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Emotion: An enemy of rational argument

Posted by Shreyans Jain Monday, 14 January 2013 0 comments

The dastardly incident that took place on January 08, 2013 in which the Pakistani soldiers crossed the Line of Control and ambushed an Indian patrol, throwing all civilised norms to the winds, is an example of an act of cowardice. Such an outrageous aggression and blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement of 2003 has yet again reiterated the fact that India is garlanded by hostile neighbours who indulge in condemnable activities with an intention to strain the social fabric of our nation and balkanise it. 

The recent unprovoked attack clearly establishes the fact that we cannot afford to blind-foldedly trust our unpredictable and unreliable neighbours who unleash terror in our territory and disguise their nefarious designs as confidence-building measures. It seems that by perpetrating violence across the border, our neighbours attempt to derail the peace talks. It is incumbent on us and them to realise frequent exchange of artillery and bloodshed in border skirmishes will only escalate tension and debilitate the relationship that we share with each other.

The beheading and mutilation that took place is highly unfortunate and tragic. The perpetrators of such a horrendous act of violence ought to realise that such insane acts neither lead to progress nor do they lead to establishment of one’s supremacy over the other. All that it leads to is widespread destruction and loss of innocent human lives.

At this juncture, India should continue with its diplomatic protest against this monstrous act. At the same time, it should restrain from taking any such measure that may widen the chasm between either of the nations or jeopardise the trade and cultural relationships. Let us not forget that our economy is vulnerable to slightest provocation and any such measure that hamper the progress, however meagre, in other areas of bilateral trade would cause a tremendous upheaval. The Opposition as well as the media should restrain their temptation to make intemperate remarks against the ruling dispensation. The government’s deliberate avoidance of tit-for-tat policy should not be mistaken as a test of its patience. Further, the security forces should be put on qui vive across the border. The issue should be amicably resolved through dialogue and thorough investigation and those found guilty must be awarded  stringent and deterrent punishment.

Such barbaric incidents, undoubtedly, stir the emotions of the grieved. However, prudence demands that these emotions must be controlled lest they pose a threat to rational argument.



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