Jul 16, 2011

Mumbai...After the anger passes...

The Mumbai blast has further affirmed the cynicism and the exasperation we have all carried for so many years. What followed the blasts? This time the blasts were lower than the earlier ones, the emergency response was better considering the rains were there.

As has been in history, the Mumbaikars stood by each other. Help was made available from every neighbourhood. Heroic stories of students saving lives and so on....
For a change, the Government communicated well and in time with people through TV, radio...

What was same or worse as earlier?

Usual suspect 1 - Media. 
Tried to hype up everything. A smaller Hindi channel claimed 8 blasts! Someone said grossly understated...washout of evidence. What do you want from Police? Remember they are human-beings. As Narendra Shenoy put it well in his blog: "But the news networks made a pig's breakfast out the thing. They tried their level best to make it look like an enormous terror attack, and could hardly conceal their disappointment when it turned out it wasn't."

Usual Suspect 2 - Officials.
In less than an hour bickering started. Little children handle panic better. 

Usual Suspect 3 - We all.
What are we going to do after this? Show our desperation in email chains, online forums, blogs and then? Kya karoge? Bhool jaoge? Ya yaad rakhoge?

And remember, when we bolster Mumbai's defences, the remaining cities will be on radar of the terrorists. So it is something the entire nation has to worry about. And that does not happen by sulking, getting angry or finger pointing. A systematic change is made by first having the will to bring about that change.

4 comments:

Rohit Nayak said...

Nice post! And yes- I'm fed up with the Indian media. One nutcase after another. I'm tired of the rubbish debates and the stupid sensationalism by the media.

But where does one begin the change?
1- Perhaps the babu's who dont seem to do much.
2- The Boats that were new and unused, are now unused and trash. Taxpayers money- literally - down the drain -I wonder how to make people more accountable

3- Now the godawful political game of tag between Chavan and the NCP.

I wonder again- where do we begin the change?

P K said...

Spot on. I also think our law/justice systems that make it virtually impossible to prevent/mitigate these types of threats. Anti-terror laws like POTA, MCOCA are termed too draconian but i think we need something like that.

Siddharth said...

@Rohit - Lets hope the changes are seen soon.

@P K - Paddy good to hear from you. How are you?

Saumya said...

Hmm...liked the usual suspects, and also the fact that media was #1. Pathetic the way they gleam at misfortune .....

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