Comments on: India no angel in dangerous neighbourhood Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: KPSingh01 Sat, 28 May 2011 15:49:42 +0000 I do not know how authentic these studies are. There is no clear information on how the information was obtained, the sources of the information and whether any verification was done at all. Most of these surveys are done by Western countries where they inject their perceived bias and apprehension into these surveys, thereby projecting a demoniacal image of countries that do not entirely agree with their vision of the world. I’d say, based on this survey, Antarctica is the most peaceful place on earth.

If one takes a country like the USA, gun culture is legally permitted. People can own automatic and semi-automatic weapons, grenade launchers and what not. Once in a while people get shot in shopping malls and work places by frustrated or mentally deranged individuals. Safety is a big concern there. People get shot when getting mugged by school kids. Drug gangs have proliferated across big metros. Cops can shoot and kill anyone. They just have to make up the evidence. In places like Australia, racial attacks have increased. Indians are targeted and attacked. If the world is gauged from an Indian standpoint or that of an African, the rest of the world does not appear that safe.

I do not deny India’s own problems. Things were much worse before compared to now. Every country has its criminals. Therefore I am not so worried about these surveys which are amateurish at best.

By: DaraIndia Thu, 26 May 2011 11:50:27 +0000 I think some of the reasons behind these conclusions are what need to be considered instead of sweeping statements that India is no model pupil or need to chastise neighbours.

‘””India’s score remains the same on most parameters used to measure peacefulness. Homicide and crime rates in India, too, are a lot lower than many other countries. The fall in rankings is largely due to an increasing perception of criminality in society,” says Steve Killelea, founder of the Global Peace Index.

Killelea feels the increased perception of violence in India may have a lot to do with the repeated terror attacks on the country in recent times. That India is in a volatile neighbourhood and has issues with countries such as Pakistan and China only adds to the threat perception,” says Killelea. ‘

I haven’t really understood what ‘increased perception of criminality in society’ really signifies. Is it based on economic crimes which have flooded the Indian scene this last year? Then one needs to redefine peace too in this context. Specially when it also mentions that the homicide and crime rates are relatively lower than others.

Please also note that it categorically makes mention of repeated terror attacks and the type of neighbours India has. So while not denying that India is in a volatile area and certainly needs to do more, much more about combating naxalism etc I think the article is more alarmist, if not a tad sensationalised, than reality.

Besides if anyone said Pakistan is more peaceful than Russia, as this study points out; Pakistan 146 and Russia 147, then one really needs to know more about the different parameters and yardsticks used to arrive at these conclusions. General perceptions are different.

Never the less interesting statistics.

By: Windturner Thu, 26 May 2011 10:49:01 +0000 Agreed, but the point that you subtly and apparently unintentionally make here is that the instability within India is actually fanned by the “dangerous neighborhood” either in the name of Islamic Jehad or communist revolution. So by that account, India still gets portrayed as victim of being the “model pupil” in rough neighborhood. There however are some serious homegrown challenges to the peace and security of the people there which do not get the same level of sustained attention and importance from the media as terrorism. Like the safety of women in the national capital or treatment of migrant workers in Mumbai. Politically motivated killings and abductions are still rampant in some states and we have only recently started talking about the acts of so called retaliatory terrorism from some factions of the majority community. People don’t put their trust on the police force which often acts as a law onto itself or more likely as the extended arm of the ruling coalition in the state. If I am doing business in India, terrorism may be only one of the concern at the back of my mind. More pressing concerns however may be safety of my female employees, or fear of backlash for not hiring enough so called “sons of the soil”