Pakistan’s redemption

Between boot and Book

Today’s dose of good writing comes from India Today’s S Prasannarajan (linkthanks PD):

India may be its most immediate victim, but the inherent bestiality of Pakistan should not be a worry for India alone. Our victimhood is accentuated by our accumulated mistakes of pussyfooting on—or even romancing— the General and our diplomatic triangulations. Today, the lofty rhetoric of reform-the-society is the most audible suggestion for Pakistan’s redemption. It makes no sense when the society itself is trapped between the jackboot of the General and the tyranny of the Book. [India Today]

6 thoughts on “Pakistan’s redemption”

  1. A brilliant piece, as usual, as one would expect from Prasannarajan, who has never minced words in calling the jihadi spade a jihadi spade.

    With Pakistan being rightly identified as epicenter of terrorism – it has long been so – and our reticence in speaking it out and equating it as an equal victim of terror – the lines are clearly drawn but actions will remain mere placebos, plattitudes. If anything is happening now, it’s because of US pressure. For the first time, foreigners have been targetted. If you go by the number of deaths, Mumbai train blasts should have got greater attention and display of resolve.

    There’s one thing that puzzles me: Rediff reported one of the terrorists asking the banker Ramamurthy if he is a brahmin from South India, as his name obviously suggested. Certainly he is not a Madarasa-bred, indoctrinated loony from Pakistan. He has to be a local guy. The predominant concern of the present Government has always been to distance the local populace ‘of a particular community’ from the ‘dastardly acts’ and defect the responsibility to our neighbour. Are we missing something here?

  2. Meanwhile, surviving terrorist detainee Ajmal Qasab has written a letter to Pakistan requesting legal aid, reports CNN:

    link

    Oh gee, why do I have a feeling he’s in for a disappointment when Pakistan disowns him? I guess there is no ISI legal defense fund for trapped terrorists. Darn that ‘plausible deniability’.

  3. Prasannarajan’s been too candid for someone in the media business, seemed to me.

    Or maybe the tide is indeed turning and political correctness no longer trumps truth.

  4. We all know it, but it’s nice to see international media acknowledging how Pak recruits and trains Indian Muslims for jihad against us:

    link

  5. @T S D Murthy: There’s one thing that puzzles me: Rediff reported one of the terrorists asking the banker Ramamurthy if he is a brahmin from South India, as his name obviously suggested. Certainly he is not a Madarasa-bred, indoctrinated loony from Pakistan. He has to be a local guy.

    No need for a momin to go to madarsA for this. kAfir-bashing, and particularly brAhmaNadwiT-ism is taught in the standard text books of Pakistan, that too in the syllabus of the primary, even basic education. See the post by Rajeev

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