Question from a reader
I am going to appear in 2012 exam. i would like to know what is the ideal time we should stop consuming new developments/currents?
To answer this question, let me share an anecdote with you.
Date: 24 October 2009 Saturday,
Location: Polytechnic College, Ahmadabad.
My Death-warrant Essay (Mains) Paper for 2009.
One of the essay was “Are we a Soft state?”
I attempted this Essay, just like many other candidates because other essays were quite tough compared to this one!
Here is the interesting part, same-day 24 October 2009, Front page news item in Indian Express (which I didnot read before going to the exam-hall):
“Bengal cites Rubaiya, IC-814 to justify its Prisoner-swap deal with Maoists“
I’m copy-pasting a part of it:
…….Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen justified the decision by saying
“When a plane was hijacked (read Kandahar incident) three terrorists had to be released to get the passengers back. It happened in Kashmir, too (in the Rubaiya case). India is a soft state. We have seen these instances earlier in the 60 years since Independence. There is a difference between the Indian government and the Government of Israel. We cannot do what they can do! The decision of not talking to the Maoists unless they eschewed violence
is a long-term process but when you are placed in such a situation you
have to make a compromise. “The government had to bend over backwards because it did not want to risk the life of the police officer.”
Read his ^statement again with emphasis on the words highlighted in RED, there is plenty of “Fodder-material”, you start brainstorming on his statement and will get multiple viewpoints and examples to write a lengthy and decent essay on “Are we a soft state”.
Anyways I wrote a not-so-good quality essay with not-enough viewpoints
or examples. Came back home that evening, saw the newspaper, was completely shocked.
Had I read the morning newspaper on the Essay-exam day, I could have wrote a way better essay incorporating decent points such as: Kandhahar, Rubaiya Sayeed, Israel: Munich Massacre and this W.Bengal prisoner-swap deal itself.
Only 20/200 marks in Essay,
Rejected for interview call,
Entire year of preparation wasted,
Looking back with regret,
Should have read the newspaper that morning.
All of you are intelligent enough to get the Moral of this story,
and the answer of this question,
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