I believe many in the world are coming to realise this basic truth : liberty, equality and fraternity are add on values to the more fundamental one of secure life and assured freedom to be.
And yet there is a plethora of secular-liberal calls harking on openness and tolerance, the values people fear might get eroded in France’s response to these attacks that has resulted in 160+ dead.
Is that what comes to your mind just now ? Not to mine. No, not more of those candle light processions or laudatory speeches of how the French people have been strong… et al.
People have been killed. Families have been affected. Children, women young and old have been traumatised. It’s a tragedy caused through deliberation, by people with a particular profile. And they will do it again, in France and anywhere else, wherever. Because, they are committed to doing so for dominion over others, for establishing their way of life and values over the rest.
Those people, the perpetrators, need to be watched over 24/7, and everything should be done with them, to them, soft and hard, protective and pre-emptive, to prevent the next such tragedy from happening, in France and the world over.
That is a responsibility every government worth its salt owes to its people.
But I suspect many in India would still not understand my premise. They did not when Mumbai 26/11 happened. And even earlier, when a whole population was chased out of Kashmir Valley because they were Indian but not Muslim. Or, when followers of Islam infiltrated from across the border and changed the demographic profile of the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, and proximate regions in North Bihar.
That general agreement on the nature of the problem people are faced with has still to happen in India and in every other country of the world.
Bangladeshi author, Taslima Nasreen, states it simply : Islam is the theory; ISIS is the practice. The name and the faces may change. But so long as Islam and its book, and people subscribing to it remain … There will always be an ISIS and Baghdadi and his suicidal mercenaries to menace the people’s security and their freedom to be.
We have the history to underscore this ‘divine’ incorrigibility of those chosen people we know as followers of the only allowable Prophet and the path he has laid.