Thursday, November 26, 2009

THAT time of year

It is THAT time of the year again. Yea, THAT time. We do not experience it often, but India has 2 days a year where our patriotism reaches the zenith, we constantly say “fuck Pakistan ya” and Jayanti Natrajan yells louder than Pavarotti in concert. The days in question are of course 26th January and 15th August. These being public holidays also help.

But this year we have a new and improved day to get emotional, sensitive and patriotic. Its called 26/11. It’s this day last year when 10 young men from the lost world of Atlantis breached our water tight security and slaughtered more than 170 people in our country’s financial capital. The reason generations will cherish 26/11 more than the other 2 days is for the simple reason that we saw it live on TV with chai, pakodas and the Rakhi Sawant of news- Barkha Dutt as accompaniments. Also, the scale of operation was huge and most importantly the people killed were rich and important. Candle manufacturings were having a ball with all the power cuts but with candle light vigils to mark this day…oh what a fun. We were all shocked at the way things unfolded and are still waiting for the movie to release so we can “truly” understand what happened. I personally hope 26/11 becomes what the 4th of July weekend is to the USA—i.e the first weekend of July is a 3-day weekend.

So what has changed 1 year down the line?
1) Maharashtra has re-elected the same government ruling at the time of 26/11
2) The people of India have re-elected the same government at the national level ruling at the time of 26/11
3) MNS the “outsider” hater disappeared while outsiders were killing innocent people in Mumbai but won 13 seats in the next elections
4) Kasab is safe, has put on weight and has been treated for all his ailments by Mumbai based doctors at the cost of Rs. 31 Crores (TOI)
5) Clusterfucked Pakistan still can’t make up their mind and come out of the closet
6) India still feels that if you ignore your problems long enough they will go away.

To all those who perished and to those who were left behind after 26/11- sorry about what happened. Like they say….Karma is a bitch. That’s the best I can offer. No one will help you. Help yourself.

Last post on 26/11

9 comments:

Henri said...

Ok, most of it, I agree with. But I have my doubts about whether or not we should've voted in the same government. I think we're doing the right thing. Somehow...! Yes, Kasab needs to die, and soon...but considering the exchange that the BJP did cost the world a whole lot more. It's important to not be emotional about this situation. We can't be without a government...we voted for the lesser of the two evils...not necessarily the best, but definitely not the worst. Let's see what happens.

And about the thackerays...notice the small "t"...they don't deserve to be capitalized...they need to be put in jail and never let out.

Shilpa said...

may be we one should also remember those courageous people who helped people without thinking about anything - hotel guests , staff who went all out , the fire men , police and afcourse the forces.
Yes help yourself dont forget others.

Maahesh said...

.. you write the bog , i second it .. every one feels sad .. then we go back to sucking up to life ..
its a one day patriotism .. and one day sorrowness .. one day.. next day .. back we are singing..
.. its this reality vs real .. is what is bothering ..

Vaish said...

ouch, that was one powerful, hard hitting blog post

Satyajit said...

In agreement with all of you!!!

ritu said...

well Satsi and its probably exactly what most of us feel...

Montag said...

Powerful writing...reading it makes me pace about the room.

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Zreecu.... said...

Powerful and straight forward... Liked the way things are depicted..
Nice write up.. keep it up...

I also tried to put some from my side too....
But as I said in my blog we all need some wake up calls now n then to feel to be an Indian....


http://zreecusblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/whats-happeningwho-is-to-balme.html

http://zreecusblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/whats-happeningwho-is-to-balmeii.html