India lost two of its prime ministers (in addition to many others) due to terrorism. We may have disagreements with government on number of issues; but that does not stop us to say loudly that we are against terrorism. We are living in a time where states rather directly support (or to be precisely sponsor) terrorist activities in order to gain in bargaining. There is a wide spread but efficiently knitted social, political, cultural or other multiple supporting mechanisms in order to (at least) weaken those efforts against terrorism; hence nothing but eternal vigilance of public should make a decisive move in this direction.
But we must agree that this area is grey as well as flippery. Those referred as Kashmiri terrorists by Indian officials are independent activists for Pakisthan. When Pakisthan refer those movements in Baluchisthan as terrorism, India Government address it as independence movement. We saw the same in Tamil Elam movements in Sri Lanka. We can see this contradictory arguments world over historically. It is better that no governments financially or strategically interfere in other country’s issues. Every nation has much to do for their own people. Taking sides in such matters are only going to cost much beyond any calculations in the long run. Remember that those who are approaching you as the ENEMY of their ENEMY for their OWN AGENDA will definitely SEEK SUPPORT of YOUR ENEMY against you tomorrow. Any independence movements should be people’s movements and not group’s isolated initiatives; and people’s movements will be funded by common people themselves. It is better to consider Indian independence movement led by Gandhiji as a model for such efforts.
It is important to remember that those who are sponsoring you not for genuine reasons are simply going to loot you in the future. All nations have calculations and it is not political but economic reasons drive nation’s interests in other nations issues. History has sufficient examples to support this.
But it is not only about transborder terrorism. Including India, many nations are facing internal armed struggles. We condemn them too. Democracy has many limitations; it is weak in several conditions. We must agree but that should not stop us from improvising its potential to address contemporary issues. It is the suitable structure, developed so far, in order to address common people’s collective issues. Armed struggle is neither an alternative not a viable option to democracy.
But state can’t terrorise its own people too. The concept of federal states, without individual regions consent, is nothing but farce. A nation becomes big not when its size enlarges but only when its people wholeheartedly get united; not when armed forces become most efficient but when its common people command peace and harmony to everyone else; not when its borders get fortified but when it opens its universities, play grounds and valleys open for people world over and when others care for your nation. Wars and armed struggles are realities of past; they can’t become the guiding principle of present and vision of the future. People of the world must come together now to raise their brains against terrorism and to strengthen democracy.