First, Happy Diwali and my head still hurts from last night. And five hundred rupees in tens can really stuff your wallet. Sidharth organised a great party yesterday and some of us had a very entertaining time playing teen-patti. Small stakes of 10/20, but I still managed to end the night with one hell of a lot of ten rupee notes. A lot of them, and many twenty buck notes as well. A breakfast at Fortune Global wasn't too bad as well.
Anyway, coming back to the Delhi blasts, yesterday's TOI had a front-page edit advocating the imposition of laws that could prevent attacks like what happened on Saturday. Essentially, I believe the newspaper was asking for a reimposition of the rather repressive POTA. An act that the Congress government repealed (rather than modifying it) when they came to power. Strange because Maharashtra (despite a Congress government, though it is the strangest Congress government in the country) still has the even more repressive MCOCA.
India has suffered terrorism for longer for almost any country in the world save Israel/Palestine (Note, I equate both parties in the Middle East). The killing of soldiers and paramilitary forces in attacks might be shocking, but since they are still 'soldiers', I could still at one level understand those attacks. But the killing of women and children who are out with their families is indefensible at any level.
However, will it be correct to impose an authorotarian act upon us because of that? I don't know, because I do not know how authorotarian the act will be. Will it be as invasive as the 'Patriot Act' that the US has? Or will it just add another level of security to Indian streets? Frankly, I still feel no matter how much security you have through metal detectors and guys feeling up my ass-cheeks every time I fly, India by its sheer crowd and inherent open-ness will continue to have the occasional attack - killing even more civilians.
The only way I feel we can tackle this is to be proactive (a la Israel) and just send a few of those Sukhoi's we have parked at Pune across the LoC and attack the militant camps once and for all. But with this government, which breeds corruption (Natwar Singh, Hullloooo?) and then denies it (Mitrochkin is a lying bastard and now Paul Volker is being tarred too, lets just forget Lalu) is not going to be the one to do it.
Somehow, at a karmic level we are being punished for having elected this bunch of jokers into power.