must move beyond P-word
is high time Indian leadership instead of indulging in the same old
rhetoric, gets its act together and strikes at the root of
terrorism. The million dollar question that everybody seems to be
asking is whether the endless sabre rattling and issuing the usual
demarche by the Centre after every unfortunate incident is going to
put an end to cross-frontier terrorism and stop the frenzy of
violence being unleashed by Pakistan?
approach of the BJP Government appeared to be ludicrous. After every
humiliating attack in our country, the realisation suddenly downs on
our cerebrally superior politicians as they declare in all
seriousness that the dastardly act was the handiwork of Pakistan
choreographed to destablise India. The Government can not escape
responsibility by simply blaming Pakistan for all ills and relating
every terrorist act to the development in Pakistan. It is as if BJP
is waiting for something to happen to start the blame game and voice
invectives like "Pakistan is responsible" and "It is
part of a diabolical design by Pakistan to divide J & K on
blaming Pakistan is going a bit too far and unrealistic. People have
become immune to such statements and parroting the chants is not
going to change things. The harsh fact remains that the Govt. at the
Centre is suffering from a paralysis syndrome and is undecided about
the future course of action. In absence of a holistic policy, the
Govt. remains indecisive what with the burden of a failed coercive
diplomacy which has not proved lucrative at all. Mr. Vajpayee is
resting content with presenting himself as the lone crusader of
peace and "unlimited restraint".
he wants to go down in History as the ultimate pacifier who believes
that poetry has the power of substituting guns with roses. Instead
of settling things right in their backyard, our politicians are
sniffing for every trace of opportunity to slander each other and
serve their own careers better than caring very little for the
nation. Rallying cries of Pakistan's capacity is not going to
resolve vexing problem and can be taken at best as face saving
device. The manner in which India is tackling the war of terrorism
leaves much to be desired.
People do not expect the Govt. to be a mute spectator and allow the
butchering of innocents to go on endlessly. The problem with the
India Government is that when it should give a hard hitting body
blow to terrorism to put a full-stop to the outrageous acts, it
simply 'asks' Pakistan to stop the activities of terrorist outfits-
the root question is, why in the world would the latter do so? Since
Pakistan sponsors and funds terrorists to wage a proxy war in
Kashmir in order to wrest it from India - it would be the last
country to fall in line with India's dictates. What is stopping
India from acting on its own and giving a fitting response to the
continuing acts of carnage which simply refuse to stop? Admitted
that Pakistan is responsible for waging a bloody war in India but
who is going to be responsible for protecting its citizens? Surely,
we are not going to place the onus of that responsibility at
someone's door also?
have been at the receiving end for the last fifteen years. Kashmir
continues to burn, Indians continue to die at the altar of
terrorism, while our Government seems to be incapable of defending
its citizens and protecting their lives. After every heinous attack,
we do little else but beat our chests while our power-packed
politicians huddle together to endless all-party emergency meetings,
next they send emissaries to all countries to garner their support
and make Pakistan see "reason". Of course, we ourselves
refrain from taking any action since only verbal reaction has been
fact that we are superior militarily, economically and in other
fields also goes sailing out of the window, the fact that our
military power is among the best in the world is of no consequence.
The fact that we have defence machinery of every kind at our
disposal to meet any unforeseen challenge does not matter. And the
fact that we can easily absorb the impact of a first nuclear strike
without any considerable damage also does not goad our scared
leaders to display some action on the ground.
our 'secular' PM is unfortunately unmasking is a banal lack of
maturity. It is not clear what he was trying to achieve when he
declared the unilateral cessation of ceasefire? One is awe- struck
by the callousness and pathological Panglossian attitude of our
peace loving Prime Minister. Who gave him the right to mess around
the nation when its solidarity and integrity is at stake? While we
are at it, it would be worthwhile to remind Mr. Vajpayee of his
promise made after December 13 attack on the Parliament that the
issue of terrorism sponsored by Pakistan would be settled "Aar-Ya-Paar".
entreaties from India that its patience had reached a no return
point could not stop Pakistani terrorist agenda in its tracks.
Definitely, there is something in Indian blood that deters us from
using hard options. After spewing oodles of Venom and declaring that
the fight against terror has reached a decisive stage our ruling
elite cringes from taking any pragmatic decision. There is a dire
need to get side of the moral posturing which has bogged down India
for many decades. We have been overly concerned with the world
opinion for too long. We proudly claim to have the knowledge that
terrorists are trained in camps inside PoK, we knew the exact
locations of these camps, we even have substantial proof of
Pakistan's hand in subversive activities but we lack the
determination and political resolve to crush the menace of terrorism
exported by our neighbour.
course ,we have done our duty by sharing the information with
Americans and washed our hands off the whole issue - it is another
matter whether they acknowledge the better truth since they do not
feel any compulsion to offend their ally in their own war on
terrorism. Undeniably, soft policies are no match defeating
terrorism. The proxy war launched by Pakistan can not be won by
issuing "empty threats". When diplomatic option comes a
cropper, other strident measures need to be considered.
an ostrich like mindset is not going to help. Mere castigations of
terrorist outrages have proved to be just what they are-hollow vows
of a fight to finish. Hence, there are more attacks, more killings,
more violence and more bloodshed. Our flip-flop approach and soggy
state of preparedness encourages Pakistan to launch attacks in quick
succession against India. There have attacks on vital targets like
our Parliament, the J&K Assembly, Srinagar Airport, Srinagar
Army Headquarters, BSF Headquarters, South & North Block, Red
Fort and many other installations. After every attack, the
Government whips up a war hysteria to cover its cowardice and
inaction. Then everything is forgotten till the next attack. By
definition and necessity, the ruling BJP has adopted the policy of
wait and watch. Other than occasional outbursts of anger following
assertion for the umpteenth time that India's patience at its tetter,
there is a serious lack of concrete action.
top of that, the wooly headed so-called nationalists and
intellectuals loose no time in enumerating the long-term
consequences and negative fall-out of any retaliatory policy every
time India makes a few hollow noises of striking back the enemy.
With no politician willing to take any chances, India has been
sincerely following the policy of "maximum restraint". The
Government had seat on its two hands and let providence follow its
own course than respond to the situation with urgency and firmness.
BJP has been dubbed the government of "inaction". The need
of the hour is that India should move beyond the rhetoric and face
the challenge of terrorism with determination and purpose.
has been no let-up in violence so far and thousands of innocents
have been killed. India has unchallenged proof that subversive
activities are being masterminded by Pakistan. Also there is no
indication that the terrorist attack will halt in the near future.
Hence, it is time for a proactive strategy on Kashmir otherwise
political procrastinations may be detrimental to the nation. Mr.
Vajpayee will have to stop hallucination and appreciate the fact
that poetic imaginings are not going to resolve long-standing
problems. It is time for the nation to seriously introspect the
issue in its right perspective and meet the challenge of terrorism
with courage and fortitude. We are committed to protect our nation
and its citizens at all costs. So far the soft measures adopted by
the Government have been deciphered as weakness and cowardice.
India can rise up to challenge is still a mute point. It has to come
out of cocoon of dewy-eyed illusion and face stark realities
otherwise it will prove to be a Cul-de-sac for the nation.
is special correspondent for Weekly Kashur Gazette, New
an exclusive arrangement with
Weekly Kashur Gazette, New Delhi