As the Indian republic turns 60, it also ironically marks the second month-versary of the Mumbai attacks on 26 Nov last
year. There was the initial outrage, brouhaha, etc.. for about a month ; then
the dust began settling on the terrorism issue. Not surprising at all since the
Indian media had jucier bytes to beam like the Satyam financial fraud issue,
the Obama's oath ceremony and who can forget the desi stylists falling over
themselves to comment on Ms.Obama's fashion sense.
When the attack occured 2 months ago, our politicians went into a tizzy in
the ensuing media frenzy and gleefully gave media sound bytes bordering on
hyperbole. The ex-CM of the Mahanarashtra state and his actor son took a film
producer/director to the Taj hotel
so he could get a first hand look at the terrorist's killing and carnage and
faithfully reproduce an exaggerated over-hyped masala film with some sexy
dance/item numbers thrown in for the masses.
Dalai Lama called a spade a spade instead of pussy-footing like most others
or hiding behind diplomasque. With politicians like the minister Antulay, who
in Paliament indirectly suggested that the terrorists may not be from Pakistan
but may be Hindus, India does'nt need enemies. Despite Ajmal Amir (he
also has a wikipedia
page *eye-roll*) revealing that they attacked Mumbai to avenge the
Mid-East/Israel gridlock, David Milliband manages to put his foot
in his mouth with some faulty
logic. Since access to the USA is harder for Al-quaida, the ocean not
withstanding, it makes strategic sense for Islamic jihadists to kill/strike at
US citizens outside the USA in other countries like
Mumbai and other parts of India, the probability of which is scarily
plausible in the face of the ISI training
women in terrorism tactics and not just poor Ajmal Amir's who want to
become famous for all the wrong reason. Besides the geographical advantage,
India is has amazingly high levels of corruption and scores of idiots who are
inefficient and inept when it comes to delivering justice and clamping down on
criminal activities. No really, you can get away with
murder in India, literally !
Is Pakistan a
terrorist state?? Not according to ex-Gen.Mussharraf who has a good sense
of humor when he berates the USA (Obama government ?) thus :
"If you compare what you spent in Afghanistan, I believe I read an article
where roughly 143 billion dollars have been spent in Afghanistan. What have you
spent in Iraq? Maybe over a trillion dollars?"
Now that sounds like a subtle blackmail toned as whining for economic aid.
Hmpf, so Pakistan is essentially telling the US and the world to "pony up the
$$$ and then FO". Indirectly he just showed USA the middle finger as the $$$
be used to create Al-queda sancturies
Obama did not
take kindly to being shown the middle finger but its too early in the game
as Pakistan has always been good with international diplomacy while the Indian
fails abjectly on that front. They even managed to get China, (a communist
country with abject human rights situation...Tibet anyone?) on their side by
giving them carte blanche power to “sort out” this diplomatic tangle. Duh, now
how did that happen ??
Pakistan managed to steal the limelight thanks to the jingoism our
politicians indulged in, the sound bytes about how India reserves all right to
wage war. A heir-in-waiting, Rahul Gandhi, is busy scoring brownie points with
a morality spiel on how Indians only respect people who have money, authority
and positions...err, how about giving up that Z+ security and Lyuten's bungalow
for starters, Mr.Gandhi !?
Other ministers, including the Prime minister, did nothing beyond condemning
the act vehemently as "outrageous" and engaged in empty rhetoric's. Although
India had all the evidence in the form of : records of telephone conversation
that took place between terrorist at Mumbai and coordinators in Pakistan ;
written statements from the arrested terrorist ; his parents admission and
identification that he is their son ; confirmation by international
intelligence agencies (including US, UK, etc) ; captured weapons used by the
terrorists with markings of ordinance factories located in Pakistan ; etc.....
it appears that our external affairs ministry as usual failed to present the
available evidence effectively ; to Pakistan Government as well as to
international community. It is indeed pathetic to note that we are still sloppy
in preparing our case sheet and are struggling to ensure 'to fix the offence
committed on the offender without leaving any loophole'.
Amidst all this media drama, Pakistan was smart enough to deflect attention
and play the victim while our government babus patted themselves on the back
for the perfect media pitch, empty threats and sabre rattling, which only
annoyed a lot of countries (including China the epitome of democracy).
Red-herring's like "joint probes" and tangential unrelated issues like the
Malegaon blasts and other diversionary tactics helped them subvert and play the
innocent victim to good effect, leaving India foaming at the mouth. By the time
the police and other criminal investigation agencies compile evidence to
prepare the FIR, years would pass affecting the resolve and anger of the
International community to punish Pakistan for promoting terrorism on its
That is the crossroads India stands at on this 60th Republic day and its
ironic that Netaji was choosen the youth icon
on the occassion of his birthday last week. with politicians gleefully going
the whole media hog over his janmashtami BUT yet every successive Indian
government has always maintained a mysterious and
deafening silence on Bose's death. Even his daughter thought we
didnt do enough to remember her father. Hmm... maybe Dhar's book reveal the
unknown mystery behind the PMO
office destroying documents. India may be a democratic state turning 60 which is a second
coming of sorts, but frankly unless we pull up our socks and develop
zero-tolerance to *corruption* we will not reach our full potential.