Premeditated Attack

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Jul 2017 10:41:21


Terrorists are beasts in the form of human species and they are not fit to be part of a civilisation we have built brick by brick through centuries of struggle and fights; they are the darkest blot in human history, inimical to anything that is progressive.

 

No religion teaches unwarranted bloodshed. No religion teaches killing women and children and harmless people and those in sleep or those on a holy journey. These beasts have concocted and convoluted religion to suit their convenience. They hold a skewed and retarded worldview and live in that and want the world to be the way they want— regressive, denigrated and primitive.

THE gory attack on pilgrims in Anantnag district of Kashmir a few days back has invited unequivocal criticism from the world over. Lakhs of devotees travel to the holy Amarnath shrine every year from all nooks and corners of the country. It is a grand affair continuing perhaps for centuries and Hindus wait for years to take the arduous journey to the Himalayas.


Every pious Hindu wants to have the blessings of the Lord at Amarnath at least once in their lifetime. They travel up to 3,900 metres through a difficult terrain to have darshan of the lingam. The 45-day Yatra is attended by over 6 lakh pilgrims every year during July-August—the only time when the shrine is not covered in snow.
The attack by militants was a premeditated and targeted action aimed simply at killing as many people as possible and creates chaos and derails the high-profile Yatra. The US and Iran have deplored the strike and the UK, Germany, France and Bangladesh have expressed their solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism and extremism.


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wrote to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, condemning the ‘heinous’ terror attack on the pilgrims and reaffirming her country’s support to India at this ‘difficult hour,’ while Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a release, also strongly denounced the terrorist attack and expressed its condolences.


Hasina also reiterated Bangladesh’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy against terrorism and vowed to continue to work together with India to eradicate the menace. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said, “Being enemies of civilisation and humanity, terrorists don’t respect any religion and law but in order to disseminate terror and hate, they target sacred locations and civilians including women and children.”
Afghanistan, which is at the front-line in the fight against terrorism, has always evinced its honesty and valour in counterterrorism efforts, once again stressing putting up a collective and earnest fight against terrorism through a unified strategy, a statement from the Afghan President’s office said.


The UK’s acting High Commissioner to India, Alexander Evans, tweeted, “The UK stands resolutely with India in the fight against terror,” he tweeted. Pavel Dorokhin, a member of State Duma and Deputy Chairman of India-Russia Inter-Parliamentary committee Expressed his, “... deep condolences on the terrorist attack in J&K. Russia stands united against terrorism and terrorism cannot be justified.”


“We deplore the attack on #Amarnath pilgrims & condemn all acts of terrorism. Deepest condolences to the families & all those affected,” the US Ambassador’s official Twitter handle posted. France sent out a message of solidarity. “France assures the people and authorities of India of its solidarity in face of terrorism,” said the spokesperson of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. German Ambassador Martin Ney in his message said he strongly condemned the terrorist attack on behalf of his Government.


He also conveyed deepest condolences to the families of the victims. “As the G20 leaders just reaffirmed in Hamburg, we are resolved to tackle terrorism as a common challenge to the global community,” Nay noted. Maldives Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim also strongly condemned the attack.


Canadian High Commissioner to India, Nadir Patel tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the senseless attacks on #AmarnathYatra Canada condemns all acts of terror @CanadainIndia.” Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Bhutan also condemned the terror attack in which seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 injured when their bus came under heavy gunfire from terrorists in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The bus was on its way from Baltal to Jammu when the attack took place. There can be no greater crime than killing harmless civilians, unprepared and unarmed, going on a holy mission. Even countries stop war and order cease-fire during times of religious festivities. But then, terror has no religion, no moral binding.


Terrorists are beasts in the form of human species and they are not fit to be part of a civilisation we have built brick by brick through centuries of struggle and fights; they are the darkest blot in all human history and inimical to anything that is progressive and healthy for mankind. It is not religion.


No religion teaches unwarranted bloodshed. No religion teaches killing women and children and harmless people and those in sleep or those on a holy journey. These beasts have concocted and convoluted religion to suit their convenience. They hold a skewed and retarded worldview and live in that and want the world to be the way they want— regressive, denigrated and primitive. Every country today has been a victim of terrorism in some form or other. Be it France, or the UK or the US or Russia or Bangladesh—name it and we have the data of terror strikes the country has faced. No country is safe today. Every other day a new rebel group is appearing from nowhere and trampling civilisational values.


In last two decades of terrorism, we have lost trillions of dollars and millions of lives worldwide. Yet no one has achieved anything. It has only spread more hatred, more suspicion and misery. War and bloodshed lead us nowhere. People have been fighting for centuries for petty political gains or religious mileage but we are no better even after all that.


The acerbity has only deepened, the violence intensified. Only if the gun totters realised this simple truth! There is no valour in killing innocent people. This is no bravery. It is sheer cowardice to kill armless men and women from the cover of darkness— any mean dolt can do that. Manliness is of chivalry and nobility. No religion abhors or forbids nobility.


These perverse anti-socials don’t know anything about religion, for what is religion without humanity? Religion is not for animals, it is to make man better. The Prophet taught the same things, as did the Buddha or Christ in different garbs and idioms. But if religion makes people imbeciles, then the whole theory and purpose of having a guiding light and holiness in life, turn farcical.


We cannot take this lying down. If one doesn’t understand decency, then they need to be shown the bestial side too. Sometimes, it is an eye for an eye that ushers in peace. Sometimes we need to assert our capability to register our presence. Countries should join hands with honesty and in all earnest to teach these terror elements a lesson. We have long been suffering and it is time to get into the tough mode.


There is no reason why a united force involving countries and pooled resources cannot break the terror network. There are only a handful of big terror organisations and we all know where they exist and how they operate. If governments are honest and work in unison focused to end terrorism, it is not a difficult task. Countries only lack the willingness and the consensus to work together for petty interests gain an upper hand in any major collective effort. This is what emboldens the fringe elements.


Once we decide and take on the militants, they can be obliterated from the face of the earth. We are way better technically and strategically equipped to fall prey to their designs. It’s a shame that despite all our wherewithal we are unable to take on the terrorists and end them. We have had enough of condemnation and words of deprecation, which have become clichéd tricks of denouncement but have failed to make much of a cut. It is time to act. It’s as simple as that. Unless we act, we will pave the way for humanity’s debacle.


By the way, not being pro-active towards ending the menace for good, the ‘civilised’ world is only promoting doomsday. Countries or dispensations directly or indirectly promoting terrorism must be strategically pressured to fall in line. They cannot have their way as we sit watching our people die.