Few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how the political parties of the country should conduct themselves (You can read it here.). In the recent Surgical strike carried out by India in retaliation for the Uri attack (about which I wrote an article you can read here) political parties across the country stood resolute against the common enemy, Pakistan. Though it would’ve been ideal if they had the same attitude in different spheres of politics, it is an appreciable act and I applauded the political parties for it, much too soon.
Chief Minister of Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal stated that the Central Government and of course the ‘Modi Sarkaar‘ (Modi Government) should release the tape of the Surgical strike which had been conducted so as to disprove the Pakistani claims of no Surgical strike being carried out.
Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam stated that the Surgical strike carried out by the army and that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) was just using the army to gain political mileage in the upcoming legislative assembly elections.
This political unity broke down quite quickly. Apparently the Congress and AAP are worried about the political mileage the BJP has gained because of the Surgical strike. For once can the parties not politicize every single action of the central government. In this issue, it doesn’t matter who gets a political advantage, what matters is that we stand strong with our armed forces who risk their lives every single day to ensure that we can have peaceful nights and sleep comfortably in our warm beds. It is very wrong to question the achievements of the armed forces, their sacrifices cannot be equalized by anybody else in the country.
When Voltaire said,”I disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it” the very definition of Democracy was established. Unfortunately it has not been taken in the true spirit of the proverb. People and political parties alike are taking undue advantage of the freedom of speech. Freedom of speech, a fundamental right in the constitution. Just because we have the freedom of speech, it doesn’t justify that we can speak anything that pops into our minds without any proper base and without thinking about the sentiments and reactions of the society.
Not only political parties, but the people must also realize that the government requires our support more than ever in this hour of great need and we must ensure that they get this support. We have to be good citizens in order to have a good government. Otherwise we don’t have the right to criticize them.
Days after the attack on the Uri command post in Jammu & Kashmir by ‘terrorists’ who were allegedly from Pakistan which had led to the loss of 19 valuable soldiers of our defense forces, India has retaliated at the perpetrators by striking hard at the enemy. A surgical strike which was carried out 2kms inside enemy territory killed almost 35 terrorists and 2 Pakistani Army soldiers and destroyed many launchpads of the terrorists, critically harming them.
The strike is the first of its kind. India has never carried out a military operation inside Pakistani territory, during a no-war period. Though Pakistan claims it was just a ‘cross border firing’ but the Indian Army has stated that it was much more than that. The strike destroyed launchpads, these launchpads are camps where terrorists are positioned 24-48 hours before they are deployed into Indian territory. Reports have claimed that these are not camps where training and recruitment of terrorists take place and that the training camps are located way inside the enemy territory.
A strong reply for cowardly tactics. The move has been welcomed by everyone in the country, in fact the nation is in national jubilation for a successful operation which had 0 casualties on our side. Political parties, the congress led opposition has fully supported the move of the government and have called for a united front against the terrorist and the Pakistani terror. Though, at the same time this strike symbolizes deteriorating conditions of the subcontinent and maybe even war in the near future.
Pakistan had crossed the threshold of patience of the Indian people when the Uri attack happened and the people were demanding actions from the government. The government complied. Though, the people must know that actions like these take time and extensive discussions and most of all, planning. It has been said that the Special Forces group which led the strike was planning and practicing the entire week and surveying the target area to ensure nothing went wrong. The planning and patience paid off, with a good number of kills and 0 casualties on our side.
Most people would say that what India did was wrong, I argue that what we did was just a favor for Pakistan. Terrorists and terror camps which were supposed to be put into check by the Pakistani government were allowed to run free, therefore all India did was what the Pakistani government was supposed to do long ago and that it was the right thing to do. In fact, Pakistan should thank India for doing their job. The operation was stopped and it has been stated that there are no plans to carry on the operation, this does not mean a full stop on the matter. It has brought about a new angle on the India-Pakistan feud and the politics of South Asia. Many countries like Bangladesh and Afghanistan have supported the move of the Indian government.
No matter what anyone says, the strike has united the country politically in the face of a common enemy and the people are more united than ever.