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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gaza debate must show that Israel is not friendless in India

By Swapan Dasgupta

 

Those who imagine that the scheduled debate in Parliament on the hostilities in Gaza stemmed from a heartfelt desire of concerned MPs to avert a ‘humanitarian tragedy’ are either being wilfully naïve or plain disingenuous. Under the guise of tear-jerking speeches the debating chambers will echo a narrow, sectarian rhetoric aimed at a purely domestic audience.

 

It is time to stop skirting the real issue. The 2014 general election was a turning point in more than one way. Apart from the fact that an avowed non-Congress party secured a clear majority, the election verdict indicated the limits of ‘secular’ scare-mongering. The results clearly suggested that no group or community can exercise a permanent veto over which party and which leader has the right to run a government at the Centre. The victory of the BJP-led NDA exposed the popular impatience with a spurious secularism based on manipulating the fears and vulnerabilities of India’s Muslim citizens.

 

For both the so-called secular parties and the custodians of ghetto politics, the clear mandate for Narendra Modi and the BJP was a monumental setback. The orchestrated furore over India’s alleged insensitivity to what a senior Trinamool Congress MP bizarrely described as Israel’s “genocide” against the Palestinian people is the first serious attempt to get over the post-election demoralisation and reclaim lost ground. It is a calculated attempt to inform the Modi dispensation that while it may have a functioning majority, their veto is still intact.

 

For understandable reasons the Modi government may be anxious to minimise the confrontation with the opposition, particularly in the Rajya Sabha where it does not have a working majority. However, this is no reason for the government to be unmindful of the political-ideological challenge that has been thrown by parties that are unable to break out of the mould of sectarian politics.

 

What is interesting is that the challenge is brazen and with little attempt to conceal its real nature. The Israeli retaliation to the 1,200 or so rocket attacks on its citizens was not against some benign, if helpless, Palestinian dispensation. It was directed at an administration controlled by Hamas, an organisation that has consistently shunned all peace initiatives and is committed to the destruction of the state of Israel. Inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, the Hamas is a radical Islamist body that invokes revulsion in other parts of West Asia and is both feared and despised by the more legitimate Palestinian Authority operating from the West Bank. Hamas does not merely threaten the security of Israel, it has the potential to destabilise the neighbouring Arab states of the region. To convey any sense of sympathy with its political goals and war aims is reprehensible. Even by the dubious standards of the selective ‘morality’ of the Israel-haters, Hamas is beyond the pale. India must not be seen to have any truck with it.

 

If a parliamentary debate on the situation in West Asia is now a given, it is important that the government side enlarges its scope beyond the national boundaries of Israel and the embryonic Palestinian state.

 

First, the threat Hamas poses to the lives of Israeli citizens cannot be seen in isolation. From India’s perspective, it is also linked to the establishment of the ISIS-run Caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. To view the emergence of one mysterious Caliph al-Baghdadi as yet another manifestation of warlordism may well turn out to be correct, especially if the ISIS challenge is repelled by the legitimate government of Iraq. However, for the moment, the importance of the ISIS Caliphate is not on account of its bid to turn back the clock of history but on account of the hold the promise of a pan-Islamic empire has for many thousands of impressionable youth.

 

For the moment, going purely by the extremely conservative estimates of India’s intelligence community, there are 18 known Indian nationals who are helping ISIS go on a bloody rampage. However, there are fears that the numbers could be much higher. Certainly, if the 200 or so British Muslims of subcontinental origin who have joined al-Baghdadi’s jihad are factored in, there are strong grounds for anticipating a potential threat to internal security. Another wave of Islamist radicalism, targeting the ‘unbelievers’, seems to be on the cards. At this juncture, the last thing India needs is a onrush of romantic infatuation with Hamas terrorists with whom ISIS has an implicit commonality of interests.

 

The sponsors of the parliamentary debate will be anxious to limit their focus to painting Israel in the darkest of colours and demanding that relations with Jerusalem be downgraded. Since the target audience of a parliamentary debate is the whole country, it would be of immense value if Indian nationalists ensure that the contours of the larger threat emanating from an unstable region be clearly drawn.

 

Secondly, a debate must end the spurious suggestion that the national consensus is decisively ranged against Israel. It is not. Israel has far more friends in India than TV anchors and left-leaning foreign policy correspondents realise. This friendship is partly based on the admiration of a people that has struggled and achieved in the face of colossal adversities and deep prejudice. Equally, it is also centred on an increasingly deepening bilateral relationship whose full details are best understated. Israel is a friend of India and more mindful of our larger strategic interests than the entire OIC.

 

It is time that some of us flaunt our partiality for Israel. And this parliamentary debate may be as good an occasion as any to stand by real friends. 

Sunday Pioneer, July 20, 2014

20 comments:

Narotam Sayal said...

Agree with this analysis completely ! All this posturing by national and regional parties is way out of sync ! Whils violence and war is unwelcome Israel has a right to defend it's interest ! Why no tears are shed when their youth are kidnapped and shot point blank ! Is Isreel reaction is strong thast their way of inflicting maximum damage to Hamas and it's strategies who use the civilian casualties as a way to seek world sympathy !

Anonymous said...

b Brilliant analysis! Wish we had people like Swapan Dasgupta as TV anchors rather than immature kiddish ones like Nidhi Razdan, Bhupendra Chaubey etc and biased rude ones like Karan Thapar and Arnab Goswami so that this country could start getting a proper perspective of what is happening in India and around the World.

Koustubh Kekre said...

While Israela's attack on Palestine cannot be justified,they were correct in defending their own citizens.Our leaders must show some maturity and should not take discussion on course of taking political score from one community.India must protect its own interest by unequivocally asking Israel to stop the attacks now but at same time condemn the HAMAS actions too.

Anonymous said...

The Gaza Bombardment - What You're Not Being Told

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXRO1YFreNA

Anonymous said...

My Letter of Apology to the world media

Read more: My Letter of Apology to the world media | Rolene Marks | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel


http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/my-letter-of-apology-to-the-world-media/

Milind Shankar said...

Agree with SDG: the real audience is domestic.while I admire Israel, I feel sorry for the Palestinians, dispossesed of their homes and land with no hope at all of regaining them. Instead, Israel has blatantly, against international law and UN resolutions, built settlements in the occupied territories. The world has forgotten the Palestinians, they are on their own. Peace talks will fail as long as Netanayu is PM. The softer approach of M Abbas and West Bank leaders have got no where. Israel will never give up the Arab lands annexed in 1967 and they will not allow an independent State of Palestine. The US has little or no influence over Netanayu. The outlook is bleak.

Notwithstanding the above, India has to look to our National Interest.. Israel is a strategic partner. The MEA statement issued on 10 Jul voicing our concerns is sufficient.

We should ask our secularists one question: What would they expect Govt to do if the Taliban/JuD/LeT rained down 1,200 rockets on India?

Anonymous said...

A good analysis. The threat of ISIS is alarming. What surprises me is the same hullabaloo is not created by our Parliamenterians when Muslims kill Muslims whether it be Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iran or Pakistan. Is that Legit? Forget about the minorities in these countries. Unless we adopt a uniform attitude towards terrorism and violence and condemn it with equal vehemence, we are just playing politics.

BBM said...

If a radical left-wing supporter were to write the fifth paragraph, that person would just have to switch some words (which I have put within quote marks).

What is interesting is that the challenge is brazen and with little attempt to conceal its real nature The "Palestinian" retaliation to the "innumerable" or so rocket attacks on its citizens was not against some benign, if helpless, "Israeli" dispensation. It was directed at an administration controlled by "Likud Party, a right-wing political party," an organisation that has consistently shunned all peace initiatives and is committed to the destruction of the state of "Palestine." Inspired by "journalist and writer Theodor Herzl, Israel" is a radical "Jewish" body that invokes revulsion in other parts of West Asia and is both feared and despised by the more legitimate Palestinian Authority operating from the West Bank. "Israel" does not merely threaten the security of "Palestine." It has the potential to destabilise the neighbouring Arab states of the region. To convey any sense of sympathy with its political goals and war aims is reprehensible. Even by the dubious standards of the selective ‘morality’ of the "Muslim"-haters, "Israel" is beyond the pale.

Is Mr. Dasgupta wholly correct or is that leftist wholly correct?

Where does the truth lie?

Anonymous said...

Parliamentary discussion is for the galleries. Oscars. What mechodo we have in place tk handle our own warlordism is the moot point. Projecting it through the present Gaza conflict is a ruse.
Interesting article none the less.

Anonymous said...

What a biased view of the whole situation. A country who has all the means in the world has killed 300+ people of which 60+ are children and many more women and elders is getting clippings for doing so and a help less nation whose citizens can't even move across their own nation without the strict permission of this powerful nation are being help responsible for this mayhem. Has anyone looked into the number of killings of any year I'm past 40 years from both sides. Has the write even went to both these countries before he is spreading his biased views. How careless can on ebe in justifying any sort of killings. If the bomb is made in Israel its OK but if its Iran's or Palestinian its Wrong. How can this writer loose humanity and justify such inhumane thing. He should live in Palestine for a month and then share his experience instead of sitting in a office in Kolakata and making stories by using nice and crisp vocabulary.

Ajay Sudame said...

No doubt that Israel is the aggrieved party here.But,that's not the point.Most imp thing is Hidden Sinister Cong & Left plan to make pseudo-secular agenda relevant again.The subtle yet Very imp point revealed by Swapan Da! Exquisite

Anonymous said...

I agree entirely with SD on his analysis of the Israel-Palestine situation.It is indeed time we realized how terrible the Islamic threat is and how every day it is getting closer and closer to home.Calling a spade a spade is sometimes a national duty.

Anirban Das said...

A great and thoughtful analysis on the whole situation in West Asia from SDG as usual.

As a sideline viewer with no academic qualification to debate on such a topic, I would just confirm to what SDG said by quoting another legendary Israeli leader. Golda Meir said, and i quote her,

"When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. "

Anonymous said...

Sir,

Instead of wasting time on discussing the human rights of Israelis and Palestinians, Indian people would be better served if their representatives passed a resolution in Indian parliament condemning Pakistan for its terrorist activities against India and label Pakistan as a terrorist state. Such a resolution should also require Indian PM to certify every year that Pakistan is no longer sponsoring terrorism against India before it is removed from the list of terrorist states.

-Pessimist

Satish Chandra said...

(July 22, 2014) : I have pointed out that India is now the sole superpower -- because of its nuclear warheads emplaced in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities ready to be exploded to destroy Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation -- and can compel the United States to do anything it wants it to do and, through the United States, compel any other country to do whatever it wants it to do. At present, India’s nuclear forces stand ready to destroy Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed unless it uses its ICBMs to destroy Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem if Israel does not stop its invasion of Gaza.

(July 20, 2014) CAN TAMIL BE COMPARED TO SANSKRIT?
Tamilian Jayalalitha objects to observing a Sanskrit week and demands a “classical languages week” putting Tamil at the same level as Sanskrit. Sanskrit mantras can command the forces of nature; anyone can see videos of thousands of practitioners of Transcendental Meditation spectacularly overcoming gravity every day and this is a trivial example of the power of Sanskrit. Can Tamil do that? No language can be compared to Dev Bhasha Sanskrit. I was aghast to see on Bharat-Rakshak -- a collection of bhangis and chamars -- someone say Jews are the Brahmins of the Middle East, defiling the word ‘Brahmin’ and defiling India. Any Indian, no matter what his caste, is higher than a Westerner who by definition are ‘mlecchas’ and the lowliest worm is higher than a Jew. To restore social order, Jews and Americans must be denied entry to India just as they would be denied entry to a temple.

Indians are going crazy that, in response to my reference to Modi fighting for a U.S. visa, the United States wants to “honor” Modi by having him address a joint session of U.S. Congress. They are silent about the honor given to the greatest Indian of all time:- ""India's greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of [and interference with] communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India's RAW and India's C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media -- to keep India poor, weak and enslaved" and how this means the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the U.S.; see my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.' which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title; my biography can be found in Marquis' Who's Who in the World, 2014 and earlier editions."

(Continued)

Satish Chandra said...

(Continued from above)

FORGET PALESTINIANS, NO ONE HAS DONE MORE DAMAGE TO INDIA THAN THE JEWS. CUT OUT SUSHMA SWARAJ’S UGLY TWAT AND THROW HER ON A DUNG HEAP.
(I wrote this when Sushma Swaraj at first did not want a debate in parliament because of the possibility of discourteous references to Israel).

I have said no one has done more damage to India, in science and in everything else, than the Jews. See ‘This Is What the Jews, Americans and RAW Have Been Doing’ : ThisIsWhatTheJewsHaveBeenDoingDOTblogspotDOTcom . In a letter dated July 27, 1982 to Indira Gandhi as prime minister I referred to an act, by American Jews, that was “the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India”. In her reply dated July 29, 1982 she wrote “Dear Mr. Chandra, I have received your letter dated July 27, 1982 and am passing it on to my Principal Secretary to deal with it. Sincerely, Indira Gandhi”. In December, 1982 I wrote to her “There was sudden, terminal, overwhelming violence against me during a seminar at Harvard University and rather similar occurrences earlier… India can expect sudden, annihilatory violence … with nuclear weapons … against its population … unless it can mount a decisively superior force to stop it”. Following my advice, India’s strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and the Centre for Advanced Technology, was started to give India victory in a nuclear war with the United States and because of my influence on her, Indira Gandhi as prime minister was assassinated by CIA-RAW and later when Rajiv Gandhi realized the truth of what I had written to her after the American invasion of Iraq which was the first Gulf War, he was also assassinated by CIA-RAW. In the past few years, I have had India’s nuclear forces emplace nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities and India is now in a position to destroy the United States without being destroyed. In fact, India is in a position now to destroy the United States without itself suffering a single casualty by triggering its nuclear warheads emplaced in Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. Goonda Modi and his Cabinet are determined to keep India in slavery.

For the past 37 years, the U.S. National Security Agency has kept me under 24-hour audio, video and communications surveillance by satellite and feeds of this surveillance are provided to India's RAW as well as to Russian intelligence. When he was president, Bill Clinton held a White House conference on "The New Economy" which results from my proposal about money described in "How India's Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More" : HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogsourDOTcom . The CIA has been stealing my intellectually property for the past 37 years while inflicting as much injury and degradation on me as possible with the fullest participation of just about everyone who is anyone in the American government, media, academia, etc.; this is one reason why the United States has to be destroyed by India's nuclear forces.

Satish Chandra

Anonymous said...

tanSEN was bengali my dear friend, so were a lot of other people! want to see the entire list as it stands today? so was subash chandra bose and sri aurobindo :)


and i can name a million others and i am proud to say our greateness can be exerted beyond our national borders.
we are the fifth largest speakers!
here are two lists to shut your mouth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_people


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bengalis


these guys are not just making India proud but half the world knows about these guys dude :)
we bengalis have won pretty much every award in the world stage
you name it we have it and we are damn proud of what we have :)
its the only country in the world which took rebellion because it couldn’t speak its mother tongue and it won! and won so hard that the UN had to adopt that day as the international language day, which celebrates languages from all over the world.
its the only country in the world which took rebellion because it couldn’t speak its mother tongue and it won! and won so hard that the UN had to adopt that day as the international language day, which celebrates languages from all over the world.
did you know that the FAMOUS SEARS TOWER is architectured by another bengali?”
~KAMONASISH AAYUSH MAZUMDAR
MBA (IMT Ghaziabad)
Bengaluru, Karnataka

kamal b said...

why these people dont make noise when muslims are killing muslims in much larger numbers.when asad kills people including womens and childeren with chemical weapons we dont here any noise from these people.but when israel retaliate to defend it self from a terror organistion.these people start shouting.

bharat bhagha bidhata said...

some of our hypocrite politician always play game with some special community for vote bank.... they dont have any consideration on there own citize but in dramatic they there crocodile tear give message to wise person the you can't make fool all the citizen at the same time...

Anonymous said...

Mr. Kamonasish Mazumdar, did you even bother to read the title of the article before boasting about your Bengali heritage?