Returning Peace!! quick update from Indira Nagar…

Disturbing incidents of voilence over the weekend, somehow getting cooled off, a morning drive around Indira Nagar and Old Madras road seem to be completely normal. The traffic flowing smoothly and the residents seen catching up their routines in and around Indira Nagar, which had some mention being ‘tense’ y’day….

5 Comments so far

  1. Sid (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    FWIW here’s how the story is being covered by the Associated Press, one of the major international news outlets:

    Jan. 22, 2007 7:18
    India: Authorities end curfew in technology hub

    Authorities lifted a curfew in violence-hit parts of the southern city of Bangalore, India’s technology hub, on Monday, a day after hundreds of Hindu nationalists burned shops and set vehicles ablaze, news reports said.

    An overnight curfew was imposed in the Bhartinagar district of Bangalore on Sunday after police gunfire killed one person and injured three others, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Police Commissioner N. Achuta Rao as saying.

    Sunday’s violence appeared to be in retaliation for a procession taken out by Muslims two days earlier protesting the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

  2. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 11:51 am

    Thanks SID, We all wish getting things to normal is the priority!!

  3. Sid (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

    Yes, I agree. I hope things return to normal. But when I let my mind roam, I imagine I see major trouble ahead for Bangalore and India if these riots do not stop very soon.

    I will spin out my theories (which I freely admit are nothing but one person’s opinions).

    Until now, India has had a reputation in the West as a country that tolerates and lives comfortably with many religions. Then these riots happened. The news story I cut-and-pasted hinted that there might be trouble between Hindus and Muslims in Bangalore. No one in the West would have guessed.

    Maybe these riots were just the bad behaviors of a few hot-headed youths with nothing better to do. If that’s the case, things will blow away. BUT if there are more riots there will be more stories in the Western press about trouble between Muslims and Hindus in India, which will make some Westerners lose faith in India, which can be very costly to India. OR if Islamists send in more agents to provoke more violence, and if these agents stir things up, India will get a big black eye in the Western press.

    Bangalore officials and Indian officials have to work very hard very quickly to insure that this story goes away and out of the world’s eye. If things get worse here in Bangalore, and if the outside world thinks India is not handling its religious differences well, poor Bangalore will suffer.

  4. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Sid, as we know all the politicians will create such troubles and then try control them at someone else’s cost…both way they win and a common man gets troubled!!

    people are getting wise and tolerent but when it comes to anti-social elements going hand in hand to make ‘business’ out of it…police have to act!!

  5. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    Terrible situation. I can only hope that some sort of mediation (or perhaps meditation?) will put out the remaining embers that are no doubt, still smouldering.
    In the words of Rodney King, whose ghastly mistreatment by the Los Angeles Police, led to massive riots there: “Can’t we all just get along?”

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