In defense of MMS, Shivraj Patil and others
In other words, Stop blaming the politicians
Namrata Goswami, Associate Fellow at IDSA quoted in rediff:
...A start…can be made if we stop blindly condemning politicians or, at least, suggesting that they are solely responsible for the problem. “That is bad analysis, to suggest the Mumbai attacks are solely attributable to bad politics. And bad analysis produces worse solutions“
Things to do.
First, act on recommendations that are made by committees you set up. Second, that will not happen unless we send a better type into legislatures and, thence, to governments. When we select leaders who treat the police as their private army; when we select leaders for whom investigating agencies are instruments to fix rivals or let off allies, don’t expect the police and agencies to suddenly turn around and forestall terrorists.
Oz on Mumbai Terror Aftermath: The Top 10 Pinheads from India (excerpts)
Pinhead #1:We The People
So why are we the biggest of Pinheads?
(a) For believing that something good will come out of this
(b) For thinking the politicians and bureaucrats will do something to prevent this incident from happening again. Yeah right! No one will do anything for us… it is to each his own… we all have to find our own ways to survive day to day
…(e) For thinking that politicians and bureaucrats will now wake up and create this whole central anti terrorist federal level body where all information will flow fluently between all national, state level security agencies. You need a head, a brain and then the motivation and passion to go ahead and create it. All four need to be present in a person to do that. But if you have all four you are not in politics
…(g) Change can only come if all the venting, discussions, pressure on the government to change is done when the common man drops a day’s of work and simply converges with all on the street. Just sit on the street. The whole city in front of the politicians houses, Mantralaya et all. Remember the Azad Maidan March pre 1947? But then Shiv Sena or MNS wouldn’t be interested to organize such a sit on the street day… so here I’m doing what I do… blog about it for which I’m no smaller a pinhead than any in the list above… Jai Hind!
Amitabh Soni of BJP UK in a comment yesterday:
The last thing we need to do is blame others. At the end of the day it is us who are responsible how the outside world treats us..
Moral of the Story?
Let us stop blaming the politicians, the police, the intelligence agencies, Jihadis, Pakistan, D-company etc…
I am as much to be blamed for this as MMS and Shivraj Patil…
For preferring to stay quiet when I should have said something
For choosing to do nothing when I should have done something
For pretending not to look when I saw evil around me
For hoping that everything will be fine when it clearly was not
For believing that this is someone else’s problem, not mine.
The single-point agenda for the Skype call today was, “What can you and me do to help fight terrorism in India?”
The answer: Go out and raise the political consciousness of people. Go out and make others aware. Go out and connect with other link-minded people. Join a political group…Start discussing initiatives for change. Start dreaming…Dream of a better, stronger and proud India. And then, begin work on the dream…one step at a time…The first step? This time around, don’t forget to cast your vote.
Remember, to clean a pond, you have to step into it.