Apropos of the report Terror hits dargah (October 12), after the bomb blast at a religious place, there were claims from the administration that this is the handiwork of Islamic terrorists. Even if some misguided youth is behind this, such baseless claims could malign the image of Muslims. It’s surprising why the needle of suspicion never points to right-wing fanatics, whose complicity in the Nanded bomb blasts is well-known.
It is absurd that suspicion is always directed at Islamic terrorist groups after any bomb blast. If the administration knew that such an attack was imminent, why were they unable to prevent it? Does this indicate that the administration and the media are working hand-in-glove? This doesn’t bode well for the future of the country.
Politics of convenience
Rajdeep Sardesai’s analysis Twenty20 winks (October 11) was worth reading. He started with HD Deve Gowda and ended with Mayawati. Both leaders are unpredictable and no one knows what their next decision could be. Given their past actions, no one should be surprised if they stake claim to the Prime Minister’s chair at some point in the near future.
When regional leaders with their shortsighted agenda become heavyweights in national politics, it damages national integration and slows down the pace of progress in the country. As proved by the coalition governments of V.P. Singh to Manmohan Singh at the Centre and similar administrations in the states, unprincipled alliances of convenience force people to bear the huge cost of mid-term polls.
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