Saturday, November 29, 2008

Death of a hero.

Hemant Karkare (12 December 1954 – 26 November 2008) was the chief of the Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad. He was killed during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks after being hit in his chest by three bullets fired by terrorists

Not the best footage, but you can hear what a state funeral sounds like. I was about to cry the whole time.


Anonymous said...

Hemant Karkare will be remembered as a brave Karmayogi. He did not flinch from duty. He did not fear consequences of doing his duty. He did not get afraid of saffron forces maligning his morality. This is how an officer bound by the Gita, dedicated to principle instead of power, should conduct his job. This spirit is shown in the film Dev on the Gujarat 2002 holocaust. There are men of honour in uniform, but we still need police reforms because the police act in force was put there in colonial times with the goal of suppressing innocent people. If we do not achieve police reforms, the country will be on the slippery path to disaster. There is an editorial called Terror in India in Economist magazine that a friend has SMSed we must all read for its final paragraph. I normally do not read foreign articles but here I think we should all be mindful of dangers.

Prabhakar said...

Salute to brave karmayogi who attained 'MOKSHA' !

Shanta said...

I think all Indians - but for those who hated Hemant Karkare - have wept at losing such a brave and noble soul. A mighty heart. May his death not have been in vain. We should all pledge to continue his work by reaching out to the most marginalized in our society; i.e. the Muslims - and bring them into the larger Indian family. That is what Hemant Karkare was trying to do. Let us start an Outreach Program in his name.

egg style said...

Condolences are in order to all the bereaved, the Karkare family included. It has been very difficult, these past few days.

On the issue of internal security reforms, Chidambaram would be in a good position to ensure that it is done with scientific objectivity, free of bias. As Nandan Nilekani has suggested, minimising "false positive" errors in identifying and nabbing alleged terrorists would probably go a long way in minimising terror. Justice is indeed an issue here, let's not forget, and justice as equally available to all.

On matters of law, a minimal adherence to existing laws would also be welcome. There exists Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, for example, which is rarely ever used as a measure to contain hate talk. It would be an excellent idea to keep all public statements and media communication under scrutiny for violations, especially under tense conditions brought about by a serious attempt to wreck Indian unity and set people off against one another. Anyone falling into the trap laid by the perpetrators (whoever they may turn out to be) of the Taj-Trident attack should also be brought to book. Of course, getting the perpetrators is top priority, it goes without saying, and top intelligence should be put to the task.

Let's maintain harmony. We can do it. We haven't lived 60-plus (senior citizen!!) free years to fail when it comes to the crux.