London's Blast and now Skin colour matters!
A big blast, terrorism for years, floods, famines, anything in any part of the world is not as great as it has to be when it happens in the US or to UK...
(I know this can be VERY controversial... but its burns inside when I think of how countries and its rulers behave like young children)
These two countries that rule the world and control all aspects of what happen in the world...
UK earlier..and US now.
US cried, screamed and begged for attention and security when it was hurt in the 9/11... the worst attack to its country or to its ego? (mind you its no more about people its a personification)
Today UK is crying... high alert and "orange" level security... lol... as if they'll find anything... did US? No...but because it didnt....it threw a tantrum the repurcussions of which a whole world of people is suffering for... sad... (again a personification for those who've misunderstood)
I found the article below on MSN home..and wanted to share with all of you...all those who live abroad and all who live here in India and who dream of being in these places forever...
Suddenly its everyone's concern and everyone's problem...The London Blast!
Suddenly Indians abroad...very much like in USA's situation... are unwanted, suspected and questioned.
Why? Why do we allow ourselves to be treated such? *very angry,frustrated, agitated*
London, July 9: When terror strikes the West, it's best to batten down the hatches - especially if you are of the 'wrong' skin colour.
So far I've considered Britain to be an exception in the West. But I maybe wrong.
Times are changing, and when ruthless terrorists struck London Thursday with four rush-hour bombs that left some 50 civilians dead, a number of leaders - led by Prime Minister Tony Blair - called upon the British pub Although no group had yet admitted setting off the blasts, Blair, who rushed to London from the G8 summit in Gleneagles, said: "The vast majority of Muslims here and abroad are decent and law abiding people who abhor these acts of terrorism every bit as much as we do."
He was right in saying so, as were his home secretary, foreign secretary and chief of police, who all issued similar calls. As an Indian who has lived and worked as a London-based foreign correspondent for more than 18 years, I felt relieved.lic to ensure that there is no backlash against Muslims.
Yet, on my way back from Gleneagles to London, I was singled out at Edinburgh airport for special security treatment.
After walking through the metal detectors and being waved past by airport security officials, I was abruptly stopped by a policeman in civvies.
He wore a black suit, but I knew he was a policeman because his ID card said so.
"Do you have a photo-ID of any sort, sir?" he asked.
Yes, I did, I said, and fished out my National Union of Journalists (NUJ) card - a prized document in Britain that says 'Press' in bold black letters.
"Will you be going on to some place else from London or is London your last destination, sir?" the policeman asked.
I said I was headed for London and asked him if this was a random check. And although he said it was, yet, as far as I could see, I was the only person he had stopped.
Streams of white-skinned travellers calmly walked past me without the policeman giving them as much as a second glance.
"This is part of a general tightening of security after yesterday, sir," my policeman informed me, before adding helpfully: "You may well find more of such checks in London."
"Don't worry," I told him, "I'm used to this."
There's a lot more that I could have told him.
I could have said, for instance, that I was not a Muslim. But to say so would have been too demeaning to me as a national from India where followers of all faiths, and of no faiths, are equal before the law.
I could have told him that not a single Indian has been found among the many followers of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. But he wouldn't understand - and, I suspect, wouldn't care.
I could have reminded him that Richard Reid, the shoe bomber now serving life sentence in the US, is a mixed-race man, with a white mother and Jamaican father. Yet, would that mean he would stop white passengers just as he chose to stop me?
And I could have asked him: "What does a Muslim look like anyway?"
Does a Muslim look any of the hundreds of Asian doctors and other health service workers shown on television helping out the estimated 1,000 people wounded in the terror blasts?
Does a Muslim look like the Asian bus driver who was interviewed on television saying Londoners will not allow terrorists to beat them down?
Does a Muslim look like the thousands of Asians who work in London Underground, the tube system that the terrorists sought to blow up?
This question of the Muslim 'identity' came into focus Thursday when a community human rights activist advised Muslims to stay home for some time - especially women. He had in mind women who wear headscarves or burqas.
But back at Heathrow airport it was a bearded Asian man who was questioned by two heavily armed policemen as I stood waiting for a taxicab.
The man looked like he was from Afghanistan or Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Of the 20-odd car drivers waiting to pick up passengers, he was the only one to be questioned.
I have always considered London to be the most multi-cultural, liberal-minded and cosmopolitan city on planet earth. But I also know that London is not Britain.
And, no matter where you live, the question of identity and allegiance - of who you are, of whether you are with 'us' or not in the battle against terror - is one that is being posed to men and women of colour more than others.
And that is a form of discrimination that I hope to see Britain fight and overcome.
(Dipankar De Sarkar is the IANS correspondent in London)
Anand has a very thought provoking view on this matter...check it out here...