A war is a war is a war. It is not good for the women, children, old and diseased people in the war front districts and states. The adrenaline drive may be euphoric when into war and also while winning a war. But it is good only for the military-state-industrial complexes; never for the comfort seeking human beings. Let’s say no to war, JohnyML
‘Take Revenge,’ emotional citizens scream. The next day the Government gives a free hand to the army to take revenge on the enemies. That’s Indian diplomacy with its neighbor for the time being. When elections are round the corner, it is imperative for the incumbent government to respond emotionally to the emotional calls of the people. Forty five soldiers are dead and many more are fighting for their lives in the hospitals. So many conspiracy theories are already doing the rounds. But what kind of a revenge Indian army could wreck upon its enemy? And at present who is the enemy?
Pakistan is our enemy, the emotional types would say. History of the subcontinent has been custom made to make the people believe so. It is a useful enemy for any incumbent government. But people in the Indian side do not understand that the same narrative is useful for them too. International bodies and world powers condemn both the countries depending on their trade understandings. Jaish-e-Mohammed is a terrorist outfit operating from Pakistan and that automatically makes Pakistan, the enemy number one. That means, to kill a rat you go ahead and burn the neighbor down.
It is easier said than done. Kargil War (1999) was a success story for India and the heavy casualty on Indian side had always been played down. The BJP could win an election with the Kargil War narrative. Today the scene is different. People are skeptical about the winning theory of any war; they know it is detrimental to development and the chances of human casualties are very high. Nobody wants a war. Especially after 9/11 in the US, it was predicted that large scale wars would never happen in the world for the fear of total annihilation of the parties that go into war due to the sophistication of weaponry. However the military-state industrial complex has to be intact and the business should be running successfully non-stop. The solution is ‘maintaining’ small scale wars all over the world.
India-Pakistan conflict is one such small scale war front which is useful for the military-state-industrial complex functioning globally. Large scale war is not good for huge corporations. If at all there is a massive war destruction inflicted anywhere in the world, it must be because of the re-development possibilities and natural resources reserves. Iraq and Syria are the latest cases from the Central Asian region. India and Pakistan cannot go into a full scale war for the realities in both the countries are entirely different from Iraq or Syria or in that case from Afghanistan. Indian people might support a border defense and containing escalations but never a full-fledged war.
If the Government of India and the incumbent political front that leads the government demand ‘revenge’ that definitely means a controlled war with the neighbor which would help it electorally back home irrespective of victory or defeat. As Indians we never would like to be on the losing side so we would support aggression than defending. This will send a sense of anxiety and euphoria in the country and votes will polarize. A controlled war with Pakistan also means testing the loyalty of Indian Muslims to their country. Any murmur from them against the Indian side could absolutely alienate them. It would also give a chance for the right wing forces to subjugate them through internally managed communal riots. That too would polarize the Hindu votes.
It is time for the level headed Indians to stand up and demand diplomatic route to solve the problem than to bray for the enemy’s blood. Small or large in scale war means blood-shed and more deaths of the soldiers. For forty five lives we would be paying with more precious lives of the Indian soldiers. Though revenge angle is what could look more just and sound, sane thinking would prod us to see the light; peace is always better than war. Sanctions could be imposed on the neighbor country that harbors terrorists’ outfits; but never a war. A war is a war is a war. It is not good for the women, children, old and diseased people in the war front districts and states. The adrenaline drive may be euphoric when into war and also while winning a war. But it is good only for the military-state-industrial complexes; never for the comfort seeking human beings. Let’s say no to war.