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Why the terrorists struck again today
The number one reason is that we have an absolute arsehole as a Home Minister. He's there on probably a 'Patil' quota. Alternately, as Mint & Tehelka mentioned last month, he's in that post because Sonia Gandhi is extremely grateful to him for having guided her between 1999 & 2004 and his interpretation of his job as being one where he needs to be balanced without take sides is admired by one and all.
I strongly condemn today’s blasts in Delhi. I convey my condolences to the kin of the deceased and pray for speedy recovery of the injured. The fact that the blasts took place in crowded markets on a Saturday indicates the evil intention of the culprits to cause maximum casualties and damage.So I set about digging up previous statements he (and his other ministers) had made when there were blasts earlier. The template is as follows - "I condemn today's blasts in _CITY_. I appeal to people to maintain calm and foil the designs of anti-national elements who aim to disturb the communal harmony. I am confident that the culprits will be brought to book.". Seems like a pretty easy job, doesn't it? In fact, I sincerely hope he doesn't have a speech-writer on his staff.
In a previous post, I had wondered if Shivraj Patil would have the dubious distinction of being in charge when the most terrorist attacks happened in India. I'm not sure if its easy to answer that question. Yet, going by the Ministry of Home Affairs website, there been over 20 (yes!) terrorist attacks in India, including today's, since the blasts in platform six of Varanasi railway station in March 2006 while my parents were on platform one.
Also note that this isn't by any means an exhaustive list of situations where Shivraj Patil has been caught with his pants down. If we added the incompetent handling of the Amarnath Yatra crisis, naxalite terrorism in the North East, Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh & Chattisgarh, then we'd get to around one incident a week!
As long as ministries are allotted to hopeless, incompetent arseholes because they've sucked up to a dynasty more than others, we will continue to bear the cost of terrorism.
Update: Noted on Vipin's latest blog post another instance of how politicians are provoked into action against terrorists only when they're impacted - the attack on Parliament on Dec 13, 2001.
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