As the fresh blasts rocked the financial capital of the country, the Spirit of Mumbai has once again “defeated” the motive of terrorists to create painic. Even after 41 hours of the attack, the battle is still going on at Trident Hotel and Nariman House (28th November, 15:00 hrs IST) but Mumbai woke to the morning of the 27th with the same spirit as it has always.
As I was reading the newspaper to get the latest updates, I got a call from my colleague asking whether office will remain open? I called up and was told that my office is open. Few of my friends offices declared a holiday and so they enjoyed it watching latest flicks on DVD. I reached my office and there was announcement that “Proud to be Working today”. It gave a great “solace” to my heart. There were few people chatting about the terror attacks that hit the city last night and few of them were visiting website and watched news channels to find the latest update on the encounter between security personnel’s and terrorists. As usual, media was trying to give its latest updates by telecasting the “old footages” and repeating the same stories and few lines again and again. They asked a wounded man, who was hit by bullet and running for help to show his wounds on camera and interviewed family of deceased and asked questions like: Where do they belong to? When they are planning cremation and many other irrelevant and illogical questions but then that is expected out of our media houses who are trying to get more viewership. After all, this is also a part of the spirit of Mumbai. I saw many people in the campus listening to music, discussing latest movies, having pastries and giving weird views and comments on the latest development at the battle ground in South Mumbai. A lady commented after the news of chief chef of the Taj Hotel being killed, “Are the terrorists fool, who will cook food for them?”. And entire group of hers laughed loudly on this comment. As I was returning back to my home, I observed that people have no fear and were carrying on with their usual business with great “callousness”.
This is called Spirit of Mumbai. Well I just beg to differ and I call this INSENSITIVITY and APATHY.
The phrase “Spirit of Mumbai” has just become hollow in last few years and it just “sounds nice” when we hear it these days. The same chronology was followed as in many of the terror attacks that have hit the country in last few months. PM and inept Home Minister condemned the attack. It was good to see PM addressing the nation “after 18 hours” of the attack. Now in next few days a probe will be set in, we will await the results till the next terror strikes. Meanwhile, everyone hailed the spirit of the city and its resilience.
It does take a great deal of courage and a soul of steel to go back to work the next day after an attack like this. But you were at work because you have no other option. You don’t have time to pause and think.
An email is being circulated that “Terrorists, you cannot defeat us”.
But let me tell you, my friend that if 150 people of our city have been killed because they were at the wrong place and at the wrong time– and you still get up early in the morning and behave as nothing has happened, Sorry to say that– You are already defeated!!
The enemy has broken your spirit and has won over your soul. The enemy has subdued the rage that should boil over and it has taken the tears from your eyes that should flow. The same soul will pretend as nothing has happened even when we as a nation will loose our identity, when we will be balaknized. This fatalism will ultimately lead us nowhere.
I read one interview of Sir VS Naipaul where he says that
“I feel all of this tells people that they should be defeated again, it s good for them to live with defeat, and that somehow beauty comes out of defeat. I don t think beauty comes out of defeat, I think the Indian wretchedness comes out of the Indian defeat, and this idea of experiencing is utterly wrong. I don t think the Sanskrit texts pre the Muslim conquest, dealt in this kind of negation. I think this negation has come with the years of squalor and defeat. Defeatism, denial and helplessness have become the defining Indian traits and this is the battle that needs to be fought.”
There is a dire need to send the Spirit of Mumbai on a vacation and it should not come back unless the government has taken concrete measures to protect the citizens. I, as a citizen of the country don’t feel safe in my country. It feels that anyone can come from anywhere and kill people at will. I don’t want condemnation of attack but some concrete steps. I don’t want reactions but some sort of action. Can my government guarantee that? If not, then let Defence take over the reign of this country because our politicians have become spineless eunuchs like millions of us.
Lightning candles, observing silence, changing display pictures etc is not going to help. Neither government nor future attackers are going to see it. One thing is for sure that I am not going to do this thing. I want my conscience to continuously pinch me till I do something.
As a blog post on Bharat-Rakshak by Sbajwa acidly says,
They have attacked Red Fort, wives and children of Army personnel, Parliament, Stock Exchange, Educational institutes and professors, Amarnath/Ayodhya/Sankat mochan/etc temples, mosques, bombs in buses/trains/streets. What is left?
I guess they will have to start exploding bombs atop Himalaya or Ganga to get Indians to wake up and do something.
Does your conscience pinch you?
If yes then let’s come together and pressurize our government to take some strong and bold steps.
This can perhaps be the first step towards the long journey that citizens of this nation need to start.I would prefer to die after killing an enemy of nation than being killed on a street as a mute victim.Remember,
Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
I am very keen to know what the awaken readers think we can DO. Its time to do something instead of being insensitive lost souls. If you have any ideas/opinions about things WE can DO to reach out to our Government, appealing it to take steps towards a more secure and a safer country to live in, please post them here as comments.