So Predictable?

What would the reactions of our imminent personalities and institutions be on the mutilation and decapitation of Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh during an ambush by Pakistani forces? The writer’s view:-

Manmohan Singh: We condemn this dastardly attack on the sovereignty of the nation and urge our neighbouring country to look into the matter to see that these kind of incidents are not repeated. We also appeal to the citizens of the country to maintain peace. Theek hai.

Sonia Gandhi: We condemn this inhuman and barbaric act and warn that such incident will not be tolerated. We will raise these concerns with Pakistan at a suitable time.

Salman Khurshid: We demand an apology from the Pakistan MEA. Such irresponsible acts will hurt the peace talks and confidence building measures. We can raise this issue in UN. We will send a strong worded letter to the Pakistani authorities for this ghastly ……….….

AK Antony: Pakistan should be given one week to explain this, failing which it should be given two weeks, failing which……

Rahul Gandhi: This attack is certainly alarming but still, we must not forget that the biggest challenge we face is Saffron terror.

Sushilkumar Shinde: Atleast we are certain that this attack wasn’t carried out by Shri Hafeez Saeed.

Digvijay Singh: Looks like an RSS conspiracy to malign our friendly neighbours.

Nitish Kumar: We must not react in a hasty way which can threaten the secular fabric of the country or which could spoil the goodwill built by my Pakistan trip.

RR Patil: Badi badi sarhadon par chhoti chhoti hatyaen hoti rehti hain (On big borders, such small incidents and shootings keep taking place).

Arvind Kejariwal: As this is not related to Janlokpal or anti corruption movement, it will not be wise to comment on the issue.

Anna Hazare: I promise to go on a hunger strike for two days to condemn this when my current hunger strike obligations are over.

Prashant Bhushan: Didn’t I tell you that AFSPA was to blame for all this?

Laloo Yadav: We must not let the communal forces to take advantage of this incident.

Mayawati: Were the soldiers Manuvadis or from the Bahujan Samaj?

Sheila Dixit: Atleast Delhi is much safer than the LoC.

Mulayam Singh: Whatever happens, the relations between the two countries should not affect the communal harmony in the country.

Mamata Banerjee: This would not have happened if the Defence Ministry were handled by our party.

Shivanand Tiwari: India and Pakistan are two sides of the same coin.

Markandey Katju: We must remember that India and Pakistan are enemies only because of the British. They made us forget our composite culture. We have so much in common, even 90 percent of Pakistanis are idiots.

Arundhati Roy: This is a positive assertion of the Pakistani proletariat fighters against the Indian bourgeoise forces.

N Srinivasan: Does this mean that Indian cricket team’s tour to Pakistan is cancelled? Are we to skip bidding for Pakistan players in this season’s IPL as well?

NDTV: This is a huge setback to bilateral relations between the two countries. People to People contact has to be increased to diffuse the tension.

India TV: Kya Bharatiya sena kee grah disha bigad gayi hai?

Mahesh Bhatt: India must apologise to Pakistan for straying so close to the border. To make up for this folly, my next project will exclusively feature Pakistani artistes.

L.K. Advani: The government must convince US to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state.

Candle light activists: We can protest only against real issues that affect us all, like publicity hogging when an unfortunate girl gets brutalized or for the youth right to night life (or when we are funded by the likes of Ford foundation). Doesn’t the army have weapons to protect itself? We certainly feel that this issue is not that important for us.

Dreamers: It is the death of the rebel and the poet that shakes us from within, we are far away from the violent geopolitics.

Common Man: When even the soldier is not safe, how can I be?

Those who forget history are condemned to relive it- George Santayana

A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools- Thucydides.

Civilizations die from suicide, not murder-Alfred Toynbee

A nation that forgets is defenders will itself be forgotten- Calvin Coolidge

We learn from history that we learn nothing from history-George Bernard Shaw.

Cry, my beloved country.

Ankur Jayawant

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