By Manju Gupta
Indo-Pak Relations?Islamic Jehad by R.V. Bhasin, National Publications, 205 pp, Rs 195.00
Written by an advocate of the Supreme Court of India, this book raises some very pertinent questions: ?Will there be a Third World War? Will the US intervene in case such a war takes place? Which country will the US support in the event of an Indo-Pak war??
R.V. Bhasin is not only a distinguished advocate but has been interested in studying Indo-Pak relations and their ramifications since the birth of Pakistan. He has been closely watching the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, which has steadily deteriorated over the past six decades. Pakistan having failed to capture the State by force today wants that India should ?take the opportunity of life-time? offered by the recent earthquake in Kashmir to resolve the Kashmir issue ?once for all? by donating Kashmir to Pakistan, to quote President Musharraf of Pakistan.
None can ignore the country'spast history, particularly the events that resulted in the Partition of India and the subsequent dismemberment of Pakistan into Pakistan and Bangladesh. None can either deny that the Islamic invaders ravaged India many times around the period of AD 1000. ?These invasions definitely led to the depletion of all sorts of local intellectualism,? says the author. ?The country (India) through the passage of time has been forgetting the past of Islam'svandalism,? he regrets.
It seems on reading the book that its main purpose is to apprise its readers of some important Quranic directives, which are binding upon the believers, i.e. the Muslims all over the world. It is for this reason that the continuing state of conflict between the Muslims and the non-Muslims never ends. The author fears that with the weapons of mass destruction available with Islam, the Muslims of the world pose a greater threat than they did 1,400 years ago when the Islamic religion was born. He fears that India faces a grave danger from the Islamists on its western borders, what with the ever-growing menace from its Islamic neighbours.
Advocate Bhasin poses some queries that need to be seriously pondered upon. He asks, ?Is the world'sexistence not already put in serious danger because of Islamic theocracy that advocates jehad for propagation of its own unamendable philosophy by calling every other religious belief as false?? He replies by saying that India'sposition is different to that of Pakistan. ?It must take into consideration its long-term political and military necessities keeping in mind what goes on in China, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the rest of the world.? He advises, ?Unlike the world as a whole comes to accept disarmament as one agreed world policy, India, that is a nation of over one billion, cannot lower its nuclear guard built by it totally indigenously.? He asks that since the ?Islamic dictation is firm and unamendable for which the Muslims are religiously ordained ever to die if necessary, has the world any alternative left but to fight a bloody war??
The author is convinced that Kashmir is not the core issue for the Indo-Pak discord. The problem of Kashmir is the problem of Pakistan'sbirth from the territory of Indian sub-continent. It begins with the cause of Pakistan'screation, which is hatred of Muslims towards the Hindus not being the followers of Islam. Further, the Muslims feel that since their ancestors ruled over India, the Hindus have to be treated like zimmis. He reiterates that the ?problem between India and Pakistan is not only political or territorial but it is a problem of Islam that desires to change the world domination by it through expansion of its religious doctrine.?
The author advocates the following immediate actions to be taken to prevent further dismemberment of India and the creation of another Islamic country on the Indian soil. He suggests the following steps:
- Identify and deport Bangladeshi infiltrators already staying on in India and impose effective curbs to check future infiltration immediately at any cost.
- Uniform Civil Code and uniform population policy bringing about the needed unity in the nation. He regrets that should India still not wake up, its leadership and role of Congress party since 1947 for the past 50 years shall be solely responsible. He laments, ?Even the BJP'srule for almost six years has not done anything significant in this direction. This is very sad for India.?
- Article 370 of the Indian Constitution conferring a special status on the Muslim-majority State of Jammu & Kashmir has generated feelings of separatism in Kashmir. Since Article 370 negates the very concept of one unified India, it must be abrogated forthwith.
Bhasin says that the very cause of the birth of Pakistan find its roots in hating India and the Hindus. With both countries being in possession of atomic arsenals, a Third World War with use of nuclear weapons cannot be ruled out. He squarely puts the blame on Pakistan for meddling in the internal affairs of India as ?this is a continuously ongoing programme of Pakistan, run and managed by Pakistan and funded liberally by the Middly Eastern Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia.?
(National Publications, 76, Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021)