Why Security Needs Security?
The way security staffs are getting killed in various parts of the country, it gives an impression that these servicemen have become soft targets of local insurgent/terror groups
What is the sarkar doing for the soldiers, for the sipahis, for the security men, who are themselves getting targeted and killed!
Foremost, the politician of the day seems paranoid and wants to be protected day and night. Security phobias peaking! He seems obsessed about his security-bandobast. Suits him on all possible fronts. Not to be overlooked the fact that whilst he sits or walks or sleeps protected, none from the masses can even near him and with that grill or question him about the un-fulfilled promises he’d heaped on them during election campaigns. The gates to his sprawling bungalow are not meant to be open to the very people he’s conned and hoodwinked. Fortified he lives, guarded all through his waking and sleeping hours. Unbothered to what happens to his security men, or how they deal with the crowds in the most adverse circumstances.
Strange it does seem that in those earlier times even the mighty kings devoted days only and only for interactions with the citizens but in today’s developed times the rulers interact only through speeches! Try and near them and the layers of security stand in way. Often, the anger of the masses meant to be unleashed on the minister gets unleashed on his security men. But he couldn’t be bothered what happens to the very men guarding him. All that he cares for is that he and his limbs be protected.
And if we go somewhat ahead, how very easily the politician of the day gives those attacks or kills orders! In fact, it would be interesting to know how many of today’s politicians send their sons or daughters to the armed forces to fight on the battle field! Correct me if I’m wrong but these numbers would be dismal if not near – nil. They stuff their children into business or real estate or any of the other flashy professions. Nah, none of their sons are soldiers or sipahis.
With this backgrounder, how does the politician know the ground realities to the border areas along the LoC or to the so called conflict areas? On those one day visits to these areas he interacts with the soldiers on those formality ridden formats and completes his visit by rendering a frilly fairy tale speech. That’s about it. He does not realize that the soldiers are the most vulnerably placed. Sitting ducks…with just about the basics to survive with. Sitting in bunkers, stressed out and tense, there are no avenues for them to cope with the daily round of stress. Perhaps, that explains why there are rising cases of suicides and
attempts to shoot even their colleagues.
Why do the rulers of the day go on those flying visits! Why don’t they spend a day or two up there, along the border areas, and interact with them. Why that rush to fly back - with the formality over and down with , they have got to get back to their comfort zone.
Does the politician of the day realize that these security men do need to put forth their list of grievances, what happens to them on a daily basis? Last year ajawan who dared to post/ openly talk about the poor quality food served to him and to his fellow colleagues was hounded. Why? Because on one hand we are pinning all those developed tags on ourselves but on the other we are still following those hackneyed rules of the Raj era.
And what is perhaps needed is to make it compulsory for all ministers and their deputies, and the planners and bureaucrats of the country, to go and spend a fortnight or even a month, living in bunkers, along the border areas or in the Naxal and conflict belts of the country. I’m certain the tough and harsh circumstances will make them re- arrange their very ways of settling crisis. Not through wars and violent attacks or counter attacks but only and only through dialogues. Genuine and earnest dialoguing in the most transparent of ways.
Yes, those who give orders for wars and strikes and attacks have got to move from their air-conditioned offices and spend several days at the border areas and only then should be allowed to give those orders… Protecting our soldiers’ lives and their morale should be of utmost significance. Less of war cries and more of diplomatic moves to settle crisis, external or internal. Let diplomats come centrestage so that talks and dialogues manage to control crisis and with that human lives are not lost.
Pick up any of the historical and mythological texts and stands out the fact that even in those yesteryears, wars were the last option. Foremost were talks and discussions and negotiations… in fact, rounds and rounds of heady diplomacy, with all possible intelligent tactics involved. And if all those options failed then those war crimes!
Why don’t we go backwards, to those days where sense and sensitivity prevailed? Where there was none of the dreaded nuclear technology to ruin generations for come, where arms lobbies did not flourish on the brutal killings of human beings, where rulers did not win election on the basis of war crimes and warfare!
Officers pay tributes to the 4 policemen killed in terrorist attack in Shopian