Thirty-eight bomb blasts have ripped through four Indian cities since May 13 this year, killing 128. Small wonder, then, that Indians are afraid — but there is cause yet for hope amid the fear.
A Hindustan Times-CNN-IBN poll conducted across major cities on September 24 and 25 showed that 81 per cent fear for their and their family’s safety. However, this hasn’t caused people to lose faith in the ‘other’. The survey showed that 72 per cent people don’t distrust those from another faith. And 61 per cent said terrorism has nothing to do with religion. A majority — 58 per cent — say they would rent out their house to a person of another faith.
Our sense of security, though, is depleting. It is the insecurity that comes from not knowing if one’s trip to the neighbourhood market will be the last.
Businessman Rajesh Gupta’s tale is symptomatic of this. His wife Rajni was visiting her parents in Karol Bagh on September 13. In the evening, she decided to go shopping for curtains. Fate placed her only metres away from a bomb that went off at Gaffar Market. She died.
“Rajesh hasn’t cried since he came to know of bhabhi’s death. He has become expressionless,” said his inconsolable brother Santosh that night.
India has reacted to the horror by asking for an iron fist — 90 per cent believed time has come for tougher anti-terror laws. They’re willing to walk the talk on that — 82 per cent said they’re fine with stricter security measures in return for safety. A majority — 77 per cent — said they were willing to lend the authorities a hand by educating others on how to be more cautious.