Saturday, September 13, 2008
SERIAL BOMB BLASTS ROCK CAPITAL NEW DELHI
Are Indians Safe?
By Manuwant Choudhary
Serial bomb blasts rock India's capital New Delhi...from Greater Kailash 1...to Karol bagh..to Cannaught Place...all markets attacked killing more than a dozen and many people injured.
Out of breath top anchors take to reporting from the streets and blood and glass stain Delhi's streets.
The initial shock turns shrill as more reporters join in their shouting match...and within minutes politicians also being given precious airtime...Arun Jailtley and Kapil Sibal...whose elequence is best served in the courts of law.
In exactly, a week you will see this story buried and forgotten.
No journalist will probe deeper...no reporter will try and investigate.
In two days Singur and the Tata's and Mittal's will take the airtime on prime TV, and some TV quiz and glitzy dances will make you forget about this as well.
In two days, politicians will be back grabbing farmers lands.
In two days policemen will be back to collecting hafta alongside the local dadas.
In two days Raj Thackeray will be back attacking some `bhaiya'.
But that person who sends e-mails from Mumbai is not scared of the Thackerays.
And no they are not scared of Narendra Modi or L.K. Advani either. Not even of Dr. Manmohan Singh, India's Prime Minister.
And I'm not surprised.
They've done it in Bangalore, done it in Gujarat and now Delhi.
Are Indians safe?
Two years ago indiavikalp wrote to the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar that CCTVs should be installed at all major road crossings and public places.
There was no action ..not even a customary acknowledgement of my letter.
Last week the TOI reported the Bihar government finally plans to instal CCTVs...but guess who is got the contract....a defunt Bihar public sector electronic company called Belron.
Do you buy Beltron TVs anymore?
But the Bihar government thinks their CCTVs are the best in the world.
Thats how safe you are.
Yes, in New Delhi..I am not sure whether the markets had CCTVs but I recall visiting the GK market once and it seemed crowded and worse than the Patna market.
Law and order is not on the agenda of the current political parties and that is why a liberal alternative is so very critical to Indians.
Besides, India and Indians can never be safe under a corrupt political system.