Concluding Remarks by Saeed Ismat
|by Usman on 17 Jan, 2012 02:05 am
VT Rajshekar had provided us with World War III scenario
Oliver D’Souza has talked at length at Hindutva Terror and some call it Saffron Terror at some length and has implied that it has had the support from those in power in the centre or in Indian States. He has also held prosperous nations responsible for terrorizing other states by their economic power. He terms it as economic terrorism and is perhaps way more devastating and inhuman than other forms. He has insisted on correctly defining Terrorism and elaborated how The HINDUTVA terror in India has unleashed a bloodbath against Muslims, Christian, Dalits and other minorities.
He calls them minorities as if they were being exploited and terrorized by the a majority i.e. Hindus but perhaps he could say terrorized by ruling Brahmins who constitute barely 15% of total Indian population . Dr AMBED KAR says that Brahmanism which has lately taken the new name of Hinduism has become majority religion by annexing 20% Dalits, 10% Tribal’s and 35% Backward Castes including the UNTOUCHABLES who are not HINDUS and were never Hindus. The Scheduled castes/Tribesmen and BC backward castes are the original inhabitants of India. Add to this 65% non Hindus, Mulims15%, Christian 2.5% and Sikhs 2.5% total 20%. Therefore 85% of India is clearly non Hindu. Till today no government in India has challenged these statistics yet India parades itself as a majority Hindu country. Why?
We are at a dangerous crossroads: the rules and guidelines governing the use of war on terror have been “liberalized” (i.e. “deregulated” in relation to those prevailing during the Cold War era). When a US-sponsored War on Terror becomes an “instrument of peace”, condoned and accepted by the world’s institutions and the highest authority, including the United Nations, there is no turning back: human society has indelibly been precipitated headlong onto the path of self-destruction.
Pakistan of today is sandwiched by Terrorism. In the East it faces the terror unleashed by Hindutva terror and intimidation from India. Since the occupation of Afghanistan by the US the threat of terror from the West in the garb of Taliban has taken very heavy toll. Analysts in Pakistan blame India and US for the destabilization of Pakistan. It is a fact that prior to 9/11 Suicide Bombing was unheard in Pakistan and Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism that far surpasses the collective casualty of the rest of the world. Acts of terrorism in Pakistan were negligible but after the occupation of Afghanistan this nation has been subjected economic, political, and social terror the most. And by joining hands and being allied with the War on Terror it has the focus and on its eastern and western borders, finally because of its negative connotation; the “terrorist” label discredits any individuals or groups to which it is affixed. It dehumanizes them, places them outside the norms of acceptable social and political behaviour, and portrays them as people who cannot be reasoned with. By delegitimizing any individuals or groups or nations described as “terrorist,” you can terrorize them in most brutally till they capitulate or cave in.
A culture of killing and violence has become imbedded in human consciousness. War is broadly accepted as part of a societal process: the Homeland needs to be “defended” and protected. “Legitimized violence” and extrajudicial killings directed against “terrorists” are upheld in western democracies, as necessary instruments of national security. A “humanitarian war” is upheld by the so-called international community. It is not condemned as a criminal act. Its main architects are rewarded for their contributions to world peace.
We have reached a critical turning point in our history. It is absolutely essential that people across the land, nationally and internationally, understand the gravity of the present situation and act forcefully against their governments to reverse the tide of war.
Finally please remember throughout the history of mankind there have been murderers and tyrants; and while it may seem momentarily that they have the upper hand and are invincible, they have always fallen.
We have almost unanimously agreed that those who monopolize power and the means of communication monopolize meaning of terrorism; they can advance fraudulent definitions of terrorism that become widely accepted and internalized as common sense. For self-serving purposes, the prevailing definitions of terrorism leave out the key facet of state/state-sponsored terrorism AND MUST BE INCLUDED. London Institute of South has therefore taken upon itself the task of redefining the definition of terrorism and shortly we shall announce a team of scholars and research fellows who would undertake this task in light of this Seminar.