Arindam Banerji has a lengthy piece at Rediff.com entitled “The threat in the North East.” What is most striking is what he reports about the openness of jihadi groups in India, Pakistan, and Kashmir. Most Westerners, including American Muslim advocacy groups, still refuse to acknowledge that there are avowedly religious Muslim organizations that teach these things. And of course moderate Muslims worldwide have yet to mount a response that is convincing on Islamic grounds.
One of the facts that has been reported by multiple sources is that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, better known as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba raised Rs 780 million from donations from ordinary people, during last month’s Eid celebrations — far more, than previous years, according to The Friday Times.
This comes as somewhat of a shock, since the Lashkar, in its brochures, periodicals and posters, is not particularly shy about announcing its intentions or even depicting trophy pictures of dead Indians. While the Jaish-e-Mohammad has openly declared that ‘jihad means killing,’ the Lashkar has made its motto ‘Killing Hindus is the way forward.’ So ordinary Pakistanis openly and knowingly raised millions of rupees in a few weeks to support terror in India. Sort of clashes with the outward appearances of mehman-nawazi [hospitality] — does it not?