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Turning Swords Into PlowsharesPromoting Human Security and Tolerance in the Context of Terrorism in South Asia

Badrinath Rao

Kettering University

Flint, Michigan

USA


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The Scourge of Terrorism in India

  • In the last 15 years, India has been repeatedly attacked by Pakistan sponsored terrorist networks.

  • Targets include places of worship, trains, hotels, public spaces, etc.

  • Thousands have died. Thousands more have been injured.


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Mumbai bomb blasts in March, 1993

  • 13 car bombs were exploded in different places in Mumbai.

  • 257 dead, 713 wounded.

  • ISI and Dawood Ibrahim were involved.


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Attack on India’s Parliament in Dec, 2001.

  • Random shooting by LeT and JeM militants.

  • 7 killed (including five militants) and 12 injured.


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Hijacking of Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar in Dec, 1999.

  • Indian Airlines flight IC 814 from Kathmandu to Delhi was hijacked.

  • 1 passenger stabbed

  • 3 JeM militants released from Indian custody.


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Bomb blast on Mumbai’s local train on 11 July, 2006.

  • 7 bombs were placed in pressure cookers which exploded over 11 minutes.

  • 209 dead, 700 injured

  • LeT and SIMI handiwork


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar on Sept 25, 2002

  • 2 terrorists killed 29 devotees and wounded 79.

  • Attack on Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi, 2006

  • 15 dead, 60 injured


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Bomb blasts in Indian Embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008.

  • Suicide car bombing

  • 58 dead and 141 injured.


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Escalating Hostilities Between India and Pakistan

  • Mumbai terror attacks on November 26, 2008.

  • 8 places were attacked by Pak terrorists.

  • 173 killed and 308 wounded.


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Other Forms of Terrorism

  • Economic terrorism

  • Promoting illicit drug trade and narcotics smuggling

  • Offering enticements to alienated sections of the Indian Muslim community to subvert from within.

  • Covert support to other secessionist movements in India


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India’s Response

  • Diplomacy

  • International pressure

  • Covert operations

  • Open threats

  • Back channel diplomacy


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India’s Response

  • Banning Muslim ‘terrorist’ groups

  • Draconian laws which overwhelmingly target Muslims

  • Harassment of innocent Muslim civilians

  • More repression and human rights abuses in Kashmir


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The Current Thinking of Indian Elites

  • Firm, determined response

  • Direct engagement of the ‘enemy’

  • Surgical strikes against Pakistan

  • An all-out, decisive war to ‘teach Pakistan a lesson’


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The Pakistani Story

  • Denial of any role in acts of terrorism

  • Attributing terrorism to ‘non-state actors’

  • Arguing that it is part of a ‘freedom struggle’ in Kashmir

  • Terrorism as a ‘spontaneous’ response to the ill-treatment of Muslims in India

  • Retaliation against the machinations of RAW in Pakistan


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Stalemate in Indo-Pak Ties

  • Profound mutual distrust and recrimination

  • Growing demands for war and retaliation

  • Increased spending on security and defence related matters


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Domestic Implications of the War Rhetoric

  • Rise of Hindu and Islamic fundamentalisms

  • Attacks on Muslims in India. Scapegoating of minorities.

  • Alienation of the minorities

  • Alarming erosion of civil liberties, secular ethos, and social inclusion.


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Domestic Implications of the War Rhetoric

  • Increasing Hindu militancy resulting in bomb blasts targeting Muslims

  • The increased popularity of the Taliban in Pakistan

  • Patronizing terror networks could backfire in Pakistan


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The Way AheadMoving From State Security to Human Security

  • Recognize the ground realities

  • Promote human security

  • Vigorously pursue MDGs

  • Emphasize secular, skills-based education


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The Way AheadMoving From State Security to Human Security

  • Boost civic, not religious, nationalism

  • Underscore social inclusion and tolerance

  • Stress the common civilizational ties that bind India and Pakistan


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The Way AheadMoving From State Security to Human Security

  • Provide aid in exchange for firm assurances on curbing terrorism

  • Rally international opinion against state sponsored terrorism

  • Most important, promote bilateral trade and commerce


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