Thursday, January 8, 2009

RAJU AND PAKISTAN: GETTING OFF THE TIGER

January 07, 2008, was not an ordinary day. In the morning, Ramalinga Raju, the promoter-chairman of Satyam (Truth), India's fourth largest IT company, shocked the whole world by admitting that he had committed India's largest ever corporate fraud of over Rs 7000 crores, and resigned. In the evening, the National Security Advisor of Pakistan (Land of the Pure), Mahmud Ali Durrani, admitted that Ajmal Kasab, one of the 10 terrorists responsible for the attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008, was indeed a Pakistani, and was sacked.

Raju's admission did not come due to any pangs of conscience, as he claimed. It was forced upon him because it had become clear that it was no longer possible to keep cooking the company's books, and that his big lie was about to be exposed. For years, Raju had been "riding a tiger and not knowing how to get off without getting eaten", in the hope that he would somehow find a way to get away without getting found out. But, 'Satyam' finally caught up and the tiger mauled him.

Within hours of the sacking of its NSA for being 'Pak' at last, Pakistan too found that it was no longer possible to keep lying with a straight face that Kasab was not a Pakistani; India's claim had been vetted by the US as being beyond all doubt. So, its Information Minister, Sherry Rehman finally issued an official statement confirming that Kasab was indeed a Pakistani. 42 days after the Mumbai attack and at least that many days after knowing that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai were Pakistanis, came this damning admission after all sorts of straight-faced denials soaked in falsehoods, and equally fraudulent counter-accusations against India.

Raju, in his admission, made the preposterous claim that he alone was in the know of the huge fraud and that no one else in the company had any idea of what was going on, for years. Pakistan too is trying to con the world with an almost similar lie. Mushahid Hussain, the very anti-India general secretary of the PML(Q) was till the other day aggressively scoffing at India's claim that Kasab was a Pakistani and that the terror attack on Mumbai was the handiwork of strong elements of the Pakistani state. But, immediately after Pakistan was forced to accept the reality of his nationality, Hussain appeared on Times Now and, quite like Raju, absolved his country of any culpability. He, in fact went another lying step further by claiming that both India and Pakistan were victims of terror and had to fight this common enemy together!

Raju, as chairman of the company, had to admit his own culpability because he was left with no escape route. The state of Pakistan, on the other hand, still believes that it has a realistic chance of getting away yet again, by putting the blame on 'non-state' actors and/or rogue elements in the ISI/Army/government. It still thinks it can absolve the state of the blame that rests squarely on its shoulders due to its relentless pursuance of a policy to bleed India to death by a thousand cuts. It still believes that its task will be made easy thanks to powerful elements in India working overtime still to fool themselves and their country men into believing that the democratically elected leaders of Pakistan are more Indian at heart than democratically elected Indians belonging to some Indian political parties!

The acceptance of Ajmal Kasab's nationality by Pakistan is not going to be the end of the matter, nor is it going to help Pakistan wash its hands off the the ideological war that it has been pursuing against India for decades. The likely handing over of LeT chief Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi to the US for the Mumbai attack will not enable it to get away. Pakistan's first ever admission of its involvement is going to set in motion a series of events that will result in it having to pay for the massive fraud of violence and hate that it has been perpetrating on the whole world for a long time.

Pakistan should be in no doubt that, like Raju, it will have to get off the tiger that it has mounted deliberately. That tiger is not going to maul India; it is Pakistan that is going to be its meal. If India plays its hand well at last, without getting emotionally carried away by cricket, democracy, 'stability' and Pakistan's false cries of being a victim itself, that may happen much sooner than it appears now. Ordinary people living in that part of the sub-continent will be served best when it finally does.
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Readers may also read:
1. Had Ajmal Kasab not been captured alive
2. Understanding and defeating the ideology of terror