Mani Shankar Choudhury: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech has signaled a drastic change in the country’s patient policy towards Pakistan, which has so far waged a blood-spilling shadow war either by sponsoring terror or racking up the Kashmir issue against India to the world community.
The sudden shedding of restrained posture and putting on the aggressive gloves can be attributed to many factors. But, it is the very fact that Narendra Modi is the first Indian prime minister who openly uttered against the Pak army’s atrocities in Balochistan while addressing the Indian nation on I-Day. And his stand is justified by the supportive reaction of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
The reasons of India’s outspokenness can be attributed to the following factors:
Pak’s recent trouble-making in Kashmir: The recent unrest in Kashmir over terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing has so far claimed 78 lives and created a serious problem for the Modi led central government. There are ample evidences that Pakistan is fuelling the unrest. Pak prime minister Nawaz Shariff has dubbed the terrorist Burhan Wani a martyr (of course was kowtowed under pressure of the Pak army) and blamed India for gagging the ‘democratic’ voices of Kashmiris.
By racking up the savagery committed by Pakistan army in the turbulent province of Balochistan, India has paid Pakistan in its own coin. By expressing his solidarity with the Baloch nationalist movement and the PoK unrest, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has clearly make it clear that India will no longer adhere the timid policy of the previous regimes.
Pakistan’s ‘GOOD’ and ‘BAD’ terrorist approach: The Pakistani tricking policy of separating and acting differently on ‘Good Terrorists’ like Lashkar, Jaish and Hizbul, who acts against India and enjoyed the support of Pak military and ISI, and `Bad Terrorists’ like Pakistani Taliban, Baloch separatists (those who act against Islamabad) has clearly annoyed Delhi and has also invited bitter repercussion from Washington.
The 26/11 Mumbai attack and numerous other terror strikes in India have originated from Pakistan and the neighbour is clearly in no mood of spoiling the fruits of its terror tree by initiating any action against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Sayeed as per India’s demand. The Pak dual policy has exposed to Delhi for many decades but the Modi govt. has understood the futility of mere table talks
The illicit bed partnership between China and Pakistan: The recent aggressive shift in India’s Pak policy may also have been caused by the Red Dragon’s irritating ‘Kabhi Han Kabhi Na’ parley with Islamabad. Furthermore, the recent Pakistan-China economic corridor through PoK (Pak occupied Kashmir) has exhausted Delhi, which is vehemently opposing the deal.
The Chinese navy lingering in the harbor of Karachi has also proved to be a major concern for India forcing the shift in attitude and an inclination towards Washington.
Populist promises and growing domestic pressure: Before becoming the Prime Minister, NaMo was a fierce critic of UPA government’s soft stance on Pakistan and advocated a tough policy. He had criticized the negotiations after the Mumbai attack and projected this as reluctance of UPA govt. to act against Pakistan.
After sweeping the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, Prime Minister Modi had promised a tough line on Pakistan in resolving issues like cross-border terrorism and shadow war waged by the later. The immense pressure felt by the PM after the Pathankot terror attack and a patriotic demand within the country to act tough on Pakistan is also a major reason of India’s policy shift