Pakistan stooped to a new low when it ill-treated Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife Chetna, who went to Pakistan to meet him. Reports suggest that the Jadhav family was “even more depressed” than it had been before the visit. Jadhav met with mother Avanti and wife Chetna on December 25 in Islamabad, but the meeting took place with them being separated by a glass screen. Under the pretext of security protocol, Pakistani authorities removed the mangalsutra and bangles of his mother and wife. The move looked far from being a humanitarian gesture, rather a calculated attempt to discredit his family with an intent to insult them. It defeated the purpose of reunion.
Pakistan meted out harassement to Jadhav’s family members by allowing the media to approach Jadhav’s mother and wife, who hurled accusations and insults about Jadhav, despite a clear agreement that media will not be allowed. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj blasted at Pakistan, saying the reunion lacked “humanity” and “goodwill” accusing Pakistan of conducting it as a “propaganda exercise” and “an opportunity to exploit the situation”.
The whole episode has caused widespread resentment and anger among Indians. A quora user even posted a question:
To this, there were several answers. Here are some of them:
Answer 1 – By Harish Sharma, Director at EnvironmentFirst Energy Services Pvt. Ltd.
Sharma said after Pakistan killed Sarabjeet Singh, there were only condolences. He blamed media and said in Sarabjeet’s case too, media spoiled the efforts as the sentiments at that time were with Sarabjeet and people of both side wanted his release. He said the release of Sardar Surjeet Singh and his confession changed the stance of hardliners who were earlier feeling the heat from peace loving people of both sides. He believes media coverage is actually as setback for Jadhav’s release process and countries like Pakistan will make it ego and prestige issue. He said in Jadhav’s case, Pakistan will not hang him but his release is next to impossible.
Answer 2 – By Chitranshu Tomar, Political Observer, Writer and Commentator.
Tomar lists a series of reactions by Indians, political parties, government and media. According to him, the hate of Indians towards Pakistan would increase exponentially, and everyone would want justice. He notes that opposition parties will make it as a issue of our lack of diplomatic skills. He adds that India may cut off diplomatic ties with Pakistan and some BJP leaders would call to start boycotting Pakistani actors in Bollywood. Moreover, NDTV will air shows on how our diplomacy failed in protecting the life of ex naval officer, and will target the Modi government.
He also said that after some time we will forget Kulbhushan Jadhav and the Indian government won’t care.
Answer 3. By Abhigyan Raha, former student at Institute of Technical Education and Research.
Raha said nothing will happen. He said if Pakistanis were not able to kill him by direct means that is hanging or by public execution, they will surely have him killed by some means and term it as an accident. He said Pakistan wants to destroy us by carrying out attacks on our democracy, and India can’t take extreme steps since it is a nuclear power now.
Answer 4. By Vikas Rai, Self Employed.
According to Rai, PM Modi will condemn this act but take zero offensive action; India will cancel all Tests, ODI and T20 matches with Pakistan; India will stop granting visas to Pakistani actors and singers for a while, and there will be ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border.
Rai believes that unlike Israel, India only loves talking and drama. He questioned why India is still trying to deal logically with our neighbours — a model failed Islamic state.