Sunday, November 30, 2008

We The People Must Rise


“`We, The People’ Must Rise,” appeals a former international airhostess Pratibha C, in response to the terrible terrorist attacks on Bombay – her home. Why should we pay taxes?

I am an Indian living in Bombay. I was born and raised here, so this is MY city!!!

How do I feel? Angry, frustrated, helpless, pissed off, shocked, apalled and finally numb!!!!

Its sickening what they are showing on television but I cannot tear myself away from it!!! I want to absorb every gory detail like a sponge absorbing water.....what do I get from this? I honestly don’t know.........

All I know right now is that there comes a point and this is definitely one of them.....where one has to stop being a passive mute spectator and start becoming an active vocal participant........we cannot let history pass us by and never have a hand in changing any of it.........I dunno, I have to find a way to participate......even if its only a drop in the ocean.....I want to be that one drop!!!

Whats scary is the educated people like you n me are so damn biased and extreme...its thoughts like this that gives rise to act like these...........

To me its not a question of Islamic fundamentalists involved in acts like this.....terrorism knows no particular religion...terrorism is a religion in itself that these people follow..........whether they are Muslim or Hindu or Christian or Jewish..........thats only a front they use to give themselves the license to perform these heinous acts......

I think after all this over entire Bombay should come out on the streets and protest peacefully...refuse to pay taxes to the govt......anything from the top of my head.....whatever that will force whichever govt in power...they are all equal failures.....just to provide an efficient and working law and order structure...to provide for security and safety of its citizens....... to be held accountable....to allow for a process to begin that unites us instead of dividing us.....to give the armed forces their due...pay them more...our taxes should be going there..........they have been incredible.....to give our emergency services their due...which in the best of times are not given a chance to perform because of the hectic traffic in this city or the callousness of its some of the citizens....

India is a secular country....SECULAR...being a fundamental part of our constitution......all religions to coexist peacefully......this one fundamental right that all the citizens of this country have lost sight of.....there is no majority or minority.....dialogues must exist between communities to iron out problems and difficulties facing each other....the common man must rise up to restore peace and trust and belief and faith in humanity.

There is no religion in this world other than the religion of humanity......

Thats all I believe in and thats all I want as an Indian and as a global citizen....yesterday it was Madrid, New York, London, Islamabad.....

Today its Bombay....tomorrow elsewhere....this affects all of us and all of us must rise!!!

1 comment:

Sauvik said...

As I suggested: A "Jail Bharo Andolan" outside the Bombay High Court to force them to decide on SV Raju's PIL, pending for over 10 years.

This will lead the the official entry of Liberalism into politics, an this will promote a politics that sees every Individual to be possessed of inalienable and imprescriptible rights.

Note that the politics behind terrorism is also of groups and group identity. in this, it is not much different from raj thuggeray, mayawati, jyoti basu or even chacha manmohan s gandhi. socialism is about groups - as is fascism, and as is terrorism too.

the only solution is Individualism, which is Liberalism.

We need to fight for our official entry into the Indian political theatre of the Absurd.