Reflecting the new political developments upon changed scenario due to reoccupation and governance of Afghanistan by Taliban with help of allied groups, has become a reality. It has definitely put a security threat perception for country as a whole but J&K in particular especially viz escalation of terrorism wherein soft targets will fall prey easily to start with and thereafter others Nationalist (like Panchayat members or security officials) who welcomed the new status of J&K as Union Territory with abrogation of Article 370 & 35 A.Last month, killing of two year old kid in a Jihadi attack in Rajouri of Jammu, in which 5 of the family of a BJP worker were critically injured, together with targeted killings of many Panchayat members both in Valley and Jammu Division have caused much anguish amongst the people in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.It is a grim reminder of selected killings caused by inimical forces that was experienced by the miniscule community before uprooting them from place of origin in 1990. The only difference is that at that time, the Govt collapsed after abdicating its responsibility and put the state and its subjects to the mercy of insurgents.Yes, the anguish and uncertainty is felt throughout the state about the recurrence of such killings and rightly question are being raised for the gaps found in intelligence apparatus that has emboldened the inimical forces to act at will and whims despite our security forces having the experience of handling this menace over the last 30 years.Infact, the ramification of political and security scenario to emerge upon plan of withdrawal of US and allied troops from Afghanistan as early in 2014 (Finally, Taliban took control on 15/8/ 2021 ) in our surroundings and to our country in particular, were not difficult to visualise.The nefarious design and deeds of neighbouring country is no more a hidden agenda, whose game plan to pierce the integrity of the country and take revenge of the humiliating defeat suffered in earlier two wars, are well known. As US and allied troops felt tired of their involvement in Afghanistan, its fate was bound to come in the hands of forces inimical to our country. There will be free run for the Jehadi groups to operationalise their strategies. Hence, there were cent percent chances to create heightened tension in our border state , with plan of Pakistan/ Taliban/ China to separate Kashmir from rest of India, to begin with. Whether we are fully prepared to defend sovereignty of country with determined motto or shall we be caught dozing again, is a big question mark!In the given circumstances whether Govt would have avoided such killings of nationalists post abrogation of Art 370/ Union territory, is difficult to answer, possibly the community would have suffered many more causalities and atrocious happenings. In any transformation under previous regimes nationalists have suffered terribly. In this long rule of previous Govt’s lot of injustices have been done.Yes, the house is being set in order and some unpleasant happenings will occur which is but natural. In Bengal or anywhere else such happenings will occur and things may turn for better results in due course.The present situation is so stern that there is utmost non-cooperation from opposition and any step taken for good of country is tooth & nail stopped by uncalled agitations by opposition. The government has no magic wand to make everything feasible for what people would like PM to do.This especially should be a concern for curiosity.Time will reveal the fruit of present government’s attempts to put political setup in order. People have the right to ask for their rights but they have to co-operate with Govt and abide by laws to help Govt to run smoothly and keep security both internal & external in consideration so that country improves in its economy adequately and becomes Atmanirbhar (self supporting) and progress onwards confidently.Time has come that the international community needs to chalk out a robuststrategy to deal with this menace as the entire Afghanistan will be used a terror factory for Al Qaeda, Haqani network and Jaish e Mohammad and others who also helped Taliban in taking over Afghanistan in some way or other. The terror incidents across the central Asia and Indian subcontinent will rise and India should be on high alerts, the intelligence agencies have also sounded alerts to the Govt after August 15.Many Indian liberals are reluctant to denounce the rise of global Jihad, fearing that will strengthen the communal hate messages of BJP. Some hope for a new, tame Taliban, that is delusion. Global Islamism and Hindu nationalism will almost clash and promote communalism on both sides that may not be good for society and economy.However, it is high time to PRIORITISE defence preparation and keep the country in a state of preparedness at all costs, without compromising any cut in defence expenditure budget and take other necessary diplomatic measures to win the battle. According to the US-based ” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist dated 9/9/21, Pakistan’s stockpile of nuclear arsenal could grow to around 200 warheads by 2025, if the current trend continues. Any miscalculation or under-estimation of events to come should be deemed as act of self-sabotage.Thanks Almighty that our PM has prioritised defence sector by increasing budget allocations for it manifold, (from Rs 1,45,000 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 4,78,000 crore at present) giving a fresh impetus to building of border infrastructure and boosting the morale of armed forces.INTROSPECTION.US President Jos Biden in his latest speech urged Afghan leaders to fight for their homeland, saying he did not regret the decision to withdraw. Look , we spent over a trillion dollars over 20 years. We trained and equipped over 3 lacs Afghan forces. Afghan leaders have to come together. We lost thousands- lost to death and injury- thousand of American personnel. We gave them every chance to determine their own future. We could not provide them will to fight for that future. They have got to fight for themselves , fight for their nation..”The Nexus between China- Pakistan to put India on tender hooks is an established fact. China wants to score points with India and encroach on Indian territory in Ladakh to keep up its ambition of expansion in land or ocean .China too has eye on mineral wealth of Afghanistan and spread its economic prowess in this region. Russia too is happy with happening to see America’s influence fade away in Afghanistan.LESSONSIndia must be vigilant to new emerging threats and types of Warfare. India must not should not lower its guard. Security challenges to India were never easy. Now they are even complex. Need strong, capable and completely ‘ self reliant defense industry in the country to cater to the needs of the defence forces.Security of a country is of paramount importance to peace, progress and protection of citizens. it demands eternal vigilance, spirit of sacrifice, firm commitment by one and all to preserve and sustain the country’s growth and development. Preparedness ensures success. Unpreparedness spells failure.
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