The author of the book ‘Live for India’ Anshu Pathak has also traversed through the history of India as taught to us. This western manufactured history starts with village civilization in Baluchistan 7000 years ago, then goes through Indus Valley, then to the birth of Buddha— all in 5000 years, then the Buddhist era of generally speaking of more than one thousand and Islamic rule of another thousand years, followed by more than 200 years of British rule.
It is the early days, but then there is an unmistakable impression that is gaining ground all over that Modi is fast emulating Indira Gandhi. In her days of glory, Indira Gandhi was simply unchallengeable. Modi seems to be in a similar situation today.
This is a verdict that might undermine the basic framework of military law in India, setting precedents that will be used in the future to justify acts of omission and commission that simply cannot be permitted in the armed forces. The AFT members approvingly quote from an established treatise which states unequivocally that military justice must promote good order, high morality and discipline. However, they fail to do it themselves.
In the hindsight, one can question whether the method used by the Indian Army personnel in Chattegram was most appropriate under the circumstances. Nevertheless it should be considered that the window of opportunity under these circumstances is very fleeting, the same window of opportunity that the security forces are blamed for wasting in Amritsar during the hijack of IC-814 to Kandahar in 1999.
The overall manifestation of the geopolitical flux in the Bangladesh – West Bengal region is its descent into hub of jihadi terrorism. Earlier, India blamed Bangladesh for harbouring Indian terrorists and insurgents, now the reverse is happening, not because of the omissions and commissions of the Union Government but arguably because of the commissions of the state government.
The two successes of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen of Hyderabad in recent elections in Maharashtra may not affect government formation in Mumbai but reverberations will be felt in the nation’s politics for a long time.