Can fiction give a better explanation than our news channels and extensive analyses to the blasts and terrorism that happens all so frequently? In July 08 either star movies or HBO ran Batman Returns a number of times over. A Batman fan always, it was a treat. It was also very interesting to revisit Oswald Cobblepot and the deep similarities with a lot of politicians and disgruntled elements that may be there in the Indian context.
July was also the time when the UPA Government went ahead and signed the nuclear agreement with the US and the Left and the BJP made an ass of themselves with their undue obstinacy and lack of any credible position on the nuclear issue.
July also saw the Jaipur blasts and L K Advani’s resurgent demand for bringing back POTA. The sequence of events was as such:
- L K Advani taking a strong position on the Nuclear Agreement.
- Manmohan Singh showing his decisive side and scoring a big victory over L K Advani.
- L K Advani being left red faced along with the Left on the nuclear option.
- The Jaipur Blasts happening.
- L K Advani going hammer and tongs over getting PoTA back.
- The nuclear dialogue gets out of the TV Channels and the discussion is all over on terrorism and POTA.
It was exactly around the same time that Batman Returns was being played on the TV and I coudnt help getting startled with the uncanny resemblance to what was happening in the movie and what I was seeing around. Could fiction be true than what the News Channels show?
Every body who takes interest in the bomb blasts and has a simplistic view of Islamic terrorists alone being responsible for the blasts needs to watch the movie. Its a fantastic instance of using the power of story telling and fictional characters to drive home the point about deep seated human emotions and states of being. Any of our politicians could be Oswald Cobblepot. He anyways bears a striking resemblance to L K Advani whom I have always held responsible for the 1993 Bombay blasts. One cannot at times empathise with the life that Cobblepot has gone through, his lack of sensation over any damage his actions cause, his need for revenge against people. the need to belong, be appreciated.
Most of the real terrorists in my opinion roam the country scotfree and we know them all and even give Z class security to many of them. Understanding Cobblepot is the key to understand these terrorists.