Friday, May 16, 2008

Why alert only after a blast?

This is something I haven't actually understood.

Whenever there is an explosion, there is a nation-wide alert. Policemen and other security personnel descend on the streets, set up barricades, carry out widespread, actually very intrusive, inspection of everything that we carry, peering into cars and what not. There is intense screening of people and baggage in railway stations and bus terminals. We have always seen this after an explosion in some city. We saw it again after the Jaipur explosions on Tuesday, May 13th.

Just wait for a few more days, all these police personnel would have retreated to the comforts of their offices or barracks or wherever. Everything would seem normal. Media will scream: "Normalcy returns to Jaipur". There will also be complimentary articles extolling the virtues of a society that is resilient. "Jaipur bounces back to life..." It is a different matter, there is no option but for people to bounce back.

Until another day.... God forbid...

We have lived with terrorism... Have we ever seriously wanted our society to be safe and secure... India had a violent and bloody birth... But does that mean we have to always live with terror? Do we need to be on "nation-wide alert" only for a few days after a blast?


  1. what makes me laugh no end is media reports about cities returning to normalcy and praising the bravery of the citizens!

    like they have a choice? like they should book the next space shuttle to mars?

  2. There has not been a single brave government at the centre which has had the guts to take a stand and go on the offensive. We have been a land of fighters -- our epics and our history is full of battles and stories of warriors that have been heroes and yet we choose to act as if we are a nation which can afford to slay her own citizens, numerous of them, in the name of peace and non-violence. What has this stand achieved? More violence? And it will continue and the deja vu will prevail.