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Dec 18, 2014
01:43 PM

Agree with Tariq Ali.  "The fact that over the last decade or so the authorities of the state—the military and the political parties, especially those parties sympathetic to the Taliban—have been incapable of or have refused to do anything about it, we now see the results and the impact of that." 

Dallas, United States
Dec 18, 2014
01:34 PM

"It also asked senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for Jayalalithaa, who was awarded four years jail term along with a fine of Rs 100 crore in the DA case,  ......."

Who was awarded jail term ? Tulsi or Jaya ?

K.Suresh, Bangalore
Dec 18, 2014
12:20 PM

This is not about religion. Oh yeah?

Tell that to the millions of Hindu Pandits who were butchered. Tell that to the Hindus who were driven out of Bangladesh.

Tell that to the minorities who live in fear of rape and death in Pakistan.

Unless all concerned own up to weaknesses they cannot fix the root cause.

These taliban boys who enacted the massacre were thinking that they were doing so for Isalm under the umbrella of Jihad.

Some obscurantist mullah must have blessed them and sanctified their act as meriting heaven where 72 virgins await them.

We need to face hard facts otherwise innocents will continue to loose their lives.

saccha admi
mumbai, India
Dec 18, 2014
12:09 PM

Great news. Congratuloations to all Indian.

Mohan, Adpur
Dec 18, 2014
12:08 PM

A great deal of effort has gone into penning this article and the torture report. So well done. But to describe the torture report as some radical step that is now going to change the way U.S. security agencies -- for that matter other security agencies, and that includes India's  -- act and think and do their normal business is fantasy.

Common knowledge (and common is used in a very casual sense) that world over security agencies routinely practise torture. Common knowledge too that the U.S. has got some leadership credentials in this area. If not as blatantly and directly visible as is in these recent years, they've been masters of the assist in South America, Africa, the ME, and in Asia. (We know Antarctica cannot be included.) Also fairly common knowledge that the top leadership is very aware of these things and so too is the political leadership, the media and by extension the judiciary.

The absurdity of it all!

Santosh John Samuel
Kochi, India
Dec 18, 2014
12:02 PM


[[Good Days will come in 2019, when Mass murderer Modi is defeated in the polls.]]

Wet dreams have never brought anyone good days.

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
Dec 18, 2014
11:58 AM


[[Q: How is this different from the 200 children killed in the 2002 riots?

A: The Taliban head has not yet been elected the PM of Pakistan.]]

Q: How is Communalist different from the ISIS?

A: The ISIS have guns, Communalist does not.

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
Dec 18, 2014
11:51 AM

Once there was an innocuous query from a bureaucrat as to why we couldn’t use .22 bullets (used for recreational shooting and in initial firearms training) for our operations!

Odd comment from a senior police officer. The 5.56 mm (0.22) (INSAS/M16) rifle has replaced the old 7.62 mm (.30) (Ishapur/Garand/Enfield 303) rifle in most armies in the world. The rifle and the ammunition are much lighter enabling the soldier to carry more ammo and the recoil is much less making it easier to use. Such rifles have a full automatic or burst mode making accuracy less important. It's killing range is less than that of the 7.62, but considering that most soldiers cannot hit a target at 100 mtrs, having a weapon which can kill at 1.5 km is not much of a boon. Expert marksmen (snipers) still use heavier caliber weapons to strike at long range.

Chennai, India
Dec 18, 2014
11:35 AM

Hafiz Saeed, Musharraf pin blame on India for Peshawar school attack - Firstpost

A day after an attack on a Peshawar army school by the Taliban left 141 dead, including 133 children, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf chose to blame India for the massacre.

"Do you know who is Maulana Fazlullah? He is the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander. He is in Afghanistan. And I am reasonably sure that he was supported by former Karzai government and RAW to carry out terror attacks in Pakistan," Musharraf told CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview.

The former Pakistan president said the perpetrators of the crime were those trained by India. He said that the Taliban's commander was supported by Afghanistan and India to carry out the terrorist attack in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, on national television in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed blamed India for the attack in the army-run school in Peshawar and vowed revenge.
Saeed said it was a conspiracy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government against Pakistan.

Saeed also threatened to send terrorists to India to take revenge. "If India can send troops to Afghanistan to help the US, then Mujahideen have every right to go to Kashmir and help their brethren. Kashmiris are clamouring for help and it is our duty to respond to their call."

Chennai, India
Dec 18, 2014
11:33 AM

I doubt BJP members will listen to Modi and will stop crossing 'Laxman Rekha'. Even Sita, for whom this was originally intended, didn't listen to Laxman and crossed the Rekha.

p.s There is no mention of Laxman Rekha in Valmiki's Ramayan.

Mohan, Adpur
Dec 18, 2014
11:20 AM

This is unfair to Smriti. She needs time to change from an entertainer to an educationist. Cant fault her for continueing to be entertaining in the interim.

mumbai, India
Dec 18, 2014
10:59 AM

Shock is separated from outrage in that it is a feeling that is activated by perception of unfairness, saw infringement of taboos, benefits or standards by an outsider to which the spectator may have no prompt relationship.
seo toronto

oklahoma, United States
Dec 18, 2014
10:58 AM

Good Days will come in 2019, when Mass murderer Modi is defeated in the polls.

communalist, mumbai
Dec 18, 2014
10:54 AM

Q: How is this different from the 200 children killed in the 2002 riots?

A: The Taliban head has not yet been elected the PM of Pakistan.

communalist, mumbai
Dec 18, 2014
10:33 AM

"Blood of innocent children will Allah-willing turn India, America and Israel into dust" - Mohan (#62)

Musharraf and Hafiz Saeed have claimed that the TTP is acting at the behest of India. What difference is there between these criminals and mamata who claims the Burdwan blasts are the work of RAW?

Bonita, Chennai
Dec 18, 2014
10:24 AM

Posted on FB by a friend.

It would not be wrong to say 99% of terrorists” are Muslims. It would also not be wrong to say perhaps only 1 % of Muslims are terrorist and supporters of terrorists and 99% of Muslims are not terrorists or their supporters. I am a Muslim because I was born in a Muslim family. I am not a devout Muslim. Yet today I am angry that a fraction of Muslims black names my religion. I am sad that I am not doing anything to cleanse Islam of the terrorism label. The Quran dictates a true Muslim must raise his voice against any “zulm: i.e. cruelty, injustice, depredation etc. I decided to abide by this dictate of the Quran. I write to appeal to likeminded Muslims, of all denominations, to abide by the dictate of the, Quran to rise against “zulm” being perpetrated by the 1% Muslim terrorists upon the 99 % non terrorist Muslims. This ought to be the function of the Mullas and Maulvis. Sadly most Islamic clergy have no education in the true sense of education. They , carry misinterpreted meaning of “jihad & fedyaen etc.” etc. Their mindset dates back to the days when the Quran was introduced. So they do not realize that words like “jihad, fidayeen etc” have no place in the 21st century. It is here the 99% rationale Muslims can make efforts, i.e. “jihad” against the terrorists who do not follow dictates of the Quran. If each rationale Muslim can discuss with his Mullah & Maulvi to speak out against the terrorists after Friday prayers it may go a long way in deterring prospective recruits to terrorism. It is possible that I maybe targeted by terrorists groups for speaking aloud against them. So be it for I will end up being a fedayen in the true sense meant in the Quran, i.e fighting against oppression.

Bonita, Chennai
Dec 18, 2014
09:39 AM

Once Pakistan took a selfie, result wasTaliban.

Mohan, Adiiipur
Dec 18, 2014
08:22 AM

Banner at remembrance for #PeshawarAttack victim 

  "Blood of innocent children will Allah-willing turn India, America and Israel into dust"
Mohan, Adiiipur
Dec 18, 2014
08:14 AM

@IndianExpress: Modi intervenes, govt tells SC it’s ready to take relook at Sec 66A http://t.co/q5Rvp6LvtP http://t.co/JKCkoBGSVx

Adiiipur, India
Dec 18, 2014
07:49 AM

The Taliban argues that the PeshawarAttack was absolutely according to the holy scriptures. http://t.co/SBhPMsHD45


Mohan, Adiiipur
Dec 18, 2014
07:13 AM

When Will Good Days Come, Asks Rahul Gandhi

He is pining away for the good old days of Congress Party's corrupt misrule.

Ramesh Ramachandra, Bangalore
Dec 18, 2014
06:31 AM

Islam with its violent hateful verses against people who have other forms of worship, whom it derides as 'idol worshippers'  has provided for 1400 years the political justification for invasive islam to kill people of other faith like Hindus.

Now while generalization of all muslims is wrong I am yet to find a single muslim who would say that "violent , hateful verses against idol worshippers and atheists in their 'holy book' are wrong".   They should add that "the treatment of prisoners ( beheadings ) and women prisoners ( sex slaves )  as sanctified by their 'holy scripture' is despicable. They can keep the rest verses which are not hateful of other religions.

So unless I find some muslims who are ready to condemn the verses in their 'holy book' that are hateful of Hindu form of worship, all stand condemned and right-fully so.

Martand Sun Temple, India
Dec 18, 2014
04:10 AM

Ramesh Ramachandra,

>>". . . out of the 58 comments on this report so far, yours is the sole Muslim voice."

Go to Muslim blogs or to Dawn or The Daily Times.

Indian Muslim Mushawarat, the apex body of India's Muslim organizations, says in its press release, "Words are not sufficient to condemn yesterday’s barbarous attack on school children in Peshawar, Pakistan, which sniffed out lives of 142 defenceless innocent persons mostly students. Tahrik-e Taliban Pakistan, the terrorist organisation responsible for this attack must be crushed and eliminated without mercy,” said the national president of the apex body of Indian Muslim organisations, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan. He added that all such organisations, like ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda, are terrorist outfits which mislead the masses in the name of Islam but the pristine and peaceful message of Islam totally disowns their blood-thirsty ideology and tactics. Dr. Khan said while we condemn such misguided outfits, we also condemn states which create such organisations and use “terror” as state policy. In the context of Pakistan, Dr Khan said, the state has used terrorism as a policy starting form the creation of the Afghani Taliban and Lashkar-e Toiba to committing blunders like the attack in 2007 on Lal Masjid which led to the creation of Tahirik-e Taliban Pakistan. Pakistan has also allowed a foreign power to attack its tribal areas with impunity and now since last June has sent its army into North Waziristan reversing the age-old policy of non-interference in the tribal areas. A more nuanced and thought-out strategy with the support of tribal chiefs should have been adopted to tackle the terrorist bases there."

Anwaar, Dallas
Dec 18, 2014
03:47 AM

Untimely and ghoulish move! Go after them in North Waziristan, not in your prisons!

Anwaar, Dallas
Dec 18, 2014
03:39 AM


>> "Even you have been doing regularly double talk here.Whenever you condmned Jihadis you always attached -- also Saffrons are equally dangerous."

That is not double talk. That is consistency and balance. The piece that I had posted is not anti-Hindu. It is pro-Hindu but anti-Hindutva. Here check it out again:

Not My Hinduism: From: Smriti Nevatia

My facebook post today, shared here:

The bhagwa brigade, the loony goons, are speaking in our name.

By our, I mean (for the purposes of this post) Hindus.

Wow. That was tough to type.

The thing is, they are not just speaking, but committing crimes and atrocities in our name. They are swallowing freedoms, in our name.

And so. And therefore.

It may be extremely hard for many of us to speak to the unspeakable Hindutva lot, calling ourselves Hindu, and that is already half their battle won. They've made the word "Hindu" so hard for so many of us to utter. Which is one reason why it is time to do this hard thing.

For those of us "born Hindu", those of us whose names identify us as being of the majority religion by birth, no matter whether we be leftist, atheist, feminist, humanist, QTPOC, it's time to stop being solipsist. It's no longer about whether I care to call myself Hindu. It hasn't been for a long time. It's about whether I am going to let some jaahils and criminals oppress Muslims, Christians, Dalits, queer people, women -- including of course Hindu women -- in the name of what these perpetrators claim is "Hindu" sentiment and tradition.

Every forced conversion, every disgusting act of violence against women and moral policing of women, every depredation and degradation committed in the name of "Hindu culture" and "Hindu religion" needs to be opposed by all thinking Indian citizens, of course; by all who believe in democracy, secular values, gender equality, freedoms of every kind. But it also needs, more than ever, to be opposed specifically by those of us who were born into Hindu families and are "Hindu" either by belief or practice or, simply, default.

We don't need to talk "to" the Hindutva vadis. We can talk "of" them, till they sit up and take notice. Till they stop speaking in our name. Because they don't talk "to" us either, but we are letting them, through our abandoning of the "Hindu" tag, speak of and for us without our consent.

Let us share and post their stupid ideas and speeches and plans on facebook, on twitter, on elists, through all our virtual spaces (while we also get ready for protests in the streets), always with the hashtag? #‎NotMyHinduism?. We can add our own take on what they are saying and doing, our own critiques, but even saying #NotMyHinduism is a take, it's a protest, it's a critique. Let's do it!
Most urgent right now is to express our outrage at the "gharwaapsi" planned for Christmas Day in Aligarh. The UP govt has said they will not let it happen but post-Muzzafarnagar and post so many other things, believe in the UP govt at your peril. The Bajrang whatever has sworn to carry on as planned. Let us prevent communal polarisation and violence in Aligarh, and oppose this "ghar waapsi" nonsense by saying? #‎NotMyHinduism?.

Dallas, United States
Dec 18, 2014
03:23 AM

She is a woman and is soooo aggressive. What would have happened had she been a man.

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perth, Australia
Dec 18, 2014
03:20 AM

Sometimes not doing anything is wrong.

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Dec 18, 2014
03:20 AM

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perth, Australia
Dec 18, 2014
03:11 AM

Good move, even though opposed by some Republican congressmen.

Anwaar, Dallas
Dec 18, 2014
12:15 AM

Trust our columnist managed some work as well, amidst all the khaana peena and sair vair ..

ashok lal
mumbai, India
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