2 days after the Blasts, and it’s only now beginning to seep in. I railed against the terrorists in my previous post on the subject. However, my concern was more with the victims & their families.
As i ponder on this hideous, dastardly, cowardly, monstrous act, I find myself getting really worked up. There is anger at the Bastards (1) who were responsible, yes. But increasingly, there is rage! And there is frustration! Rage at the political system which does nothing beyond offering a few platitudes. Frustration at our impotence.
And make no mistake, impotence it is. When you look at evil in the eye, and do nothing. When you take a slap, offer the other cheek, and get kicked in your butt. When you talk strong, but do not follow it up with concrete action. When you talk of our glorious history (2), but live like a weak-kneed spineless cowardly nation. It is impotence!
Why doesn’t the Indian state show a resolve a-la USA (3) in crushing it’s enemies? Why can’t we send a message that an offence against an indian anywhere in the world is an offence against all of us, and will simply not be tolerated? We maintain one of the largest armed forces in the world, but insist on using them for dropping food packets in drought areas (4). Time after time after time, someone bombs a train, launches grenade attacks at government establishments, hijacks planes. And what doe we do? A big fat NOTHING!
As far as the ineffective, self-serving, bureaucratic political & administrative machinery is concerned, they would rather spend their energies on monitoring internet usage, issuing licenses, playing petty political games, foreign jaunts and devising new & more arcane forms for the citizens to fill out, for phone connections, ration cards, housing permits, rickshaw pullers, et al.
This is a recipe for disaster, and an invitation for all disruptive elements to harass & terrorise the citizens of our country.
It is time we asked our government to focus on provising food, housing, infrastructure & security for the citizens. It is also time we as a people demanded radical action against the Bastards responsible for such acts. It’s time the Indian state sent a strong & unequivocal message to the world that such actions will not be tolerated, that we are not prepared to stand by & watch our people be ripped to pieces.
Crush the Bastards!
(1) And no, i am not going to soften my language to please any soft-hearted pansy. Unfortunately, I do not have a stronger epithet that can be used here.
(2) It’s another matter that when we talk of our glorious history, we are usually referring to our action oriented mythology. But that’s subject for another post!
(3) I know, I know! USA was wrong in attacking Iraq & Afghanistan without adequate proof, blah blah blah. What I’m admiring here is the general attitude of that particular country wherein an offence against any American across the world is treated as an insult to the country, and more often than not, responded to with excessive force.
(4) Not saying that’s not an essential function. But the state has to develop a separate machinery for that purpose, rather than misusing the armed forces.
P.S. – Deepak talks of setting up a supari fund here.
P.P.S – A friend just sent me the link to Shishir’s article that says “India needs to be ruthless“. As you can guess, I totally agree. Do read it!