[Assam] Fwd: letters to the Editor

Ram Sarangapani assamrs at gmail.com
Thu May 24 19:06:47 PDT 2007

Iam at a slight disadvt.-out of town and on a small keybrd. But will try.
I think kjd does make salient pts.Assigning blame to the army is very
easy.If one has to it has to be the policy makers, maybe the
commanders etc. The usual jawan is probably shipped out of Andhra or
Bihar with a very limited knowledge of the local populace. When they
get imbroiled in a fracas, innocents get killed or hurt.
Yesterday, I wrote how insurgents go hide among the villagers. The
poor people, often have little or no option but to give shelter to
insurgents, thus inviting the army.
The insurgents don't wear uniforms, look and dress like the locals
(Assam or Kashmir)and they take full advantage of such situations and
their sympathizers are ready to pounce on the army if things go awry.
When civilians pay the price, it might be prudent to look into the
role also of the insurgents.
I hope you are not trying to show that insurgents are  innocent and
have played no part.
And thats about as much I can type on this tiny keybrd. More tomorrow:)
BTW KJD just asked I fwd it-he is not a subscriber I think.

On 5/24/07, Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
> Any comments on it on your part ,Ram :-)?
> c-da
> At 6:15 PM -0500 5/24/07, Ram Sarangapani wrote:
> >Of Army 'Excess'
> >One of the remarks made by Mr Wasbir Hussain in his column entitled
> >"Men with weapons must have accountability" (The Sentinel, May 19,
> >2007) could not help but catch my eye. A direct quote, perhaps,
> >would carry the right flavour: "The action of the Army, police or
> >the paramilitary in eliminating any innocent civilian... is
> >unacceptable." True, checks and balances are necessary, and
> >accountability on the part of the security forces must be
> >established and responsibility fixed. However, one must understand
> >that the problem of terrorism cannot be tackled gingerly, nor can it
> >be equated with the delicate act of delivering babies.
> >The counter-insurgency operations are a lethal game that entails
> >quickness and keenness of perception. It is a killing field where
> >the Army has to fight an invisible enemy, who hides amongst the
> >common masses and does not wear uniform. It is the terrorist who
> >decides when, where and how, while the soldier is at the receiving
> >end. In order to overcome this disadvantage, a soldier must be
> >swift-reacting for which lightening reactions are summoned into
> >actions, whenever and wherever there is an iota of doubt. By being
> >fast and unpredictable, a soldier garners the ability to alarm the
> >terrorist before the latter unnerves him. Time is not on the side of
> >the soldier, and he lives only if he reacts swiftly. Under this
> >circumstance, human errors are bound to occur occasionally.
> >The Army, in essence, is a well-oiled killing machine, who are
> >taught to annihilate the enemy. Its mathematics is simple:
> >''anti-national'' means ''you have to eliminate''. Ideally, the Army
> >is not a force to be unleashed in civilian space. When they are
> >marshalled into a troubled spot to help civil administration to curb
> >violence, a soldier does not differentiate between a foreign enemy
> >and a home-grown separatist. His only objective is to erase the foe.
> >Since the terrorist almost always hides amongst the common people,
> >the security forces must treat everyone with suspicion and that
> >keeps the soldiers on their toes. This may cause harassment to the
> >public, but it is the price one has to pay when the security forces
> >are fighting an invisible enemy. This is precisely why we get to
> >read the news of innocent civilians being killed mistakenly by the
> >Army. But then, these cases are exceptions rather than rule.
> >It would be worthwhile to keep in mind that the terrorists are
> >certainly not normal human beings who harbour sentiments such as
> >compassion and love. Had they been so, they would not have been able
> >to stand to shoot at another human being's head point-blank - that
> >too, that of a non-combatant civilian. And this speaks volumes of
> >their mental make-up.
> >The fact remains that brutes only understand brute force.
> >Kamaljit Deka,
> >Sugarland, Texas.
> >
> >
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