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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Varanasi bomb blasts

Varanasi: Three bomb explosions ripped through this holy city, killing at least 21 persons and injuring 62 others at a crowded temple and a railway station.

The police found two other bombs near the city's main cremation site on the banks of the Ganga.

Bombs exploded:
a) inside the Sankat Mochan temple adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple around 6.30 p.m. when the temple was teeming with devotees during the evening pooja. An eyewitness said a marriage ceremony was in progress at the temple.
b) minutes afterwards, in the holding area of platform one of the Cantonment railway station.
c) in a crowded coach of the Shiv Ganga Express just before it was to leave for New Delhi. The compartment was packed with people going on vacation ahead of the Holi.

The Pioneer also reports that
Seven bombs were later defused, including four that had been planted on the Gowdolia-Dasashwamedh Ghat Road near the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also expressed dismay at the way the political parties are playing with the security of the people.

"Today, Hindus feel completely unsafe in India. Terrorists are attacking especially the Hindu community. First it was Diwali, and now it is on the eve of Holi."

The systematic murder of at least 21 people and the maiming of 62 others will receive the usual treatment from the Indian government and the media: copious breast-beating, crocodile-tearing, awards of money, lectures on maintaining "communal harmony" et al. for a week or ten days, after which life will go back to normal, till the next set of bomb blasts, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

A few years ago the NDA government was quite prompt in reacting to the Parliament bomb attack by amassing troops on the border. I remember thinking then that only when the elite (in that case, the political elite) are threatened do we see any action (or atleast, the impression of action) from the government. If the common man, woman and child are exploded or hacked to pieces or burnt beyond recognition while they are praying, shopping, playing, travelling, working, it really doesn't shock the Indian (government's) psyche anymore.

I bet you that the Indian government's response will be substantially different if and when the elite (political/economic/social) are targetted.

Until then, say a prayer for the common man ...

The foreign-press is already licking its lips in anticipation of communal rioting. Before the explosion's shockwaves have subsided, the Times reports of "revenge fear"! And who is doing the reporting for the Times? Something called "Raekha Prasad" ...

It (Raekha) writes:
INDIA was on high alert last night after a series of explosions tore through the country’s holiest Hindu city, sparking fears of renewed communal violence.

[Sankat Mochan] temple, which is one of India’s oldest and dedicated to the Hindu monkey god Hanuman.

In July gunmen stormed Ayodhya, a city sacred to both Hindus and Muslims ...

Where does the foreign press find these losers? How come there are SO MANY PSEC LOSERS in journalism in India? I guess, in the Indian context, journalism is the first refuge of PSEC LOSERS.


  • At 3:28 AM, Blogger doubtinggaurav said…


    There is a surplus of them.

    By the way check Nitin and Cynical Nerd's Blog



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