Tariq Ali on Mumbai

Why should it be such a surprise if the perpetrators are themselves Indian Muslims? Its hardly a secret that there has been much anger within the poorest sections of the Muslim community against the systematic discrimination and acts of violence carried out against them of which the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in shining Gujarat was only the most blatant and the most investigated episode, supported by the Chief Minister of the State and the local state apparatuses.

Add to this the continuing sore of Kashmir which has for decades been treated as a colony by Indian troops with random arrests, torture and rape of Kashmiris an everyday occurrence. Conditions have been much worse than in Tibet, but have aroused little sympathy in the West where the defense of human rights is heavily instrumentalised.

Indian intelligence outfits are well aware of all this and they should not encourage the fantasies of their political leaders. Its best to come out and accept that there are severe problems inside the country. A billion Indians: 80 percent Hindus and 14 percent Muslims. A very large minority that cannot be ethnically cleansed without provoking a wider conflict.

None of this justifies terrorism, but it should, at the very least, force India’s rulers to direct their gaze on their own country and the conditions that prevail. Economic disparities are profound. The absurd notion that the trickle-down effects of global capitalism would solve most problems can now be seen for what it always was: a fig leaf to conceal new modes of exploitation.

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3 Responses to “Tariq Ali on Mumbai”

  1. Robert Says:

    It looking like a high percentage of the killers were British that should make Good reading. while the Tory shadow minister is arrested for letting fly with secrets arrested by anti terrorism police, people from the UK have been planing the attack in India good solid policing again.

  2. RickB Says:

    I think that the truth of the attacks could be while to be established, if ever, seems a lot of political capital to be made out of assigning responsibility, if Brits were in the units that attacked then yes, does seem the AT cops (under their special branch personas I think, they were merged) could be doing something better than rolling round a dumb tory’s house. Although as to that the given reasons seem a bit weak what it does show is he didn’t have enough friends in high places. No one ever collared Blair for war crimes I see.

  3. RickB Says:

    JJ your simple minded smear has been removed, raise you game or give up trying to play at the grown ups table.

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