What’s ‘Terrorism’ doing in an Innovation blog?

That's him

That's him

My ardent fan and colleague, Daksh, follows my blog very carefully. He came to me yesterday and asked me why I was writing about the Mumbai ordeal when the title of my blog clearly says it’s about Innovation. I was tempted to give him gyan about how innovation encompasses everything about life’s experiences and that there’s perhaps a lesson or two for us in the ‘innovation’ terrorists continue to display between one event and the next. This approach might have been smart and might even have convinced him – I already told you he’s my fan – and would have kept me in the clear and would have inflated my already large ego and even convinced me that what I was saying was actually a conscious, structured, predetermined clarity of the topics I intended to write/talk about. It would definitely have been the best way of fooling myself on the road to delusion.

My answer to him surprised me. Continue reading

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.