IssueNet Edition| Date : 10 Aug , 2013
The Defence Minister’s flip flop statements and eventfully blaming the Pakistani Army for the barbaric killing of five India soldiers through a cross-border raid yet again indicates the bane India’s cancerous policies – obfuscating facts for political mileage, demeaning not only the country’s self esteem in the process but also that of the Indian Army. Did we not notice the alacrity with which Obama cancelled his summit with Putin merely because Russia gave one year asylum to Snowden? Then where is the requirement of even discussing the need for the Prime Minister to go touring Pakistan and press the button to electrify his own native village, even as we give electricity to Pakistan while hundreds of our villages are sans electricity and we ourselves are buying power from Bhutan?
There should have been no hesitation in naming the Pakistani Army in the first instance during the recent cross border raid. Self respect of a nation cannot be sacrificed…
If Indian troops had launched a cross border raid and killed five Pakistani soldiers you would have had the Pakistani corps level artillery brought on to the post from which the raid was launched. That is what India should have done but we have a situation here where the military is being officially gagged to speak anything on China, leave aside Chinese intrusions. That too by people who have no idea about the vital requirement of unity of command in terms of border defence. But then despite the demonstrated ineffectiveness of the ITBP against the Chinese intruders and deliberate intransigence of the political hierarchy, what is stopping the Army from establishing training camps in supposedly ITBP held areas especially when one third of the ITBP strength is generally floating in metros to cater for personal needs of the polity?
Nawaz Sharif is reportedly sorry about Pakistan’s cross-border raid but then he was also sorry about the Kargil intrusions of which he feigned ignorance. The fact is that he was clueless then and can now be more easily marketed by the Pakistani military as a titular commodity. Leave aside taming the military, Nawaz Sharif cannot dare to even cross the path of the military, having burnt his fingers once before. That is why he talks of the need for India and Pakistan cutting down defence expenditure while his military steps up attacks on India. Then you also have the Obama administration taking the India-US strategic partnership to the next level by saying both directly and through its think tanks that the problems in Pakistan, Baluchistan and Afghanistan are India’s doing – a good effort to deflect blame from own misdeeds including assisting Pakistan lead the path of self destruction. Now that the Al Qaeda, Taliban have been recruited as US proxies, hopefully another next level of India-US strategic partnership will not see the US absolving Al Qaeda of 9/11 and blaming it on India instead.