The conflict in the Indo-Pak border has got Bangaloreans thinking. While Pakistan’s behaviour is unjustified, war is not the solution, according to Bangaloreans that DNA spoke to. However, this does not mean that the government should be ‘soft’. Harsh warnings to Pakistan coupled with continued peace efforts is the way, they say
If we keep quiet, this will continue forever. One of our soldiers was beheaded. What kind of message are we sending to the youth of India? No one will even want to join the army if we are going to let Pakistan get away. I am not for a full-fledged war, because this will only cause more problems. But we have to find a way to keep Pakistan in check.
—Navya N, student
We should wage a war and the problem will be solved once and for all.
—Pruthwik Janmathi, student
What we need is stricter border control. I don't think we should remain calm and diplomatic but we should take a stand. However, this does not mean that we should generalise the breach of cease-fire and start attacking hockey players (sportsmen) or musicians.
—Nishtha Kaushik, student, NIFT
None of us can be absolutely sure of what is happening in the border. The news that we get comes through numerous filters. I think we need an independent investigation into what exactly is happening and then take it from there.
—Jude Pais, teacher
We need to be strong and send a clear message to Pakistan. Although I
don't think war is a solution, if a war is what is needed, then we should wage a war.
—Shishir Saxena, store manager, Titan
We have been soft and Pakistan is taking undue advantage of this. We need to show Pakistan who we are. I think it is too late for diplomatic efforts if Pakistan refuses to cooperate and respect India.
—Rohit Dabral, store manager, Allen Solly
I believe that if you anticipate that someone is going to hurt you, in the interest of your family and your home, you have to stop him/her. In this perspective, I think it is shameful that our government is worried about other things and not the interests of the nation.
—Rohit Wangnoo, director, Wang Hospitality Equipment
We should continue our peaceful efforts. We do not need another war.
—Renu Saldanha, employee of an NGO
I think we should solve this amicably. But India should take a hard stand on the activities in the border, especially with regard to recent events. But taking people's lives and resort to war is not the answer. We have been going in the right track with efforts through music and sports. We should continue this.
—P Chakravarthy, businessman