American Presidents often conduct military operations more for their domestic electorates than against external enemies. The recent Tomahawk missile volley fired at a Syrian military base on the orders of President Donald Trump fits squarely in that category.
Indira Gandhi had a far better grasp of politics than her rivals in the Congress, the hapless Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa and others in the sinister, albeit self-named, “Syndicate”. She first extinguished the vestigial symbols of privilege retained by the former princely families of India, who had handed over their fiefdoms in 1947 on the condition that a few of the benefits they had enjoyed as a consequence of their having been rulers would be retained, a promise made by Jawaharlal Nehru that was broken by his only child.
Much din is being created over the “human rights violation” of the man tied in front of an Army vehicle in Kashmir. The Mehbooba Mufti government has added to the confusion by lodging an FIR in the incident, instead of congratulating the Army major involved for preventing a possible bloodbath. The major showed immense presence of mind and saved hundreds of Kashmiri lives by using Farooq Ahmad Dar as a human shield. The Army convoy was carrying civilians, who were in Budgam to hold elections.