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Fw: Reply to Mr Dasgupta



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[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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>---   Nandy I assume then is a Rajya Sabha Shiv Sena MP, nothing wrong
with
>that in and of itself.    In general, though, journalists, whether
Nandy or
>Nayar (let alone e.g. US TV anchors) delude themselves into thinking
they
>make history when they actually merely report it as bystanders.   Some
would
>of course like to make history but usually lack the guts to get into
the
>actual fire.
>
>I am all for giving everyone his/her due, and say here what has been
said
>before in India, namely, that Mr. Bal Thakeray's rather strident
>anti-Pakistanism in recent months (e.g. over the Pak cricket team
visiting
>India) has been belatedly appreciated for its prescience.
>
>>BTW, while it is true that some Muslim organizations have been
>supportive
>of
>>the Kargil operation, it by no means includes all. Notably, the
radical
>>Jamaat-e-Islami has called Indian Muslims to  jihad against India, and

>>the >Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala which is supposedly a
>"mainstream"
>>political party has come out with a statement in support of "the brave

>>Mujahiddeen fighting in the mountains for regaining Kashmir's
freedom".
>
>
>-- The Jamaat-e-Islami you mention is a banned organization, in the
hands
of
>the Pak ISI.    The main Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (?) is with all India.
An
>analysis from anyone at IPI of the different Muslim political
organisations
>would be very helpful to me at least.
>
>--  Incidentally, I have always felt there are lessons for India to
learn
>from the USA regarding the gerrymandering of voting districts such that

>Minority areas do get adequate parliamentary representation.  Our
Muslim
>community is woefully misrepresented and underrepesented in Parliament.

>
>
>Subroto Roy.



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