India has always been short-changed by her politicians who have looked to fill their own pockets or who have looked for praise or pat on their back from Foreign countries, or who have plain bungled, at the cost of her own soldiers and citizens. It is very sad that many of our top-rung politicians have had such a myopic approach when it comes to a vision with respect to the security of our country. This has had disastrous effects which have been bloody, costly and insulting to our security forces. Let us look at the most disastrous ones “¦
- Obviously the first mention should be of Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, who just bent backwards to prove India”™s tolerance to the Western World. In 1947, when Maharaja Hari Singh approached India for assistance to drive away the marauding tribal people who were backed by Pakistan, he was helped by the Indian Army who re-conquered the invaded areas. But this victory was lost when unnecessarily India halted the evicting operations and approached the Security Council, in hope of receiving a pat on the back from the Western World. Not just that, we went on to grant special status to J & K through Article 380 of the Constitution.
- The war with the Chinese obviously would get the second spot. Because of the mistaken notion that a peace loving nation like India would not be attacked by anybody, our leaders neglected the army. Foreign policy, intelligence operations and the armed forces were in such a state of neglect that when the war took place, we were caught unawares. Added to it was the granting of asylum to the Dalai Lama, which infuriated the Chinese even more. In this case, it is pertinent to note that the PM succeeding Jawaharlal Nehru, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri had NO personal motivation to neglect the armed forces. He was a fine gem of a person who was not prepared for the realities of the outside world. Also, even today, India and all Indians respect the Dalai Lama whole-heartedly.
- After the Indo-Pak war of 1965, Indian leadership showed extreme shortsightedness by signing a Russian sponsored agreement between India and Pakistan wherein the strategic Haji Pir pass, which India had captured, was returned to Pakistan. This pass connects Poonch and Uri sectors of J & K and this pass is the one which is now being effectively used by Pakistan to sponsor infiltration of terrorists into India. Why did we do this? Ineffective foreign policy, a too-trusting leadership and the inability to say “˜No”™ to Russia.
- The Simla Agreement of 1971, wherein both India & Pakistan agreed to exchange all PoWs, respect the line of control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir and refrain from the use of threat or force. Additionally, the then Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave a solemn verbal undertaking to accept LOC as the de facto border. History shows that Pakistan neither returned all our PoWs nor did they honour their verbal or written undertaking.
- The 1999 Kandahar hijacking incident by Pakistani terrorists, where in return for the passengers, 3 terrorist were released by the Indian Government. One of the terrorists was Maulana Masood Azhar. Guess what? The hijackers took off from Amritsar airport after a halt of 39 minutes for refueling. Our leadership”™s soft and bungling approach when aggressiveness should have been key, has cost us a lot.
- One PM who has escaped criticism by and large, but who has felled us the telling blow, is Morarji Desai. He was the worst when it came to demoralizing our RAW officers. His phone-friendship with the then Pak President Zia-ul-Haq cost us the lives of our brave RAW agents operating in Pakistan. He informed Zia-ul-Haq about the presence of our spies in Kahuta, resulting in their terrible deaths or in them being jailed and tortured. Kahuta is the place where Pakistan was building its first Nuclear Plant. Israel leadership not just informed Morarji Desai about its presence, but also offered to destroy it.
Israel just wanted space for the take-off and refueling of the Israeli fighter jets. But Morarji Desai, who is rumoured to have been a CIA agent receiving $20,000 annually (as claimed by Seymour Hersh in the Pulitzer winning novel The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House), refused to give such a facility to Israel. Today, the present President of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has the gall to give us a veiled threat when in his speech in UNGA, he says that though Pakistan is a Nuclear power, they will be a responsible nation.
While every action of Pakistan is beyond reproach, we must understand that our inept leaders have been responsible for this unfortunate situation. Pakistan has repeatedly violated all agreements, all calls for peace, all rebuttals by our Armed forces and has always taken to violence, directly or through subterfuge. Unlike our earlier leaders, Hon. PM Narendra Modi and his team should put the Nation and its Soldiers and Citizens first and not fall into the trap of false promises. This time round, we should be stern and diplomatic, both at the same time, and honour the wisdom of our Armed Forces too. Jai Hind! Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan!