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Dangerous turn

30 Sep. 2016 11:39 PM IST

There is no doubt that the humiliation and frustration being felt after the series of terror strikes in India by Pakistani-sponsored terror groups has turned into deep hatred and anger. Indians are angry because Pakistan continues to deny these terrorists were from its territory and reject all evidences provided by India to take action against those terrorists who had committed murder and mayhem inside India. The September 18 terror attack on an Army camp inside Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri area of Baramulla district when Pakistani fidayeen militants stormed an Army camp and killed 17 soldiers proved to be the proverbial last straw on the government of India’s back. Despite India’s patience against retaliation and its deep desire to strengthen relations with Pakistan so that democratic forces in that country would be strengthened; the Pakistani civilian set up continues to play a double game. Pakistan’s double game, On one side, suggests that it wants bi-lateral dialogue to normalise relations and trade and on the other side, Pakistan continues to train, arm and promote terrorism in Kashmir. The response on September 30 by India is more than justified; ehether it was the attack on the Indian parliament on 26/11, the Mumbai train explosions, Pathankot or Uri, where each time India’s ruling politicians were gripped by a sense of helplessness and hopelessness The surgical strike launched by the Indian Army’s Para Commando brigade in the early hours of September 30 deep beyond the Line of Control(LoC) was a huge success in many ways. Posterity will be a better and truer judge, but Thursday’s surgical strike by the Indian army was a game-changer both in terms of how Indians view themselves and how the world sees India. One- it should serve as a lesson to Pakistan that when it comes to shove, India will no longer allow itself to be a victim of Pakistani terror attack. Secondly, the surgical attack on Pakistan should also change the dialogue from being confused to being clear that terror and talks will not be accepted. Thirdly, the strike has greatly enhanced India’s image as one of the nation’s in the front in fighting terrorism. Fourthly, India should not over gloat on the success of the strike as it could only increase the number and decibel of war mongers on both sides of the international border. Fifthly, the strike has also brought many nations to finally make up their mind about Pakistan being a terror exporter and a threat to peace. The BJP will certainly leave no stone unturned to extract political mileage from the September 30 strike especially in the election campaign for the UP assembly in 2017. UP is a very crucial state for the BJP since it had given the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in 2014 where it won 72 out of 80 seats. The assembly election in 2017 is seen as the mother of battles for the BJP since capturing UP from the SP will ensure that the party will be able to rule the state that gives the highest number of Lok Sabha seats for it to retain power in 2019. India should continue to wage peace to strengthen democracy in Pakistan but at the same time, be prepared to act at any time to protect its interests.

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