Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bravery or spinelessness?

Heres our External affairs minister spouting the usual words. Attacks wont stop India from aiding Afghanistan. Great words. Greater still are his comments that follow, "We cannot succumb to the pressure of Taliban or any extremist group. Our approach is of zero tolerance," declared external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee. 

Commendable, Mr. Mukherjee. The only thing is that, our approach is not of zero tolerance, but of maximum tolerance when it comes to our citizens lives. The same comments are spouted after terror attacks in any part of India or after yet another bloody attack in Kashmir. 

It is one thing to say, zero tolerance and not succumb to pressure and blah, but unless you go back and hit them (whoever it is, wherever it is) where it hurts, all these declarations are as good as cowering in fear. There will be more attacks and some more of our citizens will die and you can continue to spout theatrical lines like the ones above. 

Sleepless nights, anyone?

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