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The Maximum City in deep sleep

Posted by g.e. on November 30, 2008

The most sickening  – i know, it was difficult to choose this over the others* – i have read so far on the Bombay Blasts:
But the best answer to the terrorists is to dream bigger, make even more money, and visit Mumbai more than ever. Dream of making a good home for all Mumbaikars, not just the denizens of $500-a-night hotel rooms. Dream not just of Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai or Shah Rukh Khan, but of clean running water, humane mass transit, better toilets, a responsive government. Make a killing not in God’s name but in the stock market, and then turn up the forbidden music and dance; work hard and party harder.

Above, From what Suketu Mehta wrote on NYT. I wonder what will wake up Mr Mehta from his dream. Maybe if he had lost his brother or son, he would be wide awake now.

Or maybe should just ask Adani how not-to-still-think with-ass.
The attitude of tolerance will cost the country heavily and can severely affect trade, commerce and economic development. These acts have a direct implication on financial health of the country as investors lose faith. 
The mayhem, I feel, wasn’t limited to only Mumbai. It is probably the last and final wake up call. We need to start working on an appropriate strategy. For centuries we have been taught about virtues of non-violence, and they have proved their effectiveness in the past, specifically our independent movement. However, one thing we have overlooked is that the opponents in that case were highly civilised and law abiding. 
The socio-political situation during the past two centuries was entirely different. Religion-ignited fanaticism was minimal. Even if there was any, it was limited to a small geographical area. In today’s era of religious fanaticism and uncivilised terrorism, we need to reorient our thinking and chalk out strategies to combat modern age terrorism. We need to learn and adopt strategies developed by others across the world, who are fighting with the similar opponents. 
Many a times discontentment and violence is born because of inequality coupled with delayed justice. We need to strengthen the judicial system, so that citizens do not take law in their hand and opt for violence. 

*The other competing ones, btw, were:

  • “It’s ironic that we did have such a warning, and we did have some measures,” Tata said, without elaborating on the warning or when security measures were enacted. “People couldn’t park their cars in the portico, where you had to go through a metal detector.” Ratan Tata, CNN Interview
  • I think one of the misconceptions we’re seeing so far is the assumption that these attacks were aimed primarily at foreigners. Look at their targets. The two hotels they attackedthe Taj and the Oberoiare old, iconic Indian hotels. It used to be true that these places were affordable only by Westerners. But this is no longer true, and it’s one of the big changes over the last ten years in India. The five-star hotels today are filled with Indians. Businessmen, wedding receptions, parties…these are real meeting places now, and even those who cannot afford to stay there often pass through the lobby. Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek, without telling who made these assumptions.
  • Small incidents like this do happen, says Maharashtra home minister, from ToI reports. But i suppose since he got elected we actually deserve this.

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