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Mumbai will live with terrorism: Rahul Bose

The actor feels Mumbaikars have, of late, accepted terrorism as a way of life.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 14:02 IST

Actor-social activist Rahul Bose condemns the July 11 blasts in Mumbai and says the impact is alarming because people have accepted it as a way of life.

"The attack this time is scary because people in Mumbai seem to have accepted terrorism as a way of life. This is an attack meant to spread terror, period. The whole notion of irrational terror has entered the Indian ethos recently. But it's here to stay. We have made space in our brains to adapt to it," Rahul told IANS.

"I think Mumbai will live with terrorism. If you listen to Mumbaikars on television after the latest blasts, they seem to have come to terms with it. Communal violence is something that can be anticipated. But this kind of violence no one can see coming because it has no roots.

"Because it has no roots, the emotional residue of a communal riot or any pre-meditated attack of terrorism is missing, and it is therefore easy to move on the next morning."

He feels that this attack was made solely to terrorise people and has no geo-political roots.

"I repeat, this attack is only meant to spread terror. Factional terrorism always takes place on the relevant land. This attack had no geopolitical roots. In the long run this is pretty ineffective muscle-flexing because the people who are the victim of random terrorism develop an immunity system against such attacks.

"This isn't to say that the tragedy of human loss will ever leave us. But it is far easier to deal with this attack than the calculated carnage in the Gujarat communal riots or the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1992."

Rahul says the most incredible part of Mumbai is that the momentum of existence creates a larger entity than the "grieving crushed victim of violence who gets ahead come what may".

"It isn't apathy. It's just moving ahead of the last calamity. I am sure the same momentum exists in other big cities. But it'd be difficult to find another city like Mumbai, which accepts such acts and moves on."

Rahul feels Mumbaikar's don't believe in obstructing the momentum of life.

"Why did people return to work the early morning the next day? They could have taken the next day off. But they haven't. They've been up helping victims all night and are back to their normal rhythm the next morning.

"The city is genuinely growing a spine. It isn't denial. It's a full-blown acceptance and the first stirrings of pride in our powers of resilience. I am not creating a cheesy feel-good scenario. The city is going through a trial by fire. In a strange way, it could come out far more sensitised."