Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Highlights 18th April 2006

The Making of a Human Bomb - 18th April 2006

Lobbyist at work - Kudos for Babar - 19th April 2006

Babar is the man, who has always been admired by the members of diplomatic corps in Dhaka, for his role in ensuring security to them. Even during the much publicized cartoon controversy of Danish daily, when most of the Muslim states were witnessing demonstrations and destructions, and even attack of Western establishments, Lutfuzzaman Babar very courageously and efficiently managed to let Bangladesh be in the groups of only a few Muslim nations, where the radicals could not stage any sort of destructive actions....More in Asian Tribune
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury "land arrested"
Expressing serious concern at Shoaib’s land arrest, a close ally and Jewish brother of Choudhury in United States, Dr. Richard L. Benkin said, it is extremely surprising to witness that Bangladesh government did not pay any heed to the urge of international community including esteemed members of American Congress to drop the false sedition charge, return Shoaib’s passport and possessions and end continued harassment. He said, Shoaib is the bravest man in the Muslim world, who has the guts and courage to confront religious hatred, Islamist radicals and advocate diplomatic relations between Israel and Bangladesh and other Muslim nations. Dr. Benkin called upon the international community to pay attention to this case and extend their support to repressed Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury....More

Bangladesh's soverignty in danger?

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen of Bangladesh about foreign intelligence forces establishing branches in Bangladesh which could risk the national security and sovereignty of Bangladesh. My question is as a soverign nation will Bangladesh allow foreign intelligence agencies to operate inside its territory? There has been no mention of permission or cooperation with local security agencies. This is very dangerous and the information written in this article suggests that neighbouring countries are involved by feeding the Australians negative information about Bangladesh.....More

Bangladesh: Threat of Terror Continues despite Denials

Insisting that it did not harbour terrorists, Bangladesh on March 22 said in New Delhi that its ties with India could not improve as long as this 'erroneous impression' remained. On the last day of a three-day visit by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia , Bangladesh Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said, "This is an erroneous impression. As long as this erroneous impression remains, relations between India and Bangladesh cannot improve." He said Bangladesh was shocked to hear that some of its nationals were involved in some terror attacks in Benares and some other places. On the other hand, the intelligentsia in Bangladesh believes that there is no difference between Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jamaat-e-Islami. They also allege that Jamaat created the militants like Sheikh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai with a view to going to power alone by using them in the upcoming elections.Writers, journalists, educationists and political leaders and activists implicated in different bomb and grenade attack cases and charged with treason at a press conference on March 16 demanded interrogation of the arrested militants by an UN-led inquiry team. In a written statement, they criticised the prime minister for blaming the Awami League and India on several occasions for the bomb attacks during the last seven years for which the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief and other top militants have admitted responsibility. They also felt that such politically motivated and false statement by the head of the government can seriously obstruct the whole investigation process.....More

Bangladeshi SIM cards ‘infiltrate’

The increasing use of subscriber identity module cards from Bangladesh by residents of North 24 Parganas villages is causing a headache to the district administration. The SIM cards are smuggled to India and the villagers hold on to them as they are cheaper than the Indian equivalents. As the Border Security Force could do little to tackle the problem, the district magistrate is learnt to have asked Intelligence officials to spring into action. A senior administrative official said:
“As we’ve no control over Bangladesh’s mobile service providers, we can only cut off the supply. It’s a threat to India’s security.”
Mr Joy Biswas, Basirhat’s sub-divisional police officer, said towers in Bangladesh’s border villages were so powerful and was suitable for the Indians. “But using a Bangladeshi SIM card in India is illegal. We have to find out how we can stop this,” Mr Biswas said.
Statesman News Service

Crush Pak-Bangla terrorism

To defeat terror, it is essential to know the motive and motivation of enemy. Though India is a secular country, both Pakistan and Bangladesh have been declared as Islamic Republics, and have driven out most of the Hindus and Sikhs from their land. Pakistan and Bangladesh have fed their population with misinformation and intense hatred for Hindus and India. In India, present percentage of Muslim population is much higher than that in 1947. Starting as one country in 1947, Pakistan and Bangladesh are again united in their mission to destroy India. In order to destroy India and bleed India through "a thousand cuts", Pakistan's ISI, and its loyal pupil Bangladesh's Director General of Field Intelligence are determined to create one more Islamic country on Indian soil. And to achieve this task, apart from driving out their Hindu/Sikh population from their countries, Pakistan and Bangladesh have sent countless terrorists and crores of their nationals into India. Besides, they have planted a number of Madrassas on India's border with Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. They are also helping Naxalites and various other anti-India elements. And to undermine Indian economy, they are smuggling and circulating fake Indian currency through their countless agents in India.....More

South scanner on Lashkar sleeper cells

After the IISc attack, the Karnataka police woke up to find sleeper cells at places across the state, such as Chintamani, Mulbagal (both near Bangalore), Mangalore (on the coast), Bidar and Bagalkot (in northern Karnataka).Sleeper cells refer to militants who are used for specific tasks and exist for years without the police getting suspicious. Sources said much of the recruitment is done in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, where many Indians travel to work or on pilgrimage. A few come into contact with recruiters. “Saudi spiritual centres are teeming with Lashkar agents who indoctrinate them. The Indians are shown footage of the Gujarat riots, Babri Masjid demolition and killings in Jammu and Kashmir that are blamed on securitymen. They are then sent for training in Pakistan or Bangladesh on fake Saudi passports,” a source said.
“Back in Saudi Arabia, they are assigned specific tasks. Once they return to the Nizam areas, they try to spread their ideas among the youth. Often, young men from the Nizam areas are directly sent to Bangladesh for training. Some of them are also involved in hawala rackets.”
Some of these operatives buy property in an area and try to acquire influence and authority — for instance, through philanthropy, sources said. All the while they continue to scout for recruits, motivate them and raise and distribute funds for militancy......More

Centre nod to Indo-Myanmar border fencing

Even though fencing had been undertaken along the international border with Pakistan and Bangladesh with a view to tackle infiltration, Myanmar had so long been free of such border barriers. The Union cabinet committee on security has at the same time approved a strategy paper compiled by the Mizoram government to curb illegal inflow of various contraband items into the state from Myanmar. Following this, the state government would regularise trading of certain items between the two countries. Stating this, a senior official of the Mizoram government today said the Mizoram government has decided to regulate border trading between India and Myanmar through a single gate at the land customs station at Zokhawthar village in the state’s Champhai district.....More

Maoists who menace India

According to a former senior official of the Research and Analysis Wing, Indian's intelligence agency, some 20,000 Naxalites now have arms and are an important factor in states comprising 20 percent of India's population. There is no doubt now that the extent of Maoist success in Nepal has directly strengthened and emboldened the Naxalites, who can also claim to deliver votes in some rural areas and thus become a factor in state politics. For a nation which has endured the running sore of Kashmir for decades, and more briefly faced a bloody Sikh secessionism in Punjab, the prime minister's remark was a remarkable admission of the extent of divisions within India between the burgeoning prosperity in many areas and the disorder and lack of progress in others. It should be an even greater shock to foreigners who believed that Islamic fundamentalism was in India, as everywhere, the main security threat. Maoism now has more followers in India than China. Until recently, official Delhi - which includes much of India's news media - tended to look on Nepal's problems as specific to that kingdom and ignore those in rural Bihar and other states. These were seen as isolated outcomes of their chronic underdevelopment and corrupt politics. Instead of admitting the problem of homegrown insurgency, much was made of allegedly foreign-inspired security threats such as the hill-country tribal unrest in the northeastern states or Islamist threats from Pakistan or Bangladesh.......More

The red badge of discontent

According to Sanyal one can hijack a train, loot a police station or kidnap a person but that does not constitute a revolutionary movement. There is no Che or Mao leading a united naxalite movement today.
Notwithstanding, all the talk of compact revolutionary zone from Kathmandu to Kerala, even the charismatic leaders of the powerful maoist movement in Nepal are far removed from the maoist ideology of state and governance. What they seek is a pluralistic and a democratic polity shorn of the vestiges of feudalism. The naxal movement is primarily a vengeful voice of the exploited whose resentment has grown over the last few decades having been bypassed by the socio-economic changes in rural and tribal areas
. The real remedy lies in good governance which is sensitive to the needs of the most exploited. In fact, if the naxal movement can trigger-off such a transformation— if not in full measure, at least partially— it would have served a purpose notwithstanding the unfortunate violence that it has engendered.....More

More coverage on South Asian Maoist Insurgency in WorldWar4Report

We need an immigration law

India needs an immigration law. We do not need special laws for the North-east and particularly for Assam as the Centre is sickeningly determined to do, with the latest Foreigners Tribunal Amendment Order which has one law for India and another for Assam. This colonial approach is driving a sharp wedge between India and Assam, despite its proclamations that the latter and the rest of the North-east are being “mainstreamed”, what ever that horrible phrase means. How can a government say that it is committed to pluralism and secularism where its major actions as far as Assam is concerned add up to a policy of divide and rule? Where its interventions support the interests of illegal or undocumented migrants, who are predominantly Bengali-speaking Muslims, and their political patrons in Congress, its Leftist allies and their fellow travellers? We need a law that secures the rights of citizens without bludgeoning those who are migrating out of desperation and who provide basic services here. I strongly disagree with those who proclaim that an Islamic conspiracy, born in Bangladesh, and citing a few articles, notes and Indian intelligence sources, is out there to overwhelm Assam.....More

INTERVIEW: Proffesor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury

Hypothetically speaking, if Dr. Yunus’ initiative succeeds, will the country’s power base be transferred from the hands of the politicians to other hands?

Their entire programme is a movement to diminish the importance of politicians. Normally this role is played by the NGOs. But they don’t realise that a state can never be non-political.

Do you find any similarity between Dr. Yunus’ demand and the movement of Dr. Kamal Hossain Dr. B Chowdhury for the Oikya Mancha Andolan comprising the civil society?

It is a lot in that form. Actually, Dr. Kamal Hossain, B Chowdhury and Dr. Yunus all have political ambitions. Yet they are unwilling to participate in any movement. They want to avail their political interests through other means. They perhaps look to the donors and use the civil society. Those who feel they can’t contest in the election or those who have no public relations, they are the ones who come up with such demands....More


Anonymous Anonymous said...

King Of India
King's Address: Old Wine, Old Bottle
Could Girija Be President?

April 22, 2006  
Blogger Mac said...

Thanks for leaving those wonderful links to stories Bhagat


April 22, 2006  

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