Saudi Arabia is a religion based totalitarian state of 20 million people with 7-8 million expatriates. It's oil based GDP is 600 billion USD. It is the home of Wahhabism which is the official state religion and that state religion is being exported using Saudi funds to other countries. 97% of expatriates are Muslims
25% of Indian oil imports are from KSA
There are about 1.8 million Indians in KSA. India's average earnings from foreign remittances from the Gulf states is about USD 30 billlion - which is 30% of the total remittance from abroad.
The Saudi government is an extremely wealthy monarchy who have the money to make sure that KSA's sparse population is well fed and well cared for. The Royal family itself lives in extreme wealth and luxury and are basically protected by the USA.
The Saudis are sponsors and prime fund providers to Pakistan, which the sponsor and prime fund provider to terrorists in India. The Saudis are also thought to have funded Pakistan nuclear weapons program. So Saudi Arabia has a direct impact on India in several ways. I am hoping this thread can be a focus for the effect the Saudis have on India in terms of Pakistan, Islamic extremism and and a source of funds for terrorist groups.
I will post a few links with quotes that may be relevant to this topic:http://www.time.com/time/world/article/ ... eedfetcher
The Saudis are long accustomed to having a significant role in Pakistan's affairs. A 2007 cable recounts a boast of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, who is reportedly a close confidant of King Abdullah: "We in Saudi Arabia are not observers in Pakistan, we are participants." The two countries have natural, enduring bonds: Saudi Arabia, an orthodox, monarchical state, is the custodian of Islam's holiest sites, while Pakistan was created as a state for Muslims. Over the years, Riyadh has invested billions of dollars of its oil wealth in Pakistan, while close to a million Pakistanis currently live and work in Saudi Arabia, their remittances home a vital source of income for Pakistan. Islamabad's Faisal Mosque, the biggest in the country, is named after a late Saudi monarch. "Pakistan is Saudi Arabia's No. 1 Muslim ally," says Arif Rafiq, head of Vizier Consulting, which advises on strategy in South Asia and the Middle East, and editor of the Pakistan Policy Blog. "The Saudis perceive in Pakistan a target population to influence and project its power upon, a set audience that may see it as the leading nation of the Muslim world."
Analysts have long observed that conservative madrasahs set up across the country with Saudi backing have helped spread a puritanical and intolerant brand of Sunni Islam that helps fuel the militancy that plagues Pakistan today. But the leaked U.S. cables also allege that extremist groups operating on Pakistani soil, such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) "probably raise millions of dollars" each year in Saudi Arabia. An August 2009 cable points to a Saudi-based front company that LeT likely used to pool and move its money. Washington has urged the Saudi government to shut down its local sources of terrorist funding — and the leaked cables report positive steps in that direction — but Riyadh clearly lacks the means to totally turn off the tap.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/ ... z19JhkvEk8
The Pakistani military's close ties to the nations of the Middle East are based on a combination of geography and shared religion. The closest ties are with Saudi Arabia--a sporadically generous patron; much of the equipment bought from the United States during the 1980s, for example, was paid for by the Saudis. The smaller Persian Gulf states also have been sources of important financial support. The flow of benefits has been reciprocated. Beginning in the 1960s, Pakistanis have been detailed as instructors and trainers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Pakistani pilots, sailors, and technicians have played key roles in some Persian Gulf military forces, and Arabs have been trained both in their home countries and in military training establishments in Pakistan.http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2010/ ... -with.html
An American diplomatic document reveals a secret party of a Saudi Prince with alcohol, drugs, sex and prostitutes. In yet another flurry of secret documents of U.S. diplomacy, the site WikiLeaks showed, in great detail, a Halloween party organized by a wealthy Saudi prince in the city of Jeddah (Jeddah in Arabic), with the highest quality drink, drugs and sex with prostitutes.
One of the secret documents, dated 18/11/2009, reported: "Behind the facade of Wahhabi conservatism on the streets, the nightlife for the young elite of Jeddah is thriving and throbbing. The full range of worldly temptations and vices are available - alcohol, drugs, sex - but strictly behind closed doors. "
Off the list of heirs to the throne, the host is one of the thousands of princes who enjoy the millionaire life of the royalty to protect their mansions and succeed, with 24 hour security at the gate, and to escape the strict morality imposed on citizens in the streets.
Alcohol is strictly banned in all of Saudi Arabia, which punishes the possession of drugs with long jail sentences and public flogging.
In the meantime Indians can be treated as follows:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 154236.cms
Falsely accused of killing spouse, doc jailed in Saudi
Falsely accused of killing spouse, doc jailed in Saudi - The Times of India
It was an ordeal that will haunt Dr Shalini Chawla for the rest of her life. Her husband died in his sleep of a heart attack in Saudi Arabia, where the couple worked. But she was told that he had converted to Islam and accused, without a shred of evidence, of poisoning him.
That was bad enough. But Shalini was then put behind bars with an infant in a foreign land and later kept confined to a home for months with hostile people around her and the fear of death hanging over her every living moment.
Read more: Falsely accused of killing spouse, doc jailed in Saudi - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... z19JjhWwXB
KSA is a problem. What does the future hold?