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A common strategy please

Politicians in India, specially those belonging to the fast-dwindling national parties have to handle with care certain sensitive issues which could trigger violence and weaken the country. A slip of the tongue or an unwise statement to gain political mileage often create a wedge between castes or religions. Those politicians rake up old and forgotten events with a view to embarrassing their opponents but what they are doing in the name of weakening their political rivals is exposing the country’s weaker parts to other countries which are not so friendly with us.

On the one hand, these parties especially the ones who are at the helm of affairs talk about various steps initiated by them to make the country economically stronger or to lift the poor and downtrodden to better conditions. And on the other hand, they inadvertently encourage the political and communal extremists to carry on their nefarious works without fear or favour.

These politicians must realize that the media and the scandal mongers are alert enough to pounce on them at any time and push them into deep trouble. The need of the hour is to treat the extremists as common enemies so that all the major political parties would sink their differences at least on this issue. Last but not the least, an element of secrecy is absolutely necessary when they deal with the extremists.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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