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Militancy In Search of Happiness

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“Today people are exploited like never before, the divide between the haves and have nots is getting wider and wider, there is no recourse to justice and the rulers are completely disconnected from the peoples problems. This is a great tragedy that is forcing the poor to take up arms against the rich.” Raja Mujtaba

In this era of religious fervor and world wide resurgence of faith and beliefs Armies of liberals or so calling themselves enlightened moderates are stuck in loops of massive and mighty groups and factions of fervent believers defending their faith and beliefs through angry demands. Almost everywhere to the world these days word fundamentalism is sounding familiar. Having penetrated, built and strengthened an extensive network at grass root level and from lowest ebb of poverty and slums these militants and radical groups mainly operating under patronage of underworld mafia of death funders and their distributors and dealers of drugs, lethal arms and other endangered inventories. These extremist forces in question are not only known as Muslims but they are all now very well known as groups and factions of Christians, Zion, Hindus and Buddhist fundamentalists and conservatives. The rise of these endangered species around the world is not only because of the wider politicization of religions by corrupt Govts but also because of social and economic injustice, disparity and disorder as an out come of that new world order launched cunningly by richer states to grab grub and divert all resources especially of those nation states which are socially economically and politically weaker but highly enriched with natural resources.

Boom in religious arousals in our region especially after fall of USSR reflect several factors already identified by endless numbers of thinkers and writers. Main factor is the loose and oppressive system of political controls and governance by planted Corrupt and weak Govts especially in socially economically and politically weaker states. Because of social political and economic disparity and extensive gaps of miles and miles between rich and poor even some Buddhists have also adopted a tough minded profile. In so called shinning India the Militancy offers to vast number of low cast Dalits and other untouchables a way out of their country’s highly oppressive cast system. These Cast effective people all shouting out loud in mass conversion ceremonial gatherings “we don’t want to be treated as animals anymore”. Such growing numbers of extremists groups anywhere are now claiming through power of their own muscles to translate into political power like Hindutwa Terror. There is a big trouble therefore emerging not only out of some Muddrissahs but there are even bigger troubles and threats emerging out of some temples, churches, monasteries and even those getting enlightened under the banyan tree. Cleaning that all mess may take time so uncertainly but the proper understanding of the gravity of situation and realistic approach of all those who really matter here there and every where must not take any more time. Present course of continued collision must pick an immediate course of withdrawal and forces with all resources must be diverted and concentrated on immediate change from course of collision to course of cohesion and coherence through civilized means of social and economic justice within and across all societies.

Thereafter fall of USSR and launch of that new world order which unfortunately made the money but not the human values and general well being as the ultimate measure of success for countries and their people.

This approach of money as an ultimate measure of success not only affected to draw a clear divide in societies making rich as richie rich and poor as slum dog as potential terrorist in hands of mafias. High time those who matter either in America or rest of the world must get ready to look into the most unlikely sides of the menace of militancy especially when men like Mr. Joe Bidden standing on soils of this troubled region loudly acknowledge the fact that Military is not the only solution of Militancy.

Now the approach of Economic experts towards Economic Policies of their countries is highly needed to be innovative. Their policy makers and money merchants must now think more about general happiness and wellbeing of their people rather than merely on bullshit of GDP. But can bureaucracies of today especially of countries like Pakistan really be educated to think and measure about Happiness in Economics? As an ordinary citizen having nothing to do with science and technology of economics I am more concerned about my happiness in my own economics rather than about GDP of my country. But throughout our lives all ordinaries like me for our happiness are made to run after that unmatchable untouchable moving target of GDP. That GDP nuisance ever since has intensified poverty, has extended the slums and has generated slum dogs especially in our region. Today there is nothing else in the world that sells like poverty. Unfortunately all programs of poverty alleviation of money merchants and their NGOnised agents are infect poverty glorification programs to even make more money out of slums.

When like morality and empathy are imbibed in our genes so are savagery and blood lust. Those who matter in countries and societies to affect the lives and livelihood of their people must learn what makes their people both noble and terrible. They must also learn to distinct between virtues and vice.

India holds its breath for divisive Ayodhya ruling

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LUCKNOW, India – India has ramped up security ahead of a high court ruling Friday on a bitter religious dispute responsible for some of the bloodiest sectarian violence since independence.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand alert in New Delhi

The decision on the future of the Ayodhya mosque site — and even more so the reaction to it — poses a crucial test for India and its image as an emerging global player and a beacon of stability in a volatile region.

India’s home minister P. Chidambaram appealed for calm Wednesday ahead of the politically charged judgement.

“It is the government’s earnest hope that all sections of society will maintain peace, order, harmony and tranquillity,” he said in New Delhi.

“It would be inappropriate to reach any conclusion that one side has won or the other side has lost” following the ruling that will be extremely complex and is bound to be appealed to the Supreme Court, he added.

In 1992 the demolition of the 16th-century Babri Mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu activists sparked riots that killed more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, and propelled India’s Hindu nationalists into the political mainstream.

Hindus say the mosque had been built by the Moghul emperor Babur on the site of a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu warrior god Ram in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Ever since the destruction of the mosque 18 years ago the 47-acre (19-hectare) site has been cordoned off with barbed wire and steel fencing and guarded by troops.

Now a three-judge bench in the state capital Lucknow will rule on ownership of the site between Hindu and Muslim groups.

A senior Uttar Pradesh home department official told AFP in Lucknow more than 200,000 police, paramilitary and other security personnel had been deployed across the state ahead of the ruling.

“Processions of all kind have been prohibited not only in Ayodhya but also in 44 sensitive districts,” added Brij Lal, additional director-general of police.

Muslims called for calm.

“We now wait for Friday’s verdict but no one should celebrate victory or raise protests against the ruling,” said Zafaryab Jilani, lawyer for the Babri Masjid Action Committee, which wants the site handed to Muslims, India’s largest religious minority.

The government and numerous religious leaders have urged both Hindus and Muslims to accept the court ruling, no matter which way it goes.

“The way the country handles this — the aftermath — will have a profound impact on the evolution of our country,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said earlier in the month.

The radical Vishwa Hindu Parishad or VHP insisted that the government would have to give the site to the Hindus.

“The Indian government must hand over the (Ayodhya) site to Hindus through an act of parliament because it is linked to faith or else this dispute will never end,” the VHP’s national spokesman Prakash Sharma told AFP.

The drive to build a Ram temple on the ruins of the razed mosque remains a key political aim of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is the main opposition party in parliament.

India’s chief Muslim cleric, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, echoed the calls for calm, but also criticised hardline Hindu groups for shunning efforts to find an out-of-court settlement.

“One can only strike a compromise with those who want to resolve the dispute through sincere talks,” Bukhari told AFP.

Mahant Gyan Das, a senior member of the Hindu trust seeking to build a Ram temple on the site, insisted that any violence resulting from the ruling would not come from the people of Ayodhya.

The government has taken out newspaper ads warning against any knee-jerk reactions that might inflame communal tensions.

“There should be no attempt whatsoever made by any section of the people to provoke any other section,” the published appeal said.

India has avoided any major outbreak of Hindu-Muslim violence since riots in Gujarat in 2002.

The government is especially keen to keep a lid on any unrest ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which begin on October 3, and the visit of US President Barack Obama in November.