Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Jaan jaye par shaan na jaye; modern day Nero-giri

Had anyone taken a MMS of Arun Patnaik - Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police's conduct after the Mumbai blasts, it would have been more iconic and symptomatic of police apathy than this accompanying photograph. During times of crisis, precisely when swift police action is of utmost importance, these guys are busy, protecting of all things, their own clothes from getting wet.

According to an CNN-IBN eyewitness account, Patnaik wouldn't get down from his official car and inspect the scene of the blasts, till a umbrella was provided to him. This wasn't the only insensitive thing this chap did in the day. Gaurav, who did an amazing job with his timeline, wrote that Patnaik was busy playing the blame game on Television immediately after the blasts.

On CNBC, Patnaik was quick to shirk off blame saying security in trains is the responsibility of Railway Police. This when the first priority should have been getting as much information, forensic as well as otherwise, possible from the crime scene.

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at this insane display of arrogance, insensitivity and vanity amidst such a major tragedy. The citizen journalist's eyewitness account on CNN-IBN spoke about how ordinary people who were themselves victims of the blasts were helping each other spontaneously and in contrast this JCP was warming his arse.

I would like to specially thank the Mahim Zone ACP Desai and his team. He was very active in the whole operation, although he is very aged but still actively got involved in the rescue operation.

I would also like to mention Arun Patnaik - Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police. He didn't get down from his official car, till a umbrella was provided to him.

Local boys from the area did a good service of maintaining the traffic. I waited till the bomb squad arrived, and then a police tape was put around the blast area.

This reminded me of two similar and equally disgusting instances of authority figures who were fiddling while cities burnt around them.

First, the person in the accompanying photograph, K Kumaraswamy - JCP Vadodara who during Gujarat floods in 2005 who should enter record books for ensuring that his pants didn't get wet in waist deep waters.

Second of course was Brownie. FEMA chief Michael Brown was busy discussing his wardrobe during the crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"My eyes must certainly be deceiving me. You look fabulous and I'm not talking the makeup," writes Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs to Brown on 7:10 a.m. local time on Aug. 29.

"I got it at Nordstroms," Brown writes back. "Are you proud of me? Can I quit now? Can I go home?" An hour later, Brown adds: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

What are these people high on? Asli tidik bharte na hey asla vachlyavar... Shapath!


Ashutosh said...

Well, if not anything else, at least we bloggers can extensively spread awareness about the ignominy.

Aboli said...


What a hilarious photo! I was not aware of this until I read your blog.....I could'nt help but read all your archived blogs and man....have we met in this life or the past? coz we think exactly the same for eg...this blog and the one on free pizzas!
Kharach kamal ahe na!
I have added you to my favorites:)

?! said...

5 printouts. THIS IS WHAT HE DID WHEN THE BLASTS TOOK PLACE. With a pic. Paste on his street walls and lets see if it hits home.

If even 10 % of the blog reading public did this, enough posters would flood Mumbai.

As for the title : More correctly, Jaan (aapki) jaaye par shaan (hamaari) na jaaye.

Priyam said...

Chetan ,
Real Nice blogs..kudos :) I just bumped into ur blogs and they are pretty interesting...!! This is what i have to say :

Other than the sucking attitutde of these people this picture also has another pehlu that restates that corruption creeps from top in our system...this is the way they exploit their sub and then they theirs till the chain ends on General Public..:(
This picture is thus not a shock , but a part of living life in India ..living back there these beuros and politicians make you realise every single day your non existence in their world..!! After observing the attitude of the people reigning over our country , I feel that 'India is Democratic country ' statement is actually a big mockery ...as seldom do citizens have the awareness to exercise their power wisely ...and they( pol and beuro clan ) are confident that they probably not will ...So , they get away with clean collars everytime...!!Mumbai Municipal and state gov of Maharashtra , was disbursed millions of rupees ( share of public (our taxes)in the contribution ) , for improving the contingency plans and infrastructure to make Mumbai better equipped for torrential rain or flood conditions...WHERE DID THE MONEY GO...Mumbai is still the same ...almost flooded everytime because of the rains ? There is just no accountablility and traceablility of anything in India ...No body is ready to play the part they are required to ..except for few the needy people who are already in mess...!!
Your blog was a real attention catcher ...and It would have been so great to see if media publicised this as much as they do John Abrahams Car accident , A Lil from all can make some difference :)

Mridula said...

Chetan, I used this picture in my class for explaning a concept called 'power distance' that how much power and inequality we are willing to tolerate. Many of my students were quite stunned and believe me it takes a lot for 18 year olds to get stunned these days.

And I left a comment earlier too, but it never reflected here.

kakkaji said...

it is nothing but lack of empathy.

surabhi said...

great blog Chetan! You should definitely stick to journalism. excellent writing
Vivek told me that you moved to jersey and IT...

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will be a frequent visitor from now on.

Keep Blogging

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