X POSTED FROM TERRORISTAN Vikram Sood Says That India Should Not Have Agreed To The Ramzan CeasefireNational Security: Time to act, not react or appease
May 28, 2018
R Thirumani, who had come on holiday to Kashmir with his family, was killed by stone-pelters earlier this month. His only misfortune is that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.One of those 3,970 ‘stone-pelters’ pardoned by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti three months ago killed Thirumani. As has been typical in such cases, the response from the many normally loquacious commentators has been muted. It is necessary to remind them, for whatever it is worth, that these stone-pelters were responsible for injuries to over 11,566 security personnel and thousands of civilians.
It took a Kashmiri politician, Peoples Democratic Party’s Yasir Reshi, to remind us what many Kashmiris have become. He called them ‘qatils’ (murderers) for killing an innocent young tourist. ‘Kashmiriyat’ (Kashmir’s inclusive tolerance) and ‘insaaniyat’ (humanism) were gone, he added.
What he did not say was that ‘Islamiyat’ has taken over. We prefer to call them stone-pelters as we have a tendency of not wanting to face the truth. These stone-pelters are just thugs on daily wages. Some of us agonise over the killing of a professor-turned-terrorist. But there is no human-interest story about Thirumani of the kind that appears when security forces shoot down a terrorist.
We forget that Osama bin Laden was an engineer, Ayman Al Zawahiri a dentist and Hafiz Saeed a professor. It is this double standard that has made many cynical about Reshi’s agony. Kashmir is in this present state largely because of repeated mistakes by our politicians for the last three decades.
Good governance was never a priority. Former National Conference chief minister Farooq Abdullah was dethroned through a ‘palace coup’ in 1984, and his brother-in-law, Gul Mohammed Shah, replaced him, who began to coddle the Islamists. This was the beginning of the decline. The kidnapping of Rubaiyya Syed, daughter of then J& K home minister Mufti Mehmood Sayeed, and the manner in which the inept VP Singh government caved into the kidnappers’ demands, was another abject landmark. This was the spark that lit the fire in the 1990s.
Pakistan unleashed all its jihadi forces. Indian overtures like the Lahore bus were negated by Kargil intrusions. For long after, and through many governments, India oscillated between threatening to teach Pakistan a lesson and making overtures of peace.
For long, we have believed that cyclical gestures of generosity would bring the Pakistani government around. We simply failed to grasp that the Pakistani army cannot afford peace with India for fear that it will lose a country it owns. Besides, a country that has an estimated 100,000 bigots armed for jihad cannot afford peace with India because demobilised jihadis will become an internal menace for Pakistan.
It already has . The TTP is now an internal menace for Pakistan . They want a much "greener Pakiland"
The pattern has been that each time politicians muddy the situation, security forces have to step in to clean the mess. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called off the November 2000 Ramzan ceasefire six months after terrorist violence increased. A ceasefire at the beginning of the jihadis’ summer offensive is just what they needed. After relentless pressure from armed forces, this allowed them to recoup and regroup for continued terrorist activity.
Very true !
Besides, as Indian Army veteran, Major Surendra Poonia asked, “Why do we want ceasefires in the month of Ramzan? Why not during Diwali/Durga Puja, or Christmas?” Magnanimous gestures and grand concessions are a function of strength and victory. Otherwise, they are appeasement.
In any negotiations with insurgents, GoI will necessarily be making concessions because insurgents have nothing to give in return. Premature negotiations also tantamount to appeasement. Periodic sops have become an entitlement.
Let us also not get beguiled by a glib talk from Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa about peace with India. This is only for effect and has happened before. The general is currently preoccupied. He has to retain the army’s primacy in Pakistan to manipulate elections, mainstream Pakistan’s senior-most jihadis, subdue the restive Pashtuns and control Afghanistan.Pakistan has consistently taken advantage of India’s vacillation. Instead, what India needs is to give up policies of political expediency and appeasement in the Valley. In dealing with Pakistan, we must cease to be merely reactive and perpetually hopeful that Pakistan policies towards India will change. Instead, we need to draw up our own plan of action that hurts the opposition.