Statue In The Sea

India is a funny country. Our currency is in free fall, droughts have ravaged several parts of our country while other parts have been brutalized by natural disasters and yet the Maharashtra government has proposed a 3.5 billion Rupee statue to be built in the sea to rival the Statue of Liberty in America.

News agencies claim that the decision making process probably would have been something like this.
Politico 1: What to do with all this tax money yaar? It’s not like we can pocket all of this.

Politico 2: I know, let us build a massive statue in the middle of the Arabian sea. It will win us massive brownie points with the general populace.

And so it was decided. But it hasn’t gained the desired effect with the public. People are angry, people are mad. This makes no sense. They don’t want a statue. They want nice roads, clean drinking water and a better economy. They don’t share the same dream as those in our Governments. They want this idea to be scrapped immediately.

Personally, I don’t mind a statue. Some might say this situation is akin to a poor man spending all his income on new furniture when he could have used it to fix his leaky roof, but what do they know. After all this statue is the panacea we’ve all been waiting for. I have reliably informed that this statue is magically gonna come alive at night and rid our city of all evils. It is like Batman, only disguised as a statue and a little bit inanimate. It is going to eradicate poverty, save all the people from floods, end corruption, and reduce inflation. Just ask our politicos. They know best, why else would any sane government invest 3.5 billion on a statue? Are they out of their minds? Of course not. The general public might not be happy but they must understand, this is all a part of a larger plan. Some political circles also claim that this statue is not a statue but God itself. Surely, it makes more sense to invest in God? For all we know this is the cheapest and the surest way to end all our troubles.

To the uninitiated this might seem like surplus, but fret not for we are on our way to recovery. We are soon going from the developing to the developed and it is all thanks to this statue. And while it happens we should all applaud our politicos for their maverick bravado.


Mumbai Bomb Blasts

Memories of the 26/11 flooded back in the minds of all Indians as they watched news channels broadcasting live scenes from the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai. Mumbai was struck by three powerful bomb blasts last night that has reportedly killed 21 and injured over hundreds. A crowded bus stand and a jewelry market were among the targets. The first reactions to this news were anguish, disgust, helplessness which was then followed by questions. Why Mumbai? This is the fourth time since 2003 that such a high profile terrorist act has been carried out in the financial capital of India. Facts such as this often lead the citizens to ponder if something is wrong with the way this part of the country is ruled. The governors don’t seem to be taking their jobs seriously, what with all the corruption allegations coming up.
 A Mumbai police plan to set up a city-wide 5,000-camera surveillance network has been gathering dust in the state home department since January 2009.
Now why would the authorities allow this to happen? Wouldn’t it be easier to identify these terror mongers with these facilities involved? Haven’t we lost enough lives already? People might say the government is doing everything in its power to stop these attacks, but frankly I see no changes that have happened between 2008 and now. Everything is still the same. Even the perpetrators of the 26/11 haven’t been brought to justice despite one of the gun men being in the custody of the Indian Police. Something needs to be done, and done fast. The authorities need to instill the belief among us citizens that we’re safe.