Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2017 09:18:17

 EVEN as Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi presented an eleven-point plan to counter terrorism globally at the G-20 Leaders’ Retreat at Hamburg, every head of the government of member-nations realised the critical importance of the document. As a lead speaker on the issue of terrorism, Mr. Modi made many suggestions which other leaders seemed to agree with. For, whatever Mr. Modi said in Hamburg has been his theme for the past three years since he took over as India’s Prime Minister. In fact, over this period, Mr.

Modi has emerged as the leader who is most consistent on this issue globally. It was only natural that the G- 20 summit offers him the honour of being a lead speaker on a subject as serious as terrorism and its antidote. It is time the world listened to Mr. Narendra Modi’s exhortation and tried to implement his 11-point programme.

Time and again, India has made a strong case for a concerted global bid to finish terrorism. Mr. Modi has invested every moment of his engagement with world leaders to highlight this point. His suggestions have been practical and essential for the global fight against terror. The world finds his appeal serious and necessary. Despite this, however, the leaders of world governments have not been able to draw up a common agenda to fight the scourge.

Most unfortunately, they have continued to indulge in political games of oneupmanship.When Russia take an initiative to strike against terror, the United States finds it difficult to agree with that action. When the United States takes certain steps, other nations have their reservations. Such political consideration has often weighed heavy on the global mind.

Though he has not verbalised it, narrow politics must have been Mr. Modi’s frustration as regards the global combat against terrorism. That India has been suffering from cross-border terrorism operated by Pakistan, is one aspect of India’s effort to forge a common front. But more importantly, what India has often stressed is the importance of evolution of a civilised world in which the human community lives in peace and harmony and happiness. Every leaders gives lip service on this issue in glowing terms. Yet, at the time of implementation, narrow political considerations block the path of collective action. This problem can be sorted out when global leaders spend their considerable energies to sorting out of the various facets of the issue. The question is not as to who leads to the change, but question is how the world sorts out the fine-print. As the lead speaker at the G- 20 summit, Mr. Modi has spelt out his vision. The next step is for others to pick up the cause in equal sincerity. For, terrorism is not just a security challenge; it is also a challenge to humanity’s right to live a meaningful life of peace and harmony in which human soul finds its full expression.C


THE Government has done well to resolve that the soldiers and security personnel engaged in defence operations at places like Siachen Glacier or in antiNaxalite operations involving very risk to life, would be granted additional perks in the new pay structure as per the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. This decision does not involve only a heightened pay, but also an assurance that the nation stands by them as they get engaged in their duty in national interest. It is from this standpoint that we describe it as a ‘good idea’.

It is fundamentally necessary that the nation stays grateful to all those soldiers who take the worst risks and are even willing to lay down their lives for national defence. It is because of the sacrifices of such men -- and now possibly women -- that the common Indians can have a normal life, get engaged in legitimate commerce, make families, have children, send them to schools and colleges, get involved in sports and adventure, connect with the larger world, write books and read them, create arts that would elevate human soul.

So, when so much is possible because few soldiers are willing to make the highest sacrifices, it is the society’s basic responsibility and duty to acknowledge the sublime contribution.

This recognition has come now by way of heightened perks to these bravehearts. The nation has, thus, every reason to rejoice and be grateful. At Siachen, for example, when temperatures dip close to minus 50 degrees celsius, no soldier, howsoever tough he may be, can sustain at that awesome height in that emotionally charged atmosphere for long. Extreme cold as well as a real threat not just to the nation but also to the soldiers’ lives by the enemy at an individual level make life very difficult. At Siachen, many soldiers are known to have got disoriented.

Therefore the Armed Forces have evolved a proper doctrine for deployment at Siachen. For more or less similar reasons, the security forces combat Naxalism.Such personnel certainly need a better treatment that would respect than just more money. That was exactly the purpose behind the recent decision, and therefore most welcom