Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Keeping the peace

With some sadness I watched LK Advani on television today after the attack at Ayodhya. Only a few hours had passed since the incident and already he was politicising it, calling it an issue every hindu should be concerned about. The attention, until then, was on what a good job the security forces had done. And then, according to Sonia Gandhi, it became an issue of India's respect and sovereignty.

There's some disconnect here. Respect? Sovereignty? What kind of crackpots run this country? If they say militants are trying to cause communal disharmony, they need to take a pretty good look at themselves because it's my belief that a relationship between communities is like a relationship between people, putting it simply. If you keep reinforcing it, it won't split. But if you try to keep their relationship on a knife edge, it'll snap when a terrorist comes along. If they stopped practicing the kind of politics they do, we'd live in a peace that isn't uneasy.

3 comments:

Chetan said...

If they stopped practicing the kind of politics they do, we'd live in a peace that isn't uneasy.

Great post. Oh, how much I agree.

arZan said...

Politicians are the same everywhere.

I am surprised that someone hasn't shot Advani as yet for what he did in the days leading upto and after the Ayodhya incident.

Someone once said that the people get the politicians they deserve. Sadly in india it seems all the more true. We keep on electing the same crooks and cronies again and again.

And to top it off...urban india, the more educated of the populace, does not even bother to vote. Voter turnouts in cities with large educated populations is half of the villages. What else do u expect.

I wish they would make it some sort of a law to cast your ballot. You can always go and nullify the ballot, but at least you make a stand. In the same way every winning politician should at least get 50% o f the votes cast. In this way every vote will count.

Dusty said...

Well said, Rahul.