Indian Muslim Leading Newspaper, New from India, Islam, World
32 pages, Twice a month. Subscribe Now.  (RNI DELENG/2000/930; ISSN 0972-3366)


 
Since Jan 2000

Cartoons .  Special Reports . National  . Issues . Community News Letters to the Editor  . Matrimonials . Latest Indian Muslim Statements . Book Store ++

Home 
Search
Subscribe Online
Archives

About Us
Cartoons

Online Book Store  
E-Greetings

Jobs @ MG

Advertise on MG
Our Team
Contact Us

Muslim Matrimonials
Our Advertisers

Add to your RSS reader - Indian Muslim Islamic News online media web site

  Lastest Indian Muslim 
Statements & 
Press Release
s
Google
Web (WWW) OR  
only MG

  q
Tell me when the next issue comes online:

Unsubscribe

 

 

  q

__________________

If you haven't seen the print edition,
you've 

missed it ALL

send me the print edition
__________________

  q

Taking Stock
Afghans bid farewell to arms
By Rizwan Ullah

Rizwan UllahThe unexpected spate of Afghan returnees to their war ravaged country has baffled the organizations working for their rehabilitation including UNHCR, other concerned organizations and aiding countries. They could not have foreseen that the hardships of life in refugee camps or elsewhere, the ravages of war and cruel weather as well as the longing for the home lost somewhere at some point of time would force them to start their retreat for peace so soon and with such a great stride. As a consequence the process of peace and rehabilitation must be creating unwieldy problems for the emerging establishment in Afghanistan. It shows that sometimes fighting peace may be as difficult and challenging as fighting a war.

One wonders how many conflicts and contrasts had been kept shrouded by the Himalayan rocks in Afghanistan! And how many are yet to be revealed! How did the Afghans preserve their traditions throughout almost a century of revolts, revolutions and the ravages of recurring wars involving big powers in their full fury! How could their elders survive in such a large number as to organize a loya jirga and sit coolly to listen to each other and ponder over the future steps to bring back normality in the traditional Afghan life! How could they bury the hatchet, at least for the duration of the jirga, and leave their arms aside to discuss the problems of peace! How could so many women of creditable qualities survive the onslaught of the whimsical Taliban and had the courage to come forward to participate in the jirga! Afghans have amongst them the women of the calibre to stand up and offer to lead their people in the challenging task of national reconstruction!



   

There are a lot of questions that the world community must answer before fabricating alibis for the people of Afghanistan. Should they be punished for only their happening to be on the most important world highway? Should not the land-locked, rather mountain-bound, people be allowed to choose their way of life and live accordingly whether liked or disliked by the rest of the world? There are international laws governing the rights of such countries, then why the more powerful are not stopped by the collective will, if not by the collective power, of the world from interfering in their affairs and destroying their hearth and home, their culture and traditions?



One wonders why the world failed to realize these qualities of perseverance and the indomitable spirit for fighting indefinitely for a cause they believe to be just and right without bothering about the extent and the magnitude of opposing powers! Is there any other people who braved the uninvited fury of the big powers one after the other? Why did the media, making so much hype for its piercing sight and so much proud of its increasing role in making and unmaking of events, fail to highlight the qualities of the Afghan people and the onslaught of big powers to force them to submit to their will as it served their interests? Why did the media fail to tell the world that the Mujahedin and the Taliban were not the only components of the mountain bound people of Afghanistan? Nor they were only opium growers and drug traffickers!

There are a lot of questions that the world community must answer before fabricating alibis for the people of Afghanistan. Should they be punished for only their happening to be on the most important world highway? Should not the land-locked, rather mountain-bound, people be allowed to choose their way of life and live accordingly whether liked or disliked by the rest of the world? There are international laws governing the rights of such countries, then why the more powerful are not stopped by the collective will, if not by the collective power, of the world from interfering in their affairs and destroying their hearth and home, their culture and traditions? The land-locked and the mountain-bound people like the Afghans and others in Asia and elsewhere are generally the poorest and the most backward. Why not the world then makes it a point to work for improving their living conditions and pave the way for them to join the cultural mainstream? Until this is done the world should remain prepared to face their anger at the slightest provocation.

Then there are country specific questions too. Why did Russians choose to ravaging Afghanistan for almost a decade and in the process caused the break-up of the Soviet Union itself? Why did India fail to dissuade the Russian friends and allies from disturbing the peace of this whole region? In fact, the phenomenon called terrorism confronting us so terribly is the direct outcome of the Afghanistan episode otherwise who had seen before the colossus of terrorism casting its ominous shadow on our national and individual lives. The actual war for over two decades, in addition to having an unsettling effect on the whole population of the region, adversely affected the ecology of the region, one of the best and most beautiful in the world. Whether the US will come forward as strongly and generously for the reconstruction of Afghanistan as it had done for Germany and Japan, completely ruined during the Second World War, which helped them become the strongest economies in the following decades? The US has a history of helping the war ravaged countries including the countries like Korea and Vietnam.

Despite the fact that nature has been harsh and cruel to Afghanistan it has been generous in bestowing bounties of sorts. Only if the powers that govern the fortunes of the lesser people let Afghanistan grow fruits to the full capacity and do not hamper its export to the world market they can earn a lot of money for their development. Even their opium production can be properly channelised to save it from predating traffickers and to the benefit of lawful drug industry. Moreover, there are ambitious proposals for laying oil and gas pipelines passing through Afghanistan. If such schemes materialize Afghanistan will be self-sufficient in providing much needed funds for its development. If the selfish world is not prepared to help Afghanistan stand on its feet, the world should do so in its own interest. If Afghanistan remains as disturbed as it has been for decades it will continue to be the breeding ground for horrific terrorism. The best defence against such a phenomenon is not the war machinery but the mechanism of peace which works through keeping the people busy in the works for development and reconstruction. 

The loya jirga might not have fulfilled many expectations but the gathering itself was a great achievement. It has provided a breather for the war torn country by putting the seal of its approval for the leadership of Hamid Karzai and allowing him another 18 months to establish the administrative machinery. It will not be an easy job for him to strike a balance among so many warring factions and tribes, so many claimants to the places of pelf and power in the forthcoming setup and at the same time maintaining a happy relationship with powerful, and at times menacing, neighbours whose interests hardly coincide with those of the players of the global power game. However, enough must be called enough. The time must have come when the peace be given a try. We should also contribute our mite for that cause as it is in our best interest and we have a stake in it. Afghanistan has been exporting to us what it has and will continue to export the very best of fruits or the most terrible terrorism. 
q

Subscribe Now

Get Books from India at cheap attractive ratesArabic English High Quality translation

Help Relief, Welfare, development work in India - Zakat

Read books on Indian Muslim Islamic topics only on MG bookstore !


Subscribe 2 MG print edition | Muslim Educational Loan AidContact Us | Muslim Baby Names | OutreachIndia | Suggestions | Muslim  Islamic greeting cards

Bookmark The Milli Gazette

Privacy PolicyDisclaimer  Copyright 2000-Present  Publishers: Pharos Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India