The sudden and aggressive finger pointing at Pakistan, even before the bullets have stopped flying, by the Indian Government, seems more like trying to shift the attention form their own lapses than any serious well thought out strategy. This is not to say that Pakistan is not involved, but instead of finding out how the entire mayhem was planned and executed without being detected and nipped in the bud, our Government seems to be washing off its guilt by yelling “He did it”. Our government is as guilty of having let it happen as the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
The biggest damage to the nation of India, done by Dr Manmohan Singh’s government has been the creation of the monster of so-called “Hindu terrorism”, which has successfully diverted attention away from the real challenge before the country. With the entire State machinery of Maharashtra concentrating on the “Hindu terrorists”, it is no surprise that these fidayeens squads were having a field day.
Pakistani’s now have a new alibi – Hindu terrorists. Their reaction to India’s accusations of a Pakistani link in the present crises has been to remind the Indian Government of the claims of Maharashtra ATS of Hindu terrorists being behind Samjahauta Blasts which was initially blamed on ISI and SIMI. It was tragic to hear yesterday, a British Anti – terrorism expert on Times Now TV, advising the Indian government to treat both Jihadi and Hindu terrorism equally. The ability and resolve of India to resolutely fight terrorism will always be compromised with the jinni of Hindu terrorism coming to haunt it again and again.
We all know the reasons why India is such a soft state, we all know reasons why India cannot fight terrorism, we all know this is not the first such outrage and we all know there are more to follow. We all even know what steps India should take to protect its citizens. These things will be debated on TV again and again, and then one day forgotten. We will again start quarrelling about Marathi Manoos, OBC quota, Minority votes and all such petty things, till the next strike.
In 1956, the then Railway Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet owning moral responsibility for a railway accident in Tamil Nadu which claimed 144 lives. While speaking in the Parliament on the incident, Pandit Nehru, stated that he was accepting the resignation because it would set an example in constitutional propriety and not because Shastri was in any way responsible for the accident.
All great leaders in the world accept responsibility for their actions and of actions of people and organizations working under them. “The Buck stops here” is phrase popularized by US President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with the phrase on his desk. In India, unfortunately, one needs to ask “Is there a buck these days?”
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