Tuesday, 30 September, 2008

All Limits Crossed

With more blasts reported from Malegaon, a sensitive area in Maharashtra and Gujarat which has been gearing for Navratri, and a stampede in a temple near Jodhpur resulting from a bomb scare, I think we'll have to stall all celebrations during the festive season till we can rest assured about our safety. Inspite of all those arrests that have been made, I think it has been made amply clear that there are too many of them for us to celebrate any kind of victory at this stage.

And nowhere does it suggest that simply because the blasts are still going on, the arrested are not the accused, as Jamia, the college to which these terrorists belong, have to report. And how farcical was the backing of Arjun Singh and Paswan to it!How tragic an irony is it that Jamia, which is a government aided institution, will provide these terrorists with funds to fight their cases with. So in the case of the Govt. vs. the terrorists, both sides are going to be spending the funds provided by us, the tax-payers, which means that we would indirectly be spending money on saving those same terrorists who are hell-bent on destroying our very own country! I won't blame the Australians if they want to go back home after this.

I think it's time for us to bid good-bye to politicians like Arjun Singh(for ever if I have my way) who know nothing about education, and absolutely nothing about something that's called common-sense. In The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman rues the fact that American politicians know simply politics, whereas the Japanese are Chinese are qualified enough to be actual engineers. Indian politicians are not even Indians, leave alone being qualified for anything! The one man who sits on the chair of the PM of this country is applauded for bringing about the economic reforms in this country during his post as the Finance Minister, and in his presence, the country has stepped into a kind of crisis, coming out of which is going to take years and years, if we ever do.

To think that these people are holding on to Gandhivaad and Gandhigiri and Gandhian philosophy and everything Gandhi when it's pretty clear that all Gandhi did was to give the British a few sleepless nights, because they were only afraid of hurting public sentiments. (Anyonw who doesn't agree with me, please read Worshipping False Gods by Arun Shourie.) But there are no emotions that these terrorists are going to care for. They are just live bombs by themselves! The answer does not lie in non-violence right now. Removal of POTA was the first mistake that this govt. made, the repurcussions of which are being faced by the entire country right now. And the govt. would lose all face if it brings it back now, so instead of just accepting it as a mistake to avoid all that flack, they'll just sit there and keep defending their moves till the doomsday descends!


Assman said...

Very interesting was Rahul Gandhi's comment that an anti terror law is needed, but not a failed law like POTA.
The entire exercise was to save face and to not be associated with POTA. And the criticism of POTA over all these years has not brought out any actual criticism or suggestions.
I completely agree that most of these politicians are not Indian at all, but I am not so opposed to spending money for defence of these terrorists. Because when someone is taken to court for an offence, the state is obliged to provide a defence anyway. And the legal system requires that each have a fair trial, which is not possible without a counsel.
I will also agree that Gandhigiri may not be the solution to pursue right now, but I think non-violence is definitely the general mantra still. What I mean is that, we should not appease like Gandhiji tended to do, but we should tackle them by the constitution (non-violent) and not be scared to be labelled communal. The raid on the Jamia house of terrorists could have been done without the death of the police officer if the police dared to go ahead and act without fearing to be branded communal. And the congress party could have achieved the curbing of terror if they implemented POTA without fearing that they would be called communal. Sameway, the govt. can condemn the politicians, Lallu, who side with SIMI, if they were not scared of being called communal.
This communal branding is like a silencer to gag people into mute acceptance of the flawed logic. Those who read this and say that POTA is a bad law will mostly not have read anything about POTA and will not know why it is necessary. They are the ones who are afraid of being called and associated with communalism, and will sacrifice more lives in their irrational fear.

Akansha Agrawal said...

Good to hear from you again after such a long hiatus!

I feel that even though a 'fair' trial is required, the whole situation could have done without the 'publical' backing of Jamia and consequently that of the politicians. And I agree that being labelled communal is what everyone fears the most, seeing the fact that the slightest hint of some kind of an 'injustice' to a person of a certain community leads to communal tensions, and becomes headlines next day.

What is I didn't get is how could the police have conducted the raid without the death of a police officer?I mean, it's not like those people would have surrendered themselves when the police came in, would they have? If they had ammunition, then obviously they would have opened fire, irrespective of whether the police fired or not.

Assman said...

Thanks, I was missing the blog in this hiatus too. Glad to see interesting posts here.
Regarding that encounter, From what I understood, and if I am not wrong, the police was over cautious and that is why they suffered a casualty.
The police got information from the Gujarat police and they came to know the address in Jamia Nagar. They knew it was in Jamia Nagar and that it was a hot bed of communal activities, and that acting on suspicion would have been risky. So they sent this Mr. Sharma as a civilian to enquire about rent and all. They got suspicious and opened fire, and he was killed. Minutes later the reinforcements were brought in and the terrorists were killed. In spite of the care taken to not get the wrong guys, the locality protested saying that the encounter was fake. In spite of the fact that they opened fire and not the police.

Akansha Agrawal said...

Ok, I got it!
And that clearly means that there is a need to ban or at the very least restrict the activities of all organisations which aim to promote the cause of one community at the cost of others. But this will have to be very strict coz as we can see in case of SIMI, it exists despite the ban. Also, I think the media will have to play a very important role in changing the way people perceive these organisations, and besides the politicians who side with them for the sake of votes will have to be punished by law this time.

Totally unrelated, but speaking of law, I think the ruling given by the court in the Khairlanji case that the hostile witnesses who lied in the court would face arrests and a term in jail was quite historical!

Assman said...

That is a tricky proposition, because by that logic many organisations who preach their ideology or religion peacefully will also face a ban. I think repeated non-constitutional activities and having non-constitutional activities as a part of their agenda should be better grounds for banning. I was actually unaware of the Khairlanji case, must have missed it (I have these phases when I do not read any news at all). I read up now, it is quite historic indeed.

Akansha Agrawal said...

Well what I said was 'promoting one communities interests at the cost of others', but yes it's better put your way.