Saturday, November 29, 2008

War on Mumbai - 2

Finally the 60 hour mayhem has come to an end. In this time of mourning for the lives that were lost in the last 3 days, we should also act to make sure that these barbaric incidents never happen. While the opposition party believes that draconic laws is the way to move forward, thankfully the ruling government disagree. But I believe that the first step is Acceptance

Acceptance that everything is not right inside this country... 
Acceptance that we are still going through the pains of integration... 
Acceptance that we are still 1000 countries living inside a single nation.. 
Acceptance that we are still divided by religion.. 
Acceptance that Muslims don't feel safe in this nation.. 
Acceptance that Christians don't feel safe in this nation.. 
Acceptance that Hindus don't feel safe in this nation.. 
Acceptance that Sikhs don't feel safe in this nation.. 
Acceptance that we committed attrocities during Partition, during Sikh riots, during the destruction of Babri Mosque, during the riots that followed, during Gujarat riots... 
Acceptance that we don't treat people of all the religions the same...
Acceptance that we showed our immaturity by electing Modi.. 
Acceptance that we mishandled the Kashmiri Problem.. 
Acceptance that first we have to understand our mistakes before we lay the blame on others... 
Acceptance that India is still going through the pains of a decision taken 60 years ago by British to bring together different kingdoms under a single nation.. 

Though I may preach the philosophy of acceptance, it doest not mean that we take a laid back approach when a foreign entity attacks us. If the Indian government is sure that the terrorists are from a foreign nation, we should never wait for a second to destroy the people who facilitated this draconic incident, no matter where they are. If it requires precise rockets to be sent inside Pakistani nation, let those rockets be sent.. If it requires Indian army to be sent inside Pakistan, let it be sent. If it requries a nuclear weapon to be used, let it be used.. 

Hope these kind of incidents never gets repeated inside the Indian soil.. (right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari)


Srivats said...

Robin, acceptance is the first step to planning a out solid response, but at no cost can sending missiles or nuclear weapons on pakistani targets be justified. We are not israel firing indiscriminate missiles into the gaza strip.. we have to take desperate measures to make sure we dont respond to war with war. As a nation, right from our independence struggle, we've chosen a different path. This effort should not be any different, in that our strategy should be different. Im not suggesting 'turn the other cheek', but an alternative to missiles and bombs.

I think the first step should be towards educating people - so long as motivation to do such acts exists, this wont stop. maybe we can stall it for the short term with the fire for fire approach, but it will return in much costlier circumstances years later.

Robin said...

Yeah... I accept that reacting with war is not a good strategy as "educating people"... But in certain times, aggression is the best form of defense...
- Robin