I assure you that the Government of India will take all necessary steps to safeguard the fundamental rights and liberties of all sections of our society and protect their religious freedoms as enshrined in the constitution. Please be assured that we will not tolerate any efforts aimed at disturbing the communal harmony or secular fabric of our country

That was the Prime Minister’s response to a letter addressed to the Prime Minister by Mrs Gladys Staines, whose husband was killed in Orissa a few years ago, expressing anguish at the recent incidents in Orissa.

So as the Prime Minister welcomes the new year expressing anguish and concern to a foreigner with promises of zero tolerance it is important to pay attention to how much time the Prime Minister has actually spent all through 2007 in expressing anguish and concern to victims of Terrorism and what specific promises of Zero Tolerance did he make to the kith and kin of these victims.

The Press Information Bureau Lists 13,500 press releases with references to Manmohan Singh.

Only 361 of these have anything to do with relation to Terrorism, Terrorists or Terror in general.

Only 15 of these with any reference to the victims.

Offstumped has analyzed each of these 15 releases to see if the Prime Minister had ever written to anyone expressing anguish and concern and if he ever made any promises of zero tolerance.

Offstumped could not find a single instance.

So here is  a Prime Minister who can find time for the Haj Goodwill Team, who can find time tolose sleep over Haneeff in far away Australia, who can find time to write to Gladys  Staines but has no time to express any anguish and concern to any of the victims in the multiple attacks of mass terror during his nearly 4 years in office.

But then what can one expect from a Prime Minister who believes in merely paying lip service to Anti-Terrorism every year on 21st May 2007.






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