The viciousness of Pakistani-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir, is no less than (the viciousness of their sponsorship of terror) in Afghanistan.
Following the pullout of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, many militants, in fact most of the HUJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami) cadres, were inducted into Kashmir.
The officers and men of the Indian Army took on these hardcore jihadis and war veterans who claimed to have brought a superpower to its knees. Their next logical target was the US.
If the Indian Army had not inflicted such heavy casualities on the jihadis, many more 9/11s would have happened.
The Indian Army could not have taken on a challenge with such imposing constraints without character and conviction.
The same character and conviction was on display during the Kargil war.
Ironically, the same TV channels which drummed up the slogan of 'dil mange more' then are now endemically holding debates on the very desirability of the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act).
In their construct, rape, AFSPA and Army are synonymous.
The unremitting vilification campaign against the Army and the coordinated and concerted bid by apologists of terrorist groups in Kashmir and Northeast for the removal of the AFSPA is intriguing.
Image: Activists supporting the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) shout slogans in support of rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila during a protest in New Delhi on November 5, 2011.