Politicians and Terrorism

I just have no words to describe what is inside my mind – shock, anger, resentment, helplessness! At this juncture I am having disconnected thoughts and I have ample of reasons to believe that the main perpetrators of this dastardly act of terror are our very own politicians.The state of Indian Politics is such that I will be shocked if our politicians do not make an issue out of this attack in the upcoming polls. This attack on Mumbai is very different from the other attacks that have hit the country in last 6 months. This attack was aimed at damaging the Indian relations with US, UK, Israel and other Western European countries. This terror also marked a new benchmark with the type of planning and execution that was put in, demonstrating how vulnerable India is..

The politicians of this nation could not demonstrate unity at this hour of crisis. PM and leader of opposition came to the city and left after just “condemning” the attacks. Our “thanks” to LK Advani for mentioning that this was not the right time to play politics otherwise he would have used the word Islam so many times and would have portrayed himself as the true saviour of the nation. While the PM does addressed the nation after 18 hours of attack and said that his government will fight the terror at all cost. But his speech was so un-inspiring that it failed to be some kind of support to people who were shocked and shaken. I guess that was just the same recorded clip that he has played after each and every attack from Ahmedabad to Guwahati and Kashmir to Bangalore. It is a pity that the PM and opposition leader couldn’t make it to Mumbai on a single plane. These are times when every gesture speaks out much more than it means! The editorial in mouthpiece of Shiv Sena’s Saamna used the words Hindu and Muslim to mention terror. When will our politicians understand that terrorists have no religion whether they are Muslims, Hindu or Christian? They are the people who cannot be called sane and must be dealt with tough laws. Unfortunately, that is not the case. India is perhaps the only country where a terrorist is not viewed as a terrorist but seen through a communal prism.

K Subrahmanyam mentions in his article, “In the US, when the 9/11 attack took place, the leaders of the Democratic Party immediately rallied behind the Republican Administration and pledged their full support. The Patriot Act, with stringent anti-terrorist measures, passed with bipartisan support. The 9/11 attack was investigated by a bipartisan commission and the recommendations of the commission were implemented. While there may be criticisms in the US about the severity of the Patriot Act and follow-up actions of the Bush administration including the rendition procedures and torture allegations and Guantanamo Bay detention camps, the bipartisan cooperation on anti-terrorist operations have proved so effective that US has not suffered a second attack after 9/11.”

I don’t have any count of terror strikes that has taken place in India since then.

Every attack on the integrity and pride of nation is seen as a plank to garner more votes. Maharashtra ATS chief lost his life in the gun battle where firing happened without any biases. The BJP and its allies, who stated that Mr. Karkare was anti-national for his revelations on the Malegaon blasts, paid the ultimate price trying to save people like you and me.

Time has come to de-politicise our response to terror. If even tragedies like these cannot motivate us, then I doubt I can call my nation a great nation having a great civilization and democracy. It is high time that our politicians realize that a true leader does not require power or position and most importantly, a true leader never gives excuses for the failure. Here what have the government giving excuses and blaming the security agencies. Congress is so worried about the votes that I don’t think they will act even if someone comes and hits the very root of our identity. What are your plans Mr Singh? Will you provide legal assistance to the terrorists arrested? Are you planning to place a commission to investigate if Mr. Karkare was killed by ATS itself and the terrorists were actually innocent?

Shame on my country’s leaders. I am so furious with our politicians, and I just cannot be resilient and tolerant anymore. We desperately need young, dynamic, intelligent, honest and upright leaders, who actually care for the country. It is a wake up call for all whose heart still weeps for the country and whose conscience has yet not slept to come forward, join hands and eradicate the dirty players from the game of politics. All the concerned citizens, irrespective of the region or religion, must blend together to at least try to restore the peace in the country.
Rishabh Srivastava

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