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Bombay – Can the Bombs be permanantly kept at bay?

July 12, 2006

About 24 hours ago, there were a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai which left more than 200 dead and two and a half the number injured. No words can express killing of helpless innocents wherever it may take place. One really wonders whether there will ever again be permanant peace. Deplorable though they are, such incidents bring about serious introspection.

Though important measures should be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur, one has to look at the deep rooted reasons as well”

In this context it is worth mentioning the Alliance of Mass humanity (www.anhglobal.org) one of whose founders is Dr Deepak Chopra. When one comes across violence of such magnitude, one is thankful for such initiatives. Just as the attitude of the Western world towards Indian terrorism changed only after 9/11 and the London blasts, significant change only happens when preceded by serious crises. One hopes that complacency does not set in again for another crises to prove that “without danger, one cannot go beyond danger”.

Continuing in the same vein, in the words of the late intellectual/mystic, J. krishnamurthy ,” Everywhere in the world, we are justifying murder as a means to a righteous end which in itself is unprecedented. Murder, whether it is of a person or a group of people is justified because the murderer or the group of people the murderer represents justifies the means to achieve a result that will be beneficial to man. Man has no significance or importance and millions can be sacrificed as long as the end result is justified by ideas”. Krishnamurthy spoke in the context of division between man and man in most of his teachings which were devoted to resolving conflict by understanding the thinking process.

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions. Though this poem was written by me in 2002, it applies to all situations of mindless violence because of division.

LEGACY  OF  SEPTEMBER 11

The world on the whole continues to bemoan September Eleven;

As if before that, the earth was some heaven.

The  events of September eleven were a blot on mankind’evolution;

It indicated that  mankind has not progressed beyond the cavern.

The information revolution and mass communication

should have enabled  a religious break-even.

It could have heralded a religious and political revolution.

Art and sports bind people together, we need many a Beethoven;

One has to be as spiritually agile to ensure

THAT THE WORLD EVERYWHERE IS TRULY COSMOPOLITAN( FONT PROBLEM)

What we need is a spiritual James bond;a spiritual 007

To investigate into, contrary to what it preaches,

 THE RELIGIOUS INTENT BEHIND SEPTEMBER ELEVEN.

Whether an Asian, European, African or American,

Whether Manhatten or any other nation, new ways are needed to enlighten

If there is one legacy that will always be attributed

to the events of September eleven

Applied spirituality needs to be as successful as applied science

 i. e THE WORLD BADLY NEEDS TO STRAIGHTEN

Humanity must be the sole religion to avoid another September 11.

 

ONE MUST ADMIRE THE  RESILIENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF BOMBAY- THE WAY THE LOCAL TRAINS HAVE STARTED FUNCTIONING AGAIN REMINDS ONE OF THE SONG-”GADI BULA RAHI HAI, SEETI BAJA RAHI HAI, CHALNA HI ZINDAGI HAI, CHALTI HI JA RAHI HAI” . NOBODY CAN STOP BOMBAY(SALAAM, BOMBAY)

16 comments

  1. Yes,very true,the way ,Bombay has fought the situation is definitely incredible.The mumbaikars ,this time,have totally overwhelmed terrorism.


  2. Very well put.
    What we need at the moment is peace and not more violence.


  3. SAD…

    ONE MUST ADMIRE THE RESILIENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF BOMBAY –> defly I do!


  4. Hiren

    I am amused at security beeing beefed up at all major cities after the blasts. When a human decides once and for all, that he needs to take a few lives to emphatically open up the gates to freedom and salvation, then what does the government do? What does the social machinery do? What does a fellow human being about to be blasted off, do?

    Nothing.Absolutely nothing.

    Just makes us realise with a shudder that the terror is much nearer than we think! :(


  5. What a beautifully penned sentiment. I really enjoyed the poem.
    Bombay and its residents have to be complimented on the the mature way in which they’ve handled themselve despite such acute and fatal provocation.


  6. Thanks for this, Hiren.


  7. Tragic …

    But I Belive life goes on n Mumbai is the live example ..

    I really liked ur webpress space :)


  8. Very true. What the world needs is peace. I salute the people of Mumbai too.


  9. I just cant help myself quoting the article that came in “THE HINDU”..

    Reslience is good,But amnesia can be fatal!!

    Am fed up hearing all confidence building measures that we come up with!!!


  10. I just cant help myself quoting the article that came in “THE HINDU”..

    Reslience is good,But amnesia can be fatal!!

    Am fed up hearing all confidence building measures that we come up with!


  11. Very true… the spirit of mumbai n mumbaikars have fought off this attack valintly… n they showed the world that the spirit of mumbai shines thru….
    I salute the ppl of Mumbai

    very well written…
    GBU n Tc


  12. Hiren,

    Few weeks back one survey declaired Mumbai as the most rude city in the world.Now Mumbaikars did something aftermath of blast which destroyed all that myth…

    How long this mindless act in the name of religion & whatever reasons will go on?


  13. very well written!! the thing abt the world is, no matter how much these cowardly terrorists strike, life would move on!! they cant stop the world!! and especially when their objectives are so utterly dumb!!


  14. Well we do these days what the Americans do, almost!!!
    They called their attack 911, we called it 711. They kept a two minute silence for the victims so did we. But they went and busted the terroists ass, and we just turned the other cheek, u know which one. All all the hate that we hipocrites have towards America, America knows how to value and protect its citizens. They do not get kidnapped everyday in foreign lands and come back in coffins while their govt begs for their release. We have a million strong army, and 50,000 cr spent on defence every year, when do we use em against terrorist sponsors, or all we can do is debate on everything as the presence of soo many news channels demonstrate???

    thanx a ton 4 ur comments on my space.

    Cheers


  15. Yes, we all want peace and quiet and an end to these mindless killings. Its like World War 3 on rt now, just that we dont realize. A generation later, we will look back at 1990-whatever period and then call it WW3.

    But how to end all of this? I think peaceful negotiation and talk of love and all wont work. Since the enemy always has a mask on, murderers just need to be murdered first. And we can talk peace with their cousins.

    And all this talk of spirit-of-Mumbai” and stuff is a bit much. We get flooded and blasted every other day, and instead of fuming and learning how these could have been avoided – we get right back to our selfish businesses and let things be. When will this indifference end? When will we Indians come out of “just enough is good enouhg” mode?


  16. bombay is economic as well as entertainment hub, we must protect our major cities.



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