Film piracy funding terror: US thinktank

26 03 2009

7 Mar 2009, 0425 hrs IST, S Balakrishnan,
Source: TNN

MUMBAI: The leading US thinktank, Rand Corporation, has confirmed what Indian intelligence agencies have been maintaining all along— Dawood
Ibrahim has graduated to terrorism and is siphoning off millions of dollars earned from film piracy, drug-running and other crimes to finance his operations.

According to sources in the film industry and police, the moment a film is released in Mumbai, the ‘D-Company’ makes camera prints and sends them to Karachi or Kuala Lumpur where millions of DVDs are made and marketed across the world. But after the Mumbai-based Valuable Group introduced satellite transmission of films directly to cinema halls, it has become difficult for the gang to make camera prints as each cinema hall has a secret identity number encrypted into the movie. To avoid this, gang members have established links with small-time theatres in Gujarat where the camera prints are taken at the first show of any new film.

The gang also receives advance prints of the films financed by it through front companies. “Contrary to general impression, the D-Company is still active in Bollywood,” a film producer says.

“Dawood is India’s godfather of godfathers who runs criminal gangs from Bangkok to Dubai. His gang syndicate, called D-Company, engages in strong-arm protection, drug trafficking, extortion and murder-for-hire,” the Rand report says.

It says that film piracy can be more paying than drug-trafficking. The report says a pirated DVD made in Malaysia for 70 cents is marked up more than 1,000% and sold in London for about $9. “The profit margin is more than three times higher than the mark-up for Iranian heroin and higher than the profit from Columbian cocaine,” the report says.

Identifying Al-Mansoor and Sadaf brands belonging to Dawood, the report says he has acquired extraordinary market power in the distribution of pirated films throughout the region. The report says the D-Company has got control of Sadaf Trading Company based in Karachi, and thus allowing it to manage distribution network in Pakistan and also acquiring the infrastructure to manufacture pirate VHS tapes and VCDs for sale.

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‘India not serious about dealing with terrorism’ :::Suman Guha Mozumder

28 11 2008

Source : Rediff.com

November 28, 2008 02:58 IST“I talked to a retied Indian diplomat and he said that a ship came from Karachi. Of course, Pakistan would say that ‘we have nothing to do it’, which may be true. But what worries me is the statement by PM Singh that terrorists were based outside the country,” Ganguly said.

The Indian government’s lack of seriousness in dealing with terrorism is the reason terrorists keep on striking in the country, according to Sumit Ganguly, director of the India Studies Institute at Indiana University.

“I think the way they struck — in an extraordinarily violent and sweeping fashion — was possible because India has not been serious enough about addressing the terrorist threat. One does not have to agree with (Bharatiya Janata Party leader) L K Advani [Images] to reach this conclusion,” Ganguly, holder of the Rabindranath Tagore Professorship in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, told rediff.com.

He, however, noted that India has responded very well in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Mumbai.

“They have not panicked, and they are proceeding systematically. All that is very creditable,” Ganguly said.

He was quick to add, “Simply saying ‘we will maintain our resolve in the face of this terrorist threat’ is not enough. It is one thing to maintain your resolve after bombs go off and quite another to develop serious database of terrorists, to go after them, to disrupt the network and to make this a national priority,” Ganguly said.

“I just do not see the evidence for that. This attitude has emboldened some people,” he said.

Ganguly agreed that the timing of the terror attack on India’s financial capital was significant, right after the peaceful polls in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] and only a week before the USIBC was slated to take a large delegation of nuclear power companies.

Was this an attempt to hit the growing US-India relationship, especially on the economic front?

“That is clearly one element. This is a message (for India) that getting too close to the United States will cost them. Also, it is designed to undermine India’s financial stability,” Ganguly said.

“Why not strike somewhere else? Why Mumbai, the place expatriates and Americans frequent. It is clearly designed to send a message that India is an unsafe place to do business,” Ganguly said.

He said that there is no point talking about the terrorist attack now. “What’s the point of talking about it? Why has it (a national plan to fight terrorism) not been done on a war footing? ,” he said.

“I think outside Iraq, India has seen the largest number of terrorist attacks in the past year. This is not an occasional episode. This has become a routine sort of calamity and when it becomes so, the government) should treat it as a national priority. It is not something that you respond to in an ad hoc fashion, however well you respond after the attack,” Ganguly said.

Speaking on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s [Images] statement, that India should not react in a knee-jerk fashion, Ganguly said, “Of course he has to say that. He cannot say that ‘let me see if one of our people did this.'”

“Dr Singh is not given to pointing fingers and drawing some quick conclusions unless he has some kind of evidence,” he said. “Nonetheless, one should not draw any conclusion right away (about the origin of the terrorist attack),” Ganguly said.





HATRED – Terror’s only religion Himanshu Shekhar

2 10 2008
Source: Zee News
Himanshu Shekhar

“What people in the West simply don’t understand is that we love death even more than they love life.” – Osama bin Laden, November 1996.

It was 2002 when I was in first year of my college when an image released on Israeli television and published in leading magazines across the world hit me. The image titled ‘Hebron’s Baby Bomber’ sparked a worldwide debate. A debate which still remains relevant. Which religion teaches one to engage an infant baby of hardly 18 months for killing others? Definitely not Islam.

We are in times when the world is reeling under terror strikes which have a lasting impact and India is no exception. Terrorism is back in focus or perhaps it was never out of frame. That brings us to a simple question- why do some people love death more than life? As a modern civic society/ state are we prepared to counter the menace?

It is a basic challenge to locate and fix the problem first before embarking on curative measures. Who are these people? What is their religion? What is their mission?

London, Karachi, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi – blasts had one thing in common and that was their techno savvy nature. An email sent from a laptop with a Wi-Fi connection just before all these attacks from ‘Indian-Mujahideen,’ clearly means that terrorists were with a mission or at least they projected one. Once again the name given to such dastardly coward act was ‘Jihad’.

It is true that those who are lured to indulge in such acts are misguided. People who are frustrated because of the political climate are the first targets. There’s no denying the fact the socio- economic factors are the ingredients in making of terror.

SIMI’s indoctrination

As the investigations reveal, the act was perpetrated by a new group named Indian Mujahideen which worked in tandem with the banned outfit SIMI. The roots of most serial blasts, which sent down jitters in India, were traced to Azamgarh – now referred to as India’s ‘terror hub.’ To say that it’s only the socio economic backwardness of the people is the only reason which pushes them towards these acts would be totally wrong. It’s the rich, the more affluent, highly educated and technologically advanced men who have been involved in the masterminding of these plots.

All the accused arrested in recent spate of blasts are in early 20s and one thing they had in mind was injustice meted out to people of their community in Gujarat riots. The mail sent by IM was just a confirmation of the sentiment. It is this sense of being denied due justice that lead the masterminds picking disgruntled youth.

A paper submitted by Marc Sagemen, a renowned expert on understanding of terror network, to the Tiffin University in Ohio says, “It is not a specific organization but a social movement consisting of a set more or less formal organizations, linked in patterns of interaction ranging from the fairly centralized to the more decentralized.”

Sagemen in his report further adds, “Some nodes are more popular and are attached to more links, connecting them to more isolated nodes.” Azamgarh was probably that isolated node to which these groups have now connected. Internet has definitely aided that inter-linkage.

Technology has increasingly helped terror groups in a way that they can successfully share their failure and success world wide. While the Delhi Police raided the ‘Batla House’ in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, it was believed that these terrorists were doing a case study.

It is a really dangerous sign as it questions the very base of India’s secular credentials. The fact that a chunk of Indian Muslims feel they are ‘others’ when incidents like Gujarat or Babri demolition occur, in itself is disturbing because it hits the very ‘Idea of India’.

I- Factor

That brings us to another rudimentary question of terror’s linkage with religion. Are those who are perpetrators of this heinous and ghastly act there to spread Caliphate? Answer probably is big NO. Islam also means: as Salam, a word that signifies surrender. MJ Akbar in his book Shade of Swords writes, “But the Islamic faith from time to time also demands a holy war defined by specific circumstances, blood of the faithful in defence of the faith.”

Akbar further adds, “Shahada: Lailaha- il- Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasul-Allah” – which means there is but one Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet. And those who become martyrs of Allah are the Shaheed.

It is these lines which are misinterpreted the most. A report submitted by Adam Fosson on cause and effect of ‘Martyrdom’ quotes Sheikh Yasin (a Hamas leader) as saying, “Love of martyrdom is something deep inside the heart. But these rewards are not in themselves the goal of a martyr. The only aim is to win Allah’s satisfaction. And it is Allah who selects martyrs.”

Indian Mujahideen clearly seem to get their inspiration from such misinterpretations. Probably Prophet Mohammad insisted on holy war against the enemy inside. For that matter the feeling shared by Indian Muslims can be really heart wrenching. ‘What can you say if after every terror attacks your own friends see you suspiciously just because you also follow the religion of those involved in these ghastly acts?” Their feelings can be best explained by these immortal lines of Iqbal in his masterpiece ‘Shikwa’;

Hai baja shewa-e-taslim mein mashhoor hain hum Kissa –e- dard sunate hain ki majboor hain hum.

(We won renown for submitting to Your will – and it is so; We speak out now, we are compelled to repeat our tale of woe.) Translation by: Khuswant Singh

It would be wrong for anyone to question Islam or Muslims as that would erroneously include all those Indian Muslims who have led their lives as good citizens trying to improve the lot of their country. India today is the emerging power in the world because all sections of society be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and all others have contributed towards it. Can one question Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s patriotism?

All those people who decided to choose India as their country during partition are Indian first and alienating or seeing them through cataract eyes would just be questioning the very concept of secular India. The fight against terror can begin only after killing its religion which undoubtedly is ‘HATRED’.





The terror everywhere Manila, Karachi…

20 10 2007

The foot print of terror and the mindset is being shown everywhere across the world the latest being Manila and in pakistan on the motorcade of the Ex-PM Bhutto.

Relatives mourn the death of a bomb blast victim outside a morgue in Karachi

Rescuers survey the damage after an explosion near a crowded shopping mall in Manila’s financial district of Makati.

KARACHI blasts

October 20, 2007, 01:03
Karachi: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday said the suicide bomb attack on her motorcade on Thursday that killed at least 133 people was not on her but on democracy. “The attack was on what I represent. The attack was on democracy and the very unity and integrity of Pakistan,” she told a crowed press conference at Bilawal House in Karachi.

Audio: Benazir Bhutto talks about the threats which have been made
to her (mp3)

Audio: Benazir Bhutto talks about the deal with President
Musharraf (mp3)

Audio: Benazir Bhutto talks about the battle for hearts and minds
(mp3)

Bhutto said the dastardly attack was intended to intimidate and blackmail the political forces that work for democracy in the country.

So who are they arent these creatures human, if yes why are they so bent upon spilling fellow humans blood and throwing them into pain and dastardly suffering ? Are we all like that ? Many questions questions that probably we need to probe into ourself and into peoples psyche.

Manila blasts

October 20, 2007, 01:03
Manila: A car bomb is suspected to have caused the massive explosion that left nine people dead and 95 others injured near a commercial hub in Manila’s financial district of Makati yesterday, sources told Gulf News.
The body of a man found under a taxi in the parking lot saw the death toll rise to nine from eight earlier. Investigators cordoned off the scene of the incident near the Park Square 2 and Glorietta 2 malls which are connected by an elevated walkway as bomb experts looked for clues and rescuers tried to extricate trapped survivors.
“The basement parking area of Park Square 2 was badly damaged. Several cars were destroyed. The bomb must have been left there. Four of the eight fatalities were reported in the parking area,” said a military official requesting anonymity.