NRIs hit out at terror, hail India
The Indian community abroad believes that terrorism is not an Indian phenomenon and can happen anywhere, anytime.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 13:20 IST
No NRI will cancel visits to Mumbai despite the bomb blasts on trains that killed nearly 200 people.
Despite terror attacks in New Delhi, Kashmir and Mumbai, India is still a safe country for NRI visits and holidays, for the simple reason that as no place is immune to terrorism, including the countries they live in.
Terrorism is not an Indian phenomenon. It can happen anywhere; does it mean you do not invest in those parts of the world? These common sentiments emerged from a spot survey of NRIs in different parts of the world.
Niharika Singh, an IT professional working in Belgium, summed it up aptly when asked if India was a safe country after the latest terror attacks: "For me, it's the best place in this world. No matter how bad the situation, my homeland will be home."
She went on: "As long as the services are running, I will go. I did not change my plans for Mumbai last year, when it was under water. I will not change now.
"Life is tough and everyday is a struggle. Incidents like these affect us only for a while and we get back to our lives. Sounds rude, but true.
Only those directly affected by it feel the terrible pain, and even they learn to move on after some time. For politicians, these are issues to be talked about; for us, this is just another disaster like an earthquake, a mudslide or floods.
I have been in all these situations. With time, these become part of your memory. Nothing more. Mumbai will bounce back."
And indeed the city has.
Economics Professor Balbir Sihag from Boston retains full confidence in the Indian economy: "The strength of the economy depends on good institutions, good governance and people's intensity of desire to save, invest and innovate.
People seem to be more determined than ever to overcome such tragedies. The Bombay Stock Market just reflects the strength of the Indian economy as a whole."
He maintains these terror acts could be reduced. "Along with the government authorities, the public should be vigilant. I hope India does not do what the US does. Muslims here are under very strict scrutiny: their email, phone calls and other contacts are checked regularly.
The only right thing the authorities do is checking Muslims' charitable contributions to terrorist groups."
Aravind Arunachalam, who wrote seeking advice about investing in India stocks a few weeks ago, maintains his optimism: "My interest will weigh more on the companies and their performance and not on the one odd heinous act of some terrorists."
In an emotional tone, his first thoughts after the Mumbai bombings were: "Sometimes I feel: When will the people who committed the inhuman crime be wiped out from the earth? But on second thoughts, these are the people who constantly remind us that evil and human (good) coexist.
"These cruel perpetrators' acts once again brought Indians together irrespective of boundaries, thereby failing wrong doers at the lowest level, and their very idea of separating and creating havoc/confusion and bring disharmony among us Indians.
God willing, we are and will bind more closer each and every second and prove that these acts never deterred or will deter us from being an Indian.
"Though I can't feel the pain of those families which may suffer the loss of their loved one, I can at least understand the loss and pray for them."
An author and journalist who survived the July 7 bombings in London, Shamlal Puri writes: "Our hearts go out to the injured and bereaved. India must track down those who carried out these dastardly acts.
Indian security forces must redouble their efforts and the government must put in more resources in the fight against terrorism. India's contribution could go a long way in fighting the global war against terrorism."
Puri summed it up by saying: "Mumbai will bounce back, no doubt about this. One can see the way the local trains, the lifeline of Mumbai, got back into service within hours of the blasts.
One also sees how all Mumbaikars came out in full force and rallied around to help in every way they could. The spirit of Mumbaikars, and Indians, is indomitable. No terrorists can dent this. Indians are a hardy lot."