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Thursday, August 05, 2004

In Defence of the Government!!!

For the last week or so, I have been observing this whole KGL-Hostages issue, with a great deal of amazement. It shows how the media can often screw up as far as priorities are concerned.

I have also been amazed at the relatives of those three hostages criticising the Indian government!!

Now when it comes to bashing the government, I am always game. But please, let us not be illogical. Take this hostage crisis for instance.

- It happened in Iraq, light years away from the jurisidiction of the Indian Govt.
- The company venturing in to Iraq is from Kuwait.
- Both the Vajpayee and the Singh governments have shown no inclination of sending troops to Iraq. We have not helped the Americans in any way possible.

I mean in general, we have nothing to do with the situation. These blokes knew they were going to Iraq. They knew there were risks. They took the chance, and lost. It's just like the guy who sits perched atop a billboard, 100 feet above the ground, painting letters, is aware of the risks. If he slips and falls, one can blame the people who hired him, for not providing enough protection. But how on earth can you blame the Indian government? More so when the billboard is not in India?

And the media is giving soooo much footage to their families. Come on! There are other deaths, and other issues which are just as, if not more important.

At times, I feel like I am living in a crazy world. Especially when it is raining like crazy, and the city is still moving....but that's for another post.