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‘Jihadi Romeos’ (and the flip-side)

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Yup, now I have heard it all:  The latest garb for the jihadis is impersonating a Shakespearean tragic character.

A bunch of hooligans entered a pub in Mangalore and beat up men and women “in the interests of society” (a detailed blog and video here).  One would think that such an action would be morally outrageous enough to defy condoning, no matter what ideology you believe in. Well apparently not:

Few days back, HK had reported about Mangalore turning as the hot bed of Jihadi Romeos who target Girls of other faith. A Hindu girl is still missing from her home and reportedly hided (sic) in one of the Jihadi strong hold in Mangalore.
Those who were targeted were girls who ignored the warning about the Jihadi Romoeos they were roaming with. The girls mostly from other states who come to Mangalore for study are easy prey for these Jihadi’s.

Nation wide awareness campaigns against these Jihadi Romeo’s and alerting the parents of those who fell into the Jihadi trap in the starting is the need of the hour.[link]

Sadly, this is not satire.

[Blog link via e-mail from Vivek]


Here is a reaction from the other end of the spectrum which is equally absurd:

When will we retaliate? When will we ban these group and pass ’shoot at sight’ orders if more than 5 of them are seen to be gathering at a public place?


The hooligans are not arrested and killed yet. We all know that they wouldn’t at all be arrested, if at all they are, they would get away the next day on bail

(emphasis mine) (via)

As I said, what these hoodlums perpetrated is absolutely reprehensible and could in no way be supported by a civilized society. [Although,  I wouldn’t call it the ‘Talibanization’ of our society (yet) as the author of this blog suggests – as in there is no systematic government support for such moral policing (yet).]

However, how is a demand for these people to be killed any better than the type of justice meted out by the Taliban and their ilks ? Most reports suggest that the people responsible have been arrested (no word on whether they have been bailed), and there is enough media outrage over the incident, so much so that the BJP and Sangh-parivar related parties have publicly distanced themselves from this group. But how does the crime justify a ‘shoot-at-sight’ order to kill ?

Weird to say the least. Mind you, this rant comes from the same blogger – a lawyer no less – who is justifying NDTV and Barkha Dutt’s rather childish decision of threatening to sue a blogger just because they did not like what he wrote about their Mumbai 26/11 coverage. (another issue that I should blog about in a separate post)


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

January 28, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Posted in India, Rants, Religion

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13 Responses

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  1. Sadly, education sometimes makes no difference to an individual’s intellect. I wish the blogger at least wrote better English.


    January 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  2. Wow, finally after 4 years of blogging the elite bloggers of the country is taking note of my slumdog millionaire moment this is 😀


    January 30, 2009 at 4:44 am

  3. “the elite bloggers of the country is taking note of my existence”

    Yes, but one must ask.. is our children learning?


    January 30, 2009 at 5:27 am

  4. The Blogosphere’s Barkha Dutt….


    January 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

  5. Oh dear! All this hullabaloo to get the elite bloggers to notice your existence? You should have said so earlier, I would’ve recommended you to them. But your comment on Barkha’s Facebook says, your blog is already popular. Now I’m confused. No, wait! I’m Patrix.

    Sorry, Bongo 🙂


    January 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

  6. See, Bongo! I told you that flaunting your martinis is going to get you called elitist!


    January 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm

  7. @patrix

    Oh its popular, very, I am popular to be precise, just not elite. Isn’t there a difference?

    And you didn’t face me on twitter. When one @tweets you, you get it in your reply list, so either you are selectively blind, or you are elite. Hum chote logo ke muh nahi lagte types.

    I take that as a compliment, but don’t worry I won’t gag you on Mutiny 🙂


    January 31, 2009 at 4:30 am

  8. […] same Mr. Patrix also made a comment about me on another blog on the Kunte v. Dutt issue, and I’ll quote him, Sadly, education […]

  9. Sanjukta, while this interaction is becoming more and more surreal with each response, I don’t like to hog Bongo’s comment space. Comment over at my blog (on any post) or open up your comments and we can continue our un-intelligent non-stimulating conversation. Also, when someone calls me elite, I thank them for the compliment.

    PS. Ever consider seeking the Republican ticket in the U.S.? They’ll love you for your definition of elitism.


    February 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm

  10. @Pat: Don’t worry about hogging my comments space and please do continue the interaction. You see even though I have been described ‘elite’, I am not ‘very popular’ you see. So a raging comment thread from time to time is welcome 🙂


    February 2, 2009 at 1:04 am

  11. OT – Love the new theme!


    February 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

  12. Bongo – again I use your space for an OT query. Apologies for this:
    Vivek – your blog is protected now? No wonder I saw no feed updates… what gives?


    February 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  13. @Shripriya: There were, uh, certain compulsions that necessitated a full stop to blogging (public or protected) and a deletion of all posts. I am keeping the URL for the sake of a possible return to blogging in future.


    February 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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