Just when we Indians thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse…
We got an opportunity to host the Commonwealth games.
And while Kalmadi and his cronies stretched their luck way beyond the Milky Way, the Prime Minister’s office magically managed to stretch a sanction to several multiples of the same. Wish someone would do that with my pay too. How Rs. 70000 crore (or more) of hard-earned money vanished over a span of a few years, and into how many Swiss accounts of how many politicians, we’ll probably never know.
And yet somehow, the poor are still poor, people still pay taxes in the hope of betterment of the country, and politicians still spend it thinking its part of an inheritance their grandparents left them.
And while the CWG scam unfolds, next month it’ll be 2 years since the Mumbai attack.! Two years.! That’s seven hundred and thirty days. And with our judiciary system sitting with their thumbs up their ass, we’re still trying the terrorist responsible.
Perhaps that’s why most crazies (terrorists n many politicians) have the impression that everything they shouldn’t be doing, can perhaps still be pulled off with ease and gotten away with, if it’s in India.
Left to the citizens, we’d have tried and sentenced the terrorist in less than a week after the attack. Who the hell cares about the defense. He is a culprit. He killed nearly 200 innocent Indians, and the legal system gives a f@(& about what he has to say about anything? News channels still manage to keep debating; the courts will have hearing after hearing, and before we know it, we might even be talking about it at the third anniversary.
More than anything else, it’s an indirect way of humiliating those brave Indians who faced the terrorists in that fateful attack.
At the bottom of it all, guess more than anything else, we Indians lack self-respect.
Take any small attack on Israel or on Israelis in the past, and you’d know what or how a nation should be towards its citizens. They’d hit back so hard, not only would it not instill fear in the enemy, but it would also cultivate a sense of belonging and reciprocated respect for their country.
Reminds me of a hilarious dialog from the movie ‘Bad Company‘ which describes the incompetence, if I may, of the concerned authorities. In the movie, the hero, Chris Rock tells the head of an FBI team, “Man, you guys can’t even find Saddam Hussein! You know, if you told a woman, right now at 8:00 in the morning, that her husband was sleeping with Saddam Hussein, she’d be able to find Saddam by 8:00 that night, and say “Saddam, don’t you ever come around my house no more!”
And yet, after the brave Indian cops who nabbed the terrorist in the hope of his trial and execution, all we still have is, the misfortune of having to read about the inane tantrums of the damn terrorist, two years after the crime.