Post Hibernation Post

First of all, to the few million (sic) people who will probably read this blog, I owe you a big apology – not only for having kept y’all waiting for the past one year but also for the pun I managed to cook up for my comeback. That said, you knew what to expect when you logged on to my blog – and so therefore, it stands to reason that this has to be your karma.

Speaking of karma, wonder why a bunch of misguided cowards chose the anonymity of Mumbai’s crowded local trains to make their presence felt. Whose karma was it actually, the innocent victims’, in the wrong place at the wrong time, or the terrorists’, right place, wrong time? With the LeT supposedly avowing any involvement – possibly a tactic to take the heat off during the crucial 24-hour period when the investigation is most likely to get a break significant enough to crack the case – and other bodies like JeM openly slamming the blasts, including the ones in Srinagar, one has to wonder who did place all those bombs in those carriages.

The newspapers of the day are carrying reports of Ms.Gandhi (de facto PM), Manmohan Singh (de acto PM) and Lalu Prasad (de wanto PM) visiting Mumbai in the dead of the night to survey the after effects. One has to wonder, knowing all the bandobast that a honcho’s arrival entails, whether the manpower – or to be politically correct to all those fem-libs out there – people power (and I am not using it in the Marxist sense of the word) – would not be more productively spent following up leads and trying to get the cell that was responsible for the attacks. Perhaps someone should put it in the ears of such people that there might still be undiscovered bombs timed just for such a visit. That ought to reduce some of the photo-ops.

Srinagar apart, the whole episode smells of the time-honoured Indian tradition of treating the symptoms – if at all – and leaving the disease alone. An ophthalmologist would term it myopia, a homeopathy practioner would call it allopathy and scientists would call it conclusions based on observations alone. In India, generally, we call it good governance.

Let’s face it, we do not, as a rule, award good governance. The NDA, for all its faults, did a much better job than most of its preceding governments; Jayalalithaa tried to curb populism for polici-sm… and look where it got them; Naidu got the boot for bringing investment into a state that was the financial equivalent of a dead horse; SM Krishna, the lone person to move on to better (sic) things like a Governorship, was ousted because he was not an agricultural chap like the symbol of rural India, HD Deve Gowda. The sole exception to all these has been the much villified, much glorified, Narendra Modi. Of course, that’s because ‘he has eliminated all the minorities in Gujarat, and so the Hindu majority votes for him.’

By the same argument, put forward by ‘doyens’ of Indian secularism like the Indian National Congress, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Co., Shabana Azmi, Ms Sarabhai, NDTV and CNN-IBN, etc., one can raise the question : if the Hindu majority is so blood thirsty as to vote a person like Modi back to power, why is it not happening in the rest of India, where Hindus are pilloried and minorities like to claim persecution even as they carry out their own agendas? Why is the same argument not extended to states like J&K, where the genocide of Kashmiri pundits is a non-incident in the eyes of the government and the media alike, and Mizoram, where large-scale, forcible conversion has totally skewed the indigenous heritage?

Those are non-issues because the winning sides are clearly entrenched, too powerful for the powerfools. And so nobody bothers.

Why should we?