MOSQUITO'S MEMORY OF HINDUS
Date: 02 Jan 2009
We forget too soon and forgive even before forgiveness is asked for.
Our tolerance has brought more and more marauders and murderers. Our
have been taken as a mark of cowardice. Remember December 13, the
day our Parliament was attacked. Everyone said it was an attack on
India. What happened later? Afzal, the terrorist accused of waging
war against the Indian state, has found patrons in Delhi.
Let's not forget our fellow citizens who have been victims of brutal
terrorist attacks. On the eve of December 16, when the arrogant
Pakistani marauders surrendered before our armed forces in Dhaka in
1971, let's revive the spirit of victory and firmness to punish the
Pakistani terrorists, even if it means bombarding their hideouts.
Sometimes to take revenge becomes a pious duty, synonymous with
righteousness. Sometimes to be intolerant to the barbaric attacker
is the path of virtue.
Sometimes using constitutional instruments for silencing the
homegrown shields of the terrorists masquerading as secular human
rights advocates and apologists for the Batla House module is the
only way to protect the meek and plundered classes.
It's our politicians' deeds or misdeeds that brought us this day. As
guardians of the state and its people, it was their duty to
strengthen the security and keep assaulters away. Surrounded as we
are by failed states, which are exporting jihad and Marxist
terrorism, it was the first and foremost duty of the rulers in Delhi
to make the nation's security their first priority, no matter which
party they belonged to.
They failed us collectively and became spineless chroniclers of a
nation's misfortune. Or the registrars of the unending agony of a
people. They would simply present reports every year — banned
terrorist organizations, number of citizens killed, number of
security persons killed, number of bombs and rifles unearthed or
captured, number of infiltrators estimated to have sneaked into our
territory, number of terrorists eliminated, number ...
What a game they played.
And now they are talking tough.
They used the same language whenever there was a terror attack.
Gauge the mood of the people and speak what they want to hear. Soon
everything will be normal. Public memory is always short.
I am sure the way Kasab, one of the perpetrators of the Mumbai
mayhem is being presented in the media, soon there would be
committees demanding his release, for the sake of India-Pakistan
relations. Or his trial may be delayed to another decade, or maybe
he is exchanged in a deal. That's what our past has been. How can we
have a different future unless we have a different set of rulers?
We are all familiar with the denial mode for the invasions we bore
in the past: Aurangzeb didn't demolish Kashi temple, Babar didn't
build mosque over Rama's birth place in Ayodhya, Kashmiri Hindus
were not driven out by jihadis but were pushed to leave their home
and hearth by Jagmohan, the Godhra train was not set blaze by Muslim
terrorists but by Hindus themselves, there are no Bangladeshi
This attitude isn't going to help anyone — neither the "bigots" nor
the Muslims nor the nation. Rather it will increase the bitterness
and reinforce divides. So how does the black ribbons help Hindus,
the principal targets and the victims of a pogrom that pronouncedly
bears the identity of a religion? Or Deoband's ambiguous fatwa
against terrorism? They look, unfortunately, more of an effort to
buy a civil space in a Hindu majority country than a serious attempt
to make jihadis desist from doing what they are doing quoting
Protect plurality, fight unitedly
This can be successfully carried on only if every Indian joins it
irrespective of his faith. The naked truth is that the last two
decades have seen a terrorism which is called Islamic in its
contours by the very perpetrators and is powered by Pakistan's
military agencies including the ISI. It needs an Indian response,
ruthless and decisive.
Time to wake up and wave your tricoulour against the marauders. Show
a profound solidarity for soldiers. And remember, every single
person, whether in olive green or in khaki, fighting the terrorists
is a soldier in times like this.
Defeat the homegrown shields of terror
Phrases like "zero tolerance" mean nothing. The state must be
intolerant to the terrorist and merciless in its dealings with those
who shelter them and provide a workspace or a kind of legitimacy
through religious covers and secular columns.
Now, how to combat this situation?
Rise united as Indians forgetting parochial, religious, ideological
and language fault lines. Those who raise such issues to garner
votes must be treated on a par with these terrorists and handed over
to the ATS. Any party or organization raking up or assaulting
religiously sensitive issues must be discarded and condemned. This
can be done through non-political organizations and leadership. The
temples, churches and the mosques can't be bigger than the nation,
all gods need a space to be identified and worshipped. The nation is
the space that counts more than anything else. The Lok Sabha
elections are fast nearing. Prepare the entire democratic arsenal
for that and choose young fresh faces on the basis of their
patriotism and brilliance. Hanif or Hari, doesn't matter, what
matters is that they are ready to take on terrorism head on.