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The Gom report and Muslims
By Saeed Suhrawardy
Report of Group of Ministers on "Reforming the National Security
System." has caused widespread unrest among Muslims all over the
country. The Report is a sequel to the Report of Kargil Review Committee
appointed to look into the deficiencies of intelligence in the course of
Intelligence failure at that time was acknowledged by the former Army
Chief, General V.P. Malik. It would have been fair and natural for
Vajpayee Government to accept moral responsibility for that. The
administrative responsibility should have devolved on the Minister for
Defence, Mr. George Fernandes. In the normal course he should have
resigned then and there. He did that after Tehelka disclosures.
However, Mr.Vajpayee decided to camouflage the failure of his government.
He appointed a Group of Ministers to consider KRC Report and formulate
specific proposals for improvement of security environment and also for
Before considering the observations of the GOM Report, its composition has
to be considered. Among the four, three belong to BJP. Mr. L.K.Advani, Mr.
Yashwant Sinha and Mr. Jaswant Singh. The only non-BJP member, Mr. George
Fervidness was included for cosmetic effect. Although he should not have
been there for his role in "intelligence failure" in Kargil.
For all practical purposes, the so-called GOM Report is actually a BJP
Report. Naturally, it reflects the views of Sangh Parivar and its
spokesman, Mr. L.K. Advani.
The growth of Indo-Israeli relations in recent years has led to the
familiar outcry about "Islamic Fundamentalism." It conveniently
ignores the growth of Hindu Fundamentalism as represented by Vishwa Hindu
Parishad and Bajrang Dal. Their voice is the loudest about the danger of
Islamic Fundamentalism. The reference to emergence of Islamic separatist
movement in India is not substantiated by facts. If there is Islamic
separatist movement, it may be elsewhere but not in India. The allegations
about the activities of ISI have been repeated time and again. It is
strange that Mr. L.K. Advani, who is described as another Sardar Patel,
has not been able to curb it.
The burden of failure of Vajpayee Government in dealing with the situation
in Jammu & Kashmir has been passed on the shoulders of the entire
Indian Muslim community by alleging their involvement in secessionist
activity. No evidence has been cited in support of the charge that
secessionist movement in J&K and elsewhere is being transformed into
" pan-Islamic movement against India." But where is elsewhere?
There is no clue to that.
If Afghans bring arms into India, it is the duty of the Government of
India to check that.
The number of Bangladeshis given in the GOM Report is grossly exaggerated,
without supporting evidence. Similar are the remarks about the influence
of Jamaat-e-Islami on Muslim youth.
The concern about modernization of Madrasa Education betrays the
"secret agenda" of Saffron Brigade. In their eyes Madrasas are
the main obstacle to saffronization of the country. For Muslims they are
the only custodians of their religious and cultural identity. Any attempt
to subjugate them or interfere in their functioning shall be firmly
resisted my by Muslims. The so-called GOM Report is malicious, false, and
tendentious. It is likely to create suspicions about Muslims and their
institutions. It may aggravate the mutual distrust among two major
communities of India. Under the cover of the so-called concern about the
security of the country, the object is to give a lead to the state
governments where BJP and like-minded parties hold and share power for
launching a malicious campaign for harassing Muslims and suppressing their
organizations and institutions.