Politicians need to Watch their Mouth

Stranded Passengers

As per latest news, the death toll from yesterday’s blasts in Mumbai has risen to 190 and more 600 people have been injured. I have been practically glued to the phone and television since last nights. Relatives and friends from all over calling/messaging, wanting to know that their loved ones are safe and sound.

While watching the Television last night and today morning, I couldn’t help but wonder – Are the Politicians of our country far more dangerous and even bigger villains then the terrorists who carried out these bomb blasts?

I mean at one end we have hundreds of innocent lives lost and many more seriously injured lying on hospital floors and on the other hand we have the likes of BJP minister L. K. Advani who was practically loosing his breath over bad mouthing the central government. He blamed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre for “failure” to ensure internal security. Gopinath Munde and Shiv Sena leaders also followed the same path of bitching and provoking citizens against Pakistan and Congress leaders.

Do we really need to hear all this bull-shit at this hour too? Do we need them to instigate further aggression among regular Mumbaikars, who have already been thru so much in the past couple of weeks? Do they want to ignite Hindu-Muslim riots once again in my city? Why can’t they stop playing their name-games for once and try to look beyond their political aspirations?

The ones left behind

To top it all Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has said that his party will demonstrate against Sonia Gandhi when she visits the city. What the heck are these people thinking? Anyways the traffic towards the airport, bomb sites and hospitals are choked up since last night because of the bloody VIP visits and now the families of the victims as well as many other daily commuters would have suffer further anguish because of the Shiv Sena dharna.

It’s totally shocking to what extent these ministers would get down to for some free dance in front of the media. Do we really need them to come from their cities to meet the victims and their families in the hospitals, what will it fetch us?

It’s nothing but a waste of tax-payers money in all of their private jet travels and car rides in and around the city. They might as well stay put where they and try to organize support/help/money for the ones effected in yesterday’s blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar. The Shiv-Sena should continue with their relief operations and not think of irrelevant demonstrations, at least for the next few weeks.

A helping hand

Not to sound too preachy or anything on similar lines, I have also noticed that (some) people on various blogs and websites have posted anti-Muslim comments, which is nothing but an inappropriate and pathetic act looking at the current scenario in the city and nation-wide. I mean let’s act like matured adults here. Why is it so hard to understand that these incidents don’t spare anyone; be it a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian or any other religion/no religion for that matter? Individuals, who helped out the victims of yesterday’s blasts, did so out of humanity and not because they were directed by their religion. We need to differentiate and understand that the ones who carried out this despicable act do not belong to any religion or caste or community, they are not even worth calling human beings.

This is the time not to waste or indulge in blame-games but instead be there for the ones who need our support and strength. We will bounce back in no time, after all we are Mumbaikars and second, do we have a choice?.

6 Comments so far

  1. D (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy.

    From the people of Karachi.

  2. Amit (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 9:12 pm


    Friends, yesterday was really a macabre day in many people’s life…many people passed on and many are seriously injured. The medical machinery is seriously burdened and the government has appealed for help. Guys, I strongly believe we should do smthing.

    I strongly recommend donating blood. There’s an acute shortage of this vital life giving fluid and there’s no way where it can be replaced other than by voluntary donors. Everytime you donate blood FIVE different lives are saved. FOUR strangers and ONE you yourself.

    As a fitness trainer I know that donating blood actually saves your life too. HOw? After regular blood donations, your body gets used to producing blood quickly to compensate for a sudden loss of blood from your body (the amount of which during the actual donation is very less…abt 300 ml, i.e. a little more than a glass of water). This in turn keeps your bone marrow healthy, AND GOD FORBID IF YOU HAVE A SUDDEN LOSS OF BLOOD DUE TO SOME UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE, YOUR BODY WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE BLOOD LOSS BY PRODUCING BLOOD FASTER AND YOUR CHANCES OF DYING DUE TO BLOOD LOSS ARE REDUCED DRASTICALLY.

    Friends, I appeal to you to donate blood also. Please visit http://www.indianblooddonors.com, or any major hospital and donate some blood. Please forward this mail to everyone you know too. If you are not comfortable with donating, at least forward this email to others so that they can also get this information.


  3. Amit (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 9:13 pm

    There was young man sitting with on old wise man. In front of them was a dog sitting down on the floor and just yelping in pain. The young inexperienced one asked the old wise man – Why, o wise one, is the dog yelping in pain. The Old One replies, “because he is sitting on a nail”. Confused, the young one asks the old man, “If it is sitting on a nail and if it is hurting it, why doesn’t it get up”? The wise man says – because it is not hurting it enough.

    Mumbai, and mumbaikars, how long will you let the nail hurt you without getting up? It is time to get angry now, to get up. The nail has hurt us enough, it serves no purpose to keep on experiencing the pain. It’s enough! Let’s take some action!

  4. Manish (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:05 am

    The author blasts Advani and Co. for blaming the ineffectiveness of the government in this hour of crisis. As a matter of fact, for change, I happen to agree with Advani and Co. The present government, under the leadership of (oh so honest and whose integrity cannot be doubted) Manmohan Singh, has failed to provide any internal security to the country. If you were to look at the last 12 months the terrorists have attacked us with impunity (remember the blasts in Diwali eve), and what our leadership has done is just issue statements! The main question at this time of crisis is that whether Mr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Shivraj Patil providing strong leadership? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

  5. vikas (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:12 am

    i couldn’t agree more with saakshi. the politicians of all hues are absolutely useless. you can’t expect better from the bjp sena type of nincompoops – personified by advani and sushma swaraj, but what about the pm himself.

    did anyone hear his address to the nation? how many times have heard the banal statements of we will stand up against terrorism and we will defeat the evil designs of terrorists. yeah we will… wonder how?
    our population will help. they just can’t kill enough. we are just too many. but will the government take any decisive steps… not an iota of a chance.

    i have been hearing this statement since the days of transistor blasts in delhi during the height of punjab unrest. pm’s have changed the statements remain just the same and nothing has been done about the problem.

    simi has been blamed for the blasts and mulayam singh yadav in u.p. has been withdrawing cases against simi with an eye on the polls. god save this country from these politicians!!

    the home minister or his clueless colleagues in delhi or mumbai have not got the faintest idea on how to control the situation. everyone will bank on short memories and praise the mumbaikars spirit and be over with it.

    i am a resident of delhi but for once even i felt crushed by the series of tragedies faced by mumbai.
    how much can the city take!
    how much can any one take!!

    ps: any muslim bashing should be condemned in the strongest words. this is exactly the kind of thing that started it all in 1992. only then it was mounted on a rath!

  6. Selma Mirza (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    I agree Sakshi. Politicians are such leaches.

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