Friday, October 7th, 2016

Sick politics, shameless politicians fail to dent national security

Anil Bhat | October 7, 2016 6:31 pm Print
Before this phrase, he had referred to Indian Army’s action as ‘fake’. His party colleagues pitched in with their two bits or less worth

‘Khoon ki dalaali’, sounds quite original as a phrase. Khoon means blood and dalaali means brokerage/dalaal means broker. So, the expression ‘brokerage of blood’ or’ blood brokerage’ is felt by the public as utterly disgraceful to describe Indian Army’s brilliant surgical strikes against Pakistani terrorists in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

The fact that Rahul Gandhi is the grandson of a former prime minister who was assassinated and also the son of another former prime minister, who was also assassinated and that too, both by terrorists – makes his reaction and his vocabulary reflect signs of sickness. Before this phrase, he had referred to Indian Army’s action as ‘fake’. His party colleagues pitched in with their two bits or less worth.

Since another head of a recently-born political party and a no-governance chief minister of India’s capital, who stands exposed of receiving monies from various sources, including very dubious ones, made a similar charge against the Armed Forces of the Union, it becomes very obvious that the bugs of political sickness are having a sumptuous repast.

According to retired police officer Ram Ohri’s article in Indiafacts, quoting Aamna Shahwani, who wrote with details in the Afghanistan Times, this chief minister and his party have received substantial funds as mentioned in this excerpt:

After Kejriwal’s AAP won 28 seats out of the 70, the Pakistani media was full of praise for AAP. Although the BJP had won a few more seats than the AAP, the well-known Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, totally ignored it, but emphasized the AAP victory by front paging the news. The Pakistani media also started praising Kejriwal for his spectacular success. No one knows why Kejriwal became a darling of Pakistani establishment and chatterati.
There were celebrations in different cities of Pakistan, especially in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Can Kejriwal explain what led the jihadi tribes to laud and celebrate AAP’s political debut in Delhi Assembly elections?

There was a big spurt in online donations from Pakistanis to AAP. According to Aamna, more support was likely come to AAP from Pakistan because the ISI wants to have a puppet regime in New Delhi.

Be that as it may, the army’s surgical strike has awed a number of nations. Some comments from the US are worth noting:“The Indian action was carefully measured: striking at terrorist launch pads was meant to signal that India has not lost its freedom to retaliate, but puts the onus of further escalation on Pakistan,” said Dr. Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Rick Rossow from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recalled the hint of such strikes as a possible tool last year when the Indian Army initiated an attack against militants in Myanmar.“India has also shown other new tools in its confrontation with Pakistan, such as withdrawing from the upcoming SAARC summit, building stronger ties with other South Asian nations, and using closer security ties with the US as a hook to press for reduced military cooperation with Pakistan,” he said. “This will likely keep Islamabad on its toes, though when employing new tools in such a struggle, clear messaging is the key, so both sides know the other’s intentions. This will guard against unanticipated escalation,” Rossow said.

According to him, following a number of recent provocations that India has linked to Pakistan-based militant groups, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has employed a different set of tools to respond to these incitements.“These tools may not be altogether new, but the fact that they have been the focus of India’s response to Pakistan’s incitements marks a different approach,” Rossow said.

Jonah Blank, from the RAND Corporation think-tank, said that after the Mumbai 2008 attacks, India’s patience had reached its limit.

“Pathankot was the breaking point. It was probably unrealistic to expect that the Uri attack would fail to bring a military response……The phone call between Ajit Doval and Susan Rice accomplished two important things: First, it enlisted the US to help prevent a Pakistani counter-strike. Second, it avoided jeopardizing the India-US relationship by having Washington find out about the attack from Islamabad or the media, he noted.

“There was never much likelihood that the US would condemn the attack. After an American surgical strike against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, any criticism of India for a cross-border action would have seemed hypocritical,” Blank said.“The outcome, limited Indian strike, limited Pakistani response, was probably as good as could have been desired. A stronger Indian strike, or a Pakistani escalation into full warfare, would not have served either nation’s interest,” he said.

All these assessments have made the major opposition party, which ruled for 56 years after independence and grew thereafter as an institution based upon unquestioned sycophantic support of a family, not at all accept the successful outcome of the surgical strike as it still seems to have been smarting under the electoral defeat in 2014. So it has continued any which way to stymie the ruling party.

Some soldiers, who this writer spoke to were ranging from stoic to straightforward in their responses. However, the words “bakwaas” and “besharam” (shameless) featured most frequently in their conversations, while referring to politics and politicians respectively.

Anil Bhat
Anil Bhat
(The writer, a strategic analyst is Editor WordSword Features). The authror's views are personal and not of Narada News