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I used to ask myself, what is wrong with capitalism and a consumer driven market?

I got the answer when I saw the news the other day about shoppers trampling a WalMart employee to death while rushing into the store on Black friday. What was worse than the fact that they didnt stop is the disgust that was shown when the store decided to shut down as somebody had died. Surely something must be wrong with a nation so driven by consumers that they forget to value human life!

I was talking to a friend of mine (Caroline Mckenna) about this and we spent about 20 minutes on discussing the non chalance of the american people as regards such issues.. In as much as the American economy is in shambles, surely the people need a lesson in the value of life and society.

See  –

A telling portrait of greed- Shoppers Trample man to death

NYT on Walmart Employee trampled to death

At the outset, I must thank Aditya for giving us a casual glimpse of the Mumbaikar’s genuine reaction to the terror attacks in the city. Everything in that mail, right from the mode of addressal to the syntax, conveyed a stunning portrayal of the grim picture; something that a discourse can never hope to achieve.

Yet, it is necessary that we look forward to the future and appraise ourselves of the impact that the attacks have had on our country. Its heartening to see a spirited sense of unity that has gripped the country in our time of crisis. Political and bureaucratic accountability is rapidly becoming a buzzword in media circles, and heads seem to have begun rolling. India’s citizens want to see an efficient anti-terror system in place, and there can be little compromise on national security. The Government has, at last, responded to this rallying call, promising to usher in sweeping changes in the legal regime.

Amidst the simmering hype and hoopla about tougher anti-terror laws and a new federal security agency,however, it is imperative that we thoroughly comprehend the legal framework placed before us. The importance of public opinion on the proposed legislative solutions cannot be overstated. India has been hurt, and hurt badly. The law cannot be mere eyewash but must efficiently tackle this menace haunting us. Steps taken must not be solely curative, but must strike at the root of the matter, enforcing preventive measures. Another attack of this magnitude could have adverse consequences, well beyond our imagination.

(To be continued..)

(This post is the first among a three-part article; the subsequent ones would

a) list out the proposed changes in the legal regime and b) through an analysis of these proposals, attempt to debunk the myth of tougher terror laws.)