Thursday, December 04, 2008

Moment of truth

This piece,titled Indias moment of truth is by Jack Welch, who surely gave India a shot in the arm with the GE centers while he was at the helm. This is how he ends the piece, but the entire piece is worth reading - because our inaction to contain terror or better equip our police or armed forces will now cause businesses to think a lot more about the risk of doing business in India. Thanks doc...

With such a mixed picture, all foreign companies can do right now is boost security for their people—and wait. Meanwhile, many investors will be thinking about tilting the balance to China. That's understandable. Despite persistent worker protests, the Olympics this summer left little doubt of the country's ability to manage itself.

But China isn't really India's biggest economic challenge right now. India is. How its leaders respond to the Mumbai attacks will tell the business world what it wants and needs to know. Not just whether to pull back from India but how risky pushing forward will be.


Meanwhile Tom Friedmans Op-Ed in NYT asks.

On Feb. 6, 2006, three Pakistanis died in Peshawar and Lahore during violent street protests against Danish cartoons that had satirized the Prophet Muhammad. More such mass protests followed weeks later. When Pakistanis and other Muslims are willing to take to the streets, even suffer death, to protest an insulting cartoon published in Denmark, is it fair to ask: Who in the Muslim world, who in Pakistan, is ready to take to the streets to protest the mass murders of real people, not cartoon characters, right next door in Mumbai?

After all, if 10 young Indians from a splinter wing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party traveled by boat to Pakistan, shot up two hotels in Karachi and the central train station, killed at least 173 people, and then, for good measure, murdered the imam and his wife at a Saudi-financed mosque while they were cradling their 2-year-old son — purely because they were Sunni Muslims — where would we be today? The entire Muslim world would be aflame and in the streets.

For all the anger in the Indian media, I have not seen an article that gets to the point in as succinct a manner as these two. There in lies another story...

Meanwhile look at these two brave cops - with one vintage .303 rifle to share between them, they took on the terrorists. If they had more decent weapons and a bulletproof vest, this terrorist would have been vaporised at CST itself...

2 comments:

Savitha said...

Good one . Very valid points by Jack Welch and Tom Friedman .

How India responds to this will determine our collective future .

Kavi said...

Brilliant articles. Just way too brilliant. Somehow, i sometimes feel this level of clarity needs to dawn on all those folks doing the rounds of mike thrusting TV journalism ! Sigh.

I particularly like the anaology of the BJP youth hijacking a boat. How much more true can that one be..?

Phew !

wonderful sharing..thanks