Operating locally, the ISI and other foreign covert agencies are subverting India.
By Gautam Sen (2 September 2013)
London: The Indian trait of being easily gratified and eager to please is a fascinating contrast to self-serving Pakistani truculence. Despite being bankrolled and armed by the United States over fifty years, Pakistan not only refused to play ball with US plans for Afghanistan, it used US-supplied weaponry to embark on a murderously effective counteroffensive against Western forces. It also mobilized its citizens against the US by instigating a relentless hate campaign. By comparison, India has lost no opportunity to prostrate itself to the US in apparent infinite gratitude for the Indo-US nuclear accord.
The shameless United Progressive Alliance government now wishes to mortgage India’s energy security for the next generation by purchasing untried US nuclear reactors though superior contenders are available elsewhere. If prominent Indian politicians are not poised to receive consideration for this devastating betrayal, they are bigger fools than hitherto presumed. But pigs will fly first before such an opportunity fails to prompt Pharaonic enrichment of India’s elite. The alternatives to US nuclear reactors include domestic and international thorium ones that might allow India significant energy autonomy, its principal source of external vulnerability.
India earlier also leapt into the Afghan cauldron and spent unconscionable sums for no obvious long-term gain. It was this unthinking and opportunistic policy impulse that prompted Pakistan’s 26/11 terror assault against Mumbai though no commentator was astute enough to recognize it as such. Evidently, India has also suspended belief, in an example of the triumph of hope over experience, by outsourcing Indian policy towards Pakistan to Washington.
In recent months, a schoolboy penchant for short-cuts and an entirely supine mind-set resulted in a sharp border rebuff from China. Indian initiatives along the Ladakh LAC, in response to calculated earlier Chinese belligerence, failed to adequately prepare for likely retaliatory countermeasures. The antecedent status quo would have been preferable to the humiliating political and legal setback for India of conceding to China, as it has evidently done. Further political and military consequences may follow as the Indian government is impaled on fiscal insolvency and its people lose their fighting spirit in despair.
A more immediate political denouement is looming large as US rapprochement with Pakistan unfolds below the radar. No, the US is not about to settle scores with Pakistan for being thwarted by it in Afghanistan and instigate a state of affairs to provide India regional victory on a platter. The ISI, like the Italian secret service, was created by the US in the context of the Cold War, and their relationship runs deep. The Pakistanis have no doubt reminded the US that its historic, global victory in the Cold War, in the aftermath of the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, was facilitated by unstinting Pakistani support. Quite clearly, the outcome was of unprecedented importance to the US and its Western allies. Besides, only by having Pakistan on board can the US realistically hope to secure its residual interests in Afghanistan, as I have been warning since 2005.
No doubt, the US is also aware that if push comes to shove, Pakistan’s professional and reliable military levies will do its dirty work in the Middle East, as the infamous Zia-ul-Haq did, as a mercenary commander, to crush Jordan’s Palestinian militants in 1970. In addition, the Saudi monarchy will surely have interceded on behalf of their cherished Pakistani co-religionists, who may be called upon to save them from the wrath of its own people. The recent dispatch of Pakistani Taliban military trainers to Syria to help unseat Bashar-al Assad of Syria is a clear reaffirmation that the Anglo-Americans never allowed their intimate historic ties with global Jihadis, as researcher Mark Curtis has affirmed, to deteriorate. Their disagreements over the future of Afghanistan are an isolated local difficulty and the larger usefulness of Islamists to Anglo-US policy remains intact. India counts for nothing by comparison.
An even greater calamity that has now overtaken India is deep penetration of its national institutions and body politic by foreign intelligence agencies. The phenomenon always existed though the extraordinary scale of the Anglo-American infiltration of India has been revealed recently by massive leaks about US intelligence activities. Most frighteningly, ISI penetration of India at the highest levels of government and society is unmistakably perceptible. So successful has Pakistan’s ISI become that it is possible that they surreptitiously promoted the shocking warfare between Indian intelligence and investigative agencies through its Indian proxies.
Revealingly, senior RAW officers are publicly denouncing the fabrication of evidence to distract attention from global terrorism, sponsored by the Pakistani ISI and funded by the Saudis, by blaming alleged Hindu extremists. Some of the falsehoods are brazen and there is not even an attempt by suborned Indian decision-makers to explain why their accusations against alleged majority-community perpetrators of terrorism are flatly contradicted by US agencies and the UN Security Council.
Underlying the alarming penetration of India by the Pakistani ISI is India’s vote-bank politics, which has granted extraordinary latitude to terrorist activities. Some of India’s top elected politicians routinely and respectfully refer to the ideological mentors of terrorists by appending ‘ji’ after their names. One Indian chief minister visited Pakistan in order to advertise his political party’s magnanimity towards the assumed loyalties of their votebanks. Indeed, they are inciting emotional attachments towards India’s sworn tormentor where little may have existed before.
Intrusive investigation to interdict terrorist plotters is well nigh impossible in much of India as well. It is opposed by most ruling parties who live and breathe a treasonous Indian version of secularism. The impugning of the Batla House terror encounter by Indian politicians was an illustration of the degree of subversion of the Indian state by foreign interests. A few years ago, one of India’s most senior RAW officers lamented privately that the bombers who caused mayhem in Delhi during 2005 were given an official escort up to the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. It was also shocking to learn from an apolitical senior bank executive of the sighting of Dawood Ibrahim in the Mumbai airport VIP lounge in 2003 in the company of Maharashtra’s most formidable politician.
Politicians, officials, NGOs and media personalities openly cavort with terrorist sympathisers even after their anti-national activities have been exposed by Indian security organizations. Numerous fraudulent human rights’ NGOs have been sponsored in India by foreign agencies specifically designated to undermine Indian security efforts. Family members of India’s ruling establishment are also known to be in contact with Pakistani missions in Europe. Useful individuals in India, high and low, are being discreetly gifted international credit cards issued abroad and payments due on them are settled in venues like Dubai and London by both foreign intelligence services and terrorist groups. Such bribery is virtually untraceable.
The downfall of the Indian state is proceeding apace, a version of the phenomenon that is especially starkly evident across the Middle East today. The Anglo-Americans are engaged in mass murder and change regimes routinely to the bogus chorus of human rights’ violations. As far as India is concerned, the task of subverting its one relatively-unaffected institution, its armed forces, remains to be accomplished, though Manmohan Singh’s UPA II has made some determined progress in this regard as well. This is why it is absolutely imperative not to stop Narendra Modi becoming prime minister of India. He may have the temerity to resist the dismantling of India.
Dr Gautam Sen has taught Political Economy at the London School of Economics.