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I'm forced to digress from the current travelblog. I was blissfully unaware of the bomb blasts which've rocked Bombay until I got into office this morning. I've been reading through reports on various sites. Everyone has condemned it as being an act of terror etc. But I'm absolutely flabbergasted at the silence of the government or other like minded politicians. It is painfully obvious that these blasts could not have taken place without the connivance of the ISI and the Pakistani establishment. The very nature of these blasts points to the involvement of groups like the Lashkar-e-toiba, Mujahideen etc. Yet, the great leaders have not even pointed a finger in the north-western direction! This is such a far cry from not even 6 months ago when rail accidents were attributed to Pakistan's nefarious designs at disrupting Bihar's march towards being a civilized state by 2200 AD (i.e. 390 AL - After Laloo).
Is this because of the recent peace overtures? Various ministers have repeated themselves hoarse, especially when it is Independence day time: "India strives for peace but will not hesitate to defend itself". All that is just glib talk. If we dont act now, its more or less never. Pakistan will continue to act brazenly and hide under the perennial garb of just providing moral and diplomatic support to the the movement in J & K, disassociate itself from any terrorism that goes on in India, continue to receive aid from the rest of the world, continue to bleed India through its deeds and attempt to take the moral high ground by saying it is ready for talks anywhere, anytime. Let all the mutilated bodies remain where they are. Perhaps Vajpayee should agree to have talks with Musharraf in Zaveri Bazaar or near the Gateway of India or even the hospitals where the injured and dead were taken to. Indian terrorists like Narendra Modi, Murali Manohar Joshi, Pravin Togadia, LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Ashok Singhal etc. must also be taken to the site to see the nett effects of their vitriolic outbursts and actions over the last dozen years or so. That is the most irritating and heart-rending nature of what has happened in Bombay. It isn't only Pakistan's fault. The fault also lies with the Hindu right-wing fundamentalists (who call themselves nationalists). Cassius' immortal line to Brutus "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings" is so true. If only those who're responsible for the mess realize what they've done ...
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