Peshawar has left me a heartbroken man

Written by Ishaan Sengupta

‘I would often imagine myself as being part of a terrorist seige scenario. I would act dead and as soon as the terrorist would pass by me, i would shoot him and end his life.’

I was just brushing my teeth and I remembered the fact that major metro stations in Gurgaon were cordoned off by the CISF after reports of abomb being found in Gurgaon. I told my dad about it and he replied by saying,’ I was about to tell you the exact same thing in the evening. You should avoid crowded places. Now is not the time to be a hero.

These words reminded me of how things are in real life. You begin to question the mere rationales of  human psychology. In an interview, Malala Yousafzai said that if the Taliban were to attempt at attacking her again, she would tell her assassin that she wanted education for his children as well and then he could do whatever he wanted after she had made her point.


But how often can we think of being as brave as the 17 year old Nobeal Peace Prize winner. Its hard. What happened to the 134 school children just reveals to us the intent of the right wing terrorists. They claim to be the ardent followers of Islam, however which religion teaches us to kill or even harm children. Malala also said in another interview,” They are misusing the name of Islam. Islam teaches us brotherhood and peace”.

Whenever I am travelling in the Metro, I get this weird feeling of suddenly coming under the siege of a terrible terrorist attack. While there are people who might call me a pessimist, I am just citing out possibilities.


A friend of mine explained to me how, the Taliban was successful in its purpose of scaring the shit out of people, and that is exactly what had happened to me. I was advised to not be afraid. He said that the Taliban’s aim is not to kill people but draw fear into their minds. But creating fear at the cost of 134 innocent civilian lives, can never be justified as the deed of human beings.

I would also like to take the opportunity to comment on the current situation of our neighbour, Pakistan. They have an army of 8 lakh officers but they have failed to eradicate the force of Taliban, which adds up to just a few thousands. It is a humble request to the Pakistan Government to take action as fast as possible now that they have nothing more to be cheerful about. Surely Peshawar has left me a heartbroken man.

About the author

Ishaan Sengupta

Ishaan Sengupta believes meeting people and understanding their differences gives him kick and a good trip. Hailing from the city of joy, he carries along with him the bong culture of "living and breathing" music, food and art. The socially awkward correspondent in team, he's currently pursuing a Bachelor with Honors in Economics from Motilal Nehru College. His favorite cartoon shows are Teletubbies and Dragon Ball Z. Do drop him a mail at [email protected] in case you want to give him some free advice or want to meet him personally.

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