It happened once again in Hyderabad on February 21 when two powerful bomb blasts killed 16 people and injured 117. As it has become customary in these kind of situations, Congress party was on the defensive and BJP was blaming the government for their inefficiency. This saga would go on for couple of weeks and the discussion would die down. All the politicians would again get involved in their own political agenda of doing disservice to the country. After couple of months, another terrorist activity would happen and the same routine drama would be enacted again.
I do not want to get into the history of terrorist attacks in India. Everyone is aware of the dates, the location and the number of people who died at the hands of these merchants of death. Even though it is not a secret about the source of these attacks, I would like to talk about it in detail. It is common knowledge that the source of all these attacks is one of the most rogue countries in the world – Pakistan.
There is no denying the fact that Pakistan is the hub of international terrorism - most of the terrorist activities emanates from here. They have realised that they have missed the train of development and progress and they put up an act of being friends with USA and use their money to fill up their pockets and promote terrorism against India. They have a total disconnect with the new global scenario and instead of giving a good quality education to their kids, they are promoting jihadis.
Is Pakistan testing India’s patience or do they feel that politics in India is too polarized because of the vote bank and unlike USA, we would never have the guts to take on our enemy? After having him on their most wanted terrorist list since the 9/11 attack, the US changed the most wanted terrorist sign for Osama to deceased. US President Barack Obama ordered the SEALs to take him out and both the President and the Navy SEALs - the President for his guts to order this raid and the SEALs for the meticulous execution of this plan deserve a lot of kudos for a job well done. The SEALs not only avenged the 9/11 attack on the US, they also made the world a better place. If this means a future of peace, it also means future peace for our children. It was indeed, in every sense, a job well done.
Pakistan gets $1.3 billion in aid every year from the US. It is not that difficult to fathom the enormity of this money when converted into the currency of Pakistan. This money was also supposed to be used to combat terrorism and help the US to find Osama. Pakistan was doing exactly the opposite. They not only denied that they had anything to do with Osama but kept sending them on a wild goose chase to the mountainous area of Afghanistan looking for him. He was killed in the relatively-well-heeled town of Abbottabad, near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad where he was living for the last five years. US was totally blindfolded with the fake hand of friendship extended to it by Pakistan. It took them a long time to realize this and see through their game. Pakistan was indulging in nothing but double speak and making a sucker out of the US.
The top political and military leadership in Pakistan was thinking of US just as a cash cow to fill up their bank accounts. The US decision not to even inform Pakistan about the raid exposes their credibility in the eyes of the US. Even after the successful operation undertaken by the US, the authorities in Pakistan denied any knowledge of Osama Bin Laden living in the country. Why our government is so helpless in protecting our country from these terrorists? Is it because they lack the political will or is it because they lack the support system to combat this menace? Whatever it is, people die time and again with no fault of their own. The government has totally failed to protect our citizens. Even the opposition has totally failed in keeping the government on their toes and getting the job done. It does not require a genius to understand the intricacies of bilateral relations between India and Pakistan but as a commoner, I do understand one simple thing. If a country is hell bent on destroying us, we should do something about it.
We cannot afford to have a war with another nuclear power but we can definitely cut off our diplomatic ties – close our embassy and consulates in Pakistan, have no trade relations with them and not have any cricket diplomacy with them. We cannot afford to have our people killed and let 15 of our players play cricket with them. As corruption is in the DNA of our politicians, a streak of terrorism is in the DNA of Pakistani politicians. They want the kids to be uneducated and ignorant to serve their diabolical plans. When confronted, Pakistan always tries to hide behind the curtain of plausible deniability. The death of Osama Bin Laden is simply the death of a terrorist - terrorism is still alive and kicking.
It is imperative that India and the US, the largest and the oldest democracies, join hands to work on eradicating terrorism - the new global cancer. It is not the time to play political games. It is impossible to separate Pakistan from dishonesty. The country has the uncanny habit of lying and making false representations. Who else would know this more than India and USA? It is about time that the United Nations declare Pakistan a terrorist state.
We have to give them a message that India has a zero tolerance for the terrorist activities inflicted on us by them. Our government has to make sure that the terrorists get our message - LOUD AND CLEAR - that India has a zero tolerance for terrorist activities. If they come at us with a knife, we should go after them with a gun. Their fundamentalist attitude painted with 'Talibanism' would always create problems for our country...It is about time that India does something about it. USA did not discuss and negotiate with Pakistan to take out Osama Bin Laden...You do not discuss and negotiate with criminals and terrorists...You do not discuss and negotiate with Pakistan...You do what has to be done...IT IS ABOUT TIME.
US President John F Kennedy during his inaugural speech on January 20, 1961 asked his countrymen - "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country". It is about time that our politicians ask themselves the same question...They have been working very, very hard to fill their own pockets and pockets of their friends and family members for a very long time...The public perception and their understanding of the entire process is changing...It is in the interest of our corrupt politicians to smell the changing dynamics of our polity...If they don't, the day is not very far when they would be dragged out of their house by the public to face their wrath.
I, with a lot of hesitation, is using the following lines suggested by a facebook friend:
Mahatma Gandhi, sitting in heaven asked one of his friends who had just joined him in heaven about his three monkeys. He said that aandha kanoon ban gaya hai, Behra sarkar ho gaya hai aur goonga aajkal desh chala raha hai.
I wonder if this is a joke or a reflection of our politicians in power?
When would we take proactive steps to stop Pakistan's activities? Are we waiting for a nuclear attack from Pakistan to get out of our slumber?