Now that the fireworks in Mumbai Terrorist attacks were so very spectacular, Mr. Home Minister Shivraj Patil can no longer salute the spirit of the city and get away, as he did on numerous occasions after every terrorist strike on Indian soil.
This time the rage of the people is beyond measure, against the failure of Intelligence and insufficient mechanisms to prevent such Terror attacks. That has set heads rolling in the corridors of Power in New Delhi with Shivraj Patil and Narayanan resigning. Though these are symbolic gestures of responsibility it comes too late, and is too little.
The country of India has been the victim of undeclared war, against a Rogue country that has different centers of power within its own Administration. The ISI, the Army and the Democratically elected Government in Pakistan each act as independent body without the other knowing much of what it does. So even as the Government in Pakistan may cry at the top of its voice that Pakistan was not involved, the proof of Pakistani involvement in the Terrorist strikes is enough for the people of this country to strike back, to put an end to the boldness with which such acts against innocents of this country is carried out, and to bring down Pakistan on its knees.
The country of India has had a history of forbearance and patience, and has always gone ahead with diplomatic talks with Pakistan. But this time around the water has gone overhead.
This is time to act, just like the US did post-9/11. This is the time to teach the sinister groups within Pakistan a lesson. For if we stand like mute witnesses to our own heroes laying down their lives fighting against militants trained in Pakistan, in face of an impotent Government, we would equally be at fault, and would send all the wrong signals to the terrorist camps and anti-India groups that operate within Pakistan.
We need to invade that country and flush out the LeT militants who were behind this dastardly act in which the entire country was held hostage by a terrorist drama that was meticulously planned for over a year and then executed in finesse.
War. Is that justified?
Perhaps in this era of Democratic rule, the most unholy word in our dictionaries is War. For us, who have been used to the comforts of 21st Century equipments and home-appliances, the mere thought of losing the comfort of the rule of Law that ceases to exist at times of War, is unimaginable. But for the terrorists it is their only mods-operandi.
For this generation of Indians, who have grown outside the shadows of Indo-China and Pakistan-India Wars, the reality of a war is unimaginable.
And though some of us in our rage would justify that this country go to war, when the rage dies down they would be equally horrified by the devastation and lack of order that a full-fledged war can bring.
Though if we look back at history, War and attacks were an inseparable part of human lives. To live without it, in such circumstances when it is truly warranted to protect the citizens of this country, would be completely unnatural and unbecoming of the State of India.
In fact, to let even that word be treated as derogatory, gives Anti-human forces like such extremist terror groups every opportunity to foment their relentless attacks in a type of war that is undeclared and highly dangerous.
We cannot let officers and political bigwigs ‘discuss’ with Pakistan why its soil is being used as a breeding ground for carrying out terrorist attacks elsewhere. We cannot go on and on like this, and let them mistake our patience as cowardice.
Even though this writer has been anti-war and against all the horrors that come along with it, today he sees that Pakistan has left us with no option but to attack. There is no justifying the anti-India rhetoric with which the Political establishment of that country poisons the minds of its youth. For a country like Pakistan that is founded on religion, which has lost its purpose and sense of direction, where bankruptcy rules and so does illiteracy and religious extremism, it is not within the powers of it’s sane citizens to stop the barbaric perpetuators of such terrorist attacks in other countries.
The US for one cannot justify its post 9/11 attacks on another country in the name of Anti-Terrorism on one hand and brand any such reaction by India as wrong, on the other.
The people of this country want retribution for the lives of thousands of innocents who have lost their lives since 1993 in Pakistan’s undeclared war against India.
The products of Pakistani religious extremism has been used so dearly as a weapon against the US, Russia, Israel and India. The souls of thousands of Indian Military officers who laid down their lives fighting these militants cannot rest in peace until these terrorists are flushed out of their hide-outs in Pakistan.
The majority in this country, after the attack on Mumbai, wants Retribution. And a strike on the Pakistani army and invasion of their land to flush out militants like the US did post -9/11 in Afghanistan is the only option that Pakistan itself has left us with.
War for the sake of sanity to prevail. War for the sake of our country’s peaceful existence.
We cannot wait for eternity till the Government of Pakistan puts its house in order. We cannot let our innocent citizens die due to the chaos in their country.
It is time to act. And time to act fast.
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind
That, from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind,
To war and arms I fly.
True; a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
As you too shall adore;
For, I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not honor more.