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October 01, 2005

Who's the Better Boss?

The Telegraph, 01.10.2005

In his eagerness to be politically correct, Achin Vanaik has enlisted India as a proponent of “state-terrorism” along with countries such as Pakistan and China. What does he think is the government’s modus operandi in terrorizing its citizens? From jihadis in Kashmir to Naxalites in Andhra to the Ulfa in Assam, the government is facing armed insurgency by groups which terrorize the poor into submission, claiming to be their guardians at the same time. If the state tries to take development to them, they resist, for fear that their support base will dwindle. There is enough sympathy for the underdog and space for deliberation in the Indian democracy to defeat the forces of terrorism. India is not like China, where a brutal authoritarian state can displace its own citizens without having to pay compensation.

Vanaik’s argument that Irish terrorism should be branded “Catholic terrorism”, does not hold water because the allegiance of Irish Catholics lies with Dublin rather than with the Vatican.

Finally, it is true that the state often adopts coercive tactics against some of its citizens, but a far greater evil is to plunge the entire civic society into strife and turmoil, to build an utopian kingdom in which freedoms and rights are at a premium.


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