In a country you know, there is a raging debate over Narayana Murthy's patriotism, because he played an instrumental version of the national anthem so as not to "embarrass" foreigners present. There is another raging debate on Sachin Tendulkar's patriotism, because he insulted the national flag by cutting a cake coloured like it.
In this same country you know, migrant labourers working to improve a Bombay road were asleep on that road late one night last November, when one Alistair Pereira drove his Toyota over them, killing seven. On Friday April 13th, that young man was "acquitted of [charges of] culpable homicide or murder", but "found guilty of rash and negligent driving" by a court in Sewri.
The court sentenced him to ... six months in jail.
Yes: if you kill seven of this country's citizens, your fellow human beings, your punishment will be six months in jail. Even that, subject to appeal.
But please do not worry particularly about public reaction to this sentence. Because -- so lucky! -- it came down when people are occupied with a far more vital discussion in the same country: about patriotism that may or may not flow from cakes and instrumental versions.
You do know that country, don't you?