“I assure all Indians that the country is in safe hands. I swear upon India’s soil. I won’t let the country be erased. I won’t let it come to a halt. My soul says today is the day to reiterate what I had said in 2014. I swear by my land I won’t let my country be destroyed. I will not let the country stop. I will not let the country bow. I pledge to the motherland that I will not let her head down.”
– Narendra Damodardas Modi
Let me be candid enough to admit right at the outset that I was not expecting India to retaliate so soon and so hard and that too deep inside Pakistan! I was caught completely off the guard when I first learnt that Indian Air Force had bombed Jaish camp deep inside Pakistan about 80 km away from the Line of Control in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province! I too went through the same emotions like my fellow countrymen that finally the dastardly and cowardly attack on our brave CRPF soldiers has been avenged with more than 350 terrorists belonging mainly to Jaish group and some of Lashkar-e-Taiba along with their trainers who were retired from ISI and Pakistani Army being neutralised!
It is most heartening to see that finally Narendra Damodardas Modi has chosen to do what every true Indian wanted him to do! This alone explains why all major parties have hailed this action! Even Asadduddin Owaisi who is the worst critic of Modi has justified it categorically as he said that under Article 51 of the UN Charter, India had the right to act in self-defence!
He further said that he expected India to retaliate within two to three days but finally India retaliated within 12 days! For me killing terrorists and Pakistani soldiers who attack India is the best tribute to our soldiers and everything else comes down the ladder! National War Memorial for those soldiers who have laid down their lives is most welcome and PM Modi’s relentless endeavours in this direction must be appreciated due to which it could see the light of the day after many years but real tribute to soldiers who have died is to ensure that Pakistani soldiers, terrorists and all those who dare to attack India including stone pelters who act as Pakistani soldiers are eliminated most ruthlessly!
Let me also be candid enough to admit that PM Modi’s recent bold action of masterminding air attacks against terrorists just like the one at Uri which was a ground surgical attack by Army was a pleasant surprise. I always believed that PM Modi comes from a party that believes in always compromising with Pakistan, inviting ISI agent as we saw after Pathankot terror attack most foolishly, inviting Pakistani invader Gen Pervez Musharraf just two to three months after Kargil war, declaring frequently Ramzan ka ceasefire for terrorists and Pakistani Army refusing to learn anything from history as we saw in former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s term thus giving a free hand to terrorists and Pakistan to attack our soldiers, behead them and take away their head as has happened with many soldiers like Hemraj as long as Ramzan continued, tolerating stone pelters, allowing Mehbooba Mufti to withdraw all cases from stone pelters thus further emboldening them to intensify their attacks which culminated in two daughters of Army Officers filing PIL demanding security for soldiers and a National Policy to be framed in this regard and spending crores of rupees on security of Hurriyat leaders who are nothing but Pakistani agents! The list is endless!
This often led me to ponder over which country – UK who ruled us till 1947 or some Muslim country like Saudi Arabia is dictating India’s foreign policy and Kashmir’s stupid and disastrous self-suicidal policy governed primarily by Article 370 and Article 35A of Constitution which initially were not there but entered through backdoor Presidential Order and it must be kicked out similarly without caring for those Pakistani agents who warn India of similar situation like 1947 cropping up as they are playing in Pakistan’s hands which does not want any Indian to settle in Jammu and Kashmir even while they have right to settle anywhere they want! But till now no action has been taken in this regard by any political party including BJP! It may be recalled how a Pakistani General had vowed in UK to avenge the surgical strike by India after the Uri attack on our soldiers which claimed lives of 19 soldiers!
It is in UK that slogans against India by Khalistani and Kashmiri separatists are heard openly! UK’s overt and covert support to anti-India agenda and to economic fugitives like Vijay Mallya who has siphoned off more than 13,000 crores of taxpapyers money, Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and several others is too well known! It cannot be taken just lying down!
Let me be candid enough to also concede that this one great step by PM Narendra Damodardas Modi has certainly softened my blind hatred for BJP’s extremely soft approach towards Pakistan just like that of Congress which I always believed was “blind betrayal of India’s supreme national interests”! Finally now my views on BJP led by PM Narendra Damodardas Modi have changed significantly! The bold steps taken by him most recently have compelled me to change my views about him and about his party and appreciate him lavishly!
If Pakistan has been able to kill more than a lakh of our soldiers in last three decades, it is all because of our politicians who ruled in Centre whether of BJP or Congress who always followed the worst appeasement policy not of Indian Muslims or Pakistani Muslims but of Pakistani Army and Pakistan’s notorious ISI which only culminated in more and more terror attacks and even Parliament and Red Fort were not spared! Why did politicians earlier just kept tolerating terror attacks repeatedly? At whose instance?
That is why I strongly believe like many others that, “Fear politicians and not Pakistan”! Never forget this that it was politicians of India who created Pakistan which alone explains why Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan said to Jawaharlal Nehru that, “Nehru, what have you done! You have made me a foreigner in my own country”! Politicians control all power and yet act only under unrelenting public pressure when situation goes from bad to worse or from worse to worst!
If politicians want they can teach lesson to Pakistan within no time as Indira Gandhi did when she ensured partition of Pakistan into Pakistan and Bangladesh! But she too did not ensure that PoK was taken away from Pakistan and released more than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers even though more than hundred of our soldiers were not released by them! How can this be justified?
All so called “secular parties” proudly hailed Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the “tallest leader” for his always being extremely soft towards Pakistan which I term as “stupidity of the highest order which was the brainwork of Brajesh Mishra and those close to him” but what did he get in return? People boxed him out of power as they could not tolerate how Gen Musharraf ensured the slaughter of more than 600 of our brave soldiers and how he was accorded still a red carpet welcome in India! It was Gen Musharraf who wanted to see Vajpayee being defeated decisively in elections which alone explains why he repeatedly backstabbed Vajpayee and ensured that soldiers like Captain Saurav Kalia and 5 soldiers of 4 Jat Regiment were brutally tortured for nearly a month and all their crucial body parts were maimed not sparing even their private parts and our secular leaders foolishly kept hailing Vajpayee as “Shanti ka Messiah” as he did not rake up this at any international forum even though father of Captain Kalia kept demanding the same and kept fighting a lonely battle in Supreme Court demanding the same!
But did that ensure Vajpayee’s victory? No, he got a crushing blow because people could not forget how a Pakistani invader like Gen Musharraf was treated like a royal emperor even after Kargil war and how even RSS watched everything like a helpless spectator! Not stopping here, even after attack on Parliament, still India did not retaliate hard and Musharraf enjoyed India’s hospitality and mocked at India after the failed Agra talks!
Anyway, coming back to PM Modi, finally at the fag end of his tenure, he has chosen to strike at terrorists in a big way which must be applauded and appreciated by every true Indian! It is better to be late than never! We should not wait for terrorists to attack at us and should attack them whenever they assemble at border! But this we never saw until recently!
It is being reported in media that many top rung leaders of Jaish have been eliminated including those like Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim, Ibrahim Athar among others who masterminded the hijacking of IC-814 Indian Airlines flight on 31 December 1999 which led to release of Masood Azhar, Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargari in exchange of 179 passengers and 11 crew memebrs! But let me stress here that just one big strike again is not enough! We must be always on the guard for Pakistan will retaliate very hard, is a nuclear power state, can stoop to any level and unlike us will show no mercy for our civilians or soldiers! Even as I am writing this, news is pouring in that India has gunned down 1 F-16 Pakistani aircraft which entered India!
It is imperative that we must control our emotions! We should not get too overjoyed and this latest incident of gunning down F-16 Pakistani aircraft confirms what I feel! We should nuke all relations with Pakistan and for God sake put an end to this useless Wagah border ceremony, ensure that all potential entry routes for terrorists like Kartarpur corridor are closed immediately for we saw how while this route was being opened a Khalistani terrorist standing with Pakistani Army Chief Bajwa was feeling overjoyed and how posters of dreaded terrorist Bhindrawale were pasted all over including the Gurudwara where Sikhs go to worship Guru Nanak! For God sake, place nation first and religion later!
It must be ensured that all Pakistanis are identified and deported from India as they are a potential security threat along with Rohingyas, Bangladeshis and other illegal immigrants but politicians never want to do this unpalatable job as they feel that this can cut into their votebank! This must change now immediately!
All steps must be taken to safeguard India’s national interest which stands above everything else! I fully welcome withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status which India unilaterally conferred on Pakistan most foolishly in 1996 just few years after Pakistan ensured through their paid terrorists that lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus were either killed or forced to leave Kashmir Valley! I also welcome withdrawal of security to all Hurriyat leaders but a lot more remains to be done like not allowing Pakistan water from our soil through Indus Water Treaty etc!
We can face war with Pakistan any time now! So, let me reiterate: This is not the time to relax or celebrate or make merry but to be on guard always so that we are not caught napping again foolishly as has happened earlier many times! We all must back PM Narendra Damodardas Modi’s strong steps against Pakistan and it is high time that Centre stop according kid glove treatment with stone pelters! They must be warned of being killed if they dare to attack our soldiers!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.