By: Tikender Singh Panwar
Last night I reached home a little early at around 8 pm. My wife, who is a surgeon in a medical college in the town, had a hectic day in the operation theater and reached after me. My daughter Rosa was watching television. To my surprise, instead of her regular ‘Pogo’, ‘CN’, or ‘Nick’, she was watching a news channel.
She is just five years young. I asked her why she was not watching her usual channels and instead had switched to news channel, she immediately responded and said some bad men have attacked our country in Bombay. She is very concerned about Bombay as her ‘Mamu’ (she calls Shah Rukh Khan as her Mamu) stays there. Then I said no, the terrorists have attacked us and the security forces are heavily engaged with them.
Then she asked a couple of question, who these terrorists are? Where do they come from? Why do they become terrorists and why are they called so? What is their intention and what do they want? Also are they human beings or just like animation film characters where they are always defeated by Supermans etc. I pondered a little and said it is difficult for you to understand everything and must grow up to learn all this.
But later during the night I kept on watching the television and thoughts kept on coming to my mind. Some of the channels even went to say that now is the time to teach our neighbor a lesson and a full scale war should be launched. Many, almost every channel I saw kept on declaring it a war on our country. Except for one in which one interviewee said not to raise unnecessary jingoism and understand it as a terrorist attack in which the Indian forces led by the NSG and others are doing a splendid job.
Right through the debate that I witnessed, many of the people as usual ridiculed the politicians to the core and held them responsible for the entire episode. Their argument, this country now requires a military rule. Some targeted the intelligence failure and suggested for corrective measures. Others not to be left behind blamed the soft state and even went to the extent saying that after an economic ruin and mess in the past we’ve had an economist as prime minister who has elevated the economy (though few would believe the same) and similarly we require a powerful political outfit to get rid of the present mess.
The facts are straight now. Over 200 have been killed in the near 3 nights and two days ordeal which the entire world witnessed. Very brave and adept officers and security men have also been lost. One of the terrorist stands arrested. Over 200 people rescued and so on. But the gist of the matter is an impregnable answer the countrymen are demanding whether we will live with such horrific incidents in times to come or shall there be an end to all this. I firmly feel and that too very unfortunately that in times to come such incidents are bound to increase.
With the imperial war still on, where more than 6 lakh people have lost their lives in Iraq, it becomes a nursery for those who want to die and then join god in heaven. According to them, this is the most pious job they are doing and so on. Similarly with cold blooded murder of over 2,000 people in Gujarat who takes the guarantee that such people will not be born again. And as Mahmood Mamdani writes in his book Good Muslim and Bad Muslim that initially it is the CIA that creates something, in fact gives birth, and the FBI puts it on the most wanted list. Hence if the government or the state I must say, I mean the Indian state follows the same principle such incidents are bound to increase in the days to come.
No difference that the terrorists whosoever they may be are to be dealt with firmly, care should be taken that in the name of combating terrorism common people are not made victims or else this will be a fertile ground to brood innumerable terrorists. Also, terror of majority and minority communalism has to be taken to task. Not that the rioters of Gujarat still wallow in the system and those who stand for rationality are made victims. I hope that with a large diversity in our country we as citizens will be able to meet this challenge and defeat both, terrorism and reasons for developing terrorism.