September 28, 2016 12:35:03 am
Compiled by Ashutosh Bhardwaj
The editorial in Organiser, ‘Facilitating the failing state’, comments on the Uri attack. It notes that while this was “not the first terrorist attack from across the border”, it has “received unprecedented attention in recent times, almost similar to that of terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament”.
The Uri attack “is a response to growing isolation and resultant frustration within Pakistan”. “When Bharat is spreading its diplomatic dynamism all over the world at the bilateral and multilateral level, the credibility of Pakistan is diminishing day by day,” it says. “The US has cut-down the credit line” to its “trusted ally”, as “Bangladesh and Afghanistan are openly talking about Pakistan as a terror-sponsoring state”. As the Pakistani state is crumbling due to various internal reasons, its best option “to divert attention is to aggravate anti-Bharat sentiments”. “Unfortunately for Pakistan, the situation is so grave that this tested strategy may boomerang this time,” it says. As the Modi government came to power with high expectations on the security front, “people are obviously expecting much stronger action against Pakistan”. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “PM Narendra Modi’s promise to punish those behind the Uri terror attack would not remain words.” “There are all chances of some punitive action against the terrorist groups operating on the neighbouring soil,” it notes.
An article in Organiser notes the “distinctive and important status” of Balochistan “due to its economic, political and strategic as well as geographical position”. Balochistan has a vast area encompassing Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan province and a significant portion of Kandahar, Helmand and Nimruz provinces in southern Afghanistan and the large chunk that has been under Pakistani occupation since 1948. “Currently, Pakistan-occupied Baluchistan is nearly 44 per cent of total area of Pakistan,” while it has just about five per cent of its population. Its “geopolitical situation provides it the leverage, not only regionally, but also globally”. “Baluchistan holds approximately 75 per cent of total 1045 km coastline of Pakistan,” it says, pointing out that “the most important port of Baluchistan is Gwadar”.
This southern terminus of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being developed by Pakistan and China. Balochistan is also rich in mineral and natural resources. “Today it is the largest gas producing area of Pakistan,” it says, adding that “it has estimated reserves of 2 trillion cubic feet of gas”. “If Baluchistan acquires Independence, it will become the greatest hazard to Pakistan,” it says. “By this, on one hand, Pakistan’s geographical contiguity with Iran will be terminated and on another, almost half of Afghanistan border will be lost.” It will have broad political, strategic and economic consequences for Pakistan.
An article in Panchjanya takes note of some recent books in Hindi that “reminds us of bonds with the cow”. One such book, Pranam Kapila, is dedicated to Kapila (cow). This book has 145 poems by 134 poets — all focusing on the cow. “This is perhaps the first such attempt,” it notes. The writer has explained the aim behind its publication and included those scriptures that consider cow slaughter a sin. He has also mentioned several programmes being undertaken in Muslim countries for cow welfare.
“There is a farm, Al Shafia, 100 km south-east of Saudi Arab’s capital, Riyadh,” it says, noting that this farm has 36,000 cows, of whom 5,000 are of Indian breeds. “A special section consumes milk of Indian cows,” it says, pointing out that “the royal family in Riyadh is supplied around 400 litres of milk from Indian cows”. “Writers have also played an important role in protecting cows,” it says, cites instance of a Hindi poet Narhari who, during Akbar’s reign, once saved a cow from a butcher. “Subsequently, Akbar had put an end to cow slaughter,” it says. Once, the Hindi novelist Premchand also saved his cow from a British collector in Gorakhpur. The collector had raised his gun at the cow, but Premchand came in between, forcing him to withdraw.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.