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You can not have the whole world. It’s too big, even for you Mr. Bush. The US presidential elections are due in November and Bush’s term is coming to an end. Yet he is in no mood to settle down. He is sending more and more troops to Iraq. Not only that, he authorised attacks into Pakistan as per a changed policy which says the attacks are to eliminate the Al Qaeda militants hiding in Pakistan. I say wtf! Don’t you guys have enough problems at home?

You play with fire and you pay the price with burnt hands. Pakistan is realising this (or perhaps not) the hard way. Even after the Pakistani army chief threatened to take serious steps if America didn’t stop attacking on the North-Western borders, US army again attacked on Waziristan. Much to the anger of the army chief there is nothing Pakistan can do as it appears. America has been a supporter of Pakistan for long and now this is how Pakistan is paying back. The eyes are now on the newly elected president Asif Zardari if he can take a strong stand on this and tell them to go home. But I am afraid that’s not going to happen.

Leave aside Bush, the republican running mate Sarah Palin said in an interview that the option for war with Russia is open if it attacks the neighbouring country Georgia. I mean come on! You are not in power yet! Why can’t you think of something that will benefit your country? Err… but isn’t that what you have in mind when you say or do all these things? There is more you can help your country with, rather than crude oil or capturing land with strategic importance outside country.

I just hope that Obama comes with a little more sense or should I say less of ambitions like the current government.

I was talking to my friend on the phone, on the evening of Independence Day. We were talking about how things have changed in last few years and admiring the sky full of all kinds of colourful kites. Looking at kites made me realized how lucky we are to be born and brought up in a free country. She then told me about something then which suddenly took my mind to a whole new direction, filled with questions of all kind.

She said there was a man who rented a room in their building, about whom she has told me before also. The man had told everyone that he is a teacher in a well known University in Delhi. My friend also took tuitions from him. Well, he left the place for some months now and they came to know few days ago that he was a Muslim and was supposedly involved in a bank fraud. The people of the building were horrified to know this for “obvious” reasons. Everyone was angry with the landlady for not doing a background check on the guy.

I feel that some of those people would have been equally frightened even if that person was not involved in any kind of fraud. Most of the people were scared because he was a Muslim. There was certain kind of uneasiness in their minds. There have been so many incidents when a person is denied properties or accommodation only because of his religion. And the situation is equally true on the other side also. Many Hindu or Non-Muslims people are also denied properties for similar reasons. It’s not just Hindus or Muslims for that matter. It’s a fact that most people become uncomfortable once they know that the person sitting next to them is of certain religion. It is so very common, not accepted openly though.

India turned 61 that day and I kept wondering what is the biggest challenge up against us. Is it economic growth and stability or becoming technological hub of the world or preserving our cultural values? There are so many, on that list to work on, but can we really do all this when we do not trust each other only because of religion? One thing is for sure that we have to leave this entire religion preconception behind us if we are to take this great nation to greater places. I just hope next time you and me make up our mind about a person, it’s not based on his/her surname

I was home as usual when I saw the news about the nationwide Band(that is a term generally used for creating nonsense, getting on the roads in masses and disturbing normal lifestyle, without any reason, except political) initiated by the workers of a leading political party. The reason, without a surprise was the current turbulence going on, in Jammu & Kashmir. Within an hour the whole city was affected. The major roads and crossings were targeted for the protest, busiest roads were blocked resulting in total chaos. This nuisance continued for more than two hours in various places across the country. Majority of the working class in Delhi was affected. A 70 yr old heart patient even died because the ambulance taking him to a hospital was not able to make it through the jams caused by the Band. Many people were late for their work or could make it at all. And the good old monsoon was a cherry on the top, making the Delhi roads even more messed up.

Another protest which took place few days ago when Sikh protesters attacked a cinema hall during the screening of the movie Singh is Kinng. The protesters were demanding the editing of few objectionable scenes from the movie. The cinema hall was shattered and was warned not to show the movie.

We all remember the havoc created by the Meena Community in Rajesthan few months back. That protest caused millions to the government, took away life of innocent people who, perhaps did not even understand the cause behind it.

The so called protest in Jammu & Kashmir is getting uglier by the day. Thousands of people have been suffered, 35 dead and still counting. The normal life has been devastated. Ask a five year old why he is not allowed to go outside and play, why he can not go to school and he will have no clue.

So why disagreement (sounds much peaceful isn’t it) of one person or a community with an issue results in the problems and crisis of other people or the entire country. I seriously don’t understand why people keep forgetting the fine balance between rights and duties. Between violence and civil disobedience. Our country has given us the freedom of expression. We have the right to resist to the unjust. But rather than using it for the benefit of our own, people end up creating problems for each other. Why don’t we think about those people who have nothing to do with our protests and suffer without any reason? The damage we do to our own society financially, socially, and morally. Why don’t we think about the person and his family who was in that ambulance that day, what was his fault?

Next time you step out to get heard, think about it.