I belong to a family of defence personnels whose father retired from Indian Air Force. While living in air force campuses, I have seen martyrdom pretty closely. Thus, terrorist attacks in Uri sector and Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir shook me a bit more. But to the great surprise, our forces retaliated against the terrorists and conducted surgical strikes and took revenge from the perpetrators. After both the terrorist attacks, when the country was saddened by the martyrdom of our soldiers, the retaliatory action by Indian military damaging the camps of terrorist groups gave a feeling of satisfaction to the countrymen who were demanding the retributive justice. The greatest element in this achievement was that there was no or minimal collateral damage. And even when our officer wing commander Abhinandan Vardhman became a prisoner, he got a safely return to his homeland.
But, was all this possible without a strong political leadership?
It is absolutely true that politicians don’t fight wars and it is our soldiers who actually fight in the battlefield, but what if their hands were tied due to weak leadership? If it would have been a coalition government in the centre, the decision making of the political establishment could have been watered down. The frail and feeble political will power could have weakened the nation’s faith due to incumbent umpirage (as the military forces observed during 1962 Indo-China war).
The Maoist attacks in Naxal affected regions have dropped drastically in last five years. The Non-Government organisations which provide finance to the anarchic naxals, were asked to register themselves. This compulsion prohibited their existence and hence, the monetary pipeline assisting the funding of Maoists got cut down. This registration process for N.G.O.’s, after being made mandatory, has languished the efforts of people who have their command over mediums of communications via cultural study centres, academia, media and through the cluster of film-making and other art forms. Their efforts to whitewash and neutralise the violent practices and mechanism of bloodshed of Maoist ideology has come into public domain. In the name of armed struggle, these urban activists gather students from different universities of the nation and direct their cadre to countryside, to sabotage the actions in coordination with the rural armed struggle, logistical support, etc. This threat to nation’s internal security is identified and fought pretty well in during this tenure of NDA.
A war memorial was proposed by armed forces long back in 1960’s, but it was being procrastinated by all the Governments. Modi Government constructed the much awaited National War Memorial, which is based on the thought that there should be a place where we don’t mourn death, but celebrate the life of our soldiers and pay respect to the sacrifices made by them. Doesn’t it seems surprising to you that India has not faced even a single prominent terrorist attack outside Kashmir in previous five years? That should be more than sufficient for anyone who identifies themselves as Indian.
If you think that it’s enough of the feeling of national pride, and if you want to act as ‘not being convinced’ to vote Modi government on the subject of national security, then there are many more other subjects too. If you have the guts, read ahead.