Friday, July 14, 2006

In the absence of potency

“Just after the Mumbai blasts, a call from Karachi to Dhaka said: "Mubarakan, mubarakan (congratulations)" — a clear mission-accomplished message.”

Congratulations? Yes. Of course they have a reason. Rejoice? Yes they do have their reasons.

But what reason do we have to celebrate the terror attack on Mumbai?

Celebrations? Yea, just take a look at the following super hit words.

“Sprit of Mumbai”, “salaam Bombay”, “Mumbai back to normal”, “It is a slap on the face of terrorists that we are back to normalcy so fast”, “WE ARE MUMBAIKARS” and all such similar crap.

Super hit words have almost shadowed the terrorist attacks, the condolences for 200 killed and sympathy for those who are injured.

I don’t know if the families of those who have lost their dear member(s) are saluting Bombay or saying that it is a slap of the face of terrorists. Surely, they are not back to normalcy.

Had the asses of those who claim “sprit of Mumbai” been shattered by the bombs, what 'spirit' could they have claimed?

Have we become so immune to the deaths of our own people? I did not observe this kind of immunity after 9/11 attacks in US. That is one possible reason why there has been no attack on US.

“Spirit of Mumbai”, “Back to normalcy” and etc are castrated expressions of the weak. After all the weak have no choice. What else can we as a Nation do? Get bombarded by terrorists once a month. Forget the killed and injured. Come back to normalcy quickly as if nothing had happened. Take pride in getting back to normalcy. Most certainly it is easier for us as a Nation to do than taking any other actions. Terrorists are equally entertained. How amicable?

Visiting Mumbai yesterday, our Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had this to say to the people of Mumbai, "You have demonstrated your determination in fighting this war by showing utmost discipline and profound sense of courage in rapidly restoring normalcy in the city."

Fighting War? My Foot.

Profound sense of Courage? My foot.


At 3:34 PM, Blogger newnimproved said...

I am reading a lot of tripe in the newspapers about the “resilient Mumbai spirit”.

Of course Mumbai will recover. So did NYC. So did London. So did Jerusalem. So did Madrid. So will any city.

In fact the cockroach is one of nature’s most resilient creatures and can survive even a nuclear blast. (Though I have never heard a cockroach going around saying, “Mera Gutter Mahaan.”)

Are we cockroaches?

As my dear friend and doctor extraordinaire Aashish puts it:
“I think we are so good at 'handling' anything thrown at us, just because we're much better prepared than others. Years of travelling in the local train ( Kumar Ketkar of Loksatta, correctly called them mobile concentration camps) will condition a person to adapt under any circumstances.”

Our PM and CM appealed for calm; we are calm.

Even though 200 innocent Mumbaikars lost their lives and 700 lie injured in hospitals.

Now we would like to know what are they doing?

Last week our city went down under after heavy showers and after the initial outrage at the lack of proper drainage systems, everything was back to normal.

If you saw the movie, Munich, Golda Meir immediately responds to the assassination of the Israeli athletes with Operation Wrath of God.

Operation Wrath of God, also called Operation Bayonet, was a covert operation directed by Israel and the Mossad to assassinate the terrorists who directly or indirectly perpetrated the 1972 Munich Massacre. Authorized to begin by Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the fall of 1972, it may have continued for more than 20 years.

We would like to know when will the government initiate our Operation Wrath of God?

Our self respect, honour, and most importantly, lives are at stake.

Your thoughts are most welcome and thank you for your time

At 12:34 AM, Blogger JSV said...

Ravi, you are cent percent correct when you say "Fighting War, my foot!"

The common man, cant afford to grieve in Mumbai for more than a couple of hours. If he doesnt go for his work the next, who in heavens name will feed his family. So he has NO CHOICE left, but to go for work, whatever it might be.

This aspect of "Spirit", "Salaam Mumbai", et al is total bullshit. Instead give the common man, his sense of security and his share of bread!

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Ravi said...

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At 10:27 AM, Blogger Ravi said...

Hi Ravi,

You are right and I totally agree with you that this is all bullshit. I had a similar post on the spirit of Mumbai in my blog...check it out at and if you wish leave your comment.

Good post.


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