Blaming Pakistan Is the Easy Way Out

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  1. Zebra

    Zebra Senior Member Senior Member

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    August 21, 2012, 12:51 PM IST
    By Tom Wright

    India has been quick to blame “elements” based in Pakistan for a wave of recent communal tensions between Muslims and northeasterners.

    But turning the spotlight on Pakistan only serves to distract from what is a domestic issue.

    Since July, violence between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in the northeastern state of Assam has caused scores of deaths and sent hundreds of thousands of people from both sides into squalid refugee camps.

    The violence has rippled across India, where hundreds of thousands of northeasterners have fled cities like Bangalore and Pune, fearing reprisal attacks from Muslim groups.

    New Delhi’s main response, widely reported in the Indian media, has been to blame Pakistan. The exodus of northeasterners came after Pakistan-based elements uploaded doctored images to the Internet that purported to show violence against Muslims in Assam, the Indian government says.

    These images enraged Muslims and provoked attacks on northeasterners in a number of Indian cities, so this narrative goes.India’s Home Ministry put out a statement at the weekend saying it had asked for Pakistan’s help to close sites that were attempting to “whip up communal sentiment inIndia.”

    Indiahas blocked 250 sites it says have carried such material, 40% of which it claims are based in Pakistan. Telecom minister, Kapil Sibal, told the Times of India that he would ask social networking sites like Google and Facebook to find a way to prevent their services carrying such material in the future.

    It also has limited the number of SMS messages that Indian cell phone users can send from their devices to stop people from spreading threats against northeastern communities.

    There are two problems with this approach. First, India has not yet provided evidence that Pakistan’s role in hosting these sites is crucial. A report in the Hindustan Times today points without much evidence to Muslim groups in the Indian state of Kerala and in Bangladesh as behind the SMSes, showing how cloudy the picture remains.

    “They haven’t supplied anything approaching evidence,” says Sadanand Dhume, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who follows the issue closely.

    More importantly, he adds, blaming Pakistan detracts from focusing on the issue at hand: violence in Assam. The fighting there has laid bare tensions between Bodos and Muslims settlers that date back decades. Muslim radical groups in cities like Mumbai have protested the fighting, and in some cases, as in Pune, northeasterners have been attacked. “It’s clearly a domestic Indian problem,” he says.

    In coming days, there’s likely to be debate about what Google and Facebook and other sites should do to stop this violence. But as in the past, when India’s government has blamed social networking sites for its problems, this all appears to be missing the point.

    (Follow Tom and India Real Time on Twitter @TomWrightAsia and @indiarealtime.)

    Blaming Pakistan for India Violence Easy Way Out - India Real Time - WSJ
     
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  3. rock127

    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    India seems to be having proof of Paki involvement in misusing media for the first time inciting riots inside India.Before it used other means and FAILED.Even after providing proof Pakis would reject all the proof the way it did in Kasab's case.In fact Pakis used the proof to eliminate all the proof for future.

    This new age Pakistani CYBER TERRORISM has shocked India and it took some time for controlling it.The govt is still not advanced enough on technical terms to crackdown swiftly but this example has alerted for the future.The moment Pakis got involved in "Domestic Indian issues" it doesn't stays domestic at all.

    Pakis are going to pay for it sooner or later.
     
  4. Zebra

    Zebra Senior Member Senior Member

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    India seems to be having proof of Paki involvement in misusing media for the first time inciting riots inside India.Before it used other means and FAILED.Even after providing proof Pakis would reject all the proof the way it did in Kasab's case.In fact Pakis used the proof to eliminate all the proof for future.

    Why sooner or later? What's wrong right now?

    This is the right time-----If Indian Government think they are right and they do have enough evidence then just go for a war.

    BTW, I think GoI wants to hide their sins and they are using Pakistan's name.

    Again, if they do have enough evidence then they should deal with hard hand with Pakistan in these matter.
     
  5. Vishwarupa

    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

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    This incidence is definitely from the people living inside India not from Pakistan. This fu.king govt does not want to lose their vote bank hence blaming pakis & misleading people. We need leaders who has genuine interest regarding their Mother land India not such hypocrites who pretend to something for the country. Shame on Indian politics & the way we are leading our country.
     

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