Political rivals in India are bracing for the world’s biggest and longest elections, starting Monday and set to span over five weeks until May 12 before deciding whether the extremist Hindu Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) candidate, Narendra Modi, or moderate secular Congress candidate, Rahul Gandhi, will become the next prime minister.
Indian elections bear strong political effects on Pakistan, the arch rival and neighboring country, against which India has fought four wars over the disputed Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir region. But the results of the present elections are especially significant for Pakistan, which is suffering from internal insecurity due to the U.S.-led war on terror in Afghanistan.
It is also struggling against Indian-backed insurgencies in two embattled eastern provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtonkhawa, the worst-hit by terrorism and subversion over the last decade.
BJP, for its part, has nominated 63-year-old Narendra Modi, who carries notoriety as Muslim-hater and is also accused of being the mastermind behind the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. The riots left nearly 3000 Muslim men, women and children dead, most of them burnt alive inside their houses by violent Hindu mobs…
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This is al-Arabiya, so I do not expect an objective tale of the 2002 events. Wikipedia is more dispassionate, giving lower death figures and noting that Hindus were killed too.
According to the official figures, the riots resulted in the deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus; 2,500 people were injured non-fatally, and 223 more were reported missing. Other sources estimate that up to 2000 Muslims died.
What a joke that Pakistan is “wary.” Remember the Mumbai attacks? From Wiki:
The 2008 Mumbai attacks were twelve coordinated shooting and bombing terrorist attacks lasting four days across Mumbai, India’s largest city, by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, later confessed upon interrogation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan’s ISI. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.
As usual, the slightest sign that the kuffar are not going to submit to Islam is seen as an outrage.