DOST KHAN / ANCHOR
How long shall Indian leaders remain in the state of denial? Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeated the monologue his predecessors have repeated once occupying the hot seat of power. He too provided a cover to hardcore, radicalised and diehard terrorists of Kashmir by describing them as misguided youth while inaugurating Nashri Tunnel, bringing the Valley further closer.
Narendra Modi knows well how guided they are, and, if he doesn’t, he has no right to be Prime Minister of this country which is being bruised and abused by these bunches of ‘misguided youth’ on daily basis.
Was Burhan Wani a misguided youth? What were the credentials of Afzal Guru? Has Supreme Court of India sent to the gallows just a misguided youth from Kashmir and not the mastermind and accomplice in Parliament attack on 13th December 2001? Does Indian army kill misguided youth in the Valley and not the terrorists? Given the logic of the Prime Minister, the Army and the forces need to be tried for war crimes, if they are involved in elimination of misguided youth in Kashmir.
Modi’s ‘misguided youth’ are highly motivated and indoctrinated extremists, who want to dismantle Indian nation in shreds. They speak and spread the message of mayhem and destruction. They are executors of cold-blooded murder, rape, plunder, extortion and devastation. They are working in different guises. When brandishing guns, they are Mujahids and when switching over to stones, they are freedom fighters, carrying Intifada the way their likes have done in Palestine decades ago. They are ruthless creatures who take sadistic pleasure in trampling tricolor, belittling soldiers and security forces, hampering anti-insurgency operations by providing human shield to terrorists to sign out of their trapped hide-outs.
Indian Prime Minister is supposed to know what many in the Valley itself are unaware, given the flow of intelligence. Hasn’t he been told how motivated ‘misguided youth’ subject the Indian forces to humiliation? Soldiers are not only being humiliated but ridiculed as well by posting visuals of their helplessness on social-media for world to know how heroic Kashmiri youth (oops misguided) were in pursuit of ‘Azadi’.
Giving alibi to terrorists and radical Jihadis by a Prime Minister is worse than separatists glorifying them as Mujahids, as far as national interest is concerned. But separatists eulogise them as per a well defined strategy to motivate others to take recourse to Jihad or Intifada. They are, in fact, far more realistic and wiser than Narendra Modi, who don’t only own them as ‘freedom fighters’ but project them as role models for the Valley youth to seek secession of Kashmir from India.
If the perpetrators of terror are misguided youth, as per the Prime Minister’s analogy’ then what is the role for armed forces to be out of barracks. Is it so easy to play down the volatile situation by calling those responsible for it as misguided?
When Indians suffix ‘misguided’ to the radicalised youth, it should be understood that they are upto some mischief like providing sops and concessions to them to buy peace. These concessions have proven dearly to the nation, not in terms of losing poor tax payers hard earned money but also compromising with the lives of young soldiers. The pain cannot be felt in New Delhi’s South Block but it keeps festering in the homes of old parents who lose their sons; young wives, who are left with erased Sindhoor; innocent toddlers, who get orphaned in a blink of moment. The perpetrators of these agonies might be ‘misguided youth’ for the Prime Minister but victims of their mayhem know who they are.
By describing terrorists and stone-pelters as misguided youth, Narendra Modi is perhaps sending a signal of truce-a message of rehabilitating and rewarding the killers of Indian soldiers-a sell out to those neck deep in trampling Indian symbols in the Valley-an incentive for bruising and abusing the 1.25 billion Indians.
When shall the Indian politicians grow and stop placating. The appeasement has cost the nation 27 crucial years that witnessed blood spilling on the hills and hinterland of Kashmir. Narendra Modi is committing the mistake his predecessors Dr Manmohan Singh, Inder Kumar Gujral, H. D Deve Gowda, Narsimha Rao, Chander Sheikhar, V P Singh and even Atal Behari Vajpayee have committed. When shall they emulate the spirit of the frail Henry Clinton, the then US Secretary of State in Barrack Obama era, who had said: “The United States has made it clear from the very moment we were attacked (9/11) that we would go after those who had attacked us… Bin Laden was our primary target. The President made a gutsy decision. We were very pleased that the operation succeeded. And we’ve made it clear to people around the world that if we locate someone who has been part of the Al Qaeda leadership, then you get him or we will get him.”
Let Narendra Modi stand to his strong words that took him to New Delhi from Gujarat. Let he call spade a spade and stop the rants like ‘misguided youth’.
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