Reality Check India

Terror needs to be politicized

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on September 13, 2008

Terrorists struck Delhi today killing more than 20 and injuring more than 100 innocent citizens. Bloggers, news agencies, TV Channels, are looking at the Home Minister with hope. “Is he going to talk tough at least now ?” – they wonder. Maybe he will sound macho one day and go “We will smoke you out like we do bandicoots from sewers. As you scurry out we will grab you by the tail and smash you  against the road”. Is that macho enough ?

Sorry fellas – look elsewhere. Neither he, nor the PM, nor Sonia, nor Lalloo will do anything worthwhile about it. Our democracy is not set up like that any more, if you haven’t noticed.

Even today, on a TV Channel I saw a young anchor castigate a Delhi MLA (BJP) for trying to “politicize it“. He should have grabbed the microphone and said, “Look honey, I am going to damn well politicize this thing. That is the only hope we have against the terrorists. Of course, I could start politicizing it tomorrow – but you will be celebrating Bipashas status as the 5th sexiest asian. So, bear with me will you.”

Our fight against terror looks bleak. The political system here is held hostage completely to adhoc benefits to various groups. This blast or the dozens before will not make a dent at the poll booth. Every election ballot has only one box : “Would you like your group’s benefits to be scrutinized?”  HELL NO – will be the resounding answer and we will move on to the next Lok Sabha. Neither this, nor Kashmir, nor inflation can win against the behavior of a rational man.

I know most of you are tired of me by now.

How can such a simple thing bring an entire country to its knees ? We wonder,

How can one little street
Swallow so many lives

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  1. Ashutosh Kumar said, on September 14, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I agree with the title of your post.The Govt in power is elected thru a political process. It is the JOB of the opposition to bring to attention of the people all errors of omission and commission of a Govt so elected. Democracy is fed and nurtured by the political process only. It is inane to keep on repeating that an issue is being Politicized by the opposition! What other process is there in a Democracy!

    It is hilarious to hear our English speaking TV media anchors and reporters push the line ‘Politicizing the issue’. These TV wallahs are dumber than they look.

  2. Vinod Sharma said, on September 14, 2008 at 5:20 am

    I echo your sentiments. The TV wallahs are dumb, and the politicians can see only the ballot boxes and not the dead bodies over which they are kept

  3. Pramod Biligiri said, on September 14, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Totally agree that this issue needs to be politicized. I mean, people are getting killed every month and we are talking serious threat to civil liberties here. And the media is telling me the political class shouldn’t be talking about these things?

  4. Pseudo-Cynic said, on September 14, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I agree with you on this but will the politicizing of the issue of terror serve any purpose except to start all the blame games again ? The ruling party will only remark that the opposition is trying to divide India on communal lines and get a list of attacks during the regime of the opposition, blah blah blah. After a week, everybody will forget about the blasts, just like every time, till the next blast occurs and the blame game will start again. It’s a vicious cycle, there’s just no getting out of it. We need effective leadership, along with politicizing.

  5. Wanderer said, on September 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    What’s wrong with starting a blame game? Indeed, fixing the blame is the first step.
    What’s wrong with the ruling party and the opposition parties trading charges? This is politics. In India’s flawed political system, what can the opposition do but crib?

    The Blame Game is the first step.

  6. Revathi said, on September 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Yes, things dont look good in terms of anti terrorism measures. The USA is still claiming revenge attacks for september 11th attacks and the world hasnt become safer even after spending billions and bombing Afghanistan to shreds. Nothing has been achieved other than a massive environmental disaster. The other extreme is india who does nothing but make comforting noises and a few of the injured get to see Sonia bending over them whey they lie at some hospital, if that would make them feel better.

    There is nothing wrong in the blame game, as wanderer says, it is the first step. However, will it lead to anything? There were measured taken against the LTTE after Rajiv Gandhi’s assasinaiton. However, if a guy calls himself indian mujahideen what should be done?

  7. Pseudo-Cynic said, on September 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    “There is nothing wrong in the blame game, as wanderer says, it is the first step. However, will it lead to anything? ”

    Exactly my feelings.

  8. Wanderer said, on September 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    “Will it lead to anything?”

    Don’t we have to make sure it does?
    Shouting “blame game” every time someone tries to fix the blame is the wrong way to go.


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