Release/hang Ajmal Kasab immediately and go after the real terrorists within. Cut the bullshit NOW!

Dear Mr. Ashok Chavan and Mr. Johnny Joesph and the law enforcers and all those behind the scene editors in the media –

The more I hear about the Ajmal Kasab drama doing the rounds the more I am convinced that Ajmal has no role in it and the same is being deftly coordinated by the real terrorists within in direct or indirect connivance with the media.

Is Ajmal asking for biryani or a rakhi such a big demand? In the first place do we really know that he has in fact made the demand? If he has also made the demand is it such a strange or shocking thing that the electronic media should devote so much time to such utterances – EVERYDAY? Are these guys being fooled, directed or paid to do this?

Ten days back I was closely following the massive scams happening within the NREGA scheme and the siphoning of THOUSANDS OF CRORES of money meant for poor people and did not hear the name of a single District Collector or local politician knowing very well that these scams did not require an LET operative but a very active hand of the local home bred terrorists.  Ten days later there is absolutely no follow up but I hear Kasab everyday.

First of all I think the poor guy would be in too depressed a state of mind to be bothered about a rakhi or a biryani. Even if he asking one of the reasons could be loneliness and depression induced hallucination. I don’t think such utterances are shocking. Anyways an open and shut case is being prolonged for reasons which I have best guessed here.

On whose behalf are the electronic media making these utterances sound SOOO shocking? I am SHOCKED with the NREGA scams – please give me a daily expose of what each and every District Collector of the affected districts has to say about the irregularities. I want to know what they do in their evenings, the biryanis they have, the SUVs they purhase, the expensive booze they drink.


There are easily a 100 very criminal IAS officers and and equal amount of politicians and businessmen and contractors who are proud nationals of this country who are every hour siphoning of money from some scheme meant to remove hunger and misery from the lives of millions of people and I hear ABSOLUTELY NO shocking mention of their escapades. These people conveniently give shape and conclusion to their nefarious evil plans and have the best of biryani and drinks in the evening and the media would dare not go after these incidences.

There are people stripping our wonderful forests, poisoning our rivers, delaying good policies which will make life in cities better and more environmentally friendly and all of them are INDIAN.

India’s super stupid position on climate change

Their activities either kill thousands of people every year or subjugate millions of people’s to a life which they had not bargained for. These miseries are silent but when added up make Ajmal and his colleagues activities pale into oblivion.

It is easy to bully a 20 something kid who has been brainwashed a good five years of his little life and then offered a little bit of monetary incentive into doing something which he was told is noble.

It seems to be difficult to go after people who have taken an oath to serve the country, people who utilise the bungalows and cars and other facilities, logistics and the funds provided by the people of India and then use it against the people of India themselves.

Atleast a terrorist can be justified in his objectives against your country. What justification can be there when those who claim to be the proudest Sons of the Soil go about ripping about the very fabric of the soil?

I remain convinced of what I said in the immediate wake of the 26th November attacks –

Thoughts on 26th November attacks

Terrorist attacks as diversionary tactics

and The train blasts

Who did 7/7

and almost eight months down the line I am even more convinced that these terrorist attacks are completely stage managed by a people within the country itself – a set of Indians with absolutely no ethical compulsions, ruthless people with no mercy who are so completely possessed with their greed and objectives that they will stop at absolutely nothing to diverting attention from their operations.

Is it too much of a conspiracy theory to believe that a small percentage of the blood money within is devoted to creating diversionary tactics? People who wouldn’t bat an eyelid when they can revel in luxuries from appropriating money meant for a starving child or an old mother would care much less to spend on some terrorists at frequent intervals to create a tequila shot diversion on the naive junta intoxicated on Bollywood and cricket.

It is time that every right thinking Indian (if something of this sort exists) start questioning the discretion’s of the media and law enforcers and started demanding an expose and followup on the real terrorists.

Forms of terrorism – I

What does one make of instances like these. Even as the bomb blasts were to take place, earlier in the day thousands of people went through state supported terrorism. Who were the local politicians, cops and other officials who in the first place allowed the slums to come up over the years?

Arent the pictures below more sad than ones from the attack?

Publication:Times of India Mumbai; Date:Nov 27, 2008; Section:Times City; Page Number:3

Razing drive ends in violence

636 homes on Mumbai varsity land flattened in matter of hours

Anahita Mukherji I TNN

Mumbai: Men, women and children were brutally thrashed by lathi-wielding cops at the Valmiki Nagar slums in Bandra-Kurla Complex during a drive on Wednesday to evict encroachers from the Mumbai University land. The BMC and suburban collector’s office conducted the drive following a Bombay high court order to raze the illegal slums.

In the space of a few hours, 636 homes—spread over an area of 7,200 sq-mt—were razed to the ground, deputy municipal commissioner Milind Shambharkar said.

The slumdwellers began with a Gandhian-style protest against the authorities as women and children sat on the road outside their homes in a bid to block the cavalcade of over 100 cops, 80 labourers and JCBs.

In order to scatter the crowd, an excavator drove straight at the slumdwellers sitting on the road, forcing them to flee. The pick-up arm of the excavator began rotating around the area, causing panic. Lobbing teargas shells, the cops then lathicharged the slumdwellers. Residents of the slum then began pelting stones at the cops.

However, BKC police official Ralphie Pariera denied all charges of brutality and said cops had resorted to a mild lathicharge. TOI, however, witnessed several children being flogged. A woman was seen sobbing on the road after the demolition as she could not find her son.

The collector’s office claimed slumdwellers were given adequate notice before the demolitions, residents said they were unaware of the situation till a day before that. Advocate Gayatri Singh intervened on behalf of the slumdwellers in the high court on Tuesday and her intervention was heard in court on Wednesday. But the judge who passed the original order was not present in court on Wednesday and so the judges who heard the matter postponed the hearing to Thursday. The slums, however, were razed on Wednesday.

The issue of encroachment cropped up after a PIL filed in 2001 by advocate M P Vashi, who wanted the Fort campus of Mumbai University shifted to Kalina to make way for the expansion of the high court. The high court in 2006 ordered the demolition of the encroached area before December 31, 2007, but when the deadline was not met, Vashi filed for contempt of court in 2008.

Most of the slumdwellers have documents to prove they were residents here well before 1995. Though slums constructed before 1995 cannot be demolished without the slumdwellers being rehabilitated, BMC officials say the court felt that this clause did not apply to university land.

Congress North West District secretary M G Kaiser was present at the demolition site and tried to intervene on behalf of the slumdwellers along with other Congress party workers.

‘Policemen chased boy, beat him up’A TOI reporter, along with a colleague from another publication, spotted a boy in pain after the police lathi-charge, hobbling along the the road. He was on the the street opposite the slums that were being demolished. When the boy was approached, he began recounting how he was beaten up by the cops. On seeing the boy recounting his woes, the cops chased him away. The boy was then again thrashed up by the policemen. TNN

WEDNESDAY DRAMA : (From top clockwise) Residents pelted stones at policemen after they were caned and forced to move out of Valmiki Nagar slums in BKC

Terrorist attacks as diversionary tactics

Starting from the attack on the Parliament in Dec 2001 I have always harboured a deep seated suspicion about the ‘foreign hand’ behind such attacks. I remember following the Kargil coffins probe very closely that time around and how embarrassing it was becoming for George Fernandes and the NDA government. And then suddenly out of the blue this attack takes place. The attackers are killed so there can be no probe, the usual suspects are named, the whole issue takes center stage on the media, which is most prone to diversion and doing a carpet bombing on an issue till all other issues are obliterated and the coffins issue is coffined. Some instances below

1. Kargil Coffins issue   Dec 2001

Attack on Parliament  Dec 2001

2. Shiv Sena nuisance at Shivaji Park on 7th July 2006

Mumbai train blastson 11th July 2006 (see post)

3. Nuclear Agreement signed by UPA Govt. UPA government survives no trust motion. Left and Advani left red faced.      July 2008

Ahmedabad blasts take place.       July 2008

4. Malegaon Probe starts getting difficult November 2008

Mumbai attacks  26th Nov 2008

Maybe there is no link. Maybe I am cynical but maybe there is a link. We just need to see some of our Bollywood flicks. maybe the close linkages between the netas and abhinetas helps Bollywood get a ring side view of how conspiracies are hatched.

Thoughts on 26 Nov Mumbai attacks

I am somewhere a firm believer of terrorist attacks being diversionary tactics by vested interests.

  1. And in this case what I find most strange is that the ATS Chief Hemant Karkare himself should be shot dead. Should it not be the case that the Chief’s do the strategising and are shielded from the first line of fire? Is there a connection between his probes into the Malegaon blasts and his death? Was the primary motive of the attacks killing him? Maybe he knew or had inferred some unpleasant stuff from the probe? All the hostage drama and lobbing of grenades at various places could just be the fluff over the main fruit?

  2. If such would be the case who would have coordinated it all? Who stood to gain or loose from the way the Malegaon blasts probe was heading.

  3. While the news is that all the terrorists are Pakistani’s it could very well be the case of these guys being mercenaries? These need not be proper terrorist outfits or state sponsored (Pakistan in this case). Is it difficult to get mercenaries to do something of this sort? Most certainly not.

  4. What about the regular vigil that should be maintained by police and the intelligence. Anybody who knows Colaba well can talk about the extensive illegal activities that go on absolutely normally. Drugs, prostitution, foreigners who over stay their visas. Go towards the Radio Bhuvan backend, near the Appollo Bunder and you get a distinct feeling that things are willingly not in control of the police. Getting in a boat there with guns and grenades and mercenaries shouldn’t be that difficult.

  5. What about the illegal slums which have been coming up all over the Backbay Depot on top of mangroves. The Collectors office after repeated representations cant do a thing about it. The Revenue Minister Narayan Rane’s name keeps coming in the land scam behind World Trade Center. A breakdown in governance in one area is bound to have an impact on other areas. All the well heeled and the powerful in the area who hob nob with the CMs of the world turn a silent ear to all the regular wrong that goes on. Like Rudi Guilliani would have said about controlling crime in NY – when visible small acts of law-breaking go unnoticed then it emboldens people for bigger acts.

  6. The less said about the armed forces occupying land at the tip the better. Most of the armed forces give me the picture of having a merry time at a prime, very beautiful part of the city. The United Services Club seems to be besieged with groupism and allegations of corruption about its running.

  7. If one were to go into the details of the illegal and clearly uncalled for activities in the area starting from Musuem till Lands End, and the brazen manner in which they flourish  then one would realise that the 26Nov08 is not so surprising.

  8. This is also what happens when the police and intellegence has to be more involved with VIP movements, security to politicans and saving the city from the MNS’s of the world.

Who committed 7/7?

This note is about the vandalism by the Shiv Sena carried out on the 7th of July 2006. I felt very strongly about the event. It was nothing short of terrorism as I saw it – and of the most frivolous kind. There was no enemy nation, no rights violated of those forcibly evicted or a religious enmity.  Every time I see a mention of the 7/11 blasts in the papers I get infuriated with the papers as well as the civil society in general which love fighting invisible enemies alone and shows no inclination for the clear and visible ones.

While this note is about the Sena I do not wish to discuss the Sena here. What really appalled me about 7/7 was how people and the authorities in the city just chickened out from taking any action against the specific people involved in the arson and in fanning emotions on the issue. I used to await any mention around the 7th of every month for the past six months to see if there would be any mention. I didn’t follow the papers towards the end of December but don’t think anybody carried it as a serious black mark. Now again as 7th January came about I thought I will express myself.

11/7 train blasts did not obliterate the need for any action on 7/7. It was not an event which should have taken away attention from 7/7 which to my mind was far more serious. What is worse? – a terrorist group (LeT) whose sole stated purpose is to cause death and destruction in India or a political party (Shiv Sena) which claims to be the savior of Hindu’s and the Marathi Manoos and the city, which then at the slightest provocation brings the city to a halt and engages in arson.

I think 11/7 proved to be a good excuse for the cowardly Hindu intelligentsia to avoid confrontation with the devils within. It’s very convenient to make an enemy of people who are thousands of kilometers away and are faceless. And then blame all your ills on them. It’s very difficult to take a tough stand against criminals who stay a block away, whom you can drop by in to express your unhappiness and people who are from your own holy community.

There were buses burnt and life disrupted of a city by the people of those city itself. And ironically by a set of people who force people to believe that they are the only ones who can ensure the city’s best interests.  I had my office in Dadar that time close to the Sena Bhavan and had an important meeting and couldn’t go. The sight of buses being burnt and those hooligans (party members) going about got my blood to boil. Which Hindu’s were these? And which Hindu’s (not mine) interest were they serving?

The bust of Meenatai Thackeray was found splashed with mud on the morning of 7th July 2006. It was not that the bust was damaged in any manner.  Lets consider the worst scenario – all conjecture. Some enemy of the nation wanting to foster communal disharmony had indeed done the activity (LeT and ISI). Lets also consider that it was a party like Samajwadi which did it. So what? You play into the enemies plans? While the enemy just throws some mud on a bust which does no damage to the country – except to the ego’s of some politicians and false leaders – what do you do? You do the real damage. Damage property and bring to a halt the prime commercial city of the country?

And why should one’s self respect and pride and belief in ideology be so frail as to be affected by some mud. The issue was a trivial one and as my conspiracy theory mind tells me maybe fabricated by their own selves. Shiv Sena has always been wanting in rallying behind issues which make sense. And they were not finding anybody doing something senseless that they could object to. So what is the next best option – create an issue.

And shouldn’t the same people who felt so strongly about 11/7 have done something about 7/7. Terrorism is terrorism in any manner. It is the act of creating terror. Whether by mob mania or with bomb blasts. If you choose to ignore terrorism of one kind over the other you are asking for trouble.

11/7 saw the ATS getting into action. Over the 3 months following the incidence the media was full of stories outlining the chain of events over half the country. Showing raids being conducted and leader after leader and anybody castigating Pakistan and LeT. The State is meant to only hunt out Muslim terrorists. Hindu’s anyways cannot be terrorists. They are the most peaceful, gentlemanly, law abiding, spiritual and honest people the planet ever saw.

Has the ATS been able to find out who burnt the buses at Shivaji Park on 7/7? Who were the members in the mob? For 11/7 we have names and faces coming up on the screen. Why can’t the same be for 7/7? I want to see the face of the persons who burnt those buses and threw stones. We may not punish them but can at least get them on a talk show and understand their viewpoint. We will not have to go to PoK to find these people. Most probably they hang out every evening at Shivaji Park. What good is our intelligence and police? Even a media reporter and concerned citizens could have borne that out by informal enquiries.

Maybe the punishment for 7/7 is very less but if we do not initiate enquiries then the message seems pretty clear that its okay to go out and vent you anger by once in a while going and burning some buses and throwing stones and brining the city to a halt and slice of a few hundred crores from the GDP.

7/7 saw the Home Minister talking tough. He warned of serious action. For the 3-4 days after the incident the whole city was angry. Even the Sena’s face seemed to go red. And then – complete silence? The Sena must have thanked their stars and the indifferent and cowardly city.

Discussions around 11/7 could have maybe taken our full time till the end of July but at least by the 7th of August we should have realized that there was something equally serious desiring attention.   And what about the media? It’s amazing how no channel, no paper and no magazine chose to question how the saviors of the city keep hurting it whenever given a chance. I waited and waited that sometime, somewhere there will be some noise. Not just protest or a demand to punish the culprits but maybe even a justification or a casual mention. Nothing.

If you were to do a simple search for 7/11 on Mumbai Mirror (which carried a lot of sensational 7/11 stories) you get nearly 70 odd stories. For 7/7 I tried various combinations but gave up trying after the search results yielded nothing. Yes no life was lost on 7/7 and 289 were lost on 11/7.  But does a crime get measured for its severity with other more serious crimes. Was it a coincidence that the two events happened close to each other? Could there be a connection? I am also reminded of 1992-93 when it was Hindu fascists who started a chain of destruction by demolishing Babri Mosque.

Everything is a question mark? We have a convenient civil society also where there is no shortage of people talking good governance as long as the talk centers around improving the SYSTEM. Talking system is a convenient option to having to confront specific instances of complete failure of governance. As if good governance was possible by turning a blind eye to events like 7/7 and the double standards and chicanery that exist all around us.