An editorial in the Organiser on the refugee crisis in Europe worries that the conflict in Syria has resulted in over four million refugees, and that Islamic State militants are being smuggled into Europe in the guise of refugees. According to the editorial, some 4,000 IS fighters are already waiting in the wings in Europe, ready to launch attacks around the globe. Some refugees, instead of seeking asylum, have started demanding the right to move to other European countries, a dangerous phenomenon, asserts the editorial. “Illegal migrants and human traffickers” are among the first refugees, it says.
The editorial also criticises European powers because they “cannot forget the fact that the situation in Syria or other West Asian countries is the outcome of their colonial legacy” as they “created [the] Assads and Saddams under US leadership”. “Asylum to refugees can be a temporary solution, not a permanent one”, it says, adding that, unfortunately, “no European country is ready to take a tough stand against Islamists”. Noting that the Arab countries are the “worst culprits”, it says that “after financing terrorist groups in many countries, the oil-rich West Asian countries have shamed the ‘Arab conscience’ by refusing to take in any refugee”. “If the fight is for creating [a] Muslim umma, nurtured through funding, why are some Muslim governments indifferent to the plight of refugees?” it asks.
The redrawing of boundaries in West Asia will have an impact across the globe, including in India and China, according to the editorial. It further says that the time is ripe to build international opinion and forcing West Asian countries to stop the “deadly” politics in the name of Islam. The editorial also praises the fatwa issued by Indian clerics against the IS.
An article in the Organiser applauds the Central government for implementing one rank one pension (OROP) for ex-servicemen, a move that will benefit about 30 lakh soldiers. “More than the financial gains”, according to the article, the 42-year-old fight was “for dignity and respect”. The implementation of OROP is “a morale booster for the armed forces”. A section of ex-servicemen have pointed out some anomalies, but the government, by constituting a one-member committee, has promised to resolve these irritants too, says the article.
The article blames successive governments for ignoring the demands of ex-servicemen. “Today, the soldiers are thanking the government wholeheartedly,” it says.
The implementation of OROP will place an additional burden of Rs 10,000 to 12,000 crore on the exchequer but the government took the decision after doing its homework, it claims. Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram of the UPA government allocated a mere Rs 500 crore for OROP “without properly calculating how much would be required,” it says, asserting that the UPA was “just lingering on
Manipur on the boil
An article in Panchjanya says that Manipur has been reeling from terrorism and massacres since the 1980s. The UPA government did not take any meaningful steps to protect the state from anti-national elements, it states. Manipur was yet again on the boil in early September, with even the “secretariat on fire”. The present government of Manipur spends two-thirds of its budget “to keep terrorists happy,” the article alleges, further claiming that both the state and Central governments of the past have been involved in such acts. Slamming those involved in negotiations with the insurgents, it says terrorists freely roamed the state, and the interlocutors cornered all the benefits.
The article also attacks Christian missionaries “of America, the UK and other countries” who “visit Manipur freely”. “Meetings of Christians are held during the day, whereas secret negotiations with terrorists continue at night”. “Even mullahs and maulavis from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu visit Manipur in large numbers. They teach the lessons of sedition to children,” the article claims.
The article goes on to say that “the Hindu nationalist Maiti community” is being “crushed” in the state. “Terrorists target the Hindi-speaking population, as the ISI is coordinating the Muslims”.
Compiled by Ashutosh Bhardwaj