Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Let’s forget and party.

Few martyrs dead. A city drowned… A year gone. 2008 would daunt, haunt and taunt India for her Misanthropic nature. I look at 3 of the many tragedies that India has ever witnessed.


Is that a raindrop on your cheek or is that a droplet of tear?

My colleague Nisha, had visited Bihar on a pilgrimage. She expressed her peevishness at the murkiness of the poverty there. She had quintals and quintals of grains donated to the needy. And it still couldn't feed well. Thanks to the gods of Bihar. Those close to the temples were blessed with a morsel. How sad though, that we need a pretext to help. So if there were no temples there and no gods, there would be no living? The land of absolute lawlessness she witnessed, where people would storm inside reserved compartments and beat up anyone who didn't relent to their demands and open the train door. It is justified. Look at things from their perspective. They have just emerged from the most catastrophic events. Imagine water gushing into your house and you have nowhere to run for cover. The water doesn't only wash you off merely, but also dissolves your identity completely.

We do not forget. We don't turn indifferent.

Mumbai wept for them. Kind souls sent in few old clothes. A few months later, there were some caring people like Raj Thackeray whose men beat up some taxi drivers and some students who were from Bihar and UP. The people watched. The police watched. Actually, why have the police in the first place? Raj Thackeray knows well about the law of the land. He has gone to schools where he has been taken special lessons in compassion. Give the reigns of our state in the hands of Raj and MNS I say! They know what democracy is. And they donot misuse it. They just beat up anybody and everybody that they don't believe in. So what? Big Deal.

Amarnath Yatra

In a hurry to meet god, they reached heaven when hell broke.

What was the need to hurry? Why didn't we queue up? And why blame politicos for our inability to discipline ourselves? God can't bring the dead alive. But god can make people die. This is an insult to godliness by Humans. But some saw an opportunity to milk the valley. It would've been so nice if we had BJP winning votes minus religious agenda.

We do not forget. We don't turn indifferent.

The valley is green, BJP noticed that. It was death in a hindu shrine. the chief minister was Muslim. Wao, what an opportunity. And a prohindu party was blessed by amaranth. Kudos to BJP for seizing the opportunity. And kudos to the people of valley who fell to the trap. Why think when you have so many opportunists

Bombay Terror Attack

Forget Dhoni and Khusboo. Let's build a Temple for the Terrorists.

The 26th day of every month would be looked with a lot of scare. 26/7 to 26/11 Months have changed, but the date of tragedy has been permanent. On 26/11 terrorists stormed the TOT hotels (Taj Oberoi Trident) and created a blood bath of sorts. Kids of 21-25 years were armed with a uncompassionate will to destroy everything that came their way. Wish we were armed to combat them. Wish we acted and not reacted later after the damage was done. There were candle light marches. There were interreligious prayers. All because of these 10 terrorists who created havoc. Do we need terrorists to teach us lessons of unity? Then in that case, lets build a temple, a mosque, a synagogue, a gurudwara for the terrorists. They have gotten us united. Terrorism this time around was different. Previously there were bombs, this time there were actual people who were terrorizing the city> terrorism now, had a face. "Ajmal Kasab"

We do not forget. We don't turn indifferent.

As we raise a toast for those who have braved the guns and "Posthumously" let's get into our very evangelist "sprit" and donate money. A couple of thousands for your heart that just bled is a great idea. Hello! We need to do something for the dead and those turbulently alive. We know this is not our nature, but a social compulsion. Wouldn't the world say, here he has been making a living, but has not done anything for those affected by the killing. We have to lessen the weight of our wallets for a cause.

No money, okie, second option, join the herd. Peace marches are the best way to get noticed or light a candle re baaba. No one will point a finger at you and question you for being numb, comfortably. Yes, there will be a few people who will say that these are ineffective. But why care a tuppence. Just happily have your middle finger on display and move on, light another candle, mouth another slogan.

I dare not be judgmental about people's ways to express their solidarity. But I wish to state, that there has to be continued efforts. Jessica Lal found justice just by these peace marches. But for issues louder than that like terrorism. Peace marches have to migrate to the next phase. We had stated anti political slogans during the peace march on 03 December, and we demanded that Vilasrao and RR Patil who dismissed the terror attacks in Mumbai as a passé be replaced. Vilasrao was replaced by a young MBA graduate. And RR Patil was replaced by Bhujbal who has a history of corruption. Why was there no voice raised? We have forgotten? Shameless we should be to turn a blind eye to this. In fact Sharad Pawar has so much confidence in spiritless ever Ghajni Style Forgetfulness of Mumbai that he has given RR Patil an important place in NCP. You never know, the next elections, we might have RR winning and we again whining.

It's ultimately our choice.

We let the terrorists in. We got bought by terrorists.

But we revolted. Revolted after all the damage was done.

It has been such a devastating year with shamelessness at its peak. Think innovative, for people have a short memory span.

As I say, it isn't a revolution if it dies. It is then just a maddening outburst of emotions.


HA said...

I got your URL from the message on the last page of Afternoon D&C dated 31.12.08.

I think the title to this post is just brilliant. 'Let's forget and party'. It would put anyone to shame who has celebrated the coming of 2009.

I couldn't get myself to celebrate this year. Just couldn't. My mind kept going to the many people who would be at home grieving the loss of their loved ones. My mind kept going out to all those policemen who were out on the street tonight, ensuring perfect security to the citizens.

It's sad that just a month later, people are partying. Not that partying is a bad thing, but at a time like this?

All this makes me lose hope. I begin to think that this country will not progress at all. The same things will keep repeating over and over. The people of India suffer from memory loss. They very easily affect events that are supposed to be the turning points.

But then when I read blogs like yours.. the little ray of hope is rekindled.

Hoping for a much better and improved 2009.

Also, A very peaceful and Happy New Year to you. =)

Pixie said...
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Pixie said...

I agree with what you have written (Though, I could never express myself so nicely!)

I keep stating this - its because the Taj and Oberoi was hit, all this hue and cry has risen, laws and ministers changed...
What about the attacks happening everywhere else in India?
What abt Assam? the attacks happened on 1st... I really don't think that there was sufficient news coverage for that on 1st!!

Loved your post.

Happy New Year... Let's hope this year brings in better times, peace and perhaps a little more tolerance from our sides too...

Aaditya M. Joshi said...

So true. The blog comes in at the right time and makes a lot of relevant points in a great way.

Made an interesting read like many others here.

Quinroxanne said...

Hi aham! I like reading your blog I'm a bit confused about the title. What's it all about? :)

Anonymous said...

The writer of has written a superior article. I got your point and there is nothing to argue about. It is like the following universal truth that you can not disagree with: once a truthing always a truthing I will be back.

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