It has been quite traumatic three months. I founded the American Friends of Balochistan after the assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, and have been one of the main voices internationally for the struggle for freedom and justice for my people . When Narendra Modi was elected prime minister of India four years ago my political opportunism made me overlook the fact that Modi was indeed the Butcher of Gujrat, a person who was barred from visiting the US because of his reported key role in Muslim genocide in 2002 when he was the chief minister there (equivalent to US governor).
I knew he was a Hindu nationalist but since the Pakistan army GHQ and ISI, who are carrying out state terrorism in Balochistan hated him, I looked upon him as “the enemy of your enemy is your friend.” To flatter him I carried the placard that read “PM Modi: Balochistan loves you, needs you” that went viral on the social media. In contrast when Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif, then prime minister, came to speak at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC in fall 2015, I heckled him and became a darling in Indian eyes. The following year, in mid August 2016 when Modi spoke about Balochistan in deliberations with leaders of other Indian parties I fully backed him by saying Har Har Modi Ghar Ghar Modi in front of TV camera. Two days later Modi raised the issue of Balochistan from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort. I am not claiming sole credit but i did play an important role in making the unlettered Modi talk about Balochistan.
When the prime minister of a country speaks out, it means the government will fully support the issue. That never happened. There was lot of talk in the Indian media after the Indian prime minister’s speech, but to the chagrin of the Baloch Diaspora activists Modi was simply using the Baloch card as quid pro quid for Pakistan support to jihadis in Kashmir. He did what he did in the state interests of India. Thousands of more Baloch lost their lives as those of who of us are in exile supported the Modi speech at the time.
After the Modi speech some Indian Americans who said they were devotees of the Hindu sacred site in Balochistan, Hinglaj Mata, joined the American Friends of Balochistan. It turned out they were not Indian Americans but Indians. These guys were supporting their state interests in stead of the interests of the people of Balochistan.
The idea enemy of your enemy does not always work: one of the Hindus, who lives in Texas, said that there will be a complete beef ban in the US in the next 25 or 50 years. His idea stank and reminded me of the Muslim fundamentalists who say one day in the near future the whole of US will convert to Islam. Some of these guys also believe that the so-called Love Jihad is a reality; a sinister plan by Muslims to make whole of India Muslim by luring Hindu females in honey trap. Overall once could see in these folks an innate dislike for and total distrust towards Muslims, with whom they say Hindus are engaged in a civilization war. For these Indians, the Indian army atrocities in Kashmir are fully justified.
In December, the Hindu fanatical Shambulal Regar brutally killed, burned the body of a Muslim laborer Afrazul from West Bengal in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Ayodhya. The killer accused the victim of Love Jihad I wrote an article to condemn the dastardly killing, but at least two of the die-hard Modi supporters Krishna K. Gudipati, who works for DMI Digital Management LLC and Soumya Sundar Chowdhury, who works for Monument Construction Corporation, opposed my writings—the two were with me in the AFB at the time. Regar is deified by right-wing Hindu nut cases.
Then early this year Hammal Haider, international spokesperson for the Baloch National Movement – front office of the deadly Balochistan Liberation Front–, visited Washington DC these Indians along with Afghan national Habiba Ashna met him and his sidekick in the US without my knowledge nor consent. I had always opposed the brutal tactics of the BLF-BNM that includes killing innocent civilians from other ethnic groups (see video of Punjabi youths who were going to Europe but killed by the BLF-BNM thugs), bumping off those who refuse to pay extortion money and killing and dumping Baloch who oppose their politics of violence, including Baloch women. There is anguish among the Baloch that the BLF, now based in Iran, is being used by Teheran as their proxy. However, India’s premier spy service RAW, that only wants to see bloodshed to counter Pakistan support to terror in Kashmir, fully supports the Baloch militant bloodshed.
But the final rift came when we proposed we will invite the Pakistani ambassador to speak at an event. As a US organization we do favor constructive dialogue with Pakistan representatives, but the Indians don’t want us to talk with them at all. Behind my back, these Indians contacted members to say all kinds of stuffs about me. I was stunned that a third Indian Carl Clemens, whom I had trusted alot, was also bad mouthing me. Gudipati, Chowdhury and Clemens protest in favor of family members of convicted RAW spy Kulbushan Yadhav early January in front of the Pakistan embassy.
I was really traumatized mentally but thanks to some AFB members most notably Najeeb Khan, who is now president, Jane E. Weisner, vice president, and a Baloch guy who is also vice president but does not want to be named defeat the plans of these Modi supporters.
These folks were calling the AFB president, Najeeb Khan, an ISI agent, upon which Jane E. Weisner said, “Listen not to these frivolous people, who dare besmirch your reputation and that of the American Friends of Balochistan. AFB has been in existence long before they showed up with their clandestine mission and will continue to do very well without them.”
Since I had initially backed Modi, I have to admit I ate shit when I did that. This proverb in Balochi means I was terribly wrong.