Indians vent anger online
Indians poured onto social media yesterday to vent their fury over a suicide bombing in Kashmir, with many of them calling for swift retribution as TV news shows hosted jingoistic debates. “We are all very angry over the terror attack in Kashmir and the deaths of our soldiers,” tweeted Swapan Dasgupta, a BJP-backed member of the upper house of parliament. “But just remember: revenge is a dish best served cold. Our moment will come,” he added. Billionaire Sajjan Jindal, managing director of JSW Steel, called for a special session of parliament to scrap Article 370, a constitutional provision that grants Kashmir special status and allows the state to make its own laws. Top officials from the opposition Congress party said the nation should quietly mourn the killing of the police officers without trying to politicise the issue.
Sidhu calls for dialogue
While a suicide attack which killed 45 CRPF troopers evoked widespread condemnation and calls for action against Pakistan, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu sounded a discordant note yesterday saying the dialogue with Islamabad should continue. Sidhu, who takes every opportunity to harp on his friendship with Pakistan Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan, said: “Where ever wars are fought and such things (Pulwama type attack) happen, dialogue also continues simultaneously. There is a need to find a permanent solution to (issues between India and Pakistan)” “Such people (terrorists) have no country and no caste. When a snake bites, its antidote is also snake poison,” Sidhu said, justifying his take on the matter regarding dialogue between the two countries.
Family proud of dead Kerala trooper
The family of V V Vasanth Kumar, who was among those killed in the terrorist attack said they are proud of him for laying down his life for the country. The 40-year-old Kumar returned to Srinagar earlier in February to take up his new assignment, his brother Sajeevan told the media. “He had come on a leave for 10 days. He had completed 18 years of service and was due to take retirement in less than two years. We are proud of him as he has laid down his life for the country,” said Sajeevan, adding “we expect his body will be brought here” Hailing from Lakidi, near Wayanad, Kumar is survived by his mother, wife and two young children.
Student suspended for offensive comment
A Kashmiri student, who allegedly made offensive comments on social media, was yesterday suspended by a private university in Dehradun, officials said. K Aysir Rashid, who is pursuing a medical course from the Rash Behari Bose Subharti University, has been placed under suspension, the university authorities said. The university has ordered an inquiry into the matter and has asked the student to send his clarification on the controversial comment. After posting the comment, Rashid was heavily trolled on social media. After making the controversial remark, Rashid expressed his apology on Facebook.
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