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Look Before You Leap

In the prevailing rage and incomplete proof, any reprisal would stymie efforts to enlist Western support

Look Before You Leap
Look Before You Leap
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Thanks to our ever-awake 24x7 news channels, the people of India have seen monumental incompetence, criminal negligence and extreme casualness in the face of disaster "live". I am on the side of the outraged. But please, we need to tread carefully.

Across the country prevails the clamour for "tough action" against the perpetrators of this barbaric crime. That the perpetrators and their evil handlers need to be "taught a lesson they will never forget" seems at the present time a reasonable response. I too favour exacting our pound of flesh. However, the retribution policy must be pursued in a cooler frame of mind when passions have settled, not in the heat of the moment. If the Pakistani state or rogue elements within it, or Al Qaeda, have masterminded, commissioned and executed the Bombay carnage, India is more than justified in seeking satisfaction.

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