I promised myself after my last post that I will not blog in this year. I am on a holiday and I promised myself to leave my mind at the nearest dustbin, sorry recycling centre. I didn’t. That with the fact that I have not made single promise in my life that I haven’t been tempted to break. So the mind which refuses to go on a holiday combined with the thrill of breaking a promise and hence this post.

Before I get into my major rant, first a mini rant. The holiday is happening in India and I now believe more than ever before that as much as I feel connected to this land, I feel disconnected with most Indians. I never understood them before, and to be fair they never understood me, and now I wonder how we share the same nationality. But more of this in another post.

And so the drama endeth this week The drama of whodunit in Mumbai. India started to blame Pakistan within hours of the attack and Pakistan around the same time started to deny it , blame Hindu terrorists or both. And then India mounted this so called diplomatic offensive to put pressure on Pakistan. The net result of it was one organisation got banned, Zardari came under even more pressure and the country united against the common convenient enemy. All this while the army was playing the card of an imminent Indian attack.

All this masked the problems inside India. Walking in the streets of different cities in India I heard more than one person say lets attack them and finish it once and for all, lets do what the US did after 9/11, lets do this, lets do that. What disturbs me more than these opinions is how we look to resolve very complex issues with simplistic solutions. And the problem is not with the people, but also starts with the government who I hope knows better than what gets bandied around by ministers. The media doesn’t ask the right questions and dutifully toes the government line, the opposition looks to score cheap political points and the people of the country have no one to turn to.

So when the end of the drama came this week no one saw it coming. When it did end the media was confused as was everyone else. I think the government ran a fantastic propaganda program which successfully diverted the attention to external factors. Now that program has come to an end as there is general acceptance that even if Pakistan is to blame there is not going to be much concrete action.

Will the government now muster up the courage to focus on internal issues. Do we even know what are those internal issues ? Does this government have in it to jump over one last hurdle of its 5 year sprint or will it run around it ? My cynical mind says the government will do a lot of song and dance, some window dressing and hope for the best at the elections. So watch out for another propaganda campaign starting soon at a newspaper near you.

I really need to get rid of my mind !

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