Give up Modi, the US will never be on your side

Published: October 3, 2016

The US is not likely to sever the very strategic and seriously important ties it has with its ally Pakistan anytime soon.

Last month, a US petition to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism gained serious momentum. Having crossed the 100,000 signature threshold, the issue now awaits addressing by the Obama administration. The question then begs to be answered: is or has Pakistan been a state sponsor of terrorism in its checkered past?

With all due respect and within all my patriotic sensibilities, I believe the answer to be possibly – nay, probably – yes.

For as long as I can remember covering South Asian politics, Pakistan has been on the hook for spending nights in bed with the Americans with quickie afternoon siestas with home grown extremist groups. Frankly, we don’t have a leg to stand on because we lack irrevocable proof showing that we have completely shunned and cut off support to extremist groups responsible for some seriously crappy international events.

Simply put, situations like OBL turning up in our backyard and our constant flip flopping on the issue of ‘good Taliban versus bad Taliban’ makes us look pretty bad, pretty much all the time. (Pro tip: there are no good Taliban – problem solved and I’ll take my Person with Much Political Prowess Award to go, please).

Yet – despite Pakistan’s possible guilt in supporting or turning a blind eye to certain terrorist factions – for India to act as the regional mudslinging, holier-than-thou figure is a hypocrisy bordering on hilarity. Really, it’s just another one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bouts of continuous political grandstanding and stoking the flames of regional conflict.

And it won’t work for two reasons.

First, the US is not likely to sever the very strategic and seriously important ties it has with its ally Pakistan anytime soon. Despite the strict rhetoric emanating from the White House (since at least 2014) encouraging Pakistan to adopt a more hard-line approach towards extremist non-state actors, the relationship between Islamabad and Washington is slowly bettering.

On Pakistan’s part, our establishment has put in an increased effort to shut down militant groups like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). And these efforts are not going unnoticed in Washington. Just last month the Secretary of State, John Kerry, has reiterated America’s restored confidence in and an increasing level of cooperation with Islamabad.

The second reason Modi’s mudslinging and attempts to ostracise Pakistan are not going to work is because of India’s own checkered past and present. Indeed, if Modi’s year-and-a-half long reign has confirmed one thing, it is that India bleeds saffron and saffron alone. Concealed behind his agenda of harnessing India’s population size and growing economic ability, Modi has been constantly propagating anti-minority sentiment. Under Modi’s reign (unlike the reign of India’s other recent leaders) the dark underbelly of inflammatory Hindu nationalism – at the expense of all their minorities – has been on the up and up.

India’s own politicians have acknowledged this dark side of hyped-up Hindu nationalism. Recall the 2013 comments of Indian Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, when he disclosed that Hindu terrorist training camps were being promoted by parties Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Shinde went on to confirm that these parties have numerous times in the past incited Hindu-Muslim violence including the Gujarat riots and the Babri Masjid incident.

A 2015 Guardian op-ed by political commentator Anish Kapoor boldly likens Modi’s reign to the Hindu version of the Taliban. I urge you to read it in its entirety because a year later it remains relevant and accurately depicts India’s culpability in allowing unimpeded violence and abuse of its minorities.

Fast forward to present day: India’s decision to pull out of this year’s Pakistan-hosted SAARC meet, which caused a domino effect resulting in regional neighbours pulling out, is an unfortunate symptom of the destabilising illness plaguing the region.

Just days ago, news broke that Pakistan has postponed (in effect: cancelled) this year’s SAARC. Truly, having to delay a meet between the power players of South Asia is a shame. Because, as the Kashmir curfew reaches 80 days, valuable human lives are lost in skirmishes at the border, and the global threat of ISIS attempts to gain momentum in the region, this year, maybe more so than any other year, SAARC and its promise of economic and regional integration was a necessity.

Maria Kari

Maria Kari

The author is a lawyer and freelance journalist. She tweets as @mariakari1414 (twitter.com/mariakari1414)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • mimi sur

    Shallow articles from bathroom thinkers . India doesn’t really care USA . USA will come to India with a job bowl . At this juncture, no one care dare to mess with India .Recommend

  • vinsin

    Only Muslims are minorities, non-Muslims like Jains, Sikhs, Parsi etc are nothing for author. So much hatredness for non-Muslims. Are Muslims minority or majority compared to Hindus? Who is majority in India? Looks like partition of subcontinent has not satisfied people like author. Author will never write an article about returning Mecca to Arab Pagans.Recommend

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Genuine Muslims have a natural hate and disgust for Hindus, Christians and the Jews at the “conscious” level. They know what they are saying and proudly accept it.

    Liberal Muslims – like the author above – have the same hate and disgust for Hindus, Christians and the Jews but at an “unconscious” level. Out in the open, they believe as if they don’t hate, but their actions both in speech and writing reflect that.

    A liberal Muslim is basically another name for a closet-racist.Recommend

  • Feroz

    Very shallow write up which is skimpy with facts too. Have to be very generous to give passing marks.Recommend

  • Mike

    Shallow logic? lol.Recommend

  • Vinsin’s dad

    I like how you didn’t mention anything on Hindu fanaticalism? Apparently you hate all minorities then.Recommend

  • Miku

    And this justifies Hindu terrorism because? You seem to play ignorant on that issue. Arab Pegans? lol it seem Hindus live in their own world.Recommend

  • Junaid

    Interesting enough, you didn’t mention a single thing on Hindu extremism which would implicate far more evil about views on minorities, if I used your own logic. This typical conduct of someone with unbalanced mindset driving idolistic cultural brainwashing pf Indians. Intellectual dishonesty and ignorance of their own fallacies. Even you accusation of Arab pegans is laughable, it something dreaded up from Hinduvta mantra.Recommend

  • Vishal Modi

    Making silly guesses and childish taunts makes your potty logic far less palatable. A lot of countries have messed with India including Pak, Sri Lanka, Nepal and China, trying to convince India more than rapist and conmen haven state is highest point you have.Recommend

  • Sunil

    We do not care what you say.Recommend

  • Gingerman78

    There are no liberal Muslims since those two words contradict each other.Recommend

  • pathanoo

    It’s a transactional relationship (between America and Pakistan). Don’t flatter your self.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Just LOL, girl go get yourself educated first. Recommend

  • Sanjeev

    When Modi came to power, India stopped playing to the world gallery and to please any one. It has only its self-interests for consideration and not what the people will say or think or publish in their news papers. There are no more our concerns.Recommend

  • Junaid

    If you actually KNEW history, you wouldn’t even mention Arab pagans. Like I said, you’re avoiding Hindu terrorism and just having obsession with Muslims specifically. Biased and Ignorant.Recommend

  • Miku

    Hindus don’t exist in KSA.Recommend

  • Windows Master

    Just LOL, give us an educated response instead of asserting.Recommend

  • Dawan

    Hindu is great, there’s no poor people or rape.Recommend

  • Michael

    Unless you work in US government then you could suggest, the idea of little boy trying to act like a politician is laughable. Well your post, opinionated and speculative. Reeks of jingoism and delusionlism of American exceptionalism.Recommend

  • Sunel

    And you’re posting here? Logic failed!Recommend

  • Parak

    I think Junaid is right, you seem to avoid Hindu extremism.Recommend

  • Henry

    Umm…so Hinduism isn’t native to India? ahaha.Recommend

  • Matthew

    Says the person who thinks Hindus live in Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Matthew

    Yes,there’s cows and beef. Recommend

  • Bob

    You need counseling. I suggest you look Hindu extremism in India, you seem to memory lapse there.Recommend

  • Henry

    Well the statics Hindus should return their land to muslims in India.Recommend

  • Joy

    No that would stupid Recommend

  • Manish

    Topic derail alert.Recommend

  • T.

    Why not India? Why are you avoiding India? This is person is proud Indian,Recommend

  • T.

    You didn’t mention about India. A cultural of lying and dishonesty.Recommend

  • T.

    They don’t have any factual point just grapsing straws.Recommend

  • Boro

    You must live in bygone era where US actually meant something. US is failed country with countless issues it’s in no position to lecture other nor is it capable of winning any wars.Recommend

  • Tigore

    Haha, Hindu fundamentalist are innocent. Fine example of how Hindu are supporting fundamentalism.Recommend

  • Michael

    Yes, then No one must have done Gujarat riots, burning churches and attacking dalits for years. Recommend

  • Joseph

    Fine example of Hindu duplicity and dishonesty and endorsing terrorism. The mindset of India perhaps?Recommend

  • Harish, UK.

    Didn’t Saudis fund Hillary’s campaign? Short on facts should be your motto. If only Indians look in mirror.Recommend

  • Harish, UK.

    India is no saint. Rape, attacks on minority, poor and extremely old infrastructure. Must be good in 3rd largest economy.Recommend

  • Normo

    Pakistanis are minority compared to India, give up India thenRecommend

  • adi

    Which part is dishonest, Mr. Muslim pretending to be christian?Recommend

  • Sane

    You seems master of definitions and interpretations, with your own logic.Recommend

  • Sane

    Anyways Pakistan is far better than India. Look at your hungry and naked population. Recommend

  • York

    You mean the one with fake signature that blocked by the US.Recommend

  • Tigore

    Hindu extremist apologist.Recommend

  • Michael

    You first tell us, how a tea boy with links fundamentalist is PM?Recommend

  • Banja

    Like Farmers who committed suicide? Or rapists?Recommend

  • Bob Chan

    A 3rd largest economy that lives on western aid and production? How many INDIAN companies are known in the western sphere? China is years advance compared 3rd economy more like 3rd world.Recommend

  • Bob Chan

    How do you know he is muslim? He might not be. Talk about dishonest.Recommend

  • Bob Chan

    There’s no liberal Hindus nor Christians nor Buddhist? The fact remain his post seem to skip on Hindu hatred. Biased? You tell me.Recommend

  • Sane

    Before you talk about international politics, first provide toilets to your hungry and naked population. 80% of your population do not have access to a toilet.Recommend

  • Matthew

    So they exist in KSA or not? Are Indians, Arabs now? Recommend

  • Matthew

    lol, never asked questioned his friend Vinsin.Recommend

  • Tony

    You’re lying one post says Hindus are being prosecuted and another they disappeared? What inane logic is this?Recommend

  • Boro

    Haha, Hindus haven’t done anything because you say so? And all muslims are evil because you so?Recommend

  • Normo

    It was Saudi, can’t you even read?Recommend

  • Normo

    If we look at your post, you seem biased and stoop to lying and ignorance. Can anyone trust your “facts” that is opinionated?Recommend

  • Vishal Modi

    I love this argument, apparently India is better than Pakistan. When faults of India comes, they need to compare to “lesser” country? Logic failedRecommend

  • Boro

    Haha, talk about desperate. Some who hates muslims is preaching about pluralism. More like tribalism of hindus.Recommend

  • sParthiv

    Last time you categorized someone as low category they ended up giving birth to a new country. Remember Bangladesh…Recommend

  • Matthew

    Really? so Hindus are going to take over Saudi Arabia? Really? Recommend

  • Junaid

    So hindus are going to colonise Saudi? Somehow they’re Arabs too? Shows what Indian education is achieving.Recommend

  • Matthew

    Apparently, you can commit sectarian violence then reflect upon? It’s shame but it’s history, let’s murders get away with it. ShockingRecommend

  • Hina

    Any problem is global issue regardless. We’re not monster that we should let people die and not say a word. I hope your religion and parents didn’t teach you this. It’s horrible.Recommend

  • Hina
  • Bob Chan

    Pretty much. I didn’t claim he denied Babri Mosque or Gujarat riot, I claimed he’s indenial of secularism and fundamentalism. Notice how he does this, makes unfounded allegation on others by drawing his delusional conclusions laden with insults. The idea of having ignorant and passive approach to Hindu crimes and telling others to stay of out his country, shows what little moral fiber Hindus have, added with its poverty and social inequality. This is denialism at its best. I don’t think I’ll get response on how Modi became PM despite sectarian stance. Apparently Kill and then learn?Recommend

  • Sane

    Hindus shall always be confined to India only. Recommend

  • Sane

    On paper India is a secular state, actually it is Hindu state.Recommend

  • Bob Chan

    Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy and such sensible people? So only critics of Pakistan are sensible? What kind of biased argument are saying?Recommend

  • Bob Chan

    Honestly, you reek of dishonest. Shame, Indian intellectual dishonest is appalling for me.Recommend

  • Matthew

    So the people who disagree with Modi are dishonest? What kind of reasoning is this? Defending something that’s wrong will get you so far.Recommend

  • Hina

    You made general statement about all countries having problems and when Bob there’s differences, you saying he’s changing the subject? Semantics.Recommend

  • Hina

    I’m sorry, I didn’t say this. You’re twisting my words.Recommend

  • Hina

    Yes, thanks for proving your biased. You only look for selective sources that fit your agenda, very dishonest. I’m questioning your wisdom, when you’re bring poet to political debate and affirming he’s right. Your language proves you only look at thing when they agree with you. Recommend

  • Hina

    Your interpretations are only valid, you’re shifting goal and like Bob said you’re biased. You’re already misquoted me, and I don’t think I will continue.Recommend

  • Hina

    When did I mention about you defending religious fanatics? You twisted my words. Dishonest behaviour for someone who quotes his words as fact.Recommend

  • Ram Dargad

    Pl see my reply to Mathew, little above & also my replies to Bob Chan & Hina. 
    Tribune – Why are you not publishing this message, it is for 3 persons who have raised similar issue.Recommend

  • Ram Dargad

    Pl see my reply to Mathew, little above & also my replies to Bob Chan & Hina.
    Tribune – Why are you not publishing this message, it is for 3 persons who have raised similar issue.Recommend