My mind has been swirling in multiple directions since Wed, 26th Nov’08.
Me and I am sure, many like me were up all night on wed, watching in horror, the terrorist attack unfold ‘LIVE’ on TV.
Every single channel covered (some extremely irresponsibly) it, but none the less.
There has been so much written and talked about the operation while it was in process and more, now that’s its over.
There were few things which kept doing a ‘merry go round’ in my mind.
Observations and thoughts which refuse to get out of my system.
- Terrorist’s: Those guys are how old? Media says between 20-28 years. They look like us. They dress like us. What have they been fed with (mentally) to reach such levels of hatred – to fire indiscriminately on whomever comes in their way? Have they suffered so much in their lives? If not, how are they brainwashed so much? What kind of money is good enough to carry out an operation of this magnitude? WHY? WHY? That’s what keeps coming back to my mind. There is no religion in the world which preaches killing like this. The word ‘jihaad’ has been interpreted to completely different levels to suit the convenience of a few to gain power and attention.
I keep hearing “this is in response to the cruelty and injustice towards our people”. There are similar claims which go around when any organization sends out an email, taking responsibility of creating terror. Can some of them pin-point and explicitly tell which are incidents in their life that resulted them to feel the way they and do acts such as they are conducting.
Will this end with their killing? Will they get justice and go to heaven? They will orphan some kids who could grow up to be just them and turn the guns around and this will never be over.
I was recently reading ‘City of Djinns’. Delhi has a history of high scale massacres. Massacres based on which ruler – religion was ruling at that point of time. We have been forever fighting on religion.
- Media: They bring us the information. They are great. But in times of crisis there is a certain amount of responsibility they need to carry on their shoulders instead of making a ‘ sansani’ out of everything for TRP’s. They were showing position of the Army, where they were hiding, their plans, how they were moving, and Navy commanders coming down the helicopters live. HELLO. You are providing information to the very terrorists who are killing your people. Wake up!!
- Politicians: The most amusing thing I noticed was the call for “Where is Raj Thackeray and his Marathi sena in times of crisis.” I have seen a SMS for him published in Times of India today morning.
We have been lambasting our Government for not having proper systems and counter intelligence in place. I agree completely. We need a judicial and Intelligence overhaul in our system. Police reforms are needed. The politician’s responses have been the most ludicrous. Our politicians cannot even stay united in such times. They look at this as an opportunity to get media and some vote banks. But I also noticed that the current government did not negotiate and sent in the forces immediately to tackle the issue.
They did not sit on their asses as in the case of an Indian Airlines Flight 814 being high jacked on Dec 24th, 1999, flown over Indian Territory and taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan. It went out of our control as we lost precious moment by inability to take action in time.
We were of course graced by the likes of ‘Narendra Modi’ and ‘Mr. L. K. Advani’ for their media bytes. There has been enough said about them. I need not say more. Mrs. Karkare refusal to take compensation from Narendra Modi says it all.
- Forces and The Taj Staff: Hats off to them for what they have done in getting on top of this situation. They have risked their lives for save hundreds of others. They have been the HEROES as rightly stated as. One can say as much and its still less.
Much needs to be said about the Taj service/Staff. They have been very courageous. They took it on themselves to get as many guests out as possible. They were the shield for the guests of Taj. They were our HEROES.I don’t know how any of us would react in such as situation. Most of us would run to save out our own asses.
- And the people (All of us – one billion +): I walked in office the next morning. I saw people unaffected by this. Some even commented – ‘aisa tu hota raita hai. Not to get to bothered with’. I was appalled. When will it bother u? When it has hit you in the face. Is then when u will wake up to it. It’s this indifference which causes the damage.
Your words are irresponsible: This is the time we need to keep our heads in place and not loose sense and go in community fervour. People have gone about making irresponsible comments about other communities and nations.
These are people who are educated and know what sentences/words like this can cause. I can’t grasp some of these people.
People have died unimaginable deaths- burned, killed by bullets, killed by grenades.
Religion/ country/ languages are ways to understand how the other person thinks, lives and behaves. Full stop. Beyond that faith is the same. Each religion talks about faith and god. None of us look like each other. What is the problem if each has a different god and a different way of accessing God.
I tend to wonder “Am I overreacting to all of this?” Or are we all ‘Comfortable Numb’.
A good article a friend forwarded: http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/nov/27raman-are-our-nuclear-establishments-safe.htm?zcc=rl