It wasn't as if the law enforcement agencies in Mumbai were not aware in advance of the magnitude of the protests that took place at CST on August 13. It is just that they didn't anticipate such an ugly turn of events in which goons went on a rampage, torching vehicles and public property, snatching guns from cops, hammering up journalists and generally indulging in violence in which two people were killed.
Meanwhile in Bangalore, thousands of citizens from the north east abandoned their jobs, dreams and the city to head back to their home states for fear of being targeted because of the Bodo-Muslim violence far away in Assam.
Has the state efficiency been rendered ineffective in dealing with such violence? Do rioters enjoy the patronage of politicians? Have we become a soft state in which criminals walk freely on the roads and commit acts of arson and communally-driven violence without fear of retribution?