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26/11 – A recollection

November 27, 2009

Last year this time all of us were glued to the TV sets and were following how terror unfolded in Mumbai. We cried, we complained, we fought back and here we are after a year. The anger in us has subsided but the pain and the fear still lingers deep down in our hearts.  Looking back I am not sure if anything has changed. Yes, there haven’t been any attacks since then but does that mean we are safe and secure and have learnt from our lessons? I am afraid not.

Right after the attacks the whole nation was on a vigil. Everyone was alert and wanted to stop violence at every level. There were metal detectors at every public place, the security increased, the checks were made mandatory. Now, just a year later, the metal detectors remain as they are some switched off, some under repair and of the very few that are working no one bothers to check even if it beeped if we are passing through it. Half the security is still doing its duty but not how truthfully they did about a year ago. It has become a routine for them and yes for us too. By and large, we still live the same way.

I write this post not for anyone except for me in the hope that 10 or 20 years down the memory lane when I read this incident would just be a distant memory and the ‘system’ has changed for the better by then.

The political tamasha that I wrote about last year still remains the same. Though a year passed by, the attitude of our politicians did not change. They are sitting in the parliament and still playing the blame game. 26/11 didn’t happen because of the failure of a single person/single party. It happened because a number of people who were supposed to do their duty did not do their jobs properly.

I have read that the narrow minded idiots who think people of one state should stay in their state only and the rest should be thrown out, the same people who were sitting comfortably in their homes when their own city was subject to so much torture have put up banners having the photos of the heroes who shed their lives saving their fellow citizens and that these banners dint have neither the names nor the pictures of the officers from other state who sacrificed their life for the same cause. Didn’t the common sense that had the same heroes thought like these idiots there would have been more bloodshed and more lives lost occur to them? I fail to understand how anyone can vote for such people who wish to break the country for their own selfish motives.

At this point of time, I am not sure if I hate Kasab or not. Yes, I have loathed these 10 people for what they did and wanted the lone survivor to be hanged to death as soon as possible but then it’s not he who is the real culprit; It was someone else who is still sitting comfortably in some part of the world and planning for some other attack in some other place. Kasab and the rest were just following the instructions they were given. The real justice can only be done when the master-minds of such attacks are also punished along with those who implemented the attacks.  And I sincerely hope against hope that this will be done sooner.

Co-incidentally, the 1st anniversary of the Mumbai attack is also the anniversary of the constitution being adopted. Hope the laws and procedures written in that book are implemented strictly and the guilty are punished soon.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2009 2:58 PM

    Never gave a thought towards the anniversary of the constitution! Amen to ur wish!
    MNS people don’t even deserve any talks abt what they do .. its plain rubbish! We would make use of our time for other causes.
    Yes Swaram it’s absolute rubbish.. they winning 12 seats in Assembly polls worries me 😦

    The masterminds have got to be punished .. no doubt; even those who carry out their plans should be killed! Ur point is abs rt .. they can get 100 other people if one Kasab dies .. they don’t even bother abt it probably .. Headley being caught has been one major break-through!
    Hope it materializes into a punishment 😐
    Security measures are required at the root level .. infiltration has to be curbed!

  2. November 27, 2009 3:35 PM

    I agree with you that kasab is not real culprit..but then he is the one who is in our jail…and it shd not be tough for govt to hang him…Isnt this giving wrong example to our terrorist that indians take so much time in giving punishment…We are making our country more prone to outsiders by not setting examples…and what a waste of money to keep him alive…31 crore….shdnt we utilize it to some good cause rather then keeping kasab alive…
    Justice surely comes at a high cost 😐
    Its anniversary of our constition..never thought abt this..
    I dint even know about it until i read the article i linked here..

  3. November 27, 2009 6:21 PM

    Sigh 😐

  4. November 28, 2009 4:26 PM

    I want to say that I have so much to say but honestly I have exhausted my quota of complains!! No I won’t say I have given up but somehow words leave me when I wanna say something about 26/11….
    Same feeling here smita..everytime the issue comes up we have so much to say and its sad to see that nothing has been done to boost our hopes 😐
    ANd u r right Kasab is just a pawn in the game but I would want to see him hanged!!! ASAP!!!
    Me too

  5. November 29, 2009 5:46 PM

    When our legal system works fast and gives justice to the people.Kasad is happy eating biryani and ordering newspaper.
    Me 😦

  6. November 30, 2009 9:39 AM

    Sigh…
    It’s time we really started electing the right people for the right job.

    We have taken a step in the right direction… but I wish we do get the justice we so richly deserve.
    I hope the same Pixie

  7. November 30, 2009 9:20 PM

    hope the things will get better Mystery…. but our attitude needs a lot of questioning…. 😐
    Let us hope the same kanagu 😐

  8. December 1, 2009 12:09 PM

    Mystery, Isn’t it sad that we remember dates but forget people? Such incidents keep happening and our brave commandos and policemen give their life. Some recognized and some unsung. 😦

    I feel the ppl still remain in the memories Solilo but the dates are more etched in our minds as it reminds us of those incidents..but its true that many are not recognized and their sacrifices go unnoticed

  9. December 4, 2009 4:03 AM

    heart-felt post mystery.. and i did not know of the anniversary of adoption of constituion! what irony.
    Even i dint know until i read it crafty 😦

    you make a very good point on how justice will be served only when masterminds of these cruelties will be punished. but i also believe that had they made an example with kasab of what happens to terrorists if they are caught…it might have helped! at least also for the faith of the citizens! case of kasab ia a joke!

    he killed so many, and he is still alive and feeding on our money! 😐
    true crafty! if they had punished him it would at least serve as a warning to the masterminds..
    and i agree wth Soli… we have forgotten the heroes who lay down their lives…

    we are just giving media space and spotlight to the killer….

    i hope our nation sees light and does something …
    hope so too
    hugssssssssss to you for this tribute! 🙂
    me 🙂

  10. December 14, 2009 5:40 AM

    Heyy, you are mentioned in my 200th post. Have a look :

    http://vlokam.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/my-post-your-comments-our-lokam/
    Had a look and commented too

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