Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Government on the Jaipur Blasts

As Jaipur limps back to normalcy after the gruesome bomb attacks earlier this week, the Central government has been on the overdrive making inane statements.

India’s junior home minister, Sriprakash Jaiswal, said, “One can’t rule out the involvement of a foreign power....From time to time, we complain to our neighbours about their linkages with the terror attacks here, and are in turn repeatedly assured by them that they share our concerns and would not allow any anti-India activity from their soil....”

On the explosives: I can say it was a dangerous mix, possibly the most dangerous that can be used by terror outfits for carrying out blasts.

And our Foreign Secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon had this gem: We are still in the process of investigating. When we come to some conclusions, we will see where the sources are, where the roots are, where it's come from, how it happened; and then we will decide what to do.

Not as striking as Don Rumsfeld's As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know, but equally meaningless.

But then Mr.Menon ends with the most astounding statement, "Terrorism is a way of life for us".

Grow a spine, Mr.Menon

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