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The big debate

india Updated: Dec 19, 2008 14:49 IST

Senior Congress leader AR Antulay's remarks aboput Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare's death has spoarked off an intense debate. People are sharply divided and their views are pouring in on blogs, websites and internet discussion boards.

A webber argues, Antulay pointed out that Karkare's murder does not fit into the story or the purpose of the attackers. So, somebody (aparently someone related to Malegaon case accused) has taken this oppourtunity to kill him while the terrorists indeed had terrorised the city. He did not deny that the attackers came from Pakistan. Neither did he pointed that the “whole incident” as an “inside job”, but he claims the killing of Mr Karkare was forcibly fitted into the same script.

"By making such unsubstantiated charges Antulay is actually helping Pakistan to wash off their hands from the Mumbai massacre," a surfer said on facebook.

SS Ahluwalia said the minister (Antulay) was playing to the Pakistani tune. "The vitriolic Pakistan media is celebrating the minister's comments," he said.

However an interesting fact is that while India is busy debating. The pakistan media as well as influential newspapers in the West Asian countries are mum. Karachi based The Dawn,, Nation and host of other news papers while carrying the proceedings of Indian Parliament desisted from carrying views, editorials or comments related to what Antulay had said. But Indian Urdu press has expressed views similar to those aired by Antulay.

In an opinion poll by Siasat, the English-language website of India's second largest Urdu newspaper, asked 'Do you think Antulay was right in his remarks over Karkare's death?' 90% of the respondents said yes.