As per records of British Parliament India provided 2 million persons (including military) in World War I & II each. When these battle hardened people came to India it was natural that if India opted for freedom struggle, then it would be armed and not non-violent.
Some day some historians may reveal the truth that Britishers brought Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa so that freedom struggle of India could be diverted from armed to non-violent. Mahatma Gandhi and his followers did not understand that freedom cant be achieved by merely challenging the civilian elements of the regime rather the martial element of any regime is also to be challenged for freedom.
Unlike 1857 first armed independence struggle [when Muslims (main beneficiary) took the lead], this time initiative was to be taken (which they failed) by Hindus, the major beneficiary of independent democratic Hindu majority India. Had India raised the guns against Britishers in second freedom struggle and had blood of both Hindus and Muslims flown together on Indian soil for freedom, no communal force (what to talk of achieving partition) would have even dared to talk about partition [because only martial element (and not merely military) of State can keep communal forces under check].
Hence India is not any other country but has this history. Therefore Indians who are thinking that without removing said martial deficiency, India will be able to achieve economic progress / prosperity & peace then they are living in make believe world.
There is another proof of martial deficiency of India where it cowardly preferred a meaningless letter to UNSC Al-Qaeda sanctions committee complaining about release of Lakhvi (mastermind of 26/11) instead of getting justice.
In addition to removing martial deficiency, India will have to stop giving lip service to secularism. Lot of noise is being created in Indian media (print and electronic) on Home Ministrys May, 5 statement in Parliament that Dawood Ibrahim was yet to be located and that his extradition process could be initiated once he was traced. A Red Corner Notice is in existence against Dawood the accused in the Mumbai serial blasts of 1993 and the United Nations Security Council has also issued a special notice against him. In the past Government of India (GOI) has been saying that GOI knows that Dawood is in Pakistan. Despite all these India has not been able to bring Dawood so far to face court trial in Mumbai / India.
India is not trying to understand that Pakistan will raise (even at international forum) that – When no action has been taken on Srikrishna Commission Report (indicting mainly Hindu leaders for post Babri-Masjid-demolition communal riots in Mumbai in reaction to which Mumbai serial blasts of 1993 took place) then why should Pakistan hand-over Dawood to India ?
International community (including UN) will also take note of the fact that:-
(i)- India is yet to punish the accused (including Member of Parliament and Ministers in past and present BJP / NDA governments) of Babri Masjid demolition [which triggered communal riots in which thousands of innocent Muslims were killed (in addition to some Hindus) from 1992 to 2002 Gujarat massacre].
(ii)- India is yet to restore the status-quo-ante of Babri Mosque which Supreme Court of India (in whos observers presence Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992) is under legal obligation to restore by getting it reconstructed before anything, in Babri Masjid related civil and criminal cases, is decided in any court of India.
(iii)- India is yet to see the worst (about communal riots) in view of the fact that Sangh Parivar – [of which ruling BJP (heavily dependent on it for electoral success) is an important part including Hindu Saints who are Member of Parliament and Ministers in PM Modis BJP led Government] – is determined to get Ram Mandir constructed (even by act of Parliament in view of requisite absolute majority of BJP / NDA in Parliament) at the site of demolished Babri Masjid.
Even if the annual report 2015 by United States Commission of International Religious Freedom (where USCIRF raised doubts about impartiality of Indian State in handling communal matters) is overlooked / rejected alleged being biased. But in view of above mentioned India should understand that without removing martial deficiency and its consequence the communal mindset, India can’t go & progress further
Hem Raj Jain
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