Friday, July 14, 2006

Rahul blogs about the liberties people take with the words, "the spirit of Mumbai".

Vivek hopes that Indo-Pak peace initiatives are not sidetracked.

Uma has a series of posts on the day and the aftermath.

And Dilip D'Souza writes movingly of the hours after the blasts.

Various people speak eloquently of the city bouncing back.

Various people make angry and defiant open letters to terrorists.

Various people have no clue about where Mumbai is, which country it belongs to, or how to spell its name (and which one?) correctly.

Various people, having been through the stages of shock, fear, sorrow and rage, begin to recover from the thought that people they might have travelled with countless times in the past might have been on those trains; that but for sheer chance, their loved ones - not to mention themselves - might have been on those trains.

People demand accountability and responsibility from the police. People get sick of this endless game of top dog played by the thugs in power that want to prove to the world that the city belongs to them.

People die. People lose limbs. People, so many people, that sometimes it feels like the spirit of Mumbai has less to do with the innate resilience of citizens living a hard-pressed life and more to do with the fact that its so easy to sink without a trace in a city like this, because ten more people will rush in to take one dead person's place.

Why don't we fixate more on the dead? Is it because no one has the time or energy to look back? Or is it simply because it's more convenient for our media not to do so? Isn't it acknowledging the expendability of human life in some way, to keep from harping on the names and numbers and situations?


current musix: bob dylan - masters of war (live).

9 comments:

  1. It's the "never-say-die" phrase. They take it literally.

    so easy to sink without a trace.

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  2. one more thing...everyone stop calling it 7/11! if you were to follow the actual date system, this is 11/7, not 7/11. Please don't make this event sound like a convenience store.

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  3. I think since authorities see so many deaths, they're immune to further death. but, this whole lots of gujjus must die because of godhra reports which have started circulating are just disastrous. speaking of which, when i was driving my family back last night, we were stopped by cops to see if there were any possible terrorists in the car. Security has increased it seems!

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  4. See what Israel is doing over two captured soldiers in Lebanon, and the shitstorm they have created.. Israel is a small country, but they got a don't fuck with us attitude. So much so that even the Saudi government condemned the attacks by Hezbollah.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2269750,00.html

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  5. A depressing thought this.
    And true. so true.

    People die. People lose limbs. People, so many people, that sometimes it feels like the spirit of Mumbai has less to do with the innate resilience of citizens living a hard-pressed life and more to do with the fact that its so easy to sink without a trace in a city like this, because ten more people will rush in to take one dead person's place.

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  6. anonymouse10:28 am

    See what Israel is doing over two captured soldiers in Lebanon

    Lebanon does not have heavy arms, nukes, or US protection. Pakistan, OTOH, is a nuclear power.

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  7. Why don't we fixate more on the dead?

    Whatever the reason, in a way it is fortunate that we don't. Most of the damage from a terrorist attack stems not the violence itself, but from people's knee-jerk reactions to violence.

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  8. Sorry, I don't think Israel's getting anything right. They were the wronged at the start of this specific instance, but there's too much history there. I know it's a complex issue and that there's something to be said for a country that puts itself before other countries, other people or its own people, but I don't think I could support living in a state like that.

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