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What 26/11 means to me

Let us cleanse the air, open our hearts and remember each one of the innocent lives we lost in the terror attacks, writes Vandana Luthra.

entertainment Updated: Dec 09, 2008 18:44 IST

India’s 9/11, isn’t that what everyone in the media is calling it? To me, it is clearly one of the most dreadful moments in the history of free India. Sixty depressing hours when ten young boys held the nation captive.

Ten misled missiles who not just killed humanity but also hope. To me 26/11 symbolises the crumbling of humanity, the end of emotions and the beginning of that phase in life when man kills man without remorse or a flicker of grief crossing his hard-as-nails persona.

My question is this: What takes a human being to that level of insanity? Can we as a thinking, caring, loving species not understand that terrorism as an ideology is like pure poison? It is a cultural cyanide that benefits no one, a suicide bomb that leaves all shattered.

I mean, what did my dear friend Sabina Sehgal Saikia do to earn the wrath of her killer? She had no personal axe to grind with him. She had not even met him before he arrived in her suite, the messenger of the worst death anyone can ever wish upon his most hated enemy. Not just Sabina, her kids and husband Shantanu were shot in the heart by him. Will that family ever feel normal again?

I also learnt of losing a young couple I had met the last time I visited my son-in-law Anuraag and Meera’s house in London. They were married with two small children and looked so happy together, and now they are gone. I am sure each one of us has a soulful tale to tell.

Besides loved ones, India also lost a very important industry head honcho, Mr Ashok Kapoor of YES Bank, whom I respected a lot

My request is this: forget politicians and their politics; forget intelligence agencies and their total ignorance in this instance; let’s put aside new initiatives that the NSG should now take.

Instead, let’s sit down quietly for a moment and ask ourselves: When did we as humans lose our sense of right and wrong? Is religion, country or ideology our ticket to emotional barbarism? No. As a mother, all I can say is that let us go back in time to seek the idealism of peace. Let us look beyond partisan issues to actually live the life our Creator ordained for us in this universe. Let us cleanse the air, open our hearts and remember each one of the innocent lives we lost. Let us send up a quiet prayer asking God never to unleash such misguided humans on our land who kill their brethren. Let us spend a moment in silence. And let that moment last an eternity.

Vandana Luthra, Founder, VLCC