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Sympathy for Boston (and others)

April 16, 2013

Update: Not all are patriots.

I have received enough spam mail from some sick mind/s who used words ‘Boston sympathy’ to tag this post. It originated in US and ip leads to a router.

I love Boston (but not bots). It’s an amazing city, in company of many amazing neighbours, full of inspiring people who responded so quickly with offers of help. Salute, true humans.

Sympathy for Boston (and others)

This morning, newspapers are reporting that the accused for Pune German Bakery blast is convicted.

Also, news is coming in about the three blasts at the end of Boston Marathon. My sympathy for the city, her citizens and all who are affected.

The act of scaring and scarring unarmed and unrelated citizens is becoming more and more common. Delhi, Mumbai, Malegaon, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, London, Brussels, Paris, and many more cities come to mind.

How is a city affected by these? Not only these events change the life of those who were directly affected, but also of those who weren’t there. Yesterday, we have heard the 100th story when a person who met with an accident did not find help.

It has become common for Mumbai people to start worrying seriously if a loved one is late and hasn’t called. Of course mutual trust is affected. India, which has long battled these terror acts sees more and more polarisation taking place because of actions of some.

Of course the CCTV systems for public places are finding more supporters. If in London all the dustbins from public places like tube stations are removed, it is to make them safer. In airports, routinely a bag will be picked up by the security if the owner veered away from it for more than two minutes.

Essentially adpoted as a way to draw attention, to display anger, and power, in a way highlights the powerlessness of those behind such acts. Often the show of power is towards an authority or a system. The trouble is that in large democracies, it is more and more difficult to pin down the blame for making decisions on persons, and even more difficult to harm them personally. So the acts of anger are turning more symbolic, directed more and more towards citizens.

Generally a government doesn’t give in to terror/ guerrilla warfare, and if the intention is to serve an ideology, it is not fulfilled. Governments don’t change their outlook on account of a few angry/ misguided subjects (specially if they try to harm other subjects). History stands witness to the fact that if it was towards a demand, it is not met. If it was a reaction from members of a large group, the rest of that group gets in more trouble. For those poor sods who went crazy on their own, they are just murdering people whether they look at it that way or not.

My heart goes out to citizens harmed and scared. Peace.

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