India must not condone sedition
Author: Ashali Varma
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 2, 2015
No other country in the world would allow a man like Syed Ali Geelani to sing praises of terrorists who killed a senior Indian army officer and a police constable. It is high time that we took loyalty to our country seriously and take action on people like Geelani who have been openly inciting violence against the Indian state for years.
Why is India so soft on terror?
The latest incident happened just a day after Col. MN Rai was named on Republic Day for the Yudh Seva Medal. He and his brothers serve in the Indian army and are known for their bravery and have won gallantry awards. Colonel Rai was leading his troops against heavily-armed militants in Jammu & Kashmir on the 27th of January, when he and head Constable Sanjeev Kumar Singh were killed by Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Tral, South Kashmir. While India mourned its brave fighters, Syed Ali Geelani an 84 year-old separatist, who believes in Jihad and wants Kashmir to be a part of Pakistan, rejoiced in the killings and called the two militants who had also been killed in the encounter—brave martyrs!
This is a man who hates India and incites Kashmiri youth to violence against our nation state. And yet, the Indian state has saved his life numerous times. In March 2007, he was seriously ill with a kidney malignancy and the US government refused to give him a visa to travel to the US for treatment on the grounds that, “Geelani has consistently failed to renounce violence…” yet he was successfully treated at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, which saved his life. Again in March 2014, he became seriously ill and was flown to Delhi to undergo treatment at the best hospital. You would think that a man who owes his life to the Indian state would at the age of 84 be less venomous but he continues to attack India and his latest diatribe on how the militants who killed our bravest and best should be hailed as true martyrs, is really the limit.
Since he cares so much for Jihad and an Islamic state surely he would be happier in Pakistan?
Why do we condone such behavior? And does it not encourage others to do the same as they can get away with it? Why is Geelani coddled and given the best medical treatment India has to offer again and again, when all he does in return is spit at our country and our brave forces? What will our armed forces and the police feel when their best are killed and Geelani’s behavior is condoned?
Why should their sacrifice to the nation be denigrated by such traitorous people? Should not the government act? And finally, if such acts are allowed to go unpunished would it not encourage others to follow suit?
India needs to come down hard on sedition. We are surrounded by countries and terrorists who want to harm the very fabric of our nation and we need to start coming down hard on people who incite violence and openly vouch for Pakistan. There is no room for such people in India.
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