Mumbai blasts – heroes and zeroes

More than 48 hours later, Operation Tornado was almost done.

Have you been watching the news?

Let me give you the zeroes first...

Amitabh Bachchan has written something careless in his blog:

“I am ashamed to say this. As the events of the terror attack unfolded in front of me I did something for the first time and one that I had hoped never ever to be in a situation to do. I pulled out my licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under my pillow.”

This, my friends, is being flaunted as the insecurity of the city-dweller. How many bodyguards does he have? What about his security? This is a wrong message being sent out to many people, including his poor fans.

How many people have licensed weapons? Isn’t he indirectly suggesting that we need to freely have access to weapons? The police force does. The army does. The commandoes do. Yet it took them two days to get rid of the terrorists, resulting in so many deaths.

His statement is most irresponsible. I am sure there are other ways for him to express how disturbed he is.

A stupid SMS message is doing the rounds:

“Where is Raj Thackeray and his ‘brave’ Sena? Tell him that 200 NSG Commandos from Delhi (South, west, east and North Indians!) have been sent to Mumbai to fight terrorists so that he can sleep peacefully. Plz forward this so that it reaches the coward bully!”

Again, we are told this shows the anger of the Mumbaikar. Please understand this. The fact that we mention where the commandos come from means we are underlining this fact ourselves.

There is no need to politicise this issue at all. If people have the courage, they should have sent out these SMS messages when his party was on a rampage and called him a terrorist.

Will we put in an appeal that next time this happens we will call in the commandoes?

Why did Narendra Modi come to Mumbai?

He was not needed. He is another state’s chief minister. By announcing a Rs 1 crore compensation to the kin of the victims he is only playing electoral politics. Then he visited Hemant Karkare’s widow. This same man, and the same BJP, had been critical of the ATS chief when he was investigating the Malegaon blasts.

I can only hope that his widow is compensated financially by the Government of India and gets due respect. The best way to preserve his memory is to continue with his work and persist with it. Let not this terror attack stop another investigation.

Why has Manmohan Singh asked the ISI chief to come to India?

Is he going to admit that Pakistan is involved, if as they say the terrorists are from Pakistan?

And what is this clubby talk about Indo-Pak relations getting mucked up? When were they good?

I do not wish to rush in with any suggestions or ideas, but one thing has to be done by both countries. Leave Kashmir alone.

Flippant soundbytes

Everyone, including media persons crouching on the ground, have been pointing at the Taj Mahal Hotel and calling it a landmark, in fact many more wonderful things. Social butterflies are being interviewed and they are weeping in their scented tissues, with full make up on, about how they were almost there, or near that hotel; some have got nostalgic memories about how they saved money as kids to eat at the Taj.

They are kosher. Not one word against this superficiality. When I did not have enough money to spend, I did not even aspire for that.

Society biggies are talking about having a citizens’ movement to curb terrorism.

Really? This is an insult to all those who risked their lives. Dealing with terrorism is not about holding hands and forming a human chain and issuing sweet-sounding statements.

Only because five-stars were targeted does not mean only the voices of the rich and famous should be heard.


It was not the rich and famous who were clamouring to shake hands with the NSG commandos. It was the common people from the streets. They cheered them as the operation was through.

The commandos are the brave souls.

I must mention the media persons who spent hours and hours under restricted circumstances to cover the happenings. I did not agree with some of the reportage, but they did their jobs and some rather well and with responsibility.

Mumbai’s ordinary people

For not analysing. For going back to work. There is utterly misleading talk about how for the first time this city is not back on its feet. Nonsense. Not applicable to milkmen, vegetable vendors, domestic helpers…

Mumbai, as I said that day, will survive.


Does anyone know what the terrorists are really demanding?


  1. I am sick, as I am sure many are, of this entire episode. It is disheartening, no doubt. But sadly, to my cynical perception, the whole thing reeks of Indian political conspiracy.

    I may be wrong, and would be glad to really be wrong. But nobody is going to prove that beyond reasonable doubt. After it's all over, we will continue to be told who did what and when and how. The facts may be swept under. Who's to tell?

    FV, in such times and circumstances, what can really help the common man (around the world) get at the truth? Should we just believe? And conveniently forget the moment that long awaited movie/cricket/interview/familyfunction ambles along?

  2. Thank you for exposing these people.They are even more bad than conspirasy theories and then they abuse you.You handle criticism very nicely I must say,you are on right track

  3. FV:

    Only because five-stars were targeted does not mean only the voices of the rich and famous should be heard.

    No one else was saying this and I knew I could bank upon you to put this into perspective.

    There are too many Zeroes by choice and too many Heroes by compulsion.

  4. FV
    I hope you're fine?And living your life as usual, getting up early in the morning, jogging for 1 hour, doing your breakfast with one cup of coffee with blue berry scone and reading news paper, taking shower, wearing beautiful dress with exclusive fragrance and light make up, going to your desk to write your blogs, driving to your office , spending time with your staff, getting back with some groceries, going to your Gym for 1 hour, taking shower again, calling your close friends and then making palns for dinner, watching tv, reading beautiful magazines, writting a new novel, till it is mid night and you switch off your tv, your lamp, and you slip in to your cozy quilt to taste a sweet slumber.

    Just smile...

    bTW, I just ordered your book online and still waiting for it via mail.


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  6. Good post. However, The Taj Hotel is an iconic part of Bombay because

    a) it represents the wealth in the city, which in turn represents the opportunity the city provides people, and the hard work they put in to be successful.

    b) Its history is certainly iconic, having been built because in the early 1900's because Mr. Tata was not allowed entry in a British hotel, since he was a native. It is a symbol of India rising against the british, and besting them

  7. "I pulled out my licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under my pillow.”

    I doubt Mr. Bachchan's licensed .32 revolver under his pillow will go very far in saving him if, God forbid, he ever needs to pull it out. Instead, he'll be lucky if he doesn't make it go off accidentally while changing sides in bed.

    Careless remark? No, it's stupid.

    Re: "Does anyone know what the terrorists are really demanding?"

    Yes I know what they were demanding. Nothing. Does that surprise you FV that they didn't convey any demands despite being repeatedly asked? Demands are for the amateurs. This was a huge statement made in return for nothing. They knew one demand being met here and another two elsewhere does not assist their objectives.

    I wrote elsewhere, in all earnestness, that Indians are masters of underestimation.

  8. FV,
    my condolence

  9. Atul:

    You say, "FV, in such times and circumstances, what can really help the common man (around the world) get at the truth? Should we just believe?"

    This is the crux. The common man is led by falsehoods. No, we - as in you and I - do not have to just believe. We must question. We will be biased, but that is okay. Someone will find the truth between all our prejudices.

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    After a while, it gets tiring...

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    It has been bothering me a lot...and instead of concentrating on the important things, the first thing I get to read even before posting a blog on the issue is what the hell I have to say because I visit the Sea Lounge? What kind of insensitivity makes people do that?

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    Smile? When I first read it I laughed...not sure whether you are taking a potshot at me or at those who try to use my elitism...either way, it was amusing. I shall be writing about my daily life soon...

    And, it is sweet of you to order the book...I hope it will be worth the effort.

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    Anon (why not give yourself a name?):

    I would have agreed at a different time...not now.

    The city's spirit does not lie in these environs...I don't know where you live and who you are, but if you had visited the remains of the riots in 1993 you would see it there, you would see it in the post-blasts situation, you would see it each time slums are bulldozed.

    You would see it when mills shut down and employees were left jobless.

    The Taj is but ONE example.
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    Stupidity is careless if it comes from celebrity who is respected.

    I understand that no demands made a potent point...and we do underestimate.

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    Anon...you offer condolence and cannot give a name??

    Have I become an 'untouchable'?

  10. Anon...you offer condolence and cannot give a name??

    Have I become an 'untouchable'?

    11/29/08 6:54 PM

    ----No, but biased & paranoid, Yes.


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