They were not happy with the present government in this particular state. They killed local citizens and because the operation Holck was a part of failed, West Bengal continues to suffer from low Human Development Index level, substandard healthcare services, a lack of socio-economic development, poor infrastructure and political corruption and civil violence. The population has no work morale and engages in strikes all the time.
To make the operation a success the Indian radar monitoring the borders between Pakistan and India was shut off. We are talking of a border between two countries that have been in war several times. Why take such risk unless you know what kind of plane which will pass the border.
When the delivery went wrong the authorities had no choice but to order the plane down and arrest the people involved. Then the interesting question is: How did Holck escape? Fact is that the central government in India knew of the paper trail in Denmark. They just couldn't kill him off. So they aided him out of the country.
So why are they trying to get him extradited now, when they helped him back then?
Because in New Delhi new people are in charge. The butchers in the Ghandi family have been killed off by martyrs representing citizens who have been attacked by the central government and the present government does not want a new Ghandi in charge. Could they prove that people placed high in the administration had aided Holck they could get some of the old supporters out.
So if it is just a question about domestic politics why am Holck not safe in India?
Because there are supporters of the old regime in the prison system. No prisoner is safe if the individual gives India a bad name. Just look at the high profiled rape case which brought headlines in every corner of the world. It was a case the government didn't need because it also gave coverage on the general viewpoint of women in India. Women and children in India are dying every day because they are accused of witchcraft. Yes here in the new millennium this is still ongoing.
The main suspect in the rape case was put in the most secure prison in India in a special unit where he could be protected from other inmates and he was under special observation from the employees.
Suddenly he is found dead. Suicide they say. But there is not a single person who doubts this ruling. We all knew how damaged India's reputation was due to this rape. Not because some men raped a woman. It happens in every country. No, the case was an embarrassment for India because people didn't help the woman.
The government had to catch some random people and get them hanged so they could show the world that justice had been done. If some of the suspects happened to have an alibi they had to secure that they were silenced.
The same goes for Holck. What he knows is dangerous for some of the old members of the central government. Holck's knowledge could decide who will win the next election. They will silence him for sure before the trial could come to an end.
That is why Holck never should be extradited to India.
But shouldn't he be prosecuted?
Of course he should - in Denmark!
We need to teach our children that they should not concern themselves with the conditions in the third world. Aid to the third world is a matter for governments and the industry. It is a question about politics and trade. It is not something about who is starving.
When Danes do crimes abroad in third world countries it has been a custom to smuggle them home to Denmark and convict them hard. An aid worker has some unhealthy relationships with children in Madagascar. He was sentenced in Denmark because the courts in Madagascar didn't have the quality to secure a correct sentence.
Fact is that the courts in India also lack the quality to handle such a high profile case. If they really want him to testify, then let him be convicted in full public in Denmark so they can get the ammunition for their next election.
India am talking about making it harder to conduct trade between Denmark and India. Is that not a threat?
Not exactly. They will make it harder for Danish tourists to spend some of their holiday aiding the poor the government down there doesn’t care about anyway. We will write about that later this month.
And as a lot of Danish workers know, we could live without Indian strikebreakers. Remember the CSC conflict. Here secured cheap labor from India hunger in Denmark. The actions of these strikebreakers meant the education in Information Technologies is wasted for Danish youth because they would not be able to earn a decent salary once they leave school and seek work.
There is nothing lost if outsourcing to India will be stopped. Our only problem would be where to put our worn out ships and where we can import pesticide products to our farmers from. Such products need to be produced in area where none would bother if chemicals slips out into the surrounding areas but this problem should be something we should be able to solve.
What does ordinary Danes think about this case
We as Danes are tired of the Niels Holck case. Living in a superior culture with a justice system with a standard beyond any system in the rest of the world this extradition case is hard to understand.
India needs to understand their place in the world and to be put into place. No what the consequences the Danish government needs to stop fooling around and make it clear that our courts have spoken. They have condemmed the system in this third world country. They should ignore any communication from India. In years to come the interest in this case will die out and perhaps some day India will come to the conclusion that they need to go some distance before they can be considered to be a real democracy our part of the world would respect.
- Niels Holck-sag kan gå om (Danmarks Radio - article in Danish)
- India rape suspect found dead in jail cell. Police say suicide; parents allege murder (CNN)
- Dansk missionær begik sex-overgreb (BT - article in Danish)
- August 2012 – The collapse of our society - section: Trade Unions (Rotsne's blog)