Monday, January 19, 2009



[prohindu] Dalai Lama on Terrorism

EagleSM23 Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Non-violence cannot tackle terrorism: Dalai Lama
Jan 17, 2009, Express India

New Delhi : The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.

"It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence," the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.

He termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated.

"They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated...but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed," the Dalai Lama said.

He said the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention.

The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile left the audience stunned when he said "I love President George W Bush." He went on to add how he and the US President instantly struck a chord in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties.
"I told him 'I love you but some of your policies I oppose'," said the spiritual leader to a loud round of applause from the audience which included Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and several ministers, diplomats and artistes.
The Dalai Lama said in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks he had asked Bush to spend billions of dollars on education and promotion of non-violence instead of warfare.

In its first ever ‘official action’ since 26/11, Pakistan has stated that it would sternly deal with any of its national found involved in the terror act under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
This formal official response has come out of the discussions between Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal.
This follows External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s rhetoric that the neighbour has the dirty habit of talking through the media instead of ‘officially’ communicating.

But, what else can be expected from a country, which has many ‘power centres’ and the civil government being the weakest among them! Pakistan’s reactions and responses for the Mumbai terror attack so far has been audacious, confused, naïve, irresponsible and even petulant.

The country, which said that the involved terrorists are not its citizens and later confused that they are non-state actors, now starts saying that it would act against them and try them as per its anti-terror laws.

Depite the UN’s ban on JuD, it allowed the terror outfit to continue its activities in a different name and also gave full security to the outfit’s leaders in the name of ‘house-arrest’.

It also rejected the ‘dossier of proof’ given by India and even ignored the attestation given by the US for its authenticity.

Now, it has constituted a three-member commission headed by Additional Director General Javed Iqbal of the Federal Investigation Agency to probe the Mumbai attacks.

When India’s diplomatic initiatives against Pakistan in the international arena has not born fruits so far, it is rather naïve on its part to believe that Pakistan is obliged to take actions against terrorist elements in its land.

India must understand that the hostile neighbour, which has been perpetrating heinous attacks for decades, would never ever help in eradication of the same.

The BJP has rightly questioned the latitude being given to Pakistan in trying the accused without extraditing them to India, by asking how the ‘perpetrators’ could be allowed to turn into ‘investigators’?

Meanwhile, British foreign Secretary David Miliband has made a skeptic remark that the root cause of terror from Pakistan against India remains in Kasmir and that India must settle this issue first to shut out terror.

The international community in general and UK and US in particular have not been supportive of India despite its hectic diplomatic efforts and it is a surprise why India is refusing to learn its lessons!

Why should it accept the formation of a three-member commission by Pakistan to probe the Mumbai terror attack? How can it allow the main culprit to act as police?
Why should it agree to Pakistan’s proposal of trying the terrorists in Pakistan as per its anti-terror laws? Why India has diluted the pressure on the extradition of the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attack?

When Home Minister P Chidambaram has talked about cutting all diplomatic ties with Pakistan, if needed, why did the Extrnal Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee say that it was not the government’s ‘decision’ but only an ‘option’?

Why can’t the government go ahead and implement the option and send a strong message to both Pakistan and the international community. The UPA government has been talking only about ‘options’ again and again, but it has not taken a single ‘effective’ decision so far!

India has had enough of Pakistan’s rhetoric and it has also made more than enough of the so-called diplomatic initiatives against the hostile neighbour.
It is also more than clear that the International community would never help India’s case against Pakistan.
Any country for that matter has to take care of itself against its own adversaries, ensuring the security of borders and safety of people.

That is what Israel has been doing for years! Also the history shows that the select group of ‘strong’ powers in the world has been supporting only ‘strong’ nations and India needs to be strong and act tough.


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