Sunday, January 1, 2012

Real Reason Why There Was Low Turnout at Anna's Mumbai (MMRDA) Meet

Many media commentators and politicians have overinterpreted "Why There Was Low Turnout at Anna's Mumbai (MMRDA) Meet". If those unqualified and biased persons are eligible to comment on the non-event then I think I certainly have the right to publish my opinion (not worth more than two cents to the serious reader, I assure you!). I may not be right, but at least I have the vantage point of being objective.
To put it simply - I think the low turnout was because people were afraid of a terrorist attack. There had been enough media rumours of the same to scare the public and very little to show in terms of prevention strategies - in fact the dominant perception was that "Team Anna is wholly responsible for the event". And though there was hollow talk of security being provided...all TV and newspaper clippings only showed tired policemen with BATONS (err - which era are we in?) standing around. There was NO X-ray machine, metal detector or entry-level manpost (for frisking) in sight.
(Correct me if I'm wrong, I didn't attend so I'm only basing my views on media reports.)
Had I been interested in going (I'm more of an Internet and coffeeshop activist...ahem...plain lazy) I would have feared for my life knowing Mumbai's history with terrorist attacks.
And I believe the rest of Mumbai's interested public thought along similar lines...


  1. I guess if they held the meet in chennai, they would not have had this problem :)

    But I think smart terrorists wont want to bomb anna's meet because the lok pal is giving all sorts of problems for the indian government and it is worse than any problem the terrorists can cause the government by placing bombs in the country ;)

  2. @The Narcissist Haha, yes maybe any city other than Mumbai would've seen larger crowd turnout on weekdays.
    Lol, completely agree with your second point, though I wish the Lokpal was more than just a thorn in the Government's behind! :)


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