Anurag Kashyap-Narendra Modi row: Anurag Kashyap may well be right about having the right to question PM Narendra Modi over his visit to Pakistan to meet PM Nawaz Sharif on December 25
Anurag Kashyap may well be right about having the right to question PM Narendra Modi over his visit to Pakistan to meet PM Nawaz Sharif on December 25. After all this is a democracy and, barring going beyond the limits of decency, every citizen has the right to pose questions to the highest authorities of the land. And social media has provided the opportunity as well as virtually direct access to those who run the country, and this channel must be used to its fullest, if the goal is to improve the conditions of the country.
Now that is where Kashyap gets into uncharted territory. He has the right and he has the opportunity as well as the tools to approach PM Modi, in the digital sphere at least. However, did Kashyap have a social good in his mind when he made the series of tweets today? Perhaps. But, first of all it is debatable whether he has the right to make a direct attack on PM Modi. And then be the judge and jury and pass punishment himself by asking PM to actually appologise.
Second is that the PM made a trip to Pakistan to further social good. And that is ensure and promote peace between India and Pakistan. Considering that both the neighbours are armed with nuclear weapons, this has to be one of the most important policies and goals. The very existence of Earth depends on the nuclear bombs staying on or inside the ground.
Prime ministers from Nehru to Vajpayee, Manmohan to Modi have made their efforts to ensure that in their own ways. That is the job of statesmen. Also, as the PM of India, Narendra Modi has the mandate to set the foreign policy of the country in the way he thinks best. He has done so with great patience. The many attacks on India by Pakistan sponsored terrorists were not allowed to kill the peace process. India was being patient in the face of the most blatant of incitements.
But when things went beyond a certain point, PM showed Pakistan through the surgical strikes that there was a limit to India’s patience. Also, he ensured that the Indian Army attacked across the line of control (LOC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), which is rightfully Indian territory under Pak occupation, and not over the international border. PM did not humiliate the Pakistani leadership as such – its sovereignty was not violated. And that gave the Pakistanis the opportunity to deny the strikes.
Also, PM Modi has also not ordered the release of video footage that would have forced Pakistan to accept the fact that the surgical strikes actually happened. Right now they are denying for all their worth that the attacks by India ever happened and thereby save face in front of their citizens.
So, Anurag Kashyap really has to sort out this dichotomy in his mind, make the relevant changes and perhaps himself apologise for questioning the PM.