I found my last week’s piece, talking about breakdancing, to be a little out of flavour when the city was not at its best. But there was little I could do to change that, since I wasn’t in the frame of mind to quickly rustle up an alternate piece.
And what would I have said, anyway? Would I have pulled out a bunch of songs that reflected the mood and created a soundtrack for the times? Or would I have probably written one myself to add a subtle vanity light?
Or, would I have just ranted and repeatedly echoed the numbness, anger, grief, hilarity and other emotions that went through my mind while I watched the media heartlessly and unsuspectingly help the carnage along.
Well I could not have done it then and I will not do it now. We all know how have we felt in the last few days. It’s more than a week today. So time will flow and we will distance ourselves from it through reconstruction and regeneration.
Although mentally, we will carry every attack Mumbai has ever been through with us. We will always survive to come out stronger than before.
We can also bring forth the power of the people, a power which, we so generously entrust to those who govern us, and be a little more watchful and make those accountable whom next we offer that power to. Thinker Henry David Thoreau said, “I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.” It’s precisely with that thought that we should be vigilant and conscientious in the days to come.
We are a secular, socialist, democratic and a republic counrtry. I urge every one reading this to look up the meanings of these words in context to our rights as Indians and find strong legal ways to exercise them for our their future well-being.
Our politicians are what they are, human beings. If we want to believe that all Muslims are not terrorists, then we should also believe that all politicians are not corrupt. Yet we must not allow events like these to pass to find out we made the wrong choice.
The marvel of history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their
governments. At the end of the day, a government is too important to be left to the politicians.
In closing, I would like to offer a line for all those heroes who died in the line of duty, who died saving others, heroes who have survived, who lived to save others and the heroes who live among us everyday. This one is by Bob Dylan.. A hero is someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with freedom... if I may say so.