Monday, July 28, 2008

No Fear For Life? See this Photo

A series of 16 blasts occurred Saturday evening in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, killing almost 50 people. These bombs were apparently planted in tiffin carriers and placed in cycles. It’s just the previous day that similar bomb blasts occurred in one of the southern states of India killing 2 people.

The news channel had this photo in their home page after Ahmedabad blast. The caption below the photo reads “Caution: A policeman inspects a sack near an explosion in Ahmedabad.”

Now closely observe the photo – already 16 blasts have occurred and no one knows how many more bombs are planted. They saw an unidentified sack and a formally dressed policeman with no apparent protective gear inspects the sack to find if it has an explosive or not. While he does that hundreds of people stand less than 50 feet around him curious to know what is inside that sack. For them curiosity takes precedent over their own life!

Let us argue that the police officer in this photo is fully trained for such a thing, what about the hundreds of onlookers? Suppose that was a very powerful bomb and it exploded around the same time this photo was taken, hundreds of people might have killed/injured.

I cannot imagine what was going through the minds of those people who are standing there and watching the police officer inspect the sack. Did these people ever think what would have happened to them if that were to be a powerful bomb? Why didn’t the police cordon off the area to reduce the human causalities that may probably have happened if it was an explosive?

What do all these point to? Don’t we have fear for our own life? Don’t we think and accept that each life is valuable?

This photo made me think – what could have happened if such a thing happened in US? Those who lived in US know the answer for that. Forget about series of bomb blasts. Imagine someone alerted police officers of some unidentified object that they assumed may be a bomb found in some place. The police will be there immediately and they would cordon off that area. All the local channels will be full of news about that unidentified object and no one would go anywhere near to that area. So you can imagine how different it will be if a bomb blast of the magnitude that occurred in Ahmedabad has happened anywhere in US.

Let us hope Indian people and authorities become more responsible and take more actions to root out terrorism from Indian soil.

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Blogger drsubbu said...

Dear Brijesh,
It is a quite revealing scenario dipicted in that photograph. It simply explains how our poeple are naive and care least about their life out of blissful ignorance about danger and risk to thier life.It very sad our 'trianed policeman'in civilian clothes just mimics our Film Heros with least concern and oblivious of his surroundins with more than 100 curious onlookers who have pput their lives at risk. It is very sad that Our Govt is aloso equally oblivious.
I will narrate a scene which I personally witnessed in January 2007 when I was travelling by a hired tourist car from Delhi to Haryana.
Jut infront of our car on a very busy national Highway right in the middle of the road on a TVS-SUZUKI 2 WHEELER BIKE WITH no registration number a Sardarji with a turban fairly young riding with one hand and talking very busy on his Mobile phone for more than 20 minutes with least botheration about the fact tht he on his 2 wheeler with one hand only on the handle bar!
That is typical Indians for you.
As much as West respect life They go too far our fear. I can never ever justify What Americans do to the rest of the World in the name of their National Security! Both extremes are bad.
Dr Subbu

July 28, 2008 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Mani Karthik said...

Brijesh, I went through more or less similar channels of though seeing this picture and also some other "stunts" by police officers on the channels. I can only say "It happens only in India", a better caption for the pic. Eh?

July 28, 2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

i dont want to comment on that policeman but that crowd is taking the scenario too lightly. They seem to have no clue as to how an explosion could endanger their lives. The population needs some serious education as to the dangers of this mode of terrorism and how to keep oneself safe.

July 28, 2008 11:26 PM  
Blogger Prasanth. R Krishna said...

Let us hope Indian people and authorities become more responsible and take more actions to root out terrorism from Indian soil.

Its a thoughtful article. But what we can do? Even if we trying to make awareness the mass will stare at. That is the indians.

Please change the setting to remove this word varification please.

July 29, 2008 3:39 AM  
Blogger കുടുംബംകലക്കി said...

Don't you know we believe in FATE? That is all.

July 29, 2008 6:00 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Having a cell phone in one hand and driving a two wheeler – it is a very common thing in India. It is too risky.

Mani Karthik,
“It happens only in India”- good title. I put that title for the story in (

Yes the mob needs serious education about the dangers of terrorism.

Prasanth R Krishna
I think word verification is part of

We are inviting the fate of death doing all these.

July 29, 2008 8:26 AM  
Blogger mirage said...

Great observation you did!How ignorant our people are....It would have been a totally different scenario in any of the western countries.

Thank God,they all escaped from a great danger!

July 29, 2008 10:56 PM  
Blogger Mani said...

It is understandable if you don't go to the extend of flapping a STOP sign out of the school bus while picking or dropping the children, or you don't go to the extend of funding tens of thousands to find an optimal hue for the school bus to enhance its visibility in semi-darkness, or you don't go to the extend of setting up an organization like NCEF - National Clearinghouse For Educational Facilities to supervise the school facilities. But it is certainly pathetic to realize a government is still not able to take an affirmative action against schools running under thatched-roofs even four years after 90 kids are burnt alive in a thatched-roof building in Tamilnadu.

It is also understandable if you don't have full-equipped state-of-the-art vehicles to handle an emergency situation including diffusing bombs, or if you don't broadcast the news in all the local and state channels at the blink of an eye, or you don't completely block the area by cutting-off the traffic through a sophisticated traffic control system. But it is certainly sick to realize the same police men who’d do anything to keep the crowd away from creating any discomfort to even a small-time politician don't bother to even distract the onlookers!

July 30, 2008 12:48 AM  
Blogger silverine said...

"But it is certainly sick to realize the same police men who’d do anything to keep the crowd away from creating any discomfort to even a small-time politician don't bother to even distract the onlookers!"


July 30, 2008 5:19 PM  
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