Friday, March 10, 2006

Of opposition parties and their leaders

In a hard-hitting op-ed yesterday in the Hindu, Harish Khare starts with this:

LAST JULY, bombs ripped through the London Metro. That evening the British Parliament met, dignified speeches were made, the Government and the Opposition soberly joined hands to send out a message of a united nation against vendors of terrorism. By contrast the Bharatiya Janata Party, the principal Opposition, chose on Wednesday to disrupt the two Houses in the wake of the blasts in Varanasi. A strange way, if any, to send out any message to the "enemy."

Do read the great posts by Sonia Faleiro and Peter Griffin.

I too had something similar to say about the behaviour of the main opposition parties in India and the UK; my comments were made sometime after the blasts in the London Metro last July.