India mobilises world opinion against terrorism

By Vijay Badhwar

A large number of people in Patna attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Sanjay Singh, who lost his life on February 14 in Pulwama terror attack

India has successfully mobilised international diplomatic pressure on Pakistan following the deplorable terror incident in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel on February 14.

China, even, seems to understand India’s pain, although, still, there are no sign of its change of heart not to veto the move in the UN Security Council to declare the evil Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.
Pakistan has taken some face-saving measures and reinstated the ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) that UN had proscribed as supporting terrorist organisations.
But the public in India, spurred on by non-stop media clamour, want more to avenge soldiers’ blood and they want it now.
The problem in Kashmir is complex, firstly due to Article 370 and more recently due to widespread radicalisation prompted by external forces, prominently Pakistan.
We can not change the mindset of generals, ISI chiefs or the mullahs in Pakistan, nor can we completely seal the border from intrusions. There will always be soft targets for the twisted minds who have been brainwashed.
While India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru is blamed by die-hard nationalists for his goodwill gesture of a plebiscite, a recent book by former Foreign Secretary, J N Dixit, outlines difficulties Nehru faced as the outgoing British Government, still in-charge of military, were not willing to respond to Pakistani ‘Kabaeli’ attack in 1948 unless Nehru acceded to the Article.
But many political thinkers in India are now opining that Article 370 has outlived its utility.
Abhinav Kumar, an IAS officer serving in Kashmir, has written in Indian daily newspaper, Indian Express, that the Article has unnecessarily created a limitless sense of entitlement.
To solve the Kashmir problem, (which was again unsolved by Indira Gandhi after the 1971 war when Bhutto was on his knees to get his Prisoners of War freed), Abhinav Kumar recommends to ‘dehyphenate Ladakh and Jammu from Kashmir Valley as it has been given the privilege for too long to speak for the entire state’.
Kashmiris are Sufi Muslims who lived in perfect harmony with Hindu culture and many earned their livelihood working at Hindu shrines. The recent radicalisation of the Valley is a blatant foreign interference. 
Those who spread extremism in the name of God and lend promise of a heaven awaiting Jihadists who kill innocent people, should indeed be fast-tracked to their heaven for the good of humanity.

Pic: PTI

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