Musharraf should only be remembered as an enemy of India

Former Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy has joined the ranks of many Indian ‘liberals' who mourned and praised the former Pakistani military dictator after his death. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor led the pack of liberals, saying Musharraf's strategic thinking was smart and clear. Other like Vikrant Gupta, the Managing Editor of Tak, Sudheendra Kulkarni, who downplayed Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and CNN-News18 sports writer Saikat Ghosh were among those who ignored Pervez Musharraf's bloody past and praised him.

Despite Atal Bihari Vajpayee's forgive and forget approach to , Musharraf repeatedly sabotaged the peace process with . However, the nation must be grateful to Vajpayee for recapturing the Kargil heights, even though it came at a high cost to us. India lost over 500 soldiers in repulsing the intruders pushed by Musharaff. Over five hundred young soldiers gave their lives for the sadistic pleasure of this maniac. Those who sacrificed were the sons, husbands, brothers of many families. Many innocent children were orphaned for the whims of megalomaniacs like Musharaff.   

India launched ‘Operation Meghdoot' in 1984, seizing control of Siachen and its tributary glaciers. Musharraf, who was in charge of Pakistan's failed Siachen missions, vowed to occupy Kargil in response, and Musharraf's personal ambition was the main catalyst for Pakistan's misadventure in Kargil in 1999.

As the General of the Pakistani Army, Musharraf was the architect of the Kargil war, ordering the infiltration of Indian territory. In fact, when then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the withdrawal of Pakistani forces in response to pressure, everyone knew that a coup was inevitable because General Musharraf disagreed with Sharif. The coward even disowned his own soldiers and refused to take back their dead bodies. The last rites of Pakistani soldiers were later performed by Indian soldiers keeping high tradition of the Indian Army.

Musharraf's personal ambition and ego resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, mostly Pakistanis, during the Kargil war, but instead of reflecting on this, the megalomaniac staged a coup to seize power for himself.

Musharraf died in a foreign land in an anonymous, if not ignominious, death. That is what dictators face. It would be foolish, if not self-defeating, to mourn his death, let alone falsify his record or glorify him as an apostle of the Indo-Pakistan peace process. Musharraf was forced to compromise following his Kargil misadventure after his own position in Pakistan became precarious due to a variety of factors, including US pressure. He didn't care about India.

In the end, it is not individuals like Musharraf who must be completely defeated, but the Pakistan ideology itself. Unfortunately the entire leadership of Pakistan continues to uphold the anti-India ideology.

That is why, in India, Musharraf should be remembered as an enemy and aggressor, a supporter of Pakistan's policy of a thousand cuts, and an unscrupulous dictator who undermined democracy and became despised in his own country. Despite the fact that he was born in Delhi and obtained his birth certificate during one of his visits, he lived and died as one of our most ardent adversaries and combatants.