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Admiring Terrorists

terrI’ve loved Mani Ratnam’s movies..not just bcoz they are so perfect but they always had a message. A powerful one..which says he tries to reaches out to the society pardon me for my limited knowledge..there may be many but let me cling on to Mani Ratnam. Recently I saw 2 of his old movies..’kannathil mutham ittal’ & ‘nayagan’+ another director’s ‘terrorist’ the three giving you more than a glance into the lives of terrorist. And coming back to the title..of what Ive learned from the movies..Ive come to admire them! – YYY??

I admit their aim is ‘destructive’ their mission highly an offense to humanity. BUT their lives? There are this group of people who sacrifice life, love and toil day in day out swearing that they’ll stand by the cause to avenge the death of their people! It shows that there is so much power in humanity. So much tolerance among men to suffer, to starve, to sacrifice for a cause which brings no personal benefits!

They toil morn and night to prepare themselves, immense brainwork for the sourcing of material and escaping routes, sacrificing earthly pleasures and relations and finally? bring on a death that’s dreaded the most! Pity their aim is to avenge by deaths!

I just mused what if all this energy, this effort was for a better cause? for uplifting the poor, the illeterate, the helpless? It’s impossible..only revenge can bring in so much of energy and will it seems..someone else’s input! Fine..they give all their lives for their cause..can I form a group which is willing to give 1% of their energy? One day every week with unrelenting service. So what if there is a group so energetic to kill lives, I can devote a day everyweek to better lives?

As Ive read through many posts..ive seen many scorning the destroyers! including me..Why dont we actually pick a piece of brick and put it in place than scorn the misplaced!bricks

I enrolled and even went for the induction for ‘teach india’ man you shouldve seen the pride in me! Im going to teach …India!! Its been over a month now. Every weekend I keep calling them the organizers whoever gave their numbers..please can i come and help? They keep telling me they’ll call me later and I never got a call!

I’m sure many of us..atleast 3 out of the six who are here in the blogosphere have it in us..the spirit undying against injustice, tears for the hapless, thoughts for the downtrodden, compassion for the innocent. It all revolves in our hearts and in our heads. Do we have it in us to bring it to our hands? One day of ours in the 7 days..or even in the 30 days we live for ourselves can we spend for the lesser blessed?

The terrorists they say are assured that if they die a death of martyr they’ll be long remembered! They live and die for that memory I reckon..but how many of us know one person by name?  Its the passion in them that makes them so strong I guess..the passion for their fellowmen..what right do we have to scorn them when we dont have one third of their will to serve our society? I do admire them. And if I should raise a voice against them it should be when I invest part of life, love and energy without hopes, afterthoughts or expectations..

PS : Anyone who is in Bangalore and think like me are welcome to give me suggestions as to how as a group we can help.

November 24, 2008 - Posted by | Society | , , , ,


  1. Its easy to speak against terrorists but if we get to know the other side of the story,as to what makes them up to take arms we would know its not their fault alone.Terrorists are created.Imagine the crores of money the govt wud have pumped into J&K,if they had spent some for a sustainable industry there and given employment,one of the root causes of terrorism wud have gone.

    BUT,again terrorism by young men braiwashed by religious fanatics is unacceptable.Many dont even have a rational thought behind why they r doig it. Not to say abt educated men who do it for their religion…If a passion for a fellowman is going to make them kill innocents,seriously its a shame!!. I would admire them if they take the police or army heads on but thats not happening anywhere..

    Frankly I don’t think you need a group or be a part of campaing to do something.Bcoz there is a need all the time, I remember stepping into a blind school one day due to my urge to do something,they gave me an abdul kalam book,audio cassettes n asked me to voice record the book. It took one week,but was worth it.I felt so high,something which 5 teqila shots dont give :).So just drop into any school for underprivileged/old age homes you will surely get some work. The problem is nowadays people r ready to give money but not time and thats what most of these places need.

    Phew…this is gone pretty long…apologies as usual 😛

    Comment by nautankey | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. @ Nautankey – man ur real fast. Ur thought abt the industry in J&K is nice!
    i even enquired for reading services in a blind school nearby! They just dont call! I wanted a gathering of friends for the betterment of the surroundings…im sure as a friends group we would radiate more energy and it can continue for a longer period.

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Well actually more than J&K my comment was more from the TN perspective after seeing te veerappan hunt..almost for 2 decades both karnataka n TN had spent millions for catching him.And he was surviving bcoz of the help of locals who needed money.Only if they had done something good for the welfare of locals n tribals catching veerappan wud have been easier.

    Haan i accept if we go as a group its sustainable but again finding a good bunch who align with our thought process n wavelength is so tough..we can rather put those efforts to find a needy charity organization.

    Comment by nautankey | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. I like this post.Well i will come back later and see how many people from b’lore have responded to this and how many are ready 🙂 I will comment once i see the responses 🙂

    Comment by vishesh | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. I am also in Bangalore and I do not have enough work to do in my office, actually I do not have any work. I am ready to join hands. Do we have any plan or do we need to plan??

    Comment by Tarun Goel | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. @nautankey – finding the right crowd who think alike is essential and thn probably as a group we can help the charity org..or the effort will fade wit me one person going there!

    @Tarun – Kudos – Ur the first one to come up..we need to plan.

    @Vishesh – every drop in the ocean has its power..:) waiting for ur comeback and comment

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Not commenting on this yet. Just to inform I’ve popped u an email.


    Comment by Kartz | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  8. All the besht abhithakuchalambal 🙂 hope you get some good people with passion as well as commitment.

    Comment by nautankey | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  9. I think you can watch the film Roja, which is again directed by Maniratnam to know much more about the terrorists. In a way terrorists are better than our corrupted politicians as they are true to themselves and living for their values.
    That’s a good thought. Spending a day for the upliftment of our society.
    As nautankey said there are lot of works to be done if we voluteerily approach them. LAst weekend we went to a special children school. And their need is many a things. So no need to wait for the call from anybody else. A group is good.. but we can’t wait for that. Somebody may inspired by our work and they may follow us.
    A nice post 🙂

    Comment by kanagu | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  10. Its great to see few people putting their hands for this good cause. Kudos to them 🙂

    Comment by kanagu | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  11. I have blogrolled you 🙂

    Comment by kanagu | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  12. @ too 🙂 and hey just visit the blog of ‘kartz’ in my blogroll..being a lover of words u’ll enjoy his posts

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  13. and this is why people like you shouldnt watch movies! Buhahahahahaha !!! 😀

    Just kidding; I really did like this new thought on terrorism.

    But I thought Teach India was genuine. My colleague does his part for them every week; atleast thats what he says. I guess you should approach their office directly rather than make or wait for their calls.

    Btw, when I get myself to Blore (as in settling 😉 ), count me in for the group. I’d be only glad to be a part of it.

    Comment by vimal | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  14. u knw what?? tht buhahaha sure does..grrr me off!! snarl
    i did go where they organised stuffs they assured theyd vain! guess they have enuf people by now! im continuing thr try though..and someone’s settling in blore?? grrrrrr 😉

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  15. Is it some fun game ot something?? People are enjoying and crowding like anything, where is the central idea of this stroy or in my words, “This story is going no where near the MORAL” 😦

    Comment by Tarun Goel | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  16. Thats a nice thought verbivore…..I agree with you that atleast 3 of 6 people we see on blogosphere think like you..or us!!
    About Terrorists, I dont know really so cant comment….but I think, people who are from villages, who come into terrorism/nuxalism [as in andhra]. they enter with a very nice intention of uplifting their community but are used for bad reasons by the politicians/big people etc etc….Once in that pool, even if they dont want , they cant come out 😦 thats my opinion, I have never seen ppl who have such high revengeful emotions till now!

    Comment by Sahaja | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  17. I am not yet in bangalore…but am glad if i could be of any help 🙂

    Comment by Sahaja | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  18. @ Tarun – Its no fun game Tarun I meant it. Me, U, Vimal & Sahaja r left to do something. They both are far so we will have to tell them to comedown someday. We can plan something in the meantime and collect the resources. You can contact me @

    @Sahaja – wish we too thought like that 🙂 once we r in the pool of helping people we cant come out of it 🙂 and hey ur help is surely needed. will let you know soon.

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  19. Definitely I’ll contact you, and no hard feelings. I said so because rather than doing anything it was becoming a mere display of [global] intellect.

    Comment by Tarun Goel | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  20. @ Tarun – thanks for informing that I have an intellect to display ;P everyone else had assured I hadnt any. But take it easy..the world has different shades..u cant expect everyone to raise their hand and call out me too…different people react differently. Some can sympathize, some dont have time, some are it’ll take a while..’patience & persistence’ r the key words in achieving something

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  21. Well terrorists are brainwashed for one thing.Terrorist outfits in themselves will have only one or two people who actually know what their plans are,others are just blind pawns who are told to kill and get killed.While it is possible to admire people like Hitler,i can’t see anything good in these pawns.

    Comment by vishesh | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  22. @ vishesh 🙂 so ur back? well debates and differences can be in any topic u chose. I believe its all a matter of perception.. I admire them for their commitment for whatever reasons! To be able to push themselves from dawn to dusk, to sacrifice all lustre of life and draw their own death 🙂 well, i can see your point..but the whole point here is about commitment and persistence not mental tactics..again as i said its how u see i guess..

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  23. With all due respects to your opinion & logic I can never come to the point of admiring terrorists.

    They might be brilliant planners, executioners, their grit & determination might be par excellence but the fact is that they are using all these so called skills to destroy innocent people…

    Our failure to do something good for scociety or for that matter any damn thing can not justify their inhuman acts….

    Comment by Smita | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  24. Ok…

    Firstly. Why do you think there is this manic killing of people?

    This is how I see it. Who is on the top of the food-chain? We, humans. And what is required for procreation? Annihilation… So, in a way… I see that this man-killing-man, justified. May sound stupid… Think again.

    Next. More reasons for acts I think are totally crazy… During Saddam Husseins reign, Muslims were fighting amongst themselves all the more. Shias vs Sunnis. Heights… Both the sects recite the SAME words in prayer – “La illah ill Allah, Mohammad-ur rasul ullah!” And they bay for each other’s blood… (Hinduism isn’t too far off either)

    Moving on… One of my friends was boiling with anger when George Bush read out a line from the Quran tht supposedly meant, rather supported ‘terrorism’. One thing for sure, Bush aint a scholar on religion. And more importantly, this is where many reasons lie. The word – I hope you have guessed it by now – is ‘misinterpretation’.

    Misinterpretation of sacred text is more often than not a very telling cause for such acts of killing… And sometimes, blind faith too.

    And yes, i completely agree with what you said. We can do a lot for the lesser privileged. In fact, my teacher was telling me I could start creating awareness through my blog. This is where it all started.

    If I am posted in Bangalore in the near future, i would love to join in… Time will tell.

    Good luck. Peace.

    Comment by Kartz | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  25. surely.. i will do

    Comment by kanagu | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  26. @kartz – hmmm there’s a point..and yes we need to redirect the energy into helping than destructing..

    @kanagu – if interested in joining a helping camp – mail us at

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  27. @ smita – No never do I justify their end result 🙂 ..just admiring that so much grit and determination..the energy..wanting it to source it to other channels than killing. Just saying that if people can spend a lifetime of hardworking ..just to kill people to avenge the death of their folks..Why cant we spend a day of ours to better the lives of ours.
    LOL – no surely its not their final deed tht i admire 🙂

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  28. Well then if its commitment yes,they are much more committed than most of us 🙂 And their persistence can be put down to the fact that they are something of their own back for what they received

    Comment by vishesh | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  29. U r spoiled by watchin lot of tamil and hindi movies.. Lol!! Good post mate!! I’m doin ma clg.. May b if i’m posted n bnglr, i will join u!! (Bt make sure U gt me a samosa daily 🙂 ) ANd Teach India s a gud prgm i am very much want 2 b a part of it but if i’d born sme 3 yrs earlier, i Wud b!!!

    Comment by Karthik | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  30. @vishesh – 🙂
    @karthik – teach india has restriction? i dnt knw :(..well u still can try and help the NGO’s in your place..2 days a month 🙂

    Comment by verbivorehere | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  31. No not restriction mate.. I’m in clg… Nt a passed out.. Bfr i cud teac them ma conscience will slap me “DAMN!! DO YOU READ UR SUBJECTS??” feel sme guilt like Tellin kids to read wit me being a big GET-AWAY-BOOKS type!! Once i gt a degree i’ll b nto it!!

    Comment by Karthik | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  32. How do you relate the Mumbai attack and this post anyways??

    Comment by Tarun Goel | November 27, 2008 | Reply

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