Tag / പടയാളികള്‍

  • September 23, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal


    വൈലോപ്പിള്ളിയുടെ പടയാളികള്‍‍ എന്ന കവിത പാതിരാക്കോഴി വിളിപ്പതും കേള്‍‍ക്കാതെ പാടത്തു പുഞ്ചയ്‍‍ക്കു തേവുന്നു രണ്ടുപേര്‍‍; ഒന്നൊരു വേട്ടുവന്‍‍ മറ്റേതവന്‍‍‍ വേട്ട‌ പെണ്ണിവര്‍‍ പാരിന്റെ പാദം പണിയുവോര്‍‍‍; ഭൂതം കണക്കിനേ മൂടല്‍മ,ഞ്ഞഭ്രവും ഭൂമിയും മുട്ടിപ്പരന്നു നിന്നീടവേ, തങ്ങളില്‍‍‍ത്തന്നേയടങ്ങി, നിലാവത്തു തെങ്ങുകള്‍‍ നിന്ന നിലയ്‍‍ക്കുറങ്ങീടവേ, ഈയര്‍‍‍ദ്ധനഗ്നരാം ദമ്പതിമാര്‍‍കളോ പാടത്തു പുഞ്ചയ്‍‍ക്കു പാരണ നല്‍‍‍കയാം. തേക്കൊട്ട മുങ്ങിയും പൊങ്ങിയും തേങ്ങുമ്പൊ‍‍ ‍‍- ഴീക്കൂട്ടര്‍‍ പാടുമത്യുച്ചമാം പാട്ടുകള്‍‍‍, ഗദ്‍ഗദരുദ്ധമാം രോദനം പോലവേ, ദുഃഖിതരായി ശ്രവിക്കുന്നു ദിക്കുകള്‍‍‍! നല്‍‍ത്തുലാവര്‍‍ഷവും കാത്തിരുന്നങ്ങനെ പാര്‍‍ത്തല‍ം വൃശ്ചികം പാടേ […]

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October 23, 2002: Hostage crisis in Moscow theater

Posted on Monday October 23, 2017 - This Day in World History

On October 23, 2002, about 50 Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theater, taking up to 700 people hostage during a sold-out performance of a popular musical.

The second act of the musical “Nord Ost” was just beginning at the Moscow Ball-Bearing Plant’s Palace of Culture when an armed man walked onstage and fired a machine gun into the air. The terrorists—including a number of women with explosives strapped to their bodies—identified themselves as members of the Chechen Army. They had one demand: that Russian military forces begin an immediate and complete withdrawal from Chechnya, the war-torn region located north of the Caucasus Mountains.

Chechnya, with its predominately Muslim population, had long struggled to assert its independence. A disastrous two-year war ended in 1996, but Russian forces returned to the region just three years later after Russian authorities blamed Chechens for a series of bombings in Russia. In 2000, President Vladimir Putin was elected partly because of his hard-line position towards Chechnya and his public vow not to negotiate with terrorists.

After a 57-hour-standoff at the Palace of Culture, during which two hostages were killed, Russian special forces surrounded and raided the theater on the morning of October 26. Later it was revealed that they had pumped a powerful narcotic gas into the building, knocking nearly all of the terrorists and hostages unconscious before breaking into the walls and roof and entering through underground sewage tunnels. Most of the guerrillas and 120 hostages were killed during the raid. Security forces were later forced to defend the decision to use the dangerous gas, saying that only a complete surprise attack could have disarmed the terrorists before they had time to detonate their explosives.

After the theater crisis, Putin’s government clamped down even harder on Chechnya, drawing accusations of kidnapping, torture and other atrocities. In response, Chechen rebels continued their terrorist attacks on Russian soil, including an alleged suicide bombing in a Moscow subway in February 2004 and another major hostage crisis at a Beslan school that September.