TERROR IN MUMBAI : THE TEARS & THE TENACITY OF MUMBAIKARS AND SOME STRONG REFLECTIONS
Time Flies fast… Terror Strikes Fast too… It’s been a week since South Mumbai was audaciously assaulted by Ten Terrorists who held the City as hostage for Sixty Long Hours
We’ve just finished a round of Funerals and Prayers Meetings… My thirteen year old daughter lost a classmate… a budding twelve year old boy…. Another of her classmate lost both her parents and a third classmate lost his father…. My Nineteen year Old Son lost a Teacher who taught him at school and two of his friends lost their fathers… all to this senseless Terror that struck us on Wednesday night, last week
A Child is the Father of Man… Look at what some of these ‘fathers’ are saying… others are speaking through their distraught eyes and face
“I don’t want to live Now… I want to live in the Future”
“Daddy, you will take care of me, No ?
” Dad, How did these terrorists get in ? Was there no security?
“I want to live in a Safe World”
“Mom and Dad,I want to sleep with you”
“Mom,Can you come with me to the Bathroom ?”
“Daddy, promise you won’t fight with Mummy from now”
“Why do we have so many holidays?”
While Tears Flowed, and we died too with those who really did, so did the Tenacity flow to fight back Terror and not let the Terrorists have the Final Word
Hotel Leopold, where the terrorists struck first, opened within days to a full house…. Citizens across the nation have organised mass protests raising demands on the Establishment to take action now especially against Pakistan…. “Enough is Enough”…. It’s not just a War on Mumbai, but a War on India… Schools and Colleges and Offices have all reopened…. Stock and commodity markets opened within a day of the first strike…. Communities have rallied behind each other and against politicians who wield power and influence in Mumbai and misuse it… Citizen outrage has quickly and rightly taken victims in the resignation of both the Home Ministers at State and Country levels…our CM however yet is trying to cling on to his post !… Coalition Partner,the NCP,instead of behaving like patriots are simply creating more political mayhem by opposing alternative candidates for the CM to protect their vested interests
It was on Tuesday, just a day before the strike, that we had graced the Awards Function of the Inter school Mahatma Gandhi Elocution Competition to applaud our daughter who had won the second prize… She had chosen for this elocution, Gandhiji’s passionate and powerful address just a day before he was assassinated in which he had said that in the event he was assassinated, he would forgive his assassins… The Father of our Nation who preached and practised Non-Violence and Peace and Forgiveness and warned that “An Eye for an Eye would only make the whole world go Blind”