Like the whole world, I have been glued to the television, watching with horror, the terrorist attacks on dear old Mumbai. It was unimaginable - the gunshots, the blood, the terror and the innocent lives lost. I have also watched with admiration the determined counter-attack of the NSG commandoes, their diligence - their bravery and skill is incomparable. I salute the policemen, armymen and commandoes who gave their lives up to fight the terrorists. And my heart goes out to all those who had to experience the cruel reality of terrorism and those who, finally, ruthlessly were made to succumb to it.
But what have we achieved at the end of this gruelling experience? Sure our strenghts and weaknesses are now open to the world to analyse and dissect. Questions and answers will be fired and backfired. Accusations hurled, some steps perhaps taken. But for those who have lost their lives - it is too late. Nothing can bring them back. I feel so sad, angry and disturbed. . .
Indians have to take action. Have to quit their differences and unite against whoever is trying to destroy our secularism, our peace and our vibrant energy. We may not be able to undo what has been done - but we may show respect for those gone, by forgetting our personal disputes to come together for this worthy cause.
Taj and Oberoi - icons of south Mumbai would bounce back with doubled energy. And I wish Mumbai a quick and safe recovery - it is the heartbeat of India. And will remain so for centuries to come.