Thursday, November 27, 2008

I got up today morning to read the newspapers only to read about Mumbai EVERWHERE.

I just finished reading Maximum City, one of THE BEST books that I have ever and I was wondering if I could/should do a review on the book and I read in the newspaper today that Vijay Salaskar is dead!! I almost feel like I know him after reading Maximum City.

I wish I were illiterate deaf, dumb and blind. I wish I didn’t have to read the news every day. I wish I didn’t have to hear about the death of the ATS chief and read in the newspapers about this.

Terrorists come to VT/CST, the busiest terminus ever with grenades and AK-47 and there is no security to stop them.

Terrorists come to the Taj hotel. casually ask which room houses foreigners and are readily given the information with no one to question them

We lose our best cops, our ATS chief and 2 other encounter specialists to petty despicable men from a completely new terrorist outfit which calls itself Deccan mujahideen and all we can do is sit and stare at the TV screens in horror

The terrorists demand that all Mujahideen should be released and instead of taking steps to increase security and prevent such terrorist attacks we will meekly hand over the ruthless terrorists. Why struggle so much to capture and kill the terrorists when at a later point of time you are anyway going to release them.

The impotent government sits and offers condolences to all affected and will probably throw in 1 lakh as compensation for each life lost.

It’s a shame that not only can this country not protect its own people but also puts the lives of people from other countries in danger. So much for Athithi Devo Bhava.

I shudder when I think of the world that we handing over to the next generation

I gulp when my 8 year old cousin asks me why people are bombing and shooting other people. I don’t know how to answer his questions.

I am ashamed of myself.

What is this world coming to?


AG said...

almost read my thoughts! I see red everytime my city is attacked with impunity and then these politicians go on commending the Mumbai spirit without doing anything else - this incident will also be forgotten in some time!

Anonymous said...

more irritating when Advani, Manmohan and worst of all, Modi are cutting into the perimeter of the location trying to ride on the emotions of common man..

Damn..insensitive politicians

- Ashwin

Sree said...

Cowards these ppl are Revs...cant do anything by themselves, so go on destroying what others did...
And as Suheil Seth said on TV, our country is in the hands of not men/women but that of wimps! Easy to sit in an AC room and say I know, but true na?

Jaya S said...

It really hurts to think of all that has been going on in Bombay. Looks like things won't improve. Pessimism, I know, but can't help it.

Revathi said...

You being a Mumbaikar would probably feel the pain ten.. no thousand fold more than what we are feeling now!!
and exactly. i am completely SICK of the polticians appreciating the resilience of the Mumbaikars. Little do they realise they have no other choice, because protests against the lack of security and administration is not going to work, neither is any kind of revolution going to happen. So they figure the best thing is to just get on with life and this attitude is always misused by the politicians!!

dont even talk to me about the politicians. i hear the names of RR Patil, vilasrao deshmukh and ahivraj patil again i think i will either puke of scream or go on a politicians killing spree myself!!

seriously yaar. itna gussa aata hai. bloody, this country is governed by a bunch of impotent cowards who will give insensitive statements because they are not involved. i know i am being mean but sometimes i cannot help but wish that there were a political meeting in the Taj when the terrorists had struck theryby destroying all traces of these idiots!! :-\

optimism, resilience.. we had enough of this man.

R@hul said...

I'm sure all of you are over 21 years old. Has any one of you registered for voting? If you have, have you voted?

Realise that the right to vote is also your duty. Get yourself registered and VOTE.

Words aren't enough to change things. Act.

Revathi said...

Did i read right???
Did u say vote??? You sure u didnt mean anything else Rahul??

Right!! Vote!!

and pray may i ask whom should i vote for??

Maybe RR Patil who goes around belting out film dialogues saying "bade bade shehron mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hain"

or maybe i should vote for Vilasrao Deshmukh who cant wait to make a movie out of this whole incident (I mean how insensitive can people get??)

Maybe i should vote for L.K.Advani who stood right in the middle of mumbai airport giving an election speech when terrorits were wreaking havoc in mumbai.

Maybe i should vote for Manmohan singh i.e after he has found his way from behind Sonia Gandhi's palloo

Maybe i should vote for Narendra Modi after he has done with killing all the Muslims in the state and the country.

Maybe i should vote for Karunanidhi with his blind, almost bordering on madness hatred for Brahmins and theists and promises of color TVs?

Maybe i should vote for Jayalalitha after she has finished hoarding all the money of the tax payers

Why should i vote???

Shivraj Patil lost the elections from Latur and YET became the home minister.

WHY should i vote???

My options are
1. vote for bunch of clowns
2. vote for bunch of incompetent people
3. vote for bunch of corrupt idiots

Oh My!! the options are overwhelming me!! :-\

Dont ask me to vote Rahul!! i see red when people ask me to vote!!
DONT ask me to vote!!
Vote it seems!!BAH!! :-\

Vijayaraghavan said...

Revs Think this way. If, say 31% votes and a two parties get 10% of votes each and one party gets 11%, the party which got 11% of votes will govern 100% people. You will be one among 70% of people who doesn't vote. Think what will happen if all the remaining 70% voted. This 70% can perfectly vote a party and can ask that party to play according to your plan. Your vote is invaluable. I am sorry to see this metro-sexual behaviour. Be Optimistic. Even a old man can scold the CM of Kerala and can emphasis his point. Wouldn't youngsters do more. Pessimism in youngsters is like cancer in heart.

Revathi said...

I am NOT questioning the need to vote. Yes!! Being in a democracy we are responsible for the leaders (leaders?? Sheeeeeeesh!!) we choose. What i am asking is WHOM do i vote for? My options are pathetically few and hopelessly incompetent.Your logic holds good if there are responsible ppl willing to run this country and i dont vote for them!! But responsible and mature people sadly dont want to get into politics!!

vijayaraghavan said...

what about udayamurthy and other socially inclined people. Normally there will be 20 to 30 canddates in a constituency. Try to know about them. Their election pamplets, neighbourhood talk and even Google can help you. Like preparing for an exam, you have to prepare for it. Then you vote for one who you think can be a good candidate. I have done the same thing and was astonished to see 3 to 4 really good candidates in my constituency and actually I had a dilemma about whom to vote. At the end of the day I came a happy man by voting for a good person. So don't look at the negative qualities and be pessimist. There will be negative quality in every person, but you have to look at the preponderance of quality.

R@hul said...

@ Vijayaraghavan

Thank you. For once, another person has completed my sentences. You and I should probably meet my friend.

@ Revathi

Please try to understand that I am just another guy with the same gut feelings about this country that you have. But despair/anger/anguish/hatred are getting me nowhere near the solution.

So, what do I do? 'Condemn' the politicians, Pakistan, media, politics, navy, Modi, RSS, VHP? Well.. the world's leaders and media is already busy doing that.

No. This is what I intend to do. To VOTE for good people(as far as I can judge) and hope that they remain good(as far as I can see). And this was something I deemed worthy of sharing with the 20-30 odd readers of your blog.

vijayaraghavan said...

what about revs. Are u convinced. Are you prepared to get registered for voting. Are you prepared to do some spade work about the candidates in your constituency and ready to stand in the queue for voting. Another thing. For your generation even voting can be fun. So get geared up.

Vijayaraghavan said...

Another thing is , even it is your responsibility to see that the good person whom you elected stay active about the problems of the constituency and does not turn bad. If ordinary persons who voted for him gives a feedback, no politician will be mum. Because next time after five years or so he definitely has to come to you. You have to be courageous enough to question him. You could have witnessed so many gheroes in the village side, in the recent past. Do like that. You will surely get things done. We people should realise our duties before asking for our rights.

Srikanth said...

@ Vijayaraghavan - I couldn't agree more with you...

As for the incident itself - I am tired of listening/watching/reading about it in the news and the way the different media have reported this issue..

Are politicians really to blame for this tragic incident??

Here are some more important questions that I felt were unanswered...

What was the Navy doing when a boat carrying 10 - 12 people sailed right under its nose.. Mind you!! The Naval dock yard is not that far away...

If the Coast Gaurd could get hold of scores of fisherman who strayed into Indian waters, why was it so difficult for them to nab these handful of men??

What were the intelligence agencies doing?? Did they not even get a whiff of what the terrorists were plotting??

What exactly is the purpose of the ATS in Maharashtra if it cannot foresee and prevent such an attack on Indian soil??

We have all said "Down with Polticians", "Politicains are a buch of useless dim wits who only know how to talk"

We have also heaped a bunch of praise for the armed forces, the ATS and the NSG...

What happened in Mumbai was not just the politicians fault, come to think of it, he is probably the least responsible..

That said he is not completely innocent either..

November 26th was a complete failure of our security forces and intelligence bureaus to safegaurd our borders and people from miscreants..

Srikanth said...

For those of you who fail to find an appropriate candidate to vote for, here's some info i picked up from a friend's blog -
Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote anyone! Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called "49-O". Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them. This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way; of our whole political system... it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public.... Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India... show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than don't miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O)

I am not sure how many of you are aware of this.. You might want to give it a shot...

vijayaraghavan said...

@ srikanth
Kudos for reminding about 49-0 in a blog that has readership rating of 8 out of 10. As a presiding officer in polling booth for two elections in Chennai South constituency, I had not come across any person in Chennai booths excercising 49-0. If this is a scenario in mostly literate Chennai, imagine about other places.
Now I will try to answer your questions point by point.
1 & 2. The real problem is that army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard doesn't attract youngsters as much as IT. So there is manpower shortage in those forces. Because of that, they follow a procedure called profiling, wherein boats which causes suspicion are searched. This is happening everyday in the our waters.
3. The intelligence agencies know that the balme will fall on them. That's why they leaked about their alerts to the media with the date of alert.
4. Because of the ATS only, Mumbai is attacked rarely, or else it would have been a regular affair. So many plots are thwarted by them. They don't boast about it because, they really think that it is only their job and secondly leakage of news to media will only help the terrorist in avoiding their mistakes next time.
5. What u think is partially correct. Politicians are to be blamed. But even more to be blamed are the bureacrats. Only cream of the literate who have high knowledge gets inducted into the UPSC. After that they are trained regularly by knowledgable men in techniques, that the common man does not know that those words exist . Imagine how much an unscruplous bureacrat can do aby keeping the politician as a front.

Revathi said...

Phew!!! u sure have done some research man. and after Srikanth mentioned about the 49-0 i really think i will vote. at least consider my options and just go ahead and not vote if i think no one is worthy enough. Hmmmm. I am not syaing a country doesnt lead leaders. It need good leaders who can resolve their differences and not resort to petty bickering, vile comments and showing interest only in position and power.
Thanks for visiting and leaving comments on my blog and helping me understand!! :)
i owe u one!!

i must confess i did not know about 49-0.
i am not syaing what happened in mumbai was the fault of only the political parties but the toll could have been reduced a bit had the politicians ruling maharashtra had had the sense to act quickly. and yeah i guess the security is very lax but then again for this i will blame only the politicians because valuable security which can be used to protect the people is wasted on politicians who just want a 100 armed guards to flaunt their status.
i am still not very convinced about the "strength" of the "politicians" in this country but i guess i am not as cynical as i was a few days back!!
Thanks for visiting!! :)

vijayaraghavan said...

The government servants were given all powers, but it is ensured by the bureacrats that the those powers are not used for the intended purpose. However motivated the government servants the bureacrats put hurdles. Since I am working as Inspector of Central Excise, I know what are the ways and means used by bureacrats to stop us from effectively doing our work in our department. They lets us only do " the work" but not effectively. Every person who enters the central services want to serve the country effectively at first. They will either resign the job or put up with their bosses and just work after 2 or 3 years of "punch and duck the air" work. Classic example is bureaucrats will give us arms and legs and instruct us to swim. They will also publicise that govt. servants will swim. But as a small foot note they will say one hand and one leg will be tied and govt. servants have to swim with one leg and one arm.

R@hul said...


In matters as important as this... I thought it was best to authenticate before even forming an opinion on this. So, I tried to authenticate this '49-0' using the internet.

Here's what I found:

This is the Ministry of Law and Justice website maintained by National Informatics Centre. It is authentic, because the websites of Ministry of Ext Affairs etc. are also hosted by NIC.

Now, there is a document titled THE CONDUCT OF ELECTION RULES, 1961 on this site.

If you go thru it.. there is a subpoint of a subsection of a subsection which says:
"49-O. Elector deciding not to vote - If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark."

Simply search for it using CTRL+F.

Concurrently, I looked up the same thing in Wikipedia.
Take a look for yourself.

Thanks to vetti's comment box that's allowed me to share this.