On friendly nations and a death sentence

September 10, 2012

Many in the country are celebrating the death sentence for Kasab. Fair enough – while I don’t support death sentence for any crime for anybody, I don’t want to belittle the sentiments of those who do. What is the crime of Kasab? To state the obvious : he killed Indian citizens and ‘waged war’ on our nation.

There is another country which has been repeatedly harassing, attacking, detaining and killing Indian citizens (in addition to massacring thousands of their own). The Indian Government rewards them by training their soldiers on Indian soil. The national media doesn’t care. The answer by a Central Minister to the locals’ objections : “We will continue to give them training. They are our friendly country”. If we can be ‘gracious’ enough to continue to treat this country as friendly, then, in the same spirit, we should garland Kasab, give him further training to ensure he doesn’t get caught the next time and send him home safely.

And by the way, when is that world cup T20 starting? Another opportunity to show what a friendly people we are.

The game of strategic interests

March 28, 2012

The GoI/TOI line of thinking of having to ‘sacrifice international strategic interests because of domestic compulsions’ is outright insensitive and short-sighted.

Why should strategic interests dictate India’s stance on moral issues? I can only only look back with longing to the moral courage of Gandhi, who could condemn the creation of Israel at the peak of holocaust, even while denouncing Hitler, and advising restraint to Palestinians/Arabs.

More importantly, how can international strategic interests be more important than ‘domestic compulsions’? Is keeping a foreign government (accused of mass-murder) happy, more important than reining in the growing disengagement of large sections of Tamil youth with the idea of India?

Is Sri Lanka so important to India, that the government will continue to turn a blind eye to the poor Indian fishermen  (or Tamilnadu fishermen, as is always reported in National media), being harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan fishermen and troops? When India can rise up, rightly, against Italy to arrest Italian nationals who shot our fishermen, why should the same not be done against Sri Lankans indulging in similar acts? Ah, well, can our strategic interests be sacrificed for the sake of domestic compulsions?