Vote Banks Vs. Peoples Lives

28 Jul

Vote banks at the cost of innocent peoples lives. That seems to be the mantra of all our politicians. How else can you explain the bombings that seem to be happening over and over and over again in city after city.

The police are NOT inept nor are the intelligence agencies. Its political pressure that ties the hands of these people and prevents them from doing their job. Its disgusting.

Bombings happen, people die, politicians express their regret, Government announces compensation, News Channels analyze everything to death.. and then we sit back and wait for the next blast.

I feel its high time citizens play a part in helping the police as well. A good method is to organize neighbourhood watches in both in residential and commercial areas to look for and report any suspicious activity. Neighbourhood watches have worked in other countries. Why not here?

I mean this is our country. Why should a few morons keep us hostage?


13 Responses to “Vote Banks Vs. Peoples Lives”

  1. Nikhil July 28, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    Yeah, a neighborhood watch seems like a simple and effective idea! Very good, saar! let’s do it!

  2. MY3 July 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    We should also give credit to the littlest person who gives information. I heard that it was a road-side chaiwallah’s helper who gave the info regarding the last one in Bangalore. I heard that only once. Later on and by the next day he had just morphed into a “concerned-citizen”. Why not put that person/kid on tv and splash his face around as a good citizen. Others will be motivated to report these kinds of activity for their own 15 minutes of fame. Let us demand that the media give credit where it is due.

  3. Veena July 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    hmm… Thats a good idea. These days the checks everywhere has become too much:-(

    Any tips on how to find out the suspecious thingy?

  4. Pratap July 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    Everything else will be forgotten now and the opposition parties in the state will crucify the BJP for not doing anything. Thats all that will come out of it.

    On another note, I have created an entry for Vijaya High School in Wikipedia ( There is currently no official website for our school 🙂 Please do take time to fill up whatever you feel is relevant. I could not even find a photo of VHS on the web!


  5. Vijay July 29, 2008 at 2:29 am #

    @Nikhil: Thanks.. now how to do it? 🙂
    @My3: Could be security issues alva?
    @Veena: If a thingy looks suspicious then its a suspicious thingy 😀
    @Pratap: True.. good job on the Wiki… will visit

  6. Kishore July 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    The feeling of ‘our community’ is fading fast especially in the cosmopolitan areas of Bangalore.

    @My3: You bring up an excellent point. A big kudos in the public eye is the least one can do for that kid/concerned citizen… after all he saved lives. Such behavior should be encouraged.

    Its the shop wallahs that are in the ideal position to identify suspicious activity in commercial areas. They have a keen observation that has surprised me many times when I visit a road side shop for the first time (that I passed everyday for a week or so but never visited) the shop keeper tells me he noticed me walk by everyday and asks if I recently started working in the area or moved to the area.

  7. Kishore July 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    Terrorists usually strike commercial areas likes markets or malls or around them where the public gather in large numbers… community watches are difficult to accomplish in areas like these.

    Offices and malls have their own security and probably why the blasts happened around forum rather that inside forum in this case.

    Community watches are helpful in residential areas and easier to accomplish and may identify suspicious activity after all the people making these attacks have to stay somewhere.

    The difficulty occurs when its locals with no previous records are recruited by these terror factions… and they are the ones that end up doing the horrifying acts.

  8. praneshachar July 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    it is cowardly act of few who are fanatics. days of war, crime, terror and distress must end and whole world should live peacefully. it is pity that the people who are with such an amount of intelligence are being misled and do destructive actions whereas if they are taken on constructive path the whole world will be benefiitted with so much good things. it is high time all world leaders sit and say good bye to terrorism and get along for a peaceful world. it is really nice but will it happen is the Q? people like algore who has taken up global warming issues must pool all leaders like minded and do good for the world. let us hope future generations will have peaceful day. what is in store for them?

  9. praneshachar July 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    I fully agree with u on need of the hour only police force can not do the people movement against this is essential neighbor hood watch committee is a good idea and it is working in parts of bangalore too it is mainly to night patrolling this can be more construcitvely extended. people like alert tea shop men near forum mall should increase let us hope this
    will happen in the times to come. it can be sucessful if people are keen to maintain law and order and peace in their neighbor hood. great thoughts and I wholeheartedly appreciate the concern by vijay in particular and all others too

  10. Veena July 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    Some contact numbers that can be useful to reach the State police

    1 SMS to 94806 90069
    2. Email Address – and
    Website of Karnataka Police

  11. raydixon July 31, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    We have ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ out here in Australia, Vijay. It’s meant to be neighbours watching out for people breaking into their neighbours’ homes. It doesn’t work because most neighbours don’t watch … or care a lot.

  12. Vijay July 31, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    @Ray: I understand… but maybe it will work differently if theres a bomb concerned??

  13. raydixon July 31, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    We’ve tried that too. The Howard Government had a campaign called ‘Be alert not alarmed’, that encouraged people to report suspicious activities to a ‘terrorism hotline’.

    They even sent fridge magnets to every household with that message on it and some ‘handy hints’ of what might constitute something worth reporting (like a car load of arabs driving in your town in a mini-van!).

    Anyway, the call number connected you to …. a call centre of course. Sometimes you had to wait while the operator also took orders for shopping items. It was just a propaganda campaign.

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