The enemy isnt merely across the border-hes also within. The ISI has many faces and its not just RDX all the way. All along the eastern Uttar Pradesh-Nepal border and adjoining areas, its operations are low-key but infinitely more dangerous.
Of late, there has been a spurt in madrasa-building in the area from Jaunpur via Azamgarh, Mau Nath Bhanjan to Ghazipur, Deoria and Siddharthnagar. The potential danger becomes more pronounced with money coming to these madrasas through hawala channels operated by Dawood Ibrahim and the ISI.
It was prompted by this bogey that the bjp-led government in UP passed the controversial UP Regulation of Public Religious Buildings and Places Bill, 2000, last week. UP parliamentary affairs minister Hukum Singh insists ISI agents operate from the mushrooming places of worship.
But the passage of this Bill is only a temporary solution because the long-term source of the problem lies in the poverty of the region. Says an IB official, "The Aalims, Fazils and Maulanas graduating out of these madrasas have no vocational...