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‘Did we seriously believe we were watching alone'

A live, minute-by-minute broadcast of counter-insurgency measures during a live operation against terrorists may well have been detrimental to our forces, to the extent of being responsible for some of them sustaining injuries or even losing their lives, reports Vishal Dadlani.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2008 01:08 IST

A live, minute-by-minute broadcast of counter-insurgency measures during a live operation against terrorists may well have been detrimental to our forces, to the extent of being responsible for some of them sustaining injuries or even losing their lives.

We saw the police arrive, knew when and where the NSG came in, saw the Marine Commandos rappelling on to the roof. Do we seriously believe we were the only ones watching?

As a musician and artist, I’ve always been the first to decry censorship in any form. However, I insist that when it comes to the sovereignty of our nation, all other considerations pale.

With the support of concerned and like-minded friends, I have put up an online petition at www.smallchange.in. Together, we aim to change the way the electronic media covers an event like the terrorist attack that Mumbai had to face last week.

I’ve lived in India for 35 years now, my entire existence. For what it’s worth, everything I have made of myself has come from this country. I have never before, I am ashamed to say, done anything for India. There are a lot of things about this country that need changing, but to make that change, there’s a huge chasm of apathy we must each cross. No one can do it for you, it’s something you have to do for other people.

This one cause is mine, I’ll personally send the petition and your signatures to the Bombay High Court and follow it up to the end, in the hope that something will change because of our actions.

My hope is that a lot of people will see us trying to plug this one little hole in the wall, and find their own causes, their own small changes to make.