Pulwama Attacks: Why Do We Need Our Celebrities to Condemn Every Disaster?

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Pulwama Attacks: Why Do We Need Our Celebrities to Condemn Every Disaster?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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y now, the entire nation knows that on Valentine’s Day, a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist drove an explosive-laden SUV into a convoy of buses carrying CRPF soldiers in Pulwama district of Kashmir, killing over 40 jawans and injuring many more. The entire nation was left stunned by the tragedy, and rightly so, given how this was the most devastating terrorist attack in Kashmir this century.

The scale of the tragedy made even the normally bickering political class close ranks, albeit temporarily, both Congress and BJP cancelled events in the wake of the attack to pay respect to the grieving families of the martyrs. Any political leader worth their salt, from Rahul Gandhi to Narendra Modi, issued statements about how India needs to provide a fitting response to this attack on our armed forces. So far, so good. Our politicians should demand that Pakistan answers for the terrorist cells that it has been providing safe haven to for years.

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