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   There are two things I would like to write about today... (December 4, 1990)

There are two things I would like to write about today. First, the uncertainty of life; and second war with Pakistan.

Life is uncertain as it is, and in India, which continues to be a part of the Third and Underdeveloped World, whether we admit it to ourselves or not, more so than ever. And with reckless and cowardly men going about planting bombs and killing and maiming indiscriminately, there is no guarantee a hapless citizen can survive the day, or even the first part of the day, early in the morning, while setting out to work.

Men who kill like this, hiding behind anonymity, are not heroes and warrirs, or even battle-scarred terrorists. They are sly and shrinking men who take advantage of a free and unpoliced society they lived in to harm and destroy the weakest and the most innocent. They have no courage, so they have no conscience.

It is one thing to be a rebel and a terrorist, shooting it out with the police, the para-military and even the army. That requires guts and belief in a cause, to be ill-equipped and untrained and outnumbered, and fight it out with the forces of law. Though these men may be occasionally misguided, they are still men. They go into a nation's folk-history and songs are written about them. But men who leave bombs under seats of crowded trains and quietly walk out, or who kidnap and kill innocents, they have to be treated as common criminals.

I am inclined to agree with the BJP. As on all occasions except one, it has formulated the best and most sebsible policy. The army should march into that part of Kashmir which is constitutionally and by law ours and has been occupied by Pakistan, destroy the training camps there, confiscate the arms that are stored there, and take over and retain the territory that Pakistan has been allowed to occupy for so long.

If Pakistan treats this as an act of war (which it is not, since we are only taking back what is ours), then comes my second subject for today. If Pakistan wants war, it will have war. Pr I should rephrase it: If the Pakistan government wants war, it shall have war.

And war is not a cricket match. In a real war, India is bound to win. Then, after we have won, we can once again start the process of being friends and neighbours.

 
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