Friday, July 14, 2006

Times of India claims "In Mumbai it is business at usual"

It is not business as usual, and never will be, for those who lost their limbs, and those whose near and dear ones lost their lives or limbs.

We who escaped unhurt are being told to get back to life as though nothing happened. So that the "leaders" can get back to their normal time-wasting vote-banking strategies and political games.

Till the next bomb blasts happen.

And then you may be the one of the victims.

Imagine living in an apartment where your next-door neighbours have just been murdered. The police comes, takes a look, collects the dead bodies, and tells you to get back to normal life. "Everything is back to normal".

Will you then get back to normal life, knowing that the killer(s) have not been caught (they never are), and you can be the next victim any time ?

You will not. It would be stupid to do so.

Similarly, it is stupid to let the politicians and their media tell us that "everything is back to normal".

Times of India reports:
In Mumbai, it's business as usual. The city has seen a remarkable recovery from the ghastly serial train bombings of two days ago and is now firmly back on its feet. Offices are reporting full attendance, companies -- big and small -- are back to doing what they do, business. Trading firms, manufacturing units, retail outlets, stockbrokers, all seem to have shaken off the pall of gloom that came over the city after the bombings.

And why not? The financial capital of the country is a place where thousands, perhaps, lakhs make long journeys, often from the city's suburbs to eke out their daily livelihood. No work, no pay. The rules of private capital may seem a tad harsh, especially when the collective psyche of the city has been robbed of peace once too often. But, they remain the rules. For white-collared workers too, the benefit of taking a casual leave does not seem more than the cost.

For Abhay Chhapia, who runs a garment manufacturing unit, business takes precedence over personal or collective tragedies. And he is not alone. He represents thousands of such entrepreneurs in the city whose work has become so inter-twined that if one goes out of gear, everyone is affected.


Indian politicians have earned the reputation of praising the "spirit of the people" and "the resilience of Indian society" after each of the terrorist attacks.

After mouthing these platitudes, they make conspicuously little efforts on preventing future attacks, and focus instead on continuing the ongoing political games of one-upmanship.

This does not bode well for the future. Patience, like everything else, has limits.

India urgently needs politicians who take their job seriously.


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