Category Archives: Terror

1984 Delhi riots and beyond: Will we ever learn?

The 1984 Delhi riots had always been dismissed as a blotch on our history and something that should be avoided. However it is when you see those casualty numbers being replaced by people like you and me that the pain starts to sink in.
For me the only stories which came close enough were when my dad and mom hid a sikh in our house and the brutal murder of my aunt’s colleague’s husband…all distant…all vague.
However, after watching ‘Amu’, one realizes the tapestry of lies and deceit that governments have woven over the past 25 years.
What is even more disappointing is that justice hasn’t been served and many of the accused are at the highest echelons of power and in a position to dictate and thwart justice’ normal course.
Ditto for the Gujarat riots, though the papers, nowadays seem to suggest some movement towards the light of day.
Perpetrated by politicians and in connivance with beaurocrats and cops alike, such riots and violence targeted against specific sects of society have only deepened the rift amongst various communities. Hindus against muslims and muslims against hindus, sikhs against the rest of us…slowly the paranoia is hitting into the fabric of this nation. Mobs, riots, murders…our tolerance is never a question as the divide ensures that such acts always find supporters and justifiers for a cause that hits at the very existence of this nation.

The British succeeded in wrenching Bangladesh and Pakistan using religion as the bait and the number of separationist movements existing today ensures that a suffcient percentage of the taxpayer’s money is spent only on defense and in dealing with counter insurgency.

These days L.K Advani’s campaign is a highlight across digital media . WHat is unfortunate, however is that while he uses new age communication mediums, he still harps on the Ram Mandir issue, when and wherever it makes sense. Such double speak is what confuses me and I am only amused by a campaign where he claims to make India a strong and prosperous nation.

Ditto for the Congress. As a party that stood for Indians during the independence struggle, why is it that it seeks to hide and shelter those involved in such acts of terror and ethnic cleansing? Has the party lost all sense of ethics and responsibility for a nation that was founded on the tenets of a constitution that is regarded as one of the best in the world?

I went through some articles on the 1984 riots and am posting them here for your reference:
Wikipedia on 1984 riots
The TOI on 1984 riots
The story of a victim

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Mumbai’s Spirit and India’s resilience!!

The day was full of messages..messages that seemed to scream at the inaction that we as a nation are facing…following are some of the status messages that i came across on my G Chat

-The undefeatable ‘Mumbai Spirit’ – a mask for our deep fears, very sense of repeated defeats, wretchedness, and incapability to act.

-This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

-Taj/Oberoi/Nariman… is this end or beginin…FIGHT TERRORISM NOW

-“Death by a thousand cuts”. That’s the strategy being used here against India. Question is: Will Indians respond by adding to the cuts themselves? Or by stopping the hand that aims to cut them?

-Slightly Disturbed…

-scary shit

And some verses of a poem on one of the many Facebook groups created ((Mumbai Terror Attacks : I condemn it) to protest against this inaction

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out
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Mumbai and the prayers we need

Placing the candles on Carter Road

The Peace Procession on Carter Road, Bandra

The Prayer for Peace

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth,
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace,
Let peace fill our beings,
our world and our universe. Amen.


Let the light shine forth

Let Light and Hope Shine Forth

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Mumbai Terror Attacks: Who messed up?

My emotions are running high and it is not because the terrorists managed to bring a nation to its knees but because somebody didnt do his job well. The consequences are for everyone to see: over 130 killed and over 350 injured!! and a city which is now crying for some comfort.

Who did not do his job? The Coast Guard? Arent they paid to protect our coasts? Why is it that a boat full of terrorists so easily managed to reach our shores then?? How is it that the terrorists so easily managed to cross over from Karachi to Mumbai?

The Navy?? They boast of being far superior than the Coast Guard but why did our seas suddenly become a source of terror?? Somalia was a brave step, our crews required it…but what use is it if they cannot protect the citizens of India in India?

And to say that Pakistan is the cause of all this!!! Thats despicable and disgusting!! We have failed to protect our citizens because we were not competent enough to protect ourselves!!!Pakistan comes later!!

I am proud of my security forces, who have risked their lives to ensure that the terrorists are flushed out. The real question, however is, was all this really required!!! I have lost some of my best protectors because of the callousness of some.

The political System in this nation is a joke. You have Manmohan Singh who cannot even address the nation with conviction and as expected, takes a stance that shirks any Indan responsibility and looks at a foreign hand to rescue him!!

You have Mr Advani who lands in Mumbai and goes into the usual rut of “This Government has done this and done that!!!” and only tries to drive passions the wrong way!!! Mr Advani, I am sure you would have done an equally worse job!!!

Then you have the Thackreys…Well they were nowhere to be seen while the encounter went on!!!Where were they when all of us were sitting scared inside our homes?? and they claim to stand for Mumbaikers!!! They have apparently called a bandh on Monday!Usually an act of defiance would constitute all of us Mumbaikers carrying on with our chores just as we would have done on any other day. But Mr Thackrey thinks otherwise!!! He believes compliance is the best form of defiance!!!

Mr. Raj Thackrey, today Mumbai is safe because many Indians from across the nation came to ‘your city’s’ rescue!!!

I believe all these politicians, who are supposedly our representatives, be stripped of any security and packed off in a boat to Karachi!!

 I assure you India will be much safer then.

As I complete this post the ordeal has finally come to an end…but was it ever required in the first place??

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