Bottomline, if we can never hit Pakis back then atleast lets do some housecleaning. Many tractor trailer loads of Ammonium Nitrate goes missing and there is no investigation,no follow up.
Ambarji - if I think of the number of times I meet petty government functionaries who could be responsible for allowing a load of Ammonium Nitrate to "disappear" I am surprised that it does not happen that often. When you visit police stations, or when you pass a state border and have to stop at a checkpoint - you look at the police or excise or other inspectors - you meet people who have paid a bribe to get their first government job. Years ago I had a driver - a man who showed me his scheduled caste certificate (he belonged to the Idiga community) and he told me that he needed to collect Rs 1 lakh as a bribe (that was 1998) to get a job as a government driver after which his life would be stable. Police constable and other low functionaries in governments pay bribes to get it ad have to make their money as they go along. Near where I live I have faced a problem of illegal vendors. They run away when I chase them and the traffic police (white shirt) chase them when I am around. But the vendors are openly paying bribes to the security police (khaki shirt) whose duty does not involve keeping the road clear of vendors.
Most of us on BRF belong to a class of people who have not paid bribes to get in anywhere - except for any donations our fathers may have paid to get us educated, which we do not call as "bribe". But the principle is similar. Our economy is "booming" by creating wealth in this manner, and when the system breaks down and some people get killed we blame 25 lakh minorities and catholic ladies. Cognitive dissonance prevents us from admitting that we live in a deeply corrupt society - where the corrupt are often patriotic. They will cheat you but they will not allow that Ammonium Nitrate through. But the system fails once in a while. A man accepts a bribe for a load of bleaching powder to pass a checkpost - but the bleaching powder is ammonium nitrate.
The system that created wealth among lowly government employees, the system that bypasses bureaucracy, the system that selects the "right" scheduled caste candidate among 200 scheduled caste applicants for the same job is a system that depends on individual dharma and conscience to prevent terrorism because the system allows some things and disallows other things. The system will allow a forward caste candidate into an SC reserved job if he fakes his certificate AND pays money. But a real SC candidate only has to pay money. The system will not allow ammonium nitrate through. But for money, the system will allow bleaching powder through after payment of a bribe.
I don't know any Indian Americans who claim thay have bribed their way through the system in the US. Every Indian I know pays a bribe. I paid no bribes as an NRI. I am paying bribes now. I have contacts who know which insurance agents will pass medical bills for a kickback. My own classmate once asked me to write the name of his brother instead of his wife on medical bills because the brother had insurance. I know one Indian American who ran a successful insurance scam in the US. He is currently in jail in America.
We know all this. But when terrorism occurs the fault is with Catholic ladies, Muslims and the government. Since we are in denial as a nation we are going to continue to have terrorism for the foreseeable future. I can predict that. D-company knows that. The mafia know that.
When the home minister Patil says on 26/11 "These things will happen
" - he is only saying what I have said above. He is being honest. If he was a more astute politician he would say "We will respond in kind
" and make people feel happy at the boldness. Jayalalitha did that recently. She knows how to handle the system. When people were upset at a boy being shot in an army area she made a big noise to say "The culprits will be brought to book. The army will not get away
" The people were happy. They shut up. Only BRF whined. But if she had been honest the people would have cursed her.
We live in a make believe mental world where we like to believe some things. And one of the things that we believe is that some "strong action" like USA will make terrorism go away.
If we have to act like USA we really should invade Sri Lanka and bribe Pakstan not to attack us. The US did someting like that. they invaded Afghanistan and bribed Pakstan. We admire that. But we are unable to do that. We don't want to give Pakistan concessions. So Pakistan hits us.