Once again, there's only one story airing on all news channels - "Riots in Punjab, again".
When i heard the news, the first feeling I had was that of sorrow, but when i got to know the cause of the riots i felt disgusted.
The verdict of this year's elections clearly shows that the people of India have voted for a govt that can take our country to a very respectable place on the global map in terms of development and globalisation. But, will the govt be able to work on this agenda of development if the very first thing that it has to handle, after being elected, is this unwanted and ever-concluding internal violence?
I don't think that India can climb up the ladder of global recognition, in terms of development, if it continues to be involved in such incidents. These incidents are happening very frequently in our country - be it in the form of a protest over some 'Dera' chief's public act, or the beating up of girls in Karnataka, or the gujjar-meena conflict, or the amarnath land row, or the injustice done to the people from UP and Bihar in Maharashtra. And now this..
All these people, who are involved in the violence, call themselves to be the beleivers of God and the followers of the His teachings given to them by one of His messengers. But did their God convey any such message of destruction and hatred against the common innocent people? Did Guru Nanak preach to burn the buses in anger, or did Sri Ram tell his people to beat girls?
What do the buses and trains in Punjab have to do with the killing of a man in Vienna ? Why burning trains and damaging public properties, and harming innocent people, when they have got nothing to do with the incident?
When is all this meaningless fighting going to come to an end? The peole of India, be of any cast or religion, must try and move towards a broader and a more tolerant way of thinking and acting. People have to start thinking practically and more 'nationally' than 'regionally'. If a step is not taken in this direction, a better India is far from being even at the horizon..