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Mumbai Tragedy & Political Parody

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 14th July, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , Life, Thoughts No comments

Once again bombs exploded in Mumbai, people died and the so called resilient city went back to work the very next day. Social networks came in handy in spreading information, helping the needy and even venting anger. As always Celebrities rushed in with their Tweets showing solidarity and television journalists played their part by screaming loudly. News channels rushed-in to interview celebrities, victims and people on the road.

I was sad to see the politicians making a parody out of this tragic situation. Here are the examples that made me angry.

This is what Mr. P Chidambaram, Union Home Minister said at a press conference this morning:

“no intelligence input to state or central agencies”

“Intelligence is collected every day, every hour. It (blasts) is not a failure of intelligence agencies…who ever has perpetrated the attacks has worked in a very clandestine manner”

“the attack was unfortunate but not an attack on India’s commercial capital”

What was Mr. Chidambaram expecting? The terrorist give him input or warning through a letter. Terrorists always work in clandestine manner and job of intelligence is to pick up these underground activities. How can he even say that it is not a failure of intelligence agencies. What is the use of information that he is collecting on a daily or hourly basis if it can’t stop attacks. How come three co-ordinated bombs are not considered as an attack on the commercial capital of India? I found it shocking coming from a Home Minister who justified evicting peaceful protestors from Ramlila ground just a month ago.

Let us see what the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said.

“I have asked the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the Union Home Minister to continue to coordinate their efforts and resources to relentlessly pursue the perpetrators. They must be brought to justice quickly and be subject to the rule of law that they have sought to subvert. I seek the cooperation of all citizens in this effort. We owe this to the grieving families. I assure the people that the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in the future. In the final analysis, it is the unity and strength of the people that will defeat these efforts to divide our people and destroy our civilised way of life.”

How is it different from what he said on 26/11. Perpetrators of 26/11 blasts are roaming around free and the lone capture is enjoying five-star treatment at the expense of poor tax payers. He promises to do everything in government’s power but I wonder whether he can really execute it because he seems to be helpless all the time. Anant Rangaswami today wrote an open letter to the PM. It is worth reading & sharing.

Rahul Gandhi feels the urge to opine on everything that happens in the country. He certainly has assumed the PM-in-waiting role. He claimed that 99% of all attacks are stopped? Where did he get this statistics? He also said it is very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack. Really?

Opposition parties rushed into slam Rahul Gandhi. Advani repeated his standard statements. And left also had its own tune. Immediately Abhishek Manu Singhvi had to clarify what Rahul Gandhi really meant. I wonder why Rahul is so cryptic that Abhishek Manu Singhvi or Manish Tiwari need to give explanation after most statements of Rahul. Here is what Abhishek Manu Singhvi said:

“The incident (in Mumbai) is very unfortunate. While the security forces have to be correct everytime, the terrorist has to succeed once in his designs. Rahul Gandhi said this evident truth,”

This guy certainly seems to think that India is a mega casino. Most of the times the casino wins (security forces) but every once in a while players (terrorists) are allowed to win.

These statements prove that none of these guys are serious about stopping these attacks. It makes me sad. It makes me angry. But I still don’t know what else can be done so that these politicians are brought down and well-meaning capable people are installed in power.

RIP Ashok Kaka

Pushkar Sane Tuesday, 14th September, 2010 Tags: , , , , , Life No comments

I just got to know that Ashok Kaka (Ashok Wadekar) passed away yesterday and for a moment I just didn’t know how to react. He was in CCU and sleeping when I saw him a couple of months back. He was looking frail and I was desperately hoping that he safely comes out of CCU by fighting all odds. I guess he and god had some other ideas.

I did share a lot of good and interesting memories with him – specifically when it came to science, technology, and travel anecdotes. He was full of intelligence, enthusiasm, curiosity and above all willingness to try new things. He loved to talk and talk and talk. And also walk and walk and walk. I still remember when they visited us in Hong Kong in Jan 2007 and the fight that Sanjeevani Kaku had with him because he made her walk on Nathan road at least 3-4 times observing different shops and people. Thats the last time I actually spent time with him and we went all over Hong Kong – from the Peak to Big Budda and from Tsim Sha Tsui to Causeway Bay. We experienced the worst possible FOG in Hong Kong while visiting Big Buddha and a very windy evening when we were at the Peak. We had all sorts of food as long as it was vegetarian and he was very sporty in trying to lift peanuts with chopsticks at a sichuan restaurant. In just four days he was fully knowledgable about Hong Kong’s underground system, road signs, tolls, tunnels and most importantly could pronounce a few chinese words.

All I can say is REST IN PEACE ASHOK KAKA – and this is how we’ll remember you.

  • Sharing a Joke

  • Navigating Fog

  • Experiencing Gaming

  • Climbing Heights

  • Mastering Chopsticks

  • Simply Smiling