Pulwama Attack: Our Anger is Justified But Not Our Hatred

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Pulwama Attack: Our Anger is Justified But Not Our Hatred

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he last 48 hours have been difficult for India. In between the romantic exaggerations of Valentine’s Day, news poured in from Pulwama, Kashmir of the biggest terror attack on India’s armed forces in the three decades of militancy in the Valley. Jubilation frantically turned to sadness, for this dastardly attack pointed, yet again, to the distance our average, urban livelihoods have from the country’s tense borders. This distance has never felt greater, the screaming quietness along its muted spread, never as deafening.

It is natural to react, of course. First comes sadness, for those who have left us and for those they have left behind; then comes anger which though just, can irredeemably turn into hate directed at a community or a group. We need to respond, but not through the hysteria of a war cry, but a rally for peace. Peace that soldiers have a better chance of living through, if they aren’t asked to go to war.

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