ENEMY OF HUMANITY
By Chitranjan Sawant
When we heard of two suicidal bomb blasts on the Moscow metro, our hearts went out to the families that had lost their loved ones. Some Indians who had lost their bread winners in the Islamist terror attacks in Mumbai, India on 26/11 knew how lives of the bereaved would stall for now..Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, USA said that the terrorist was our common enemy. She says that no alibi will be able to justify committing such heinous crimes against the humanity as was done by the Chechen Islamist terrorists. The Caucasus Black Widow organisation took part in perpetrating these acts of terror. The Black Widows comprise wives of those men who were killed by the Russian security agencies sometime or the other in an effort to root out Islamist terrorism from the soil of Russia. On the death of their husbands at the hands of the security forces, the widows vowed to continue the acts of terror against the State and its agencies, including innocent civilians. A few members of the Black Widow terrorist outfit are just teenagers and have yet to taste the rosier side of life. They are, however, possessed by a sinister desire for revenge.
SOME ANALYSTS SAID THAT THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FACED PECULIAR PROBLEMS OF THE ISLAMIST TERRORISM. THE MUSLIM STATES OF CAUCASUS LIKE INGUSHETIA, DAGESTAN AND CHECHENIA were and are very much a part of the Russian Federation and have also been centrally funded from Moscow. The analysts found it rather strange that the State was funding some Muslim educational institutions and the latter were indirectly funding the Muslim terrorists. Since a situation like this does not exist in the UK or the USA, the Russian rule known as the toughest and most discipline promoting could not put the Islamist terrorist on leash - it sounded so strange. Of course, since the time President Putin and later Prime Minister Putin assumed power, acts of terrorism had shown a marked decline. But 2010 has seen a resurgence of Islamist terrorism and the scene is rather disquieting. When the apartment buildings in Moscow and two other Metropolitan cities were under terrorist attack and the siege of the Beslan School had shaken the young and old alike, strict handling of the situation and new strategy to let Muslim executives of the states in Caucasus handle terror, had indeed shown remarkable results.
However, a passing phase of a relaxation in security handling saw the twin blasts on the Moscow metro, one in Dagestan and now a blowing of rail track in a remote region. No wonder, Prime Minister Putin has vowed to scrap the terrorists from the deep sewage and punish them. His strong arm method may show immediate results but for a long-time peace, economic and administrative measures will have to be taken as spelt out by the President of Russia, himself a protege of Putin.
INDIA SUFFERING TOO
Russia is not alone in facing a difficult situation of Islamist terror that some claim is funded by the Russian government indirectly. The central government of Russia is responsible for running the government schools in the Muslim minority areas wherein secular education is imparted. It is, however, feared that a part of the money meant for education is quietly siphoned off to the Islamist terrorists by the lower level officials in the Muslim states because the officials are deeply sympathetic to the Islamist movement for independence of Muslim areas and terror is just an extension of the policy of liberation from the Russian domination. An analyst will safely surmise that in this respect India and Russia are sailing in the same boat.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is a Muslim dominated area. It was ruled by a Hindu Maharajah before independence of India. All rulers were given the prerogative by the British paramount power to either join India or Pakistan or remain independent. Shree Maharajah Sir Hari Singh Ji willy-nilly chose to accede to India and signed the instrument of accession. Legally speaking, it was final and irrevocable. Nonetheless, pt Jawaharlal Nehru, under the advice of the then Governor General, Lord Luis Mountbatten said that in due course of time there would be a referendum to ascertain the will of the people on the issue of joining India or Pakistan. This was a Himalayan blunder committed by the most impractical politician divorced from pragmatism. India suffered as Mullahs preached Hate Hindu theory in mosques every Friday and in madarsas daily. The money of Indian tax payers, predominantly Hindus, was sent to J&K for development ostensibly but was pocketed by a few families, not excluding pro-Pakistanis. The terrorists had their share of the Indian money through extortion. Thus like in Russia, in India too the government funded terrorism through an indirect route. How unfortunate!
NEW LORDS NEW LAWS
Plebiscite was a dead word in due course of time. There were free and fair elections in J&K many times. However, no government was serious in checking, what to say of rooting out, Islamist terrorism from the state. The Hindu minority was unceremoniously bundled out of the valley of Kashmir. Hindus of Kashmir became refugees in their own land. Successive governments in New Delhi played the Muslim appeasement card to get their votes en block. Some right wing Hindu nationalists also formed the government at the centre but there was no qualitative change in the state of Islamist terror in J&K. Muslim pilgrims proceeding on Hajj continued receiving the Hindu tax payers money as subsidy, never mind who was in power in New Delhi. Appeasing the minorities, irrespective of their loyalty to friend or foe, was the order of the day. Flying the flag of Muslim minorities became quite fashionable among journalists of the English press in India. With the result, the Islamist terrorists in various shapes and sizes got an unexpected boost. Our country, India that is Bharat suffered most. The political, economic and military situation remains unchanged in the second decade of the 21st century.
Terrorism in India has many forms. The one prospering now in the rural Bihar, Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh is called Naxalism. It is an offshoot of Maoism. The Nepal Maoists, who have tasted blood and power, encourage armed conflicts all over India, especially in the corridor just mentioned above. The central government of India acknowledges the potential danger of Naxalism to the unity of India and yet the centre and states play ping-pong on the issue of fighting against the Naxals. The central police jawans are dying in surprise sweeps of Naxals day in and day out. I do know that efforts are being made to tackle the serious problem. But it is too little and too late. Every Home Minister wants to raise a new police force or put his new strategy into experimental use. Never mind if the poor police jawan becomes the cannon fodder.
WIN OVER THE ENEMY
I do not and shall not subscribe to the view that if you cannot fight against the enemy, join the enemy. No Never. Nevertheless, we can win over the enemy to our side, to our philosophy of life. Remember the great wizard of Statecraft, Acharya Chanakya, also known as Kautilya because of his policies that were Kutil or wily and hence he was called KAUTILYA. He even employed VISH KANYAS TO ELIMINATE ENEMIES OF THE State. The terrorists, howsoever indoctrinated they may be, can be bought by the State. It is said that every individual has his price, Just Pay and win him or her over to your side.
All said and done, all our men and women must be given lessons in patriotism. They should love Bharat much more than their own loved ones. The litmus test can be done in field alone in the face of the terrorist, our biggest enemy. If an Indian, whatever his vocation may be, passes the test of Patriotism, he need pass no other test in this life.
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