“Liberals” as Fai’s shameless guests
By Dr Jay Dubashi
WHEN do so-called human rights activists become traitors? When they work for their country’s enemy. And when can they be said to be working for their country’s enemy? When they accept money from the enemy or its frontmen, as was the case when they started attending so-called seminars and conferences organised by these frontmen.
Ghulam Nabi Fai was one such frontman, and he had dozens of Indian “dissenters” on Kashmir in his bag. Who were these dissenters? One was called “Mary” but we all know her real name. Another was a journalist, close to the government–Indian government, not Pakistani government – who had the best of both worlds. He could pose as a dissenting voice and collect money from Pakistan. He could then return to India from a lavish seminar in Washington – or London or Brussels – his pockets bulging with US dollars, go straight to the Home Ministry in South Block and tell them, or attempt to tell them, what happened, or what was supposed to have happened at the Washington seminar. He thus had the best of the both worlds. He was on Ghulam Nabi Fai’s list and collected his dollars – and of course, his business class ticket – from the Pakistani stooge, and at the same time was an honoured guest at our Home Ministry. He worked actually as what is known as a double agent. He probably was on the payroll of our Home Ministry and got money from them also.
This is the usual modus operandi of the so-called leftist intellectuals, not only in India but all over the world. Kim Philiby was one of them. He was supposed to be a leftist; actually he was really a drunkard, and would do anything for a bottle of scotch. He worked for the Britishers in the middle east, he worked for the Economist of London, and he worked for the Kremlin. But when he found that his game was up, he fled to Moscow and was not seen again, until he was discovered lying in a gutter near Kremlin, with an empty bottle beside him.
Ghulam Nabi Fai was not an ordinary frontman for Pakistan. Actually, he was not much of a frontman. Everybody knew he was a Pakistani spy. He received money from ISI to the tune of 600,000 or 750,000 US dollars a year, which is actually more than what the Indian government spends on its lobbyists. Fai lived in lavish style, had a big house in a Virginia suburb and entertained lavishly. His chief guests were Indians, including the journalist I have referred to above, and the usual crowd of Indians – including journalists as well as bogus writers – who will do anything for a living, including spying for Pakistan.
But their spying always had a human rights angle. This is a new gimmick and it works very well, especially in the US, where there is so much cash splashing around that all you have to do is shout “human rights” and you are flooded with money. Our crowd, that is, the Indian crowd, never specified what they were dissenting from. The very fact that they were dissenters gave them a halo which men like Ghulam Nabi Fai exploited for their purpose. Indian journalists are always short of cash when they are abroad – they never visit foreign countries unless somebody foots the bill – and if a man like Fai comes along and pays them 5,000 or 10,000 US dollars, which, I am told, was the usual rate, they will do anything for him – curse their country, abuse the government, spew venom on all and sundry in India, particularly the BJP and RSS – and return home flush with cash. Some Indian journalists, particularly the dissenting types, are the worst of the lot. They would do very well in Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. Let us not have fancy ideas about our media men.
Dissent and treason have a long tradition. During the last World War, Churchill’s government made it a point to keep an eye on the activities of British hacks, same of whom were actually thrown into jail. There were also quite a few aristocratic types who turned out to be worse than spies for Hitler & Co. One of them was Oswald Mosley, son-in-law of Lord Curzon, once a Viceroy in India, who spoke openly of his affection and love for Hitler but he could not go very far. Churchill promptly put him in jail.
Another was Joseph Kennedy, father of John F Kennedy and then US Ambassador in Britain, who turned out to be a pain in the neck of the Churchill government, such was his passion for Hitler & Co. He was a classic “dissenter”, a man who was always out of step with his government, and, worse, his country, and such people are always just one step short of betraying their country. But President Roosevelt was a wise man and recalled him home before Kennedy could go bonkers.
We have several Kennedy’s amongst us, particularly in the Delhi crowd. They think it is a badge of prestige to run down their country – and their government – before foreigners, and maybe go a step forward and betray the country, as those attending Ghulam Nabi Fai’s seminars did. A man who attended one of these seminars – a man from our foreign service who had been ambassador in Pakistan – said on TV recently that these men were picked up by Pakistanis for their animosity and vitriolic anti-Indian views for meetings in Washington and London, and they always obliged Pakistani authorities. I suspect that they did it for money: if you earn Rs 5 lakh for a couple of days’ work, plus your first class fare and hotel expenses, and all in the name of freedom of expression and human rights, why worry. The Indian government is very weak and will do them no harm. It may even appoint them as “interlocutors” whatever that means. And your name will always be in the papers, if not papers in India, almost certainly papers in Pakistan, where your bank account will overflow in dollars.
I have nothing but contempt for these people. We have been taught from childhood never to criticise your country outside India, no matter how much you differ from your government’s policies. You grin and bear it, for you do not let down your country and your government before foreigners.
Actually, even Pakistanis, including Fai & Co. must be laughing their heads off at this shameless crowd of traitors, who believe that their views are more important than the honour of their country and will go to any length to run down their country in foreign meetings. The government should publish their names and give them a Bharat Ratna, nothing less.