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November 30, 2008

From the callous IT capital to the in-secure financial capital.

Filed under: attack, bangalore, bombay, social change — neosurya @ 19:23

I happened to visit KR Market (Bangalore) yesterday. And was it a beautiful experience. A few images are attached for review.

Muck and dirt was about 1.5 to 2 inches thick on the ground and it was impossible to walk from one side of the bus-stop to the other. We saw a small family with a husband-wife, and a baby struggle to negotiate the dirt, and the oncoming buses to reach the footpath, and catch their bus.

My family often prefers to take public transport. It is not that we cannot afford an auto or a car. My whole family just feels that it is more prudent to take advantage of public transport when available. So, there we were – mother, father, and myself negotiating through what is a major metro transport hub of our “IT capital”. Not once did we feel out-of-place in that location (Dirt, muck, heat, rain, and population is a part and parcel of our country), but all three of us agreed that it did not have to be so bad. This bus-stand has been by far the worst my family has seen; it is not so bad even in our village.

BTW, my post about muck in KR Market may seem to be quite disconnected with the goings-on in Bombay… Quite the contrary, I see that the same cause is responsible for something as simple as a “dirty bus station” and something as esoteric and complex as “national security”. There is no dearth of blogs pointing out the reasons for various “ills”. These observations [1, 2, 3] make for interesting reading regarding the latest security fallacies in our nation.

We have loosened our Govt. on several small issues, and now it is effecting more significant areas of public space. Callous attitiude by everyone has always killed people or at the very least, made an average Indian citizen lead a pathetic existence. This cancer has now become so significant that the threat to our living is very direct and obvious.


November 28, 2008

My Bombay Bleeds

Filed under: attack, bombay, nov 26 2008, terrorist attack — neosurya @ 18:14

The city I grew up in.
The city I walked my way to school, college, and to life…
The city I love.

The early settlers who built it out of the sea prospered from its bounties as a natural port. The later businessmen benefited from its location as a central hub, and established rich industries. Ordinary folk recieved in Bombay a sea of opportunity that gave them prosperous lives. Authors, artists, and musicians got in Bombay a base to reach out to millions accross the country.

Bombay graciously served as the host of several pre-independence struggles. Tilak died in her arms (He gave her the “Ganesh Chaturthi, and the Pandals”). Bombay also hosted the self-serving divisive politics of many an individual who callously benefited from her largesse. Bombay burnt in 1992-93 for a Masjid-Mandir political struggle. Bombay provided herself as a “show-piece” target for terrorists; she served as the venerable host for several of their senseless acts. On 26th Nov 2008, the world saw how vengeful some of her guests were.

This city has helped several people, and in helping several find their destiny, it has begun to bleed. Who will now help my beloved city?

Bombay has always welcomed everyone. But, who would welcome Bombay, with all of her responsibilities?

Will Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, or any one else take her place? Will they please stand up next in line to recieve the numerous accolades, and the associated risks?

Or will there be a day when the risks will die a permanent death, and only accolades remain? I wish that this would be the case.

Till that day, my love – continue to bleed. And we will bleed with you.

November 26, 2008

Events in Bombay

Filed under: attack, bombay, terrorist attack — neosurya @ 20:04

I called one of my close friends who is living in Mumbai. She lifted the phone, I asked if she and some of our other friends were safe. Once the brief confirmations came through, I ended the call saying: “My stomach feels uneasy, I cannot talk.”

October 31, 2008

Assam blasts, MNS issue

Filed under: attack, India, news, times of india — neosurya @ 13:30

Read in the Times of India about the serial blasts in Assam. I have included screenshots of some of the pages in the pdf at this link. What have we come to….

Several articles talked about the Assam blasts.
The front page:
Assam serial blasts kill 66 9 Blasts In 30 Mins

Page 4:
City Assamese stunned at the scale of attacks

Page 13:
“‘Ulfa could have been wiped out’ Army Slams Flip-Flop Policies Of Govts In Tackling N-E Militant Outfit”

The Govt. has been handling this issue with loose gloves. This attitude has been there for several aspects, for example with handling of the MNS activities in Mumbai… The MNS issue is much smaller in scale, but the symptoms are same.

Articles about the MNS-sponsored “terror” in Mumbai:
Front page:
“Slap NSA on Raj, says Union cabinet”

Page 2:
“Father of dead UP man rejects state’s offer of Rs 2 lakh”

Related to a statement made by the father of the UP resident who was thrashed on a local train. Id suggest reading the entire article for the more interesting tidbits anout why he was beaten up, and why the Govt. offered the compensation.

“Patil takes on Lalu, Nitish Kumar”

Page 3:
“MNS mayhem: CM, dy CM under fire”

“Rly’s window angle may weaken its case: Lawyers”
The title does a good summary of the article content; it is lamentable that several authorities want to push issues under the carpet instead of finding the real solution. The article on ULFA extremists also speaks about a similar attitude regarding a different problem (Page 13): “‘Ulfa could have been wiped out’ Army Slams Flip-Flop Policies Of Govts In Tackling N-E Militant Outfit”

There is an article that throws light on how the Govt. can also be very efficient in tackling sensitive issues. Page 4 “Last two shrines on Santa Cruz Rd to be moved”; This one is about the success of MMRDA in moving shrines that fell on the link roads that are being developed. The shrines belong to different religions, and going by the article, the organization has been able to work across religious sentiments.

Page 7:
“Marathis are our brothers, says Rahul Raj’s father”
Rahul Raj is the dude who hijacked a bus at Kurla in Mumbai on Monday this week. By the looks of it, he got a heroes welcome in Patna. To quote the article:
“Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and PHED minister Ashwini Kumar Chaubey represented the state government at the cremation, which was also attended by Patna MP Ram Kripal Yadav and hundreds of others. The bier was carried by Rahul’s friends, even as the district administration had arranged a flower-bedecked truck for the purpose.”

Page 18, editorial article:
“Not Yours Or Mine”
The article is about how Mumbai and its spirit is being damaged by political parties which are trying to look for short term gains. It quotes a policeman saying: “Mumbai kisi ke baap ki hahin hai”.

There are also two half-page ads about Indira Gandhi; in essence a tribute to her martyrdom. One ad is on the 4th page by the “Ministry of Information and Broadcasting” and another on the 13th page by the “Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, and Department of Higher Education”. The money for this has probably come from the respective Govt. bodies.

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