Bombay 26/11 Editorial – Rich India's Gravest Hour

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26/11 Bombay Editorial - Rich India's Gravest Hour

Why should no-star India cry for 5-star India.

[Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; picture by Reuters]

The aftermath of terrorist attacks in Bombay shows that India’s social divide is wider than I had imagined.

Suddenly the rich and good-looking Indians of Delhi and Bombay have realised that they, too, perhaps have a stake in the country’s political system.

They never cared before. But now it’s different.

After all, the Taj was like their second home.

This time the terrorists invaded the rich people’s most expensive hotels. The next time it could be their gated apartment complexes. They fear that the political establishment would continue to play its usual blame games.

“You can’t trust these netas,” the rich people say. One elegant Bombay socialite has talked of carpet bombing Pakistan.

Dangerous times.

You may say that it wasn’t only the glorious Taj and Oberoi that were targeted. People were killed in Bombay’s railway terminus, too. True. True? All that TV channels showed during the great Bombay siege were the English-speaking Indians and white Westerners of the Taj.

There were bodies of not-so-rich people lying in the railway station but… who cares for the ‘natives’?

In different parts of India — in Kashmir, Manipur, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, there are millions of Indians who daily suffers the personalised terrorism of so-called freedom fighters, mujahideens, maoists, police officers and Indian army jawans. I have rarely seen south-Delhi-esque Indians lighting candles at India Gate on behalf of those.

Maybe those people don’t really matter. After all, they are not bank owners, industrialists, or influential journalists. Those ignored masses usually come malnourished and wear no designer clothes. Maybe that’s why they are easy to be ignored.

Of course, no one ignores the wealthy. They are everywhere. Indian newspapers gives an illusion of the entire nation being in outrage over the Bombay attacks. But there is no sound reason for such an assumption.

Why should no-star India cry for 5-star India? The 5-star never cried for them. Now the rich are demanding that India should stand united. Where were they earlier?

If that largely poor and largely terrorised India is still able to feel any sympathy, credit it to the curious concern that the very poor have for the very rich. On their part, the deodorised desis of Malabar Hill and Golf Links never felt strongly enough to lit candles for their less privileged countrymen.