Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.- Benjamin Franklin
As I sit down to write this, rather reluctantly, Mumbai, the heart of India is under its worst terrorist siege. Probably worse than the 1993 blasts and rather cunningly planned, the terrorist strikes, including the firings and blasts in the city's best known tourist destinations and commuter railway stations, has exposed our fragility as a nation. It has made the government realise that the average Indian citizen isn't as safe as he thinks. It has brought out the complexities of managing a multicultural society to the fore. It has brought us face to face with the bloody reality of death lurking round the corner. And possibly, it has brought out our worst fears, ones that take root while we are busy watching one of those fictional doomsday movies.
Enough of defensive soul searching I guess. Every me, you and us is tired of it given the security situation in the nation over the last two years. And, given the methods employed by these tyrants, it is time our patience meters began showing red for good. Even a Gandhi would have suggested something radical had he been part of the maddening crowd, that the people of India are.
Mumbai is still burning. It won't continue for long. The city is too strong to be subdued into oblivion by jolts such as these. In the past, what have been pushed into oblivion are the shocks, aftershocks and causes. Maybe, moving on with life had been too high on our priority lists back then. Not any more.
Haven't we had enough already? Isn't it time to show off the might and more importantly the spirit of the Indian state. To let the tyrants know that if tit for tat is the last resort, it is a foregone conclusion now. Isn't it time for the self proclaimed rebels to be shown the true sense and spirit of rebellion? If God's will is what they believe they are carrying out by their mean and senseless deeds, aren't we much more God fearing a nation to exhibit our obedience to God?
I see a backlash round the corner... Soon.