Comments on: The Mumbai gawkers http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/ Bollywood and culture in an emerging India Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:39:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Rangarajan http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-753 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 14:26:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-753 Apathy has become a part of the Indian life. The Mumbai blasts have just become a sad spectacle of a troubled nation. Politicians are a product of the society they live in, and politicians show a severe lack of responsibility, as millions of their faithful voters would do. Hoping for sensitive,sensible politicians is hoping for a change of our very attitude.

A friend of mine was commenting how India needs to wage a war for ending terrorism and how people are spineless and many others expressed sympathy for this view. As for me, it is surprising that how many people would like to throw all the blame on another country.

This is a time for strong but sensible stance for India, not wishful thinking and fantastic dreams of rooting out all the terrorists. It has to be accepted that terrorists would keep coming and it is how we choose to handle the threats, gather intelligence and act that is going to help us in thelong run.

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By: Kumar http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-747 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 11:26:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-747 First half of your article was heartening, shows how one should not behave, but what do you mean by gawking? Looking at Taj burning or rushing to the place ,watching it with curiosity or clicking pictures of evidence! And it’s the anxiety or curiosity or whatever we may term it! It is in everyone of us! I feel no one can stop anyone from gawking and even you the writer would have gawked when you were at Taj! or did you walk away with a smile “oh taj is burning is it?”. That is human nature and security cordoning off should be strict and in a heavily populated India it’s difficult to avoid people who are not educated as you or me! So as rightly pointed out by someone looting happens at times of tragedy and i propose death sentence for those censored idiots! Gawking and Media…after the right combo!

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By: dinesh http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-741 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 05:07:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-741 Shilpa, I agree tragedy tourism is quite common in India. And I think its more common in big cities where people just like to stand by and watch while in smaller cities/towns there are less of bystanders and more of those who get involved and help.

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By: David D http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-736 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:27:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-736 Don’t tell me that people here in America don’t slow down to take a look at an accident.

Except for the foreign journos who were not trying to start any theories. All the Indian reporters and news channels were coming out with their own stories and theories. This shows inexperience as reporters nothing else.

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By: Madhu S http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-735 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:57:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-735 Stop imposing your idea of how a person should act in any situation. Leave the common man alone…

Rather it is worth your while if you write about our corrupt politicians and on the lack of training & professionalism of our security infrastructure…

as far as the tastless media coverage, well this is free market and we just need to bear this until a better news channel comes up…

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By: sneha http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-733 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 13:11:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-733 Would be feel better if there was no one over at TAJ and people just went about their business – ‘I want a boat ride to Elephanta please, O? No I don’t really care to see it burning. Do you?’

Right.

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By: Aaron http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-728 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 07:35:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-728 To add to this, Two years ago when Mumbai experienced the train bombings many people (gawkers) started to go inside the damaged train and steal things and also some rail tracks where stolen.

I was so mad. Honestly, It’s a crime scene and no one can tamper with important evidence. Some people just don’t understand this and I guess it goes back to education.

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By: lawrence warner http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-726 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 21:39:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-726 In America there are hundreds of traffic jams everyday.These are caused by the public stopping to gawk.We are no better or different.

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By: Abhilash http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-723 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 06:04:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-723 Shilpa, I agree with you on this. All the while we kept blaming the politicians and the security agencies for the Mumbai terror attacks. But is it not that we have gone wrong somewhere. No one talked about the irresponsible and ‘ugly’ reporting of the media in the entire episode. With clearly no care of situation at hand, potentially putting the entire rescue operation at risk.

And what about our own behaviour, even in the midst of an extreme situation we remain the same. The people out there on the streets at Nariman House would surely be an educated lot, obviously though being educated is not the same as being wise. Even those taking snaps of the Taj would belong the well educated inspite of which we remain insensitive to everything.

As the saying goes – “People get the leaders they deserve”

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By: Rem http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2008/12/01/the-mumbai-gawkers/comment-page-1/#comment-722 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 05:06:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=228#comment-722 It was equally disgusting to see crowds hooting & clapping after a bomb had been diffused during the bangalore blasts. It was almost like there was some street circus happening.

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