Introspection: The aftermath of Mumbai terror attacks

Many questions to be answered, many situations to be assessed, many revelations to be made, many introspections to be done – the ‘remorseless’ terror attacks have left behind all this, along with the ruined Heritage building that stands tall as a testimony to the conspicuous and flagrant violation of Humanity,  owing to the pot-holes in the security protocol. All this, not withstanding to the warnings from the Intelligence days before. The attacks were quickly followed by shameless castiagtions by the political parties among themselves.

Many questions pondered my mind during these heinous attacks. Who would be responsoble for this blatant failure in securing the Nation? While it is very easy to point out the politicians and a failed system, we conveniently forget how irresponsible, we, the common people are, by ourselves. How compassionate and vigilant are we, of our surroundings? How responsible are we, for our own Nation? It is a time for introspection for every individual who thinks, he holds his Nation in pride.

Did you exercise your right to vote? If not, you do not have the right to raise your voice on the security situation of the Nation today. Over 60 percent of 10.5 million eligible voters in Delhi exercised their votes Saturday. That says 40 percent of them have not cared to vote for reasons whatsoever. 40 percent of 10.5 million is not a small number, and that in Delhi alone. Going by the basic premise that expectations come with responsibilities, millions of people who still do not exercise their right to vote do not have a right to raise their voice either.

And then, how many of us have really been compassionate to the happenings around? How many of us have been vigilant in public places like bus stops and malls? It is not practically feasible to frisk each and every individual in a country with huge population. Installing CCTV cameras at every nook and corner might still not work as a solution if a common man lacks the basic awareness.

Politicians have been so quick in pointing fingers at a neighbouring country. While they might be right or wrong, the issue here is that we need an introspection of ourselves. While the situation might demand toughness in attitude towards a neighbouring country, it is also important that we face our short-comings.

It is not the political system that needs an immediate change, but the thought process of a common man. If we are not going to change, the political system too is not going to change. Until then we all have to put up with the vainglorious political promises.

Finally, do we need to go through all thes terror attacks to understand that our security system is a fiasco? Do we, really, have to lose all those efficient officers to understand the pathetic condition of the bullet-proof jackets the world’s largest democracy has? Aren’t the sacrifices of the great freedom fighters, by themselves, not enough?

Enough is enough! Is the comman man doing something besides lighting candles at the site and  expressing displeasure?


  1. December 1, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I like the closing sentence of your post. I wish that we all could at least be vigilant.

    and I am not surprised to hear we were short of nullet-proof jackets, read this pieve I found on another blog:,0,1130306.story?page=2

  2. sakhi said,

    December 1, 2008 at 7:36 am

    😦 😦 😦

  3. PK said,

    December 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm


    I liked your idea of people from different sections of socity to fulfill their responsibility towards nation. The main idea I liked is not only spy agencies, Police and security personnel, ordinary citizens plays a very important role to make our country safe place to live and prosper. The day we all realize that, all these bastards shy away from doing such sinisters again.


  4. Nita said,

    December 2, 2008 at 3:46 am

    That’s true Manoj, we citizens are responsible too and we need to take that responsibility. I have stopped checking my feed reader, blog surfer etc and that is why I missed this post.
    I hope to be get back soon, but for me its difficult. The various buildings which the terrorists attacked are buildings I have been going in and out of since childhood. Vt station is part and parcel of us mumbaikars. My memories go back to when I was a five year old. Taj too. So many memories! Every mumbaikar is feeling hollow, violated. Its hard.

  5. nikhgeo said,

    December 2, 2008 at 5:53 am

    It’s true that we the common man has a lot of responsibilities too. You mentioned about voting. This is the first time I would be eligible to vote. But the serious question is whom should I vote.?Talking about Kerala here there is the CPM led left front and congress led right front.Practically I has only 2 options and either way it doesn’t make any difference. All these politicians are the same. I’m not talking about boycotting elections or something similar but the ground reality that we have to face sometimes.

    Also, the recent remarks by the Kerala CM against Maj Unnikrishans family.Being a Keralite I feel ashamed.Let’s apologize to that family. These politicians will never do that. If you sincerely feel please do that online here
    Let’s show our solidarity.

  6. vishesh said,

    December 2, 2008 at 6:27 am

    well i stopped myself from writing that we are responsible too,coz we all already know it…and you what,we the aam admi are not capable of doing anything else 🙂 And hm…did you vote?

  7. December 2, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Alas Manoj, refusing to vote or even choosing 49-0 wont help us out of this situation. You have to choose b/w a rotten apple, a rotten orange or a rotten banana. Not choosing wont make the parliament empty; someone will have to fill in the 552 seats.

    This is our curse, we have been handicapped by this system. But now with the advent of internet, social websites and blogosphere common man’s voice is perforating into deeper masses. The youth we have now is the last resort for India’s existence.

    The upcoming state elections will be a touchstone.. No doubt the percentage in urban areas are going to take a dip, but we still have a huge percentage of rural folks who are yet insulated from such media of communication..

  8. Amit said,

    December 2, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Just now I came to know from Nita’s blog that there is something called section 49-O. If I had known this I would definitely have gone to the polling booth and not give my vote.
    I was one of those 40% who did not vote simply because I found that none of the candidates were worth my vote.

  9. Sekhar said,

    December 2, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Yes Manoj, these are the things that were haunting me for a few days now. Don’t know why we are electing these fools to rule us. If this is the ‘SMALL THING’ happened according to Mr… I don’t know what he is envisaging as a ‘BIG THING’. Fools indeed.
    I went through this mental agony watching the live coverage during those 60hrs of horrifying footage. I watched the coverage like never before.
    A BIG SALUTE to those rescue teams and reporters.

    Can go on writing on this topic now. But..

    Thanks for this timely post.

  10. Sekhar said,

    December 2, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Amit, I too agree on you. For the last couple of times I voted sincerely as a true citizen. But now I think my so precious vote is getting wasted as the candidates I elect so carefully during voting, shamelessly join hand with the rivals that I bitterly hate. Now where is the meaning of my selecting a candidate through voting.

    Now I have decided not to vote in the coming election 😦

    I think Maniratnams ‘Yuva’ comes into consideration here.
    Lets hope for the best.

  11. December 3, 2008 at 12:11 am

    @Amit: yes section 49-O is quite old. THough, to be honest, I ahve come to know of it through forwarded emails only, few years back.

    I am now surprised how many of people do not know about it. 😦

  12. arvind said,

    December 3, 2008 at 10:09 am

    “prevention is better than cure”
    in our country ,the politicians (government ) dont understand the meaning of prevention..
    after everything happens theystart searching a cure for something that is almost incurable …
    now after the sea route has been exploited already , they will be increasingthesecurity ..
    it is so silly !!!

  13. Manasa said,

    December 7, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Either fear of job firing or terrorist attack.. and the inflation rate. How much can common man take?

    Politicians can only resign since they ‘ve no answer. They ‘ve made hell lot of money n needn’t worry recession. Moreover, they are always guarded by so many cops. Its we who suffer every moment.

  14. joyncheer said,

    December 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm


  15. Rolling said,

    February 13, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Yes, we can do something. YES, “common men” like me, my colleagues ARE working round the clock.
    What are we doing?
    1) We are re-designing completely our Citizenship Curriculum around Gandhiji’s dictum: If you want change, BE THE CHANGE.

    2) The curriculum enables and finally empowers teachers students and community to partner together to forge creative partnerships that help build better and clearer understanding of ways we CAN be the Change, by breaking out of the Dont know Dont care syndrome.

    3) We write responsibly on our blogs – nothing that creates more misunderstanding among communities or ethnic groups. Which is why I blatantly protested against States going Regional with Language in my posts, as that impedes easy passage of citizens through the country. In a multi lingual country like ours the Common Language SHOULD be used for official work in ADDITION to Regional.

    If yopu are unable to move around easily and comfortably with your country men you cannot make relevant efforts at understanding them. Which leaves you wide open to manipulative behaviour practised by terror agents and divisive partisan people.

  16. Rolling said,

    February 13, 2009 at 4:19 am

    That curriculum thing is as ‘teachers’. The blog thing and everyday interaction like voicing an opinion here and acknowledging your concerns, is personal – effort at ‘doing something however insignificant it might be’.

    We need to build solidarity, we do ned to stand together – even at very minute micro levels for the bigger whole to function the way we want it to 🙂 Most of us do not understand that and you must have seen many practice partisan ways in something like blogs too!!

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