Candlelight vigils, memorial meetings, peace marches and online protests — a year ago, the country went all out expressing its outrage against the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. Today, as the tragedy completes a year, the mood among the Capital’s youth is sombre with few events planned, barring some ommemorations by student bodies.
“We’re holding a havan today at the North Campus in the memory of the victims. It will be followed by a candle light march to the Arts Faculty,” says Manoj Chaudhary, president, Delhi University Students Union (DUSU). “We just have a talk on Indo-Pak relations scheduled,” says Rani Rohini Raman, SFI vice president.
At colleges, the ongoing exams have held back the students from holding big memorials. “There might be a candle light march later today but nothing big has been planned due to the ongoing exams,” says Zico Dasgupta, a student councilor at JNU. “I wish we could do something but our mid-tem exams are on,” says Jhinuk Mukhopadhyay, a post graduate DU student.
“We might hold a prayer meeting in college sometime next week, but nothing is certain,” says Smitana Saikia, president, Lady Shri Ram College for Women. “The college is not holding anything special today,” informs Samina Keskar, a student of Jesus and Mary College.
Online communities dedicated to the attacks are also largely inactive with few comments posted in the last 24 hours, even as the blogosphere remains silent. “I think we’ve moved on. The horror is still real only for people who were directly affected,” says Keskar.