Observations, deductions and feelings fueled by tequila, tea and tobacco

Just my words

In Nation, Observations, Deductions and Feelings, People on January 16, 2009 at 02:25

Can’t help deriding the fools who want ‘military action’ against our northwestern neighbour. To quote a favourite movie character:

This war will be fought not on the frontier or on some distant battlefield, but amongst us…among our homes…our children will learn of it with their own eyes…and the innocent will die with the rest of us.

People in (most of) India have become so Americanised, they believe war is something that they see on CNN (IBN), something that happens in distant Kargil, or the borders, or believe we have an invincible fighting army that’ll be facing a bunch of demotivated stone age platoons.

Fact of the matter is that once the war starts up, first missiles will rain on Delhi, killing by the hundreds while turning to rubble our one city with good infra, effective government and expanding industry. Next would be Bombay, crushing our financial services, hopes and dreams. Soon would follow Bangalore, sounding a death knell to any hopes of IT(/ES) driven recovery and to the entrepreneural boom.

We need to realise that unlike America, that big brother all aspire to imitate in one manner or other, we don’t have the benefit of weak friendly neighbours and thousands of miles of water protecting us from most adverse reactions. We won’t be raging a war in faraway Chile while sitting in India. And when the war is at home, the loss is incomprehensible. Lost businesses, torn families, devastated cities, internal unrest, generation(s) lost and a war that can drag on for decades without conclusion is something that can break even the best of nations, and we’re still a long way from home on any count.

We’re the generations brought up in relative (external) security, on a diet of inspiring war movies, and fed american logic for boosting economy by war spending. We haven’t seen the scenario when half the family loses jobs overnight thanks to a collapsing economy, children cry hoarse for not getting basic sweets thanks to rationing, brothers, fathers, uncles, boyfriends and husbands die on the front or at home in missile strike. We’ve been introduced to the romantic notion of war and victory. Not to fact that victory and honour are not assured but pain, death and destruction are.

Afterthought. This is another big reason why I still support the big C. While everyone in the country was baying for blood – the ignorant populace, the ever contrarian opposition parties, the sensationalist media – they stuck to core diplomacy. The old men of Delhi may have been criticised no end but they did save us a generation of youth, the hope for a prosperous future and the promise of not letting it pass un-noticed.

On a related note, I was just thinking about why is Kargil called a success? Just because it came in time of a media-savvy hard right government? Because, as far as I can see, we never took any action against its perpetrators. We never took the issue up with same intenstity in international fora. Yes we pushed them back but never did we punish them – politically, diplomatically or militarily. Infact, we gave them the biggest encouragement possible. We sent them a message – you can flout our borders with absolutely no fear of repurcussions. So try and try again till you succeed. But then, to the then government’s benefit, it took place in a remote northern corner and not in the heart of India’s commercial capital 😦


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