The Sangh Parivar now has a more potent Molotov cocktail in its hand than any amount of RDX: the cocktail of nationalism and religion divide. Indian citizens should be aware of this danger before they decide their real and imaginary friends and foes, observes JohnyML
Forty two Indian soldiers who could have been warding off external and internal threats in the coming days are no more. They have gone in a jiffy. An SUV laden with 350 kg of RDX was driven into a CRPF contingent of 73 army vehicles in Pulwama near South Kashmir yesterday by a misguided Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist. A major Indian intelligence failure has already been cited for the attack. The Nation stands mourning on the loss of precious lives. But questions regarding the timing of the attack refuse to die down in the minds of Indian people.
Kashmir has been silent for some time especially after the pellet firing by the Indian forces that had rendered many a youth scarred and blind for life. International communities including the dissenting voices in India had condemned the state atrocities in the troubled state. Breaking the silence finally the terrorists have stricken once putting the Kashmiri people at tender hooks. Once again it is their turn to prove themselves innocent and also to ask for a peaceful life. They too wonder why this attack at this time. The plot is already thickened.
This attack masterminded by the forces from across the border has happened at a crucial time. India would be going to polling booths for the 17th Lok Sabha elections in May 2019. American intelligence had already informed the Trump administration that India would undergo severe communal violence if the Prime Minister Naredra Modi stressed on religion in his poll speeches. So far that has not been happening. The Pulwama attack seems to be the right time for the Prime Minister to make communal comments.
The hardliners in the media as well as in the Sangh Parivar have already opined that India should go for a full on war with Pakistan that has been harboring terrorists and acting against India’s security and peace. An armed retaliation against Pakistan means nothing but communal polarization by default within India, which in turn would create a pro-Hindu feeling among the voters and would benefit the rightwing forces in the election.
Almost predictable in its moves, BJP and the Sangh Parivar somehow have come under the cloud of suspicion. A level headed Indian voter has only one question in his/her mind: Though Jaish-e-Mohammed is said to have initiated this attack, how they chose this opportune moment? If there was an intelligence tip regarding a possible attack what went slack in taking actions? Who let such an atrocious attack happen in Indian soil at the cost of the lives of young Indian soldiers? These questions naturally turn the needle of suspicion towards the ruling outfit that would be the only beneficiary of such an attack through communal polarization in India just before the election.
When a section of the Media loyal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the right wing political parties cry for Pakistan’s blood the expected symbolism is already loud and clear- they just want the Indian Muslims to be supporting Pakistan or portray them doing so. This would automatically make Indian Muslims defensive about their position; a section of the hardliners could also come directly into loggerheads with the Hindu terrorists, creating unprecedented schisms in the Indian socio-political body. The Sangh Parivar just wants that to happen so that they could weaken the Indian Muslims by breaking their socio-economic power through accusing them to be traitors.
India now needs conscientious thinking and level headed approach towards the issue. While we condemn both Pakistan and the terrorist outfit for this ugly attack and mourn the loss of precious Indian lives, we should be guarded against all kinds of communal polarization through artificially created nationalistic fervor. The Sangh Parivar now has a more potent Molotov cocktail in its hand than any amount of RDX: the cocktail of nationalism and religious divide. Indian citizens should be aware of this danger before they decide their real and imaginary friends and foes on the eve of the general elections.