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Mumbai’s Bloody Spirit

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by turkish, Jul 14, 2011.

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  1. turkish

    turkish Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Terror struck Mumbai again last night, and as is its wont, its much-touted 'spirit' is refusing to cower.
    Yes, even before 24 hours are up after another dastardly act on India's financial, cultural and entertainment capital, blanket banalities of 'spirit' and 'resilience' are pouring in. What chokes me is this need to resort to such platitudes, when the souls of the bloodied corpses haven't yet moved on from their earthly bodies, when those bereaved haven't even had the time to deal with the loss of a loved one, when the pain of those injured isn't even close to being abated with pills and care and when many survivors of the carnage are caught inside a claustrophobic, agonising reality of being alive in their own private hell.
    Mumbai, in all its preparedness and the oft-hailed never-say-die spirit, wasn't ready for another bloodbath. Who is? But it must serve its ignominious honour of being terror's favourite city, given the number of such attacks it has had to face since 1993. So, what does Mumbai do? That part of Mumbai that isn't dead pulls up its pants, takes stock of the situation and tries to do what it can do the best in such situations - lend a helping hand, and well, live for what it's worth.
    But isn't that true of humanity everywhere? I'm not trying to downplay Mumbai's spirit, far from it. To me, if there's another city I feel like I can fit in, it's Mumbai. I'll be the first to admit there is a certain joie de vivre to the city, with all its piles of muck and debris, that is heartwarming and is identical in those living on the fringes of society as well as those ensconced in the gilded cage of riches and grandeur. But isn't it time Mumbai and the evangelists of its spirit took a step back and considered that maybe, just maybe, it's tiresome and trivialising to those dead and bereaved to play up the spirit card every single time terror strikes its shores?
    Where was Mumbai's spirit when a journalist who reported rotting firearms that was supposed to better arm the police force post the 26/11 attacks was jailed for, wait for it, spying? Why didn't the city take on the powers-that-be and question this criminally wrong decision? Isn't such a cause equally worthy of Mumbai's spirit? Or does the spirit raise its head only when its terrain is bloodied? In situations like yesterday, Mumbai seems to ignore the first four stages of grief and makes a beeline straight for acceptance. But does it make up for the injustice that's meted out to Mumbai over and over again?
    Yes, Mumbai's spirit is tall. Yes, Mumbai's spirit has every right to be proud of itself. Yes, Mumbai is the very face of grace under pressure. But what of the corollary of this theory of its indefatigable spirit? Maybe Mumbai is being attacked with such alarming regularity because of its very spirit - because it will wake up the next morning, and come rain or sunshine, make its way to earn its livelihood and keep its wheels moving. Maybe Mumbai has had to bear the brunt of the entire nation's terror attacks because trains will trundle in spite of broken tracks and taxis will ply in spite of its draconian police force and Mumbaikars will try to live while they're alive in spite of death and destruction looming in their faces.
    I'm tired of these hypocritical reiterations, though. Any entity, be it a politico, a spokesperson, a citizen or a media representative, who's quick to mouth such preachy platitudes, is equally reprehensible of the crime of trying to cover up its weakness in an over-glorified veil of supercilious praise.
    Wake me up when this seemingly endless November ends. Wake me up when candlelight vigils and citizen marches become Mumbai's secret shame and not celebrations of its undying spirit. Wake me up when this spirit becomes a swift kick in the groin to anyone who so much as says resilient Mumbai. Wake me up when this resilience becomes a steely resolve to not pay taxes to an undeserving, apathetic government. Until then, Mumbai city will be nothing but a battered housewife to me -- beaten, bruised, raped, choking on her own vomit and blood, but coping the only way she knows how -- getting up to each new sunrise to serve a drunken bastard of a husband, thinking that is the fate she must fulfill.
    Mumbai
     
  2. JanjaWeed

    JanjaWeed Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    i haven't read the whole article.. Just going by the thread title.. if it's about how mumbaikars keeps coming back in the face of these continued attacks.. then yes! mumbaikars are brave & they need to be. They got no choice as they can't expect the state to provide them with their daily needs or security!
    What keeps it going for mumbai is the dynamism of mumbaikars who constantly wrestle with the disfunctionality of state & centre!!
     
  3. turkish

    turkish Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    What Mumbai and this country needs is a permanent solution.. we need to take a bold step, fix this problem permanently. If that means war with any country .. we shouldn't hesitate .. we the people of India shouldn't die in the hands of this cowards.Enough of discussion enough of explanation...The time has come to make a move.I understand Mumbai's spirit and all but I think the people running this country should show some Spirit of them-self and take steps like the US and UK ..
     
  4. Mr.Ryu

    Mr.Ryu Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Damn true now let some one show this to govt and see what DVS responds.

    We as a NATION has to show some courage in fighting terror,
     
  5. bornmoron

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    I am from Mumbai,,
    Every damn media says look @ the spirit of Mumbai as everything looks normal the other day....But things are not the way it looks,,
    If next day ppl wont go to wrk ,,what the hell are they going to eat ,,Its the basic need which forces every1 to go to wrk ,,,
    Bloody kasab gets Z security & common public "Ghanta". If u wanna be safe either bcome a terrorist or a Politician,,,Every politician is surrounded by 10 guards Same goes to the terrorists in Jail,Instaead of hanging them govt is preserving them,,,They eat from the taxes paid by us...

    Some time back ,,,I was going to my office in Malad. There was an unattended bag lying on the floor of the train , every one started asking who's bag was it ,,,no reply,, 1 of the guy nxt to me started sweating ,,he started looking for emergency no. stickers on the train,, He was so terrified his hands were shivering while dialing the no. ,, I said him i hope that no. works he gave me a strong glare :) ,, Tht no. didnt wrk ( dont knw why railway had put those no.s for emergency,either they are busy or just can hear beep,,,),,A father standing nxt was asking his son to stay away from tht parcel,,,i told uncle "agar ye futa toh koi nahin bachega ",,, dont knw why the hell i told that,, tht was bad of me @ that situation,,,,1 thot that was my last day for office ,,,I still can remember the guy who was shivering ,,,he almost shat in his pants ,,( sounds funny ,,but its not at all funny ,,just imagine Time bomb beneath ur leg,,The guy who was shivering told throw the bag,,,ppl started pushing the bag ,,,,suddenly 1 idiot from inside shouted ,,"the blue bag is mine ,,due to rush couldnt get it inside ",,,the very nxt moment all were relived ,,,the guy who was shivering went ballistic ,,he gave all maa ,bhen ki galli to the bag owner,,,,,,,there was a 70 mm smile on everyone's face,,,,,The whole incident must have finished withing a minute,,1 minute felt so long
    We all feel sad for the people who die ,,,,but just imaging some 1 near & dear 1 of us wud have been in the mishap,,,, Dont know where would the spirits go,,,
     
  6. Manmohan Yadav

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    i know what you mean, one of my friends and me were near opera house yesterday during the afternoon,
    i will say that i was extremly lucky, but i wont repeat the same for the innocent people who died thanks to the
    fu**king govt and a fu**ed up intelligence services.

    and now just listen to what the ministers are saying and their statements,
    comparing our cities to iraq and afghanistan.
    all we ever get are hollow promises
    fu** them :********:
     
  7. majesticpankaj

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    Resilience talk is all BS.... this is a compromise...

    Anybody who talks about resilience should get a slap ...

    I am disgusted
     
  8. rcscwc

    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Mumbai spirit. It is smoke screen to hide the inefficiency of the state. We can't protect you. Has not RG said that terror attacks cannot be stopped? Has Mah CM not exposed CAG and CVC for blocking security related purchaes?


    So Mumbaiwallah, up and running, for are you NOT brave. You do not fear terrorism, veer Mumbaikars! It is for you to pick up the pieces of your lives otherwise you will sleep hungry.

    Quite an argument for dumbing down our people.

    Don't give false sense of bravery, it is dangerous.
     
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  9. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    We cant Remain in Our Home for all 24 Hours ,There is Always inside Fear But Thats The Life we Have been Given.
     
  10. indianmonk

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    do we have choice? No we have elected UPA govt. this is just dress rehearsal as per experts. god help us
     
  11. Kronus

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    So easy to speak of spirit & resilience, but as the Mumbaikars themselves pointed out. there isn't much of a choice. And more importantly this Spirit is present in each Indian city only because you see no incident elsewhere, it doesn't mean they are low on spirits. Commend the spirit of the Bastar people in Chhattisgarh who face Naxal Attacks roughly everyday, the courage of the Kashmiris who endure the terrorism more than any other state. Examples are many, but in a nutshell to say, sometimes its the Spirit & other time its the need which gets us right up after a disaster & MOST IMPORTANTLY it is not bound to any region or state or city!
     
  12. JanjaWeed

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    this spirit is becoming bit of a Cliché & it's overcooked now! when something goes wrong in delhi we get to spirit of delhiets, same way bangaloreans.. blah.. blah.. blah! hard reality is people got no choice. State won't provide them with their daily needs if they don't go out for few days after incidents of this kind. end of the day life is cheap here, everyone will forget in a months time that incident of this kind ever happened & that's due to the fact that no one else will fend for them apart from themselves!!
     
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  13. Rudrakx

    Rudrakx Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Mumbaikar simply do not have choice !
     
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