Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Silver Lining...

On 11th July 2006, 7 blasts rocked Bombay ( I prefer to refer to Mumbai by it's old name)...they went off within a span of 5 minutes and they were strategically placed in local trains, these which form the lifeline of the commom man in Bombay.
I was completely shattered out of my wits! I have a bunch of friends who come from Bombay...and I got panic striken for the safety of their families and their loved ones...this is the second most heinous incident on the city, after the 1993 Bomb blasts...

From everything that I have read in the news, I am very very impressed with the way the Bomaby-walas (Bombay people) responded to the situation, people went out of their way to take care of the wounded or the dead. Police came in later, the citizens did their bit first, water, first aid, food, shelter everything and anything possible by these people was done...it gives me shivers to think that India is united! no matter what the news reports say...no matter how the situation seems from the outside, my country rocks and this city has set an example for the rest of the country!

But what is even better or as i see the best part...Hindus have not retaliated...they hv not come up in arms like they did after Godhra. It is a new feeling of being united, of being calm and responsible that I see...I cannot say this feeling will last but I am very happy that this once the Hindus (I am probably politically incorrect in saying it like this...) have not gone about killing innocent people from the other community, who they think are responsible for this crime. I am amazed as to where has this feeling of tolerance come about in Indians...
I am proud that they hv shown restraint and I am praying that this new wave of respect for all continues...

5 comments:

  1. prasun11:18 AM

    Godhra was an abberation yaar...and as for riots..its no longer about Hindus or Muslims...if u go deep down everything is politically motivated.....There was only one villian responsible for the Godhra incident..and its a pity that he still rules Gujarat.

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  2. prasun11:19 AM

    Godhra was an abberation yaar...and as for riots..its no longer about Hindus or Muslims...if u go deep down everything is politically motivated.....There was only one villian responsible for the Godhra incident..and its a pity that he still rules Gujarat.

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  3. I am not too sure of e'thign is political, but my only point is that this time, no one has retaliated, even if the political parties are the ones who do that....i am just happy in that knowledge!

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  4. rajat5:41 PM

    they just chose the wrong place...if anyone wud have asked me before the bombings i wud have told them that it is a bad idea to target mumbai...they are too resilient, too cosmo...and too experienced (they saw 1993 and its repurcussions)!!! i like the way we are...we can give it in the face..just wish the intelligence wudn't have made such a blunder

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  5. Yes.. u indeed are not a part of the group that im referring to (refer to Article Freedom).. coz u “live in another country”.. n u probably don’t realize the magnitude of all the issues that I mentioned.. Though all these problems exist in other countries as well.. it does not justify their existance..
    I am by no means “finding fault”.. I just feel that these issues need to be addressed more seriously and that there is always a scope for improvement.
    I am a part of this system too.. born & brought up in this country & I feel I can voice my opinion through this forum…
    I live in a city which is one of the most vulnerable when it comes to attacks from extremist groups.. the citizens of this country pay taxes and the least they can expect is “pothole free” roads.. young girls commit suicide due to eve teasing..
    ..I feel threatened when Kashmir isn’t dealt with much seriousness …and my own country people are living as refugees in the country!
    Do you still feel there is nothing wrong with all this…???

    Referring to ur post about mumbai blasts etc…
    Y r U surprised that Hindus have not retaliated ..?!? Its time accept this new found maturity of India..
    The issue is not about Hindus, Muslims or Sikhs.. it’s a larger issue altogether…
    People who travel by Mumbai’s local train (for your information) are not just Hindus.. They belong to ALL communities n walks of life.. so wat makes u say that “Hindus have not retaliated”..?

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