After the suicide bomb attack in Pulwama by the Islamic terrorists in which more than 40 Indian soldiers were martyred, naturally the nation is witnessing angry reactions with common people wanting the government to retaliate on Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already assured the nation that the forces have been given full freedom to avenge this gory act.
But there are many instances where the army was blamed for taking even the rightful action.
As this report in The Times of India points out, allowing civilian on the route meant for the soldiers’ convoy proved disastrous. According to this report, the CRPF sources have said that the Scorpio which was laden with explosives seems to be rushed from the adjacent service road to the Highway. In order not to make civilians harassed by the army movement, it allows commuters’ vehicles on the highway as they move.
To put it in perspective, the Pulwama attack happened despite the army following all the standard procedures. Just because the civilians in this conflict zone were allowed the space to move around, the terrorists have taken advantage of it.
Now, here is the hard truth. It is a section of media, the so-called liberals and the Congress-Left ecosystem that has built this ‘civilians in Kashmir are getting harassed by the army’ narrative, which has completely demoralized the army. Here are the instances which explain how this narrative about a ‘security situation’ has been created over the years.
Army Personnel Got Punished for Their Duty?
In November 2014, Army’s Rastriya Rifles were looking for terrorists at a check post. When a Maruti car didn’t stop despite being signalled, the soldiers opened fire in which two youths got killed. A massive protest had erupted in the valley which perhaps forced the Army to conduct a quick Inquiry and in the end, nine soldiers were found guilty.
So, who created this argument of appeasement which actually shields the terrorists and demoralizes the army? The next instance cited below provides you the answer.
How the Congress Demoralized the Army
In June 2018, when the anti-terrorist operations were in full swing, Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulam Nabi Azad had said that the army operations had killed more civilians than the terrorists. The fact that the Pakistan-based terror organization Lashkar-e-Taiba had immediately praised Azad for this statement, abundantly exhibits how the narrow political objectives of the political opposition such as Congress have been proving detrimental to the larger national interests.
How Parties Have Overlooked the ‘Terrorist-Civilian Mix’ to Play Their Politics
In Jammu & Kashmir, there are instances where the civilians shield the terrorists by obstructing the military operations. In December 2018, some civilians in Pulwama blocked roads to obstruct the military operation against the terrorists. In a situation such as this when the civilians join hands with terrorists, there is no other way but for them also to face the bullet along with the terrorists they are shielding. But whenever the armed forces and the administration take stern action against such elements, the political voices in the valley have often sided with the those who have taken law into their hands. The following snapshots of some news reports will tell you how Congress and other political parties have continuously demoralized the army, with the underlying narrative of ‘civilians in Kashmir are getting harassed by the army’.
But what even tops the above narrative ‘civilians in Kashmir are getting harassed by the army’ is perhaps the following.
Recently, a Congress leader of the valley, Sagheer Saeed Khan has reportedly promised to free the jailed terror suspects and reward them with a cash amount of Rs 1 crore along with jobs.
Imagine a member of a national party such as Congress openly offering reward to jailed terror suspects, nothing can be worse than this.
Perhaps this country never forgets how the liberal media and some political parties had been outraged when Major Leetul Gogoi tied a stone pelter in the front deck of the jeep so that the other stone pelters stop throwing stones at vehicles. His idea did work. But ignoring the fact that the person who was tied on the jeep was a law-breaker, the media and political parties had turned that incident into a human rights violation issue and demanded answer from the army. Even in the popular culture, there seems to be a greater thrust on giving strength and traction to this narrative that ‘civilians in Kashmir are getting harassed by the army’. For example, in the movie Haider, not only the protagonist makes fun of AFSPA (Armed Forces (Special Power) Act) but also the whole movie evidently presents a victimhood narrative of Kashmiris against the army.
Such instances are endless. Avenging the martyrdom of our soldiers with some action against Pakistan and their terror group is one aspect. But the above instances show that in addition to the terrorists, the blood lies equally on the hands of various terror apologists as well.