Friday, November 28, 2008

What's Wrong Dammit?

'I strictly condemn the attacks.' 'There will be stringent actions taken against the perpetrators.'
'India shall not keep quiet.' 'India shall bounce back.'

I guess you and I alike have been fine tuned with this lines for a while now. And yes our politicians don't even have to ask their speech writers. They are well versed with the idea what exactly they have to say. Saves time I guess.

I stay in Pune. Yesterday morning I had just got up to get ready for my exams when my friend entered with the newspaper.
'Damn they have attacked Mumbai.' That was his exact words. Our exams were canceled and I eventually returned home scouring the net for some piece of information, what was exactly happening. And here a city burning.

So they attacked Mumbai. Just like they attacked Delhi,Assam,Jaipur,Bangalore and some other places as they feel, as their whims and fancies permits them. Now where are we. Left in the lurch.
Now, who will be next. Who will suffer the same agony as the people of Mumbai are suffering. Are they going to suffer again? Or this time will it be Pune or Kolkata or Chennai. We can't be sure.
So what's the use. We shall talk mindlessly over this thing for a week or two, and then forget all about it. Do we remember? We always forget the nightmare very soon.

Today I had gone to cut my hair. The barber asked me, well why were they doing so. They don't even have any demand. And I wondered, what demand would they make. They were here just to empty their magazines on innocent people. That was it. Nothing else.

Now why Mumbai. Kolkata could have been a target too. Imagine, terrorists entering the howrah station. What will be the scenario. My friend, the barber, he said one very important thing, now our Hindi movie directors will have a good subject to make a movie on.

What is wrong? Nothing is wrong. He was apt in saying so. We are becoming like a punching bag. people are coming to punch us and we are readily accepting the blows with a gratitude and kissing their damn ass. We are spineless and we are dickheads as well. We think that well its a country of hundred crores..a hundred dead..does it make any difference. We shed some crocodile tears for the dear departed and that's it. And that's the same thing which will be recycled again and again. They will come and kick our butts, kill us in our own home and we will say, well, its bad, we will condemn it and some more bla bla bla.
The whole country is divided. There is nothing called unity here. Regionalism and communalism is creeping in. we are killing our own brothers and sisters then why do we feel bad when someone else is doing the job for us. Everyone dies, you are happy, show me how you smile you idiot.

India's tryst with terrorism is not a new adage. We are bleeding since our inception. See Kashmir. We are getting excited today when Mumbai is under siege, but when we again shrug our shoulders when we hear something happening in Kashmir. Oh, Kashmir, its a regular thing there. And now imagine,Mumbai becoming a Kashmir. Its accessible by sea. Each and everyday terrorists and fidayeen can enter kill people at their will, it will be cakewalk for them. What will happen? Nothing. We will read and write in blogs like this.

We very well know where the enemy is. I ask how much longer. Why can't we act soon and exterminate them instead of losing our precious citizens. Who the hell are we waiting for. Our constitution says we are a sovereign republic. Then whose permission are we waiting for. Or are we just to afraid to hit back thinking of serious repercussion.

My friend and I were getting into an animated conversation today. He was asking why can't we just not enter the buildings and shoot them up. And I remembered the terrorist attack in Russia. The Beslan school siege of 2004.What happened? 334 hostages died including 186 children. But are we Indians ready to take so much casualty. The political parties sit like vultures ready to scalp the flesh off the government. Was such a solution apt for the current mumbai situation. just enter the buildings and kill the terrorist without prioritizing the safety of the hostages. Its easy said than done.

And what will be the step if such an attack happens again.I am telling you what will happen. There will be a hue and cry. there will be public outrage and condemnation. And again everything shall go cold as we will wait for another terrorist to come and attack us so that we remember what is really wrong with all of us.

And even now I can hear myself laughing when I heard the newsreader refer to that holed up terrorist as YAMDOOT.


Anonymous said...

Very well written. But we are like trained dogs, dogs on an invisible leash, that of humanity, or maybe, something even more abstract. What action can we take against such a ruthless power? To pay them in their own coin won't make a difference at all...for hate begets hate begets MORE hate.WE can't rush into hotels and kill off innocent civilians...who haven't harmed us at all. All we can do is make requests to their better senses, now clouded within their irrational hatred; pressurize them through diplomatic manouevres,hoping they would restrain themselves for their own safety, all the while imagining the day
'there are no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...'