Kasab And The Superpower Truth

Finally, after four years which have seemed like an eternity, Ajmal Kasab, the last surviving terrorist of the attack on Mumbai on 26 November, 2008 was hanged.

In the four years that he was incarcerated in Arthur Road jail, in Mumbai, he had become the most infamous figure in the country in recent times.

People were angered by the agonizingly slow trial that went on, the comic sequence of India submitting proofs to Pakistan, and Pakistan rejecting them as expected, the insane amount of taxpayer’s money spent in keeping him safe and cozy, and the endless wait on the mercy petition (a fact shocking in itself as he was not an Indian citizen) sent by his counsel to the President of India.

The people’s frustration at this helpless situation increased day by day, and it was felt as if Ajmal Kasab was spitting on India for every subsequent day added to his life, knowing that he was a part of the squad who ensured that more than a hundred odd families would never achieve any fulfillment in their lives again.

However, as a realistic person, I would like to thank this vile creature.

He has effectively demolished the myth of India being a superpower. And it’s better that we abandon this delusion too, for our own good.

A superpower is not a sitting duck for terrorists.

A superpower does not show apathy in combating threats to its security, using excuses like “world opinion” and “hurting religious sentiments”.

A superpower does not refer to a society which doesn’t have even the vaguest idea of its national interest or  national security.

A superpower’s backlash is not like opening a soda bottle, which generates a little fizz and then goes flat in a few seconds. It keeps its desire for revenge and salvaging pride alive, like embers beneath a seemingly cold film of ash.

A superpower does not have “leaders” who are like Alice in Wonderland where their country’s interests are concerned, who don’t have any desire to make their country a superpower but merely some pathetic reasons to call it as one.

The United States of America, Israel and Russia attack their enemies with missiles, rockets, fighter planes, helicopters, drones, howitzers, tanks, rifles, blockades, embargos… India attacks its enemies with off spin, leg spin, yorkers, inswingers, straight drive, square cut, cover drives… Or when they get more serious, a scathing attack with dossiers is launched.

Countries like Russia and Israel never negotiate with terrorists. One only has to read about IDF’s Entebbe operation (1976) and the way Russia ended the Moscow theatre siege (2002) or the Beslan school siege (2005). India was made to look like a weakling during the Kandhahar highjack incident (1999) and forced to release Maulana Masood Azhar, who, at the time of writing, continues to wreak havoc.

On one hand, Navy SEALs enter Pakistani territory and gun down Osama Bin Laden in full view of the world, Israel ruthlessly eliminates Palestinian terrorists without caring for “world opinion”. Russia mercilessly destroys all the Chechen terrorists it can, without bothering about “hurting anyone’s sentiments”, as national interest is paramount.

India, on the other hand, has to wait for four years to discreetly execute a brainwashed foot-soldier, who has been proven guilty long ago and had long ago outlived his utility but was kept alive for questionable reasons. And after that, the government portrays itself to have “sent out a strong message” of destroying terrorism, treating its very delayed elimination of a small fry, a mere cog in the scary apparatus of global Islamic terrorism, as the ultimate victory over terrorism. It is indeed a shamefully pathetic condition that shows exactly why India continues to be a target of frequent terrorism and why it has stopped invoking any fear even for Sri Lanka, forget Bangladesh and Pakistan.

It’s very easy to blame the political establishment for this pitiable condition. The terrorist attack of 26 November would have been over in a few minutes had the police been equipped with assault rifles and decent Kevlar jackets; there would have been no need to call the paramilitary or the army. Or in worse cases, a day if there had been NSG hubs near every metro instead of just being in Manesar. Or had there been actual leaders in place of just jokers. That they don’t have a concrete plan to fight terrorism and don’t even have the willingness to do so, that disaster management in India only comprises of three words, “call the army”. That we don’t even have the mini versions of Navy SEALs, Spetsnaz or even Kidon, and hence we have to call the army for everything because anyone less, be it police or paramilitary, is too ill equipped to handle such a problem. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

This kind of a situation has risen due to a weak society.

A society made up of people with no honour or spine, who harbor no feeling of anger or desire for vendetta for the insults heaped on them. Even if they do get angry, it lasts only for a while and they revert back to the same ways of apathy, and bring the same people to power who were guilty of creating the pathetic state. A society which cannot rise beyond selfishness and hence elects temporary fixers in the name of leaders.

A society made of shamelessly weak creatures who put on a false sense of optimism or indulge in escapism whenever dangers confront them, who don’t have the guts to call their enemy an enemy and instead indulge in a war of words and sloganeering, which disappears as soon as some average wailer (who have to be called Sufi singers in a politically correct world) or a cricket team (cash strapped) arrives from across the border.

A society which is made up of ungrateful people who remember their soldiers only when in trouble, of hypocrite armchair intellectuals who talk of everyone’s interest except that of their own country, who are more worried about the terrorist’s human rights than that of their victims, foreign and criminal funded so-called news channels whose coverage helps the enemy more than the country’s defenders and utterly escapist overrated morons (called artistes/artists  in a politically correct world) who live in ivory towers and are only interested in Aman ki Asha  (Hope for Peace) –which in fact is Amanullah screwing the hell out of Asha).

But above all, a society which is content in being a crowd of bickering factions rather than being a nation, a mob into which someone has thrown a few gold coins and they are all scratching at each other to get those gold coins, conveniently forgetting that ten thousand Kasab clones are ever ready across the border, waiting for a good opportunity to spill rivers of blood again by shooting through this thoughtless mass of people.

Superpower? First develop a national character and some self respect. And after that, think about eliminating the masterminds instead of rejoicing on killing one of the innumerable rabid dogs. Rest will follow.

Ankur Jayawant

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