Sep 27, 2012

Rocket Science [271/365]

We live in a world of make believe:

Our politicians make us believe that we are poised to be superpowers.
Our athletes make us believe that we will be champions.
Our civic agencies make us believe our cities will be another Singapore.
And our security personnel make us believe we are protected and safe round the clock.

What a load of bull-crap!

On Tuesday, Buela M Sam, a middle-aged lady walked past several layers of security and came within hugging distance of some of the top rocket scientists in India. She was stopped by highly trained commandos from proceeding any further after they smelled a rat. They diligently asked her to return to the ISRO guest house where the cops arrested her.

Spooked yet? Well, you have the right to be.

After civilian cops interrogated her, they found that she is suffering from a mental illness called 'Grandiose Disorder' and did not really mean any harm to the installation. Phew! That is such a relief. The cops patted themselves on their backs for apprehending the intruder and extracting this information.

How did she manage to create a perfectly forged ID card?
How did a mentally unstable person know her way around Bangalore?

Who are her accomplices? Who facilitated this?
Why didn't her family accompany her if she was ill?
How did she get to stay in the guesthouse for two days?
How did the officers at the first level of security not realize that the ID card was forged?
How did a lady like this manage to remain within the premises for four hours?
Why did the CRPF jawans ask her to return to the guesthouse when they could have arrested her while at the facility?

While we may never hear the truth on any of these questions, this has shown the serious lapses that plague our nation.
Ms Buela could very well be an innocent victim of her illness but had it been a well trained spy, this would have been end of our space odyssey. But let this not fool you, folks. This wasn't the first time there has been a breach. For an agency that is known to witch-hunt its own, this breach was a kick in the balls. However it is still inconceivable that this was just a case of a 'mad person getting into the wrong house'. I would love to be proved wrong but we definitely want to make sure that we are protected.

With the way that our soldiers lack basic amenities or the equipment to fight a modern war, we are sitting ducks.
We are either just plain lucky or our enemies are too stupid to capitalize.
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