One year after 26/11

Sumitra Padmanabhan

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People sang, prayed, marched with candles and protested against terrorism. It all sounds so common, a little silly and rather childish. On 26 November 2009, throughout the day all the TV channels showed thousands of people – young, smart, educated, upper or at least middle class Bombayites (now called Mumbaikars) thronging to the gateway or Taj hotel.

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The channels interviewed some hundreds of them. All we heard were – ‘oh no, not again!’ ‘It should not happen again’, ‘We want peace’, ‘We will not tolerate terrorism’    ‘We salute the army and police for their bravery and sacrifice’ and such comments. We waited for some more serious and pointed questions, but were disappointed. Nobody asked these questions –

  1. Why are we repeating the words ‘the only living terrorist, Kasab’? It was known one year back that some 20 odd armed boys landed on the shores of Mumbai on that fateful day. We can imagine many were among the crowd with their cell phones while the Taj was burning. They were definitely guiding Kasab and others who were active inside. It’s easy to guess that they mixed with the crowd of onlookers and vanished later. While Kasab was being interrogated, didn’t we get any clue? What have we done so far to find them? India has spent millions of rupees (31 crores, or 310 millions to be specific) on Kasab’s upkeep. What is the outcome other than knowing his life history?
  2. FBI was handling the case and submitted their report this year. As reported in most newspapers, a number of Indians were found connected with the incident. Who are they? We want the names and wish to know what steps have been taken to book them. If they were arrested for interrogation, it would have been news, because many of them were ‘important persons’. So there is reason to believe that no steps have been taken against those mentioned in FBI report. Why is it so?

It is a pity that we Indians still get emotional and make sentimental exclamations. We behave as if these terrorist attacks are some natural calamities like Tsunami. We can only pray and sing for peace. Shame!

Picture Courtesy: Anandabazar Patrika, www.hurriyet.com.tr

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3 Responses to “One year after 26/11”

  1. chandrakant 18 January 2010 at 2:21 PM #

    please all we indians now its time when we have to change our dirty shychology. remember we have to forget the term of castway, religionway and with other which stop us to growth . we are only one and thats we are indian.once time i want to say that we indian are not a child , a perfect knowledge we have,and also going to make a perfect youth national so please remember don’t faith with such types of poltical which are so selfish.and don’t fear with other nation or always live as a king because you are an indian.

  2. TRISHANT 6 October 2010 at 9:43 PM #

    A GRAND SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES TO SAVE US,THE CITIZENS OF INDIA AND ABROAD.WE SYMPATHISE WITH THE RELATIVES OF
    THE MARTYRS OF 26/11.THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT
    IS REALLY VERY IGNORANT.IT SPENDS CRORES OF
    RUPEES ON THE POLITICIANS BUT ALWAYS IGNORES
    THE REAL HEROES(THE REAL CHAMPIONS).THOSE WHO
    PUT THEIR LIVES IN DANGER FOR INDIA AND ITS
    CITIZENS.REALLY,IT IS A BLOT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S
    FACE!

  3. Thulsidas 8 October 2012 at 2:56 PM #

    If the things mentioned above are true then we must be ready to face any eventuality, it could be another terrorist attack or bombing. If we want to live a peaceful life we need to change the system to make the politicians accountable and more responsible. Our government machinery should be free from political interference and only people with sincerity and integrity should be placed on top of all and they should be given full authority to take prompt action. I think a national debate on fixing the responsibility of each and every citizen is necessary. We are so irresponsible a society that nobody can question our activities and we are free in a country called India and our leaders (the politicians), a large number of them are in politics for protecting their own interest. All this need to be changed.


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