Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Still Hurting

I was hoping to calm down in a few days. But looks like this anger won't recede easily. I wrote a long emotional post full of expletives and profanity 2 days back, but refrained from posting it. I thought I could handle myself once I cool down.. But may be, being in India and in Mumbai at that, is not letting me. And in a strange way I want to continue being angry.. And I want India to be angry.

This hurts. This physically hurts. There's a strange toxic mix of anger and sadness inside me. Not sure there's an antidote for that. May be a complete annihilation of POK..

But then again, when I think with a little context and put some perception around last week's grand display of inhumanity, I think India had it coming. For too long India has taken it's one billion "cheap" human population for granted and it had it coming for a while.

Nothing happens in a vacuum. There are a series of events, series of missteps along the way that bring about such devastation on a nation. Those 20 odd, punjabi/urdu speaking young men were holding the entire might of Indian state hostage for a reason; because *they could*! And that to with relative ease. They have exposed something about our internal security apparatus that we always knew but were in denial.

And more than that they exposed something far bigger. Those 20 assholes exposed the dis-unity of the Indians. And that hurts like nothing else. Even during this extreme point of pain and crisis, when country should have come together with one voice, the Indians have responded, as only we could - incoherently, clueless-ly and with a sense of hopelessness.

India is the next 'Super Power' ?? My foot. You wanna know what super powers or wannabe super powers do when such inhuman acts are forced on them externally? You don't have to look too far; Indians, just check your big neighbor next door, and you may get some clues.

But it's not enough to just sulk at this point.To try and understand what happened and why, one has to connect the dots to the past. That's the only way we can make some sense of this spectacular dance of inhumanity.

..to be continued

3 comments:

Rohit said...

I hear you buddy! I had blogged about the 2006 Mumbai bombings with lot of anger.
http://andiwrite.blogspot.com/2006/07/day-that-will-be-remembered-or.html

I am even more angry now and I am trying to hold off for few days before blogging again. But should I? I should be angry. We must all be angry.

The pakistani ambassador to US was on George Stephanopolous-or-whatever on Sunday. He says "Indians should look closer to home". Teri tho...!

Rathchakra said...

A good one by Friedman
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/opinion/03friedman.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Blue Bike said...

Hello Kautilya!
Hope you are having a decent trip back home... Wish you a Happy 2009..
Looking fwd to more posts ...