I am penning this immediately after the attack on a CRPF convoy, at Pulwama, in Kashmir. It has been one of the hardest and deadliest attacks in recent times. The country caringly grieves with the men in uniform and their families.
There is an emotional uproar in India, the magnitude is one that was not seen before. It has united the minds and might of the population. India slowly seems to have now moved from being a unity in diversity to a unity in adversity!!
The support and solidarity with the men in uniform, in distress, is overwhelming!! How do we maintain this during all times, not just in the times of trouble, is what we need to ask ourselves. India is a country of NRIs(Non Resident Indians) and RNIs(Resident Non-Indians).
I believe, the biggest contribution of Indian soldiers to the nation is that he has been able to keep the very idea of India alive, amidst umpteen divisive forces.
Pulwama has happened, what is our option is the question that is baffling many a minds, including the public. Aam admi is fed up: it is palpable and understandable. He doesn’t want to settle for a default option and although indecision is also a decision, as per theorists, Indians would not agree.
Let us remind ourselves of what George W Bush, the then president of USA, had said after the twin tower attack, “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honour. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children”.
Let us hope, the country takes a pragmatic decision and not the one based on the primitive human instincts of fear, greed and ego. As said above, indecision is not a decision. As someone had said, “If you do not move your chess piece, your opponents will move it for you”. And, that, I think, may not be the best option!!
Just attaching excerpts of my panel discussion on a regional TV program. Since I am not adept at any of the known languages, I have spoken in “Kenglish”- a concoction of Kannada and English!!