Analysis & Opinion

The case of Kulbhushan is just the tip of the iceberg

Despite the main reason behind the collective lunacy ofthe 1.3 billion plus Indian public, it seems to believe all the balderdash that is being fed toit by its political elite in general and Modi-led BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) in particular.A good example is the terming of Kulbhushan Jadhav as “son of the soil”, by Indian political elite.Kulbhushan, a convicted terrorist, was caught in a foreign country (Pakistan) red-handed while carrying out espionage and sabotage activities, disowned by India at first but owned later after his recorded public confession and pre-existing service records combined with his family claiming him publicly after his arrest.

Kulbhushan’s case rings a lot of similarity with the case of the infamous Indian air force officer Abhinandan Varthanman. A pilot, who was sent on a mission, got shot down as soon as he entered the battlefield, got captured, got his nose bloodied up, and later returned as a goodwill gesture by Pakistan to de-escalate the tensions was also hailed as a hero in India!

What are we missing here? Is the Indian definition of a hero different than the rest of the world or does the Indian political and military elite not cognizant of the fact that in order to be termed a hero, one need to do something heroic. Getting captured before achieving the objective behind enemy lines is something to be ashamed of not proud.Either Bollywood or the BJP are doing their jobs perfectly by feeding lies to the public or the public just doesn’t want to accept the truth and reality.

The Indian leadership and the media might have been somewhat successful in blowing dust into the eyes of the international media and their own public, but that does not change the reality about the India’s world view, its zero-sum mentality and Kulbhushan being a terrorist.

The case of Kulbhushan is just the tip of the iceberg. He is a part of a much bigger Indian scheme that has been in play since the very beginning. Kulbhushan is just a small pawn in the larger game that India has been playing in the region since its onset. Even if Pakistan is taken out of the South Asian equation for a moment, can anyone name a single country in the region that enjoys good and cordial relations with India? The answer is no. The reason being, the Chanakyan thought acting as the cornerstone of the Indian policy-making.

The truth about the Kulbhushan is that he is a terrorist. He is the captured face of the Indian state sponsored terrorism. He is not only an officer of the Indian Navy but he was one of the top agents of the notorious Indian intelligence agency RAW (Research Analysis Wing).He was funded by the Indian government up to the amount of $500 million for the sole strategic purpose of creating chaos and unrest in Pakistan by funding and carrying out terrorist activities around Pakistan. The cost that the actions of Kulbhushan extracted from the Pakistani soil is mind boggling. His recorded confession provides a good summary of his ‘activities’ in Pakistan.

But as mentioned before, Kulbhushan is just the tip of the iceberg. For the Indian political elite, everything is a zero-sum game, a mentality and view that has its foundations in the Chanakyan School and manifested by doctrines such as Indira, Cold Start and Doval doctrines.India’s aggressive posture and negative political orientation towards its neighbours have led to severe security dilemmas in the region, leading up to arms races and militarization of borders and eventually turning the region into a nuclear minefield. This in turn has hampered the political, economic and social progress of the entire region with states putting security as the main priority above all others.

Kulbhushan is not the only example of Indian state sponsored terrorism vis-à-vis India’s neighbourhood. Rather than acting as a big brother state in the region and leading the region towards progress and prosperity, it has been busy launching campaigns of propaganda and terror in order to subjugate the rest of its neighbourhood. For instance, the chaos and infighting in Bangladesh after the Indo-Pak war of 1971, which resulted in the assassination of Bangladesh’s Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and later a military coup d’état was planned and executed by the Indian state.

The prolonged civil war in Sri Lanka which ravaged the beautiful country for decades was also the result of India’s actions. The Tamil Tigers (LTTE), led by Prabhakaran were created and sponsored by India to create unrest in Sri Lanka on the behest of Indian leadership. The timing of the Indira doctrine with the implosion of the civil war in Sri Lanka provides impetus to numerous questions about the Indian intensions. It reveals that the doctrine was also primarily created in order to prevent foreign mediation or intervention in South Asian countries in times of crises, just to protect the investment made by India for its state sponsored terror campaigns in its neighbouring countries.

Staging false attacks on its border forces along borders with Bhutan and Nepal in order to increase pressure on these small states in exchange for concessions is the oldest play in India’s playbook to coerce its neighbours.

Afghanistan, the only South Asian country that does not share any borders with India is also not safe from Indian state sponsored terrorism. In the wake of American intervention in Afghanistan back in 2001, India used it as a staging ground for its onslaught against Pakistan by exploiting huge swaths of ungoverned land and befriending rouge elements like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Daish (IS) etc. to name a few.

Baluchistan became the prime target of the Indian state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan. A province that can help Pakistan become an economic hub in South Asia with its abundant natural resources, strategic location and a large natural deep sea port at Gwadar, Baluchistan also became the centre for most of the foreign investment under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). All these were good enough reasons for India to feel insecure and try to sabotage the progress being made in Baluchistan. No wonder Kulbhushan was caught red-handed in Baluchistan!

Kulbhushan was already sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2017 but the sentence has been restrained as the case is now in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A verdict on Kulbhushan’s case in expected from the ICJ in the near future. Pakistan prepared its case carefully and with due diligence and fought diligently by its lawyers. The proof against Commander Kulbhushan has been bluntly presented to India and the international community. There is no possible way for India to get away with its wrong doings this time.

It is no secret that India has the habit of bullying its neighbours but half the blame lies with its neighbours for allowing India to carry on with its bullying without any consequences, especially Pakistan.

It is high time for the Pakistani leadership to show strength and determination in the face of shameless Indian aggression (of all sorts) and pay India in kind.The chronicles of Indian hostilities in its proximate speak for themselves. Be it China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal or Bhutan, no country is safe from Indian state sponsored terrorism and propaganda. It is about time that India is given a taste of its own medicine. Kulbhushan should be made an example of and India should be made to pay for its nefarious actions otherwise countless innocent people will pay the price for such inaction.


Writer:  Muhammad Taimur Fahad Khan