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

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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

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