On Saturday, 2nd Jan, there was a news report of an attack on the Indian Airforce Base in Pathankot, Punjab. PM Modi, Pakistan, all the local politicians and media condemned the attack. The media proudly reported that the terrorists’ attack has been failed by the Indian defence and that 5 terrorists were killed. PM Modi also announces proudly in his address to a gathering at a function that the Indian security forces killed the terrorists and failed their intentions. But after you dig out more stats, you will start wondering if it is something we should be proud of, or to be ashamed of!
Killed: Who killed whom?
The headlines says “5 Terrorists Killed”. Okay, I agree on humanitarian grounds that it’s not something to be happy about, no matter who is killed. But well, since they came to do harm, let’s say it’s fair. But if you, as an Indian or as an anti-terrorist, tend to feel happy that their efforts were failed by the army, then hold on. You ought to read the news fully! They mention either in the sub-heading or in the content of the news that 3 soldiers were also killed in this battle!! So, what’s the net gain of the good over bad? Just two lives?? Who killed whom here? Who is proud of killing whom? Who is proud of saving whom?
The Value of a Soldier’s Life
We tend to ignore the fact that innumerable lives of soldiers are lost in such fights against terrorism. We just focus on the larger picture. We hardly get to see or hear the names of such brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s cause. But we definitely get to know the names of the terrorists, their native village, the place they were trained, the outfit they belong to, their spouses’ names, and everything! But who cares about the poor soldier? Yes, he saved us from a bigger mishap! But who cares?