Enter Jihadman

…Sleep with one eye open; Gripping your pillow tight; Exit light, enter night…

Metallica rocks. But given a choice, I prefer Tagore’s Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. Operative word: choice.

‘Stop us if you can’, an open challenge. Something you expect an over-confident criminal to say in a second-grade tv series on crime and investigation before they are bashed up by the sleuths. Not so much in real life. Definitely not in a system as complicated as ours.

Let us discount all our notions for a moment and face reality: we are f*****d. I mean, we are supposed to be the ones in the race for superpower and all that. But then, as Calvin put it, reality continues to ruin our lives.

Articles after articles have been written and arguments and counter-arguments provided for all that is wrong with our society. Journalists have criticized the government, inked out sarcastic articles and the government in turn had expressed shock, anger and then condemned the terrorist outfits. The opposition has spoken of the TADA and POTA acts that may have helped with the situation at which time human rights organization rose from its sleep. It is only in the in the interest of sanity that I will not link to any of the above-quoted. But nothing changed.

There is a cycle to all this. I mean, this happens every time we face a threat as the one above – albeit not always so explicitly. Some things never change. In India we are “simpul” people. No, am not claiming we are perfect but definitely we aren’t complicated. We “adjusht maadi” to anything and everything. If we cant, as in the case of the above, we shut the fuck up and go back to our stupid lives.

Neitzsche once said “That which doesnt kill you, only makes you stronger“. For Indians, he would perhaps have edited it thus: “That which doesnt kill you, only makes you indifferent“. I find no other reason why our skins are so thick and why we have zero sense of collective responsibility. And many would like to poke their nose now and ask me what is collective responsibility. I mean responsibility towards the nation – suffrage. Sadly we like suffer-age better.

But what are our choices? A defunct set of morons who would do anything for themselves? I have decided to stop commenting on the drivel served to us in the name of white papers and statements by politicians. I mean, we have a PM who, for the sake of governing, put reforms in the backseat (as ordered by our dear Leftists). A cheap whore in the name of ruling party president who has a (last) name and nothing else. Cabinet ministers who are busy stuffing up cabinets! A fucked up opposition, that is so confused that I am not going to shame myself talking about them. But I have this to say about these morons: I bet the NDA govt could NOT have done any better if they were in power instead of the UPA. Our dear regional parties for whom, India is a map and “bahujan” is priority. Left, well, they are probably the most efficient of the lot – for China, I mean.

Krishna Prasad let this out well in his article on rediff, pertaining to the security system in India. I extrapolate- everything is a joke in India. It is a wonder we still exist! Think what a terrorists’ thought process may be, think of how easy it is for the terrorist to do what he does best in our “free country” and then the real fear will sink in.

There is perhaps nothing much one can do regarding where we stand today. But as a group perhaps we can. Maybe we should, before even as a group we will be rendered useless. But if people have to realize this after listening to me, perhaps they are unworthy of existence in the first place. Stupidity must be declared a crime. Now I wont elucidate on who is “we” and who is “stupid”. For that you will have to dig your own grave.

There must be supremely intelligent people up there – the IASes, the IPSes and the like, not to forget our paanchvi pass mantris. But may I try and offer my 2 paisa on what, according to a poor old graduate, can be done to at least contain the madness we are subject to: This. Last I heard of this, was when NDA was in power – some talk on biometric IDs and all that. But definitely the commies held us by the balls, nothing cholbe-d. I understand that many people do not think that carrying an ID card will make h(n)ot-minded terrorists think anymore but definitely it will make it harder for them. It will make them traceable and Indians in general accountable. It will make it easier for our security infrastructure to operate. We also have to realize that all this will not happen overnight. Let us see if any party brings National ID scheme as an election issue in the upcoming elections. I bet they wont.

One other thing I think we must not do, is lose faith. And I fully understand that is a hard thing to ask Indians to do. But we dont live in the Tagore-land anymore- we never did. We dont have the choice. Gosh, life sucks.

I’m off to never never land…boom!

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11 Responses to “Enter Jihadman”

  1. Archu Says:

    K-Boy,

    Nice one.

    I doubt if there is anything new to happen, bomb blasts and terror attacks. The prime minister and the opposition leader visiting the sites. They pat the back of citizens who overcome the attack and so do they pat themselves for overcoming their duties.

    All I can say is Hail India-Pakistan friendship. And we free some more doves in the name of peace and jail ourselves in terror jails.

  2. Anonymi Says:

    Is there a correlation between having a identification system in place and a low crime rate? Although, even if such a correlation were to exist, it would prove nothing; but if it did not exist to begin with, that would be a hint about the uselessness of a NIC. Going over that page in Wikipedia, I found a number of countries, where I don’t think it is helping much. Pakistan is perhaps the closest comparison point we have, because of a similar law enforcement system (operating at roughly the same efficiency), and if they have an identification system in place, I dare say it is not doing them much good.

    There is certainly a need to improve law enforcement, but I don’t see how much an identification system is going to help in that regard. Perhaps there are better ways to spend that money. Like maybe, training people better, or maybe upgrading their infrastructure.

  3. onechance Says:

    Srikuamar (Anonymi),
    My point is that, in having to reveal their identity at every step in assimilating the infrastructure for their activity, they will be that much more in soup.
    Example: If you had to produce your ID at every cyber center from where they typed the message, there is a better chance than we have now of tracing them. Why only that? Does gelatin grow on trees? Now we can as well sit atop the Charminar and start suspecting everyone (causing anguish to the proponents of the religion of peace and many sleepless nights to our dear PM)

    If, according to you, irrespective of whether there exists a correlation or not, NIc is useless and assuming for a moment that I agree, why are we then even talking about correlation in the first place?

    Having an identification system and using it is as different as that between a librarian and a savant. I have made a vague assumption that people will put the system to use also. If not then better training, infrastructure and all these things will be as useless as anything, right?

    As a special case of our MFN, in most cases, I guess even they know who bit them- there is no explicit need for the NIC for that. The problem is cracking down on them- would it be easier to arrest a mullah in the Islamic republic of Pakistan or the sicular republic of India? You cant chase your own ghost- can you? 😉

    Archana, the next big thing showdown will be Mayavatis leela and potli Rahul baba ki. I bet thats going to be as bad as any terrorist attack. Call me sick but I derive sarcastic pleasure in all this -As well get some tax-free entertainment.

  4. onechance Says:

    Terrorist acts aimed at destroying social fabric: PM
    Our dear PM has spoken the wise words. He has also commended the people of Gujrat for the resilience they have shown.

    Dear Mr Prime Minister, I commend you too, in the words of Archana, for overlooking your duties and overcoming every iota of Indian-ness in shamelessly repeating your indifferent choir. I am glad though, that you did remember to change the name of the cities – from Bangalore to Ahmedabad.

  5. Anonymi Says:

    You are assuming that we have infinite resources at hand to enforce the NIC, more importantly, you assume that, once enforced, it will be enforced in a very wide sphere everyday activity. The practicality of both these assumptions are suspect.

    About the correlation; all I am suggesting is to check if a correlation exists between having a id card, and generally low crime rate in that particular society. The existence of such a correlation, will not necessarily imply causation, hence the “it would prove nothing”. But if the correlation were missing, to being with, we would know that the id cards are not working (in retrospect, not necessarily though, because we still wouldn’t know if that is society with exceptionally high crime rate, and the id are moderating them out, but again, unlikely as that is, we could draw rough conclusions.) Personally, I think even the existence of a weak correlation is unlikely.

    Anyway, even enforcement agencies which have huge resources don’t seem to be particularly using a national id number to keep track of terrorists. I don’t suppose homeland security uses the SSN to track terrorists, do they?

  6. onechance Says:

    Infinite resources? How much will it take to issue a card to Indians? And this need not be burdened on one tax year. I didnt say it must be done overnight. The assumption of the wide sphere application is, again, only as valid as any other step that we can take.

    On correlation: It is then a lose-lose situation. 😉 Kidding.
    I agree. And sorry I dont have any correlation between low crime rate and existence of NIC. I will get back to you shortly on this.

    A good example, albeit in a smaller domain, is Singapore. Singapore profiles its citizen like no one else. About homeland security using SSN to track criminals does it not? I dont think many Pakistani/Afghanis (outside US) have a SSN. On a completely different note, I was amazed at how accounts of terrorist suspects are immediately frozen outside India. Any particular reason, an “absconding” criminal in India can still maintain an account and live peacefully? All I am saying is lets make his life difficult.

  7. Anonymi Says:

    The major cost attached is not in issuing the card itself. It probably would be in building and maintaining the system (for a country of 1.3 billion!); which I am quite sure, will call for the creation of yet another bureaucratic behemoth. While I agree that the id system might have some benefits, given our limited resources, I have my doubts if this should be our first priority.

    Also, how tough can it be for a super rich Singapore government to police a super small country? 🙂 I am not very big fan of the Singapore government (for that matter any government), but more of that some other day.

    My call would be that India should stick to improving the police force infrastructure; both material-wise and manpower-wise.

    PS: All of this, without even touching upon perfectly legitimate privacy and misuse concerns attached with any tagging and tracking system.

  8. onechance Says:

    My call would be that India should stick to improving the police force infrastructure; both material-wise and manpower-wise.

    PS: All of this, without even touching upon perfectly legitimate privacy and misuse concerns attached with any tagging and tracking system.
    And while we are at it, lets also demand zero entropy.

  9. Anonymi Says:

    Vikram Sood’s take on the issue:
    http://soodvikram.blogspot.com/2008/08/worse-could-be-yet-to-come.html

    Any organisation is as strong as its weakest link. In India, the weakest link in the states is the disappearance of the beat constable system — the man who knew who or what was new on his beat and what was happening. It was this man who would generate, confirm or refute, new information. He used to be the lowest common denominator. Today, the police force is undermanned, undertrained, underpaid and overworked.

  10. Vibha Says:

    Bingo! Who represents us? Do we have a choice? The choice is between the worst and the bad!

    NIC is a must and should have been given a serious thought by all the governments long back! But for the hidden agendas of all the governments will this ever happen? Come to think about it not that we don’t have good systems or laws in place. We have PAN, we also have SSN, just the same way we also have good laws, but what do we do about the fact that there is no implementation! There is a Municipal law in Mumbai which says that every flat owner when rents his flat, has to furnish complete details of the tenant with the authorities. Isn’t this law helpful in keeping tab on the people who hire houses for illegal activities? This is where collective responsibility comes in. How many really do this, not many?
    I think we aren’t really a country with all shitty laws or where good laws and systems don’t exist. The problem is with implementation and collective will!! Do we have solution for this?

  11. onechance Says:

    Vibha, your post above has 6 questions and 4 sentences with exclamation marks in 12 sentences. To compound the complexity of this non-situation, Archana, Sri, Kowsik, Tanvi and myself are the only other (5, counting me as human) beings who have read it.

    If you still didnt get my point, here it is, explicitly: My blog was useless in rendering anything to the situation. Your comment, well appreciated, but again as useless as my blog.

    Gee, life sucks.

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