I noticed that the poster saying “valentines day cards available here” which i had seen the previous day was missing. Why did they remove the poster while Velentines day was just 48 hours away. I walked into the shop and asked if there was any threatening from the saffron outfits. The manager of the shop said “before they could do it, we ourselves removed it. Why invite problems?”
I walked out of the shop, thinking how deeply the safrron terrorists had created an atmosphere of fear.
After a long time a friend and i were chatting. He told me that he had cleared the SSB test for Indian Navy. He was all set to give te medical test. I was extremely happy and to share my happiness i called Vishnu and said “Guess what?” and the voice from the other side said “another attack?”
Anything other than violence is unimaginable, the expression of Vishnu made me realise.
Former President Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalaam was in Mangalore last evening. He interacted with a few sudents of the city where a student asked him if he thought that Slumdog Millionaire was selling Indian poverty and protraying India in a bad light. Answering to the question Dr. Kalaam said “in a society there is both good and bad. We should always chose to look at the beauty of the world only then we will enjoy life.”
I wanted to get up and quote Pablo Neruda to Dr. Kalaam:
And you will ask: why doesnt his poetry
speak of dreams and leaves
and the great volcanoes of his native land?
Come and see the blood in the streets.
Come and see
the blood in the streets.
Come and see the blood
in the streets.
But how could i say so, when it was not blood but fear that existed in the minds of the people that was the real sign of terrorism in my part of the world. There is fear within and there is fire within.
26 February 2009