Agreed that the recent terror attack had a “foreign hand”. It is debatable , whether the state of Pakistan is in any way responsible. After a long time, there is some sort of a democracy in Pakistan, a country that herself has been a victim of terror on countless occasions. It is extremely unlikely that they would support any act of terror on our soil. “Elements” outside their control supporting and nurturing terror is a different matter. And if our country has proof of the same, we must present it to Pakistan and the international community and demand action. Too often in the past we have hinted at Pakistani involvement but not taken things to their logical conclusion. We have never adequately “politicised or capitalised” on the issue to gain global support. Its no wonder that most of the world sees India in the red vis a vis Kashmir. I hope things will be a little different this time. Not just “we will take suitable action”. The last time that happened( under a BJP government I might add) the army was mobilised following the Parliament attack, and kept in a state of “readiness” for almost a year.”Operation Parakaram”. My father at the time was commanding an Armoured Division and was part of the operation. Apart from succeeding in breaking the morale of the troops( who melted away in their tents in the severe desert heat) the operation achieved little else. Oh yes, a record number of suicides, fratricides owing to the psychological impact of the war like situation. SO I truly wonder what will be in store for us should we vote for a regime change. Both governments failed to act decisively. Then and now. The subject matter deals with an external variable or so our leaders have us beleive.What about what is brewing within India??? Are we so preoccupied with the sometimes Bull and sometimes Bear economy that we are totally oblivious of what is eating away at the very fabric of our society? The distribution of wealth has never been more inequitable. While a phenomenal number of people live on less than Rs 50 a day, the number of dollar milllionares is increasing. Of course the governemnt has no role to play. Its all market forces. Demand and Supply. SO its ok to turn a blind eye when steel manufacturess raise cost to almost double, but its a sin to let farmers reap the benefits of high foodgrain prices world wide by “fixing” the procuremet price much much lower. The rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Is it then a wonder that the red corridor is expanding? From Chattisgarh to Jharkand to Madhaya Pradesh to Kerala to West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, Naxalism is gaining momentum. And with good reason. Naxals are stepping in where the state is failing. Whether it is security or healthcare or education, the state is just not doing enough. AND when you are poor and hungry add to that angry, there is little motivation required to join them. Its about aspirations not being met. About there being no “trickle down effect” of India shining. Curiously, the papers and news channels don’t talk about this. About the loss of life and property at the hands of the Naxals, even though some estimates put the losses at par or even more than those incurred in the insurgency in the north and east put together in the last decade. Inequitable distribution of wealth will lead to a revolution in our country that will surpass the Russian and French Revolutions if we don’t sit up and take notice. Are we waiting for the Naxal ultras to do a terror attack before we will react to the reasons for their growing support? How long before he who sleeps on the footpath begins to wonder why for no fault of his, he is where he is and you are siting on your computer typing away in the comfort of your AC home? How long before the look of hunger in a child beggar’s eyes, as he sees an over fed kid in a mercedes being pampered by his diamond dripping mother, is replaced by hostility and then anger and ultimately violence?How long? The day is not far when we will be the victims of a South Africa style situation, where one is safe only in ones heavily guarded home or office but totally vulnerable to attack every where else. Do we want to live in fortresses? If not, the time to act is now. Before it is too late. Again. Jago India Jago.