A Letter to the Terrorists from Mumbaikars

Dear Terrorist,

Even if you are not reading this we don’t care. Time and again you tried to disturb us and disrupt our life – killing innocent civilians by planting bombs in trains, buses and cars. You have tried hard to bring death and destruction, cause panic and fear and create communal disharmony but everytime you were disgustingly unsuccessful. Do you know how we pass our life in Mumbai? How much it takes for us to earn that single rupee? If you wanted to give us a shock then we are sorry to say that you failed miserably in your ulterior motives. Better look elsewere, not here.

We are not Hindus and Muslims or Gujaratis and Marathis or Punjabis and Bengaliies. Nor do we distinguish ourselves as owners or workers, govt. employees or private employees. WE ARE MUMBAIKERS (Bombay-ites, if you like). We will not allow you to disrupt our life like this. On the last few occassions when you struck (including the 7 deadly blasts in a single day killing over 250 people and injuring 500+ in 1993), we went to work next day in full strength. This time we cleared everything within a few hours and were back to normal – the vendors placing their next order, businessmen finalizing the next deals and the office workers rushing to catch the next train. (Yes the same train you targetted)

Fathom this: Within 3 hours of the blasts, long queues of blood donating volunteers were seen outside various hospital, where most of the injured were admitted. By 12 midnight, the hospital had to issue a notification that blood banks were full and they didn’t require any more blood. The next day, attendance at schools and office was close to 100%, trains & buses were packed to the brim, the crowds were back.
The city has simply dusted itself off and moved one – perhaps with greater vigour.

We are Mumbaikers and we live like brothers in times like this. So, do not dare to threaten us with your crackers. The spirit of Mumbai is very strong and can not be harmed.

Please forward this to others. U never know, by chance it may come to hands of a terrorist in Afghanistan , Pakistan or Iraq and he can then read this message which is specially meant for him!!!

With Love,
From the people of Mumbai ( Bombay)

One thought on “A Letter to the Terrorists from Mumbaikars

  1. though a few of d following points go over d board …this definitely makes sense …this is a wake call..loud n clearDear Mumbaikar,Your mail starts with the sentence – “Even if you are not reading this wedon’t care”And more than your ability to empathise, to help each other, to bounce backfrom a calamity we ‘shockingly’ admire this single trait of yours – “We dontcare”You think you have the ability to bounce back and not be affected.But do you LEARN????If we try to plant a couple of more bombs in the next week, do you thinkthings will be even a bit more tougher for us, considering we had done thesame thing just a week back?The quality which you are congratulating yourself about shocks us. HOW canyou not care about 174 innocent dead people?!!!! And thats just the officialcount.We admire your ability to bounce back, seems to project that your spirit isindeed very strong.But when you do that wihtout doing anything to prevent such an event fromhappening again shows that you do not care about what we did – but you alsodont care about the innocent dead people. In two days, if we burst morebombs and 500 people die, you will bounce back to normal life the very nextday – without any learning.Is that due to a ‘strong spirit’ or ‘plain indifference’?Bouncing back after learning from the past is called ‘growth’.Bouncing back without caring about the past is simply ‘surviving’Animals just survive. Only humans grow.When an animal is injured the others flock around help each other. Manyhumans dont. You do. Thats admirable.But the most important difference is the animals help and then forget it.The next time another one of them is hunted down, they do the samecaretaking over and over again. They cannot ‘value’ their fellow beingslife. They cannot ‘grow’ from their experience. They cannot make thingsbetter the next time. It seems neither can you.I wonder whether you should be congratulating yourself about your temporaryurge to help each other and bounce back, or lamenting your utter lack ofability to learn from a catastrophic event like 200 innocent people dying.If THIS cannot move you to learn and try to change things for the better,we wonder what CAN!!! When will you learn to value human lives enough to notjust bandage your wounds…but to HEAL them – permanently. When will youlearn to value the live enough to do some introspection and try to find outwhat went wrong. What made it so easy for us? What still makes it easier forus.If you do not care – please DO! When we killed 175 people, we thought thatwould make up any city shocked enough and notice.Nobody did. You are right. Our attempt failed.But your failure is much bigger than ours. You have failed to value thoseinnocent souls and failed to value the existence of the ones that remain bynot doing anything to LEARN from this event. And the sad part is – you thinkthats something to congratulate yourself about.Yes, we might not plant another bomb in your city. Because we now knownobody cares anyways. You can consider that as your great ‘spirit’ or mostshameful ‘indifference’.Not many people are able to be so helpful, and be able to return to normalcyso soon. But the fact that we can plant another bomb anytime, anywhere,without fearing any extra dangers is what makes me suspect that as much asyou are strong; you are indifferent. Nobody is going to question thegovernment, nobody is going to think about the dead in 2 weeks from now,nobody is going to even REMEMBER a thing – all in the name of ‘strength’And for that, I rather pity you.Your sympathetically,Terrorist

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