India & conspiracy against Peace

By Rana Athar Javed

Today, young people in South Asia endure unemployment, poverty, extremism and violence. Due to political brinkmanship of regional and international powers, the interpersonal relations among communities are changed. One common factor that transforms global paradigm shift from culture of peace to strategy of violence is the disregard for truth, thereby making it impossible for establishing a “real peace” in the modern government thinking. Importantly, when orchestrating violence becomes aim to substantiate propaganda warfare, it leads to permanent structural weaknesses in peace building process. A constant exposure to such a policy creates grinding cumulative effect on diplomatic relations between the nation states.

The Indian case is pertinent because its policies in Kashmir and in several other Indian states violate, oppress, and propagate – along with rhetoric of cessation of hostilities, leads to a set of contradictory diplomatic and human rights standards. Initially, reacted with deep concern over 9/11, hoping that Pakistan would be internationally isolated, but, Pakistan rather have been supporting the US and NATO to stabilize Afghanistan. A more far reaching explanation about the positive role of Pakistan is that despite all the deception and allegations from India, the Pakistani government is truly seeking a stable Afghanistan.

During his recent visit to Pakistan, the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, acknowledged that “Pakistan was playing a ‘positive’ role in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. [the UK and Pakistan] discussed the Qatar process. And I welcome the support extended by Pakistan,” While Pakistan, US along with NATO collaborating to end terrorism and instability, India through massive material and human support pressuring Pakistani society, influencing media thereby opposing Pakistan’s greater role in the world peace.

Conversely, India needs to have “on-again, off-again” policy of dialogue with Pakistan and its other neighbors. Primarily, with all the resources and the so-called status of world’s largest democracy, India has seriously failed to manage as an independent and progressive country.

It is this dilemma that every now and then freezes the diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan. Whereas, Pakistan’s attempts to establish sustainable peace with its eastern neighbor, India’s operational secrecy, has increasingly become dangerous for the wider stability in South Asia. It is now evidently clarified by a former member of security service that the two tragic events of 2001 and 2008 were planned by Indian military and intelligence services. According to the Times of India (July 07, 2013), “a member of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Indian Parliament and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The affidavit also included reference to the attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001 which was followed by the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota), and the 2008 Mumbai attacks which led to amendments in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA)”.

The credibility of the whistleblower, (an ex-Indian officer, Satish Varma) reflects in the selection of presenting the evidence, that is, Mr. Varma directly went to the highest court in the land, in order to avoid any potential torture and possible murder at the hands of Indian military and security services – because, reportedly, the Mumbai Police Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare was shot dead by his own colleagues. Therefore, it is crucial that the Indian authorities must scrutinize the rogue elements in the military and intelligence services.

For India, it is imperative not only to accept the responsibility of endangering peace and stability, but also to admit that it had unjustifiably carried out these attacks against its own people. In search of a greater role at the world stage as well as seeking strategic influence in Afghanistan, Indian military and security services are gone “out of control” and have violating the human rights of their fellow Indians.

This revelation demonstrates a deeply flawed system of accountability of security and military services in the largest democracy of the world. It should be seen in the way violence is imposed and to which extent the perception of a nation is suffered due to false construction of images, rhetoric and international campaign against Pakistan. Whereas, the post-9/11 coagulate the connection between transnational terrorism and non-state actors, the states on other hand too played an uncaring and risky policy-making.

On the way to interconnect what is being stated, let me also argue that Indian policy of “killing their own”, just to get diplomatic leverage over Pakistan is a dark example of wrong-headed policies of hardliners in India. By going as far as India and its media did during attacks on parliament and in Bombay, it may have sought to deflect the atrocities in Kashmir and in 67 other Indian states where India brutally trying to suppress active-separatist movements.

The mechanism of independent reporting about these atrocities has also not been transparent. During the Mumbai attacks, for instance, the preposterous and Bollywood style propaganda too is crucial to assess the damage that was done to Pakistan’s image and perception in the aftermath of Indian parliament and Mumbai attacks.

Unfortunately, some non-professional domestic media persons also followed “newsfeeds” from international media, and without investigating the truth behind the campaign, Pakistani journalists just presented the reports, and hence provided the substantiating the claims in these reports. Such a policy of “hear and believe” in the modern journalism traditions betrays the trust of ordinary citizens and the state, this trend should be avoided.

To be concluded, the Indian government should seriously consider implementing a strict accountability code on the rogue elements in its military and security services because the “world’s largest” democratic status cannot be guaranteed if India continue to send contradictory diplomatic signals in the region. The youth of South Asia needs establishing peace rather than conspiring against it. India and Pakistan must strive to achieve a sustainable peace that is based on mutual respect and principles of equality.