The Gritty Part: A strange co-incidence envelops the recent developments in Yemen and in the Indo-Pak border.
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It’s high time India bought a couple of drones from the US. Those unmanned airplanes seem highly useful in taking out the man-slaying mission in mountainous areas. In Afghanistan and Yemen, the US has been successfully using them, for some time, now. In that movie, The Bourne Legacy, Jason Bourne is able to dodge a drone, with difficulty. Though difficult, he achieves success in avoiding the unmanned plane from his tail. This hardly happen in real life—says statistics of the people killed worldwide in drone attacks.
Is killing the solution to cross boarder terrorism? According to the popular and convenient strategies, it is. What else could be the possible solution when heavily armed mortal combat terrorist machines, from Pakistan, aim at army men on the Indian border in Jammu and Kashmir?
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A strange co-incidence envelops the recent developments in Yemen and in the Indo-Pak border in Kashmir. Five Indian army men were slaughtered brutally by a pack of Pakistan army and terrorists in this area, earlier this week. This Tuesday, 6 August 2013, the US and its allies, including Britain, announced a high alert over Yemen.
According to the Guardian.co.uk, the US state department reported a 'specific and immediate threat'. Yemeni military officials are taking an extraordinary security measure to this imminent threat. No one knows what the threat could be. Or, those who know about it are silent or too afraid to talk about it. However, proper measures are being taken in order to avert the ‘you-know-what’ situation. The US and Britain called back all the staff in their embassy in Yemen home.
The very same day, hours before the leaking of this news, US drones are reported to shoot and kill many al-Qaida troops, somewhere in a place called Marib, north-east of Sana’a, Yemen. According to the newspaper, “Dozens of al-Qaida operatives are said to have streamed into Sana'a in the last few days.”
In other words, the army in Yemen is all set to receive the al-Qaida militants. The question is; after the killing of five or more men of Indian army by the combined force of Pakistani army and terrorists, is India ready to tackle this issue?
Indian political parties are treating this much like their campaigns against poverty. They talk a lot about it, but would never do anything in favour of curing the infected part forever. It is impossible to say what the cure for the Indo-Pak argument over Kashmir is. Although both nations are nuclear powers, the world fears the worst from Pakistan, as it is the nation with a relatively unstable political system and intellectually hollow ethical order. Due to the secret support from the Chinese government, Pakistan has already posed a major challenge for the free world.
The question still, stands; is killing a solution? If there is a war, there will be killings. It is like asking to walk dry on the road in a monsoon day. Perhaps, the solution lies in manipulating what the Islamic nation, Pakistan has in excess: No, not political instability alone, but the intellectual stubbornness and orthodoxy. If the free world could get a couple more Malala Yousafzai, this plan could be successful.
Still, how could one blame a reader, who might ask ‘what do you mean exactly by “free world” and who is free anywhere, etc.’? Once this question is asked, the thought process initiated, how could we save ourselves from the hollow underneath our own feet, from being drowned into the abyss of hypocrisy and paradox?
According to J. Krishnamurthy, when we suppress one idea with the help of another, we are essentially resorting to violence in our battle against violence. This is no long-term solution. However, as a short-term measure, Indian army should seriously think about borrowing drones from the Big Brother. There is no other way to keep the quirky neighbours at bay.