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Kosla Vepa

May 15,2006


President Bill Clinton

55 West 125th Street,

New York, New York 10027

(Phone) 212-348-8882 (fax) 212-348-9245.

Dear President Clinton


I am reproducing verbatim a paragraph in your forward to Madeleine Albright’s literary endeavor The Mighty and the Almighty. The reason i do so is you blame unnamed Hindu militants for the murder of the Sikhs in Chattisinghpura in Kashmir during the eve of his visit to India in 2000. This has been reminiscent of a familiar pattern in Indo US relations where the US has all too often blamed India for being the victim (1971 comes to mind as the most glaring example)

Apart from the  fact that  I am shocked at the cavalier and facile manner with  which you make the accusation, I am saddened you offer little corroborating evidence supporting your assertion which you make with a great deal of certainty.

If you recall the incident, there were many indications that these were Pakistani terrorists, assigned by Pakistani intelligence for this purpose.

The subsequent statement that your visit was the triggering mechanism for the massacre,  is largely a well founded inference .The incident was timed to make a statement knowing it would receive wide publicity on the eve of your visit, and as a statement warning America not to get to close to India. But you realize Hindus have very little motivation to make such a statement, since they generally did not (nor do them at present) have major ideological differences of opinion with America. Furthermore it is not in the ethos of the Hindu  (with the fairly rare exception of riots, in which the total number of Muslims killed is far less than the Hindus killed in Kashmir, the rest of India and in Pakistan and Bangladesh over the last 50 years) to go on terrorist rampages. In fact I would go so far as to say that occurrences of Hindu terrorist violence, conducted from a religious motivation are extremely rare, which is quite a contrast from the ideology of Jihad in the Islamic world. Jihad as you may or may not be aware is sanctioned in their holy book

In any event, it suffices to say i am deeply disappointed that you blame Hindus especially in that region of India and Kashmir, where Hindus have been ethnically cleansed for all practical purposes for sometime now and I am requesting that you issue a retraction that your assertion is false. Once again may I express my deep disappointment that even in an inadvertent manner you have chosen to make such a serious allegation?

Kosla Vepa



During my visit to India in 2000, some Hindu militants decided to vent their outrage by murdering thirty-eight Sikhs in cold blood. If I hadn’t made the trip, the victims would probably still be alive. If I hadn’t made the trip because I feared what religious extremists might do, I couldn’t have done my job as president of the United States. The nature of America is such that many people define themselves—or a part of themselves—in relation to it, for or against. This is part of the reality in which our leaders must operate 

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