Karachi is a city in Pakistan. And Pakistan is not a country the average Indian is too pleased with at the moment, the Mumbai terror attacks and all. But Raj Thackeray’s goons – with or without his knowledge – have gone a step further. They threated the owner of a shop in Mulund, Mumbai – “Karachi Sweet Mart” to change the name of the shop because its named after the Pakistani city. And the threat has had its effect because the cops of the city – the “heroes” – don’t want to do their jobs willingly. The owner of the shop has changed the name to “Jai Shri Krishna”-

A person close to the Sachdev family told TOI, “Sachdev is a 60-year-old man suffering from diabetes and continues to live in fear. He apprehends that his shop could still be targeted and he could be attacked while commuting from home to shop and back.”

Despite police arresting six MNS activists, including Deshmukh, and also providing security cover, Sachdev apparently took a “personal decision” to rename of his shop to Jai Shri Krishna.

People close to the family said he did not have faith in the local police, which had initially favoured the MNS. It was only after TOI wrote about his plight that the police did a volte face and gave him security cover. Sachdev and his business partner decided to give in to the MNS demands a few hours before Raj Thackeray was to address a massive rally in Thane.

The Indian police machinery is highly politicized and corrupt and you can’t trust them to protect you when you need it the most – they will sell you out to the goons the first opportunity thy get – unless the media spotlight is on them, of course. But that’s the least of the problems. The main problem is that we have too many donkeys in India, and most of them are humans. And as everyone knows, you can’t reason with donkeys. They will either bite you or kick you in the teeth.

If Karachi is in Pakistan, so is Takshashila. And its a city that’s supposed to have been established by Lord Rama’s nephew King Taksh. Maybe we should burn all history books that mention any Pakistani cities, or leaders, even if they have “Hindu” connections. We should compel Advani to get his birth certificate changed. Karachi is the capital of Sindh. Maybe we should force Sindhis to change their community’s name to something “Indian”. But Hindu, India and Indus too have their etymological roots in Sindhu. However that didn’t stop some crackpot from demanding that the Indian national anthem be modified and any mention of Sindh be removed from it – on the grounds that it infringed the sovereignty of Pakistan!

In another display of ass-headedness, a man has filed a case against AR Rahman and Anil Kapoor for “insulting” slum dwellers because their movie calls them “slumdogs”. Another case has been filed in Gujarat because the title is “demeaning.” Then the Shiv Sena has attacked multiplexes because the film hurts Hindu sentiments.

Sometimes I wonder what these people think they are doing. It seems their parents abdicated the responsibility of teaching them what civilized behavior actually is, they way they go about beating people, and troubling others so that they get their fifteen seconds of fame. I have been seeing incidents like these since I was three – starting with people running after each other with swords in their hands. Nothing has changed in all these years. You can’t reason with donkeys. The only language they understand is that of the big fat stick.

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  • Vipin  On January 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Good post, thanks

    This kind of thing is troubled me too, and so much that I am committed not living in India anymore. And there are two levels to this uncivilized behavior really, (1) the active morons (2) inactive morons. So the guy who beats up bar-dancers are active morons, who recieve some legitimacy from the scores of families who are “aganist immoral” bar dancers. Even the superficially peaceful people are supporters of this kinds of violence.

    The sad part is that Europe was probably no different a few centuries back, I am England was buring “witches” publicaly. But they ve changed real fast, and I personally think its primarily due to growing cities, which gave people a sense of individualism, personality, creativity, understand oneself, living, dreaming, art, fashion, and beauty. Naturally a person engrossed in herself would hardly run after another with a sword, unless of course in theatre.

    In India we ve not changed much, principally for we dont have cities, only a few crowed slums with pockets for the super rich. We need hundreads of free trading cities which compete to offer good housing, better roads, and security. The socialists of course destroyed it all with an effective ban on free market for land, especially when it comes to buying large trackets of land to build private cities.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On January 26, 2009 at 12:48 am

    “The sad part is that Europe was probably no different a few centuries back”
    Intimidation can take two different forms. The tribal form is very simple – “do as I say or I will bash you up.” That’s what western countries did before they became civilized, and we in India continue to do it to this day.

    Another more dangerous form exists – legal intimidation. And Britain and other countries, including India (we adopt the worst from every country) where PC has taken root have this a lot. Read this for example, or this. No country is safe.

    “In India we ve not changed much, principally for we dont have cities”
    Cities are just one part of the solution. Its true that smaller villages make it easier for social taboos to acquire the shape of law, and that’s a bit difficult in cities that are populated by millions. But government apathy and people’s misplaced sense of morality still top the list of problems. Even if private cities come up, some one will find a way to shut them down if they indulge in activities that are not “acceptable”. Read my comment on this post

    From the article-

    “It does seem crazy,” said Mathew Staver, director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy. “The rest of the country has an interest in stopping that kind of activity from spreading from Nevada to their home state.”

    Staver said because the bidding was being conducted online, federal law could be applied to stop the auction from going through.

    “Nevada has been out of step with the rest of the country for many years with regards to prostitution, and that’s why I think it’s important for federal prosecutors to look into this, so that Nevada does not dictate the morals and moral decency for the rest of the nation,” Staver told

    There should be a law against anti-liberty institutions using “liberty” in their name.

    In spite of the US having a federal structure with states having broad powers, people like Staver will find a way to strike at the roots of liberty. The US “War of Drugs” is a classic example with people acting in accordance with State law being prosecuted under federal law.

    I don’t know where the solution lies.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On January 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    im fine with anything anti-porkistan. here’s a great book on pakistani psyche. page 43

    Click to access pfs.pdf

  • Aristotle The Geek  On January 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    This is not about Pakistan, but about a bunch of violent m***********g bastards who think they can get away with anything.

    I am waiting for anther bully to emerge – the rational bully who will put these “senas”/ hooligans in their place; its bound to happen pretty soon. Since the state has abdicated its responsibility, people are not responsible if they decide to defend themselves from violence in an ultra-violent manner.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On January 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    i’d ask people to not fight it. it’s simply that time of the year. it’s post 26/11 and like americans, we too are screaming for blood. we need to make sure we don’t get in any trouble later on for our actions. if the general population of mulund had any problem with this incident then they’d say something about it. that was what “shobha de” was trying to tell us in that devils advocate interview. let me just remind you that mulund is an MNS strong hold.

    it’s a silly / clueless incident but it gives an idea of the mumbai psyche post 26/11. it’ll all fade away in a few months if you ask me provided there aren’t any more terrorist incidents in and around mumbai.

  • amit  On January 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    9/11 attacks were done by Egyptians/Arabs.America did not hold responsible the whole nation for it.Its high time the Indians grow upand do not make Pakistan responsible for all their miseries.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On January 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Your analogy is incorrect. Egypt and Saudi Arabia did not offer sanctuary to the perpetrators like Pakistan is doing today. Yes, India should not blame everything on the “foreign hand,” but Pakistan is not exactly without blame here.

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