I just heard a BBC correspondent report what I wrote on my blog. Reporting from New Delhi, the BBC correspondent said some analysts and commentators have compared the protests following the death of a Delhi gang-rape victim to the stir over the death of a Tunisian hawker that led to the Arab Spring. I compared the protests in India to what happened in Tunisia.
I wrote that while the 23-year-old medical student gang-raped on a public bus in Delhi was undergoing treatment in a Singapore hospital. I did not know then news analysts and other commentators were also saying the same thing.
In fact, I was so scared after publishing that post that I removed it yesterday. This is not a political blog. I don’t want to get into hot water. But the protests following the horrific rape, reported across the world, reminded me how the Arab Spring started. And so I wrote it. Now that the BBC has reported others have also drawn the same comparison, I have restored the post. The BBC correspondent must have read others who made that comparison; my blog could not have popped up on the BBC radar.
I have great respect for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the ruling Congress party leader, Sonia Gandhi. But people are naturally appalled by the brutal rape. The Indian armed forces, to their credit, have cancelled New Year’s Eve parties and others in India are also doing the same as a mark of respect to the young woman.