Jai Guru Deva,
Last Saturday witnessed an unique phenomenon in electronic media of this country. One person was present in three different back to back discussions aired by three different channels. This person was not any Indian politician, technically speaking not even an Indian. The man was Tarek Fatah, a self declared Rajput of Pakistani origin aspiring to become an Indian citizen :) Bespectacled man with almost 50% bald head is Tarek Fatah though a Canadian citizen who probably is more popular in India and Balochistan than Canada. None other than the PM of India personally enquires about his health. His commitment to the cause of an independent Balochistan is second to none and his unequivocal stance against Islamo fascism is unbelievable.
Now, let me take a step back and understand why and how he earned such a huge fan base.. His rejection of armed jihad obviously have a lot of takers in the hindu right wing (folks like me). But there are several others who rejected armed jihad but didn't become a Tarek Fatah. Tarek Fatah is as courageous as Dr. Swamy and as knowledgeable as Rajiv Malhotra or S.Gurumurthy. His sense of humour is comparable to the likes of Anupam Kher. His presence in the debates makes Pakistani panelists resort to cheap personal abuses and nothing else. Which clearly shows the amount of frustration Pakistani people get with his sheer presence. Of course, Tarek sir aptly gives them what they deserve.
Most of the things which Tarek sir speaks or quotes are systematically taken out of public discourse. To me, this enlightenment and shock that Tarek sir gives to the people of India makes him so dear to them. It will not be an exaggeration to say that most of the ordinary indians never knew about a seperate country called Balochistan in 1947.. Nowhere in the history books it was mentioned that there was a king named khan of kalat. The ignorance and misinformation fed to indians by several forces with vested interests is a grave crime. Now, When Tarek sir objectively disputes several of our historical "beliefs" we cant help but admire him.
Though he says he doesn't belong to right wing and supports anyone against what he calls "Mullah's Islam" , in most of the debates he participates his views against the popular left wing arguments. That's why i call him a right wing rambo.