When asked whether those who helped September 11, 2001 attacks on America could be forgiven, General H. Norman Schwartzkopf retorted, ?It is God'sjob to forgive, it is our job to arrange the meeting.?
Compare this tough stance with India'sspineless approach to terrorist attacks which are ravaging the body and soul of India every day.
In the latest of such attacks on November 23, 2007, Pak-Bangla sponsored terrorists killed 16 innocent, and maimed many more in bomb blasts in Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow. And as usual, Indian Prime Minister made some hollow declarations against terrorism. And before that, terrorists had struck in Hyderabad and Malegaon. And in July 2006, they killed over 200 innocents in bomb blasts in local trains in Mumbai, India'scommercial capital.
Long line of attacks
The Prime Minister had ritually condemned the massacre of 32 Hindus in April 2006 in Doda. And the government went through similar rhetoric after terrorists claimed 30 lives in Varanasi in March 2006, and 71 lives in Delhi in October 2005.
It may also be recalled that during 1980s and 1990s, Pak-sponsored terrorists killed thousands of Hindus in Kashmir forcing several lakhs of Hindus to flee from the Valley. Kashmir is now a Hinduless region; and Kashmiri Hindus have been made refugees in their own country.
Even Pak-sponsored attack on Indian Parliament in 2001 went unpunished. The year 2002 witnessed attacks on Raghunath temple in Jammu and Akshardham temple in Gujarat. The year 2003 saw Mumbai bomb blasts once again. In 2005, terrorists attacked Ayodhya, New Delhi and Bangalore.
The list is endless
These attacks are not isolated incidents; these are part of a long line of attacks India has suffered since Muhammad bin Qasim'sArab army attacked Indian sub-continent in eighth century. Starting with a zero Muslim population, Bharat comprising of entire Indian sub-continent was Hindu land till Muhammad bin Qasim'sArab army'sattacked on Sindh in 711. After repeated invasions, Hindus lost Afghanistan in 987. The present day Pakistan and Bangladesh were lost in 1947. And despite their valiant defence of their dharma and motherland, Hindus lost millions of lives and suffered destruction of thousands of temples during repeated invasions for over a thousand years.
To defeat the invaders, it is essential to know their motive. Though India is a secular country, both Pakistan and Bangladesh are Islamic Republics and have driven out most of the Hindus and Sikhs from their land. Moreover, Pakistan'sISI, the most powerful institution in Pakistan and Bangladesh'sDirector General of Field Intelligence, are determined to bleed India through ?a thousand cuts?, and to create one more Islamic country on Indian soil. And to achieve this task, Pak-Bangla combine has sent countless terrorists and crores of their nationals into India. Besides, they have planted a number of madrasas on India'sborder with Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
Denial and inaction
Bharat is the oldest and worst victim of terror in the world. But instead of punishing Pakistan and Bangladesh for launching terrorist attacks, Indian government is content with the ritual sounding of red alert after each terrorist strike; and has a standing policy of denial and inaction against terror.
Unlike what USA has done after September 11, 2001 turmoil; and what UK has done after July 7, 2005 assault, India has not taken any concrete action to prevent frequent terrorist attacks. Steeped in fake secular stupor, most of the Indian political parties and media ignore terrorism and demographic invasion; and invent phony explanations and inanities for the same.
Pak-Bangla consortium knows that it cannot defeat India in a full scale war. Since 1980s when Pakistan and Bangladesh started their war through terrorists, India has lost thousands of lives to terrorism. Due to government'sinaction and soft borders, innumerable Pak-Bangla terrorists are stalking all over India to strike at the place and time of their choice.
An inevitable war
Considering the continuing Pak-Bangla demographic aggression and terrorist attacks, war against Pak-Bangla terror is inevitable. The day India stops wailing and takes the war to the enemy territory, India would start winning the war against terror. India has lost more soldiers in Pak-Bangla sponsored terrorist attacks than in its wars with Pakistan in 1965, 1971 or 1999. Terrorism persists because its victims surrender. India has the capability to smash Pak-Bangla terrorism, but not the will. Attacks continue because India does not respond.
Pak-Bangla alliance wants to achieve through terrorism what it could not achieve in full scale wars with India in 1965, 1971 and 1999. Besides, terrorists are able to select the target, time and place of attack, and restrict the war to Indian territory. To defeat terrorism, this war has to be taken to the territory of Pakistan and Bangladesh, the fountains of terror.
The only solution
These frequent terrorist attacks are neither natural disasters nor random acts of violence or insanity. These attacks are well-planned and deliberate acts of war. We cannot expect others to fight our battles. The injury India is suffering now is self-inflicted because of prolonged inaction against repeated attacks and demographic aggression. Let us resolve that the countless victims of terror did not die in vain.
Since the government'spolicy of denial, drift and inaction is leading to gradual Pak-Bangla take over of India, the only alternative for the nationalist organisations, political parties and individuals is to assert themselves, and force the government to crush India'stormentors.
Chanakya'sChanakya Niti and Sun-tzu'sArt of War as also world history emphasise the complete crushing of enemies before the enemies can crush us.
Enemies must be crushed; not embraced. Since violence is the only language terrorists understand, only the strong deterrent action can defeat them. Accordingly, as per ?doctrine of hot pursuit? of International Law, India must smash all terrorist networks in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Suicidal peace talks and confidence building measures like Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangla bus and rail links must be discarded since they are inviting more terrorists and infiltrators to walk into India to attack security forces, to kill innocents and to blow up temples.
Moreover, since the UPA government'srepeal of Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA) in 2004 has proved to be self-defeating, there is an urgent need for a deterrent anti-terror legislation. Further, the Supreme Court'sjudgements delivered on July 12, 2005 and December 5, 2006 regarding deportation of infiltrators must be implemented, and crores of Pak-Bangla infiltrators deported to prevent the creation of one more Islamic country on Indian soil.
By its sustained inaction against terror, India has virtually disarmed itself; and is inviting more terror. Unless this menace is confronted and crushed, much more vicious attacks on India will follow. And unless India fights its tormentors and takes the fight to enemy territory, tragedy that hit Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow on November 23, 2007 will not be the last.
(The Author is former Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and can be contacted at [email protected])