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The Global Rise of Right Wing Extremists and Indian Annexation of Kashmir

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“The history repeats itself, the first as tragedy, then as farce.”

These profound quotes, irrespective of the source, are often repeated - but then we see them unfolding right in front of our eyes.

PoliTact has been observing the connection of the affairs of the Middle East and South Asia, while contending that what transpires in the Middle East region will have a profound impact over South Asia, especially Pakistan and India. Moreover, we had pointed out last year that the Gulf region is slowly moving out of Pakistan’s sphere of influence and into that of India.

The present Kashmir crisis has exposed and highlighted this fissure more than ever, where other than Qatar, the other Gulf Nations have come out in favor of India. The rational is that under the nation-state structure – the state has to protect its national interest, and economic interests trump religious inclinations. However, there is much more sinister global trend at play and that has to do with the rise of racism and right wing extremism. This is a boomerang impact of the War against Extremists, when thousands of uprooted Muslims headed to the economically struggling Europe to seek refuge - meanwhile escalating ethnic tensions and reinforcing the fears and the message of the right-wingers.


Core versus Periphery Dynamics

There is obviously the internal dynamics of the Islamic World, what we term as the ‘Core versus Periphery’ dynamics, on who stands up and represents the held over Umma grievances from Palestine to Kashmir. As the Core regions represented by the Arab world abdicate the role, the Peripheral powers of Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan have attempted to fill the vacuum.

These nations of South Asia and Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa emerged from the ashes of WW I and II - when...