New Delhi – Freezing temperature in Kashmir fails to prevent it from boiling. Whether it’s Mahbooba government or now Governor’s rule, terror is permanent status for this region, which suits none, least of all the inhabitants and armed forces.
The Pulwama bomb attack killing 42 soldiers of central reserve paramilitary force (CRPF) has inflamed the sentiments of Indians.
The common citizen is also a little more sensitive and leaving no chance to put their guesswork linking the attacks with the impending parliamentary elections, not sparing any political party of their intent to create an environment of insecurity and find yet another opportunity to play the blame game.
Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh has already pulled politicians of Pakistan for triggering terror attacks in Indian region while nation is crying to get it settled forever. There was a convoy of seven vehicles with 2500 para military personnel and a car with 350 kg of explosives that rammed into a bus with 44 personnel on board on the highway of Srinagar – which was closed for over a week because of snow – and this huge convoy was rushed to its destination immediately after clearance of passage.
Television media has captured the seat of supreme judge, shutting the mouths of panelists and seeking revenge for this cowardly act. ‘Shouts and Shrieks’ style TV journalism is not a passé in India yet.
Videos and claims of Jaish E Mohammad (JeM), a terror outfit of Pakistan, taking responsibility for this attack has gotten more space than required on some channels, serving their larger purpose of getting their message through their medium. One feels rush of blood watching these channels, urgent need also for Surgical Strike -2 and most of the media are making a case for it already.
Apparently, everyone wants to cash in on the tragedy, some by sloganeering, and some by mourning, but none by asking categorically the supreme leadership and political trustees of this nation for a final policy stand, solution and systemic reforms.
Now when the parliamentary session ends, there should be a call for a special session to commit to a stronger stand against terror at any cost, unite beyond political differences over the security issues, and urge international leadership to commit and join hands.
The entire nation must seek to resolve that we can no more afford to leave our precious forces on the mercy of non-efficient machinery and non-delivering systems. Questions have been raised about intelligence reports not been taken seriously and missing proactive actions when security protocol would detect a vehicle parked nearby and search explosives easily. What was the obstacle?
These failures are majorly due to lack of assessing and acting desired way as hard core specialized professionals are not visible on key decision making posts. The fault is apparently with leadership.
Retired additional general of Border Security forces (BSF) S K Sood shares that ‘CRPF like other para military forces is being commanded by IPS (Indian Police Service) officers who don’t have any experience of carrying out operations in such critical operational environment. They are neither able to identify needs of Central paramilitary forces nor perhaps have inclination because they only join on deputation to escape difficult times in their states or for a comfortable home state.’ Facilitating safe movement of convoys through Road Opening Party (ROP) in militancy hit areas is a specialized job. Apparently, ROP failure this time leading to this big a casualty cannot be taken lightly.
Sood also shares that ‘South Kashmir has a heavy military concentration and it is expected of them to act proactively while the terror party was very methodical leaving their part to no chance.’ India must also leave the efforts to protect its people and territory to no chance. It is contextual to remind another tragedy just a day ahead of this one, when a school was also attacked in Narbal village of Kakapora and twelve kids were injured. It is clear that terror target of militants in Kashmir will spare none. Kids, youth, military or paramilitary, all lives need to be protected. Verbal ammunition can be defused to give way to sensible dialogue with stronger and strategic action to earn back confidence of citizens of India.