‘No choice’ does not equal ‘Spirit of Mumbai’

mumbai attacksYou know why we all cringe when we hear a cliche? It’s because using a cliche usually represents the forcible application of a generalization or stereotype to a complex situation.

So here is India’s most cringe-worthy cliche – The spirit of Mumbai.

This concept, screamed up to the heavens by nearly all media houses and TV news anchors, has lost its sheen. It is beginning to resemble some sort of creepy badge that is affixed to those unfortunate innocents who suffer a terrorist attack, whether they want it or not. And it really needs to end immediately.

I have friends and family in Mumbai. I don’t want them to be ‘proud, defiant and bold’, stepping out of their homes the very next day after a terrorist attack to go back to school/college/work etc in the ‘spirit of Mumbai’.

I think I would just prefer them to be safe and not have to live in fear.

For the lakhs of daily wage earners in the city it’s either work or starve – a stark choice that does not allow for any leeway.

It’s not like being in the middle of the blasts is like being at a concert or an anti-corruption fast where participation in the event announces its success.

They are not asked for permission before they are attacked. And the next day, they have go to work -whether they really want to or not. Mumbaikars have to get on with their lives and they have no choice in the matter.

Equally grating is the coverage of the event. There is jazzy new-age music played over cuts of bloody bodies, flaming ruins and charred buildings. Loud roll-overs announce the death toll, snappy sound bytes intersperse the images before they cut to news anchors who, literally, scream out the news in lung-wrenching gusto with one adjective every three words on average.

Is it too much to ask that the news be covered in a simple sombre manner which reflects the fact that 17 innocents have been murdered? Is it too much to ask that information is put out without resorting to conspiracy theories, blame-games or even self-congratulatory phrases? And does anyone really care what unique angle each channel takes to cover the event? Just give us the facts and we will appreciate it.

Meanwhile once again we wait to see if we can figure out who committed the attack and make our feeble attempts to catch those responsible.

But those in Mumbai don’t seem optimistic on that outcome.

Vinayak Hegde

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16 responses to “‘No choice’ does not equal ‘Spirit of Mumbai’

  1. Totally agree wd u Vinayak. This is not the spirit of Mumbaikars/Indians but ds is a question of giving ur family a meal which let us forget all our sufferings of the previous day and we move out to earn our bread & butter.
    Meanwhile, we all know that how d judiciary & political system works in india. So, dnt hope that any1 will be ever punished for this heinous crime to mankind.

  2. “Spirit of Mumbai” was when we willed ourselves to go to office the day after the 13 serial blasts in 1993. What happened subsequent to the train blasts, the Mumbai/Kasab terror attack, the cloudburst disaster etc. was not the “Spirit of Mumbai”, but an expression of callousness and the TINA factor. What else could we do except carry on with our lives? We sympathized with the families of the dead and that is about all. Life has to go on and we carry on with whatever we have. A couple of heads roll, enquiry commissions submit reports, the reports gather dust, the villains/incompetent persons reappear and the dreary cycle goes on and another disaster takes place. Cynical, callous? Yes. Courage and never-say-die “Spirit of Mumbai”? Hmm!

  3. You might be right Vinayak in saying that the Mumbaikars have become a commodity that is labelled under this cliche and hence would not not like to lose that spot to go down from there.

    However, going to work the very next day also gives a befitting reply to these elements carrying out such cowardly and dastardly act.

    Being native to Mumbai since generations, I am writing this from the bottom of my heart and appealing to everyone that let’s pray for those who lost their lives and let’s take oath to defeat those headless fanatics carrying out these activities.

  4. At long last a some one is speaking ou the truth!. I always felt that the so called spirit of Mumbai is a hype created to hide the ineffciency and corruption of the authorities whihc has lead to us having to face the frequent attacks while the polticians and the page 3 gang sit in their ivory towers and prat about the bloody spirit of Mumbai.

  5. A highly overused phrase and inappropriately at that.One must think that people in other cities where calamities happen just sit at home and enjoy.And going to work the next day is no befitting reply to the terrorists.Stopping them and bringing them to swift justice is.

    And its not enough to blame the govt or media.If you see the scene of the blast there are crowds milling around trampling all evidence and obstructing rescue.Not to speak of the mouth watering target they must look like for a 2nd blast to follow.Thank god the terrorists are as incompetent as us. And the hypocrisy is overboard. The anchor says with all pseudo seriousness and an exaggerated self importance ” there is immense anger over the blasts here” , while any blind man can see the crowd of smiling idiots who are too happy to be on TV ,never mind if people just died there.

    Goodbye till the next blast.

    Srinivas

  6. spirit of mumbai is pseudo-secular’s term of what is actually cowardice of mumbai. seeing innocent compatriots die and not only not reacting but rewarding the masters of the terrorist with electoral victory can in no way be considered as spirit. its coward and selfish act of mumbaikars.

  7. Aslee Hindustani

    Excellent comment observer, it is NOT spirit of mumbai but cowardice and morronic&ennucha ttitude of mumabikars and 100 crore hindus as a whole, The reason for such a silly and stupid behaviour? Because british looters&double agents like mahatma gandhee and non-violence have made all hindus morons&ennuchs&cowards using the dirty trick&media tricks and allowed the british looters to loot trillions and trillions of dollars without getting hurt or kiled too and the present nehru dynasty looters are enjoying the loot without any fear of boduly harm or getting killed, right? What a shame!

  8. Aslee Hindustani

    Judge yourselves, folks, whether mahatma gandhee was a freedom fighter or a british double agent working as a fake frredom fighter???Bribed& Biased media& intellectuals are the greatest CURSE of the nation now &we are a super banana epublic of about 100 crore mroonis& ennuchs cowards made by morrons& ennuch by brain-washing of so many decades by western looters& fraudsters who cleverly used mahatma ganhdee and non-violence as dirty tricks to Rule& fool& loot trilions of dllars for so many decades without any fear of getting Hurt of Killed, too.What an idea Sirji!!!,Do NOT forget that the greatest hero in life is westerners and western nations is great mahatma gandhee&why they are NOT trying non-violence now to take care of Gaddafi?Westreners have been praising greatness of mahatma gandhee& non-violence for the past many decades and it is a shame that Western nations have NOT used non-violence& the weapon of the great mahatma even once to solve any of your or world problems for the past 2000 years, right? All Hindus&Indians open you eyes& see how deeply and badly we 85 crore hindus have been fooled& looted trillions& trillions of dollars by the crooked westerners& agents for the past many decades& by using the dirty trick of non-violence the british double agent mahatma gandhee&brain-washing&fooling hindus forever&this fooling& brain-washing has helped the british& western looter to rule& loot too, WITHOUT ANY FEAR OF GETTING HURT OR KILLED,Shame 100 crore morrronic&ennnuch|&coward Hindus&Paper Tigers,Shame!

  9. Aslee Hindustani

    We need radical and not superficial solutions for the religion-based terror attacks.Hindus and Indians NEVER learn anything from history,right?Read indian and world history to see how semtiic religions islam and christianity have done Genocide of millions and millions of kafirs or infidels to get heaven after death with virgins and wine as gifts,etc.Both these terror cults,islam&christianity must be Banned along with their manuals quran& bible to have permanent peace not only in india, but all over the world.In Islam NO Indian or Paki muslim has become the Chief priest in 2-3 holy mosques in saudi arabia since the arabs treat indian& paki muslims ONLY as SLAVES&Untouchable &fit only to be their servants as is the case in all gulf countries&muslim countries, my friends in gulf countries tell me, Further as slong as Islam cult is alive, NO indian or Paki Muslim CAN EVEN Hope to become the chief priest or even his assistant in any of the holy mosques in saudi arabia or gulf region too. SAME is the case with desert cult christinaity. In 2000 year hisyoty of christianity, no indian or coloured person has become POPE or even his assistant since white skinned westerners consider india& paki christians as slaves&Untouchables ONLY. There will NEVER be an indian or balck Pope as long as chritianity is alive too. SO JUDGE FOLKS yoursleves WHO ARE THE MOST CASTESIST,RACIST and terror-preaching&terror-filled cults on Earth now, Right??? For peace to prevail both islam& christianity must be banned&ONLY eastern all-loving religions like hindusim, jainism, buddhism,etc MUST be allowed to be practiced in india& the world too.

  10. Aslee Hindustani

    Both the semtiic terror cults,islam and christianity which preach 24 hours terror and violence against kafurs and infidel hindus,sikhs, buddhistsmetc must be Banned along with their manuals quran& bible to have permanent peace not only in india, but all over the world.In Islam NO Indian or Paki muslim has become the Chief priest in 2-3 holy mosques in saudi arabia since the arabs treat indian& paki muslims ONLY as SLAVES&Untouchable &fit only to be their servants as is the case in all gulf countries&muslim countries, my friends in gulf countries tell me, Further as slong as Islam cult is alive, NO indian or Paki Muslim CAN EVEN Hope to become the chief priest or even his assistant in any of the holy mosques in saudi arabia or gulf region too. SAME is the case with desert cult christinaity. In 2000 year hisyoty of christianity, no indian or coloured person has become POPE or even his assistant since white skinned westerners consider india& paki christians as slaves&Untouchables ONLY. There will NEVER be an indian or balck Pope as long as chritianity is alive too. SO JUDGE FOLKS yoursleves WHO ARE THE MOST CASTESIST,RACIST and terror-preaching&terror-filled cults on Earth now, Right??? For peace to prevail both islam& christianity must be banned&ONLY eastern all-loving religions like hindusim, jainism, buddhism,etc MUST be allowed to be practiced in india& the world too.

    • Hey Aslee Hindustani – This is no where related to any religion. You’ve got all the facts perfectly wrong!!! People from all religions have taken the brunt of this terrorism. Not just from India but people from all countries in the world has become the target of terrorism. Dont divert the topic from terrorism to religion. Religion will only teach good works. Dont try to put some new thoughts (your own thoughts) in peoples minds. As the saying goes, if you want a change, you be the change. Think about some things where people can live in harmony and you take the first step and spread the message of love, peace and harmony always. Dont spread false news without proper home work and dont spread false things in the public. Condolences to all the families who have lost their loved ones. I love INDIA

  11. true, the spirit of mumbai, the courage to get back to normalcy immediately is proving its weakness. atleast at the hands of govt. which is continuously ignoring the security of the city. agreed that pin pointed accuracy in spotting is difficult, but what prevents from strengthening the systems. look at US, nothing happened after 9/11. they learnt what was needed. how many attacks we need to invite before we learn? state is playing games with citizens by praising them, so that we forget the incidence shortly.
    do we await for next attack then? why we spend crores on ministers which are no use and are a liability to the nation. we work whole day to pay off these bastards. this is shit and sic of this govt.
    they need a boot on their ass, nothing will change till then. the helpless citizen has to turn an active citizen, where the executive (ministers) should also be made to pay heavily, for their lapses in duties.

  12. Chandra Shekhar A K

    Is there anything special about the “spirit of Mumbai” after any terrorist attack that is not common with the lot of people elsewhere facing similar attacks ? Precious little. A spirit of helplessness combined with anger at the culprits responsible for the attacks, the men in authority who do inquiries, examine witnesses and decide cases, hear and procrastinate decisions on the mercy petitions of the culprits is the common feeling among all those who have experienced the trauma of these attacks. This feeling is not fit for celebration or appreciation but reflects the despondency of a nation that has gone so deep downhill that the height from which we have fallen is not even visible anymore ! What a pity ? We need to celebrate and adore only the few humble heroes who are the redeeming features in these attacks like the VT station announcer who did his bit to calm the bewildered public, the constable who stopped and captured Kasab, the commandos who stormed the Nariman Building to kill the terrorists and free the families held captive, etc. They represent the brightest aspects of the human spirit that need celebration if we are to come out of the pit of our present despondency.

  13. Hey Aslee Hindustani – This is no where related to any religion. You’ve got all the facts perfectly wrong!!! People from all religions have taken the brunt of this terrorism. Not just from India but people from all countries in the world has become the target of terrorism. Dont divert the topic from terrorism to religion. Religion will only teach good works. Dont try to put some new thoughts (your own thoughts) in peoples minds. As the saying goes, if you want a change, you be the change. Think about some things where people can live in harmony and you take the first step and spread the message of love, peace and harmony always. Dont spread false news without proper home work and dont spread false things in the public. Condolences to all the families who have lost their loved ones. I love INDIA

    • Aslee Hindustani

      Hey injeti, just closing your eyes doe not make the world blind,right? DO NOT think that all indians and hindus are MORONS& ennuchs or coward like you,Right? Get some education,man and read indian and world history over the past 2000 years. Semtitic religions islam and christianity have done Genocide of millions and milllions of kafirs or infidels or non-muslims and non-christians all over the world, including india to get gifts or heaven after death with virgins and wine as preached by terror preachign manuals Quran and Bible and demolished thousnads and thousands of places of worship of kafirs and infidels to get heaven after death too. See hundreds of indigenous cultures have been wiped out by followers of hate filled meitic religions and this brutality and gencoide continues even now since the brain-wahsed robots will do such barbararities and deny genocide and killings&violence every day, without blinikng an eye lid too. Read how christianity has eleiminated all red indians and aborgines all over the world and looted and snatched the wealth of indigenous populations&ared indians&aboigines worth thousands and thousands of trillions of dollars& eliminated millions&millions of indigenous people,red indians and aborgines, too. So get a life,man and all world citizens and indians must shout to ban the terror preaching hate manuals Quran&Bible and allow only all-lovinmg religions like hinduism, buddhism&jainisnm or atheism to have perpetual love&harmony and NOT hadtred&violence&killings all over the world including hindustan, so 100 crore hindus wake up,unite&react to eliminate all ant-hindu and anti-human demons and demonesses frm our soil now and to eliminate terrorism and genocides forever.

  14. I am a very narrow-thinking, ill-read, selfish, insignificant speck in the course of things. I am cynical enough to realize that my candle-light vigils, rants on twitter and facebook will not stir my government out of impotency. I am also fed up of cheesy cliches such as “Spirit of Mumbai”. Neither do I get a thrill in worrying if a terror attack lurks in the train that I take to office everyday. I want to be safe. I do not how to be.

    But not for the world will I give these buggers the pleasure of having scared me. Scared me to stay indoors. Scared me to avoid the Mumbai Locals. So I will get out and go to work. Whether it is a 27th of November or a 15th of July.

    I will have to wait for the time when there is a mass uprising to ensure my Right to Live is made non-negotiable. And the dignity of life is upheld at all costs.

    But for now I will just show them the finger and be me.

    Let’s not call it the Spirit of Mumbai. It is such a cliche.

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