Moorthy Muthuswamy PhD
January 21, 2004
Prithviraj Chauhan syndrome: Getting the Big Picture Right
Since India is about
to embark on a crucial set of talks with Pakistan on accommodation and
peace it is time to ask ourselves what should be the real goal of India
vis-?vis Pakistan -- is it peace? After all, peace is usually viewed in
short time scales. Pakistan may opt for peace for tactical reasons for
now, -- only to change its mind later.
Any attempt at peace
with Pakistan must be viewed in the context of a thousand-year history,
starting with the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan. It led to slavery for
many hundred years and immense destruction continuing to this day (http://www.saveindia.com/gautier.htm).
India?s goal must be
to come out of the Prithviraj syndrome by working to permanently
neutralize the civilizational enemy. This is the secret to India finally
overcoming the bullying by Islamists to achieve eventual peace. Why do I
use the term civilizational enemy? Because in every Muslim majority area
of South Asia, non-Muslims and their civilizations have been permanently
decimated, -- from a substantial presence (http://www.saag.org/papers7/paper610.html).
In the modern
context, the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan in the hands of Muhammed Ghori
is one of being outwitted by an opponent. This eventual defeat was
preceded by Prithviraj?s inability to understand the enemy and letting
the enemy live to fight the other day on numerous occasions.
We seem to be
battling the same war with Pakistan over and over again. We do not appear
to understand the intent and motivation of the enemy and have shown little
interest in overpowering the enemy. In short, we still exhibit
deficiencies Prithviraj had shown.
The good news is,
not all of India suffers from this. The buzzword these days is about
Indians? ability to compete successfully, -- not be cowed by the
opposition. We first saw this ability in providing software services
around the world. These projects didn?t show up in the Indian lap. They
were earned by outwitting and outperforming the opposition.
How can we use the
attributes of the new and emerging India to compete successfully, -- i.e.
to bury the Prithviraj syndrome for good?
Confidence Building Measures with
At the moment most
travelers from India to Pakistan are Indian Muslims, -- a community
already under the grip of extremism (http://www.indiacause.com/ol/OL_040118.htm
This is unlikely to change given the fear Pakistan induces in the minds of
most non-Muslims, and its track record of sponsoring jihad on them. In the
past many of these visiting Indian Muslims have been recruited to come
back from Pakistan to conduct jihad in India. Also, they have been used as
a conduit to smuggle drugs, weapons, jihad and fake Indian currency.
Bottom line: there is little that is good that can come out of these
travels, mostly evil and death to more Indians.
If the relations
between Islamic Pakistan and India normalize, the demographic invasion
should start, just like from the neighboring Islamic Bangladesh, that is
in the process of demographic flooding of the North East Indian states.
India will gradually start seeing its Western border states too flooded
with Pakistani illegal, if it not prepared to repulse a Pakistani
Bangladesh has so
many of its young students enrolled in colleges across West Bengal. That
still has not stopped it from sponsoring terror groups active in the North
East. Nor has it stopped Bangladesh from sliding further into Islamic
The potential impact
of soft-borders and the associated dynamics are discussed at a greater
detail in my earlier publication:
India doesn?t quarantine itself with respect to Pakistan, Pakistan will
flood India with people and terrorists and still win jihad. Peace with
Pakistan could in reality be no peace!
often indifferent and somewhat hostile attitude toward the majority
community, their continued slippage in every measure of progress and the
lack of presence of no reformed version of Islam even in a multiethnic,
democratic and secular India (http://www.indiacause.com/ol/OL_040101.htm)
are notable. Under these circumstances of ideologically entrenched
hostility, it would be a bad idea for India to train Pakistani students. A
weakened enemy is easier to handle than a more capable enemy.
America started to
help the former Soviet Union in a big way only when democracy was voted to
power and the Soviet communism, the ideology responsible for the cold war
was no longer in power. All the available evidence indicates that most
Pakistanis are still married to extremism ? recently over 70% voted to
support the Taliban. Generations of Pakistanis have been brainwashed into
irrational hostility through Pakistani textbooks and further reinforced by
most Muslim clerics? preaching across its mosques and madarasas.
The Muslim clerics are still the real power brokers in Pakistan either
directly or indirectly, -- with an ability influence and mobilize masses
across the spectrum of the Pakistani society. This is true whether
Pakistan is under democracy or military leadership. Realization by a few
Pakistanis, including possibly Musharraf, doesn?t alter this dynamics. The
concept of modern risk minimization backed up by a thousand-year history
calls for a permanent victory (like America?s over Soviet Communist
ideology), -- not Prithviraj-type magnanimity.
Pakistan being significantly weakened, and most of its population weaned
away from extremist Islamic ideology, India trying to shore up to make
Pakistan capable from information technology to other assorted industries
makes little sense ? this is Prithviraj all over again!
The assorted variety
of leftists, ?peaceniks? and some journalists who want India to open
borders with Pakistan or those who articulate the view that there can be
no peace without a prosperous Pakistan have no experience in
nation-building or securing a country?s citizens. These people have played
virtually no part in wealth creation in the emerging India and have mostly
worked to undermine India?s security. They should not be listened to and
should be marginalized.
Concept of Gradual Squeeze
To reverse the
Prithviraj syndrome requires far more than keeping ?vigil?. It requires a
vision to roll back the religious fascism that continues to assault India
from within and without. Not just in Kashmir, elsewhere in rest of India
we must put a squeeze on the power structure of Islam that continues to
promote some form of jihad or the other and prevents Indian Muslims from
progressing. This must be done with a plan, gradually and for many years
Pakistan?s and other
Islamists? dealings with India has thus far been one of deceit and
deception. Accords with India were followed only as long as it suited
them. This is a classic behavior of an enemy intend on exterminating the
opponent, but not on accommodation. India must respond in an unpredictable
manner, and essentially pay them back in a similar manner to defeat them
civilizationally and permanently in South Asia.
trends, for a foreseeable future, indicate a strengthening India and a
weakening Pakistan. Nothing should be done to change that.
If a major crackdown
or military response is required, India should move forward decisively to
execute it. China?s economy took off after the Tinnamen Square crack down
which ensured stability. The world, while initially voicing reservations,
came back to invest much more in China in the aftermath.
Composite Talks with Pakistan
The key to dealing
with a brutal bully like Pakistan is to be aggressive and put it on the
defensive. Clearly, India has more issues to talk to Pakistan besides
Kashmir. One being that of displaced persons from West and East Pakistans
and Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
ethnic cleansing conducted by Pakistan in South Asia since 1947 has
created a land imbalance in its favor and to the detriment of India, with
India having to accommodate 85% of the population in 75% of the land. When
it was becoming obvious that West Pakistan was going to expel most of its
non-Muslim citizens to India, Sardar Patel, the then Deputy Prime Minister
of India wanted to annex some portions of West Pakistan as compensation
for creating this land imbalance. But Pandit Nehru, the then Indian Prime
Minister, prevented him from doing so. This act of Pakistan was against
the understanding reached at the time partition, -- a few months earlier.
Pakistan has managed to drive out 30% of its population of non-Muslims to
India, from West and East Pakistan (in 1971). Hence, India has the right
to demand at least 30% of Pakistan?s landmass (without subjects), as a
compensation for creating this land imbalance (http://www.saag.org/papers7/paper610.html).
By making this
demand, India exposes Pakistan? genocidal acts of Islamization in South
Asia and takes the moral high ground. It buys India strategic space and
time, while releasing pressure on the Kashmir issue. I would consider it
as a strategic blunder on the part of Indian leadership if it doesn?t
raise this issue in the upcoming talks with Pakistan. We all should
realize that it is Pakistan that owes us land, and hence the issue of
handing over territory to Pakistan, be it in the form of parts of Kashmir,
should never come under consideration.
Let me remind the
readers that the Pakistani army systematically butchered about a million
Hindus in the then East Pakistan in 1971, and was never held accountable!
I urge the readers to demand/create petitions/pass resolutions that India
brings up the issue of non-Muslim ethnic cleansing by Pakistan and demand
land from Pakistan as compensation.
India at the Crossroads
The current Indian
leadership has a great opportunity at hand to finally move beyond the
Prithviraj syndrome. This legacy is far more prestigious than a thousand
Nobel peace prizes ? this is about finally reversing the thousand-year
defeatist and reckless mindset! Only this will ensure a thriving
civilization in South Asia and the defeat religious barbarism.
For all its
progress, as I have pointed out India does have growing cancer within (http://www.indiacause.com/ol/OL_040118.htm
India needs to take decisive steps to dismantle roots of Islamic
fundamentalism in order to free up resources for economic development.
I urge the readers
of this article to write/lobby Mr. Vajpayee and other Indian leaders to
strive to be the one who finally acted to reverse the Prithviraj?s
blunder and achieve the path to true peace and prosperity in South Asia.
expressed here are author?s own. The writer is a nuclear physicist based
in America. He is also a director of Indian American Intellectuals Forum,
a New York-based non-profit organization. His contact address:
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