At least 68 people have died in the gruesome act of terror on the Samjhauta Express. The terrorists struck a day before Pakistani foreign minister was to arrive in Delhi for talks and a week before the 5th anniversary of the Godhra carnage. The security is so lax on this train (supposedly one of the most secure trains of India) that one can board from Old Delhi and the baggages would not be checked till the train reaches Atari.
There are powerful cliques on both sides of the border wanting to scuttle the peace process. Praveen Swami writes an insightful article in ‘The Hindu’ on the opposition of the India-Pakistan peace process from extremists in Pakistan.
Islamists have, in recent weeks, repeatedly argued that the peace process poses a threat to both Pakistan’s economic survival and its ideological raison d’etre. Growing interaction at the level of ordinary people, Islamists have claimed, is working to soften the hatred they believe is necessary to protect their nation.
There has been resistance from certain Hindu extremist groups to the recent bonhomie between Indian and Pakistan but whether any outfit would go to the extent of bombing a train is yet to be seen.
The average man on the street, as is always the case with train accidents in India, did his bit in rescue and relief operations. However, I was appalled to see the absolute lack of empathy on the part of ‘educated’ Indians at the CNN-IBN news-item reporting this attack.
I mean what sort of people would rate this gruesome act as 8.7 on a scale of 10. It seems that some people are actually happy that this happened. Is it because most of the victims were Muslims and Pakistanis on top of that?