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Video: The savage practice of bear baiting in Pakistan

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October 11, 2008 Posted by | culture, videos | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What will Musharraf do now?

People in Pakistan are jubilant over Musharraf’s resignation. They feel avenged. They feel that justice has been done to them. They are glad that the person who supported the US, and allowed Pakistan to descend into anarchy is now leaving  (Musharraf, supposedly, has been granted a safe passage out of Pakistan, probably thanks to US pressure). The big question now is, what will happen now to Musharraf? Is he going to give up? Where will he go now? What will he do?

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Musharraf salutes as he is driven away (Source: CNN.com)

Some might argue that Musharraf will live in the US, or the UK. He was supposedly a very “trust-worthy” ally of the western forces in Pakistan and their “pointsman” in the region (everyone knows how stupid it is to believe this).  According to CNN,

“…Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said he had been a “friend to the United States” and one of the “most committed partners in the war against terrorism and extremism….”

Makes me LOL !!!

Anyways, I doubt he will go to these countries.  What I believe, and what many people have pointed, is that he will go to the Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia or UAE.

Why, you ask. Its not the obvious. I dont think he would go there because it is a safe haven. What we have to understand is that Musharraf is a military man, who ruled a country like Pakistan for 9 long years. Ruled Pakistan despite Al-Qaeda and Taliban, despite the war on terror in Pakistan’s backyard, despite the rise of lawlessness on streets of Karachi and in Balochistan and in NWFP, despite several covert, behind-doors attempts to bring him down politically, despite attempts to kill him. He survived 9 long years, and did a pretty good job at it. He’s a typical stubborn, adamant, perseverant, resourceful person quite fit to be the commander-in-chief. Do not forget that he was the General of the Pakistani Army before becoming President. He’s a soldier by temperament, who never gives up in the face of adversities.

I doubt he is going to Saudi to retire. He will be back in a few years with a bang. He will bounce back like Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, who lived in exile for 10 long years, before redemption. Pakistan is deteriorating into chaos very fast. The currently installed democratic government doesnt have power to rein in the armed forces and the ISI, both of which tacitly support the Taliban and are quite open about their support for Musharraf. This is not the worst Pakistan has seen. Unless the United States does something soon in Afghanistan and about Pakistan, Pakistan is going to collapse into anarchy and chaos.

And that is when, Musharraf will come in again. Or one of his proxies in the Army. I am sure Musharraf has developed strong connections with China and Russia over the past few years of his rule. His next few years will be spent in creating more sympathisers and supporters in the Middle-East and in the Western world.

Musharraf is like a wounded tiger now. Once he’s done licking his wounds, he’ll be ready once again to enter Pakistan.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | news, politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where’s the Ahmedabad blasts probe headed?

5 days have passed since the Ahmedabad and the Bangalore bombings. 17 blasts in Ahmedabad and 9 blasts in Bangalore.  23 bombs recovered in Surat in a single day, 18 of them in just 4 hours. We still dont know who conducted the blasts. As every other time, there was an exponential growth in the number of suspects in the first 3 days and then a lull.  As every other time, in a month’s time or so, the governments in both the states will prop up some suspicious-looking creature as the bomber and parade him before the media. And then, the DGP will say that the main perpetrators are in Pakistan, we know their locations, but cannot do anything. The Indian Government will blame ISI, condemn Pakistan’s support for terrorism and appeal secretly to US to do something about it. And then, everything will cool down…people will forget that the blasts ever happened…until the next ones happen…

And then again the cycle will continue. The media will bring up statistics of past cases and how they havent been resolved yet. There will be an intense scrutiny of the failure of the Indian intelligence. People will cry hoarse over how the RAW has broken down as an institution, about how the police force is so over-worked, and how the Muslims are being targeted by the government. While the media is busy printing its reels and drying its ink on these issues, the state will continue the same dance it performs everytime and the cycle will go on and on and on and on and on and on……

Is there any hope in sight? Is there a sign that the police force would actually be strengthened? Is there an indication that the intelligence agencies will actually be given some muscle? Or will they be used to spy on the Opposition parties, as has been the case till now? When will things change?

I feel sorry to be an Indian when I see whats happening in India. There hasnt been a single terrorist incident in the US since the September 11 bombings. Only 2 incidents in the UK after September 11. While in India, including the terrorist incidents in the North-East, there have been in all forty-two different terrorist acts since 2003, just in the last 5 years.

And what is our nation bothered about? Its bothered about winning the trust-vote at all costs…may it be bribing opposition MPs by giving them 3 crores each or sacrificing 319 animals to please God.  It is bothered about keeping the throne at Delhi at all costs. It is bothered about sucking tom aintain vote-banks, at the cost of the nation. If thats the case, why in the holy world would anybody care for the country??

This time however, I am giving the benefit of doubt to Narendra Modi, the CM of Gujarat. I have a feeling he will make this investigation a model for governance. I have a feeling that we will be seeing many changes in how Gujarat is run and operated after this. Also, I just hope innocent Muslims are not made scapegoats to satisfy the public. Let us all see what happens in another 2 months…

August 1, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment