Post Pathankot, a number of questions have risen to the fore, neither for the first, nor for the last time.
What ails the investigation, both of Dinanagar & of Pathankot? Shooting down a few of terrorists in our territory is no big deal, but the question is of the will to try to unearth the conspiracy and there appears to be none. And lack of will takes us to a good number of Babus and Security Officials aspiring to grab the ‘Apex’ grade of the service with a possible lucrative postretirement benefit. There is no dearth of such butt licking bafoons and how even the clever, mighty and crafty politicians fall pray to their machinations once these elements become part of their intimate coterie.
Indira Gandhi was no gullible fool, but she was fooled by a section of her coterie. Post operation blue star, in wake of the assassination of DIG Atwal, in front of the Golden Temple Complex, a section of this coterie, politicians included, and some officials of Punjab police and bureaucracy including a section of politicians of the day, favoured arrest of Sant Bhindaranwale. But no one had any idea how it was to be done; Indira Gandhi, to start up did not favour it for whatever reasons. Then someone in the high up struck a brilliant idea. Both intelligence bureau and the R&AW were ordered to launch a clandestine operation and under which, innumerable number of letters were posted to Indira, some by name, some others care the PMO etc. Attempts were not to let any pattern fall in. These letters stated how anguished the writers were at ‘ lack of her will to restore normalcy in Punjab’. The letters, written in emotional and surcharged language stated that ‘lack of action did not behove’ the image of an ‘iron lady’ who had so brilliantly helped in creating Bangladesh. This operation sowed the first seed and in due course of time dreaded and ill conceived operation blue star happened.
Similarly Modi is no fool. To rise from a Chaiwala to the very top job in the country is no easy task. He has substance. He certainly has a pain for the country and for Punjab and that is why he spoke about drugs in Punjab in his one of the initial ‘Man Ki Baats’. But what happened there after? He, now, is just not able to react to the ‘drug issue and tragedy of a dying valiant civilisation on a piece of land where one Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro civilisation existed. Did his coterie play managed this changed attitude?
Now let us straight back to Punjab, Dinanagar and Pathankot, to be more precisely. It is undeniable fact that a well laid out and well oiled specific coterie of drug smugglers exists in the entire Punjab society; be it political, administrative, security or civil. And the prime motive for each of them is drug money for whatsoever purpose, including politics and personal squandering. Punjab politics is primarily dependent on drug money. All and sundry, 'except our high and mighty politicians, both in centre and state, Election Commission of India and police/ security agencies' know this open secret which is written in capital letters, the world over.
Drug was the main electoral issue in the 2014 general elections. And now when the state of Punjab is approaching towards the 2017 state assembly elections, a number of leaders are sweating under their shirts. Various coteries have started working over time. Where as one leader swore by a holy book to finish drugs within four weeks if they come to power, some others are busy proclaiming that drugs are a ‘non issue’ in Punjab. Sources in the Intelligence Bureau make no bones about the fact that they have been busy sending reports to their head office in Delhi that drugs are going to be the major issue during the forthcoming elections in Punjab. And the ‘crisis management teams’ both at the centre and the state have been in working in the very top gear go ensure that it does not become so.
Some political parties are all out to prevent drugs becoming a major political issue in 2017 Punjab elections.
So what is happening post Pathankot, is no big deal. Attempts of the NIA appear to be to shield some vested interests and the all pervasive POLITICIAN-DRUG LORDS-SECURITY/POLICE NEXUS. Attempt is on to save some political interests in Punjab and if for such a grandiose task, ‘flimsy’ national interests need to be sacrificed then who the hell bothers? Hence the allegations that entire drama being enacted by the NIA is a charade. I don't know. But one thing is sure; that in a sham democracy like ours drugs and drug money have consolidated their position.