I was watching NDTV at 11:00p.m on the night when terror not only struck Mumbai but also the the hearts of every Indian.Initially what appeared as just another gangwar later came to be known as what is today referred to as India's 9/11. Looking at the gory site of blood and torture everywhere,I felt a sense of anguish,anger and all other sentiments which my brethren in Mumbai and everywhere else are sensing.There was and still is justifiable anger towards the establishment.The lackadaisical nature of the people whom we voted to serve us who seemed to be sleepwalking through the various alerts issued by various security agencies was appalling.
I wondered as to how many more lives will have to be sacrificed to these religious zealots before our netas woke up from their deep slumber.I knew it had to be this time.The public is seething with anger.The very people who had the patience to wait for hours before a politician's cavalcade zipped through the busy traffic were now willing to even take their lives in public.The rancour was palpable and to a large extent justified.
But i said to myself "Hang on! do the politicians not behave as we allow them to","Do they not represent the nature of the prevalent society.Our country has debased itself by wholeheartedly sinking into the low ambits of corruption.Right from the jhaduwala to the bureaucrat,right from the suave IT Engineer to the richest businessmen,we all are neck deep in a corrupt society we have nurtured and developed from an infant terrible to demonic proportions.We are the first to flout rules at our will and this has resulted in a cascade of events which has resulted in this anarchy.We do not have a sense of belonging to our own motherland.We spit,urinate and do all the other things in roadside corners,we throw garbage in front of other's homes and are the first one to cry out when we face the same.
Added to this brazen behaviour,have we ever behaved in a responsible way.We always seem to know the rights of ours and duties of others.We all hooted and clamped when the NSG commandoes came out victorious from the various flashpoints.Enough and more airtime were given to these genuine heroes.With all due respect to our armed forces they were just doing their duty,so lets not get caught up in their heroics.The primary issue to be highlighted is "The commandoes did their job,have we done ours".
We never react strongly to any major bomb incidents.Its as though deaths and guns have become a part of life.Sometimes the gundas come from the another country and sometimes as armed guards of local corrupt corporators.We never make our leaders accountable.There are enough and more visionaries in our country but what we really need are people who can take quick decisions and implement what is urgently required.
Let us channelize this anger now to redefine India's might in the new global order.Let us reform ourselves first before expecting others to.Let us vow from today that we will follow even the smallest rules set by the state.Let us not be cowed down by acts done by some barbaric maniacs(Let them be damned.).Let us perform our duties with the utmost sincerity and honesty and we will soon see the change we want to.Let all the citizens of specially cities go out to vote and not sit in their customary drawing rooms watching the results on TV and be the first to scream out when any of their right is infringed upon.Let us all be Indians first and later Amar Akbar and Anthony.