Hate filled warmongering must stop

Vidya Bhushan Rawat at deekshabhoomi
Vidya Bhushan Rawat

As the
reports of the Indian Air Force preemptive strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad
terror camps inside Pakistan territory came, there was a sense of gratitude for
ordinary Indian who felt that the terror camps must be destroyed at all cost
but the media and those who want to use these bombing to raise the political
climate in their favor have taken up charge and now in full flow as if it is
they who did this act.

Political
reactions were as per their policies and with much maturity. All complimented
our forces for their act of bravery but the prime minister and BJP leaders went
on claiming as if its BJP’s victory. It is the same people who during the
Uttarakhand tragedy or attack on Taj did not give credit to the government but
made every effort to suggest that the government was different than the army
and forces. Today, all the political parties across the spectrum have supported
the Strike which is a good sign and BJP and its leaders must desist from taking
credit of these claims. Secondly, these issues are of utmost importance and
therefore it is important to leave the army and the Indian diplomacy to deal
with the issue and not convert into another hate propaganda back home. India
must remain united facing this as attempt will be there to create divisions.

The
biggest casualty during the ‘war time’ is truth particularly when media become
part of the propaganda machinery of the governing class.
India and Pakistan media are
competing with each other in who can stoop low to the level of ridiculousness.
We are not even allowing the army and the requisite Ministry to handle it.

After the
Pulwama, we felt proud of the way CRPF officers send their categorical message
to the country that their Jawans did not die to create religious polarization
and hatred in the country. I can say that the Ministry of External Affairs
Press briefing too was mature and balanced. Of course, the claims and figures
mentioned are only as per the ‘information’ received. The best part was when
the Foreign Secretary Mr. Vijay Gokhale spoke in a fairly measured way about
‘India’s ‘non-military pre-emptive strike’ which clearly mean that for India it
was not a war against Pakistan but specific target of ‘eliminating’ the terrorist’s
camps and outfits. Now, it is another matter whether those camps, terrorists,
hatemongers or Jihadis have been killed and whether the threat to common
Indians from these terror outfits have now finished. Frankly, it was not a
press-conference but a statement of India’s position after crossing the LoC or
International Border.

Now the
‘entertainment’ channels are reporting from ‘sources’ that over 300 terrorists
were killed including Yousuf Azhar, brother in law of Masood Azhar, the chief
of Jaish-e-Mohammad. The point is how do our news reporters come to the
conclusion about the deaths and the individual when the entire operation was
carried out in night and just confined to bombing of a particular target
without any ground operations? Why the media can’t keep quiet when the military
establishment has not spoken about these things.

The problem
is that war or military can be used for short term process to bring thing to a
certain level but ultimately, we all have to resort to political process. India
and Pakistan cannot absolve themselves from the political process as there is
no other option. There are however, people, both the sides who think of
eliminating or deleting communities and countries from the world map. Added
with idiotic fulmination and hateful jingoism being played by the corporate
sponsored TV channels who celebrate these stories of war when people want
peace,

During the
war the level of rhetoric grows and all this is highly patriarchal, talks of machoism
and create a false narrative of your ‘strength’. The biggest understanding of
this is that what Pakistan is facing today because of the fanatic Islamic
groups who are extra-state actors and who think they are the law unto
themselves with army actively backing them. It is these fanatics whose shout is
more visible than the common person in the street who wish friendly relations
with India. The danger of extra-state actors destroying democratic and
constitutional values in India is equally powerful. We should be more worried
because whatever formed of democracy was here, it is better than any military
or dictatorial regime. We all know who are the forces taking law in their hand
and hitting people at their will. Democracy there was always fragile and under
control of the military but we can’t have the same in India. Our forces have
shown extremely professional approach on the issue of being nonpolitical but
for the last few years we are witnessing the political leadership trying to
reap political benefit of a military action. The soldiers die for the country
and the politicians want to benefit politically.

Difficult
to understand Geopolitical war games

Geopolitical
war games are difficult to understand. It is surprising that India did not
speak anything about the suicide attack on Iranian Revolutionary Guards in
which 27 of these guards were killed and the Iranian Defense Minister blamed
Pakistan based militant groups. Why India remain quiet to this issue and did
not attempt to find a common thread of Pakistani support for these extra state
actors. It is also strange that we were more than eager to blame the Saudis who
did not even bother to make a statement of condemnation of Pulwama killing. Was
India’s decision of ignoring Iran was because of the fear of Americans who want
to isolate Iran? Where is the independent foreign policy? Even Afghanistan has
blamed Pakistan based Jihadi groups trying to destabilize their government but
it is surprising we do not have any common strategy with these countries.

At the time
when the President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un
are meeting in Vietnam which gives a new hope to the world that ultimately
nations will have to speak to each other and take a clear stand against forces
which have state patronage to destabilize their neighbors. Each country today
has a problem points and they need to resolve them through creating better
circumstances and building confidence among people.

India has
said that it did the ‘nonmilitary preemptive strike’ on Pakistan because there
were specific intelligence inputs that Jaish had planned to carry more suicide
attacks in India. Should we think now that we will not have any further
escalation. Will Pakistan keep quiet or respond? Will they act against the
terror groups? Saying that it does not exists when they raise open threat is
basically a blatant lie and will justify Indian action given the situation
world over when nation states have to take care of their people and protect
them. The only thing is whether threat to people at large will be reduced or end?

Stop jingoisms

I think, it is time for all of us to stop these jingoisms and let the forces and the diplomats handle the issue. We are not afraid of government taking a decision to protect people but our problem is the fanatics back home trying to wage a war against our own people simply because we may not follow their political ideologies. The thing is simple that armed forces will protect us and may win us a war but our biggest threat is from the jingoism and hatred being spread on silver screen by the totally corrupted media which has taken the role of dividing people and creating war hysteria.

We have
trust in the maturity of our forces but zero trust on these loudspeakers who
have no sense of accountability and responsibility towards the people. We hope
good sense will prevail and diplomatic efforts will made to isolate the terror
outfits and hatemongers not only nationally but also internationally so that we
can wage a decisive war against poverty, superstition, discrimination
and illiteracy as defeating them only will make us a great nation and a big
power.

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

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