" A Hero is only necessary when systems fail."
This was how young Congress leader Rahul Gandhi put it while attempting to suggest that loss of lives among security forces could have been perhaps avoided during the Mumbai terror attack if the system had not failed.
But the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was effusive in his praise of Sub-Inspector Tukaram Ombale who he described as his " hero."
"In my eyes, Mr Ombale is the hero, we didn't give him a weapon. We all know that we gave him a lathi. And yet we have given him practically nothing. But when he comes face to face with enemies of our country, he grabbed their gun and allowed us to capture one of them. He gets seven bulleets in his stomach and he is gone," said Gandhi at a meeting of Congress functionaries in Rajasthan the first since the Ashok Gehlot government assumed office.
Ombale armed with just a lathi was killed after he took about half a dozen bullets but not before he dispossessed Ajmal Kasab of his weapon enabling his colleagues to capture him alive. Kasab is the lone surviving terrorist.
"For me, a Hero is only necessary, when systems fail,"