`Only those who have 56-inch chest should talk of surgical strikes. So,
only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can say this,’ says Mumbai BJP President
Ashish Shelar in an argument with Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. Can
anyone tell me the exact measurement of the chest of Narendra Modi, Uddhav
Thakeray and Ashsh Shelar? At a time when two nuclear powers in South Asia
are about to go for a war, where does the measurement of chest fit in? If
measurement of the chest is an indication for understanding on issues
related to war, then actor Salman Khan is more competent than all the above
three. And India may have a bigger army and more military equipments than
Pakistan, but an ordinary Pakistani may have one or two inches more chest
than an ordinary Indian. However, the defence minister of Manohar Parikkar
has contradictory views. While accepting that Modi deserves `major share’
of the credit for the surgical strikes, he also asserts that the full
credit is reserved for the Indian army and 127 crore people of this
country. The BJP controlled state of Maharashtra had 18 lakh malnutrition
deaths among Adivasi children in one year. What was the size of their
chests? Certainly, their bellies did not exist. And one word of caution to
all the defence experts in this country and the mainstream television and
press: Before you speak any word of glamourising war in this region of
South Asia and contribute to the disturbance of peace in the region, please
measure your chest first. Your competence to speak about war should be
proven before the public!


Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists
in India <http://www.countercurrents.org/category/india/> / South Asia
<http://www.countercurrents.org/category/south-asia/> — by K P Sasi
<http://www.countercurrents.org/author/k-p-sasi/> — October 13, 2016

[image: india_pakistan_peace]

`We go from yuddha (war) to Buddha (peace). Sometimes war is necessary. But
our path is that of Buddha’ – *Narendra Modi at Ramlila in Lucknow.*

The philosopher Narendra Modi is right. The conflict in the region is
between Yuddhism and Buddhism. Earlier, when the BJP Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee was ruling India and when the credibility of BJP was going
down at a national level, he tried the same trick to win over the
credibility from hatred politics. He exploded the nuclear test in Pokharan,
a test of the most violent technology and called it Buddha Smiles. Time was
when peace was ruling the entire South Asia as far as international
relations were concerned. That peace was broken by the Yuddhists. The
Yuddhists in Pakistan responded with another nuclear test and India
responded again. Kargil war followed. The Muslims in this country were
called Pakistani agents. The broken chairs of the political leadership in
India and Pakistan were repaired with the propagation of this hatred
politics. Mainstream media on both sides were happy to generate so much
sensational fiction to be pushed as news. Ultimately, who were the losers?

What was even more interesting at the time of explosion of Buddha Smiles
was that the George Fernandes who was the Defence Minister in India at that
time was not aware that India was exploding a nuclear test. He came to know
about it only when the press started ringing him up in the morning. Their
question was: Who is the enemy?’ The confused George Fernandes responded
with confidence:China!’ Well, he had to correct himself and name Pakistan
as the enemy after three days. For a moment, he forgot that he was a
defence minister under BJP leadership. What remained as history was that
the only thing Atal Bihari Vajpayee could do to ensure his position as a
Prime Minister was spreading the politics of hatred through war. And both
the leadership in India and Pakistan gained from such politics of hatred.

History is repeating again at a time when the credibility of Narendra Modi
is dwindling. He is absolutely right when he says: `Some times war is
necessary.’ The question is for whom? When there is a war between two
nuclear states happen, there are no ultimate winners. There are only losers.

And what is the justification? We are having a war against Terrorism’. This
is exactly what George Bush tried in Afganisthan and Iraq and killed
innocent people, women and children. The question to the those who
conducted the surgical attacks is: Did you kill the terrorists or ordinary
soldiers who were sent from their homes for a secure job to meet the needs
of their family? And what about the claims of the number of people killed
in the surgical strikes? The Indian media reports a figure around two
dozen. Pakistan says the number of people killed is 2. Deshabhimani, the
party newspaper of CPI(M) is one step ahead over BJP and Congress in
proving their patriotism. Their number was 36. Earlier in history, when the
nuclear test in Pokharan took place, the immediate response of CPI(M) was
in favour of the nuclear bomb as adeterrant’. But when the anti-nuclear
activists came out in the open, they were sensible enough to join and
support the movement against nuclear bomb.

Then there is this boy called Rahul Gandhi. He has been trying to question
Narendra Modi whenever he turned here or there. But when it comes to war,
he declared that the only sensible thing that Narendra Modi has done in his
life was war with Pakistan. If this boy becomes our Prime Minister. what
would be our fate?

What the people in India and Pakistan should learn is from their own
history, if there is a need for peaceful living on both sides. We have
already lost many lives in this game of hatred politics right from
partition onwards. If the right to live in peace is not asserted right now,
the danger for the existence of people in India and Pakistan will show its
ugly face soon.

Recently, I was travelling in an auto rickshaw in Cochin with the editor of
Countercurrents.org when the driver started speaking about war. He was too
happy about the surgical strikes. We cautioned him that `if the war takes
place and Pakistan responds and then India responds and then Pakistan
responds further, probably there may be a bomb falling on top of your auto
rickshaw’. With full confidence, he said that Pakistan does not have the
technology to do that. Both of us smiled at each other. The driver thought
that the war is something which will happen only in the borders and Cochin
is a far away place from India. When we explained that the possibility of
having a bomb on his head is real, he kept quite for some time.

And as far as the borders are concerned, in an article in Tribune India
dated October 3, 2016, Pritam Singh has cautioned in response to the
displacement of villagers in the borders with a warning signal, that:
Regions far from the borders can afford to play warmongering games, but the
border regions in both countries would be devastated if war breaks out.’
The real question being pointed out is about the displacement of farmers on
both sides of the borders. The sloganJai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ looks like a
mockery when I read his article. Jawans on both sides of the border will be
killed and kisans on both sides of the border will be displaced without
having access to their farmlands. There is nothing for the interests of the
jawans and kisans near the borders. The chess game is played between Lahore
and Delhi. The pawns on the borders will have to sacrifice for leading the
existence of pawns.

Pritam Singh is a respected Indian academician in UK. But let us have a
look at the Pakistan counter parts. Al Jazeera reports: `A prominent
journalist has been put on Pakistan’s Exit Control List after the respected
Dawn newspaper published his scoop that appeared to confirm long suspected
rumours of a rift between the country’s civilian and military
leaderships.The Exit Control List is a system of border control maintained
by the Pakistan government under an ordinance which allows it to bar people
whose names appear on the list from leaving the country.Cyril Almeida,
Dawn’s assistant editor, pointed via Twitter on Monday to his name’s
appearance on the list. The Pakistani authorities have yet to comment on
the development’.

The truth of the matter is that both Pakistan and India are afraid of the
same thing. That the truth will come out in public one day or the other.
Their games will be exposed! Therefore, both do not want any critical
comments on their games, playing with the lives of people in this

Narendra Modi’s confusions are real. He does not know whether he is
Yuddhist or a Buddhist or a Hindu. For Buddhism might have originated in
this landscape, but it was the Brahminical lobbies which threw Buddhism out
of this country with their Yuddhist principles, since Buddhism preached
against caste discrimination. When the architect of Indian constitution,
Babasaheb Ambedkar converted himself into Buddhism, there was no need to
get a clearance certificate from the Indian State for his conversion into
another religion. But over the years, the Hindutva forces have pushed such
laws in this country against conversion in many states that if Ambedkar
were alive today and if wished to convert himself to Buddhism in Odisha or
Chattisgarh, even he would need to get a clearance from the Indian State.
Those who argue that religion is just a matter of personal faith, please
take note of this current scenario. If religion is a matter of a subjective
faith, you must have the freedom to change your faith if you wish to. The
Indian Constitution allows you that religious freedom. But many states in
India have violated this freedom granted by the Constitution, by passing
laws violating the religious freedom of the people.

The Buddhists in India might have been the victims of Yuddhists in ancient
history. But when they became powerful in other Asian countries, the
Buddhists also transformed as Yuddhists. The Buddhists in Sri Lanka were
active war mongering groups to support the war against the Tamils in Sri
Lanka. The big statue of Buddha in front of Colombo Jail has witnessed the
tears of thousands of Tamil women and children whose families were killed,
raped, looted and massacred and many were placed in jails. The Buddhists in
Sri Lanka are lucky that their statues of Buddha can not speak!

The immediate repercussion on the war mongering lunatics today is faced by
the Bollywood. The Bollywood might have survived by selling stories with
less IQ level that of high school students in India for a long time. But
this industry also is a strange collaboration of Muslims, Hindus,
Christians, Atheists and people of other faiths. This dream industry has
survived only through the active collaboration of diversities, for the
purpose of fame and money. And now, not only the artistes with a different
nationality are targeted, even the directors with a baggage of many
successful films are targeted for casting Pakistani actors. An actor is an
actor, whether you are an Indian or a Pakistani. If a Hindu can act as a
Muslim and if a Muslim can act as a Christian and if a Christian can act as
an atheist and if an atheist can act as a poojari, then a Pakistani can
always act as an Indian, provided the legal requirements of passport and
visa are cleared. It is not stated anywhere in the Indian Constitution a
Pakistani can not act as an Indian. They are artists who are treated as
characters in a story they represent and the moronic film goers have
accepted them as characters of their imagination more than the roots of
their identities. If this move of the Hindutva forces to generate communal
politics through the film industry succeeds and if Pakistan responds in
similar fashion, they could easily block Hindi films in Pakistan. Since we
don’t show much of Pakistani films in India and since the Bollywood is also
thriving in Pakistan, it will be the Indians, the Bollywood and the foreign
exchange for the Indian Government that will be the losers. Can anybody
generate some sense to the proponents of this mindless drama? Since the
film industry in Asia is going to be the victim of war, there is now a
strong reason for the artists, writers, poets, film and cultural
personalities on both sides of the border to come out and expose this bluff.

Yes, Narendra Modi seems to be right in one angle. The conflict seems to be
between Buddhists and Yuddhists. But between Buddhism, Yuddhism, Hinduism
and Hindutva, our Prime Minister seems to be having an identity crisis. And
the smell of war has already been spread. What this smell can do with the
existing wind to the peace loving citizens of South Asia, remains to be
seen. But it does not require any astrological prediction to understand
that we are going to face difficult times under the Yuddhists in India and
Pakistan. It must also be understood by the Hindutva forces that if India
attacks Pakistan, it will be attacking the land of their own historical
roots, since the ancient remnants of Mohanjadaro and Harappa are still in
Pakistan and not in India. Therefore the need for peace must be articulated
from the side Hindutva forces and emerging nationalists as well.

Time has come for those who believe in justice, peace and harmony in India
and Pakistan to come out and put an end to this growing war mania. Time has
come for the civil society, human rights activists, film personalities,
writers, poets and cultural personalities on both sides to raise their
voices with realisation that if such an action is not undertaken now the
war mongers will play with our lives. Time has come to unite against the
Yuddhists in India and Pakistan and to generate a strong public message
that the sensational mainstream media, the corrupt army officials, and the
politicians with their dwindling power mechanism and shrinking images on
both sides do not own the share market of our freedom, peace and harmony.
Time has come to isolate the Yuddhists on both sides. If the people across
the boundaries can not protect their peace, then who else can?

*K.P. Sasi* is a film maker and activist. He can be reached at

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