Human rights should not be allowed as shield to protect the destabilisers of society
The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal takes grim view of the emerging internal security scenario in the country. Increasing incidents of violence, terrorism and anti-national activities in different parts of the country call for urgent attention from all the concerned authorities as well as all the right-thinking people of the country. Terrorism is again rearing its ugly head in Kashmir. Several attacks on the Chief Minister in recent past, killing of a former minister followed by the attack on a former Central minister point to this fact. This increase in violence comes at a time when several spurious proposals are making rounds in the name of solution to the Kashmir problem.
Unchecked infiltration from Bangladesh has been posing a serious danger to the security of our north-east which is already infested with several terrorist groups that indulge in heinous crimes like killing of school children on the Independence Day. Several districts in lower Assam have become infiltrator-majority. Infiltrators also inundated several districts in West Bengal on the Bangladesh border. The threat that the Naxalites are posing to the integrity is also a grave one. Their activities are spreading from Nepal to Tamil Nadu along a corridor that is predominantly Vanvasi. They are describing it as a Compact Revolutionary Zone and have allegedly appealed to international bodies for granting autonomy to this region. Things on the internal security front have come to such a pass that live explosive materials and other weapons have started surfacing even in junkyards.
The ABKM finds the central Government to be completely clueless in tackling this situation. While the previous government covered some ground in bringing the secessionist groups in the Kashmir Valley to the negotiations table, this government has practically endorsed Pakistani line that the Valley is a dispute between Bharat and Pakistan. Repeal of POTA without putting in place proper alternative laws to tackle terrorism is another act fraught with serious consequences.
The refusal of the government to repeal the retrograde IMDT Act clearly shows that it is not at all serious about tackling the problem of Bangladeshi infiltrators. It is no surprise in the light of the fact that the Congress, the Leftists and some other parties have a vested interest in allowing the infiltration to go unchecked as it serves as their vote-banks. On the question of tackling Naxal menace also, the government'sapproach can at best be described as callous. While the situation demanded a proactive approach by the Central Government, it chose to wash its hands off the matter by trying to push the ball into the courts of the respective states. In the absence of a coordinated effort states like Andhra Pradesh are committing acts like negotiations with Naxals even while they carry weapons publicly, which is having serious repercussions on the other states also.
The ABKM also wants to caution the government as well as the people of our country about the designs of some NGOs and a section of the media to legitimise the activities of these terrorist and anti-national groups in the name of human rights. Relentless campaign of infamy against the Delhi police in the wake of the killing of two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists in Ansal Plaza; vicious campaign against the Gujarat police over the killing of another Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist, Ishrat Jahan; destructive campaign against the STF in the wake of the killing of the forest-brigand Veerappan; and now against the AP police after they opened fire on a Muslim mob in Hyderabad, when it indulged in arson and violence, to prevent them from arresting a POTA accused, are some examples of the activities of these bodies. Recent developments in the Best Bakery case draw our attention to the dubious role played by some NGOs and activists in creating unrest and disharmony in the society.
Some human rights organisations and their supporters and donors?both domestic and foreign?are using the benign concept of human rights seemingly to weaken the resolve of the Indian State and her people to deal effectively with terrorism. By advocating soft or open borders with Pakistan without raising their voices against continuing terrorism, by ridiculing India'snuclear weapons programme and calling for a total roll-back, by running a continuing campaign against the police, the army and the para-military forces by refusing to acknowledge the gross instability caused to our society by the unending infiltration of Bangladeshi Muslims into Assam, West Bengal and the north-east, by championing the cause of the Naxalites, these human rights activists have openly demonstrated their contempt for the concept of territorial integrity and sovereignty of our nation.
The ABKM recognises the significance of human rights as an important aspect of governance and calls upon the government to do its best in protecting the human rights and dignity of the people who are loyal citizens of our country. But human rights should not be allowed to be used as a shield to protect the destabilisers of our society and the terrorists and insurgents who target our nation and people. The ABKM urges the government to keep a strict vigil on the activities of these groups and invites people to defeat the designs of these groups by exposing their malicious intentions.