India’s problems lie withinDecember 22, 2008
The country’s biggest threat to peace is its treatment of Indian Muslims
Suhail Haleem | Guardian, UK
When the emotionally-charged stand-off between India and Pakistaneases, and the dust settles on the Mumbai attacks, perhaps it would be wise for India’s political leadership to do a bit of soul-searching.
Terror groups based in Pakistan may have been involved in this attack on India’s commercial capital, and for all we know, Pakistan’s notorious Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) may have trained them or provided logistical support, but it would be little more than political expediency to blame Islamabad for all that is not well within India’s borders.
It does not require great military acumen to see that India is at war with itself. Kashmir has been on the boil for two decades and India’s north-eastern states for many more, but it is the treatment of its minorities that lies at the heart of some of India’s most dangerous problems.
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