A reaction is all they needed.

What happened in Mumbai was very sad. More than sad, it was tragic. Targeting locals or foreigners shouldn’t be treated in difference, both are humans. Most of the International networks were more concerned about the foreigners only where as there were also poor people traveling through the tramps who got killed brutally. Their fault, they weren’t terrorists.

We easily label terrorists. Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jew, Pakistani, Indian, Desi, Non-Desi – it is the only thing we have been left to do. Terrorists have no religion or nationality. I tell you why. Firstly if one is so much bonded with the religion he would try to understand and practice it more. He would be offering more extra-prayers then firing guns, if we narrow it down to just rituals. There is not a single religion which doesn’t preach compassion. If a person doesn’t follow it or make some superficial interpretations out of it, he is not identifying with the real essence of religion so how can we label him with it. As far as nationality is concerned, if a person kills his own country-men, religious folks or humanity (as there isn’t a bigger common nationality) how can you link him with any nationality. He is a traitor in simple words, so label him only as that, TRAITOR OF HUMANITY. A person’s identity is multi-layered so if you start labeling them, you need to cover all dimensions or else you are distorting identities of others which are not necessarily linked with it.

Taken at World Social Forum 2006 held in Karachi.

Taken at World Social Forum 2006 held in Karachi.

India accusing Pakistan when they want to cover their weaknesses in order to sustain their seats in upcoming election. Pakistani government is trying to defend but no one is concerned about what is happening in it’s own cities. Karachi is trapped in exchange of politically-driven real bullets out of no reason. Terrorism has no reason. Puffing Egos is all these politicians do by their bhashans (rhetorics), also aggravating people’s emotions and filling more hatred in hearts, hatred not for terrorists rather for a common man who lives at the other side of border or region or continent, who feels as bad as the victim and has nothing to do with all this mess. Global Politics isn’t far behind in propagating this intellectual terrorism for the sake of political benefits. On other hand another intellectual terrorism comes from America by always shouting, We only know it all! More than a clash of civilizations, it is a clash of ignorance.

Most importantly, most people all around the world have been unable to digest the fact that the only motive of terrorism (whether its through physical acts or intellectual in nature) is to inject FEAR in mind because it is the only emotion which can cease your rationality. Terrorist want a ripple effect. As a result, you are not condemning their actions but helping them achieve their motives. You are just labeling each other and propagating more hatred, indirectly helping in fulfillment of the terrorist’s motive.

If WE (encompasses all forces whether international, national, political parties or public) are such cowards that our insecurities are only fulfilled by labeling, accusing and killing people or above all harvesting more insecurities by propagation of fear then we all are also terrorists and not human actual.

PS: The Arms Business is one of the biggest in the world. The fear propagated through them makes us buy them more.


An interesting opinion by Indian Actor Gul Panag

Seven hundred million are you listening?
Most of what you read is made of lies
But speaking one to one, ain’t it everybody’s sun
To wake to in the morning when we rise?

So come and sing a simple song of freedom
Sing it like you’ve never sung before
Let it fill the air
Tell the people everywhere
We, the people here, don’t want a war
(Simple Song of Freedom by Kevin Spacey)
Many thanks to Sidrat for bringing in the song =)


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. uXuf
    Nov 30, 2008 @ 01:16:23

    It reminds me of Shakespeare, “all the world’s a stage…”.

    Indeed we all play into the hands of the bigger forces, who are very conveniently pulling our strings to get us all the more entangled in their web. Terrorism in any form is deplorable, even if its in the form of state-infused terrorism or the super power of the world toting it guns on harmless civilians.

    Terrorists don’t belong to a nationality, not even to a religion either. They are just that, terrorists. You’ll understand the whole thing when you’ll analyze the different scenarios that might emerge out of this mess, and how this can be used to the detriment of the common man. My sympathies are with the Indian people.

  2. mamashaal
    Nov 30, 2008 @ 17:52:05

    Firstly, my condolences to the families of the victims.

    Beautifully written, and 100 percent true.

    I got a comment on my latest post, and it made my blood boil so I had to respond. Seeing now, that there are STILL people like you around, it makes it all just better!

    Ah..if only more people thought like you! 🙂

    Keep up the work!

    Until next time,

    Mamashaal (( mamashaal.wordpress.com ))

  3. Ananth Shenoy
    Nov 30, 2008 @ 21:38:49

    Why not the good hearted Pakistanis run a signature campaign to deport Dawood Ibrahim from Karachi? Just Him. Not his son in law.. Ananth from India

  4. Prakash
    Nov 30, 2008 @ 23:49:10

    If Pakistan is really honest to solve all the Problems with India then they have to start at least following ..
    1. Deport Dawood Ibrahim.
    2. Deport all Terrorist who involved in High Jacking of Indian Airlines Plane from Kathmandu to Kandahar, all world know Highjackers are freely roaming in Pakistan like Maulana Ajhar and others.
    3.Accept to world that Pakistan has started the Kargil Proxy war with India.

  5. Sonia Gandhi
    Dec 01, 2008 @ 01:50:34

    Well a very nice article but it doesn’t hide the truth lying behind the Mumbai attacks. I am never saying the the common man is responsible for whatever is happening but it seems that people have lost it in Pakistan. The nation is now run by ISI, all the proofs indicating a clear Pakistan involvment in the attack. And if you still think that Pakistan is innocent then destroy all militant camps from Pakistan(I don’t understand if they are existing for some peace process)and deport Dawood to India.

  6. Vikram Sood
    Dec 01, 2008 @ 11:55:39

    Absolutely true…we all are part of a churning which is propogating hatred and somewhere our opinions at these tragic times won’t help. South Asia is in throes of violence, left to others it will only increase, as you mentioned arms business is the biggest in the world. So whatever ramblings we produce, the time is ripe for all us citizens to rise and act, and act now

  7. Raheel
    Dec 01, 2008 @ 12:16:12

    What about Gujrat Riots then? It was state-funded. Whoever even without arms propagates fear is a terrorist.

    The whole point of this post is not labeling terrorists because they want us to do that. There is no difference whether it is in Pakistan or India or another country.

  8. Khurram Ali Shafique
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 04:04:28

    Hi Raheel, It’s a very impressive blog – and I like your opinions as well as the range of topics.

  9. Raheel
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 11:38:13

    Thank you sir.

  10. bismillah sheikh
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 17:04:44

    saare jahan se achha hindustan hamaara ………HINDI hai HUM…HINDI hai HUM….WATAN hai………hindustan hamaara …saare jahan se achha….Mazhab nahin sikhaata aapas mein bair rakhna saare jahan se achha hindustan hamaara………..Do you understand???????????

  11. Raheel Lakhani
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 18:19:36

    I believe everyone is equal and no one is superior. We should seek unity in diversity and learn to live peacefully by cherishing the differences, it’s high time.

  12. Amirali Abdullah
    Dec 05, 2008 @ 12:59:15

    I do see your point , Raheel. But if the Pakistan government really can do more in extraditing known criminals and in wiping out terrorist camps. Then they should do so, and they deserve harsh criticism and pressure from India. While I strongly believe in mutual understanding and solidarity, incompetent governments will try and subvert that to defend their own actions.

    I should note here though, that even India has not been too successful in stamping out domestic terrorism, so taking all of these extremists out isn’t as simple as the Indian media seems to suggest. Hundreds of soldiers have died (and are dying) fighting in the northern regions, and there’s still little sign of headway.

  13. Raheel Lakhani
    Dec 05, 2008 @ 13:08:55

    Amir Ali, pretty on the point. I was thinking about writing for that too.This part of region has never been proactive, just reactive and all they know is to do blame-game when everyone isn’t doing anything at their home front.

    This post was just about how everyone and anybody can be labeled terrorist if you want to do so and how we propagate fear to make things worse.

  14. Dhananjay
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 16:05:05

    @ Raheel –

    The Indian Muslims are more than capable of dealing with whatever happened in the Gujarat riots. So, thank you very much for bringing in a completely irrelevant point.

  15. Raheel Lakhani
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 09:53:53

    Dhanajay, the point was that it was state-funded firstly. Secondly, the more important point is the propagation of fear in any way by any one is an act of sheer terrorism. Relevancy is there if you want to view it in a larger point of view and read all that has been said in between. Thanks for sharing the opinion, I appreciate.

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