Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Great Deluge and other news

It was a sad day for Mumbai on tuesday the 26th of July. 944 mm of rain that claimed the lives of more than 350 Mumbaikars from all over the city. But it was also a time when the resilience of Mumabikars came to the fore. Ordinary people helped out those trapped, isolated or affected in any way by the floods that had submerged the city. Food, water and shelter was provided by compassionate residents to people that were complete strangers. I have been reading of many such stories in the papers and they are truly heart-warming.
We can debate about weather the govt. and BMC did enough to prevent this catastrophe but the fact is that their inaction after the event is pretty appalling. There are still parts of the city with no power and clean drinking water. We oursleves are having an acute water shortage because the municipal corporation has not resumed its supply but atleast our power situation seems to be stable. I guess this is what comes out of electing Govinda's to parliament.
The thing that worries me the most is the possibilty of an epidemic since there are many animal carcasses all over the city that are fast decaying and need to be disposed of very soon. I guess the BMC has its hands tied in this case because it first of all it is short on time and secondly it needs to find a place to dump all these carcasses!

Thankfully, no one i know was injured in the floods but my condolences go out to all those who have lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy. I also wish to salute the great spirit of Mumbaikars who have withstood yet another of the many calamities and tragedies that our magnificent city has been subjected too.

In other happenings i finally got to watch India play cricket after more than a year. Although they lost to Sri Lanka it was good to see them trashing the Windies today. The other day I watched Soojit Sircar's Yahaan and it wasnt too bad. The only thing is that my friends and I were too busy passing silly comments to actually watch the movie. It had some fighting and apne log bashing jihadi's and paki's and that was more than enough to satisfy me.

By the way, following up on my last post about London, I think they could take a few lessons from Mumbai on how to deal with adversity.

Friday, July 15, 2005

London, welcome to our world

Last weeks terrorist attacks on London were just another example of what can happen if the world doesn't take these jehadi's seriously. 52 people died and many more were injured and although my heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy I cannot help but be a bit cynical about the whole incident. Scores of people in India are affected by terrorist attacks every month if not every week, more than half of which im sure we do not even hear about. But it takes the death of a bunch of white people to make the world stand up and take notice. British investigators have discovered that the suspected terrorists responsible for the 7/7 bombings were either of Pakistani descent or had been trained in Pakistan. BIG SURPRISE!!!!
We have been crying ourselves hoarse about Pakistan's support to if not involvement with many terrorist organizations for as long as I can remember, but only response this has ever elicited from the West is indifference.

Apart from the incessant terrorist attacks on innocent civilians and army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir the casualties of which are pretty catastrophic, major Indian cities have also been subject to terrorist activities in the past couple of decades. Just recently, between December 2002 and March 2003 Mumbai witnessed a series of London-style blasts in the suburbs of Ghatkopar, Vile Parle and Mulund but who cared except for our media and maybe our government. People died like they did in London, they were innocent civilians who were just getting on with their day like those in London, families lost loved ones, lives and livelyhoods were destroyed just like in London but the only recognition the blasts received in the west must have been a few seconds of coverage on BBC and CNN and possibly a few words of condolence and empty promises of fighting global terror from the likes of Messrs Bush and Blair.

I know that my views make me sound apathetic to the loss suffered by Londoners but the point that I am trying to make is that countries like the US and Britain cannot just decide to "fight terrorism" when it comes knocking on their doorstep. If they are really dedicated to eradicating terrorism from the world in the near future they must abandon selfish ends and self-interest and take action against countries really responsible for breeding terrorists like Pakistan, Syria and others. Unfortunately, I for one do not see that happening.

I am sorry if I have upset anyone with this post but I am just very very pissed of with the whole situation.