We are the vox populi… on social media, where we do not have the limitations of experts or the empty high speak of head – heavy journalists. What we mostly sense is either the solution or a major part of it. The problems our civilisations have faced is frequently because our voice has not been heeded.
Let it be heard … loud and clear.
We have heard the foreign media persist with its opinions and we have listened to other nations insist on their advisories. Much the same that has let things worsen over past 3 decades. What we know and need to tell ourself with clarity and conviction is that our immediate concern with Pakistan is how to deal with problems it spells for us in India. The world knows about them but it is expedient for them to not choose sides because they do not need to, not until India itself resolves and stands up to act in full view of the world community.
Clearly, we need to polarise the domestic and global opinion on this specific issue : a neighbour State that sponsors terrorism with impunity, that has laid a publicly funded madrassa pipeline for raising taliban extremists, especially fed with anti-India propaganda — which ensures a constant stream of jihadis in adequate number for all manner of organisations committed to the sub-human beliefs and ideology backed mission of inflicting misery and loss on people who do not subscribe and submit.
Since it is India that bears the entire sordid brunt, opening our people to wanton destruction of property and life, and deep vitiating of atmospherics between two huge neighbourly populations, we collectively have the right to address the problems effectively and succeed at eliminating their root cause.
We as a nation, and as a standing military raised to secure us, need to tell ourselves if the realisation is logical and found on empirical evidence : Pakistan is an obnoxious houseful of problems and unworthy of any peaceful overture. Nawaz Sharif’s harp of Lahore Declaration is as much a ploy today as it then was. The suggestion of resuming cricket between the two countries is merely to trivialise both the severity of the situation and the urgency of the moment. Shabana Azmi’s hope of cinematic co-production is pitifully unreal and mooning mere.
That is what we need to tell ourself : the Pakistan problem, its unacceptibility, and our well-considered strategy and action plan to resolve it. That too is precisely what we should be telling the Govt in Pakistan : govern the army, the education system, the agreed social values, and the citizens who reside within it.
It is not for this author to suggest the specifics of the way forward. The new Government of India is already seized of the matter. It is the inanity propagated in the media and blabbered by conditioned minds that must cease.