Whenever there is a debate on ‘Terror’ and there arises a need for formulating some stringent laws to fight terror, the Kandahar episode is inadvertently dragged in and unabashedly abused to browbeat the BJP.
Two pointed insinuations are made…
1. The BJP gave in to the terrorists demands and released three dreaded terrorists.
2. Jaswant Singh, then Minister for Foreign Affairs, escorted these terrorists to safety.
Factually, yet only superficially, both these things are accurate.
But “WHY THIS WAS DONE?” is what these ‘secularists’ and Media guys have never revealed till date!
Skipping the details of the Kandahar Seize; let me focus on these two points.
1: The BJP surrendered to terrorists and released three dreaded terrorists.
Indeed, it was a shameful surrender. I personally wish that the Government of the Day had shown courage and not surrendered to the terrorist’s demands. But then; if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
Three terrorists were swapped for the lives of 200 Indians and foreigners. Contrast this with the release of five dreaded terrorists exchanged for Rubaiya Saeed’s release. The government of the late V P Singh accepted their demands and freed the jailed terrorists.
Neither the Secularists nor the Media ever make a mention of this incident! But both ‘Secularist’ and pliant MSM never tire of telling us persistently about the ‘abject’ surrender by the NDA government at Kandhaar!
NOW ISN’T THAT VERY CONVENIENT for both ‘Secularists’ and Se-Soc MSM to evade answering…
How could one Rubiya Saeed ‘s life become more important than 200 lives of Indians and foreigners?
Was that just because she happens to be the daughter of near separatist- Mufti Md. Saeed – the Union Home Minister in the late VP SINGH’s Govt?
Any Answer? No, both MSM and their Secular Political Masters are conveniently silent on this matter.
200 Indians and foreigners v/s ‘one’ kidnapped daughter- (a kidnap that is alleged to have been stage-managed) – of ‘Secular’ Union Home Minister under the aegis of the Secular Most (now dead and forgotten Jai Chand of modern times).
I do not notice any outrage on the release of these five terrorists in exchange to Rubiya; whereas all hell breaks loose whenever IC 814 is mentioned! Mind you, release of these ‘five terrorists’ started the endless avalanche of terror not only in Kashmir but all over India.
Any person with any IQ (surely not including secularists, media, baba, babes, men and women of Congress) would concede that in the absence of any ‘No Negotiation with Terrorists’ policy, releasing these terrorists was imperative.
And why was it ‘imperative’?
A relentless hype created by the media to put pressure on the Govt of the Day. At ‘whose’ behest…is something that needs to be investigated.
The Media kept the pressure on the Govt and images of infuriated and agitated relatives of the hostages were beamed 24X7 on news channels.
Media invited experts of all hues and shades – I particularly remember watching a psychiatrist describing graphically the trauma these ‘hostages’ might be going through at that point of time. Now what effect that would have had on the psyche of the near and dear ones of these hostages is simply unimaginable – this was something that neither my late mother and I could bear. I do not hold the relatives of these hostages guilty; I often wonder whether I would have reacted any differently had my kith or kin been there? Frankly, I do not know.
Did MSM wait and ponder then?
I dare the MSM to release the tapes of those days when they petrified the already nervous and anxious relatives of the captives and hyped up the gruesome incident beyond all limits!
Will the Congress admit that they did send their goons guised as relatives of the hostages and vandalized the press conference of Atal Ji – then Prime Minister of India?
Will the apostle of ‘secularism’ Barkha Dutt and champion of ‘Saint Hood’ Rajdeep Sardesai ever release those tapes showing what really transpired? No, both Padma Shri awardees have been rewarded well in advance. They will never ever do anything that would question their commitment to ‘secularism’. After all, ‘Namak Halali’ by itself is a highly valued virtue in the ‘Service of Her Majesty’. HUH!
We have just recently witnessed the legendry wisdom of Sec –Soc MSM on display during the recent Mumbai Massacre.
WHATEVER IT TAKES: To rake in mullah; TRPs, Padma Shris…
Well, things were not much different in December 1999 either. The only difference was that, many of these ‘eminent’ journalists were then part of one ‘Shop’ named Media House. Now they have their own kiosks and each one is trying to get his ‘share of loot’.
COMING TO MY SECOND POINT:
Jaswant Singh, then Minister for Foreign Affairs, escorted these terrorists to safety.
Amazing, isn’t it, that the BJP led NDA government could be so stupid and naïve to send Jaswant Singh to Kandahar!
Wait, I am not saying that it was stupid to go to Kandahar. It was the most prudent thing for Jaswant to do under the most trying circumstances. I have strong reasons to believe so.
First do keep in mind that.
1. 200 lives were in the hands of the ‘Islamic Butchers’ and they had already taken the life of Rupin Katyal a passenger on that hijacked flight.
2. The aircraft was in Kandahar and the Talibaan Govt (if any) was directly controlled by the Pakistani ISI.
3. The Talibaan never subscribed to any Geneva Convention nor did they ever have any respect for any rule or law. Hence to expect them to behave like a ‘Civilized Govt’ leave alone ‘sympathetic and cooperative’ was the most foolish thing to do!
4. The Aircraft was surrounded by rocket launcher wielding, Kalashnikovs carrying Talibaan fanatics.
Under the circumstances the ABV did the right thing by sending Jaswant Singh – then Foreign Minister of India, an astute diplomat and a senior man in the Cabinet –
- To safely escort the 200 passengers and crew back home.
- To oversee, supervise and if required, take appropriate on the spot decisions, especially when the highjackers and or their master in Islamabad and Kandahar could have raised any new demand.
- What was the guarantee and who was willing to give – that the Taliban’s would have released the hostages or not blown up the plane even after the ‘terrorist’ were released? Isn’t it to Jaswant’s credit that nothing of this sort happened and other causalities were averted?
God forbid if any of the above mentioned had happened, I bet that the Secularists and their cohorts in MSM would have made such a hue and cry that the Govt would have been lynched on the streets of India. After all just after the Mumbai Mayhem, the same MSM launched a ‘vicious’ campaign against all Political Classes. This was clearly to divert the public ire against UPA and to be spread over all political classes.
Secularists and MSM have perfected the art of spreading the canard as gospel truth in the name of ‘secularism’.
But I will be less than honest to say that BJP and their leaders are alone to be blamed for the mess they find themselves in on this issue. What seemed like a prudent decision, with the right intention, at that moment in time, has become an ‘albatross’ around their neck and their being defensive on the issue is pathetic.
I wonder at times what good is their collective political acumen if they cannot put these things into perspective! What amazes me greatly is the fact that what occurs to a layman like me, does not occur to these legal luminaries in BJP!!!
I am ready to excuse any political party since they are directly responsible /answerable to the Indian public. Good or bad as they are; is decided by the voting public. My grouse is against these so called opinion makers. Their role – though very crucial in any or for any vibrant democracy – is assumed / consumed by some self-serving, highly biased, politically motivated and ‘Self Importantly Busy Bodies’.
THIS IS TRULY SAD AND PATHETIC.