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Prime Minister Jacinda Arden - the compassionate iron lady of New Zealand
I thought someone among the brilliant team of contributors would take up the issue of 'victims of New Zealand's massacre.' Sad, No one!

In the year 1608, William Shakespeare had written in "Macbeth":

"Yet doe I fear thy Nature, It is too full o' th' Milke of humane kindnesse." Lady Macbeth regrets that her husband doesn't have the overwhelming ambition that she has by saying that she was not sure if her husband would be able to act as ruthlessly as he might have to as king. He was too filled with the milk of human kindness. This idiom reflects the naturalkindness and sympathy shown to others.

And we have two glaring examples of this human trait. One story is as old as 2002 and the other one is as fresh as yesterday.

In July 2013, our beloved leader Shri Narendra Modi ji who was the Mukhya Mantri of Gujarat at that time had expressed his benign and benevolent thoughts during an interview in the following words:"Another thing, any person if we are driving a car, we are a driver, and someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will be painful or not? Of course, it is. I'm a chief minister or not, I'm a human being?." Great?..Modi ji great!

And when recently 50 Muslims were killed in two mosques by an Australian white supremacist and his accomplices, Jacinda Ardern, the prime of New Zealand showed her deepest heartfelt sympathies that were NEVER seen on the faces and actions of so-called Muslim leadership of the world. She has provided a frame for national grief by embracing the Muslim immigrant community like no one. She tweeted soon after the attack:

"Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities ? New Zealand is their home ? they are us." She called the incident as a terrorist attack. Wearing a black scarf this great lady comforted the families of the victims. The scarf covering her head was the sign of a very important message to the modern world as the Muslim women's headgear provokes many around the world. New Zealanders followed their leader's example and donations started pouring in for victim's families; condolence book began to bubble with grief and the citizens of New Zealand declared that the attacker didn't speak for them. Bouquets and flowers were placed in front of mosques. On Sunday, church congregations sang New Zealand's soaring national anthem that speaks about "men of every creed and race" gathering before God's face in a "free land".

Through the aftermath, Ardern had consciously sought to reinforce state ideology as she recognizes that politics is the domain that decides a nation's values. It provides strong narrative direction for a society that had suddenly come to face its tearing fault lines. She kept on reminding the Kiwis to come to terms with the altered demographic composition of her nation.

Remarkably, she responded the condolence message of Prez Donald Trump by saying that the best way he could support New Zealand was by offering "sympathy and love for all Muslim communities."

On Tuesday, while speaking in the Parliament, she told the grieving families, "We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you, at every stage." The compassionate iron lady said she will never mention the name of the terrorist, thus withholding the notoriety he sought. She implored others to "speak the names of those who were lost, rather than name of the man who took them."

The horrendous killing by Brenton Tarrant, an Australian white supremacist was on footage live on the internet. Brenton Tarrant had earlier visited Israel also and a song which played in the suspect's car during the act is known as a marching anthem for Serbian nationalist paramilitary units known as Chetniks during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Jascinda Ardern said she wanted to ensure that the killer did not enjoy any publicity as a result of the shooting, and that attention should instead focus on his victims. "He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety. That is why you will never hear me mention his name."

Something, the idolaters of Nathuram Godse, back home, should take note.

She also implored others "to speak the names of those who are lost, rather than the name of the man who took them". Obviously, relatives of the victims and the people with the human heart around the globe have been overwhelmed by support from New Zealanders, who have flocked to vigils in Christchurch following Friday's attack. One, Janna Ezat, whose son Hussein died as he charged at Tarrant in an attempt to save lives, said he was wearing white instead of mourning black because he was so proud of him. 

I can't help recalling here what our beloved prime minister Shri Modi ji has told to Michael S Owen, the then Consul General in Mumbai on November 16, 2006 meeting in Gandhinagar. This was the first such meeting since the March 2005 revocation of Modi's US visa on account of his role in the 2002 communal violence in Gujarat in which the police had miserably failed to quell the post-Godhra anti-Muslim pogrom that went on for several weeks. It had lent credence to reports of state complicity in the violence.

On record, in 'The Hindu,' dated 22 March, 2011, Owen recounted what followed after "a relaxed" Chief Minister had given him "a glowing overview of his government's achievements in building infrastructure and promoting economic growth in Gujarat."

Owen asked Shri Modi ji: "While we are very pleased with our business and people to people relations with Gujarat, we remain concerned about communal relations within the state. In particular, we remain concerned that nobody has yet been held accountable for the horrific communal violence of 2002, and are further concerned that an atmosphere of impunity could lead to a further deterioration of communal relations. What is the Government of Gujarat's view on this?"

"A visibly annoyed Modi," the Consul General reported to the State Department, "responded at considerable length." The Chief Minister, he said, made three essential points: "The events of 2002 were an internal Gujarati matter and the US had no right to interfere; the US is itself guilty of horrific human rights violations (he specified Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and attacks on Sikhs in the US after September 11) and thus has no moral basis to speak on such matters, and; Muslims are demonstrably better off in Gujarat than in any other state in India, so what is everybody griping about?"

Owen then pointed out that it was not only the US that was concerned with this issue. "The Indian National Human Rights Commission report itself cited 'a comprehensive failure on the part of the state Government' to prevent the violence of 2002. We are reflecting a broad cross section of opinion that no one has been held accountable for the violence and that consequently a climate of impunity is developing."

According to the report, Modi responded that the Indian National Human Rights Commission was biased and its reports wildly inaccurate. More broadly, he claimed, the US relied far too much on 'a few fringe NGOs' that don't know the real picture and have an axe to grind. In any event, if officials are guilty of wrongdoing, then it is up to the courts to prosecute and punish them, and the Chief Minister could not interfere with the judicial process."

Consul General Owen's concluding comment in the cable is: "Modi is clearly not going to apologize or back down on the violence of 2002, but we think it is vital for him to hear that we are not going to let the passage of time erase the memory of these events. Despite the chilly atmosphere of the meeting, Modi did take on board the message that human rights and religious freedom are important issues that we will continue to monitor carefully.

Let me conclude this article with what prime minister Ardern has said about social media firms that needed to take responsibility for the content, as they were "the publisher, not just the postman." "There is no question that ideas and language of division and hate have existed for decades, but their form of distribution, the tools of organisation, they are new," she told the New Zealand parliament. "We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published."

"Hazaron saal Nargis apni Be Noori pa roti hai,

Badi Mushkil se hota hai Chaman men Deedawar paida."

For thousands of years the flower of daffodil bemoans its ugliness. It is only after the prolong distress and strains that a beautiful, farsighted and sagacious individual appears in the orchard.

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