Delhi-Attari Samjhauta Express Train Blast: Initial Reactions

by Mridula on February 19, 2007

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Maybe it was not there or maybe I did not notice it for the Mumbai blasts (11/7/2006) but this time around for Delhi-Attari Samjhauta Express Train Blast I noticed two strong, angry and skeptical reactions (cross posted at Blogbharti).

Phaniprasad at Sane and Able says he is sick of rhetoric that follows after such incidents and how I agree with him. He says:

A few predictable ones that came out this time around are..

1. “We condemn this incident.” – PM (achaa?)

2. “It is an act of terrorism.” – HM (ha! no way, kya baat kar raha hai)

3. “It is an act of cowardice.” (heard THAT before)

4. “India will not bow before terrorism.” PM again (he said the same thing after 7/11)

Gowrishankar is angry that event after event happens and almost nothing changes.

I can easily guess what would be reaction for next few days.

1) VIPS visit the spot.
2) Media will be covering the scenes exclusively. Interviewing survivors/victim’s family/politicians.
3) Government/Police suspect X or Y terrorist groups involvement.
4) Opposition blame the government for not being pro-active.
5) A special commission will be formed to investigate the case.

So easy right!!!

What is happennig to the reports submitted to government by these commissions for ealier incidents?

The mind sometimes just feels too numb to react.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous February 23, 2007 at 7:17 pm

just came across ur blog while doing some research, got interested and started reading. u hv mentioned that some VVIPS will visit the site and they will visit the victims too. how on earth does that help? is some poor burnt innocent going to tell his grandchildren that he the high point of his life was when manmohan singh visited him and spoke some sympathetic words to soothe his burns?!a friend of mine was at hinduja hospital when sonia gandhi came to visit the local train blast victims. he came back horrified. the injured and disoriented ppl were woken from fitful sleep to acknowledge the lady. neddless to say, they were greatly warmed by her gesture!


Mridula February 22, 2007 at 10:05 am

Prashanth and Ketan, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts.


Ketan February 21, 2007 at 3:43 pm

What else probably they could say? Believe me, its not easy to be a leader in such a situation. I believe our PM is an honest and able man. But that doesnt means he take along the army and launch an attack! Its very easy for us to get angry and start talking all that we want. But its not like that for our leaders. It would certainly sound awkward to me if Dr. Singh gets some verbally exciting/pleasing speech on such occasions. Further, people will say then that they are only talking big.If its predictable what they have to say let it be, but as long as they mean what they say, I dont have any problems with that. Another problem is the way efforts of government agencies to avoid a lot such incidents with quite some success go simply unnoticed. People dont worry about the magnitude of things that could have happened but avoided because of the alert government agencies.I would say, as a nation, we and our government are trying our best to avoid such incidents within the limits of our resources and hope one day such incidents will stop … its high time we start expressing faith in our leader, politicians and the government rather then making it a routine just shouting at them … certainly there is some rot but then its there everywhere … and cant spend whole aor life looking at it and ignoring & nurturing the positive parts.


Prashanth M February 21, 2007 at 10:40 am

This thought comes to my mind very often now-a-days — When will India becomes like Israel?… sigh…


Mridula February 21, 2007 at 6:15 am

Sathish and Ra, thanks a lot for sharing your perspective.


Ra. February 20, 2007 at 11:11 pm

You, somehow, stole my idea of a post. But we can look at it this way that this is a common reaction from us commoners who feel about these things but cannot do a thing about it, except feel indignant.There are these people, who have no sense (or too much of it) and these are on both sides. The Leaders and the Terrorists.But the best that I think we can do is, travel out of the anger!Sad and Sorry and Impotent about it,Ra.


sathish February 20, 2007 at 10:19 am

fine we dont like what politicians do.. but what are we doing to change it??we dont cast vote giving a reason we are away from place where you can cast vote. we dont do most of our duties & we just complain…


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