Pulwama Attack: When Did Peace Become Such a Loaded, Dirty Word?

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Pulwama Attack: When Did Peace Become Such a Loaded, Dirty Word?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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hat’s the dirtiest five-letter word you can think of that starts with the letter P? (Hint: It’s not penis.) The answer, especially in the five days since the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama that martyred 40 CRPF jawans, is “peace”. It’s ironic, but even the mention of the word peace elicits a violent response in India’s present political climate. The prevailing sentiment is that when it comes to India and Pakistan, there can be no peaceful co-existence, only the total triumph of one over the other. And if you feel differently, you’d best beware.

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