My heart felt condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the Mumbai serial blasts. I wish all the injured a speedy recovery. Unlike news paper columnists who are urging Mumbaikars to take the attack in their stride and get on with their lives, I urge you not to forget this day, because you Mumbaikars are inadvertently responsible for this! It may be harsh at this time, but the (in?)famous Amchi Mumbai attitude needs a serious introspection.
Wasn't this attack the most expected? It’s the fourth newsworthy terror attack in Mumbai after 1993, Gateway of India and the Ghatkopar blasts. In the preceding months there has been a huge arms recovery in Aurangabad, a daylight attack on the RSS HQ in Nagpur and a rather surprisingly widespread admission by the police/intelligence that an attack was waiting to happen. Add to this the deadly attacks in the past year in Delhi, Ayodhya and Bangalore. Despite these overwhelming pointers to terrorist activity in the country, how can Mumbai allow an extremely coordinated attack in seven train stations at the busiest time of the day? For heaven sake, there may be atleast seven people involved. In counter-terrorism, that’s a crowd!
The two Mumbaikars directly responsible for maintaining law and order, the home ministers Shivraj Patil and R R Patil are a national disgrace to put it mildly. R R Patil was apparently more interested in Mumbai’s dance bars than in the terror cells that must have planned this attack. As for Shivraj Patil, the home minister who lost an election, I have said enough in the past! The other famous Mumbaikar, the nation’s agriculture minister Sharad Pawar spent the whole of last week at a cricket (ICC) meeting (yes, one whole week) when the nations media was giving a day-by-day account of the 20 Vidharba farmers who committed suicide in that same week!
My frustration about Mumbai is over the wider issue of Mumbaikar’s apparent apathy towards others. Rather curiously most of my Mumbai friends speak proudly of how Mumbai lets others live their own lives. Was this the reason why they let Shiv Sainiks ransack Mumbai the whole of last week? Why on hell does Bal Thackray’s wife need a statue and will any other city let people like Bal Thackray to be what they are? For all we know, yesterday’s attack may have happened only because the terrorists wanted to cache in on the chaos prevailing in the city. Will anyone of those affected Mumbaikars file a PIL demanding removal of Meenatai’s statues for causing public nuisance?
What about the floods caused by Monsoon? Didn’t Mumbai lose some 1000 lives the same time last year? How many have we lost this time and how many more before the season ends? Agreed it rains cats and dogs in Mumbai, but will you ever learn to cope with it? The Bishnoi community in Rajasthan has ensured that Salman Khan has spent atleast one night in Jail as a convict. I ask you Mumbaikar, if they can do that to him for killing a Chinkara, what have you done to bring justice to your fellow Mumbaikar who was runover by Salman Khan’s alcohol driven car? As for you forgiving the nation’s most popular terrorist ala Sanjay Dutt, I have no comment!
The Amchi Mumbai flat owner’s associations have ensured that Pakistan does not find a rental building to have its consulate. Why should they when Pakistan can get a government land worth several crores of tax payer’s money almost free? Ofcourse our beloved Mumbaikar, Lata Mangeshkar can stall a flyover construction simply because the flyover will spoil the view from her window!
If you are more interested in your own well being (besides Mahajan’s cocaine and Rakhi’s lips), you will apparently overlook a neighborhood cop’s son who went on to become “The Don” and that poor Muslim family next door, who blew 60 Mumbaikars to pieces that long forgotten afternoon at the Gateway of India. Reader’s digest last month rated Mumbai as the rudest of the 35 world cities they surveyed. Their criteria are probably flawed but the average Mumbaikar’s apathy may have very much contributed to that result.
And finally, this post was supposed to mourn and analyze the Mumbai blasts. Unfortunately I seem to be doing such analysis far too often. (Ayodhya, Bangalore, Delhi, London). God, please let this be the last time.