I haven’t kept up with my promise of writing frequently on twitter either. And things have changed so much since I wrote last. World is a different place after Mumbai Blasts. The hotels have re-opened, but for once “Enough is Enough” had become a popular slogan, even if only for few days.
There are a bunch of things we all know, another bunch we all thought and enough has already been written about them.
For myself, I felt scared through the whole episode. I think I belong to a country and a generation which has taken it for granted that at the end of the day, things will be all right. Yeah – there are accidents, there is corruption, there are scandals, there are murders and kidnappings, there are fights on the borders – and yet… you can survive. There won’t be a major upheavel in the way world functions. But this time the notion was challenged. It wasn’t another attack. It was a war – right in the middle of the city! A war on our own land. I felt scared. When a customer from outside India wrote a concerned mail, I almost had tears in my eyes.
Strictly speaking, it still became all right at the end. Life still moved on. There were no major upheavels in the way world functions (except for a daily I-am-warning-you-Pakistan quote from Pranab Mukherjee in the newspaper and a few resignations – but कोउ नृप होहिं हमें का हानि).
One of the very valid questions asked by many was of course that whether all the coverage, all the hype is because the attack targeted the elite of the country. So many people have died in so many terrorists activities. So, was this one over-exposed?
I don’t know. Probably yes, probably no. I am not good at current political analysis to be able to draw a conclusion here. But my sense of history tells me, that it might very well be true. The royal palaces, huge public buildings, charismatic architecture – all the toys of elites, somehow have always evoked more pride in people than the daily, routine, practically more useful things. Even the common people. So that this should have happened again, that attack on Taj infuriated people more than all the attacks on local trains, would not be a surprise to me. Whether it should be this way or not, I’d be silent on that for the time being. For now, at least it made us say “Enough is Enough!”