Modi in the dock
S M Hali
During his visit to Bangladesh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s boastful comment of having participated in the insurgency movement in erstwhile East Pakistan which the Bangladeshis label as liberation war is an admission of guilt.
Prior to this confession, it was only speculated that India planned and executed a conspiracy which resulted in the breakup of Pakistan. Indira Gandhi’s euphoric remark after the victory of her military forces over Pakistan in the 1971 Pakistan-India War that “Today we have sunk Pakistan’s Two Nation Theory in the Bay of Bengal” could also be taken for an admission of being party to the crime but it could also be dismissed as an expression of her elation after India’s stunning victory.
Pakistan’s contention has been that India was plotting the insurgency movement in East Pakistan since the 1960s. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s clandestine visits to Agartala in 1961 and later, which are now well documented are part of the same conspiracy. Mujib was tried for treason and conspiracy against Pakistan in 1969 but West Pakistani political leaders made the government drop the charges, which were proved correct after the fall of Dhaka.
Major General Shabeg Singh of Indian Army was assigned the covert task of clandestinely training the Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrilla fighters) in East Bengal and launched against the Pakistan Army.
Today moderate Bengalis rue the fact that having been the front runners of the Pakistan Movement; they were instigated to the extent that they killed Pakistani Army officers, men and their family members as well as non Bengalis settlers in cold blood when the uprising started.
Indira Gandhi created the infamous intelligence agency RAW in 1968 and tasked it to dismember of Pakistan. Till today RAW boasts of the success it achieved; firstly in driving a wedge between the Bengalis and West Pakistanis and secondly in impelling the Bengalis to rise and demand independence. Pakistan itself is to be blamed for a callous attitude, which alienated the Bengalis but India was the prime mover in instigating the Bengalis by taking advantages of internal fissures.
Narendra Modi’s statement regarding aiding and abetting the Bengalis in a public forum was not only an irresponsible statement, unbecoming the status of a Prime Minister but is tantamount to admitting his own guilt and personal participation in the heinous and gory deed.
Narendra Modi is also guilty of genocide in his home province of Gujarat. While he was serving as Chief Minister, more than 2000 Muslims were brutally butchered, women were raped and infants trampled to death. Acting in a frenzy of madness, the extremist Hindu mob was killing, raping and looting helpless Muslims while Modi’s law enforcement agencies were watching from a distance. They paid no heed to the cries of anguish, pain and request for help, instead, the police actually helped the thugs in their gory carnage.
Serious charges were leveled against Modi for being complicit in the bloodbath. The US and Europe governments barred Modi from entering their countries, while Google listed him in the top ten terrorists in the world. All this was soon to change.
Ironically, the same west rolled out the Red carpet to Modi as soon as he was anointed as the Prime Minister of India because they perceive India as a huge market for their goods and services as well as a major buyer of Defence equipment. Pakistan on the other hand saw its worst fears coming true. Muslims are being persecuted with a vengeance. No minority is safe. Dalits, Christians and Muslims all face the wrath of extremist Hindus alike but tragically, the world remains oblivious to Modi and his thugs’ violent outbursts. Under Modi’s watch, Kashmiris are the prime target. Their hopes and aspirations for their problems to be resolved amicably are being dashed. Modi has made an odious plan to integrate Kashmir into India and the reign of terror of the Indian Armed Forces will continue unabated.
In this grim milieu, it is heartening that the Senate of Pakistan has taken cognizance of Narendra Modi’s vitriolic outburst in Bangladesh. The Senate will formally discuss the statement of the Indian prime minister in which he admitted his country’s role in the breakup of Pakistan in 1971. A motion seeking discussion on the Indian leader’s controversial remarks during his visit to Bangladesh in June has been submitted by PPP’s former interior minister Rehman Malik. It is part of the 17-point agenda for the private member’s day.
“This house may discuss the confession of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangladesh that India played a role in breaking Pakistan,” the motion said.
Mr. Modi, while receiving the ‘liberation war honour’ on behalf of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had said that he was one of the activists who reached Delhi in response to Mr. Vajpayee’s call for “Satyagraha for the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971” and that like millions of other Indians he wanted this vision realized.
Mr. Modi also accused Pakistan of stirring trouble in India.
The senators have already talked about the remarks on a number of occasions during debates on Pakistan-India relations and foreign affairs ministry also issued a reaction, but this is for the first time that the Senate is holding a debate on the issue.
The situation demands that a legal case is filed with the International Court of Justice against the Indian Prime Minister since his uncalled comments are not only contrary to diplomatic norms but also negate the UN Charter and admission of guilt in waging war against a sovereign country. Pakistan has a solid case and following up with the dossiers of evidence of Indian involvement in terrorist acts in Pakistan, presented to the UN Secretary General and US Secretary of State John Kerry, a law suit against Modi will be in order.
Mr. Modi is a practicing member of extremist Hindu group RSS and continues to behave as such even after becoming the PM. He must be stopped from his wanton spree of murder and hate.