In the aftermath of the Delhi Bomb Blasts, everyone is asking the now familiar question... what can we do? Doing what the protagonist in A Wednesday did is a bit too far fetched for the common man, here's what the people who profess to be our protectors can do. But before that, lets get on with the mandatory disclaimer :
"The following views are those of an armchair expert. One that has seen too many movies & too much blood on news TV. Accept these suggestions at your own risk, but these suggestions are perhaps better than those that Mr. Patil has."
#1 : Have more cops on the street. Far too many cops are on VIP duty, protecting the thugs, cheats, liars, murderers and rapists who go around in bullet proof cars with red beacons!! At any given point in time, 10,000-12,000 police and paramilitary personnel are on VIP duty !! Slash the entourages of these bloody VIPs - they don't deserve even 25% of these numbers. Use these cops to have more feet on the street, so that they can patrol better. More people, more leads, more chances of us preventing such incidents.
#2 : The money saved from this VIP bandobast should be used to increase the pay of these cops. A person who works more than 120 hours a week for 7,000 Rupees would be more interested in finding 'alternate' means of making money rather than discharge his duty. Pump in more money I say, train them well. Make them physically fit and mentally alert. Equip them with better equipment. Armed with an ancient .303 Lee Enfield, I won't be fancying my chances against an AK-47 armed terrorist for far too long.
#3 Get more technology : CCTVs (ones that work), explosive detectors and other advanced equipment should be installed and important market places should have separate entry and exit gates which should be manned - PROPERLY. Just go to Priya in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. The main entrance next to the police check post has a couple of door frame metal detectors, which is switched off on most occasions. When it is on, not a single cop is manning it. Moreover, there are a dozen other entrances into the market where not a cop is in sight. I think law enforcement agencies should by now know that real life villains are not he buffoons you see in Bollywood !!
#4 Have a national law to fight terrorism, and a single agency with the resources it needs to fight these assholes. Human rights be damned for a while...... Dead humans have only one right - to a decent funeral !! Whip the asses of those in CBI, IB & RAW into action. Half of the fat slobs in these agencies are jockeying for positions and fighting for chairs!
#5 Shove electric cattle prods up the posteriors of hate mongers and religious fundamentalists. And for me, the top names in the list are morons like Modi, Togadia & the rest of the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena & MNS tribe. All that these nincompoops do is give inflammatory speeches, attack unarmed and hapless individuals, gift shops and movie theaters. If they really feel like doing something for this country, then they should shut their mouths and do something more worthwhile.
#6 Invest in a better emergency response system - One look at the government hospital will prove that most people who end up there have no chance of making it out safely anyway. Look at the ambulances - most are dingy-shopping-cart-on-wheels Maruti vans, which can't even take a fully grown male. Anything more than an oxygen cylinder is a luxury and paramedics are unheard of !!
These are just some of the things I could think of. I don't know if I am right or wrong but at least I am thinking. Not like that wimp Shivraj Patil who can only rehash his speeches of "condemning such dastardly acts and convey his sympathies with those affected." Get rid of him.... please !!