the Prime Minister’s security breach was worrying last week, as were the reactions from the highest levels of our political leaders. Instead of coming together to examine why the security breach occurred, what we have seen is that partisan politics are unfolding in a way that proves that our politicians have a long way to go before they do. ” learn to respect the institutions that support our democracy. The office of the Prime Minister of India is one of the most important of our democratic institutions. When threatened, it is India that is threatened, not the individual who occupies the position. This is something that has gone almost unnoticed in the history and hysteria that followed the disturbing incident in which the Prime Minister’s cavalcade was stranded on a high bridge for 20 minutes. This at a time when the Punjab sees the first signs of a return to the darkest era in the history of that state.
It was a time when the military in control of the Islamic Republic next door had infiltrated its agents not only into the ranks of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s army, but into the ranks of the administrative and maintenance apparatus. Punjab order. In recent days, there have been frightening signs that this is happening again. Men have been beaten to death for unproven acts of sacrilege in the gurdwaras. Not so long ago, a suicide bomber accidentally blew himself up in a courthouse toilet and reports of drones dropping weapons, drugs and Khalistani propaganda pamphlets on our side of the border Punjab have become commonplace. Thus, there is no doubt that the Prime Minister’s cavalcade could have been attacked within 20 minutes of being stranded on a high bridge.
If the Indian government had taken the breach in the Prime Minister’s security perimeter seriously, it would cooperate with the government of Punjab to investigate what was wrong. Instead, the immediate reaction of Modi’s top ministers was to openly accuse the government of the Punjab of “complicity” in a plot to harm the prime minister. The day after the incident, BJP chief ministers ensured that television cameras recorded their visits to temples to thank Modi for surviving what they publicly said was an attempt to kill him.
If top BJP leaders behaved as if it were their leader, Narendra Modi, and not the institution of India’s prime minister, whose security was threatened, the Congress party responded with competitive immaturity. . The first reactions came even as images of the Prime Minister’s stranded cavalcade paraded across our TV screens and went viral on social media. Congressional leaders who should know better made vulgar comments that were in such bad taste that they will not be repeated in this space. By creating them, they proved that despite many years in our governing party, they did not understand the importance of respecting democratic institutions like the Prime Minister’s Office.
Politicians who place the country above their narrow partisan politics are what we need right now, and sadly it has to be said that there seems to be a serious shortage of them. One exception was Manish Tewari who made the only sane comments I heard last week. In an interview with India Today, he said that instead of separate investigations in Delhi and the Punjab which, in this atmosphere of poisonous polarization, will have minimal credibility, there should be a judicial inquiry into what is happening. passed that day. This might be the only way we’ll ever know what really happened. There are many, many unanswered questions.
Why did the SPG (Special Protection Group) not know in advance that there were protesters blocking the Prime Minister’s road? When they found out, instead of just sitting there, why did they not immediately ensure that the Prime Minister was moved to a safe place? Videos have now surfaced of BJP supporters carrying party flags flying inside the security perimeter of the prime minister’s car. Why was this allowed? If it is true that a member of the Punjab police told the protesting farmers that the prime minister would be passing by, why did this happen?
Instead of allowing hysteria over how the Congress party “hates” Modi and prayers in temples that seem intended for TV cameras and not gods, Modi must order his ministers and chief ministers to take this that happened more seriously. When it is the Prime Minister’s security that is clearly compromised, then it is not a BJP problem but a national problem. If, while her cavalcade was stranded on a climax, it had been attacked by trained snipers, it would have led to a national crisis. And if Pakistan’s fingerprints were found, maybe even war. It is therefore the duty of the governments of India and the Punjab to allow a full investigation by a judge. In the poisonous partisan atmosphere that exists today, this is the most important thing that has to happen.
We are talking about a breach of the security of a vital democratic institution and not of an individual, so the truth of what happened on that foggy and rainy afternoon of the past week needs to be investigated. a thorough and impartial investigation. The BJP’s endless and dismal tale that anyone who asks questions really is someone who “hates” Modi must be suspended for the time being in the national interest. This is national security, not politics.