While the sailors on board MV Suez are living the life of hell, the government seems to be still dilly-dallying on the case and have not relayed any tangible progress on the issue. The family and other members of the sailors plan to protest by holding march from the Jantar Mantar to the Parliament today (Mar 10).
Opposition leader and senior BJP leader lambasted the government for the lax attitude in taking the case forward. She said on the floor of the house, “When even one US national gets into trouble in another country, the US moves heaven and earth to secure his release. Why is it that our children are made to wear anklets at Tri-Valley University, fishermen are killed by Sri Lankan Navy, and a tiny country like Somalia cocks a snook at a big country like us and holds our people hostage? Our response is such that nobody is taking us seriously."
The External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna kept reiterating that all efforts are on to secure the release of the sailors and talks were on with the Egyptian government. CNN-IBN channel carried an excerpt from a phone call between an abducted sailor and his wife, where the sailor was found to be saying that there has been no effort from the part of the Indian government negotiating with the pirates.
Lets sincerely hope that politicians stop bickering and making this an electoral issue and become more sensitive to the innocent sailors out in the sea.