If “surgical strikes” were indeed carried out and the successes claimed are true, where was the need to create hype around this?
DR JAVED JAMIL
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ationalism, especially at the time of a possible confrontation with a widely hated country, makes people blind. People tend to support the Government action even when they have doubts in their minds about the outcome. In less than 48 hours of the “surgical strikes” by the Government of India, questions started creeping in minds.
It’s true that Pakistan is continuously fomenting trouble in Kashmir. True that the terror camps operate across the Line of Control. No denying the fact that every country has the right to act in order to safeguard its sovereignty and people. But these days, actions are taken more often without being declared than by making them public.
If “surgical strikes” were indeed carried out and the successes claimed are true, where was the need to create hype around this? Such strikes need to be made recurrently but where is the need to declare them? Does Pakistan claim responsibility for what happens in Kashmir or Punjab at its behest?
By making loud claims, the BJP government has only succeeded in creating a war hysteria in the country. Within 24 hours of jubilation, fears of reprisals overtook the country especially in the border villages. And surprisingly, even this fear was hyped with the channels continuously reporting how the villagers in the border areas have moved out of their homes fearing attacks. Several hundred thousand people were evacuated.
Kejriwal’s “salute” to Prime Minister was in all probability more a salute to his theatrics rather than his bravery
Within 72 hours, Indian side was telephoning the Pakistani side to de-escalate the situation. Why such a hurry of de-escalation? What we ultimately achieved is loss of a Jawan in Baramulla, a few injuries and a jawan captured. While our media was busy giving hype to the developments, there was hardly any coverage in the international media except for a brief period on the first day.
The questions are already being raised. Kejriwal’s “salute” to Prime Minister was in all probability more a salute to his theatrics rather than his bravery. Punjab politicians are questioning the need to get the villages evacuated. It will be no surprise if in coming days, Mr Modi will find it hard to convince the people that the aims of the “surgical strikes” was indeed national, not political. With Punjab and other elections round the corner, we can expect a bitter struggle for power.
Hopefully, honest views on national issues will remain the guiding factor in the future politics. If we have to tackle Pakistan, the only option for us is to win over Kashmiris. If they start feeling safe and secure in India, Pakistan and China cannot harm us. If we have troubled waters in our lands, others will look for an opportunity to fish.