http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/10june30/state.htm#25 Burning temples is a good tactic! Its win win for Islamists. Hindus will never make it a "Babri" type issue. Media will clamp down on the issue and present it as a triviality. Moreover, "pundits" will wisely declare that the whole tactic is to inflame communal passions and any reaction shown in opposition to such burnings will trigger "communal violence" and will play into the hands of "communalists". Unlike in the Babri case, when "Hindus" took up the cudgels against "Hindu communalists", there are no signs, and will be no signs of any intensely patriotic IM out on the streets protesting this temple burning by fellow Islamists. Moreover, the responsibility of "temple burning" cannot and should never be allowed to somehow be associated even in the remotest possible way to any aspect of IM society. Even though no violent protests have taken place of the order of "anti-Tasleema" shenanigans, to protest Anantnag shrine burning, this silence should never be allowed to be interpreted as tacit support for such acts. Therefore all such acts should be firmly placed at the hands of "foreign elements". Jihadis on the other hand score highly! It boosts morale in other Jihadis, and carries the message that all this J&K movement is after all a full fledged and long drawn out Ghazwa against Hindus. All the classic features of a genuine Islamic ghazwa is being maintained so that the faithful should be able to relate to that. The first steps were taken by typical Jihadi ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Punidts, then pretend and deceive continuously to be sometimes soft and sometimes rigid to this or that faction of non-Muslims, exploit channels of communication and influence within the non-Muslim to again pretend about the basically peaceful nature of the ideology and intent, but continuously and relentlessly go on wiping out all signs of Hindu or buddhist presence and cultural heritage in the valley and make it devoid of all pre-Islamic signs. One day, a new generation of Prof. Ms Romila Thapars can look at this clean slate and derisively mock at the hyperactive imagination of "Hindu" revivalists who claim there was so-and-so shrine at Anantnag "burned" down by Muslims. Meanwhile, the wise Pundits of "peace", economic development onlee, and no-reaction to Jihadi vandalism can agitate for greater economic development of "Kashmir" as the only solution to the "unrest". It almost feels like we should look at it as childrens' bonfire party that playfully burns down the garden house - to be rewarded with more chocolates.