Mob mentality

India has been famous where the mob becomes a law onto itself.

The most recent case seems to have arisen after the Delhi – Diwali Bomb blasts. The police released a sketch of a suspect in the blasts. This seems to have occured to the misfortune of Mohammed Nawab, 19, who was on Thursday beaten up by a mob at Vaishali in Ghaziabad because he looks like the man police suspect.

“Then people started pointing to a sketch in the papers and beat me. I don’t even know what crime they think I’ve committed, I think people shouted that I started a fire. I’m just an innocent man. My face looks nothing like that in the sketch. Just because I am poor people are beating me.”

He also added “The only people who haven’t beaten me today are the police” and he was there the rest of the day for his own safety even after police gave him a clean chit.

A farcical and an almost wickedly funny story.

Hail to the mob and for once the police (known for its endemic corruption and human right abuses) seem to have been the good guys for once.

Politicians and bed fellows

Ronald Reagan once said Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Liberalist parties in india have been accusing the hardliners of being against minorities. The congress party which is in power in India has now curiously avoided persecuting the BJP party during whose reign the Godhra riots occured. Now there is a new commission report (Nanavati commision) which has damning reports of the Congress Party’s hand in the Sikh massacre of 1984.

It will be nice if the parties get off their secular and non secular bandwagon and try the simple theory that if you commit murder, you should be prosecuted.

So now both the ruling party and the largest opposition party have been implicated in having a direct or indirect hand in two of the worst riots in the country. Testing and troubling times for the world’s largest democracy …..

Indians are slippery, treacherous bastards

According to recently de-classified white house documents Richard Nixon said that ” Indians are a slippery, treacherous people” while his Henry Kissinger held the view that “The Indians are bastards anyway. They are the most aggressive goddamn people around”. This is during the run up to the East Pakistan/Bangladesh fiasco resulting in an India-Pakistan war.

To crush the rebellian West Pakistan engaged in a genocide resulting in around 3 million people dead, 200,000-400,00 women raped and 8-10 million people sought refuge in India.

Nixon seems to have overlooked the human casuality to maintain good relations with Pakistan. He seems to have remarked to a visiting Pakistani delegation “Yahya is a good friend. I understand the anguish of the decisions which Yahya had to make.”

When full scale war began between India and Pakistan, Nixon dispatched the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise to the Bay of Bengal to “intimidate” India. This however did not change the outcome and the new country of Bangladesh was created.

It does make up for interesting reading on how American Foreign Policy has been historically based on.