Arundhati Ghose points out:
"Rarely have I heard a country of the North criticising
another country from Europe or the US for violations of human
rights. Rarely do governments get together to deal with a human
rights issue in a non-political way… in almost all western
countries human rights at international level are handled as a
foreign policy issue rather than an issue which affects all
society." She also highlights "pernicious"
aspects of human rights organisations’ functioning in
different parts of the world. She terms such set ups as
"veritable industry". Surely, these factors hinder the
tackling of terrorism in an effective manner.
reveals the hitherto lesser-known aspects of the Kargil
conflict. The ham-handed manner in which our political rulers
and Army top brass handled intelligence inputs is startling
indeed. He cites an example of Azhar Shafi Mir, a former
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen foot soldier, who was pushed into India to
inflict extensive damage on the Bandipore-Gurez road and
Kangan-Leh road and similar other strategic locations. He
confessed as much during interrogation by the Intelligence
Bureau. Says Swami: "Sadly there was no effort to interpret
and act on this body of information". This apathy towards
crucial aspects of security is puzzling indeed, and has cost us
dearly in terms of invaluable human life. Bharat Karnad outlines
a new strategy for the LoC and low-intensity warfare in Kashmir.
gives details of the suppression of free speech by terrorist
groups. He says that this suppression is not limited to J&K.
Says he: "One may recall the chilling effect of the kidnap
and gruesome murder of M.L. Manchanda, station director of AIR
at Patiala in May 1992. Manchanda was decapitated, his torso
thrown in Patiala, and his head, miles away, in Ambala. The
killing claimed by the Babbar Khalsa, was an unprovoked, crude
and effective demonstration of the terrorists’ determination
to impose their ‘code of conduct’ on the government’s
broadcast agencies". And Manchanda was not the only
innocent to be butchered in this fashion by terrorists.
that terrorism recognises no limits of law and "knows no
constraints of morality, of honour, of human compassion, or even
of the minimal rules of warfare. Crucially, it transcends all
international boundaries, and returns to consume the very
systems and societies that create, support and sponsor it, even
as it destroys those who tolerate or succumb to it". India
will have to essentially depend upon its own resources to fight
terror. Too much dependence on Uncle Sam is not wise. Going by
what the United States and some of its western allies are trying
to do in our neighbourhood and elsewhere, neo-colonialism is
fast becoming a harsh reality for this part of the world.
Written by the most celebrated
super-cop of our times, and others who have had first hand
experience in dealing with the different facets of terror, and
the war against it, this collection of informed essays is a must
read for one and all, especially those who have arrogated to
themselves the role of human rights activists.