Mumbai: Times of India Suggests Massive Government Redirection

The day after the July 2006 serial train blasts in Mumbai killed almost 200 people, The Times of India struck a dissenting note. Even as the world —most conveniently our politicians — waxed eloquent about the city’s never-say-die spirit and its famed ability to bounce back, we chose to carry pictures across our front page of grieving parents, children, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and friends, and asked: How Much More Can We Take? Who’s In Charge Here?

Editorial
The Times of India
November 30, 2008

Since then, there have been serial blasts across the length and breadth of the country — from Delhi to Bangalore, Jaipur to Hyderabad, Ahmedabad to Guwahati — killing hundreds and maiming many more. The post-terror response has become depressingly predictable. Each time, the home minister commends the people for their resilience and promises the strongest possible measures to ensure there is no repetition. Each time, we are assured that a federal agency to tackle terror will be set up. Then, the minister and his colleagues across the political spectrum return to the business of either doing nothing or doing more harm than good.

Over the last three years, this newspaper has written enough to fill a thick book on the giant loopholes in our internal security systems and examined what needs be done to protect, as best as possible, the public from acts of terror. But nothing has changed. Innocent blood continues to be shed—at railway stations, marketplaces, hospitals and hotels. Terrorism, darkly enough, has become a way of life.

On Wednesday night, when Mumbai’s heart was ripped out of its body yet again, the editors of this paper took a conscious decision to desist from criticizing anyone (except to say that the lessons of the past have not been learnt and that a professional infrastructure to counter terror is still to be put in place). Hundreds were still being held hostage, and saving them took precedence over everything else.

But today, as heaps of bodies lie in morgues in a charred or decomposed state, and loved ones huddle outside to receive them one last time, it is time to ask our politicians: Are you going to go back to playing politics with our lives? Or are you going to do something worthwhile with yours? How many deaths will it take till you know that too many people have died?

Related:
Mumbai Terror Strike: India’s Government to Fall?

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