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India, U.S. must fight jehadi terrorism together

Advani's US visit a party for all

India cannot be a Hindu State: Advani

India, U.S. must fight jehadi terrorism together: Advani

Remarks Following Meeting With Indian Deputy Prime Minister Advani

Protestors Oppose Indian Deputy Prime Minister's Visit to US

Hawk deal, terrorism likely to figure during Advani-Blair talks

Meeting with Vajpayee not on Jamali's agenda

Advani praises Sardar Patel, calls him genius



Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Jun 13, 2003


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India, U.S. must fight jehadi terrorism together: Advani

Los Angeles June 12. The Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, said on Wednesday that India and the United States have to work in tandem to defeat the menace of jehadi terrorism fuelled by religious extremism, the epicentre of which is Pakistan.

Terrorists had attacked Parliament, temples, aircraft, trains and buses in India and spared no one, including women and children, leading to the death of more than 60,000 innocent Indians, Mr. Advani said.

``The epicentre of international terrorism lies in India's immediate neighbourhood ... it gives me no joy in pointing fingers but the involvement of Pakistan can no longer be ignored,'' he said.

Jehadi terrorism was a threat not only to the security of the two countries but to peace and tranquillity around the world. The terrorists who were against America also come from the same pool of jehadi terrorism, he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister, who is on a 10-day visit to the U.S. and the U.K. to hold discussions on the global war against terrorism, was delivering a talk on `Indo-U.S. Relations in a Strategic Perspective', under the aegis of the World Affairs Council here. Academics and diplomats, including those from Pakistan, were among the audience.

Mr. Advani said the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, had once again extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan which should demonstrate that it was sincere in implementing the promises made to the United States. and the international community regarding dismantling of the jehadi terrorist infrastructure which they had spawned and fostered.

Explaining the controversial ``retirement'' threat of the Prime Minister during his recent interview, Mr. Advani said Mr. Vajpayee was referring to his earlier peace bids with Pakistan — Lahore bus trip and the Agra summit — and only implied that he would give up the effort if the third and final attempt failed.

Mr. Advani urged Pakistan to heed the voices of sanity and give up its futile path of confrontation with India. India, he said, was determined to see that the scourge of terrorism was removed and that the people of Jammu and Kashmir lived in peace and prosperity.

He said the infrastructure facilitating cross-border terrorism remained in place as a result of strong support that the terrorists received by being aided, abetted and sponsored from abroad.

Nuclear deterrence


Replying to a question, Mr. Advani said India's nuclear policy was based on no-first use and deterrence. He said if India were made a member of the United Nations Security Council, it would discharge its duties with full responsibility.

Mr. Advani said the purpose of his visit was to weave political, economic and military strands into a strategic partnership.

Indo-US ties, he said, were characterised by an ``unprecedented dynamism and willingness on both sides to strengthen the relations''.

Referring to the visit of the then U.S. President, Bill Clinton, to India in 2000 and invitation to President George W. Bush, Mr. Advani pointed out that after the end of the Cold War, the two ``estranged democracies'' had become ``engaged democracies'' with high-level contacts becoming frequent and substantive.

Tributes to Mahatma, Nehru


The Deputy Prime Minister paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel for their vision to make India a strong democratic and secular state.

He said the economic reforms had brought about growth and these were being implemented without social turmoil or political instability.

`No theocratic state'


Mr. Advani said that India would never become a theocratic state and expressed the confidence that it would be among the world's developed nations by the year 2020.

Theocracy was alien to India and its polity but ``pseudo-secularism would not thrive either,'' the Deputy Prime Minister told a gathering organised by more than 70 associations of Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).

Even an atheist had a place in Indian society, so a thinker who promoted the ``crass materialism'' of the ``eat, drink and be merry'' philosophy was not prosecuted but tolerated, he said. — UNI


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Remarks Following Meeting With Indian Deputy Prime Minister Advani

Secretary Colin L. Powell
New Delhi, India
July 28, 2002

QUESTION: Did you mention to the Deputy Prime Minister Kashmir and the international focus?

SECRETARY POWELL: Yes, we discussed Kashmir. We discussed the line of control. We discussed the need for free and fair elections with freedom for international visitors to go and observe.

QUESTION: What was his response? Was it positive?


QUESTION: Yes? (inaudible) will allow international observers?

SECRETARY POWELL: Yes, I think the same thing. The same thing, for people to be able to look and see what’s going on (inaudible) for people to be able to go and see what’s going on



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India cannot be a Hindu State: Advani

June 13, 2003 14:20 IST

Addressing the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and later a well-attended meeting of the Indian American community in Chicago on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani rejected suggestions that India be turned into a Hindu State.

That was an option rightly rejected by the leaders at the time of partition of the country and now cannot be changed, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said and gave a 'solemn pledge' that it would not be done.

Advani expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata party would win the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2004 and that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would continue to lead the country.

His party, he said, would not fight elections purely on political issues but stress on good governance, development and other economic issues.

Since forming the coalition government, the BJP had tried to fulfill the promises it has made in its election manifesto. It might not be one hundred per cent successful but it also cannot be accused of ignoring them, he said.

There is no denying that the country has made much more progress under Vajpayee's leadership than under several earlier governments, he said.

In this connection, he paid tribute to the stewardship of Vajpayee who, he said, had successfully led the government in coalition with several parties, some whom once did not want to even 'touch' the BJP, and in the process has proved wrong doomsayers who were predicting a short tenure for National Democratic Alliance government.

Vajpayee is now the longest serving non-Congress prime minister, he pointed out.

Some sixty Indian American organisations had come together to extend a warm welcome to Advani, who also addressed a meeting of party workers.

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Protestors Oppose Indian Deputy Prime Minister's Visit to US

By T.C. Malhotra
CNSNews.com Correspondent
June 12, 2003

New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Americans of Indian origin have protested against an official visit to the U.S. by India's deputy prime minister, Lal Krishna Advani, who has a controversial history of promoting Hindu fundamentalism.\b

[Karl Note:  Compare the speech by Advani which suggest exactly the opposite of how CBS reported this???[

Indian-American groups under the umbrella of the Coalition to Support Democracy and Pluralism in India staged a small demonstration outside the Indian Embassy in Washington Wednesday while Advani was in the building.

Advani has been on an official tour of the U.S. at the invitation of Vice President Dick Cheney and has also met with President George W. Bush, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

According to the coalition, protestors carried placards comparing Advani with ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and calling for an end to violence by Hindu militants against Muslims and Christians in India.

The group also organized a peace vigil at the Gandhi Statue in Washington. It said some family members of Indians killed during last year's Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat state took part in the vigil.

In a letter to U.S. political leaders, the coalition urged Washington to withdraw its support for Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"We urge the United States to reconsider its support to a religious fundamentalist party such as the BJP, which will cause permanent damage to the civil society in India," it said.

The letter was signed by more than 20 coalition member organizations, including groups representing Christians, Muslims and Hindus of Indian origin.

Advani is known in India for his efforts to strengthen the BJP's hold on power by promoting Hindu nationalist views and is considered a leading "hard liner" with regard to India's half-century-old dispute with neighboring Pakistan.

Hindu-majority India accuses Muslim Pakistan of sponsoring terrorists fighting to end Indian rule in Kashmir, a territory divided between the countries and claimed in its entirety by both.

Advani is also closely associated with a radical Hindu group called the National Volunteer Corps (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS), accused by Christians and Muslims of organizing violent attacks against adherents of the minority faiths.

Despite having a constitution giving equal rights to all religions, India has a long history of violence between Hindus and Muslims, but attacks on Muslims and Christians have increased since the BJP took power in March 1998.

In recent years, about 200 attacks on Christians and their institutions have been reported. Most were blamed on the RSS, which claims four million members, and similar groups.

Last year, Gujarat was wracked by Hindu-Muslim violence that cost about 900 lives. The killings were triggered when a Muslim mob torched a railway carriage at Godhara, burning to death 59 Hindu pilgrims. Most of the victims in the end were Muslims.

In the late 1980s, the RSS launched a public campaign to promote a collective Hindu identity.

Then in 1991, Advani undertook a historic "chariot journey" from a Hindu temple in Gujarat to the legendary birthplace of the Hindu god, Ram.

The symbolic journey helped transform the BJP from a marginal group with just two seats in parliament a decade ago to the ruling party today.

Advani was accused the following year of a role in the destruction by Hindus of a 16th century mosque, which had been built on a site where some Hindus believe a Hindu temple once stood.

RSS leaders had no official reaction to the anti-Advani protests in the U.S.

A RSS worker in New Delhi, Ram Singh, on Thursday dismissed the protests.

"The coalition approach against Advani is ridiculous and dangerous," he said.

"At a time when India is trying to create international awareness about Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, such groups are trying to divert the issue."

Ram said organizations in the U.S. had no right to interfere in India's internal affairs.

"They should not be concerned as to which political party should rule the country," he added.


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Hawk deal, terrorism likely to figure during Advani-Blair talks

UK Bureau
Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani is arriving in London on Sunday after his visit to the US. During his four-day visit on the invitation of his British counterpart Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Advani will be meeting Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Advani is also scheduled to hold discussions with Home Secretary David Blunkett and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. BAE's Hawk deal, terrorism, Indo-Pak relations and Iraq are likely to figure in the Deputy Prime Minister's talks.

On Sunday evening the High Commissioner of India Ronen Sen will be holding a reception in the honour of the Deputy Prime Minister at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. On Monday morning Advani will meet Prime Minister Tony Blair, following which he will meet the press outside 10, Downing Street.

Incidentally, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is arriving in London on Tuesday, will meet Tony Blair the same day.

Since the Gujarat riots Advani's visits to London have always been marked with demonstrations. This time South Asia Solidarity Group, Asian Women United, Ahimsa, Indian Workers Association GB, Awaaz and Women Living Under Muslim Laws are planning to hold demonstrations.

During his stay Musharraf will attend the annual dinner of Pakistan Society where Prince Charles will be the chief guest. He will depart for the US on Friday.


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Meeting with Vajpayee not on Jamali's agenda

Saturday, 14 June , 2003, 11:28
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has said a meeting with his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee _ for resolving wide ranging bilateral issues between the two countries _ would be preceded by the talks at the secretary-level.

Talking to mediapersons, Jamali said groundwork was under way to initiate talks at the secretary-level between the two countries and the outcome of these efforts would determine his meeting with the Indian Premier.

The News quoted the prime minister as expressing optimism about holding a meaningful dialogue with Vajpayee in the very near future, but added: "No immediate meeting with the Prime Minister (Vajpayee) is on my current agenda."

Jamali said Pakistan was a 'peace-loving country' and it would continue efforts to resolve bilateral issues with India through peaceful means.

Stating that conditions were favourable for talks between the two countries, Jamali said: "Let the meetings between the foreign secretaries of the two countries take place, after which the stage would be set for high-level talks between the neighbours."

He refused to comment on Indian Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani's statement in the US, in which he described Pakistan as the epicentre of international terrorism. He said this matter pertained to Prime Minister Vajpayee and it was up to him to decide whether the statements of his deputy were encouraging the peace process.


Advani's US visit a party for all


Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani greets UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor (left) at a special gathering of some elite Indians and Americans as well, organised by the Consulate General of India in New York. PTI

NEW YORK: As Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani wound up his week-long tour of the US on Saturday evening, it was clear that the two sides are coming to terms with each other. Advani's visit, capped by his meetings with US President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney and senior US officials, underlined the importance attached by them to the BJP strongman.

While the dividends from his stand against Pakistan are yet to be evaluated, Advani has clearly resisted the US pressure on India to commit its troops for peace-keeping in Iraq. He has also extracted a promise from Bush to persuade Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to create conditions conducive to a peace process between the two countries. The US efforts to engage him have also paid off, making him give up his widely perceived opposition to peace talks between India and Pakistan.

The US accorded Advani utmost importance. The President made it a point to meet with him and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called on him at his hotel room on a Sunday, a day in advance, because he had to go out the next day. Henry Kissinger met the Deputy Prime Minister for 25 minutes. Scores of Secret Service personnel shadowed him wherever he went. At times, even helicopters were pressed into service to strengthen his security.

Advani played his cards rather well. It was the Nehru-card before elitist gatherings at his lectures at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Once among the diaspora, he was back to be his normal self of a Sardar Patel-fan. For example, while addressing a gathering of the diaspora at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan here on Friday night, he made references to Patel and even Veer Savarkar. He told the people of Indian-origin to undertake a ``pilgrimage to the Cellular Jail at the Andamans, if they could, to get an idea of the conditions in which Savarkar spent 10 years of solitary confinement.''

Drawing large crowds of members of the Indian community, he chose to play to the gallery. The BJP move to confer dual-citizenship on overseas Indians was enough to win the hearts of the diaspora. Wherever he went, his reference to the Bill on the issue electrified the diaspora. Shedding the acquired sober mannerism of the American society, the members of the Indian community let themselves go in jubilation. Whistles and 'Bharat Mata ki jai' greeted his references to the dual-citizenship move. They gave him standing ovations wherever he went. If they had to pay up dollars to be seated at dinners in his honour, they did not mind paying up.

For a community yearning to assert its self-confidence after achieving a marked success in all walks of life, his rhetoric was enough to draw cheers. If he talked of a permanent seat for India at the UN, the audience clapped in support. If he said that ``this century belongs to India and we would become a superpower'' they were ready to lend a helping hand by clapping.

At the end of the day, Advani seemed to have come out of the shell and is set to acquire a wider profile. If the world is keen on dealing with him, well, he is willing too.


Advani praises Sardar Patel, calls him genius

New York, June 14 (UNI) Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani has paid glowing tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, saying he was solely responsible for the unification of India in the post-Partition period.

''(British-ruled) India would have been split into 500 parts -- not just two -- but for the wisdom and courage shown by Patel,'' Mr Advani told an Indian-American community meeting last night. ''It's an act of a genius.'' The Deputy Prime Minister said amid applause, ''He (Sardar Patel) persuaded some, awakened patriotism among others and used force in a few cases.'' In his speech to the meeting, a dinner-reception organized mainly by the local Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan chapter and co-sponsored by various community organizations, Mr Advani referred to Sardar Patel's contributions to a united India and the erstwhile princely states.

The BJP leader -- who spoke mostly Hindi -- unveiled the portrait of Sardar Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister of Independent India, on the occasion.

''When Nizam decided to be the ruler of an independent state, citing an unauthenticated assurance by the departing British, the Sardar was unwavering in his stance. Though he called in the Army to ensure the merger of Hyderabad state with the Indian Union, it was named only 'police action' (to minimize public opposition),'' Mr Advani, observed.

He also unveiled the statue of Jayaprakash Narayan, whose birth centenary is currently being celebrated in India. The statue, made in Patna, where Narayan had his early education, was brought from New Delhi on Thursday.

The Deputy Prime Minister formally inaugurated the centenary celebrations by lighting a traditional lamp.

Noting democracy is the hallmark of Indian polity, Mr Advani said ''JP'' was instrumental in expelling the ''eclipse of emergency'' on the country's democracy during the 20-month period in 1975-77.

Some European experts had predicted that democracy would not survive in India because of its huge illiterate population, but they were proved wrong, the Deputy Minister recalled.

Ambassador Lalit Mansingh formally introduced the Deputy Prime Minister to the audience at the two-hour event.


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