Of late, especially after the September 28-29 surgical strikes, some of our politicians have accused their rival of sedition. BJP, the party in power, gleefully acknowledged the strikes and our media went overboard making outlandish claims on behalf of our Army. Opposition leaders like Sanjay Nirupam, P. Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and Arvind Kejriwal, fearful of the BJP gaining political mileage and increasing its vote share in next year’s assembly elections, asked the government to prove that the strikes were really made. The BJP leaders were quick to cry ‘sedition’.
The defense minister, Manohar Parrikar, during his visit to Dehra Dun said that the army, like Lord Hanuman, was not aware of its own strength. The opposition, in turn, cried ‘sedition’.
Sedition is a grave and serious charge. It should not be taken lightly. Let us examine what sedition really means.
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, sedition is “the language or behaviour that is intended to persuade other people to oppose their government”, while the legal definition is “the crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction.”
Surely, none of the leaders above said or did anything to be accused of sedition. Neither did Ramya for that matter when she said ‘Pakistan is not hell’.
Our leaders, in power or out of it, would do anything to get political mileage without a thought for the country. Cross border strikes are always covert operations, not to be made public, not to be doubted and not to be questioned. As the UPA have claimed, several such strikes were carried during their tenure but were not disclosed. Rightly so. The public disclosure of the September strike was required. It has brought pressure on Pakistan, both internal and international. Pakistan is unable to decide how to react and is on the back foot. It may not have been totally isolated but has reached a level where none in the world trusts it.
Coming back to our own leaders, they should realise that making absurd statements and charges do not win votes. They only win ridicule. Hoardings of Modi as Rama and Sharif as Ravana or of congratulations to Mulayam Singh Yadav, on whose alleged advise (as the SP has claimed) Modi okayed the strikes, are laughable.
Dear leaders, please stop playing politics all the time. Do something constructive. Do not make India a laughing stock of the world. Stand solidly behind the government and let the world know that we Indians stand together. Contribute to the country’s progress. Work for the betterment of India’s poor masses. Failing which the masses will not forgive you.