I Am Anngry

September 9, 2011

Two days ago I was in a hospital waiting room when they flashed news on the TV about a bomb blast outside Delhi High court. Over the next few hours as I watched more coverage of the event, I felt a crazy anger simmering within. I wanted to get a butter knife and slash some noses right away.

Just as I was about to finish my cheese sandwich and rush out with the sharp plastic knife, I realized I didn’t know who deserved my wrath more. There were just too many contenders.

Who was I truly mad at?

Of course, i was mad at the jihadi idiots for thinking that they will help their religion by killing and maiming innocent people. If religion inspires us to kill, then maybe it is time we did away with all religions before we end up destroying the planet.

All that these terrorists have achieved is desensitize us to tragedies. Number of casualties is now a mere statistic. Nobody feels sorry for the ones who died. The govt will announce a few lakhs compensation. Media will report the number in bold letters. The common man will just say ‘wow’ and move on. Purpose served? No.

Then there were the news channel crews, competing to be the first to break whatever news they could find. They were all over the place. Pushing mikes into the faces of people crying over the ones who died. Running behind ambulances with their cameras. Zooming into the wounds of the injured. Overall doing a fine job of running around like headless chicken and in general being insensitive pricks. Absolutely worthy of getting shoes flung at them.

And then there were our politicians, following their standard operating procedure.

Step 1 – Condemn the attack.
Step 2 – Issue stupid statements blaming the enemy of your choice, well before the investigation has started.
Step 3 – Retract stupid statement. Claim to be quoted out of context. Reiterate that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
Step 4 – Rush to the hospital, to add to the commotion. Try to appear to help. Plenty of brownie points up for grabs.
Step 5 – Get Parliament adjourned, and return home to a nice cup of tea at the taxpayer’s expense.

And these are the same politicians whose testicles seem to climb up to their stomachs when it comes to punishing the two relics of our times – one who attacked the Parliament, and the other who killed dozens of hapless Mumbaiites in cold blood.

It was a close contest.

Other contenders were the police who, for all the threat perception, failed to safeguard an institution as important as the high court. There were the government agencies who have now taken 3 years passing the buck over installing CCTV cameras at the venue. There’s so many agencies that fail to do their job and the common man has to die for it.

And then, I shortly realized, there are us.

 Yes, we the people. We crib about the system, bitch about corruption, rant about all the evils of the government, yet go about with our selfish lives. We says that our MPs are corrupt, but we try to cheat on taxes wherever possible. Corporate account departments are overflowing with fake petrol and travel reimbursement bills. At the traffic light, we shout at people who delay us by a second. We beat up someone who dares to scratch our bumper. We try our utmost to milk the system to our benefit.

We are the ones who keep the much maligned system thriving.  The politicians came from within us. The media is catering to our own voyeuristic needs. How then can we blame anyone? How many noses will the poor plastic knife fix?

Maybe i’ll just wait for 2012.

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9 Responses to “ I Am Anngry ”

  1. lifesorchestra on September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Me, Myself and I is the name of the game I see these days.

  2. Priyanka Victor on September 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    And there, you hit the nail right on the head. We have to change, it’s become more than just a need or a necessity. It’s become un-overlook-able that we address the issue.

    Or just waiting for 2012 will do too. We’ll have a chance to rethink how we want to live our lives.

  3. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on September 10, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Satirical at it’s best. Moving on to the more serious facts about this whole situation. I don’t think WE are ready for a change. At least that’s what I’ve been observing.

  4. Pattu on September 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, We are with plastic knives, out to slash . But we also have tongues, we can talk down people who break laws, people who come up by illegal means.

    Except a few like you, most of us keep quiet , when we see illegal acts take place. Unless we all condemn, day in and out, nothing can change immediately.

  5. Rajinder on September 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Truly said.
    we all are responsible of present happenings in society. who knows who and whose family will be the next target?.
    let us pledge to do our duties honestly and faithfully,where ever we are, so that we do not repent/be a part of the curse at any stage.Else, 2012 may come in 2011 itself.

  6. amlistening on September 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Is the extra n in the title signifying the extra anger…! :) On a serious note, its good to see points being raised and hear people question. I heard some good words on FM in days that followed the incident. still wondering how they managed to break the high court security…can someone file an RTI for that?

  7. BH on September 17, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Rally up your fellow Trishul wielders and raze a Muslim neighbourhood. For every Hindu that dies, kill 10 muslims. They aren’t even truly Indian anyway. Rinse repeat. Problem solved.

  8. R K on September 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I doubt trishul/razing is any solution for the sickness in the mind of a few who do such destructive work,but all need to be vigilant and careful of their duties as that will frustrate those elements in the society.

    • BH on September 24, 2011 at 3:01 am

      Why isn’t it a solution? It would pre-empt this sort of thing in the future.

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