into the Indian market and does not wish to come across as a foe of the Indian government. There are reports tiny Switzerland will oppose revisions which require unanimous agreement. One can only wonder how survivors of the atomic blasts feel about their nation’s actions.

Indian Untouchable Leader Emerges As Power Figure

The last week has been a rather hectic one for the people of India as its parliament has argued over and finally passed a controversial bill on nuclear energy. During the fractious conflict a new figure has emerged on the political scene, Mayawati, leader of the Dalit community and chief minister of the populous northern Uttar Pradesh state. She has become a symbol of empowerment for the oppressed Dalit group which long has been mistreated and treated like in demeaning ways. As an Indian official in Uttar Pradesh noted: “She may not have achieved much for Dalits on the ground in her past two terms as chief minister, but when she is in power, district officials, police, everyone treats Dalits with more respect.” She rose from the slums, battled discrimination due to being a woman and a
Dalit, gained an education, became a lawyer, and then assumed leadership of the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP).

Many political analysts believe she has the capability of one day becoming a prime minister of India. Such a victory would be analogous to that of Barack Obama becoming president of the United States of America. One problem is the source of her now considerable wealth, she claims it comes from gifts of those who admire her work, but there is always the possibility in India the money comes from sources of corruption.

India Government Survives Chaotic Parliament Session

India’s embattled government survived a chaotic parliamentary confidence vote over its proposed agreement with the United States regarding civilian use of nuclear energy. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh got the support of 275 deputies against 256 opposing votes. The nuclear agreement allows India, which has nuclear weapons and refuses to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to be treated as a special case on condition it separates its civil and military programs and allows some UN inspections. The government argued India needed alternative sources of energy in the coming years. Left wingers formed the opposition and accused the United States of trying to interfere in the internal affairs of India.

During the tumultuous session, members of parliament waved handfuls of dollar bills they allegedly received for their vote. Well, at least they were honest enough to show the dollar bills to the world.

What’s Behind Bombing Of India Embassy?

Many observers are raising questions regarding the bombing of India’s embassy in Kabul a few days ago and wondering if the event is somehow connected to the ongoing dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. Pakistan military Intelligence was the original sponsor of the Taliban and regards Afghanistan as its own special interest case. Afghanistan officials have made veiled references to this dispute as somehow being linked to the bombing. In Germany, the Suddeutsche Zeitung made an open reference to this possibility: “The murder is senseless but the target was carefully chosen with forethought. India isn’t just a major friend of the Afghanistan government of President Karzai, and India isn’t only a generous sponsor of the country’s reconstruction. Above all, India is the arch enemy of Pakistan in the dispute over Kashmir. The attack is a particularly bad omen for Afghanistan.”

Perhaps, Afghanistan is witnessing the birth of a new element into its already confusing recent history. It could become a hidden battleground between Pakistan and India in the ever present conflict between those nations.