Finally, on 1st May 2019, India achieved the much-deserved diplomatic victory when China was forced by other P5 countries to lift the technical hold on dreaded terrorist nurtured by terror state Pakistan. By listing Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist under the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee, the first major step was been taken to nail the terror factories across Pakistan, which has been arming and abetting these global terrorists across the world.
India had initially moved the proposal way back in 2009, but as expectedly all-weather friend of Pakistan had been blocking the move. Again in 2016, India moved the proposal which was backed by US, UK and France. But the proposal was again kept on hold due to the obstinate behavior of China. The same proposal was moved in 2017 which was again kept on hold. However, post Pulwama attack on Indian Security forces, where more than 40 personnel got martyred, the dynamics for India got changed, as world recognized the gravity of the situation and showed seriousness in handling the situation.
China this time around again played its dirty trick to block any move to designate Masood as global terrorist by putting a technical hold on it. On 28th March, the US along with UK and France moved a resolution directly in UNSC for listing of Masood Azhar an international terrorist. This forced China to fall in line. It is the first instance when action was taken to circumvent the UN Sanction Committee. China initially made some veiled threats but had to swallow the bitter pill as world powers were on Indian side.
This time China understood that world was against Pakistan and its misadventure in India and Afghanistan and its continued support to Pakistan would lose it its global reputation, as it would be implied that China is indirectly a supporter of such ideological terror organizations. The fact of the matter was that world knew Masood Azhar was in safe sanctuary in Pakistan and that compelled the UN to act against Masood. The reason is not far to seek; as per updated list of sanction committee, of the 262 individuals and 82 organizations, more than 100 are linked to terror state Pakistan.
The isolation of Pakistan and turning around of China is, therefore, a major diplomatic victory for India and all credit must go to the current dispensation who have made this possible. This victory was possible as world has recognized the growing economic, military and soft power of India. However, Indian security establishment cannot lower their guard as the recent multiple bombing in Sri Lanka by ISIS-linked group and their presence in the subcontinent is still a major security threat. India must establish a joint anti-terror group along with its friendly neighbors to thwart any such misadventure in the region.
Dance of Democracy
Indian electorate are exercising their franchise to elect the new Lok Sabha members.This carnival of democracy is an example for the world; a mammoth exercise by completely neutral Election Commission of India is an apt example for the democracies around the world. Many journalists, academicians and intellectuals are observing these elections with awe and admiration. This has further enhanced the prestige of India among the world bodies who can take the clue from India. However, back at home, the rancor by Indian political parties who were resorting to different means to come back to power is uncalled for. Some of these political parties have of late been casting doubts on EVM’s and on the Election Commission of India. These attempts to malign such independent institution’s does not augur well. The flawless execution by the ECI and large participation by citizens of India is praise worthy. However, despite the forced exodus from valley, Kashmiri Pandits who are spread across the country took to voting in large numbers. The community has shown its faith and commitment in the democratic institutions and have never resorted to any unfair or impractical means to get their genocide reversed. Therefore, I salute my community brethren for their commitment and spirit of fairness and trust in democratic institutions.
Sedition Ignored by Election Commission
The election for the Lok Sabha in Kashmir saw vitriolic statements coming from the main stream political parties against the unity and integrity of India. These statements spewed venom against India, and what was intriguing is that Election Commission who has been banning leaders across political spectrum for their comments for crossing the norms, has been silent on such statements from valley politicians. By not acting against these politicians, the EC has allowed them to go unpunished. This is a dangerous trend as this could lead to further anti-India rhetoric among masses in Kashmir. EC should act against such politicians and rein them as it cannot be allowed to give premium to those who speak against the territorial integrity of India.
By the time we publish our next issue, the new Lok Sabha would had been constituted and we would be having a new dispensation at the center. We hope that the new government shall be as stable as the current regime. This would lead the country to higher goals. Hoping that the new government also works for refoulment of victims of genocide – The Kashmiri Pandits.