A Pakistani blogger commented on a post which I have reproduced below. I felt that this was a pathetic indecent attempt at trying to spread a meme which I feel will be pushed hard in the coming days by Pakistan (which is fantastic at PR btw).
"Homegrown terrorism is an alarming and very chilling idea. No country likes to believe that violent and armed insurgency and militancy has taken root in its backyard. Countries tend to put the matters at the back burner for as long as possible. India is ignoring the terrorists of RSS, BJP and Bajrang Dal for too long, and now it’s the time for the them to pay back. The recent attack in Mumbai sprouts from within India and is a reaction of Babri Mosque, Gujarat Massacre and scores of other terrorist attacks on Muslims across India.
The Pakistani Spectator
I felt compelled to respond with a post:
Many in India are well aware of the threat from RSS and Bajrang Dal.They are doing their bit to make India worse, but the way India is structured does not allow any single ideology or religion or person to have unchecked dominance over the country. The reason why some of these goons cannot come out fully in the open is because the average Indian - Hindu and Muslim and Christian and Sikh and others - will see through it.
Sometimes we do get blinded, but we come around and that a Hindu dominated party has not been able to win a national election on its own is testament to that. While I fear this could change in a few months, I am also hopeful that there are checks and balances in Indian society to ensure that they don't run amok. The last 3 days, there has been nothing but restraint.
Many of us hate what happened in Gujarat, at Babri Masjid, and realise that we are an imperfect nation, and working to change it every day. We have made serious mistakes, but we are not in denial. We know that we have the homegrown variety of terrorism rearing its ugly head in the form of the Indian Mujahideen (an oxymoron), it's the wheel of Karma.
In this incident, Pakistan has been accused of being involved. India has said "Pakistan" too many times to be taken seriously and there has been no proof presented to show Pakistani involvement. So I will give the benefit of doubt, not because I believe it, but because my incompetent Government is not presenting proof if it has any - and probably for good reason.
I don't believe the Pakistani Government will openly indulge in such brazen acts unless they want Pakistan to be bombed into the stone age. And I think several Indians will be happy to accept a city or two as collateral damage for the greater good. But for every Indian who thinks like that, there are a lot more who will stand up and bury him for thinking so destructively. We don't have to worry about unstable generals.
I don't believe in a media myth and the romantic idea that people-to-people Indians and Pakistanis want to live with each other. We have been brought up on anti-Pakistan and anti-India rhetoric, and are biased against each other, but somewhere basic decency takes over and we manage.
If you think that people to people, "we are ok", then you have a big heart. And today I am heartbroken. My city was raped. I feel violated. I am fighting back tears and extreme rage. So shut your lecture up.
Here's what you and your country needs to do:
- Stop obsessing about India. We have left your country in the dust in every respect because for all our mistakes, we kept inching forward. Go rebuild. You owe it to yourself.
- If you are so concerned about the fate of Muslims in India, give them an offer to live in Pakistan and adopt them all. And I bet you this, there will be no takers. And guess what? you are not interested either. Stop pretending that you care about the Muslims in India.
- Pressure your Government to hand over those who are roaming freely in Pakistan after committing atrocious acts on Indian soil. Stop harbouring terrorists who are killing all over the world.