Sunday, September 21, 2008

THE PEOPLE OF INDIA AND TERRORISM

After the depressing post about the bombing in Pakistan yesterday, I was looking for something good to talk about and this came to me this morning in the form of an article written by M J Akbar in the Times of India. The paragraph that really verbalised my own thoughts is, and I am going to quote it verbatim as I could not have expressed it as well as Mr Akbar. "Terror is testing the resilience of the Indian government and the sagacity of the Indian people. The first is in shambles, but the second is holding up. The will of the people has become the safety net protecting the Indian state from the wont (a slightly archaic English word for normal behaviour) of Manmohan Singh and Shivraj Patil". Very well said Mr Akbar.

The government of India has failed to protect the people of India not only from the sinister attacks of the terrorists but also in providing them with the basic law and order, which is the primary function of the Executive branch of government. What is our government waiting for? The next elections? With their track record, even that seems to be a very distant dream.

However, what stands out as a model to emulate is the wisdom of the people of India who have not taken the bait thrown by the terrorists to drive a wedge between the communities. Well done India - I love you.

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