India - Life is cheap

By Swati Chaturvedi | Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 13:59
 
Swati Chaturvedi  

And, so it goes on, we are Indians; our lives our cheap to our government, any government, and as the obscene spectre of terrorism and let's call it what it is: Pakistan government sponsored terrorism attacks ordinary citizens at will, the death watch continues.
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As the litany goes, this is the 10th attack on Mumbai, wait for a day the other rusty aphorism will be trotted out - the American mainland was never attacked after 9/11.
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Have we ever stopped to wonder why has a leader, any leader - the prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Mr L K Advani even Rahul Gandhi, who frets to the Americans about "Hindu terror", ever stood up and reassured the aam admi in whose name they act - you are safe - your right to life is a fundamental absolute. And if the ordinary Indian does not have a right to life, what else matters.
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I am still waiting to hear from our leaders. What is our strategy to deal with this? Just count our dead, grieve and turn the other cheek to Pakistan?
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And, so it will be business as usual. After a couple of days of some incredible official blah blah of you know Pakistan is also a terror victim, it is not in our interest to have a failed state in the neighbourhood. What utter drivel? Failed or flourishing, when has Pakistan ever been anything but an adversary whose existence is defined by a hatred for India?
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And, indeed why should the world or Pakistan act in our interest? Surely, that is our job!
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Was the USA acting in Pakistan's interest when it violated its sovereignty and took out Bin Laden?
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And guess what, Pakistan makes sure we pay the price.
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How many dead will finally sicken us that till we respect the little guys right to life, we are all shamed as Indians.
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Demand answers, do not accept pap and demand that the government make Pakistan accountable for killing innocent Indians.



First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 13:59

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