This is Depressing

This morning Indians woke up to the horror of the worst terrorist attack that we have ever faced. With more than a 100 people dead and hundreds more injured we still have a hostage situation at the Trident hotel.

Terrorist attacks have been fairly common here in recent times. We have had serial bombs blasts in crowded markets, trains, buses and buildings. These were carried out by cowards pressing a button from some safe place. But nothing like this – maniacs armed to the teeth with automatic weapons and grenades, opening fire indiscriminately at railway stations, on streets and taking hostages at 5 star hotels. This is unprecedented.

Personally, my feelings towards these kind of mind wreaking incidents have evolved over the part few years. First it was shock and disbelief. As the frequency of these incidents increased it turned to anger, first towards the terrorists and then towards the government for failing to keep us safe. As the terrorists continued to strike as will, it turned to helplessness. I now feel depressed.

There is a limit to how much we as a country can take. We crossed that limit years ago. I am sorry. I am just rambling. I cannot put my mind to doing anything worthwhile today.

This is depressing.

  • ralphg

    Our symphathies for what the people of India faced yesterday. My wife and I spend hours watching Indian tv over the Internet.

  • ralphg

    Our symphathies for what the people of India faced yesterday. My wife and I spend hours watching Indian tv over the Internet.

  • Royal

    Deelip, India is in our thoughts, the reaction here in the U.S. is shock and horror, too.

  • Royal

    Deelip, India is in our thoughts, the reaction here in the U.S. is shock and horror, too.

  • R. Paul Waddington

    Deelip,
    These events touch us all; none of us are immune from the hurt and the feelings of people we ‘know’, but may ever meet.
    Our households thoughts are with those who have been directly involved, you Deelip, your family, and your fellow countrymen.

  • R. Paul Waddington

    Deelip,These events touch us all; none of us are immune from the hurt and the feelings of people we ‘know’, but may ever meet.Our households thoughts are with those who have been directly involved, you Deelip, your family, and your fellow countrymen.

  • Josh

    your not rambling Deelip. I’m thinking and praying for all affected, the country, the moral. Those terrorist can take a lot of lives, but not the pride and resilience of a nation like yours, nor the love and memories of the people harmed.

  • Josh

    your not rambling Deelip. I’m thinking and praying for all affected, the country, the moral. Those terrorist can take a lot of lives, but not the pride and resilience of a nation like yours, nor the love and memories of the people harmed.

  • Rod

    The worlds thoughts and prayers are with the people of India. We have two people on our team from India, one is in Mumbai for his wedding right now. As the world has become smaller, these events are more personal for all of us.

  • Rod

    The worlds thoughts and prayers are with the people of India. We have two people on our team from India, one is in Mumbai for his wedding right now. As the world has become smaller, these events are more personal for all of us.

  • kholish

    Deelip,

    I hope this will be the last tragedy.

  • kholish

    Deelip,I hope this will be the last tragedy.

  • Rachael Taggart

    Deelip, I send our thoughts and hopes for the safety of you and your family. The Mumbai events are shocking and as the world gets smaller, so each such incident involves us all, directly or indirectly.

  • Rachael Taggart

    Deelip, I send our thoughts and hopes for the safety of you and your family. The Mumbai events are shocking and as the world gets smaller, so each such incident involves us all, directly or indirectly.

  • Paul Salvador

    very sad and, sorry, belated response.

  • Paul Salvador

    very sad and, sorry, belated response.

  • Dora

    Deelip, my thoughts continue to be with you and your country. Hold steadfast to the good.

  • Dora

    Deelip, my thoughts continue to be with you and your country. Hold steadfast to the good.

  • akhil

    I just wonder why these same feelings didnt precipitate when gujarat riots happened .i mean people killed were more than u and i can guess right ??

    But i guess we only talk about the terrorist thar come from pakistan . locals are accepted

  • akhil

    I just wonder why these same feelings didnt precipitate when gujarat riots happened .i mean people killed were more than u and i can guess right ??But i guess we only talk about the terrorist thar come from pakistan . locals are accepted

  • Deelip Menezes

    Akhil,

    Gujarat felt worse that this because the people doing it were our own.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Akhil,Gujarat felt worse that this because the people doing it were our own.

  • akhil

    Somehow it still looks lie we indians are in a eternal deep slumber occasionally having nightmares like the current catharsis.

    I mean theres still a suspicion among religions. just to see the muslim leadership opposing cow slaughter on the coming id.
    and honchos in saffron brigade finding faults in these statements

  • akhil

    Somehow it still looks lie we indians are in a eternal deep slumber occasionally having nightmares like the current catharsis.I mean theres still a suspicion among religions. just to see the muslim leadership opposing cow slaughter on the coming id.and honchos in saffron brigade finding faults in these statements

  • Sanjay Kulkarni

    Unfortunately, this is not going to be the last nor the worst is over.

    In a country where law has no respect at any level, and Politicians Administration and Media, for their personal gains, seem to be sleeping partners – if not hand-in-glove – with the criminal gangs, what else can you expect?

    Sadly, there is no place for a self-respecting person in this country. And there does not seem to be any ray of hope that things could be turned back for any better.

    If Pakistan is a migrain today Bharat (ie India) is very likely to be a major headache in the future.

    My only hope is that some pied piper comes and prevents this.

    – Sanjay Kulkarni.

  • Sanjay Kulkarni

    Unfortunately, this is not going to be the last nor the worst is over.In a country where law has no respect at any level, and Politicians Administration and Media, for their personal gains, seem to be sleeping partners – if not hand-in-glove – with the criminal gangs, what else can you expect?Sadly, there is no place for a self-respecting person in this country. And there does not seem to be any ray of hope that things could be turned back for any better.If Pakistan is a migrain today Bharat (ie India) is very likely to be a major headache in the future.My only hope is that some pied piper comes and prevents this.- Sanjay Kulkarni.

  • akhil

    I got a funny comment the other day from a colleague of mine, we were actually discussing how india is become very unsafe and the guy actually said ” dont bother as much man , we are middle class we can obviously get out to mebbe canada or us of a . then who talks of lack of safety?”

  • akhil

    I got a funny comment the other day from a colleague of mine, we were actually discussing how india is become very unsafe and the guy actually said ” dont bother as much man , we are middle class we can obviously get out to mebbe canada or us of a . then who talks of lack of safety?”

  • Deelip Menezes

    Akhil,

    Running away from your problems does not solve them. They just follow you wherever you go.

    Last week a report coming out from the US suggested that the next major terrorist attack on the US would originate from Pakistan. There are reasons why Albright called Pakistan an international migraine. In fact she listed them in excrutiating detail, when she made that statement.

    The Pakistan problem needs to be solved before a mushroom cloud replaces a city and the people that reside in it, wherever in the world that may be.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Akhil,Running away from your problems does not solve them. They just follow you wherever you go.Last week a report coming out from the US suggested that the next major terrorist attack on the US would originate from Pakistan. There are reasons why Albright called Pakistan an international migraine. In fact she listed them in excrutiating detail, when she made that statement.The Pakistan problem needs to be solved before a mushroom cloud replaces a city and the people that reside in it, wherever in the world that may be.

  • Akhil

    And this I say as a part of the millions of fellow indians who call themselves “middle class” .We are like those slime covered worms in a gutter who cling on to the crevices of the gutter so that the rush of water doesnt budge us down.

    And yes it feels pathetic to be “ME” or “WE” but as they say show must go on.

    Well aint that everyones story here ? I would be pleasantly surprised if somebody dares to differ.

    Theres one more thing Id like to get outta my memory here
    Last week i read a editorial on rediff.com titled “Will the real messiah stand up” . evidently it was a write up on how abdul kalam is the best person today who can lead us.

    U know my reaction to it –LMAO.
    We are just used to become slaves to a bunch no gooders . first British Portuguese and now our own brain which keeps searching for LEADERS. Well the one within us has apparently died away.

    And lastly I am really sorry for all this toothless agression or rather impotent rage .

  • Akhil

    And this I say as a part of the millions of fellow indians who call themselves “middle class” .We are like those slime covered worms in a gutter who cling on to the crevices of the gutter so that the rush of water doesnt budge us down.And yes it feels pathetic to be “ME” or “WE” but as they say show must go on.Well aint that everyones story here ? I would be pleasantly surprised if somebody dares to differ.Theres one more thing Id like to get outta my memory here Last week i read a editorial on rediff.com titled “Will the real messiah stand up” . evidently it was a write up on how abdul kalam is the best person today who can lead us.U know my reaction to it –LMAO.We are just used to become slaves to a bunch no gooders . first British Portuguese and now our own brain which keeps searching for LEADERS. Well the one within us has apparently died away. And lastly I am really sorry for all this toothless agression or rather impotent rage .

  • Akhil

    Deelip,

    Dont worry,I am not running away any where.

    As i see it there are only two solution to this problem( well not actually two but anyways…..)
    1)Stand and fight every injustice ,every corruption ,every wrong doing .
    2)Stand in a corner and keep watching what happens and when things like Mumbai or NY911 happen come out on streets with candles and all sh@#. Unnecessarily romanticizing the event holding vigils and protest march.

    I believe root of all (terrorism,naxalism,violence,corruption)
    is POVERTY. NOTHING ELSE.

    U see electricity going from higher to lower potential makes power . sames the case with money .

    while we see all the financial inequalities in society we chose to be numb at it .

    I have chosen to do the second option . although I still have strong urge do go for the 1st.

    So mebbe I should just stop blabbering about these incidents

  • Akhil

    Deelip,Dont worry,I am not running away any where.As i see it there are only two solution to this problem( well not actually two but anyways…..)1)Stand and fight every injustice ,every corruption ,every wrong doing .2)Stand in a corner and keep watching what happens and when things like Mumbai or NY911 happen come out on streets with candles and all sh@#. Unnecessarily romanticizing the event holding vigils and protest march.I believe root of all (terrorism,naxalism,violence,corruption)is POVERTY. NOTHING ELSE.U see electricity going from higher to lower potential makes power . sames the case with money .while we see all the financial inequalities in society we chose to be numb at it .I have chosen to do the second option . although I still have strong urge do go for the 1st.So mebbe I should just stop blabbering about these incidents