Nirmala Sitharaman (Defence Minister of India) Claim: India has not experienced a single major terror attack since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in 2014.
Mam, can you Please explain What is a major attack?
“There’s no policy statement or government release where the difference between a major or minor attack has been defined clearly,” according to defence expert Ajai Shukla.
“It’s a matter of perception,” he says.
WHAT’S THE GRAPH SAYS
- Between 2014 and 2018, terrorist incidents in J&K saw a rise of 176%
- Govt data show that 11 terrorists infiltrate into J&K every month
Ok, let’s compare with others’ tenure
Between 2009 and 2013, under the Congress-led government, there were a total of 1,717 incidents.
From 2014 to 2018, under the BJP, there were 1,708.
The data it used matches figures from the South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP), an independent non-governmental group that compiles figures both from government sources and media reports.
Official records show 1,762 such attempts were made between 2009 and 2013 when the Congress was in power.
And the period from 2014 to 2018, under the current BJP government, saw 1,456 attempts made.
Why are you getting so angry?
Let’s back to the Kashmir: Fact of Kashmir
- India-controlled: One state, called Jammu and Kashmir, makes up the southern and eastern portions of the region, totalling about 45% of Kashmir.
- Pakistan-controlled: Three areas called Azad Kashmir, Gilgit and Baltistan make up the northern and western portions of the region, totalling about 35% of Kashmir.
- China-controlled: One area called Aksai Chin in the northeastern part of the region, equaling 20% of Kashmir.
- August 15, 1947 – India and Pakistan gain independence from Great Britain. Kashmir initially decides to remain independent, choosing not to become a part of either Pakistan or India.
- October 1947 – After armed tribesmen from Pakistan’s North-West, Frontier Province invade Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of Kashmir, signs a letter acceding to India. In exchange for handing key powers to the central government in New Delhi, Kashmir gains India’s military protection. Pakistan does not recognize this letter as a legal document. This begins India and Pakistan’s first war over Kashmir.
- January 1, 1949 – India and Pakistan agree to withdraw all troops behind a mutually agreed ceasefire line, later known as the Line of Control.
No comments ‘I am Not Anti National’
A Citizens Report was released in Delhi based on the findings of a fact-finding delegation to Kashmir.
‘We Will Always Live in Fear’: What Life Is Like for Civilians in Kashmir
“Our lives depend on the mood of the soldiers,” said his cousin Muneer Ahmad Khan. “We will always live in fear.”
Life on the India side is often disrupted by militant attacks, street protests or government crackdowns. Soldiers are everywhere: on the roads, in the apple orchards, standing with their guns behind giant coils of barbed wire. Schools shut down frequently. So do stores, roads and the cellphone network. Some young Kashmiris call their homeland “the world’s most beautiful prison.”
The Kashmiris who get out are often discriminated against. After the Indian convoy was hit in mid-February, hundreds of Kashmiri college students at universities in India were chased off their campuses. Many were terrified; some were beaten up.
Even in New Delhi, the capital, where many people from different parts of India live, some Kashmiris were thrown out by their landlords for one reason: They were Kashmiri.
“We are the grass that suffers in the fight between two elephants,” Mr. Wani said.