India A Sitting Duck?


Pakistan is butchering our soldiers in attacks?

That’s what came to my mind when I thought about all the Pakistani attacks on Indian soil this year and the fact that our government is taking no effective steps to stop this.

January 8 2013– Pakistani troops entered Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir late night and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers. Two soldiers, Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, were killed and their bodies were found mutilated, with one decapitated.

August 17 2013– Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control in Poonch sector; they fired at Indian forward posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati, Balakote and Hamirpur belts of Poonch district.

September 17 2013 Two persons, including a BSF jawan, were injured, when the Pakistani army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked and heavy firing and launched rocket attacks on 7 Indian forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district. A 40-year old civilian Taj Mohmmad was injured in Pak firing in Dera Basi in Mendhar in Poonch sub-sector.

September 26 2013– Militants dressed in Indian army uniforms attacked Indian police and soldiers near the border in Samba district, killing nine people and triggering calls for talks between the prime ministers of the rival nations to be called off.

Now these are merely four examples of about 120 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army in the year 2013, out of which 19 were in the month of September alone. The latest one coming strategically at a time when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was due to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York at the ongoing  United Nations general assembly.

However, Manmohan Singh made it clear in a statement that he would not let terror derail peace talks and would in fact meet the Pakistani prime minister. He called the attacks, “one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace.”

Did anyone note that the PM nowhere mentioned Pakistan in his statement?

Interestingly, the same was the case with his statement after the serial train blasts in Mumbai in 2006, he said “This is not the first time that the enemies of our nation have tried to undermine our peace and prosperity”. Okay so who is this “enemy”, he keeps referring to? Luxembourg?

You know the answer to that well as I do, and so does the rest of the country, so why cant our PM say it? Loud and clear. It’s as clear as daylight that the Pakistani militia want to impede the peace talks, and after hundreds of brazen attacks on Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops, our PM still wants to hold “peace” talks with Nawaz Sharif.

After the January ceasefire violation (mentioned above) the PM had said, “After this dastardly act, there can’t be business as usual with Pakistan.” By holding peace talks with Pakistan after that and around a 100 more ceasefire violations, the PM is not only going back on his words but is also positioning him self against the national interest.


I’m not saying that we should go to war, I’m saying there’s a thing called “taking a stand”, and this was a golden opportunity, to show to Pakistan, the United States Of America and the world that India will not tolerate terrorist activity on its soil. Just about 10 days back Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff snubbed Obama by cancelling her visit to the United States to express her country’s anger over spying activities by the National Security Agency in Brazil including monitoring her personal communications. Brazil thus expressed its displeasure at the highest diplomatic level. According to Reuters, President Obama spent twenty minutes on the phone with Rousseff but she still refused to come.

This is what I’m talking about! Taking a stand.

While many have claimed that the prime minister wants to snatch a moment in history by holding talks with Pakistan, others call it a bold decision. Here’s an interesting debate on the issue

So, why is it that our country is always unaware in the face of terror?

Why is our government oblivious to the sight of a dangerous and cruel enemy at our border?

The government along with the PM need to up the ante and take a stand or else our country too would be lying dead in the water along with those ducks.

Sukriti Mathur

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