Return to sanity in the wake of terror

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Brilliant analysis of the collective mindset of India and a sanity check for our TV channels, media, politicians, India Inc. and citizens. A must read.

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Mumbai strikes – tandoori soup for India’s soul


Fire the Home Minister – Done!

Fire The Chief Minister – In Progress …

Fire the Government – Elections are around the corner. In fact, even while the ordeal was on, Delhi was voting. I’m guilty too!

The headlines are screaming as are the articles. 24×7 TV news continues to sensationalise. I was watching an interview with M N Singh, former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. His is a powerful take on whether firing politicians is enough of a response to last week’s Terror ordeal in Mumbai.

In essence, his view is that national security is not a political subject. For the BJP or the Congress to overturn initiatives that the opposite party had proposed/implemented during their reign simply because it would give legitimacy to the other party is criminal.

So everybody’s angry. Frustrated. Insecure. Frightened. And finally resigned. We’ll shout, scream, debate, blog and then go about our lives resigned to our destiny. That’s what Indian National Character has become.

I promise you that if we had a World Cup for the BlameGame, India would win hands down. Each and every time! That’s one game where we have all the talent in the world. And when we can’t find a target we’ll blame Miss Fortune.

This morning’s Hindustan Times carried a balanced view from Seema Goswami – The buck stops where?

As Mumbai recovers from the carnage of last week, the predominant emotion on the streets is not sorrow or despair. What comes through most strongly is the anger of its citizens. And frankly, how could they not be angry? Their city has been brutally ravaged, their iconic landmarks targeted, their people used as gun fodder. Anger is a natural response in the circumstances. What surprised me, though, was the target of that anger.

Her conclusion is hard hitting and on target …

Yes, India has exposed itself as a soft State where dealing with terrorists is concerned. And the politicians must take the blame for that. But we the people must bear some measure of responsibility for having helped create this soft State. Let’s not forget that at the end of the day, a government is only as strong as its people.

Finally, here’s a view that makes eminent sense to me!

Mumbai Siege – Terrorism 2.0

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All of last weekend I resisted the urge to jump into the conversations about India’s 9/11. The TV channels were doing their bit about being irresponsible as were politicos. The Junta also contributed to the mayhem. Well, why not? It’s an opportunity for everyone to get noticed, make some noise and add the terror attacks to their social resumes. So they can go, “I started a group on this-great-social-networking-site and invited everybody from my network to start talking about how to make India a better place, and how we will not tolerate terror any longer”.

I love these holier-than-thou guys that blame the politicians, the system, the world at large. They think they’re better at being President of the United States than anybody who ever ran for the post. It’s just that they’re not interested. Such armchair activism is an art by itself. These are the same guys who find it difficult to make a success of their own careers.

I wonder whether the siege of the Taj Mahal Hotel by terrorists is as dangerous as the siege by the people who want to derive mileage for themselves using any hook for self promotion. Your guess is as good as mine.

Will I not get mileage for writing this? Sure!

The Mumbai brand of terrorism is part of a larger design – to destabilise India by creating disturbance in the region to curb the potential rise of India as an economic superpower. To prevent India from getting to that position by default; India has stayed somehow unaffected by the current global meltdown/crisis/recession/downturn.