JAMMU: The unending rhetoric by Indian politicians has not only taken high toll of nation’s pride but also undermined their credibility, which is why even the hard-core supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are reluctant to buy his high posturing over Uri terror attack that claimed 17 valiant soldiers. The promise that ‘those behind the despicable and cowardly attack would not go unpunished’ is unimpressive, as the 56″ chest could not get India back its most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim from Karachi, punish the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai mayhem, avenge the beheading of Naik Hemraj by Pakistani troopers, tackle the Pathankot attackers. If all this could not be done, how can Narendra Modi pacify the hurt nation by saying Uri attackers would not go unpunished.
Why should Indian politicians keep on making promises, which they know can’t be kept? By taking jingoistic posturing in the event of attacks like Uri, the politicians not only betray national pride but also demoralise the valiant armed forces, who are second to none. The fault line does not lie within the armed forces but it is tagged with Delhi Durbar, which has all along acted like cowardice. Even the 56 inch chest could not make it different anyway.
Narendra Modi and his BJP know on what plank the people of India voted them to power. It was not just development or good governance, it actually revolved round tackling terror and promoting ultra-nationalism. Both these ideals of ‘saffron mission’ stand abandoned. The power bug has rendered the BJP spineless. What the reactionary party professed before historic 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it practiced reverse post government formation.
When in Opposition, the BJP jingostically advocated limited scale operations against Pakistan to check the demon of terror and infiltration. But after coming to power, it started behaving like a peace pigeon vis a vis the rogue neighbour. How come a country that contained forces inimical to peace in Myanmar by virtually entering into its territory, feels helpless in tackling Pakistan, which has become a chronic irritant for New Delhi and safe haven for terrorists. The launching pads and terror training camps across the Line of Control are carrying sinister activities unabated, the latest one being the Fidayeen attack in Uri.
The territory that ought to have been a part of India stands now converted into breeding ground for anti-India activities. This is the place which gives shelter to hundreds of fugitives including Mohammed Yousf Shah alias Syed Sallahudin, the so-called chief of the United Jihad Council, a military wing of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Jamaat-e-Islami. This is the territory where indoctrinated radical youth, lured from Kashmir and Paki riffraff are being imparted training. This is the destination for inimical elements to launch a full-throttled proxy and propaganda war against India with a sinister design of annexing Kashmir.
How long shall India utilise diplomatic channels and negotiation tables to make Pakistan stop misadventure in Kashmir? Given the highly provocative posturing of Pakistan and its total negation of that country’s involvement in infiltration and incursions, New Delhi cannot afford to be indecisive. The deceitful nation has been equating terrorism as Jihad-a holy war. Therefore, expecting miracle from the neighbour will be like living in fools’ world. Islamabad knows the language which India has never tried to learn. Remember, how the US Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbetobad rat hole in 2011. The operations are continuing with drones targeting specific locations to eliminate terrorists.
Can India do what the US did to track down its enemies wherever they are in the world? Can we ever think of launching an operation to pull out Hafiz Saeed or Syed Sallahudin, who is on record having warned his harbours that his outfit will train their guns against Pakistan if Islamabad’s policy towards Kashmir is diluted? Can we make use of our elite commandos to fix the enemies of nation wherever they are in Pakistan? If they can’t do it there, let them do it in PoK, our rightful territory. The soldiers, who are getting killed like mute ducks, are capable of doing that but what about the politicians. They keep on creating hype, which, however, don’t match with actions. They hurl threats that Pakistan will have to pay for what it is doing in India but when it comes to doing, they just vacillate. This vacillation has cost 17 brave soldiers today and who knows how many are waiting to get butchered in times to come. The nation horribly misses its frail but resolute Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
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