Saturday, August 29, 2015

Patels' belligerence

General Douglas MacArthur in his celebrated farewell address to the US Congress said,

"history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative."

If the government goes soft on the demands of Patels in Gujarat for reservation, it will open the floodgates for similar unjustified demands from many other communities across the nation. The mischief needs to be nipped in the bud. Will Narendra Modi stand firm? Or, as The Economist asked in another context, "Does the prime minister prefer talk over deeds?" Will it be "Lights, camera, inaction!"?

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