The big non cooperation rally at the Gateway was yesterday. I was sick so couldn't make it. Watched it on T.V though, and am heartened to see that other Mumbaikars are also not going to take this lying down, that they've also had enough of this. Some interesting suggestions to come out of the rally were not paying taxes anymore until we're assured of security and having a dry day for politicians i.e one day with no security for them.
In other news, the Maharashtra CM has resigned and a replacement is being found. That's the third head to roll so far. The bad news is that they're saying his successor will probably be S.K. Shinde or N. Rane, both of whom are equally bad.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister A.K Antony has warned of possible air attacks.
Pakistan rejected India's offer to deport 20 most wanted criminals yesterday, saying they'd be tried in Pakistani courts if found, not exactly a surprising response. You do have your country's honour to uphold and can't give in to any neighbouring country's orders. But from India's perspective, it looks like just another Pakistani backtrack, after the cancellation of the ISI chief's visit earlier. When Foreign Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee was asked about the refusal, his response was "Ha?What?" Truly a lesson in eloquence. This man is a joke and needs to be fired!
I was watching the press conference with Mukherjee and C. Rice yesterday. She chose to tread a careful line, making it clear that Pakistan had a major role to play (Oh really?!?) and saying in not so clear tones that India had to be careful about jumping the gun and inviting unintended consequences as the long term goal was to prevent terrorism in the first place and not just to respond to it. Mukherjee just seemed to splutter all through the conference, and like Condy, didn't answer any question directly.