(Brig (retd) GB Reddi)
The 3-hour SECRET meeting on 6 December 2017 at the house of Mani Shankar Iyer, suspended member of the Congress Party on , was attended by the former Vice President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh besides the High Commissioner of Pakistan, former foreign affairs minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri and a retired Pakistan Major General.
On Saturday, December 9, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted: “Did Pak Ambassador meet MS Aiyar and three other Congi leaders at MSA residence five days ago on Gujarat strategy? Palace coup in offing?”
How can Congress justify that the meeting was held with Pakistan delegates as if it was of Indo-Pak peace dialogue? Can such a three-hour meeting be solely viewed as an event to promote friendly bilateral relations? Even, one agrees to its argument, does it enjoy the ‘legal’ or ‘moral’ sanctity and in what capacity without the knowledge of the existing democratically elected government?
If the Congress Party whilst in power failed to settle the Kashmir issue during the past nearly 60 years rule, particularly after the victory in 1971 War, it is naïve to expect any breakthrough now. Let none suffer from any illusions on the above count.
So the timing of the meeting in the midst of Gujarat elections – highly vitriolic and vicious – with an adversary hell bent upon spreading and consolidating Islamist radicalization as a forerunner to reclaiming its hold on Delhi and South Asia (long term strategic objective) naturally attracts and raises very serious concerns when viewed from national security interests.
Moreover, diabolic are the Congress Party moves! How can Hamid Ansari and Manmohan Singh go to the house of Mani Shankar Iyer to participate in a meeting with Pakistanis?
Add to it, Salman Nizami reported as a “star campaigner” of the Congress in Gujarat. Nizami hit the headlines when Modi named him as an Afzal Guru supporter affiliated to the Congress at an election rally in Lunavada, Mahisagar.
Who is Salman Nizami? Banihal resident and journalist supporter of executed terrorist Afzal Guru, suspended publicity secretary (author of “Ghar Ghar se Afzal niklega”) of the Congress Party between 2014 and 2015 as per Mir, was seen at a “public rally in favor of Gujarat leader of opposition Shaktisinh Gohil in Mandvi (Kutch has 30% Muslim population).
When viewed conjointly, there is more than what meets the eyes of others particularly the sworn rival party – the BJP?
Stating the obvious “Gujarat is a sensitive border state with Pakistan.” More importantly, there is a sizeable Muslim population in the bordering districts.
Naturally, the “Dirty Department” of the Congress Party is invoking all its ‘strategic and tactical skills” to polarize its minority vote banks. There is no other way one can view its recent activities.
After all, by entering into caste based coalition with the Hardik Patel (PAAS)-Alpesh Thakor (Kshatriya Thakor Sena)-Jignesh Mevani (Dalit), Rahul Ghandy opted for caste-based vote bank politics.
Alongside, Rahul Ghandy has gone around visiting “Temples” almost at every step to demonstrate the “Soft Hindutva” face to win over the ‘fence sitters’.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party has also fielded fire-brand Muslim ideologues to mobilize Muslim vote banks.
Furthermore, what has happened behind the ‘closed door’ meetings at Mani Shankar Iyer’s house is anyone’s guess.
After all, the Russian interventions in the last US Presidential elections besides ever the Germany’s elections are an established fact. For it opens a window of opportunity to shape the course of events that may unfold in posterity in their favor detrimental to adversary interests.
In the past, financial aid was also given to opposition parties by their mentors. After all, nations will pursue interests best suited to their national security; but not the host country interests.
In sum, “Insane Politics” – highly divisive, disruptive and destructive – are being played out by political leaders and parties of all sides in the ongoing Gujarat elections. “Blindmen of Hindustan” turned into “Madmen of Hindustan”.
Of course, Rahul Ghandy, out of power, is ruthlessly pursuing power, wealth and status by “hook or crook”. His sole end objective is self perpetuation for eternity at the cost of society and the nation. So, he is indulging in bizarre political gimmickry – one question a day – to outsmart Modi led BJP on its home turf.
Partisan media, mostly in support of the Congress Party, is spearheading high decibel political gimmickry onslaught on India.
Even a layman with a fair degree of confidence can forecast how low politics will stoop down in the run up to polling days.
All one can hope and pray as spectators is to place the faith on the people of Gujarat to give befitting reply to pretenders posing threat to national security interests whoever it may be cutting across caste, class and communal affliations.
To be fair to all concerned sides, a SIT probe must be ordered to investigate and report the details of “Closed Door” meeting at Mani Shankar Iyer’s house instead of merely hurling allegations against each other for short term electoral gains either way. Is it “High Treason Conspiracy behind Closed Doors” to promote political instability, chaos and confusion contra national security interests?