It marks two years today! City of Mumbai still remembers the whole incident very clearly. Only remembers! The 26/11 Terror Attack! Not only on Mumbai but on the whole country.
What exactly changed after 26/11? Many things actually. We now have more number of non-working metal detector doors at major railway stations, more number of corrupt officers - a few of them are directly related to the terror attack. One officer was caught for making cheap quality bullet proof jackets! More number of sacked CMs for one state, more controversies, scams and corruption. But the lag in security system still remains. Each day a new scam comes out, each day people wake up, crib and move on. Some even blog, but that's that!
Yes I feel angry. Not only for or on this day, but whenever I remember this day, whenever I pass by any of those areas or whenever I see somebody being negligent or security systems not working properly. 26/11 and 11/7 are the two days that have affected me the most. Like lacs of Mumbaiites, I too commute by local trains - in the same first class compartment which was targeted in the serial bomb blast four years back. Maybe it affects me more as I knew a few victims personally who lost their lives in these attacks!
But what have we done? Quite a few pay tax (the only good thing I guess), we go to work and come back, we do not pay attention on our surroundings all the time, we do not check the area below our train seats or luggage rack, most of the times, we do not bother to report to any suspicious parcel, we abuse cops standing in the middle of the road at the time of naka bandi as they increase in already pathetic traffic, we still don't oppose those who give/take bribe in front of us, we still keep quiet when our state CMs keep changing all the time, we still encourage our children not to study as we can get them admission through paid seats - the list will go on and on.
People around me always tell me that I overreact to things, or one person cannot make a difference as we will never be able to convince Mumbai people to be alert in this face pace city and busy lives! Time kaha hai humare paas? Or the excuse is - why do we have a Government then? Why do we elect them and give them power? But we so easily forget that 20 odd years back, they were like us only - the same chalta hai attitude, the same busy life, the same question too - how will one person make a difference?
Yes, we cannot make any difference - not as voters not as leaders. We can only crib and cry, see people dying. So far as our family is safe, who cares! And if we lose someone from our family, still we keep quiet to safeguard other members of our family! Proud to be an Indian!!!
And yes, I am very angry. Angry on each one of us for being us. If this post has offended you, then kindly leave this page rather than posting abusive comments!