From India’s experience

Published: November 27, 2010

PUNE, INDIA: In his article of November 27 “The India-Pakistan cul-de-sac”, air vice-marshal Shahzad Chaudhry writes about India’s support to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, but doesn’t talk about its disastrous effects on India itself. Rajiv Gandhi, ill-advised by his aides, trained and funded the Tigers to create unrest in Sri Lanka and when the same Tigers went out of control of Indian hands, Mr Gandhi sent the Indian army to tackle them. It was a classic case of a Frankenstein monster going out of control and biting the hand which had been feeding it.

After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, India gave up the policy of funding and training insurgents for good. India eventually learnt its lessons but Pakistan doesn’t seem to have learnt anything from the disastrous Indian experience.

Sonam Shyam

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2010.

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  • Manish
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:31PM

    no comments ??Recommend

  • G.Khan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 2:47AM

    There is a clear difference between these two equations: India was the creator of a terror group to create terror in SRI LANKA when there was no need for that at all.

    Pakistan army had no choice as Soviet Army was sitting on its NW borders. Those who have observed Soviet Red Army’s advances , they knew very well that what they did when they invaded Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Baltic States? They captured them and never left. Pakistan feared that After Afghanistan it was Pakistan’s turn for the Soviet army to reach the warm waters of Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf through Gwadar Port. Pakistan fought a war of its own defense and survival against the most powerful army of the Planet of that time. it was by no means, a war of aggression as did India by preparing TAMIL TIGERS against SRI LANKA. Because Sri Lanka was never a threat to India whereas Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the presence of Soviet Army few Miles from Pakistan borders were a definite threat to Pakistan itself. Therefore, equating these two events is based upon false premise.

    It is completely insane equating an unnecessary aggressive and State terror activity ( forming of TAMIL TIGER GROUP BY INDIAN INTELLIGENCE) to project and enhance political influence in a tiny unharmful nation (Sri Lanka) through terror means and between fighting a war of self-survival against the the most powerful invading army of the world; The Soviet Army. Can anybody deny this fact that Soviets did not invade Afghanistan? Or can anyone accept that Sri Lanka was a threat to Indian security?

    Indian act of creating Tamil Tigers was an Act of State Terror towards its tiny neighbor whereas fighting invading armies of The Soviet union for self-survival was an act of self defense. Let’s not mix these two to hide the the real face of Indian Terror behind war of self-defense. Recommend

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