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Mumbai 26/11: The least WE can do

[This is the second post in a series on Mumbai 26/11]

With the siege on Mumbai finally coming to an end after over 60 hours of constant conflict, telecasted live much to the glee of a melodramatic media that has gained immensely (in terms of money and TRPs, of course) from this attack. Oh, how they would be discussing Operation Successful-Live-Reporting of the Mumbai attacks and giving each other high-fives. CNN-IBN audaciously challenged people trying to maintain calm and vigil and attempting to drive the media away, by stating that power in the Oberoi had been cut off and hence there was no reason “not to report live”.

Enough has been said. Too much time has been wasted over petty and utterly pointless debates. Too much energy and blood has been lost in our much-maligned attempts to fight terror. We, as the people, need to step up and start making a difference. The Next Tryst with a New Destiny is upon us and if we fail to stand up and learn from history, we can never forgive ourselves or the country. As individuals, there is a lot than can be done. You do not necessarily have to be a power broker to make a difference.

End the cynicism
As Indian citizens it is our prime and foremost duty to end a cynical outlook of everything that has unfolded around us. Stop enforcing pessimistic views around you. End the “Government bekaar hai”s and “India kuch nahi kar sakti”s. Take a serious stance, be calm and spread word about the heroic acts of the bravest of us, like ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. Take pride in their deeds as we hardly acknowledge or credit the true heroes of our everyday lives.

Do away with “My two minutes of fame”
As responsible citizens, it is now a matter of exigency that we at least maintain silence if we can’t laud the efforts of the NSG and the Army and even the Police. Stop seeking “two minutes of fame” with churlish comments about terror in India, stop giving heed to a so-called “funny side” of this entire ordeal as most will be tempted to get back to our national pastime – ridicule authorities, the Government, politicians and everyone else from a position of no self-sacrifice. It is not a joke. It never was. If you are yet tempted to deride someone, please openly scoff at Raj Thackeray and his bunch of MNS cowards. Like chickens, they hid away in their comfortable complexes and showed their true colours to the nation in times of dire need.

Pledge to Vote
It has become more imperative than ever to realize that voting makes a difference. An individual makes a difference. YOU can bring about change. Take a pledge to vote in the Assembly polls next year and play your role in making this democracy more accountable and rewarding to its people. There are sites to help you with this, the most remarkable being the Jaagore campaign. It is time the change in us awakes and comes out in the open. Make a difference – Vote.

These are some of the things an ordinary Indian can do best. And they take up no time or energy of ours. And even if we have excuses to offer, we know deep inside that we have enough time and vigor to devote at least some part of our lives in honour of those dead protecting the country. If we choose to remain as sleepy and dull as we have been since the terror trail began almost two decades ago, we will never do justice to ourselves or our fellow Indians.

They say it's wise to return to normalcy. If being normal means being part of a soft democracy, if being normal means coming to terms with Mumbai 26/11 as soon as possible, if being normal means returning to focus on everyday work as if nothing ever happened, if being normal means being silent and ignorant, then it's time we forget about "being normal".

Wake up. It’s now or never.







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13 comments:

  Kislay

Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 9:42:00 AM PST

Absolutely wonderful post man . I did visit the jaago re site , but I am afraid I won't be able to vote this time . Our policies need to revamped . Afzal Guru's must be hanged , no matter what . Uniform Civil Code must be there . The appeasement of the minorities as well as the majority must end .

  Silver sparrow

Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 10:46:00 AM PST

Very sensible!
There is a lot of outrage against our visual media,which I feel was very indiscreet,during the early hours of commando operation.
Do you think their live telecast jeopardised to some extent the rescue operations in the beginning?

Anyway everything is over now,but I fear for a communal backlash which could even push our country into utter chaos.
Keeping my fingers crossed!

I share my views here

  Mithe

Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 11:41:00 PM PST

Very right! As you said, its more important to understand the situation and awaken from our self induced slumber rather than "seeking two minutes of fame". Great post

  Winnie the poohi

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 2:39:00 AM PST

I agree to you completely!

Kudos for a rational post :)

  Vinod_Sharma

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 5:50:00 AM PST

Yes indeed, if we do not learn from history, things are only going to get worse. Unfortunately, our media mughals are interested only in the moment. So they carry us all away and make us forget.

I'm sure those who sought their 2 minute fame in Mumbai must be the most contrite. If they still are not, then we have do the needful to weed them out with our vote.

Yes, I agree that it's time to wake up and not be cynicacl.

  Trailblazer

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 5:51:00 AM PST


@Kislay
Thanks man. I suggest you please re-consider your decision to not vote. I'm also facing a technical problem i.e. not having stayed for at least 6 months at my current residence. But by the time elections are upon us, I would've completed that. Read my new post where I talk about dealing with terrorists on hand.

@Silver Sparrow
Thanks. The live telecast was a huge blow and severe crossing of limits by the media. I cant say if it affected the rescue operations directly.

Regarding a backlash, keep hope. Nothing of this sort could happen in the current scenario.

@Mithe
Thanks.

@Winnie the Poohi
Thanks.

  Trailblazer

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 5:52:00 AM PST


@Vinod_Sharma
Thanks for agreeing.

  Kislay

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 7:48:00 AM PST

I am facing the same problem . That is why I cannot vote .

  Trailblazer

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 11:53:00 PM PST


@Kislay
Maybe at time of voting, you would've exceeded your stay beyond 6 months?

  Kislay

Monday, December 1, 2008 at 1:33:00 AM PST

When exactly are the elections ? If its after February , then yes .

  Trailblazer

Monday, December 1, 2008 at 1:56:00 AM PST


@Kislay
Yes, dude. Probably after February. Maximum by May.

Do try.

  The knife

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 4:12:00 AM PST

I probably last voted when i was your age. Never have managed to since I shifted to Bombay. But I too got on to jaagore yesterday and hope I can vote this time

  Trailblazer

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 4:24:00 AM PST


@The Knife
Yes. Jaagore is a glimmer of hope. And we should take advantage of it.