Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Wednesday

I am not a political analyst. Neither am I a media honcho who knows the fundae about journalism. But I am a common man who is proud of being an Indian. A common man who is waiting for the day we can walk peacefully on the streets of our cities without being scared of a bomb going off nearby. I want to eat at a restaurant and enjoy my meal rather than being scared thinking if someone will attack and hold me as a hostage. The scenes near the Taj hotel in Mumbai and near the Trident where gut wrenching to be honest. More than sadness at the sequence of events and it is the anger that threatens to overwhelm me. How dare some 20-30 humans (I do not know if I can call them humans from here on!) attack the innocent in the name of religion or war? What right do they have to even take a life? Can't the perpetrators of the violence see that it is their community/nation that is being affected because of this? I do not often blog about terrorism but this time it is just too much to take. Every month some new city in India is attacked. Some of the scenes being dished out on the news channels where gut wrenching. Now if such is the state of people like me whose relatives or nearest have not been affected directly by the series of events in Mumbai, imagine the state of those who have been directly affected by it! I feel sorry for them and offer my heart felt condolences to them. It feels sickening to see a young kid(who should be ideally going to school on a weekday) answering questions from the media big shots on how he is feeling as his parents are being held as hostages in the hotels? A old gentleman (who should be sipping juice relaxing on some beach) instead has to anwer to the bull shit that Barkha Dutt has to ask him. She might be a great journalist. But for me she does not seem a great human. The old gentleman was close to tears. And hear she is asking about how he feels. That to me was not the right thing to do then. The old gentleman and kid deserved to be given moral support but not like this. I hope the politicians do not use this for political mileage. All said and done about how good the rescue effort or how good the police and army have been through out this ordeal, the leaders must answer to the people. After all they where also responsible partly for this. How could there have been such a serious intelligence failure? What was the coast guard up to? 30 odd and god knows how many more entered the city through boats. These are the sort of things we see in movies. What in the bloody hell were the intelligence services up to? The prime minister's address was hardly inspiring to top it all. These are people who take the common man for granted. I suppose all they care about is their seat, the vote bank, and money. I have a lot more to say but this being a public forum I do not want to. Such organization and planning on part of the terrorists could not have been accomplished without any inside help. :( And if there was no inside help, I am sorry to say as an individual I will be scared shit less and pissing in my pants right now if I where walking in any one of the big cities in India. A personal request to end though, to all the politicians: I do not expect anything great of you. I do not expect outstanding deeds. But at the same time if you are not capable of protecting the people from whom you beg for votes, at least let the people who are doing a good job work properly. In short do not act as fucking impediments.

P.S Sorry for asking but I could not help myself now. Where is Mr. Raj Thackeray and his bunch of goons? In fact it is good that they have not acted as hindrances. But not even a single comment from him? Surprising!