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How I Helped Blow Up Mumbai...

The carnage at Mumbai was unprecedented… the response ever so predictable … rhetorical, knee-jerk, one of anguish and of helplessness… the usual suspects emerged out the clouds of smoke that emanated from the Taj as it burned… did we in the interim, ignore the scores that were massacred at the CST station (they were not Page 3 Celebrities in any case, who deserved prolong attention on National Media electronic or otherwise) …anyone who had access to a mouthpiece jumped in with a comment (me included) … blaming our politicians, with them blaming Pakistan and Pakistan claiming innocence … so now that we have gone through the routine set of manoeuvres, what next …


The Central Minister handling Home portfolio, set the tone by resigning on “Moral grounds” (Thank God for English dictionaries, the word “Moral” still clings on to its meaning as originally intended by those who devised the language)… As a follow up the Deputy CM of Maharashtra too has put in his papers succumbing to his inner voice (which had not spoken as late as 48 hours ago when he said that there was no question of his resigning over such small matters that occur in big cities) I believe many more policy makers will succumb to their “Moral” side in the coming days (at least if media reports are to be believed).

The Media, on its part outdid itself … live coverage that laid bare every aspect of the commando operation (as much as was possible from the distance, that they were allowed to operate) for the whole world (and the terror groups who probably were masterminding the attacks) to see …A live telecast with a blow by blow account of which floor the commandos were and what they will be doing next … with expert opinions by ex army honchos who give their predictions on how the operations will pan out, I wish our good old DD took a few lessons from this and covered our cricket matches as effectively …

The media called out for unity amongst political leadership and coming together for a common cause; all while trying to establish their channel as the best and indulging in one-up- man-ship by getting out “Exclusives” and “Breaking News” at periodic intervals … there were also these immensely popular reality shows with the people who have just lost their close ones put on the camera and asked “How do you feel??” … move aside Big Boss ... this is by far more emotional and gut wrenching!!!

The last blog entry that I put out which is there right below and can also be categorised as a knee jerk reaction to what was happening to my country … an attempt to express my anguish, helplessness and maybe point fingers at the obvious suspects … to find scapegoats and entrench my patriotism to a country that has given me so much to be proud of … but then, since the time that I have posted it, until now I have indulged in a little bit of soul searching … a peek into my own cupboard which I have kept locked for obvious reason … the skeletons inside it have a different tale to tell …

This is the story of how I (stands for Indians, I guess almost all, if not all) have held my country to ransom … how I have been hand in glove with the conspirators and have contributed to the massacre in Mumbai …

I drive around in Bangalore and I am sure anyone else who drives in an Indian city will agree with me as to how chaotic we can be on our roads. I would rather gain a couple of inches in traffic than the let the other person cross at an intersection… I would squeeze my vehicle across the signal even after it has turned red or for that matter, set into motion even before it turns green … I would overtake from the wrong side, drive through no entries, park below no parking signage and all this without a second thought … why because I know that the chances of me being caught are minimal and even if I am, I can always get away with anything between Rs. 10 to Rs. 100 depending on my bargaining skills …. Almost a rule I break queues, resist frisking, grumble to participate in security checks… You might wonder what this has to do with what happened in Mumbai … well it has, I am responsible in playing my role in building a chaotic and corrupt society, which in turn is definitely a soft target for terrorists.

I get my driving license, passport and pan card through “authorised agents”, paying much more than I should be, getting these documents in double quick time … I get almost everything, without the necessary documentations, mobile sims included… I do not need to really go through a driving test (even when I do, it’s a mere formality, as I have already completed the “more essential formalities”) to get my driving license or the mandatory police verification (or take part in it in absentia) for my passport… these documents hence are available for the taking, for who ever wants it, as long as one is ready to grease the right palms… so for a terrorist getting hold of a driving license or a fake address proof or a new mobile connection does not even involve breaking a sweat

Remember the iPod I bought from the grey market? Or the Digital camera for that matter? What about the pirated DVDs ad VCDs?? For sure they cost less than half of what they cost in the real stores and yes they are available much before the official launch in India… but then they are the building blocks for a parallel economy that funds these terror groups… the money I shell out in these pursuits are also my humble contribution towards making our coastline porous… a portion of the money that I spend in acquiring these inexpensive alternatives, is what is used to keep our coast guards and coastal police away from boats and trawlers that bring in smuggled goods … It is quite possible that the dinghies in which the terrorists arrived for their Mumbai rendezvous was mistaken for another regular consignment of smuggled goods arriving at city…


I feed the corruption in the system; I eat into the entails of my country’s administration to satisfy my hunger… I punch gaping holes in my country’s security set up (for what ever it maybe worth) and when all these loopholes are exploited by some brainwashed I-will-blow-up-myself-for-the-virgins-in-the-heaven morons I still have enough fall guys to point at!!!

11 comments:

Brij said...

Ecstatic to see a whipping response on the helpless state of "affairs" by govt. making a mockery of democratic India n putting innocent lives at stake... Wake up Ind.... u got caught napping empteen times in past n will be caught again..if these "alarms' r naughts to ur ears.

avdi said...

Now this is what I like, to find out where I lack, and how I can redress it.

Good one !

Angel's Flight said...

Hmmm I know I want to put something here....just dont know wht....maybe its just that u hit the nail on the head ...

I Witness said...

@ Brij,

Thanks for stopping by and registering your comment ... yes its yet another wake up call as you say

@ avdi

Thanks for stopping by avdi, glad you liked the post

@ Angel

Go ahead and speak your mind, I know you have pretty strong views and a very nice way to put it through ... read your blog too though I disagree on the "nuke em" part of it ... broadly agree on most other things ... Thanks for stopping by ...

Sal said...

Though I agree to most of what you say, I am still not sure if anybody has a solution to the problem.

Wake up, be more law-abiding citizens, nuke them, etc for me sound very rhetorical and a knee-jerk reaction. Would it make India a less softer target? And the worrying answer is NO!

I am still reading a lot from various writers and listening to various views. Still not come across a SINGLE half-convincing solutions.

Till then, it is hope that keeps me alive.

Cheers,
Salil

I Witness said...

Dear Salil,

That's the worry is it not ... no solutions but then I have also been thinking on the following lines ...

Poverty and Starvation kills more people in our country than terrorism this is not to condone terrorism but to highlight our callousness ...

We don't seem to have the kind of blogs, media coverage, the mass hysteria over starvation deaths as we do for terrorist attacks (yes short lived maybe but still) ... is it because we (as in you and me) live with the comfort that the probability of us getting killed at railway station or being attacked while attending a dinner banquet at a star hotel is far higher than us starving to death or committing suicide to avoid the misery ?

Its more about personal safety and safety of our near and dear is it not, than fellow humans being killed.... In some ways this is the seed of terrorism ... our own callousness ... indifference to certain sections of the society ...

Complex issues cannot have solutions detailed in one blog or say a multitude of blogs ... you and I are searching in the wrong place so to say .... if it were that easy I would assume that World would have been a much more peaceful than it is

Regards

IWitness

Angel's Flight said...

Check it out.....u r tagged here

http://phoenixnme.blogspot.com/2008/12/paint-domination.html

cheers....lolz

writerzblock said...

Well said. Just that most people (myself included) don't often realise how their money-saving tactics finally turn out to be life-endangering.

writerzblock said...

Hi,
I'd like to blogroll you. Do raise in protest if you don't agree :-)))
Cheers...

I Witness said...

Hey Writerzblock

Thanks for the kind words ... I have no objections in being blogroll-ed

IWitness

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