Just Thinking

Sorry for not keeping in touch. I have been traveling places, meeting people, doing stuff. Very busy by my (admittedly low) standards 🙂 Anyway, I am fine and thanks for asking. Here’s what I am thinking about

I was imagining what would happen in the next hostage situation. Terrorists from our good neighbor Pakistan (according to SRK) take say 100 Indians hostage — a plane hijacking perhaps. In return for the hostages, they demand that Kasab, the butcher of Mumbai, to be released.

My thought was that India should then in exchange for the hostages, offer them the people who are responsible for not hanging Kasab now that the trial is over. I would suggest MMS and his boss. In any case, the damage that Kasab has done is infinitesimally small compared to what the Congress rulers have done over the last half century. Who needs Kasab when these people rule?

With that thought, I takes your leave for nows. Will be back shortly.

21 thoughts on “Just Thinking

  1. Sundried Atheist Monday April 26, 2010 / 11:42 am

    Good to hear that you are alive and kikkin’ Atanu.

    Ain’t nothing gonna change if another hostage situation arises. A few terrorists will be released again and some NGO’s will beat their cheast and claim how downtrodden Muslims are in this country and after some time everything will be forgotten and people like SRK will want India to play more cricket with Pakistan, some more qawwals will be invited for shows in India and some more Pakistani singers will get to make hay in India so that they can go back home and complain about how filthy Hindus are. 🙂
    I wonder how many here are aware of a man called Zaid Hamid, apparently his right hand man is a so called Paki Rocker (whatever rocker means in the Paki contest called Ali Azmat. Remeber the bald guy from the group Junoon).
    All one has to do is to listen to this egg headed, Jew& Hindu hating rocker on TV to be able to understand how he thinks.
    But if you tell a Hindu as to what their favourite Paki rockers think about them, they will flatly reply ” I am not intersted in politics only his music.”

    You bet buddy!


  2. Ketan Monday April 26, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    You might offer MMS & her friend, guide, mentor & master, & all the associates, but why would Pakistan be generous enough to accept them?! Why would they do India such a huge favor?! Your thinking is too wishful to be true any time soon! 😉


  3. Ketan Monday April 26, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    While typing, I was making it a point to put “his” after MMS instead of “her”, & even wondering how it would be mildly funny to write “her”, but what turned out was truly a typo. 😦


  4. Sundried Atheist Monday April 26, 2010 / 12:49 pm

    Who is MMS?


  5. Sandeep Monday April 26, 2010 / 1:40 pm

    @Sundried Atheist MMS-> Manmohan Singh


  6. Sundried Atheist Monday April 26, 2010 / 1:52 pm

    oh okay, thanks mate. I couldn’t have firgured that out on my own.


  7. Rex Monday April 26, 2010 / 2:16 pm

    Of course, Kasab was just a pawn, not a mastermind like Masood Azhar who was released in exchange for IC-813 hostages. There’s no strategic value in
    getting him back.


  8. kautilya Monday April 26, 2010 / 10:37 pm

    i have a genuine suggestion. we should all pool in some contribution and sponsor a one way trip to the land of the pure..
    the following people should be part of the junket..

    arundati roy, srk, vinod mehta, all of aman ki asha team from toilet paper of india, sagarika ghosht, her spouse, boorkha dutt, praful bidwai, somalia sengupta…

    the condition shud be, it shud be a one way fare and they shud not return back to land of infidels.. (a.k.a hinduoki..ki zeniyat hi aisee hai)


  9. zookybeans Tuesday April 27, 2010 / 7:57 am

    It is truely amazing how Indians suffer at the hands of the very people governing us. Do these acts of war against India not affect them at all or are they so smug sitting in Delhi protected by security personnel to not feel threatened?
    Their apathy and inaction are apalling to say the least. I wonder how the powers that be would act if say one of their family members’ was butchered in a terror attack? I am sure they would still do nothing.
    It seems that the Indian politicians have stopped thinking, doing nothing, planning nothing, anticipating nothing and are content to go on from day to day.
    Their ineptitude and grossly incapacitated actions have reduced India to what it has really become – A tragedy of epic proportions.


  10. average Indian Tuesday April 27, 2010 / 9:05 am

    In any such hostage situation, there are broadly, 4 actors (groups) whose actions can be considered to have an effect on the situation: the govt, the opposition, the general public and the “civil society”. (there is overlap between 3 and 4). The govt in a counrty like India is generally passive; and takes decisions based on the actions of the other 3 actors. The opposition generally wants a stick to beat the govt with; hence its best strategy is: “the unity and integrity of the country should be safeguarded keeping in mind the safety and security of the hostages”. There is obviously a trade-off, but to the opposition no trade-off is optimal and wud be the subject of criticism. The general public ( ppl interested in the outcome wud probably be very small) are emotional; and overwhelmingly unaware of consequences and devoid of principles. Based on these reactions, the govt generally takes a decision aimed at satisfying the majority, but, and this is a very important but, it would have helped if someone in the govt could stand up and say: “if this happens to my folks in the future I wud not compromise”. Even if there are such individuals they wud find it hard to say this, as others wud effectively stop him as their own inadequacy wud be revealed. This is, I think what happened in past hostage situations. The solution is to codify an extremely rigid framework for such situations; unfortunately it wud not happen.


  11. Sundried Atheist Tuesday April 27, 2010 / 9:18 am

    Hey Kautilya why don’t we throw that old spooky bastard Khuswant Singh, Kuldip Nayyar, etc in for good measure. It is going to be a good riddance.


  12. Mallikarjuna Tuesday April 27, 2010 / 6:00 pm

    Come on,
    What good would your offer of MMS & etc make?
    They’re hardly doing anything on
    Price Rise,
    Infrastructure …….
    Who will want them?

    Offer rejected out right by neighbors.


  13. Chanakya P Tuesday April 27, 2010 / 9:16 pm

    Careful everybody.
    You can be charged with section 124A of the IPC. Also the new cyber laws in effect seriously limit your freedom of speech. So unless you are taking appropriate measures to guard yourself…you might be in for some nice palm-greasing 🙂


  14. Akshar Wednesday April 28, 2010 / 12:10 am


    🙂 Let us take solace in the fact that babus dont know much about internet.

    Instead of sending thiese folks to the land of pure, i suggest they should be a given a complimentary trip to Moon in Chandrayan-II. In such a case even if Chandrayan fails the mission will be successful.


  15. Surya Wednesday April 28, 2010 / 5:19 am

    MMS and his boss? No. Sorry. Pakis wont take the bait..they value kasab much higher than these 2…mmmmmh..who is it then….may be amitabh or sachin will fit their imagination…


  16. Ritwick Wednesday April 28, 2010 / 9:27 am

    I’m not sure hanging kasab is necessarily the best option. He may be as much a victim as the people he killed… the roots are the leaders who brainwashed him with the militant jihadist mentaity and supplied the training.

    Much as the fundamentalists have been brainwashed, we should also be careful about our personal dogma. The Congress maynot be a beacon of success but it sure has been secular. Its economic policies are mostly populist in nature and flawed in several ways. Most people were hang Kasab as soon as he was captured. We should be better than that and allow a full court case (as has been done, though the judgement is pending).


  17. Sundried Atheist Wednesday April 28, 2010 / 12:02 pm

    The Congress maynot be a beacon of success but it sure has been secular.

    A Party that supports freebies for Muslims in the name of Haj Houses, promtes and provides monterary and travel funds to Muslims for Hajj, gives minority institutions to take all advantages of tax payers money, crimps whenever the name of “common civil code” is taken, can’t be secular by standards. Plus secularism is a very term and can’t be quantified.
    I mean how secular does one have to be inorder to be labbeled as a secular person. Doesn’t true secularism mean rejection of faith altogether and where the state has nothing to do with religion.
    Has Congress followed any of these principles, I guess not, and hence they are not secular by any stretch of imagination.


  18. Sundried Atheist Wednesday April 28, 2010 / 12:10 pm

    *In my post above I wanted to say that “Secularism is a vague term and can’t be quantified”


  19. Pranav Thursday April 29, 2010 / 7:03 am

    You forgot the greatest of the great, Tiesta Setalwad in to the crowned list.


  20. kautilya Saturday May 1, 2010 / 8:35 pm

    @Ritwik : You said – The Congress may not be a beacon of success but it sure has been secular

    congress? secular ???????

    hahah.. dude.. how do you bull shit with a straight face.. 🙂


  21. Kaffir Sunday May 2, 2010 / 2:52 am

    I’m not sure hanging kasab is necessarily the best option. He may be as much a victim as the people he killed… the roots are the leaders who brainwashed him with the militant jihadist mentaity and supplied the training.

    Yes Ritwik. We should ignore or bend the law when it is inconvenient to our personal feelings or doesn’t mesh with our ideology, and have a flexible approach. And to hell with accountability of, and taking responsibility for one’s actions – much better to turn them into bechaare victims, who were forced by circumstances to kill Indians in cold blood. It’s the rule of law only when it is convenient to us.

    With thinking like you espouse being the norm and being accepted without any analysis, is it any surprise that our society is so messed up?


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