Its been a month since the Mumbai blasts. And no real action has been taken by the Indian government, or the intelligence agencies, or the public.
The public has gotten back to life as usual. Yes, now there’s a nagging fear, anger and helplessness at the back of one’s mind.. but other than that, it’s pretty much back to life as usual.
For the government, a few heads rolled – VilasRao Deshmukh, RR Patil and Shivraj Patil were ‘made’ to resign under public pressure. None of them actually felt any moral responsibility .. or real remorse. And their resignation was just too little, too late. Other than that, the government just had a lot of meetings, blame game sessions, pointing fingers at Pakistan – and no real action. Sad to say, Manmohan Singh prefers dilly-dallying rather than taking a firm stance or any action. As usual, they looked to America and the international community to take action on their behalf. Over the last one month, our goverment has just been very humbly and meekly requesing Pakistan to take some action against the terrorist camps.
In contrast, remember America’s reaction to 9/11. The US goverment went right ahead and attacked the country it “thought” Osama Bin Laden was hiding in – whether or not that was justified.
One wonders what we have a government for. They do pretty much nothing except channel tax payers money into their own pockets. The movie “A Wednesday” was recently broadcast. It hit a raw chord. One wonders if that’s the only way to get ‘justice’ in today’s India – to take into your own hands. Will the public have to go after the terrorists ourselves? Cant any of the numerous Indian agencies just go and bomb the terrorists training camps in Pakistan? I’m sure the US intelligence, the Mossad etc all have the info and capability to do this. But it doesnt suit their interests to do anything about this. What does it matter to them, or to the international community how many innocent people die in Mumbai or anywhere in India?
And yet our government sits on its axx and looks to the international community for help. Hello.. how dumb are you? And how dumb are we, the people? We’re the ones who let this slime become our leaders. We’re the ones who let them get away with murder. And we complacently adjust to everything.
Each year, there’s a blast in some or the other city. Hundreds of people die for no reason. It becomes the news headlines for a while. Each channel airs every little bit of info about the blasts for days. The government condems the act, offers condolences for the deceased, people get angry for a while.. and then adjust.. to life as usual.
It’s been 7 years since I left Mumbai. But I’m still attached to that city more than any other. It is my ‘home’. Its where I became the person I am today. It’s where I learnt and grew. Mumbai has a spirit unique and unconquerable. Nothing could stop Mumbai. Whether the rains and the floods, riots or bombs in its trains. Nothing could break its spirit. It got back on its feet. defiant. Resilient.
But this time, it was different. The pain was different. This time, Mumbai didnt recover fully. There’s an open fear. Buried anger. And a very over powering sense of helplessness.