Resignations, in fact, make people into martyrs.
Home Minister Shivraj Patil goes. Was it due to the Mumbai terror attacks? Or because of the elections? After all, there were several bomb blasts in the recent past where he should have been made answerable.
P. Chidambaram has replaced him. We think the government is showing a sense of responsibility when all it has done is added a bit of varnish.
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Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra R.R.Patil made the statement:
“The terrorists had ammunition and planned to kill 5,000 people. But the brave police security forces crushed their designs and reduced the damage to a much lesser degree.”
He also referred to such incidents happening in big cities. Is he insensitive? Yes. So are several others. What about Rajiv Gandhi and his “when big tree falls earth will shake” statement?
I do not know where Patil got the figures of “planned” deaths from, but reports have talked about the strategy for greater damage.
Why did they not succeed? Why was all that RDX recovered and not used? Will they manage to get the information out of the lone arrested terrorist?
Why is Bal Thackeray quiet? Was Narendra Modi’s visit not to really show concern for the city but to give subtle reassurance that the Tatas will never face such a situation with their Nano in his Gujarat?
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CM Vilasrao Deshmukh is being held responsible and may resign. Fine. But there is no need to dramatise the fact that he was accompanied by his actor son Ritesh Deshmukh and film director Ram Gopal Verma on his visit to the Taj. They said it was wrong because it was an official visit. I am sure it was an official visit, given the situation.
I agree this was most blatant on Deshmukh’s part. He has even said:
"If my son is with me what is wrong in that? It was a big incident and he wanted to see it."
So Papa was only showing him the sights. They are insinuating that Verma may make a film. He got to watch much more on TV screens and seeing broken glass panes and destruction does not constitute research.
There will be many who will be inspired by these attacks and don’t be surprised to see traces of them in even some saas-bahu serials in the next few days.
But who are the ones pointing fingers? You can do so only if you are not a celebrity dropping half-baked tears for the cameras, if you are not a media person interviewing film stars for their reactions, if you are not making a tamasha of this occasion yourself.
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The Muslim Council has refused to allow the burial of the bodies of the nine terrorists in the Marine Lines Bada Qabrastan. A message has been sent to all cemeteries in the country.
They approached the authorities, giving the reason that the “impious terrorists should not be buried in any cemetery in India”.
I pity these faithfuls. They are trying so hard to look secular; they have no choice.
What is the government planning to do? Will someone from Faridkot, or Farid Kot, come forward? Or Yemen? Or UK? Or Pakistan? Or …
Will the Indian government organise a mass burial? Why don’t these Muslims just ask that these bodies be consigned to an electric crematorium since they are impious anyway?
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I know the authorities are coping with several things right now, but has anyone traced the whereabouts of this Deccan Mujahideen group, whatever it is? I mean, we manage to trace crank callers and spam too. This is important. Because they were misleading our security and intelligence agencies.
And where is the Indian Mujahideen? Just wondering....