An Ignored Tradition
Any self-respecting nation should have shot 100 stone-pelters by now. India is a country of pseudo-liberals enjoying tea in Pak High Commission,” said Indian Air Marshal Anil Chopra recently in response to the video showing a group of CRPF jawans in Kashmir being punched and jostled by Kashmiri youths. On another occasion he said talking to the media that bullets are the only way to deal with angry civilians Indian-Held Kashmir.
He was though giving this statement imagining him the mouth piece of the whole of Indian nation but his ‘policy statement’ received a very bitter reaction from the civilized, educated and moderate strata of the Indian society. According to different media reports, the government was warned of devastating consequences if it promoted, projected and supported the idea of more bloodshed in Kashmir. Actually this idea of ‘dealing Kashmir with Bullets’ does not belong to the whole of Indian nation. It could be of a few ones with extremist mind and such extremist minds are everywhere in every society, even in Pakistan too. But it is the prejudice and narrow-mindedness of the world around that on the basis of these few ones, the whole of Pakistani society is branded as an extremist society whereas India is ranked as the godfather of moderate behaviours. No nation, no country could be branded as ‘Extremist Country or Extremist Nation’ because a few extremists belong to that country or that nation. The actual problem begins when the extremist element in a society become more powerful and dominating than the moderate-minds. Indians are in no way an extremist nation but the problem is with a handful of Hindu extremists who try to introduce this multi-coloured land as a home only to Hindus. Though their extremism is causing a severe damage to the very foundations of the Indian society but it does not mean that all those who are living in India are extremists. The rule of Generalization could not be applied to every scenario. The whole of Indian society must not be condemned for the misdeeds of a few detracted ones and same must be the approach while dealing with Pakistan.
Air Marshal Anil Chopra is not the first one who expressed such extremist approach through his callously bitter words; there have ever been so many others in India. Ram Madhav is an Indian politician, writer and journalist is also one of them. He serves as the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is a former member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Recently in a statement he justified the controversial video in which armed forces were seen using a Kashmiri man as shield in front of their jeep. “I compliment the major for not allowing both these things to happen…If I were to blame anybody today for that scenario, it would be those who were responsible for failing to send reinforcements when the situation was critical and it was informed to the seniors…. In a war and love, everything is fair.” Ram Madhav’s statement received a very bitter criticism not only from the people of Kashmir but also from different Indian politicians. They all raised a question; against whom are the Indian security forces fighting in Kashmir? On hand India claims the ownership of Kashmir but on the other hand its security forces are in a state of war with the native people of Kashmir. It is something very strange. Syed Altaf Bukhari is an MLA from Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party and presently working as the Education Minister. He said criticizing the statement of Ram Madhav, “The BJP general secretary is trying to legitimize the acts by armed forces in Kashmir which have been termed as illegal under international law.” He further said, “Is it a war declared against Kashmiris who despite all odds casted their votes reaffirming their belief in democracy? Or it is a war declared to satiate the sanguine electoral interests of a particular political party in the country.” Certainly Ram Madhav would be repenting on his non-sense type of statement but it is always useless to cry over spilt milk. His statement not only flared up the Kashmiris but also brought disrepute on a larger scale to the whole of Indian nation. His statement gave an impression that India is a land of extremist and narrow-minded people. But on the basis of a personal statement or individual opinion, we cannot stamp the whole nation as extremist or narrow-minded. An amalgamated society is that of India; people belonging to different castes and creeds, traits and characteristics. It is a land of mosques, temples, Gurdawaras and churches, a land of music, art and culture and a land of poets and artists; and same is the versatility in the opinions and approach to various issues of the Indian people. This versatility is so many times so strong that the Indians appear to be poles apart. But some of our Indian friends are continuously ignoring the fact that positivity in point of view is always a tradition honoured and respected everywhere.