Age of Kali – Hyderabad

It’s pretty quiet, the majority of the people are staying home today. The few shops that are open have few people in them.

My cases were not as astonishing as the scenes from yesterday. Cuts and bruises, headaches and fevers. My job is relief. Fresh meat for the grinder and a warm body who can still stand vigil over the sick while the heroes from yesterday get rest. Don’t… I know what I am doing and I know what they are doing and yesterday was a day no should ever have to have. It is the price for fanaticism. It is the price for unquestionable faith in any god.

When people from Bangladesh suggested that Taslima and other Atheists were apostates and were tarnishing the reputation of Islam then what do they consider this? These are the men who are the “purest” of muslims are they not? These are the men who will dominate your country. This is the price you will have to keep paying because rather than create an equal society you wish for a one based on the Quran. In a theocracy, the fundamentalist is king.

It is believed that these bombs were strapped to messenger bicycles. These are the kind that are seen everywhere in India. From the ride of the newspaper wallah to the ice cream man. To the dhobi, the iron man and the cobbler. It is the ride of the spice merchant and the milkman and now it is the chosen vehicle of the terrorist.  The humble bicycle. How can you even defend against that? What next? Rollerblades? Hah! It certainly would put the Rad in Radical Islam!

The blame game has started out here to find out who’s at fault. The fact of the matter is that these kinds of attacks cannot be “defended against”. How long can you fortify one particular target? What if they simply go to another target? How many humans can you search in a country of 1.2 billion? How many cars? Buses? Autos? Bicycles? How long?

The fact of the matter is that these explosives could have done a lot lot more damage. If rumours are to be believed there were other devices that failed to explode today. But then again? People aren’t sure if there were 2 or 3 bombs…

The fault is believed to lie in the hands of the Indian Mujahadeen who are a local terror outfit whose sole purpose is the formation of a new Indian Islamic State. They have been funded by organisations such as the ISI (Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency) in the past and are one of the major sore points in the relationships between the two countries.

Jihadi war has come again to India with more than a dozen dead and more than a hundred injured.

There are stories like that of Vijay, Rajashekar, Harish and Sapna. Other names I have heard are Izad, Ramulu, Ali, Andalu, Krishnakanth, Rafi and Tirupati. All young men and women cut down in their prime. People ask why should you mention the names of those who die. Because I would rather the names of those who suffer live on in our minds than the names of the people who do this.

Let’s not beat around the bush. We call those who commit such crimes “Cowards” not because they are cowards but because they refuse to engage us in a straight fight. We can fight a straight fight, what we are fighting is a shadowy figure that manipulates it’s pawns. Terrorism is the hydra and cutting it’s heads off only stalls for time. You need to strike at it’s heart. The people who are the foot soldiers… the arms of terror if you will are also youths just like these victims. They are both victims in different ways. Their horrid faith and their ghastly leaders inculcate this hatred in them. They grab the desperate and disillusioned and give them purpose. And that purpose is to kill. The only truth in war is that it always is young men killing young men for reasons that often are pointless.

In fact the majority of the casualties are youths. This was an attack on the young men and women who are the future of India. And as the news filters in of stories you cannot help but worry as to how India will respond. Will there be the repeat of the horrors that made me the atheist I am today, or will India rise above that. But the damage is done. There is a tangible feeling of bravado to cover up the very real fear of fighting a shadow war.

And one story in this entire tragedy would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. There is a man called Mirza Abdul Wasey who nearly died in 2007, when the Indian Mujahadeen last brought terror to Hyderabad. He was injured again by the same group’s actions last night.

Sometimes you just have to laugh. Or you might just go crazy…


  1. says

    We call those who commit such crimes “Cowards” not because they are cowards but because they refuse to engage us in a straight fight.

    We call them cowards because they don’t have drones and AC-130 gunships and tanks and fighter-bombers with precision-guided bombs and B-52s and all the incredibly brave stuff that modern militaries have that allow them to kill from miles away without seeing their enemies.

    I do not approve of terrorism at all, but calling them “cowards” misses an important point about what courage is. They’re plenty brave – the problem is their ideology and their reasons for hating. Their methods come from being disempowered because the powerful don’t resort to those methods (they have regular armies and police)

  2. S Mukherjee says

    Marcus Ranum, before spouting your rubbish, did you actually read where this event took place? These are not Iraqis or Afghans. These are Indian born-and-bred terrorists, attacking their own compatriots, because any kind of decency or fellow-feeling has been laid aside in favour of their toxic, poisonous, rancid religion.

  3. says

    Marcus Ranum, before spouting your rubbish, did you actually read where this event took place?


    As I said, I don’t approve of terrorism at all. But calling them “cowards” is inaccurate. There are lots of other better things you can call them.

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