So what’s new? Oh, another bomb blast? Is everyone you know safe? Thank God!
That’s going to be the effect on the common man soon. And our leaders? The poor souls have no time from calling each other names and fixing them for slights. And of course framing anti-corruption laws from their jail cells. The aam janta has no sympathy for our poor hard-working leaders. Tut-tut.
A bomb explodes in the heart of the Capital — at the High court, where already harassed and troubled men and women are waiting for justice that might often be delayed or even denied. Hundreds are injured and 12 have lost their lives at the last count. Politicians, ministers and even the PM rushed to the hospitals to see the victims. Some of them including Rahul Gandhi are booed at. Does it make a difference to them? Why should it, when they all enjoy Z category security? What price is the common man’s life to them? After all there are 125 crores of them. What would it matter if a few hundreds lost their lives in the government’s ‘War against Terror?’ Aren’t we all soldiers of this wonderful country owned …oops, ruled by a few privileged ‘representatives of the people’?
We have profound and repetitive statements from the HM and CM and all the other wannabes condemning the attack. The speeches are all the same. I think the speech writers quickly change the place and date of the attack and give it to the dignitaries to spout their gyan. No emotion, no feelings nothing but jargon.
And the ex-gratia payments. Yesterday the Secretary of Internal Security read out a long list of payments for those dead, lost one limbs, two limbs, orphaned…It was like an insurance claim being distributed and made me gag. What are a few lakhs for a family that has lost its bread winner or a child orphaned? And don’t forget the victims are already seeking justice in some lawsuit or the other.
After having been out of the public eye after the Anna arrest fiasco, our HM got to hold some eyeballs on national TV with his customary statement. He was trying to pass off the blame to Delhi Police that it had ignored the security warning in July of a possible terror attack. What else can we expect from him when he had passed the buck for the wrong list of wanted terrorists sent to Pakistan, when half of them are already enjoying state banquets in our jails? Accountability is something that those in power sorely lack and the common man pays the price.
Yesterday the HUji took responsibility for the blast through an email and today the Indian Mujahideen is taking credit. It is such a great thing blowing up humans that every terr outfit wants to be part of it. And a day and half later, all the security agencies are groping in the dark. Haathi nikal gaya dum bhi nahin rahi! Should one laugh or cry?
Everyone is working over time. NIA is given charge for investigating the blast from day one says the headline. Shoud we say ‘Hooray’? Delhi Chief Minister assures that strict action will be taken against those responsible for the security lapses. Rest assured that some minor official’s head will roll — she has promised as much in as many words — and the rest will be status quo till the next time.
Today a high level meeting between the country’s premier security agencies (IB, RAW, NSA, NIA etc. etc. etc.) and the Home Minister is on. Wait for more meaningless assurances and empty statements from the Home Ministry about how there has been a terror attack and that they are investigating it. And oh, I forgot the red alert bit. All metros are on high alert after every blast. For how long? Till the common man relaxes and goes back to breathing slightly easier. And that’s what the terrorist is waiting for – to spring another lethal bomb in another crowded place to kill more aam janta.
The police had asked for CCTV surveillance after the May blast in the same place, but the request passed on the PWD has been in a quagmire of red tape and commission-mongering and is yet to see the light of the day. And now, after the blast we hear that it will be done within a week. As if the terrorist is idiot enough to bomb Gate No 5 of the Delhi High Court again and fall into the hands of the waiting police. How clever and quick acting our departments are! Aren’t you proud of them?
The police have refined the sketches of suspects based on eyewitness accounts and they will soon be circulated among all bus stations, railways stations, airports etc. etc. etc. Even on the off chance that someone spots the suspects and the police apprehend them, what will happen eventually? They will be lodged in some high security prison and given star treatment in addition to being provided with books for entertainment, and special food they are used to while they appeal for mercy for being innocent. You see, our human rights record has to be impeccable!
The real culprits in the meanwhile will go on plotting deadlier attacks on the common man who will have to bear the brunt of the purported war on terror – by sacrificing limb and life for the cause!
When will our elected representatives who hold the reins of this country feel any remorse, shame, accountability and responsibility? Or are they content with the moolah they are raking in, the muck they are throwing at each other and the indecent level of security they are enjoying?
Looks like it, doesn’t it?
Pic at top : courtesy Google images