A tale of two FMs
Salman must learn the art of diplomacy from Hina
Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani is not only the smartest lady around in the subcontinent, but also a confident woman with much better articulation than the Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid. Without going into the gory details of what happened on the two sides of the Line of Control in the recent weeks, resulting in high caliber tensions on borders, it is strongly felt that Salman Khurshid should learn the art of diplomacy and articulation from his Pakistani counterpart.
To say that Salman Khurshid is a carbon copy of his immediate predecessor would not be a wrong conclusion. Shackled by his own political ambitions and in a bid to show himself as the man for peace in an attempt to get some kind of award for himself, Khurshid , it may be said, is a man who speaks boldly only when some charges are leveled by Aam Aadmi Party Leader Arvind Kejriwal. He was all fire and brimstone, when it came to refuting the allegations, true or false, he would know it better. That he was shifted from Minority Affairs – the plight of the minorities in the country is very well known- to the Foreign Ministry, was a reward to him, politically. Why such an honour was conferred on him, is not known to anyone. Khurshid or his patrons in Congress party would know it better.
Here is a situation. Pakistanis fired at a village in Uri sector, killing three civilians, including children. The Indian army responded, and a Pakistani soldier was killed. That was given out by Pakistan. True or not, is not known, but the Indian diplomat in Islamabad (Pakistani capital), was summoned by the foreign office of Pakistan. But the fact of the matter is that no army in the world would ever witness the killing of its civilians whom it is supposed to guard. Three Kashmiris were killed and the Indian army should have kept quiet against this provocation is beyond the comprehension of any one. Armies are deployed on the borders to defend the frontiers and to give a sense of security to the civilians, not just stand there to show their presence. That presence should have some meaning, without that there is no purpose of the soldiers being there, where they were.
In October 2005, the Army had saved hundreds of civilians when a massive earthquake struck the villages all along the LoC. Not only that , the Indian army had also rescued four Pakistani soldiers from a collapsed bunker of Pakistanis across the Kaman post in Uri sector. These facts should not be lost sight of, while discussing the role of the army on borders.
Soon after the Charuna incident came the incident, which has been aptly described as butchery, in which Pakistani soldiers, according to the Indian army, beheaded Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hem Raj whose throat was slit in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. That raised the level of anger to boiling point across the nation. This was much more than mere the ceasefire violation. It was the violation of the sanctity of the LoC and the brutality that seemed to have been executed to raise the level of tensions on the borderline.
Ms Rabbani was there to deny it all. She did that with perfection. Her style and articulation worked as a cover for what happened on the LoC and added a dimension of probe into the incidents of ceasefire violations by the United Nations Military Observer’s Group for India and Pakistan, something that she knew herself would not serve any purpose because India would reject it. But she made her point and made it quite effectively, unchallengeable from Pakistan’s point of view, as Pakistan despite its volatile internal situation , political, financial and terrorism , had invested a great deal in Kashmir.
On the other hand, India is having a foreign minister who doesn’t know the knowledge of the facts on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir, leave alone the incidents on the LoC. He could not defend India in definitive terms at Geneva, when he was a minister of state for foreign affairs during the Narsimha Rao government. It was the BJP stalwart Atal Behari Vajpayee and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who saved the day for India.
Being a peacenick is a good thing. It is required, but that should not mean that one should be unable to send a strong message against the brutal actions in strong terms.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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