15th August 2010
Reject poison, accept liberty and humanity
The internet has allowed all kinds of people to get their message across. Misinformation, disinformation and dangerous ideas are passed on equally as are good ideas. That is the price we pay for liberty, for freedom of expression across the internet.
I won't name the person who sent me this message, but note that he bears an Indian name. The poisonous message reads thus:
Not a single rupee from any true Indian or India should go Porkistan. While the flood is destroying Porkistan, they still sending terrorists everyday in India and Paki Rangers firings at the Indian posts killing our guards such is their mentality. Besides, 70% of the donations will be nicked by those scoundrels anyway. We need to be strong with rogues and enemies. An enemy is a enemy only, show no mercy.
I've asked this person to unsubscribe me from his poisonous messages. Not my kind of thinking.
I agree that foreign aid often goes to fund corrupt dictators, but surely we must not become inhuman just because bad elements from Pakistan are constantly harming India. I don't know what is the best way to reach out to the millions of people affected by the worst floods in 80 years, but surely humanity requires us to help our neighbour, particularly the innocent ordinary citizens of Pakistan who are not the ones causing trouble for India.
Through this post I appeal to all Indians to reject all messages of hate and work towards the day when South Asia will be re-united, if not as a nation then at least as a customs union (I'm not in favour of monetary unions, given the experience of EU).
On this Independence day let us work towards liberty and humanity.