By Mehak Budhrani
A day after the cabinet reshuffle, 3 bombs went off at Mumbai’s heavily populated and commercial locations. Very easily the media and the government say that it is the spirit of the people to move on to their normal lives. Well, the question we need to ask is do we have a choice? Is our spirit being taken for granted or are we letting our spirit be tested everytime there is an attack?
In the past decade, there have been a total of 105 blasts, over 918 deaths leaving 2533 injured. Cities all over India have been attacked and our commercial capital has been attacked more than once! How much is too much? We have heard and seen the blasts all over India, but what has been done to secure our lives? These recurring acts just go to show that our lives add very little value to the spirit of the nation. Till when do we want to let these people trample over us and leave a mark of victory with their henious crimes?
We boast of having one of the strongest military and naval bases in the world. Then how can one of the world’s most strongest nations have recurring attacks? There are two points to be noted here:
1. Why isn’t there anything being done about our nations security?
2. Why aren’t we as citizens raising our voice for our own protection?
What can be more important to a nation than the citizens itself? The right to protection has to be guaranteed by our Government. Committees, such as the Pradhan Committee, were set up after 26/11 but till date the report never materialised and it still lies on paper. Is it because of this lacunae in the Government Mumbai was attacked yet again on 13th July 2011?
We are not living in the stone age where we have to fight for land or peace. This is the 21st century and we have the right to live in peace and harmony. Treaties have been signed for peace but what use are those treaties when they are not followed.
Our Mother, India, and her children have a very high level of tolerance and hence we are just watching all that is happening before us.
Our eyes are open, mouths are shut. Our ears are open listening to the the loud dhamakas around us, but our hands do not have the power to stop anything. Even though India got her freedom in 1947, It will be long before we will be free and independence still has to get its true meaning.
In the past few years, India has witnessed frames of fear and terror in different cities at different times. The people want answers but don’t know where to seek them from. They want peace but all they get in return is war. They want the right to move freely, as ensured by the constitution, but everytime they go out they’re scared as they don’t know whether they will return home to their family the same day.
Our freedom always comes with a price. Subash Chandra Bose said, “Give me your blood and I will give you freedom”. This either means that we give our blood for the freedom we deserve, or give our blood for nothing.
We are hopeful that this war against terror will be won. It requires cooperation from our Government, the Military and the common man. It is not an individual conflict. This is for our mother, our India, our home. We have to understand that terrorism is not a natural disaster that is an act of God, but it is a threat to our national security and our ancient heritage which can be avoided and has to be stopped by us.
From this day on, I pledge to declare war on Terrorism in India – do you?