01 October, 2016

India Joins League of US And Israel

The surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) on seven terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the early hours of last Thursday by the Indian Army has established India in the league of the US and Israel, and also exploded the myth that nuke-armed rogue Pakistan cannot be dealt with through conventional arms and devices.

So far, America and Israel alone have a reputation to chase and punish their enemies, whichever part of the world they may hide in. Starting with the hot pursuit of Naga rebels across Myanmar border recently, India has now crossed the LoC in Kashmir to avenge the Uri attack which had left 18 Indian soldiers dead and several others injured.

Pakistan has continued with its policy of bleeding India to death through a thousand cuts till date. Obviously, the strife-torn Islamic nation was under the illusion that India would not dare to retaliate against its nuclear neighbour. But that’s now history.

One need not take Pakistan’s denial of surgical strikes by India seriously. The Islamic nation has lived in denial right from the start. Just two months after its birth, the Pakistani army, along with fanatic tribals, attacked Kashmir valley but did not own it for years. Nor was the 1971 Bangladesh massacre accepted. Kargil is just a recent example of denial and deceit.

With this surgical strike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has at last openly given up attempting to resume negotiations with his counterpart in Pakistan at any level, after noticing that every resumption is followed by disruption from the military-mullah combine in that country.

The conclusion was quite evident long time back: power in Pakistan is no longer held by the elected political establishment. Actual power is held by the military-mullah combination as former Pakistani diplomat and academic Husain Haqqani has traced in some detail in his widely acclaimed book Between the Mosque and the Military. The place of a Prime Minister in the Islamabad environment is as passive as can be imagined. It is the military-mullah combine that is calling the shots there.

By the logic of events in Indo-Pak relationship between 1999 (when Kargil happened) and now, there should have been no hope whatever of peaceful relationship with Pakistan as long as mullah-military combine called the shots there against an unstable  civilian government.

Haqqani’s book was followed by several academic studies of Westerners on the power structure there. All of them without exception came to the same conclusion—the whole foundational existence of Pakistan as the various leaders there see it, is based on targeting India, a prospering democracy increasingly winning the respect and regard of the global community and seen as a huge destination for investment and innovation.

Some of our own peaceniks who hold candlelight friendship demonstrations at the Wagah border on and off expecting similar responses from the other side but never getting it, tend to overlook the basic factors that run though the new, radicalised majority of Pakistani Muslims.

The peacenik leaders here tend to dwell on the past cultural links when the entire subcontinent was one India.  From that stand they begin to believe that the anti-India sentiment is a virus that could be eliminated if the civil society in Pakistan asserts itself and the cultural links are encouraged.

This is the great illusion to which a section of civil society, especially the cultural elite, are holding on. The allurements of the old links in language, culture, literature and architecture are waning. The new generation in Pakistan is fed on the return of a global Islamic conquest. This idea has been inculcated more forcefully in the last 30 years not only in Pakistan in the Wahabi style, Saudi-financed madrasas but across the world.

Jihadi violence in the Valley is sought to be explained as yearning for azaadi. But why do some educated American Muslims shoot and kill indiscriminately in elite clubs, plant bombs in Time Square in New York or in subway trains?—all mostly individual initiatives, especially by those who have converted to Islam recently. And why are Muslims killing fellow Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The masses in these countries are fed on radical religious rhetoric that welcomes poverty—remember Bhutto’s famous call to Pakistan  masses to welcome deprivation (eat grass) to become a nuclear power. As an editorial in the business daily Mint pointed out the other day: Radicalisation and violence has left Pakistan civil society in tatters and has pushed its economy far behind  India’s.

The data given in the edit shows that the deaths of civilians and security personnel in Pakistan is almost 80 times that in India (adjusted to population size difference). Economic and military aid from US has tapered from 3.5 billion dollars in 2011 to  1.5 billion dollars in 2015 and is set to be less than a billion dollars in 2016.

While India exports software to earn over 60 billion dollars to world’s applause, Pakistan exports terrorism and earns the world’s condemnation, as Prime Minister Modi pointed out.

 The  surgical strike will have a cascading effect. The border districts in Kashmir are likely to be less volatile now onwards,  for two reasons. One, they will not get material (in terms of trained manpower, arms and money) support from across the border to the extent they were so far. The morale of Indians in the Valley will surely now go up, and that of pro-Pak terror elements nosedive.

Balair Punj, a former BJP MP and a Delhi-based commentator on social and political issues  Email:punjbalbir@gmail.com

Coutesy: The New Indian Express

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