The net has been awash with videos of a certain Yugpurush (whose name I shall not take and dignify him nor to whose videos I shall link to and I request you to do the same ), a Pakistani media personality where he reveals, using powers of deduction that is dazzling in its intellectual brilliance, that the Mumbai attacks were caused by Hindu-Zionist terrorists, a fact that is evidenced from the Hindu red strings they wear (I personally thought they were Jihad Jihad Hota Hain friendship brands which say “We will share the same virgin in heaven”) and the fact that they look like Hindus (evidently, intelligence sources inside India are calling him to give him the inside scoop). According to this media figure, the plan failed because as he puts it with traditional astuteness, since these were Indians, they did not have the “akal” to do the work ( “In ahmakon ne complete disaster kiya isko handle karne mein“)
This man is interesting to me as he represents a unique species—the Pakistani public intellectual. A degree holder in electronics from Pakistan, he is also an expert in world history and economics (as his wiki page says) which puts him one notch below Leonardo De Fidayeen, the legendary Renaissance man from North West Frontier Province who drew up detailed blueprints for the first suicide bomb. And if you thought this man was all brain and no brawn, think again. He spent his youth as a Jihadi fighter in Afghanistan, which is as good a finishing ground you will find for public intellectuals of the aforementioned country,famous for supplying agents of terror throughout the world, an export that leads to the country being dubbed, in the words of Madeline Albright, a global migraine.
In case you thought he is an underappreciated genius, a little research reveals an extensive fan club for this man on social network sites. Several fairly popular Pakistani blogs (again link intentionally not provided) are very sympathetic to his ideas about the evil and stupid nation of India. However some have expressed doubts on some of his other associations. It should be mentioned here that several Pakistani discussion forums consider as Gospel truth the historical facts that Pakistan won Kargil and, hold your breath, the Bangladesh war (even though they were made to sign an instrument of surrender and all) —-so the “truthiness” (apologies to Steven Colbert) of this man’s public pronouncements and the enthusiastic approbation provided to them by the Pakistani online community should not surprise us too much.
However I am still confused. I cannot make sense of all this taunting of India because I am under the impression, because I am told by people like Sambit Bal, that the “people of Pakistan” feel nothing but total brotherly love for Indians but are held back by their politicians.
Every Indian – I was there too – who made the trip came back touched and overwhelmed by the warmth and the affection given to them unconditionally. It confirmed a suspicion that many of us had harboured, but had never had the opportunity to test: that the problems between India and Pakistan, two countries that share languages, food and a culture, have never involved the people. In fact, it is to the contrary: most problems have arisen and festered because people have been kept apart by politics.
Geez who would have thought that there was so much love between the people, given the fact that supporting terrorist activities in India is seen as a populist move by Pakistani governments. Which brings us to the chicken-and-egg question: does the ruling class corrupt the awaam or is it the other way round? Some would point out whether we Indians are acting holier-than-thou expecting the Pakistanis to embrace us while we do not. To these “some” I can say that if ten terrorists sailed from India and spread mayhem in Pakistan, I, at the very least, wouldnt be trying to pass them of as Pakistani terrorists. Even if I am not found jumping up and down saying “We are to blame for all evils in the world”, I would at least maintain an ashamed silence for at least a few days. And one thing else I wouldnt be caught doing— trying to deny what is clearly accepted history. Like crowing about how we defeated China in the Indo-China war.
Finally to stress the difference between the nations, noone in Pakistan would support and endorse Indian crackpot conspiracy theories. However Indians like this “renowned” human rights activist (again not dignified by name) have repeated word for word the Pakistani allegation that it was Hindus and Jews who orchestrated the attack (this has been extensively quoted by Pakistanis as Indian affirmation for their theories) in the process providing the final difference between India and Pakistan—-while Pakistanis, to a man, will go to any length to defend their country’s activities (no matter how ridiculous the defense), some Indians (especially the human rights type) will go to any length to condemn theirs.