The images of those young boys. Does it not disturb you to imagine that the youth today thinks that they need to resort to these acts to achieve something? I dont want the young anywhere in the world to believe that.
As a country, we obviously are not prepared for any kind of crisis management. Lets not pretend otherwise anymore. Acts of terrorism are, I admit, are difficult to prevent. But can we not be prepared to help those who get caught in these random acts? I refuse to believe that a group of people who have the resources of the entire country at their disposal cannot build an infrastructure/an efficient team to manage crisis. I understand that I am as much to blame as the system for a situation like this. I never pushed the system. I never expected anything of the system. I never questioned the system.
Images that disturbed me some more were of the people standing behind the camera at some of these locations smiling and waving at the camera. They pushed each other to get into the frame. Do we, as a country, also lack sensitivity? What is with the people posting minute-to-minute updates of the security personnel’s movements inspite of the police asking us not to?
I also didnt quite understand the media’s coverage of it. When you show us how many security people got into the hotel from “this exact spot”, you are not only showing it to us. Do they realise that? If sitting at home, I can see that….how can these very smart people who are in the line of responsible journalism not be able to see it? I dont even see a difference between them and the political class whom they are always dissing. The politicians talk, gain popularity based on whatever factors, dont do much later. How different are our media channels? Are they also not trying the same thing with us? Gaining popularity through “exclusives” by pushing their cameras and mikes in the faces of hostages who are breathing fresh air for the first time in 16 hours! That Polish guy seemed more sensible and insisted that he had promised the cops to not say anything. But that did not stop the lady journalist,from one of the more popular newschannels, to chase him with her questions. What made my temper hit the roof was when I saw a newschannel flashing images of the entire situation with a dramatic background score and believe it or not, but with a brand of HANDYCAMS advertisement on the side. God forbid anyone loses an opportunity to make some money out of this!
I am no one to preach anyone else. I lead a selfish life to. I look after myself and my own. But everytime I think about the staff at the hotels going about their work as usual or families out for dinner or people catching a train to get back home to their families – it upsets me. The acts were wrong. The fact that we couldnt help a lot of them is wrong. I want to know how to make it right. I need to know that we can make it right.