The Indian Mujra-hideen sends a terror email from an insecure wireless network, an act the press respectfully informs us ” as hacking into a wireless account”. Bombs go off. People die. Which city was it today?
Jaipur, Varanasi, Bangalore, Surat, Delhi, Mumbai or somewhere else ?
Does it matter to you or me as long as our loved ones are safe (for the time being)?
Does the significance of the fact that terrorists need only a few months to organize another high-profile attack, even after a few of them get arrested, sink into the national psyche?
Does the observation that there are supposedly mainstream politicians like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Laloo Prasad Yadav who support SIMI make us change our voting habits?
Do we, as a nation, understand that the whole “spirit of the city” feel-good is nothing but an euphemism for people becoming so inured to flying ball-bearings and bloody corpses that they accept terrorist violence as a fact of life, like traffic jams and power cuts ?
Do people realize that when Shivraj Patil warns of “stringent punishment” to the perpetrators of the blast that he isn’t just re-reading the statement he prepared a few months ago for the last blast? Do the citizens know that once he has done with his “I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee” message of future retribution , that he vanishes into a dark corner, away from the national eye, where he puts on a Batman costume and personally hunts down the terrified evil doe-rs while riding his Bat bicycle?
Do I realize that after every bomb blast, I write more or less the same type of post because I, like the nation, have nothing new to say or do?
I think not.
[Needless to say, keep everything civil. No “so-and-so is evil” type comments please. Else snip-snip. Thank you.]