Friday, November 28, 2014

What Talks are Worth

This week marked six years since the ghastly 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, India's financial capital, that left over 160 innocent civilians dead. That day, the Indian equivalent of America's 9/11, remains one of the most traumatic days in India's modern history. For Mumbai is not just a city - every family in India, poor or rich, has a connection to it. It is the city of the rich industrialists, it is the city of poor inmates at Dharavi, it is the city of Sachin Tendulkar, it is the city of millions who dream to make it big in Bollywood. It is for no small reason that on the other side of the country, in Shillong, there is a cafe named 'Bombay Bites'!

We cannot and will not forget the horrors of 26/11. Years of talks after and despite of the Kargil War, 26/11 is what we got. Clearly, a week-kneed policy of talking from a position of weakness doesn't help - and we need not adopt it either. 

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