Vikram Kamath

November 28, 2008

Mumbai assault still continues

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Vikram @ 23:02

I am watching NDTV very anxiously as I am typing this post. The firing and explosions continues even after 54 hours of gun battle. I am sure that the NSG commandos are doing their best to put an end to this last hurdle at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Even the highly trained troops of the Indian security service are finding it difficult to capture the one or two (according to NDTV) terrorists.

This activity like being put by the media and the security officials shows that the terrorists are highly trained and motivated to do anything to make a mark on India. When is it going to end? Well no one knows anything. Everyone can just wait and watch and the events unfold gradually in the course of the third night of battle.

It is sad that the NSG could not save any of the hostages in Nariman House. I feel sorry for the two year old Israely child who was orphaned on his second birthday. I feel sorry many other who were also not lucky.

So, is it time for the people to finally start thinking rationally about their role as citizens of this wonderful and strong nation? Does the common man really think that Enough is Enough? Will they continue to boast about the spirit of India, spirit of Mumbai and what not?

Currently the city and the nation is in shock, anger and distress not only about the scale of the attack but also about the failure of the government and intelligence to avoid this attack. Cleaning up mess is probably the only thing that the goverment and politicians can do.

I heard on the news that there was some politician who was talking about a bandh in Mumbai on the 1st of December. They don’t learn their lessons after all.

Last battle is still on at the Taj. Hope it will end soon.


India’s 9/11 on 26/11

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Vikram @ 19:14

It has been over 50 hours since the mumbai attacks began to unleash on the Taj Mahal Hotel, Oberoi Trident, Nariman House, CST Train Station and other places. It took all innocent people by surprise. Indians, foreign nationals, everyone. Even more surprising fact is that it came as a surprise to the Indian Government. There is a feeling of relief that this distressing act of terror is about to come to an end. The relief also comes with a feeling of sadness and sorrowfulness to know about the titanic nature of the loss of lives and injuries of the innocent people who had nothing to do with any of this.

I watched the news on Thursday evening on the BBCand ignored it for the evening thinking that it was one of many other attacks on the city of Mumbai in the past. But I really starting getting the grip of the intensity of this particular attack only the next morning. Since then I have tried to get as much information from the media over the internet and television about the latest happenings in the city. This is certainly the 9/11of India. 26/11 attacks is the biggest attack in the history of Mumbai in terms of the impact to the common man.

Once again, the politicians who lead our great “democratic” country have proved their incompetence in their position. It is again proved to me that these politicians are there to make a difference to them and not to the country. I must say I am not much into politics. But this event as it unleashes makes any common man of India make a judgement about the competence of the leaders of the country.

The un-inspiring robotic speech by our Prime Minister will not make any difference to the common man. The visits of the politicians to the hospitals and event sites are treated as a hindrance and nuisance.

There has been a serious failure of security. This should have never happened at all. There is no doubt that the Mumbai Police, the Marcos, the NSG has done a heroic job to save the innocent and obliterate the terrorists and they are doing the same as I am typing here. Not to forget the staff and other common people who played a heroic role to save lives. I salute the heroes. But the question again is how did these people sneak into the country through the Navy and coast guard vigil? Why it took those over 8 hours to reach the site. Why did the government take so much time to react to the situation.

I am sure I will have more reaction to this whole episode. But, the one thing that I would like to know is where Mr. Raj Thackeray is? Where are his MNS supporter who were ready to give life and take lives to get non amchisout of the state? Are they all sitting in a bunker and deciding which other citizens of the country that they can target next time? This is a time where I would have expected people like Mr. Raj Thakarey and his so called supporters to have come out in support of the needy. Where are you and your supporters Mr. Raj?

Over 150 people dead and over 320 people injured. This is not acceptable to any Indian. I am sure there is a change coming and hope that people will not take democracy for granted as they have been doing, some selected group going to the extent of giving it a new meaning, Gundaism.

Mumbai and India is in a terrible situation. Hope it all ends soon.

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