Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Mumbai Blame...

Whereas the whole international media and the Governments are condemning the attack on Mumbai, as a humanitarian organization, we strongly condemn such violence against any human person. It looks like, a lot of planning seem to have taken place across the border, in Pakistan, specifically. Pakistan on the other hand is "crying like a kid, shouting that Pakistan itself is a vickim of terrorism." Whatever be, it is a monster that Pakistan has created. As Madeline Albright has mentioned, Pakistan has become an "international migrane"! No country can dissolve itself of its responsibility for an act of its citizens on foreign soil.

The event and the way we have been looking at the whole episode also raises more questions for ourselves.

Is it possible to look critically at what has happened in Mumbai?
Who were focused? Who were not focused? Who were denied any focus?
Who will never be focused?
The state of our news reporters! Have we ever compared our news reporters  with other International ones? their critical analysis of the issue and the way they appear? Who are news reporters of our country? Their mind set? Their commitment to Human Rights! To the poor?
Was the issue properly handled : by the media? by the politicians? by the governments?
Was the issue of Taj and Oberoi more focused than the loss of people?
Why not much was shown nor discussed on the death of so many people in the Railway station?
Which politician went to meet them?
Who are the terrorists? Which terrorists were not caught? Which terrorists will never be caught?
Many politicians at the centre and states are thrown away for their inactivity.
Why this did not happen when....
  • thousands of farmers committed suicide?
  • thousands of innocents chased away from their homes and hundreds tortured in Orissa?
  • thousands tortured everyday due to discrimination, domestic  violence etc.
Every life is precious and everyone has a righ to live.  But Mumbai experience seems to be giving us new lessons to learn... 
On the one side, politicians are playing their game of blaming each other! Media has taken a centre stage. They were more important than the news itself. We have learnt the shalowness of our media. There were familar with Taj and Oberoi but not with the Railway stations. That is where they frequented for many press meets! They were more interested in creating sensational news and centering on themselves ( We are the first ones to reach here, ours is the exclusive report). 

Lastly, shall we spend a minute in silence .... praying for peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
(With inputs from Fr. Nithya)

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