India PM Narendra Modi has once again proved that his political victory in the upcoming elections is more important than the lives of the soldiers killed in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
By Rafiq Jan (Qatar)
India’s continuous intransigence to sideline its emerging and formidable neighbor Pakistan has taken its toll. With the reaction coming from Modi after the Pulwama attack, pinning it again on Pakistan without any investigation, shows that the Indian PM is reluctant to embrace his diminishing popularity in India.
He may be a poster boy for the Hindu hardliner groups in power politics, but it is not secret that he has also become a symbol of anti-Muslim policies and narrative in India. He also worries that he might be thrown into the abyss of oblivion by the majority of Indians who have not seen the tall promises made by Modi materialise.
India has so far managed to aptly hoodwink the international community by getting sympathies, making false accusations against Pakistan. The connivance of the United Nations and other leading powers further supports the Indian army’s atrocities against the unarmed native people of Kashmir, who have never accepted the Indian hegemony on their land. Their legitimate freedom struggle was hardly given ears at the international forums, other than weak resolutions which were never implemented. The Pakistani rulers in the recent past have also turned a blind eye to the atrocities in Kashmir by Indian security forces.
Pakistan has limited choices and fewer cards to play at this juncture. But fortunately, Pakistan is on a moral high ground in wake of the latest speech by PM Imran Khan. Moreover, Saudi crown prince MBS’s ambitious official visit and monumental Saudi investments are also positive signs for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s recent gradual rise to its lost glories and the reincarnation of its real image of the past, seems to have immensely baffled Modi’s India. Pakistan’s successful diplomacy to play the role of an interlocutor in US-Taliban negotiation process has also brought Pakistan back into the global limelight.
However, Pakistan has also long been suffering the plague of being extremely defensive and playing on the back foot when dealing with India, U.S and Afghanistan.
I recall my personal experience of India’s modus-operandi when it comes to targeting Pakistan on the international level:
15 years ago, I did a routine online short training course with my former employer in the UAE. It was basically a concurrent Aviation safety and airports security awareness program designed for Airport employees worldwide. The simple 20 question survey at the end of the “self-study” course consisted of one highly controversial and inappropriate part that categorically implicated Pakistan in Indian airplane hijacking in December 1999. It stated:
The recent hijacking of Indian Airline’s plane was a blatant act of a neighboring country’s “state terrorism”
This was the depth of India’s campaign against Pakistan. The internal/departmental training program was apparently designed by an Indian employee of company’s security department who had planned to defame Pakistan.
I tried reporting it to Pakistan’s then ambassador to UAE in Dubai but unfortunately received no response. His silence was indicative of his commitment to toe the line by staying a part of the abject system of governance that Pakistan was going through.
Modi’s political fate hangs in the balance in view of his party’s significant recent losses in several states, but his passion of trying to malign Pakistan remains strong. He will stay put in his traditional jingoism against Muslims of India and his neighbor Pakistan in particular.
But such bravado will hopefully backfire this time around because Pakistan has a leader at the helm of power who knows how to clinch victory from the verge of defeat. Moreover, fortunately for Pakistan, both the civil-military leadership are finally on the same page and united in terms of commitment towards a prosperous Pakistan.
The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of CRSS