As the picture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the brave-heart Indian Pilot who chased the new generation F-16 of Pakistan, shooting one down in his ageing MiG-21, and was captured in the process came in, we can see clearly the way the war is being played at the multiple fronts.
The peaceniks who never had any affection for the forty-four soldiers killed by militants raised and supported by the Pakistan Government and Army, are suddenly up in arms, posting the picture of captured IAF Pilot asking for the end of hostilities from our end.
Pakistan has not raised this war at one front. There is also a proxy-war being fought in well-coordinated propaganda ways. The democratization of Indian intellectual space has rendered many intellectuals out of favour and influence. Suddenly we find one or two previously revered journalists tweeting celebrating Pakistan PM for supposed statesmanship and seeking peace, and then there will be hundreds of Twitter handles who till yesterday were posting YouTube videos, with sub-hundred supporters, suddenly quoting them attacking the just outrage of nationalist Indians, calling them belligerent savages.
Let us look at how the Indian PM Narendra Modi, who came from non-elite background fares against the PM of the enemy nation who our out-of-work liberals, once intellectual guardians of the nation, now poor trolls, hail as Greek God, and a great statesman.
If we set aside the killings of Indians since 1993, or Kashmiri Pandit genocide since 1989, even after that, as we moved from one summit meeting to another, with Indian leaderships carrying with them journalists to picturesque locations, we have lost no less than 4000 Indian lives to the terror perpetrated from Pakistan. Even in the most current context, we had 44 Brave Indian Soldiers martyred in Pulwama, which left us not even the bodies of soldiers to mourn. Let us look at the turn of events from then and how our Left-Liberals responded:
- Pulwama attack- 44 Indian soldiers martyred. Left-Liberals responded mocking the Government, almost challenging the Indian Government to respond, certain in the established notion of India being a pacifist nation.
- The government took non-military action. The mocking continued. However, as Pakistan businessmen began to suffer, the pressure was built to put the dastardly Pulwama attack behind and get into a dialogue.
- As the Government refused to budge, a bogey of Kashmiri under attack was created to put the Government of India on the backfoot. All big names were called into action, tweeting about the fake narrative of Kashmiris under attack without any data to back the claims. An urgent petition was filed in the Supreme Court and resulted in a perfunctory direction to the Government to protect the Kashmiris if at all they were under attack anywhere. This was a deliberate attempt to turn the minds of the masses from real tragedy to imaginary danger.
- Pakistan Railways Minister working under the sophisticated Statesman and Pak Army appointed PM of Pakistan, on camera threatened to bomb the Hindu temples in India. All arguments of Pakistan emanates from religious animosity and fanaticism, this is cleverly hidden by our media. There are people who are hard at work within India to convert the religious angle behind Kashmir conflict into a political factor.
- India attacks the terrorist training centre in Balakot. India clearly keeps out of Army and civilian locations and hits only terror organization. Pakistan puts Pakistan Airforce in action to attack the Indian Army to avenge the terrorists. The PM which uses the regular army to avenge the irregular terrorists is still hailed by the Indian liberals as Peace-loving statesman.
The clamour to end the war rises in India almost shamelessly coordinating with every noise coming from Pakistan. A narrative is built as if Indian forces were in meditation and suddenly they joined social media, watched the TV channels and outraged marched to the borders. I would like to share with them GK Chesterton
“A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
Indian army walks to the border, not because of public outrage. They walk to the border because they are tired of being sitting ducks to everyday terror attacks with India, killing their fellow countrymen and soldiers. They walk to the border because they want to defend the idea of India which doesn’t fit well with the theocratic, fanatic state next door to us. They know when to walk across and when to sit silently. We have one of the most professional and yet, the most humane and disciplined armies in the world. They are not a gang of mercenaries or security guards of posh societies the elites are most used to. They don’t march at the behest of mass hysteria or outrage. They march at the call of duty. They can not be stopped with silly slogans. They will know when to stop and when to march again. In the meantime, stop making a hero out of the man who presided over the death of 44 Soldiers recently, and who would not hesitate a regular national army to protect the terrorists on their soil. Today the peace-loving leader of Pakistan has unilaterally stopped the train connecting India and Pakistan. We all can see. The messenger has no clothes.
Let us reject the naysayers and support the decisions being taken by those who have a better view of the things. Let us continue to go about our lives, with a little more caution, a little more camaraderie, a little more honesty and a little more commitment to our motherland. While Pakistan Army knows that it is not fighting on behalf of its people, it is fighting rather on behalf of its militants who kill their own in their free time, like in Peshawar school killings; Indian Army knows it is fighting on behalf of men who are honest and equally committed to the idea of a progressive nation. There is not much to guess who will win this war. Each of our soldiers is the embodiment of an idea of India, an idea of democracy, an Idea of progressiveness. It is an idea which cannot be crushed under the boots of rogue fanatics.
A technology worker, writer and poet, and a concerned Indian. Saket writes in Hindi and English. He writes on socio-political matters and routinely writes Hindi satire in print as well in leading newspaper like Jagaran. His recently published Hindi satire collection “Ganjhon Ki Goshthi” is on amazon and getting excellent reception and readership.