13 july 2011, yet another black day that has been registered in Mumbai’s never ending tale of miserable events. A day that shook the whole nation and we found ourselves in tears once again. The serial blasts in Zaveri bazaar, Dadar and Opera house in Mumbai have once again raised serious questions about our safety and security, questions that remain unanswered.
I recently read an article in the Times Of India which stated, “Little fuel for patrol boats”. Maharashtra government had procured seven high-speed craft boats to protect the coastlines in wake of 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Those boats are lying unused because the government doesn’t have enough fuel to run them nor trained personnel to operate them.LOL. It seems like even the government has been affected by the hike in fuel prices, just as the common man has. No lessons have been learnt from the mistakes in the past. The coastal security ring around Maharashtra continues to be porous. Lets be prepared for another 26/11 like attack that tore apart Mumbai into pieces.
What shocks and amazes me the most is the round of political statements that follow after such attacks. The recent serial blasts have soon turned out into a political slugfest. BJP calls it an intelligence as well as a policy failure on the part of the Congress. Congress reciprocates by linking RSS with these attacks. Our callous and insensitive ministers are least bothered about those innocent men and women who died in these attacks. The only thing they are bothered about is pointing fingers at each other and then defending their silly actions. Rahul Gandhi even went on to say that we should be ready to face one or two attacks every year. These attacks are bound to happen and the government can’t do anything to stop them. What he meant was that just like we have accepted corruption in our day to day life and live with it. Similarly, terrorism should also be imbibed by us in our souls. Mr. Gandhi! What kind of a justification is this??
In the wake of 26/11 Mumbai attacks three years back, Maharashtra government had also promised to turn Mumbai into a fully secured and protected city with CCTVs being installed everywhere in the city. What finally came out was a complete eye wash. Most of the major areas in Mumbai still don’t have any CCTV cameras. And those areas which have CCTVs installed, the cameras are either in bad condition due to lack of maintenance or are not working. This thing can happen only in India. The most irresponsible statement came from the chief minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan. Rather than accepting his government’s failure and mistake, he puts the onus directly on the red tape processes that exist in India. He said that the complex red tape process prevalent in India is preventing his police men to buy crucial security equipments like CCTVs. Politicians will come and go and so will these attacks. The only thing that will be left in our heart and mind is the indelible mark of these attacks and a slim hope to see a better India in future.