A lot has happened, since I last posted here. Both, personally and otherwise. But, every single one of these changes has been affecting me at a very personal level.
Much has been said about the Bombay (I refuse to call it Mumbai !) terror attacks. It has also found expression in terms of candle-lit marches, quiet demonstrations, and maybe not-so-quiet ones too. A lot of people have been suggesting solutions too, for preventing these kind of attacks in the future.
I don’t have any solutions to give. But one of the articles that has stuck to my head is a piece of conversation between one of the hostages (who survived), and one of the terrorists, that I read about in the papers. When the lady asked the militant why he was carrying out these atrocities, he cited instances where Muslims were killed during the Godhra riots and the Babri Masjid riots.
Though, I don’t agree that the reason he gave justified his actions, I do strongly feel that what happened during those riots was as bad. What was worse, is that those riots were state-sponsored ! The guys who carried out the Bombay attacks were hard-core terrorists. But what about those who caused the Babri Masjid and Godhra riots ? The so-called politicians who are supposed to be taking care of our citizens. They are the worst terrorists.
It makes me feel so angry and helpless that the very people who stoked communalism in our country countless times, and caused the killings of so many innocent people are walking around free. Why weren’t they taken to task ? Isn’t it a known fact that Narendra Modi was the mastermind behind the Godhra riots ? Why hasn’t he been arrested ?!
I don’t care for people who say that he is the man responsible for the success of Gujarat state. Success at the cost of what ? Of antagonising a sect of people and making them feel marginalised ! I wish the whole country had caused an uproar at that time, like they are doing now. Maybe, this terror attack could have been avoided.
I feel, politicians such as Narendra Modi, LK Advani, Bal Thackeray, Raj Thackeray…and countless others should be strongly penalised for adopting the ‘Divide and Rule’ approach to increase their vote bank, at the cost of the unity of our country. They are the terrorists of the worst sort !
Even now, it is not too late. Make them pay for what they have done. That way, we’ll be sending out strong signals to the Muslim community of India, that this country is against extremism of all sorts !