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Sunday, December 30, 2001
Article

IT WAS A TURBULENT YEAR

2001 spared neither the royalty nor the commoners. Nepal’s Royal family was totally wiped out as the Crown Prince allegedly went berserk killing his parents and siblings. In Palestine, the peace process took a nosedive as Islamic terrorists allegedly struck Israeli targets and the latter retaliated forcefully. The Taliban blew up the historic statue of the Buddha in Bamiyan in a seemingly mindless display of fundamentalism. There was death and destruction all round as the hardliners began calling the shots, literally.

 

 

 

 

At home, the public ire was so intense over the extension of ceasefire in Nagaland following Centre’s talks with rebel Naga group NSCN that lakhs of people took to streets and the targeted the Manipur Assembly. It was completely gutted. At the other end, the Kashmir Assembly building was hit by a suicide squad of terrorists on October 1. It was the worst case of terrorist violence ever since terrorism started in this idyllic valley 12 years ago.

 

 

In the UK, racist violence dominated the headlines as White youth attacked Asian households and commercial establishments in Bradford and its adjoining areas. Down in Italy, it was a bloody scene as the police pounded protestors at the G-8 meeting mercilessly. The protestors were demanding a better deal for the developing countries and the right to live in dignity to all. India’s neighbour, Bangla Desh, enacted a savage scene when its soldiers killed 16 BSF personnel guarding the border. The badly mutilated bodies of these men were handed over to India without a thought to the dignity of the dead.

 

 

 

The earthquake in Gujarat’s Kutch region came as a terrible blow to the nation early this year. Thousands perished and lakhs were rendered homeless. Reconstruction of this quake-hit area may take several years. In Gujarat’s neighbourhood, Pakistan was in ferment over General Pervez Musharraf’s support to the USA following September 11 attacks. The attack on Indian Parliament on December 11 has sharpened conflict possibilities between India and Pakistan and the border is active once again.

 

 

 


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