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Minister paid dearly for the “small incident” remark
Just careless statements or careless politicians? RR Patil, the former deputy CM of Maharashtra, referred to Mumbai attack as “chhota hadsa”. Is it just a problem of not being well acquainted with Hindi or is it a reflection of his attitude?
YES THOSE were words that RR Patil used on Saturday, while referring to Mumbai attacks and Intelligence failure. When at a Press conference Patil was asked if the terror strike was an Intelligence failure, he answered in Hindi, “Aisa nahi hai. Itne bade shahar mein chhota hadsa ho jata hai. Total failure nahi hai” (It is not like that. In big cities like this, small incidents do happen. It’s is not a total failure).


“There were 10 terrorists in all. Nine were killed, while one has been captured alive. They had been continuously getting instructions from abroad via satellite phones. Preliminary investigations revealed that the terrorists wanted to kill more than 5,000 people in the attack,” said Patil.


Did he forget all this and that the death toll in the Mumbai strike, in which 10 prominent locations were targeted, has gone up to over 195.


The government authorities later tried to explain his statement by attributing it to Patil’s poor knowledge of the Hindi language.


But Patil’s words drew flak from many quarters. Mumbai residents who saw him make this statement on television or were told about it by reporters pointed out the irony that politicians made such statements after being provided high security.


What is shocking is that the politicians can make such careless statements in wake of a fateful event that has shaken the very foundation of our national security.


Let’s hope that it’s just careless statements we are dealing with here, and no longer careless politicians.
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