Democracy, liberty, secularism and freedom of expression are nice and flowery terms as long as they do not endanger national security. Human dignity is not above national honour and prestige. In any case, humanism is no replacement for nationalism till human spirit is imbued in each individual and religion was chucked out of the human mind forever.
Where and when, the issue of national security begins, there and then, freedom of expression, liberty and democracy not only lose their shine but they become irrelevant. Unrestricted liberty and freedom are the greatest threats to national integrity. Excess leads to its exploitation by the users. Liberty often comes with responsibility and accountability, which are generally ignored by those who misuse it.
It should be noted that freedom of expression was not a licence to weaken the very foundation of a political system, which guarantees this right to its individuals. And democracy was no excuse to roam with enemies of the nation. Liberty was no visa to befriend those who wish to destroy the nation. Young or old, one ought to show this discretion.
When one collaborates or works for the enemy, it is called treason and its practitioner is described as a spy and a traitor. Treason seeks harshest and deterrent punishment to the guilty. This is so in all nations across the globe.
How should you treat a traitor/spy, who knowingly works for the enemy? Of course, it depends as to how serious was his/her offence against the nation? What would you say of the people, who move hand in hand with those people who conspire to destroy India — whether it was the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan or Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF)?
Terrorist organisations, who openly seek to balkanise India, can not have any humanitarian causes. To support them or work for them, under pseudo-noble causes is to fool oneself. Isn’t it a crime against the integrity of the nation? And it is all the more serious, if one knows of the consequences of such a betrayal .
Yes, I am talking about the likes of Shantanu Muluk, Nikita Jacob and Disha Ravi, who had worked out a so called ‘Tool kit’ — a programme schedule to initiate violence on Red Fort, New Delhi on the nations 72nd Republic day, 26 January 2021 — a pious and a sacrosanct day for the Indian Republic. To say it was done in aid of farmers is to violate the basic Principle of ‘humanism’, which professes ‘non violence’.
It also does not matter if it was done for money or in support of farmer’s protest, as long as they had associated with organisations inimical to security of the nation. And PJF is no friend of India with open connections to Sikh extremist organisations, whose founder Mo Dhaliwal has been openly expressing intentions to cause disruptions on Republic Day. He has no regrets about it. In fact even protesting farmers should recognise that infiltration of such elements had sullied their protests and cause.
The anticipatory and transit bail given by Mumbai High Court to Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob was no certificate of their innocence and mitigation of the gravity of offence. Certainly not, if one finds that Shantanu Muluk was at Tikri Border of Delhi on this day and made videos for his foreign masters. Also, the age of Disha Ravi is immaterial, if she had known that she could be booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) act of India, for such activities. These are deliberate acts of betrayal and not innocent acts of liberty and freedom given by constitution.
Disha Ravi certainly knew what she was doing and was scared about it. This is why she had asked Greta Thanberg to delete the Tool Kit tweet from Twitter. The acts of these young people, Disha, Shantanu, Nikita, are no less than a ‘traitor’ or a ‘spy’ who works for the enemy for money.
"Most of the Non Governmental Organisations the world over, created under the guise of a noble cause, are basically a front for espionage activities."
Most of the Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) the world over, created under the guise of a noble cause, are basically a front for espionage activities. Very few genuinely work for the real purpose they had been created. More often these noble sounding NGOs. rope in unsuspecting youth with monetary gains or other temptations for their nefarious activities. They are often screened with humanitarian causes.
Most intelligence organisations of various nations do employ such tactics to destroy one’s adversary. They exploit ideological/religious sentiments to recruit young people. By the time a young person realises his status, he/she is neck deep into it. Also, in this manner, most of the soldiers too, in armed forces were honey trapped too. Today, the social media explosion makes it very easy to trap such young people . But whether it is done unsuspectingly or willingly, it is an act of treason.
Question arises what punishment be given to such traitors and spies who compromise national security and endanger its integrity? There is no reason to take into account young age and the silly excuse of freedom of expression. An exemplary punishment is order of the day to deter the other such youngsters falling prey to such financial allurements.
There is a case for the National Security apparatus to create an organisation to not only keep a watch internally but deal with such anti-India organisations working in foreign lands. The Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) is not effective to carry out operations not prescribed in the books. Why not have a Mossad type of organisation to deal with such threats in foreign lands? Moralities be damned!
(Col. Rajinder Kushwaha is an ex-NDA, commissioned into 3 Bihar. He is a battle-hardened veteran who served in ’71 War and has operated extensively in various insurgency environs across the country. He is a renowned author, and a defence and national security expert writing for several reputed publications such as ‘Defence and Security Alert’ (DSA), the ‘Indian Defence Review’ (IDR) among others. You can reach him on Twitter: @RajeeKushwaha, Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Views expressed are the authors own, and do not reflect the editorial policy of 'Mission Victory India')