How do you stop horrors like what happened in Jaipur?
Simple: you go after the scum who kill, whoever they are, with all you have. It seems so obvious to me that I sometimes have to pinch myself to remember that others appear to think differently.
Whether it's bomb-setters in Jaipur and Delhi, or sword-wielders in Ahmedabad and Baroda, or train-burners in Godhra, or house- and shop-burners in Bombay, or lynchers in Delhi and Bhiwandi: I don't care and neither should you and neither, certainly, should those who administer our laws. All these thugs, criminals, terrorists -- call them whatever you like -- and their masters who drive them must be punished. Period.
Whether you have a perverted idea of Islamic jihad on your mind, or a twisted redemption of Hindu honour, or a crazy Christian crusade, or a topsy-turvy quest for Sikh revenge, or some other religious sickness: again, I don't care what you have -- but when you kill people, you must be punished. Period.
No two ways about it. No equivocation about what is and what isn't terrorism, no convoluted rationalizations for why one brand of killing can be safely ignored, no empty arguing about what caused what. Punishment, that's all. Justice, that's all.
See it that way, address it that way, start today: then we will have done some measure of justice to the memory of those two little girls killed in their car in Jaipur. And the others, suddenly dead there and elsewhere in that city. And in Bombay before. Godhra. Hyderabad. Bhiwandi. Baroda. Ahmedabad. Delhi.
Your fellow citizens all, suddenly dead. Justice to their memory.
If the lines above seem familiar, it's because they are. I wrote them in August last year, when bomb blasts killed several other fellow Indians in Hyderabad. It's almost the most depressing thing of all that I only changed a few words here and there to produce this post. Because justice remains just as elusive as it was then. That hasn't changed.