“The Indian Parliament was attacked. Maybe some high-profile minister has been shot…..” , He pauses for a while; then continues, “Ye saale Pakistani sudhar ni sakte..!!!”
“Don’t talk like that bhaiyaa”
“You don’t know anything !!!”
“As if, you do a lot, huh? They are also good people like us. They do want peace too…..”
He smiles awkwardly…..
“Beta, you know when a Prime Minister/President is elected there, the prime requirement is that the person needs to have anti-India feelings”
26 November 2010
“Atif Aslam ke songs hote bade pyaare hain bhai!!!”
“Though he can’t sing!”
“Still, his voice is magical!!!”
“Yaar, Abhijeet was mad. There was no need for him to go as much against him and others as he did…”
“And, well …. how was he wrong exactly??”
“Well, he.. he..” she retaliated, “Baat to sahi hi thi…. We provide them employment, and what do they give us in return??”
“A few more attacks ”, I quipped.
Now, it was my turn to wear that awkward, wry, smile.
Looking back, I know, what had happened to my cab driver. Why was there so much hatred in his thoughts, his voice, his eyes; towards Pakistan as a state and Pakistanis as it’s nationals.
I’m not an advocate of war, and I do firmly believe that peace is perhaps the only chance that we have, but well, peace is not in sight; just not in sight.
The problem is, human mind, is like clay; can be moulded pretty easily. All it needed was a 26/11 to change my ideology and I’m in wait of something better, bigger; from us, from them; from any of the two brothers, an act of great courage, something, that could help me get back to my old self.
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