Pulwama Massacre, and the Politics of Hate

We unequivocally condemn the Pulwama terror. And we also condemn the new war drumbeat, and politics of hate and violence.

By Partha Banerjee

Terrorism is terrorism. Islamist terrorism is a vile enemy of mankind. I will shed a tear for the fallen soldiers — martyrs of Pulwama. I will stand beside their families.

I am no less a patriot: in fact, I am more patriotic than many of you out there. And it doesn’t matter where I live: in earth, heaven, or hell.

I am not a communist. I am not a Congress Party member, not a Maoist, and never a BJP. I had been in RSS for long, and left it for good. After leaving it, I’ve become a better Hindu, Indian and Bengali. And a much better global citizen.

With age, all the lies and politics of hate and violence have become clearer to me.

I’ll make certain things very clear.

Mainstream media won’t speak against the new war drumbeat. They won’t take a stand against divisive politics. None will protest against the bloodthirsty and jingoist Hindu jihadis. That will take a toll on their ratings and revenues.

Congress Party, like the American Democrats, will assume a soft war-patriotism position. Elite liberals will stay silent — as nothing ever affects them. My clever friends from the left have already started demanding a new “blood for blood, eye for an eye.” Brainwashing made them brainless too.

A terrorist attack would certainly benefit the people in power. More so if it is from Pakistan, or Kashmir. It can be assumed that terrorists’ murder of forty-plus Indian army men just before the elections guarantees victory for the ruling party; they will then act according to their whims.

And those who hum a different tune will be excommunicated, either physically or mentally. They will be jailed and fined and trolled and hacked.

They’ll be called anti-nationals. Friends, family and society will alienate them.

No investigations will be done. No questions will be asked. No one will face any interrogation on the causes and lapses — deliberate or not — behind the brutal terrorist massacre.

No one will ask how terrorists killed more than forty armed military men out of existence in a place like Kashmir, where not even a fly enters unseen. We won’t be eager to question, because we are now angry. We want “not peace, but war.” Our minds are now full of knee-jerk hate. We can’t think.

Similarly, we never asked how a few years ago, the Mumbai Taj secured by the black cat commandos was infiltrated by machine guns. How terrorists got in there. Just the same way no Americans ever asked how the 9/11 terrorists went past four airports with watertight security in place. If you ask, you’ll be branded anti-national by the government, politicians, and their media. Prison owners would be elated. Your own people will view you as a green-eyed monster.

No one has asked: why, from 1947 to 2019, has the Kashmir issue not been dealt with and resolved. Why the USA and the CIA have used India and Pakistan as puppets, with Kashmir as an ace up their sleeve? A trump card!

No one asks about the poverty-stricken, hapless, ignored Kashmiris. Corporate media branded them as terrorists, and that kept us “happily informed.”

Terrorism and terrorists are born and raised out of poverty and desperation. Blind fanatics arm them and wash their brains with religious and jingoist doctrines. And then they either target the innocent or slaughter soldiers.

The traders of war then add more fire to the flames by spewing even more hatred and animosity. Not forty but four hundred, four thousand, or even forty thousand innocent men, women and children are then bombed and machine gunned by the venomous flames of war. Many lose their limbs, eyes, nose and what not, yet they live on.

But guess what, that terror is never called terror! It becomes nationalism, patriotism, defense, and just revenge.

Nobody raises any questions about it. In case of India, those who once killed Gandhi are branded as Gandhian nationalists. People still line up to vote for them.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” Our big political leaders never go to war, they watch from afar. It’s always the starving pawns sacrificed at the altar of war.

13 in 14: India’s Very Serious Problems


Media and pundits are not talking about these very serious issues. So, I am.
Because people simply don’t have the time or energy to go through long texts, I’m posting some pictures here. I hope some of us look at them carefully, and put pressure on the Indian and international media and establishments to discuss these issues.

These are only some of the issues. I hope to add more in the coming weeks, before the April national elections.

Without discussing these issues, however, this so-called biggest democracy with its 1.2 billion people, and the so-called open and multi-party voting system is truly a farce.

You decide how important these problems are. You decide where India stands after over sixty-five years of its so-called independence, relative to other countries. You decide which powers are responsible for this situation.

You decide how to bring these issues to limelight, and how to address these issues.

To me, they are extremely, crucially urgent.

Thank you. Comments and feedback much welcome.



Brooklyn, New York

P.S. — BTW, there is no reason for anti-India elements to rejoice. I’d advise them to find very similar problems in their own countries.



Problem 1. Overpopulation and Migration of the Poor to Cities


Problem 2. Poverty, Hunger and Disease (and child labor)


Problem 3. Rich-poor Disparity


Problem 4. Violence on Women and of Human Rights, and Police Inaction


Problem 5. Illiteracy and Lack of Schooling 









Problem 6. Environmental Pollution

India corruption

Problem 7. Corruption and Nepotism












Problem 8. Communal Tension and Fragmentation of Society


Problem 9. Invasion of Multinational Corporations, IMF and WTO


Problem 10. Land Grabbing and Real Estate Mafia


Problem 11. Historic Amount of Black Money


Problem 12. Separatist and Terrorist Violence


Problem 13. Sky-high Prices and Inflation


[More to follow]