The Pillars of the Nation – Daijiworld.com
BY DC PATHAK
In the environment of rupture and internal division fueled by certain political forces in India in their quest for power, it is necessary to distinguish India’s national identity with its democratic dispensation from the tale of doom created by these competitors in the public life.
At present, the nation-state must conform to certain basic paradigms in order to live up to the mandate of the Kautilya Arthashashtra that âthe happiness of the king lies in the happiness of his peopleâ. Five elements of the matrix that sets the standard for such a state are self-evident and any public assessment of it would be the correct basis on which to judge the performance of the current regime.
First, a nation can only exercise sovereignty if it feels empowered and strong enough to counter the hostile movements of an adversary or to defend a cause just for the world as a whole. A nation with pride cannot be taken for granted – for this, all of its citizens must have a sense of identity with the former and issues in its unity derived from shared interests and perspectives of security.
Prime Minister Modi was able to convey to the world the message that India has a new strength, military and moral, to face an aggressive adversary on the outside and any subversive force on the inside. The nation is witnessing the people’s full confidence in the political will of the Prime Minister to punish an external enemy as was the case during the surgical strike in Balakot and the military reinforcement in Ladakh ordered at the first signs of Chinese aggression on ALC in this sector.
The coherence of the security policy of “no talks” with Pakistan unless the latter stops cross-border terrorism against India has been fully endorsed by the people of that country – the dissenting voices of a few “intellectuals”. ‘Engaging in’ proxy politics’ were largely peripheral.
In matters of national security, two things are of crucial importance – first, that they be kept above party politics and second, that there should be a better understanding of the concept that in a state democratic âsecurity for all also means security for allâ – highlighting citizens’ awareness of their own contribution to national security.
Under the Modi regime, the prime minister addressing the fundamental course of Indian civil service on the one hand and the first combined commanders conference chaired by the new CDS on the other hand, conveyed the message that the nation attached the highest importance to national security and public service. .
Second, a modern nation-state realizes the importance of economic growth in making it strong – this was something that even the political art of Chanakya from the vintage 300 BC. .
The link between security and economy is now fully recognized in the doctrine according to which “national security was inseparable from economic security”. Prime Minister Modi’s understanding on this is evident in his tireless efforts for the country’s economic recovery despite the lingering pandemic.
His sense of state prevailed in the insightful policy formulation he articulated in advocating for the âvocal for localâ in an effort to make India economically self-sufficient. His call for outside investors to come here to âdo in Indiaâ is bearing fruit, as under his responsibility, the country has progressed towards the goal of âease of doing businessâ.
Reasonable monetization of public assets is in line with the goal of making India financially strong in the norms of globalization – India had the singular advantage of having many large players in the business world who were naturally inclined to manage global operations due to the country’s advance in computing. Prime Minister Modi is perhaps the first ruler who has led the application of technology in all spheres of national life with rare passion. India will see the long-term benefits of this – the fact of increasing GDP per capita despite internal inequalities keeps the country on the path to economic progress.
The third defining characteristic of nationality is a certain community of perspective that must exist among citizens about happy and unhappy memories of history, equal opportunities in the present, and a sense of their country’s shared destiny in terms of what awaits him.
The interpretation of history is somewhat problematic for Indians because the accounts of ancient India from five thousand years ago are not enthusiastically shared by large sections of the population conditioned by prophetic religions to which civilization itself began much later.
The Qur’an has insisted that the world was in a state of “zahaliyat” or total ignorance before the advent of the Prophet Mohammad. To make matters worse, the assessment of India’s rulers in recorded history is fraught with serious differences because communities have a mutually contradictory view of the monarchs who ruled their regimes on the diktat of a religion or religion. a particular faith.
It is remarkable that Chanakya, the greatest philosopher of ancient India on the art of government, kept the state above class and regional divisions and reminded the king to follow his Dharma or his duty which essentially had a secular core. Prime Minister Modi pledged development for all and equal protection of the law for every citizen – these are the integrated components of secular governance that does not need political publicity.
India’s one-man-one-voice democracy and the constitutional mandate of the political executive bearing no denominational seal gives itself a solid secular foundation, but some opposition forces engaged in minority politics have claimed that the Modi regime is moved away from it. India’s nationhood requires all communities to respect the country’s national symbols and yet some political elements have raised controversy over them for the purposes of the vote bank.
The Indian Constitution defines fundamental duties which call on citizens to promote patriotism by showing respect for national symbols. Politics cannot be allowed to damage the basis of nationalism. Prime Minister Modi should strictly suppress elements that have tried to weaken the nation by questioning its flag or the national anthem.
Fourth, it is unfortunate that the historical repercussions of the cataclysmic partition which accompanied the freedom of India still cast a shadow over the present, in large part because of the machinations of Pakistan and the actions of the pro-Pak elements there. .
Pakistan continues to raise the Kashmir issue on the grounds that it is a Muslim majority state that does not have to comply with the Maharaja’s choice of India membership. The Islamic card game by the Pak-ISI that resulted in the forced expulsion of Kashmiri pundits from the valley in the early 1990s has intensified the Hindu-Muslim divide in this border state and, indeed, across the country.
This happened around the time that Pakistan – flush with the victory of the anti-Soviet armed campaign in Afghanistan for which it got all the credit from the United States – decided to reproduce the Afghan Jihad in Kashmir. and sent the first group of mujahedin from the dreaded Harkat ul Ansar – a combination of the Taliban and what would become Jaish-e-Mohammad – to the valley to push terrorism to a new level there.
Prime Minister Imran Khan recently launched direct attacks against the Modi government for failing to protect the rights of the Muslim minority and allowing âIslamophobiaâ to flourish in India. India’s domestic scene is deteriorating rapidly as pro-Pak lobbies inside and outside the country foment a narrative of âintoleranceâ, suppression of âdiversityâ and violation of human rights .
Pakistan is once again using cross-border terrorism in Kashmir to stir up communal division. Comprehensive ways and means must be found to control the dangerous erosion of internal security caused by hostile forces operating from the outside in concert with pro-Pak elements inside – they were exploiting India’s vulnerability on the community front.
Finally, the greatest threat to India’s national identity comes from sectarian terrorism emanating from the growing community activism encouraged by exclusivist Islamic extremism. A quick reminder of Jamaat-e-Islami, a pro-Pak organization establishing the Islamic Student Movement of India (SIMI) at AMU in 1978 and a militant branch of SIMI called Indian Mujahideen (IM) joining by the following global Islamic organizations like the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and more recently even with ISIS, suffices to show how Pakistan had the opportunity to fish in India’s troubled waters after vested interests minority issues played out here.
Pak agencies sponsored terrorist acts in India as part of the “proxy war” against that country and developments in Afghanistan leading to the return of the Taliban-controlled emirate to Kabul with full support from Pakistan as well. that the emergence of Sino-Pak military alliance working mainly against India, have multiplied this danger to our national security.
This is the time for the Indian nation to revitalize and invigorate itself by embracing all – regardless of caste, creed and region – and for citizens to rally with the state to protect the country from the external and internal threats. They must realize that there can be no development in a situation of conflict and growth without security. Internal security is currently added to our national tasks and is also part of our economic mission.