political atmosphere in the country changed rapidly after the February 14
Pulwama attack. A warlike situation emerged and warmongers had a field day. War
hysteria was created in Pakistan as well as India. The Indian Air Force
conducted an air strike, supposedly on a training centre of the Jaish-e
Muhammad in Balakot. Next day the Pakistan Air Force too crossed into Indian
territory. The IAF pushed it back. In this engagement, an Indian pilot was
captured in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. Under diplomatic pressure Pakistan had
to release him.
there has been no further escalation in tension between the two countries, the
politics of war hysteria and jingoism continues unabated.
Minister Narendra Modi said, "The pilot project is completed, the real mission
is yet to be accomplished." The opposition parties started saying they were
proud of the IAF and stood firmly with the government on the issue of national
security. Some well-meaning people started saying there should be a national
consensus on national security, claiming this has been our tradition, and there
should be no politics around it.
the fact is that whether it's an issue of national security or war against
another nation, it can't be without politics. As the famous saying goes, war is
a continuation of politics by other means.
opposition parties alleged that the BJP and PM Modi are playing politics on the
martyrdom of soldiers. But this is to be expected on the eve of a Lok Sabha
election: what will the BJP do except politics?
is the opposition, particularly the Congress, that should tell the nation what
its conception of national security is, and take a clear stand on the issue of
Pakistan and Kashmir. How does it differ from the politics of Hindutva on these
the other hand, is it possible that the RSS-BJP will practise authoritarian
Hindutva politics internally, while supporting a democratic policy in external
country's foreign policy is only an extension of its domestic policies. Were
there a consensus on national security after Independence, Gandhiji would not
have been killed. After all, Gandhi was killed after being declared an agent of
the RSS India is only a map, where people and their will don't matter. The RSS
wishes to 'own' and control the territory of Kashmir even at the cost of the
sacrifice of any number of soldiers and unarmed civilians.
didn't bother about the views of Mehbooba Mufti whose PDP was their partner in
government for about three years. They are not prepared to listen to the voice
of Shah Faesal on Kashmir, who topped the IAS exams and served in the Valley
for almost 10 years.
are adamant on removing Article 35A and Section 370 of the Constitution. They
never bothered to talk to all the stakeholders in Kashmir in the last four
years, nor do they find it necessary even today.
is the method of the RSS to destroy democratic institutions in India. It is
their nature to suppress pluralism and dissent.
or politically, they have never accepted Pakistan as a nation. It is not only
the war cry of some warmongers, journalists of media houses, of weapon
merchants and others, to eliminate Pakistan from the world map. In fact, it is
the concrete ideological understanding of the RSS that Pakistan should be
balkanized and annexed to India, thus giving birth to Akhand (Unbroken) Bharat.
Modi bragged about the completion of the 'pilot project' in Balikot, but he
didn't enlighten the nation about the role played in it by the US and Saudi
is in the public domain that US President Trump had already promised the good
news of de-escalation between India and Pakistan, much before Pakistan PM Imran
Khan's declaration about releasing the Indian pilot.
warmongers and the Sangh are happy that Pakistan is now globally isolated, and
even the countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation are not with
them. Rather they invited India as guest of honour, and Foreign Minister Sushma
Swaraj expressed her views there.
instead of celebrating death, here too one needs to learn something. The politics
of war may benefit the arms merchants, but it will ruin the common man.
1991, India too did not have the money to repay its foreign bills. And we had
to go into the lap of the World Bank and IMF. As a result, foreigners gradually
captured Indian markets. The suicides of farmers deprived of resources and
markets, as well as the joblessness of youth are well known facts.
prosperity in India is based on the loot of tribals, the toiling masses, youth
and workers in the so-called unorganised sector. There is no need to boast
about its sustainability. India, too, is undergoing a deeper economic crisis.
Its strength lies in its huge market, given at present to large corporates and
day we reclaim our markets and assert ourselves independently in world
politics, coming out of the US influence, the hollowness of our so-called
emerging friendship with the US, Israel, EU and Saudi Arabia will be exposed.
the Indian government is free not to talk to the Pakistan government, if it so
wishes. But it must enlighten us as to how, without taking the Kashmiri people
into confidence, it proposes to deal with Pakistan's diplomacy and terror
outfits. As it is treading the path shown by Israel, this government does know
that despite all the barbaric aggressions of Israel, Palestine, still exists.
consensus is needed in the country, not for the war politics of Hindutva but
for the people's politics against it.
Singh is a member of the National Executive of Swaraj Abhiyan.