Western duplicity-II An Indian response
By Kunal Ghosh, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur
By 1190 AD Kosovo had become the administrative and cultural
center of the medieval Serbian state ruled by the powerful Nemanjic dynasty. In
the Middle Ages the Balkans were occupied by the Ottoman Turks and there was
large scale conversion to Islam in both Serbia’s
Kosovo and what is now Albania.
Kosovo still continued to have a Serb Orthodox majority. During the Nazi
occupation of World War II the Serbs resisted and the Albanian/Kosovar Muslims
collaborated. Serbs in tens of thousands were killed and a tenth of a million
were expelled by the armed Albanian groups, notably the Vulnetari militia
patronised by the Nazis. After the World War, Yugoslavia
including Serbia/Kosovo became relatively prosperous under the mixed economic
system ushered in by Marshal Tito, while Albania
remained under a Stalinist regime ruled by Enver Hoxa and became more
impoverished. From 1960 onward there was a continuous influx of poor Albanians
into Kosovo which gradually became a Muslim majority province. In 1990s Yugoslavia
broke up and there were secessionist tensions among Muslims of Kosovo. Some
‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Orthodox Serbs by Muslims took place and President
Milosevic of Serbia
sent a large security force to the southern province. There was an exodus of
Albanian/Kosovar Muslims from Kosovo into Albania.
The NATO bombed Serbia
proper continuously for three months and into the ‘stone age’ by destroying all
power houses, utility network, road bridges and important buildings. Serbia
was forced to withdraw all security forces and the bombing stopped on January
10, 1999. The Muslim displaced population as well as fresh Albanians moved into
Kosovo and started demanding independence from Serbia.
In February 2008, Kosovo declared unilateral independence and was recognised by
the Western powers, while Russia, India
and most of the nations of UNO withheld recognition.
In my opinion, Kosovo’s secession is not justified and I
perceive a close parallel with Kashmir. No wonder
President Obama and foreign secretary (of UK)
Miliband are again making a concerted noise about the Kashmir
issue. We should remember that the West has to counter-balance the WCJK factor
continually to placate the Muslim world.
Kashmir of India & Xinjiang of China
I need not elaborate on Kashmir since this article is meant
mainly for Indian readers and Western duplicity vis-à-vis Kashmir from the time
of India’s independence is too well
known in India.
During a brief period in the second/last term of President Bush’s tenure this
duplicity had subsided and it has been revived again by President Obama.
has a similar problem in its Muslim-Uighur majority Xinjiang province. There is
a secessionist terrorist movement which enjoyed the moral support of the West
in the first phase of the Afghan war, while the Russian forces were in Afghanistan
and jehadi guerrilla contingents from different countries, including the
Uighurs from Xinjiang and Chechens from Russia
fought alongside the indigenous Afghans. Some of the arms supplied by the West
to the Afghan Mujahideen must have found their way to Xinjiang.
Chechnya is a
republic in the Caucasius mountains in the federal structure of Russia,
inhabited mostly by a Muslim population. Since early 1990s there is a
secessionist stir led by newly-arrived Wahhabis (Ref: Khan M. A., 1999, Wahhabi
Threat to Russia and Central Asia, Oct. 9, Mainstream, New Delhi). President
Boris Yeltsin had tried to come to terms with the Chechen aspirations by
granting them autonomy, but that spurred them on further to export Wahhabism
and separatism to neighbouring Dagestan and Ingushetia
by terrorist methods. Finally Russia
led by President Putin was forced to subdue militarily the Chechen guerrillas.
A few years ago, Chechen terrorists took over a school in Beslan. The security
forces tried to storm the school and the terrorists killed more than three
hundred children. The Western powers, led by the Anglo-Americans, had been
pontificating to Russia right from the
beginning of Chechen secessionism that the Russians should give independence to
the Chechens were fighting for freedom and self-determination and so on. After
the Beslan massacre of hundreds of school children President Bush uttered a
homily that Russia
should settle politically with the Chechens and give them freedom. This invited
slap of a statement from President Putin that USA
should settle politically with Osama Bin Laden and give him what he wanted. It
should be noted that the Beslan massacre came well after the plane-bombing of World
Trade Center in New
York on September 11, 2001. This tête-à-tête between
Bush and Putin shows up the Western duplicity with respect to Islamist terrorism
and how America
is prepared to placate Muslim sentiment at the cost of Orthodox Russia.
India should not
think that Democrats in America has
gone off their pet Kashmir theme, and should forever be
on guard against Western duplicity. India
should take a lesson from President Putin’s afore-said response and resort to a
tit for tat riposte when necessary. If the West says Kashmir is an issue that
needs to be settled, India
should at once and in clearest terms point out that Israeli-Palestinian
conflict is the mother of all issues and needs to be settled first in order to
take the steam out of Al Qaeda and Islamist terrorism. If the West appoints a
Special envoy for Kashmir or South Asia, India
should at once appoint a Special envoy for West Asia with the explicit mandate
for mediating between the Palestinians and Israel.
In words and action India must expose the Western duplicitous policy of
supporting Israel, while the latter smashes the Muslim Palestinians with a
sledge hammer, and at the same time appeasing Muslim radicalism and
intransigence else where, such as Chechnya, Kashmir, Kosovo etc. Indian
diplomatic corps should note that America,
in a sense, plays proxy to Israel,
since Jewish Americans holding dual Israeli-American citizenship play a very
central role in framing America’s
policy towards the Islamic world including Kashmir.
Indian policy makers seem to be unwilling to account for the WCJK factor
(Westren Christianity Judaism Kinship factor) in geo-politics and are
over-generous to Israel, whereas Israel plays a two-faced game solely
determined by its national interests; on one hand Israel appears to be a friend
and supplier of arms and technology; on the other, it needles India through its
American proxy. India cannot afford to
be so generous Israel
and should also play a duplicitous game.