Yet another blast in Delhi! Right now nothing can be said, spill-over of news will certainly create confusion like intensity of the blast, number of injured, deaths if any, n midst all this, there will be silly political statements of blame game n resolve to capture perpetrators. And it is not even one month to the August 15. 11:00 AM
Delhi HC had another low intensity blast on May 25 this year. Can govt hide behind logic that it's security apparatus can't be everywhere to guard. HC is supposed to be a well secured place, n this lapse acquires serious proportions, when, the HC, has already witnessed a blast so recently! 12:00 PM
And it is not even one month to the August 15 n 10 days to Anna breaking his Fast n so all the tall claims of security measures taken in Delhi! 12:15 PM
What is coming out now its a well planned terrorist act with reports saying upto 11 dead indicative of IM-LeT modus oprandi. They chose Wednesday as it is PIL day in the court with larger crowd in the court premises. They chose Gate no. 5 as the area around it is most crowded! Indeed well planned! A slap again in the face of security agencies! 12:30 PM
Chidambaram to speak in Parliament - except some rhetoric again! Victims, as usual, are the common men like you n me, who, don't hold much significance for elite class of rulers! 12:40 PM
Chidambaram's routine statement, Parliament's momentary show of solidarity, Delhi LG's Tejendra Khanna's lame defence of security agencies-says it happened outside highly secured court premises n not inside, at the same time preaches the citizens to be more alert to prevent such acts-otherwise, he says such terror acts can't be stopped. What a crap! How to digest it again! 12:55 PM
And be prepared to witness special intelligence analysis by the 24/7 on-air media, particularly the breed of Hindi ones with as bizarre angles you can't even think of - blast's number-7 connection, Wednesday link, time of blast, type of explosive - the astrological factor, n what not! blah blah! 1:15 PM
PM's statement follows the suit - empty words - resolve to take strictest action - a time that never comes! 1:30 PM
While en-route, one can see the heightened security. Long queues on Delhi Metro stations, barricaded roads, increased police activity on every nook and corner – just to fizzle out by the next day! What else we can say after so frequently repeated terror strikes in a country that claims to be in the league of future superpowers. 3:15 PM
Updates and updates, this lead, that lead! Sanity on airwaves please! 5:30 PM
Investigative speculations are rife. Ammonium Nitrate, PETN or both seem to be used. Sketches released. Reactions are pouring in. Job is done by professionals it seems. HUJI has taken the responsibility. 8:00 PM
But wait, it is just beginning of the leads. Almost of the blast cases in India are unsolved mysteries with botched up investigations. Here, just leads come. And, seldom lead to concrete outcomes! 8:15 PM
Another scramble is on treading the human emotions. Case studies of victims packed with powerful emotive punch lines – a mad rush is on. Stop it please! 8:50 PM
At the same time – ‘passing the buck game’ is on – Delhi government says Delhi HC security was not under its control. That may be a technical truth but was uncalled for statement at this hour.
Seeing it in global geopolitical perspective, HUJI, LeT being Al Qaeda affiliated and IM inclined to their radical ideology, this blast four days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 raises questions to be investigated.
US has not seen any major terror activity post 9/11 and that has been frustrating for terror groups. Osama’s killing was like a deafening blow. To be in the run, they feel they need to launch scathing attack. But that is not happening.
So soft targets like India, oiling their machinery, showing they have something to show to their funders. And why only India, it is happening in most of the third word or developing countries with multiple ethnic divides.
Such ethnic segregations give these mercenaries a fertile ground to cultivate hatred based on religious fanaticism.
But this can never be an excuse especially in a blast like today that saw a blast at almost the same place just three months ago.
Securing a Lutyen Zone or 486 sensitive places of Delhi would never suffice. And when this is state of affairs in Delhi, India’s Capital city, imagine every other city and installation associated with transitory presence of ordinary Indians being a soft target.
Do something comprehensive now. Maligning Anna Hazare for his genuine cause is not what you policymakers have been voted for. One of the reasons, you have been voted to prevent dastardly events like these blasts.