The Creed of Theo-Fascism
unfolded new dimension of Pakistan’s designs in the region. Ambitious to
be recognized as a regional power, it confirmed that even the possession
of Kashmir, if that happens, was neither the only nor the final goal she
has set for herself.
Emergence of theo-fascist forces in Pakistan,
and their social and political reach, is the new phenomenon India has to
reckon with. These forces have ideologically integrated with their counterfoils
in the Islamic world and also with the strong Muslim Diaspora in the West.
Catalysts to theo-fascist ideology are twofold.
One is the cumulative grouse of political and economic exploitation of
the Muslims by the West after the dismemberment of Ottoman Empire in early
19th century. The rise of Kemal in Turkey and of Reza Shah in Iran in the
beginning of the twentieth century is also considered as western conspiracy
against Islam. Western democracy is an anathema to Islamic traditionalists.
The second catalyst is the belief of dominance
of Islam over other faiths and the superiority of Islamic civilization
over existing civilizations. The youth in Muslim seminaries all over the
world are brought up along this scriptural guideline. The concept, they
assert, must be translated into practice. Hence we find general mobilization
of the faithful.
Religion and state are inseparable in Islamic
thought: it is abundantly proved historically as well as theoretically.
Late Ayatollah Khumeini refuted Shah Saud’s contention of their separation
by stressing that the Kaaba was the precise place where the Muslims coming
from all over the world should discuss their political problems.
Pakistan has not only permitted but also encouraged
setting up of thousands of Islamic seminaries called madrasas for disseminating
theo-fascist teachings among the youth. The concepts mentioned above are
taught, together with a fair sprinkling of the use of muscle power and
the promised reward for martyrdom. This regularly replenishes the cadres
of Islamic religious militias deployed for jihad in different parts of
Pakistan is a vastly organized theo-fascist society
wearing alternatively the mask of democracy, martial law administration
or theocratic dispensation. She is a moderate Islamic democracy to the
Americans, a staunch Sunni-Wahhabi pro- monarchy theocracy to the Saudis,
a progressive, liberal and scientific Muslim state to the Central Asians,
the only sympathetic fraternity to the Indian Muslims, and the milk and
honey flowing cherished haven for the Kashmiri Muslims.
In theory and in practice, both democracy and
secularism – by which India swears – are anathema to Pakistani rulers.
Democracy, if real, means devolution of power to the people, and secularism,
if real, means equality for all religions. The latter is the antithesis
of two-nation theory or the very basis of Pakistan’s creation: the former
is to her vast landed aristocracy what a red rag is to the bull. Therefore,
in the eyes of her ruling cadres, the greatest threat to Pakistan’s existence,
her integrity and sovereignty, emanates from a menacing source lying in
her immediate neighbourhood – India, precisely in what India teaches and
Evidently, Pakistan’s priority lies in weakening
and destabilising India, breaking her democratic and secular structure
so as to insulate her against the contagion called secularism, pluralism
and democracy. Kashmir, projected by India as its model, had to bear the
brunt. The axe fell on the Pandits.
Removal of an elected government, imprisonment
of elected Prime Minster, framing of cases against him -– the latest being
his so-called RAW connections – are all measures to supplant the fundamental
perceptions described above. Kashmir is a minor screw in the big machine
of Pak subversion.
In order to maintain anti - democracy and anti-pluralistic
tempo, Pakistan is obliged to give long leash to the theo-fascists within
and outside the country. The super intelligence outfit called the ISI is
championing the campaign. Considering the fine sensitivity and importance
of its mission, it is but natural that ISI becomes extraordinarily powerful,
nay a state within a state. In order to exercise that power, it needs funds,
which, however, flow uninterruptedly and massively from the state exchequer,
no doubt at the cost of education, health and welfare of the masses of
Besides that, ISI, devised its own methods of
generating funds by promoting narcotics and drug traffic in NWFP and the
region bordering on Afghanistan. The presence of millions of Afghan refugees
in that province helped institionalising of drug trade, sucking in cadres
of Pakistani army, sections of bureaucracy and civilian administrative
apparatus and Mafiosi with international connections. Terrorist supremos
like Ossama found an empire to sit at its top.
ISI’s achievement in Kashmir is the ethnic cleansing
of its religious minority and fundamentalising of her society. For disintegration
of India, it has spread tentacles among the vulnerable sections of Indian
The story of India’s North Eastern states, where
separatism and secessionism are brewing fast, is also linked to ISI machinations.
In order to deepen her perfidy, ISI has created bases around India to coordinate
subversion by her agents. Thus Dhaka and Katmandu in the east, Dubai, Sharja
and Muscat in the west form the ring of these subversives.
In Kashmir, apart from the known pro-Pak militant
outfits and the Hurriyat Conference, there is a committed section of state
bureaucracy, political organizations including the ruling party, and moles
within administrative structure fully empathizing with separatists, secessionists
and militants. The Kashmiri Muslim Diaspora in Saudi Arabia, Emirates,
UK, the US, Canada and Australia is zealously contributing its moral and
monetary support to the cause. It has become easily vulnerable to Pakistani
Having projected Kashmiri Muslims as the victimised
people, the ISI is using them fatally for destabilisation of the Indian
State. This is the reason why in ninety per cent cases of bomb blasts,
shoot outs, RDX plantings, kidnappings, hijackings, ransom seeking etc.
in different parts of India, only Kashmiri youth are involved. This is
how on Pakistan’s instigation, these young people are misled, got arrested
or killed. The more that happens, the more do the Kashmiri Muslims get
alienated from India. This amply serves the purpose of Pakistan.
International connections of theo-fascists are
too well known to beggar any description. Islamists of various nationalities,
Pakistanis, Afghans, Chechnyans, Sudanese, Lebanese, British Muslims and
others have been fighting in Kashmir; some have been arrested. They believe
firmly that they are fighting a jihad against the kafirs. The statements
of the Jamaat-e-Islami chief in Pakistan instil in them the spirit of jihad
and martyrdom because they are told that India (and also Russia and the
US) is an enemy.
In the aftermath of Kargil incursion, Pakistan
and its ISI have accelerated the intensity of militancy in Kashmir as also
the subversion in other parts of India. The hijacking of IC 814 and the
high drama at Kandahar, the headquarters of Taliban, the extremist wing
of the contemporary Islamists, are clear indications of what the theo-fascists
are up to.
It should not go unsaid that Pakistan is wielding
strong influence in the OIC. She sponsored most of the anti-India resolutions
on Kashmir passed by this organisation. After Islamabad’s successful plan
of destroying Afghanistan by thrusting on her a fratricidal war, in the
process getting rid of a perpetual menace, she has established her political
and military depth westward. After effecting ethno-religious cleansing
in Kashmir, and making deep inroads into Kashmiri Muslim polity through
subversion, bribes and Islamization agenda, Pakistan has also found political
and military depth eastward. Her veiled threats of using the nuclear option
against the “enemy” (meaning India) are in place -- the latest coming from
the Chief Executive himself. Pakistan has been able to prejudice the world
opinion on Kashmir. Internationalising of Kashmir has ultimately
been achieved whether through the eruption of Kargil fighting or as a result
of conducting nuclear test and then focusing on Kashmir as the nuclear
flash point in the subcontinent.
Against this, the Indian government has not come
up to the mark. India is groping for an effective way of curbing the menace.
She is bogged down with tiresome debates in the parliament and the assemblies.
She is responding to the situation through a pedagogue’s manual for democratic
dispensation. Her handling of airliner hijacking case has aroused mixed
response. She is dangerously trying to minimize the subversion inside Kashmir,
and elsewhere in the country. Is it that their vision of a futuristic India
is blurred by vote bank politics? Is there none among the political and
intellectual stalwarts who can stand up and alert the masses of India to
the impending danger of theo-fascism? Let us not forget that even in the
country that has stolen a march over others in fomenting theo-fascist tendencies,
there are millions of people who would like to live in peace with others.
What are we doing to strengthen those elements? The current crisis cannot
be mitigated just by verbatim recitation of the mantras of democracy and
secularism. Practical aspects of these postulates cannot be left to coffeehouse