Why…Not…Serious.??

The Dark Knight is by far the most outstanding Batman movie ever, but what’s even more spectacular, is the Joker.

The Joker, not only inspired horror, but what he said could run shivers down your spine.

Whyyy so seriouss..??

What I liked most about the Joker was the fact that most of what he said, like it or not, is absolutely true in the world today.

I’m still hopeful, like Batman was when the two ferries were rigged, and the remotes to them were in the other barge; but when you look at the state of things around, the Joker’s words tend to cross your mind every once in a way…

Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan.” But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.

Look at what’s happened in India over the past two decades. We’ve had bomb blasts ripping through cities, over and over again. People are horrified, shaken, paranoid even. The news channels have ‘field days’. Give it a few days, and everyone has put the incident into some low priority folder in their heads, and gone about with their routine like it never happened.

Now while resilience is a good thing, everyone’s missing the bigger point. Why cant the security forces, the police, the intelligence agencies, and even the common man become more responsible. Why isn’t he, in the words of Viper in Top Gun, ‘compelled to evaluate what’s happened, so that he can apply what he’s learnt.’ Why do we just go back to being our usual  irresponsible selves?

The another blast. And then another. So many innocent people who just didn’t deserve to die, lost their lives in the most gruesome of ways. And still, the intelligence agencies, the security forces and the police expected that if the bad guys are gonna ever attack again, they might do it the same way, so lets keep a watch out for bombs.

How can you just assume everything. The terrorists have been successful so far because of our ignorance. We checked random taxis, buses and trains for explosives or suspicious looking objects, but left such a damn big coastline unguarded.

And so, once again, on Nov. 28, 2008, Mumbai (India) was hit in a manner least expected, and for what felt like a lifetime. Like the Joker said, the bad guys here too just introduced a little anarchy, a lot in fact. And that upset the established order. Nobody saw terror come in that form. And then, everything was chaos. And we, with all the security, and all the intelligence, were sitting ducks.

If not as back as 1993, at least by 2003, or for that matter 2006 all the way to the Mumbai terrorist attack, couldn’t the security and intelligence agencies have sat and thought like the terrorists, and prepared themselves accordingly.

There’s this Bollywood movie called Border, which is one of my all-time favourites. It is based on the 1971 war fought between India and Pakistan, where Pakistan decided to forcefully enter India and capture whatever area it could.

Now, whatever I’ve mentioned say here is based on what I’ve read, and parts from the film.

But well, here’s what happened. Expecting an attack by Pakistan, a small regiment of the Indian army at Rajasthan was given a choice of holding the Longewala post in Rajasthan till reinforcements arrived, or to flee the post. A much larger Indian battalion was posted at another post called Sadhewala. The Pakistanis had planned to attack the Longewala post with a much larger tank battalion. This Major who’s heading the small regiment questions his commanding officer before leaving for the post, stating that ‘how can he assume that just because the Pakistani’s attacked the Sadhewala post in the previous war, that they would do the same this time’, or ‘whether he thinks the enemy is expected to ask them where to attack’.

The 1971 war makes for one of the most amazing war stories, and one that fills me with pride for my country. It is one of possibly a very small number of wars fought where a highly outnumbered army emerged victorious. And to put that in perspective, there were probably around 120-130 Indian army soldiers guarding the outpost, which was attacked by a 2800+ tank regiment of the Pakistani army at night. The Indian fighter planes at the time were not equipped for night flight, and hence had to wait till dawn to come to the rescue of the army regiment. This small Indian army regiment inflicted heavy casualties on the 2800+ enemy soldiers and tanks mostly due to a favourable terrain, accompanied by the soldiers, who courageously held off the enemies till morning, when the air force came and wrapped things up in our favour.

But to think about it; while we sure won that war, we sure beat the crazy odds, and we did what under most circumstances, given the odds, would’ve been nearly impossible otherwise, but; did it have to be that way.

If we had prepared in such a way that perhaps both locations were reasonably well guarded, or if troops would’ve been mobilized to either location at the earliest, we would’ve beat the enemy much faster, or better still, looking at the strong army, the enemy probably wouldn’t have attacked in the first place.

A famous quote goes something like this – “It’s better to sweat in peace, than to bleed in war.”

Simply put, that means, if we plan well, if we anticipate things, if we do our homework in a proper manner, it would save us a hell of a lot of damage when things go bad. In fact, in matters of national security, I feel, if we do our homework, if we are more prepared on a continuous basis, there wouldn’t even be situations like that in Mumbai, or for that matter, all the attacks in the past few years across the country, or even in other countries abroad. Is human life so cheap, that people just take national security so lightly.

And if that was not enough, we made a joke of ourselves at the hands of Pakistan, when we kept providing them information linking the terrorists to their country, and them repeatedly denying it, making a joke of the entire thing.

Imagine the families of all those who lost someone to the attacks, or to the blasts. This would’ve just made them feel like a foreigner in their own country.

Now sure like any other guy, I’m crazy about first-person shooter video/ pc games; and absolutely crazy about recon games. And like most of us chaps, I’d love some action, etc. But it’s a totally different thing watching your fellow Indians bleed for absolutely no fault of theirs.

And while we are inherently a peace-loving country, over the years, why have we become so laid-back and meek? While I don’t suggest an Israel-style retaliation to attacks, though, believe me, Israeli’s absolutely rock at it. And while they sure do have a lot of crazy attacks happening there, at least their average citizen knows that their country doesn’t take things lying down.

We on the other hand, on that particular occasion after the Mumbai attack, made it appear as if we were at the mercy of the Pakistani verdict, which was absolutely ridiculous.

Lets think…

Lets be more prepared and pro-active…

Lets be alert…

Lets be open to ideas, to logical reasoning…

Lets protect our country…

They say “The night is darkest just before the dawn.”

So why not stand together, and do our part in this fight against terrorism; to bring in that new dawn.

One thought on “Why…Not…Serious.??

  1. I appreciate your point on the security aspect. Often, a little attentiveness to detail would help in avoiding bigger problems at a later date. A little strictness in our day to day life would make life safer for everyone. But, unfortunately, we live in a country, where the system has become so rotten that anyone will sell anything for a price, where hearts of many people, especially the politicians and media, beats more often for the terrorists (and their rights) and not for the common man and woman. So, this is a price, we all pay collectively for lack of planning, foresight, alertness etc. Also, read Nassim Taleb’s comments on 9/11 in Black Swan. I have given some excerpts in this link – http://rvdilip.blogspot.com/2008/07/black-swan-and-bomb-blasts-in-bangalore.html

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