Tuesday, August 07, 2007

It happens only in India...

For the past one month or so, we have been bombarded with a second-to-second update about the Glasgow airport bomb blast and its aftermath. The media has left no stone unturned in presenting their viewers (or readers) with the latest (or rather hottest) news. Dr. Sabeel Ahmed and Khafeel Ahmed were the prime suspects behind this inhumane act of terror. Just take a look at the kind of education (?) they had pursued. One of them is a doctor and the other an engineer. Both of them are in to a profession that is very much respected in the society. A doctor is supposed to save the lives of people and not kill them. An engineer should work to make this world a better place to live in and not smoke the beauty out of it. One of the accued, Kafeel Ahmed has died after battling hard for survival. What a waste of talent?

Sources say that they were completely brain-washed and the seeds of jihad had already matured in their minds. They were at a stage where it was ready to bear fruits. They were constantly intoxicated with the ideas of jihad and the ways by which they could get closer to closer to HIM. It was taught that all this could be achieved only by becoming a shaheed in any of the jihadian battles. The ideas of hatred, revenge and intolerance towards other religions (or call it glorification of their own) had strongly been nurtured in them from quite a long time. They were constantly motivated by zillions of ‘inspirational’ pro-jihadian speeches by their warlords! People, who should have been using their resources for the welfare of humanity, were indoctrinated to pursue the path of violence. They were instilled with the misconception that the ultimate path of obtaining ‘MOKSHA’, was by pursuing violence. It has been rightly said, "As you sow, so shall you reap."

The aftermath of Glasgow episode was all about some Dr. Haneef, who was taken in to custody by the Australian police with the charges of having involvement in the bomb blast in London. He was subjected to rigorous questioning about the SIM card he is said to have given to his cousin Sabeel Ahmed. They have also questioned him about the chat (which is said to be about the terror plot in London) he is said to have carried out with his brother shoaib on 2nd july. After enduring all the Q&A sessions, the Australian police were forced drop all charges against him as they couldn’t gather sufficient evidence to prove him guilty. Finally Haneef was allowed to return to India. At times I felt that the media were probably a bit hyperbolic about the whole episode. C'mon folks, he was suspected to be involved in an international terror plot. You can’t expect any country to deal with a person accused of such serious charges, as though you were dealing with a picket-pocketer in Andehri! I don’t see anything wrong with Australia being very serious about this whole issue. After all they have shown open support to the US in the war against terrorism and being an ally to US only means that you are constantly on the radar screens of the terrorists. When he came back to India, he did try to gain some sympathy from the Indian media on the grounds that he was ill treated and the only reason being the fact that he was an Asian Muslim! His lawyer Peter Russo urged Australian government to provide him a suitable compensation for defaming his client and for
the entire family trauma his client's family had to undergo until then. Dr. Haneef did go one step further in asking the Australian government to give him honoraray citizenship. This probably was a bit too much for Australia to digest. The Australian Prime Minister John Howard slammed back at Dr. Haneef, and declined of any such options available in the Australian law.

But that is not what irked me folks! What really irked me are the 2 incidents that I am gonna share with you now.

1. After the whole bitter episode, why is Dr. Haneef so hell bent on returning to Australia? He wants to get back to a country, which left no stone unturned in ensuring that the charges against him be proved right, even if it meant that Haneef’s stature would be denigrated to the core. Is he that desperate to find a job for himself? Why can’t he serve the people back home? Our honorable chief minister has already offered him a job as a senior practioner in any government hospital in his home state. Mr. Haneef, isn’t this a golden opportunity for you to pay back all the millions of hearts that prayed for your 'clean' and 'safe' return? It is these very people back home, who supported you until the very last minute when you were looked up on by the whole world with an eye of suspicion! What more do you expect from our people? Are the dollar dreams so compelling Mr. Haneef? I feel that, by rejecting any offers from Australia (if ever you get one from them) to work for them, will certainly go a long way in registering your credibility? What do say doctor?

2. I am damn sure about this one. No responsible government in any part of the world would have acted such shamelessly as our Karnataka government did on that day! Our honorable chief minister Mr. H D Kumaraswamy was busy posing in front of the media alongside Dr. Haneef, while in another part of B’lore; our real heroes who had laid down their lives for our mother land were being cremated with all the military honors. But there was not even a single soul (do they have one?) who was a representing our government. Even to this date, the family of Colonel Vasanth which resides at Sada Shivanagar in B’lore hasn’t received a single word of condolence from the government in written, let alone someone meeting them in person. They are not demanding any job in your ministry sir. All they need is a gesture of humanity from you. Is that too much to expect from a family that lost its supporting pillar? How can you be so cruel Mr. Chief Minister? We all know how secure you and your party people are, under the covers of this knavish 'secularism'. Are you so busy in appeasing someone/some community that you forgot to utter even a single word of condolence to the members of that distressed family? What are your people in the ministry doing? We all know that this act of sharing this family’s grief isn’t gonna help you in strengthening your vote bank. Then why the hell would you do it sir? What a shameless act!!!

Now back to the media. I know you people have done all that you needed to increase your TRPs. You ensured that the viewers/readers didn't miss any scene in the whole Haneef v/s Australia episode. The media projected Haneef as though he was on the frontline in the battle field, and has returned home after winning a battle for India. He was projected as a hero? Does he deserve so much of a media attention? For god sake, we have trillions of burning issues to focus. You have all the time in this world to run behind Mr. Haneef or his family and report duteously what Haneef had for his breakfast? Or what special dish has his wife prepared for him? You have no time to share the grievances of the family of our soldiers? Why the hell would they bother about the lives of a colonel or some xyz in the armed forces? These people in the armed forces are paid for it folks! Isn’t it? Are they doing us any favor in protecting our borders? No certainly not… At least this is what the government thinks, and so does the media...

Our Prime Minister had sleepless nights on viewing Khafeel's and Sabeel's family members in tears. Why can't incidents like ruthless 'slaughtering' of the native Kashmiri pundits which happens almost everyday, render our PM sleepless? Why can't such inhumane gestures by our CM towards colonel Vasanth and his family render him sleepless? Why won't our PM lose a night's sleep on hearing about the torturous acts of naxals in malanadu? Why can't more dreadful problems like poverty, illiteracy, child labour, land mafia etc render him sleepless? Any guesses??? None of them will strengthen his vote banks folks!! Isn't it that simple? There is an adage in kannada, which suits the behavior of our ministers pretty well. Dina sayorige aluvavaru yaru anta!! How inhumane of you sir?

PS: Someone has rightly quoted, “You don’t know the value of a doctor when you are well, and the importance a soldier when the nation is at peace.” Who ever said this buddy, must have understood India quite well.

~IT's My Life

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4 comments:

M G Harish said...

True. Very true.

Actually sometimes I think it would have been better if India hadn't got the independence. At least people would have had some patriotism flowing in their veins.

And about the Indian media, most of them are run by the otiose politicians. So it is a waste to expect anything adept from them

Suresh S said...

@ M G Harish,
I have left all hopes on few new channels. But there will always be a few exceptions like TV9. It is doin a gr8 job. Few people in print media still do justice to their jobs.

Regarding the ministers, it would better to expect nothing from them. I wonder when would we teach them all a lesson of a life time..

But being independent is very important harish, bcoz we all love to live by choice and not by chance! So let us understand the importance of it and act suitably.

M G Harish said...

Hey don't mistake my word that India shouldn't have got independence... What I want to say is, the people then were not like the current ones...
They had some knowledge about what is going to happen to the country if they did and all...
But today's politicians are born to sell the country.

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