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Crying out loud

We face the the danger of terror attacks from people who cross the border..but what about the terrorists who live in the country? Ponders Vikram Bhatt.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2008 15:20 IST

We face the the danger of terror attacks from people who cross the border.. but what about the terrorists who live in


the country?



I’m very sad and also filled with impotent rage. I watch the news and look at the grief-stricken wife of the PWD engineer, Mr Gupta, in Uttar Pradesh. An MLA, Shekhar Tiwari, reportedly lynched the engineer to death because he refused to contribute to Mayawati’s birthday fund.



Initially, I thought I was hearing and seeing things. Was this true? So what are we going to do now?



We chased Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh out of office. So are we going to chase Mayawati out too? Or does the total number of people killed have to be in three figures?



Terror attacks


Is the death of one person too negligible to warrant an outrageous reaction? We, as a country and as individuals, face the danger of terror attacks from people who cross the border. But what about the terrorists who live in the country?



Mayawati has given the lynched man’s family Rs 5 lakh.. the Samajwadi Party spokesperson was apparently armed with the news that Mayawati had asked her followers to collect at least a thousand crores on the pretext of her birthday donations. True? Shocking if it’s true, I think.



I look inwards and wonder if it’s my fault. Is it our fault that the widow of the PWD Engineer cries herself out on the evening news? Of course it’s our fault. We vote these people into power.



Emerging economy


We are an emerging economy and superpower. Right! So then, in which developed country are the citizens lynched by politicians for not contributing to their funds?



The Parliament meets barely 50 days in a year. When they meet, they shout and run into the well of the house. Our ruling class will argue endlessly about the pay hikes of our armed forces and yet a thousand crore-birthday gift?



Nice! No dog will go to Major Unnikrishnan’s house, one said, but the dogs shall be let loose to collect money!



With friends like these who needs enemies? We are a house being torn down slowly by the termites of the power hungry community.



I know that this will be forgotten — this piece, this incident, the widow, the crying, the visual of a lynched man. Nothing will happen and I’m crying out loud to be proved wrong but chances are that I won’t be. All I can do is wait, look at the heavens and wonder if the messiah is coming.