I had on 4th June 2013 written an article Should CBI uncover the IB. A lot more has happened since then. Disclosures in relation to certain activities of the Indian army now raise a larger question: "Should covert operations be leaked out by the government and made a subject matter of public debate?"
India has a vulnerable security scenario. In the last two decades, we have been victim of cross border terrorism. We have lost more innocent citizens to insurgency than through conventional wars. Initially, terrorism was cross-border. Today, many local modules are operating within the country. A large part of central India is in the grip of Maoist violence. The Prime Minister once described it as the most serious challenge the country is facing. There is insurgency in several states of the Northeast. Successive governments have either tried to negotiate settlements or strengthened the security set up to counter this insurgency in the Northeast.
The military-police approach to counter these anti-national activities is partly successful. The need is to strengthen our intelligence agencies so that they are able to uncover the activities of groups which spread terror and insurgency. Needless to say that in fighting terrorism our intelligence agencies have met with a reasonable success and busted many modules both domestic and cross border.
While the role of the intelligence agencies is to develop their own capabilities, they need to create strategic assets. They have to infiltrate into these modules. They need to befriend the communities where such modules are active. They use technology in order to intercept their communications. They need to infiltrate into their activities internationally and develop contacts within the governments abroad or with groups, which operate parallel to the targets of our investigation.
The hard fact is that in a country with serious security threats, the existence of these activities of intelligence agencies has to be strengthened. Intelligence agencies have to conduct various covert operations. And yet there has to be an element of deniability in the covert operations. They must be happening but we do not admit them or talk about them. Larger public interest demands this. My charge against the UPA government is that for narrow political interest it has deliberately leaked out the covert operations in two cases thereby creating a serious set back to our counter insurgency operations.
I will not make a detailed comment on the Ishrat case since have already written about it extensively on 4th June, 2013. It is now clear that this was a part of the counter-terror activities of a central agency. The UPA government needs to seriously introspect whether it acted in national interest when it altered the affidavit of the home ministry before the Gujarat High Court thereby disowning what its own agencies have allegedly done? It intended to use the ever obliging CBI to target police officials of Gujarat and certain BJP leaders of Gujarat. However, the hard truth is that it was an operation of the central government and not of the Gujarat government. In the process all that the central government achieved was to uncover the covert operation of an intelligence agency.
I am unaware of the truth or otherwise of the allegation. The government leak published in a newspaper indicated that a certain politician of Jammu & Kashmir had received funds for allegedly toppling the state government. The former army chief has stated that the army does make payments to stabilize the system in states affected by insurgency. It stabilizes them by either helping the community through community friendly activities or otherwise.
None of us knows or is entitled to know the details of these activities. The Right to information cannot apply to these activities. The CBI cannot invoke its investigative jurisdiction to start investigating whether secret funds have been properly spent by the Intelligence Bureau, the R&AW or the Military Intelligence or by any other agency. All these activities are neither accountable to Parliament nor judicially justiceable. These are a part of the covert operations. The desirability and the appropriateness of these activities is a subject matter for the government of the day to decide. Prime Ministers, home ministers, defence ministers, Chief of the Army staff, heads of IB and R&AW and several others in the government are privy to information which must necessarily die with them. It cannot become a part of their memoirs.
Should such an information have been leaked out by the political establishment which had a problem with the former Army Chief? Pushed to a corner should the Army Chief at all have admitted that such payments were indeed undertaken? The UPA government has abandoned its state-craft. It does not mind if the country is hurt as long as the UPA can score points when faced with a certain electoral defeat.
In Jammu and Kashmir, there has been an armed exchange between security forces and militants. What is very apparent is, that the modern state is making excuses to absolve responsibility. I don't think or fathom, that the people who are killing others are 'Kashmiri militants', or 'freedom fighters', in Kashmir. And, the west is making excuses for their relevance, in the world, because of 'religious fundamentalism'. The truth is, what makes the west relevant, if not religion in the east, barring China? With current technology developments, the west would be forgotten, and the east would be very culturally relevant, and also prosperous. Pakistan cannot control what the state in her nation sees as modernity. Killing in the name of Islam is impermissible for Muslims, in a Muslim society. In Pakistan, many things are happening, that is totally prohibited, and the west is saying these things happen because of Muslim society. What I see is, that the state is seeing a situation, where it will not be unpleaceful, but the state will be not important to people. People will pay taxes, but to make the electoral process meaningful, and for people to contribute to the process, and for the politician to be relevant, all these unsavoury ideas of politicians are highlighted. If politicians are important because they are a problem, then what about the state?
About the Christian religion, the Christian celebrates the suffering of Christ, and the Christian today feels that Christ was wrongfully persecuted. Why is the Muslim the Jesus Christ of the person who professes to be Christian, so that they might reminisce, that the Muslim suffered that the lives of everyone is better in the future? How is God relevant, when the President Barack Hussein Obama says "God save America"? Apparently, America is doing whatever it can, to save herself. It seems, that Christians don't look at Christ like they do the God in the Old Testament. I do, and I look at Hindu Avatar similarly. He is there as a constant, but has no relevance to my person, ideas, or emotion. It seems really unfortunate, that God in the Old Testament was reborn, and suffered, so that the current situation prevails for the Christian. I do believe in all religions.
Jaitley lost all moral high ground when he conflated despicable fake encounter of a young kid without due process of law with a possibly sensitive intelligence (even if unintelligently carried out) operation with bearing on national security.
phat rahi hai? As more and more sitting ministers are called for interrogation, white beard is palpitating and black beard is lying low. CBI must stay the course.
"Congress will not fight elections, will field CBI instead: Modi
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We don't need Pakistan or China to destroy us. We are doing a fine job of it ourselves.
"We have met the enemy and he is us."
This is a kneejerk reaction of parivar spokesperson. Last week saw CBI interrogating some holy cows of gujrat governement, hence this ranting. The noose is tightening around white beard and black beard. There is even talk of amit shah to be questioned shortly. The lawyer is pushing the panic button as their plan is unravelling.
The question in both the cases is that they were used for personal reasons. vk singh is accused of illegal spying and misuse of funds. The investigation must be carried out. Such actions cannot be condoned as it would set a precedent for future chief. Investigation and subsequent action would act as a deterrence. It should not be seen as an action against the Indian Army.
CBI is not acting against IB either, it is just investigating a rogue officer who allegedly used his position to help his friends the white and black beards.
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