Akshay Kapoor wrote:So please don't blame the average Indian for the failing of the leadership.
No. That was never my intention. Please don't misunderstand what I am trying to say.
It is, as you say the leadership that is the problem. I am not sure that the political leadership understand Pakistan. They do not see how Pakistan plays the communal card in India through our democratic processes. If they understood they would lead the people of India in the right direction. If you look at issues like say healthcare, family planning, contraception or pulse polio - there is broad based understanding of these issues.
But when it comes to Pakistan too many "leaders" have been talking shit. I must exclude the current BJP leaders from this - because I have not yet heard them "talking shit" about Pakistan - even if recent actions have been doubtful. I think Modi, Parikkar, Shah and Swaraj have generally said the right things.
But go back 2 years and you find a really sorry bunch of people. Chidambaram, Shivraj Patil, Digvijay Singh, Mani Shankar Aiyer, AK Antony, Kapil Sibal, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi. the list makes me weep.
Some of these people were not even elected, but some certainly were. The people who elected them obviously cannot be blamed, but it is up to us to recall what these people did and make it public, because local constituencies who elected these people will probably not understand the mistakes made by these leaders.
The above list as a who's who of the most powerful people in India and every one of them has done things to appease Pakistan and let off terrorists. Digvijay Singh wanted a judicial inquiry into the Batla House encounter while Salman Khurshid spoke of how Sonia Gandhi wept upon hearing of the Batla house encounter. Chidambaram defended Ishrat Jahan. Truly what I read on Twitter today is right. Ishrat Jahan is beti
, Dawood is bhai
, but Bharat cannot be Mata. Mani Shankar Aiyer is a snooty SOB who loves Pakistan more than he can relate to India, and has written a book about "Knickerwalas". Tell me Akshay, how many of the people of India know the contempt with which these "leaders" hold the ordinary Indian whose father or brother is serving in the defence of the country. RSS may wear loose khaki shorts. How many ordinary Indians whom you speak of think that the RSS wears "loose silly looking chaddis" or refers to them laughingly as knickerwallahs? Shivraj Patil was casually dismissive of the Mumbai attacks. We (our people) have elected these idiots
We have a system where the leaders don't know Pakistan or support Pakistan and the people don't know their leaders. Any people who know what such leaders are doing would never elect them again.I can see your point when you say that most Indians understand enough about Pakistan to be supportive of action, but they are unable to elect leaders who will take that action because they do not know their own leaders. Pakistan needs to be complimented for getting through to the ordinary Indian despite these treasonous toxic "leaders" we have elected.
People like Mulayam Singh Yadav have are no less guilty in playing a dangerous Muslim card when it comes to terror. Pakistan recruits disaffected Muslims from India, or uses locals to harbour terrorists and when they are arrested, people like Mulayam and Digvijay say "Hindus are intolerant and they want to blame Muslims". When you have leaders like these - attacking Pakistan is described as a "diversion" of Hindu hatred towards a Muslim country. I am as secular as the next guy. In fact I am as secular as any member of the Indian armed forces. But I bring up these issues because the Pakistan question is deeply linked to electoral and communal politics in India.
As long as Muslims are told that they need to be scared of Hindus they will be told that they must vote for secular leaders. And what are the secular leaders doing? They are defending Pakistani actions. Calling the Batla house encounter fake. Calling Ishrat Jehan an innocent victim. Samjhauta Express is Hindu terror. When the deaths of Pakistani terrorists in India are termed as anti-Muslim encounters by elected Indian leaders, the wind is taken out of the sails of anyone who wants to attack Pakistan. Even the armed forces will be called "communal". Patriotic people cannot initiate action against Pakistan. The elected leaders need to do that. And because they are Pakistan apologists, what you see is what you get
This actually gets me back to the first post I made in this series of long posts. I stated that Modi is playing a domestic card. He is not playing at Pakistan at all. I support him fully. He is systematically neutralizing all the accusations about Muslim hate leading to hatred of Pakistan and false blaming of Pakistan in order to kill Indian Muslims. That is what our elected leaders have been saying. It is hight time we put an end to this nonsense. I do respect my countrymen, but I must insist that I have more information about the actions of elected leaders and how they mislead the electorate than most ordinary Indians. No disrespect. I believe that when 75% plus Indians can understand what needs to be done about Pakistan, they will make it an election issue and stop electing motherfugkers who are in it for power and not the nation. Pakistan will be re-booted.