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Vasant Valleytoday OCTOBER 2016
On the 18th September in Uri near Baramullaha, a disputed region on the Indo-Pak Border, 23 Indian jawans were killed by infiltrators from Pakistan in what is being called the worst Indo-Pak clash in two decades. Though the Pakistan military government has denied all ties to the event, there is high suspicion of the militant outfit that could have carried out the attack. One frightening headline has boiled the blood of an entire nation.
On the smoking muzzle of a gun, India was put on a back foot. Without provocation we had lost 23 of our bravest men. So on the back foot, In- dia initiated retaliation measures. The attacks set in motion three simul- taneous phenomena all which arrived with their own set of questions…
In 2001 after the Parliament Attack, India was assured that it would re- ceive Pakistan’s complete cooperation in eradicating all militant groups on its soil. Observing a lack of effort on the promise, Modi himself au- thorised “Surgical Strikes” on the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir 11 days after the Uri attacks. Illegitimate militant base camps were set up to extract the parasites Pakistan harboured which were posed a grave threat to the security of the Subcontinent as a whole. Pakistan, however, denied the occurrence of these surgical strikes and confirmed only cross border firing, labelling it as India’s bluff.
On the political frontier, the SAARC Summit, which was to be held in the month of November in Islamabad, was boycotted by India. The official statement India released expressed concerns about cross border tension and how it was felt that visiting Islamabad wouldn’t be the safest course of action. Subsequently, Afghanistan and Bangladesh also pulled out, jeopardising the occurrence of the event.
tracing through times of terror.
-Aditya Chopra, 11
April 4th – Mehbooba Mufti becomes Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
July 8th – Burhan Wani is killed. Curfew is implement- ed in Kashmir.
August 19th – Pakistani spy who was scouting the bor- der areas is caught in Jaisalmer.
August 29th – The curfew is lifted, but restrictions and suspensions remain.
September 18th – Terrorists attack an area near Uri.
September 28th – 29th – India allegedly makes surgical strikes against militant bases in Pakistan—territory. Punjab is on maximum alert due to the recent surgical strikes.
September 28th: India boycotts the 19th SAARC sum- mit, followed by other nations’ withdrawal.
October 5th – Pakistani troops violate ceasefire thrice.
October 5th: UN Security Council declares ‘no plan to discuss Indo-Pak relations.
October 6th – India publicly slams Pakistan for block- ing Indian trade with Afghanistan.
October 7th – Rajnath Singh announces India’s deci- sion to completely seal off borders with Pakistan by 2018.
October 8th: Debates and discussions upon the Indus Waters Treaty commence.
October 10th: Tehmin Janjua blames India for South Asian instability at the UN.
Back home occurred the third event, the bilateral boycott initiated by Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) prohibited the screening of works of all Pakistani actors on single screen cinemas. BCCI ruled out all possibilities of facing or hosting Pakistan tours and also requested ICC to not pool together the two nations due to political hostility. A nation was struck, the nation recoiled, structured its way forward and braced itself to bite. However, this nation is also built on the cement of Non-Violence. Is military retaliation really the solution? The debate rages on.
What we as responsible citizens need to understand is, questioning every move our military makes is detrimental to its functioning, not fruitful. When Pakistan denied the surgical strikes, Narendra Modi’s opposition started demanding proof of the strikes. And as it always has, India once again faced both internal and external threats to its integrity. The bilat- eral boycott imposed by IMPPA strengthened its stance when many Pakistani actors refused to release a statement about their nation of birth, when put up on a pedestal and handed a mic by the government. But why are we banning artists who have no relation to the terrorist nature of their homeland?
It’s natural for any warm blooded soul to be infuriated by attacks on his homeland, but reckless decision making and point- ing fingers in ALL the wrong directions has been India’s hamartia for far too long, its time for a change.
“A day will come when the people of Pakistan will fight against the homegrown terrorism.”- Narendra Modi, September 24
-Armaan Kumar, 10
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The war on drugs has been hard fought across all nations. But we haven’t really seen any real results. The United States National Institute On Drug Abuse has a success rate of only one percent. This is solely because the United States of America have taken the wrong approach to tackling drug addiction. They have gone ahead and adopted a supply demand policy where they locate and destroy cartels, use deterrent policies against addicts and dealers as well as increase the price on chemicals used to create drugs to shut down home operations, hence cutting off supply. But they failed to realize that shutting down supply only increases the demand due to the bodies of addicts ferociously craving them. Hence they now have an even more rampant drug problem and most drugs are now flowing in from Mexico, where they possess no control.
Although recently we have seen an inhumane approach that has stemmed from the ideology of Rodrigo Duterte, now President of the Philippines. His campaign was widely successful as it promised to completely eradicate crime and drugs and his speeches, often comical [a real Trump like character] won over crowds. And so his brutal reign began. He has come out and made a state- ment that essentially allows anybody to shoot any drug addicts or dealers on sight. This is especially dangerous in a country with a large population of gun owners.
Duterte often compares his move to the holocaust and claims that he will not rest until Manila Bay is filled with dead bodies. In a murky and violent world, alleged drug addicts and dealers are found dumped by roadsides with only signs around their necks identifying them as “drug user” or “drug pusher”. These individuals are identified as having been killed in unknown circumstances or EKIA [Enemy Killed In Action], letting the killers roam free. This vigilante experience has now led to the killing of over 4000 individuals. Although he claims to be one of the smartest men alive, Duterte has not yet realized that his war isn’t against addicts, it’s primarily against the poor who turn to drugs since they are socially excluded and perhaps depressed or emotionally unstable. To understand the best approach to fight drugs we need to look at what causes addiction and what cures it.
Social disconnection and emotional instability leads to use and abuse of substance, whilst healthy relationships and social contri- bution leads to a break of habit. To further explain this we look at the Vietnam War. 20% of the American army was using heroin when they were in an unfamiliar jungle that they despised. But when they returned home from the campaign to their families and resumed normal jobs away from violence 95% of the users never used heroin again. Rehabilitation and reformation is the way to fight drugs, not a full-scale war.
This sparks thought. Switzerland has cured its drug problem by opening free and well maintained drug rehabilitation centers and on the other hand Duterte’s inhumane and violent approach has done nothing to large operations in the Philippines and has sparked an international debacle. One is clearly the better option.
THE WAR ON DRUGS
कक्षा १०,११ और १२ के कुछ छषात्रों ने ४ दिन के आई -पषार्लियषामेंट मैं भषाग र्यषा । आई-पषार्लियषामेंट एक कृत्त्म ्ोक सभषा है जिसमे िेश के अनय त्िद्षा्यरों से २२५ छषात्रों ने भषाग र्यषा । एक महीनषा पिूलि ही हमें अपनषा चनुषाि के्त् ि पषाटटी दियषा गयषा थषा । कुछ छषात्रों को मीदियषा कषा कषाम दियषा गयषा थषा ।
पह्े दिन ही ििषाहर भिन के सभषागषार में उते्िनषा कषा मषाहौ् थषा । परूलि रूप से िह एक कषायलिरत दिन थषा. पषाटटी के सिसयरों ने अपने नेतषा और पषाटटी उपनेतषा को चनुषा, जिसके बषाि कषंागे्स की संरि यपूीए ने सरकषार बनषाई । दिन के अरंतम चरर में भषारत के भतूपिूलि गहृ और त्ित् मंत्ी श्ी पी.रचिंबरम ने संत्ििषान के अनचुछेि ३५६ पर चचषालि की,जिसके त्िषय पर हमषारी यह ्ोक स