It looks very heartening to see Indians – Indians of all religions, castes, age, etc., etc. to come out in such large numbers and register their concern about the attack on the very sovereignty of India and raise their voice against the merciless butchering of the fellow Indians. Indeed very heartening.
But, but, but…. Was the attack on the 26-November-2008 the first terror attack on India!! As far as I know India has been grappling with this menace for the past 25-30 years – more years than the age of most of the members here. So why were we silent for all these years?? Where was the “Indian” in us!! Sleeping?
Where were Indians when Punjab was burning with terrorism for 10 years? Where were Indians when 5 Lakh – Mind it, its FIVE LAKH not a few thousands, when 5 Lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes, belongings, farms – just about everything they had and kicked out of Kashmir in the winter of 1989 – just because this community could not even dream of not being called INDIANS. The BIGGEST forced mass migration of people in independent India after partition….. These people have never been to their homes again after they left it some 19 years back. They are still called refugees – refugees in their own country, India, for being proud to be Indians.
Does anyone have even count of the army men and police officials killed in Punjab, Kashmir, North-Eastern states, naxal prone areas in all these 25-30 years. Why are they being forced to fight a never ending war when Indians are least interested in being Indians?? When after they get killed in some encounter questions are raised on their presence at a particular place, when we do not even hesitate to disgrace their death. And if they survive, then enquiries are launched into their conduct on a particular day. Human Rights activists like Arundhati Roy do not fail to sit for a ‘dharna” for demanding the enquiry into killing of “people” at Batla House encounter, but alas, she has no remorse for the death of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma in the same encounter, who got killed by the bullets sprayed by the same “innocent civilians” for whom our Human Rights Activists feel so sad!! The minister of Minority – Mr. Antulay feel suspicious on the presence of three top cops at the same spot in Mumbai Carnage, so are Police officials supposed to get permission of all politicians before taking on terrorists?? Why the hell should we expect any army men and police men to protect “Indians” after all they get is – DISGRACE and JUST DISGRACE, DISGRACE IN LIFE AND DISGRACE IN DEATH, DISGRACE for protecting “Indians”!!!
Just a few months back the booker Prize winner author Arundhati Roy declared from Kashmir “Kashmiris need independence from India”. Damn hell, I am a Kashmiri and I do not need ANY independence from India. There are more than Five Lakh Kashmiri Pandits languishing in camps of Jammu, Delhi, in every part of India waiting to return to Kashmir but only as Indians. They will leave Kashmir but not India. But people like Arundhati cannot see them. What matters here is the majority. Kashmir’s majority Muslims feel that they will be better off with Pakistan or Independent even while the sit comfortably on the grants from Indian Government. (Please do not try to compare Kashmiri Muslims with the rest of Muslims in India, their ideologies and aspirations are different, as different as an Indian is from a Pakistani). I am confused here… When the majority indulges in the killing of minority in Gujarat it is wrong as per the same Arundhati Roy but the opinion changes when the majority in Kashmir indulges in the massacre, rape, arson of the minority there. The majority becomes right when their war cry becomes “Jeevey Jeevey Pakistan, Nanga Bukha Hindustan”.
What happened in Gujarat lasted for a week, the same thing is happening in Kashmir for last 20 years and the end is still not in sight. So should we “reward” the
majority in Kashmir for what they did and grant them their “Independence” and punish the minority for strongly feeling that they are Indians!!! Reward the Majority when they yell “Aaye Aaye Lakshar Aaaye”(Watch here the laskhar is coming), referring to the notorious terrorist organization Let(Lakshar-e-Toiba) which is also behind the Mumbai Carnage and the blasts chain which rocked the country very recently. How can we even tolerate people like Arundhati Roy among us while they do not shy from lynching down morally the army, police and people who feel proud to be Indians????? The answer is – it does not matter to Indians what the hell other Indians are made to go through. Ever thought how many Indians have been butchered – yes BUTCHERED and not just “killed” by the terrorists in the last 25-30 years. “Indians” are abducted and butchered – by slicing their heads apart from their bodies, their heads are not cut off in a single stroke, it is sliced – can you even feel that… and can you feel the pain of a mother, a daughter, a son, a wife, a father, a mother… on seeing their beloved one dead, with his head separated from his body?? But while these barbaric things happen to some of the “Indians”, other “Indians” feel happy in watching movies (Ironically Bollywood produces movies which only justify the making of a terrorist but the victim of that terrorist does not matter) . Every year thousands of “Indians” (Army, Police, common people) are crippled – legs severed, hands severed – noses and ears are cut off and eyes gauged out by these terrorists. And all we “Indians” can do is come out on a weekend and protest, and then forget everything. Terrorism is not a just a 62 hour Mumbai Carnage; it is not just Taj and Oberoi. It is about the suffering of “Indians” for more than 25 years now.
Just look at how pathetically the Indian media romances the terror attacks on India. Every terror attack becomes India’s 9/11, as if the Indian media wants 9/11 happen to India. The height of aping America.. India is not America!! America will not loose in 1000 years what India has lost in the last 25 years to terrorism…
9/11 resulted in the finishing of Taliban from Afghanistan. What did Punjab, Kashmir, the blasts in Delhi, Jaipur, Gujarat, Assam, Bangalore and Mumbai resulted in?? We Indians are still just like sitting ducks like we were – always, not knowing where the next blasts will take place, no knowing the date of next massacre.
Today, I feel dying a Dog’s death is more graceful than being called as an Indian. What Indians today need is not just weekend protests but Vendetta, a strong Vendetta against terrorists, vendetta against their supporters and those human rights activists who only feel the pain of the butchers and not that of the butchered. Anything less than Vendetta, anything less than vengeance will lead us no where……
Wery correctly put Nice Article about what you feel, Rathere what every single Kashmiri who had to flee feels.
Good work, Keep it up we are all with you
Well written vivek.
this article should be eye opener for those ,particularly Media guys, who have only one agenda i.e Gujarat Riots and nothing else.
They don\’t see the plight of Kashmiri Pandits or more aptly they don\’t want to see the plight and flight of Kashmiri Pandits. All what matters for them is Muslim minorities and not Hindu Minorities.