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July 15th, 2011

Priety Zinta is missing. So are John Abraham and Bipasha Basu. We have not heard from Aamir Khan and for that matter anyone else in Bollywood. There are no talks of cancelling film shoots.

Top corporates are not going all out to condemn the recent bomb blasts. There is no noise from civil right activists demanding resignation of head of states. Nor are any public relation agencies planning to arrange candle light vigil, which led to the resignation of deputy chief minister R R Patil and chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2008.

Cleary, the anger, frustration and the show of solidarity seen post the 2008 terror attacks on five-star joints Taj Mahal and Trident, are missing after Wednesday’s blast in busy market place.

Are the three serial bomb blasts at Zaveri Bazar, Dadar and Opera House, not a lapse of security? The blasts have killed 18 people, injured over 100. Is this not serious?
Should the responsibility for security, intelligence and thereby policy failure not be fixed on anyone? Why is there no clamour from anyone and why are we not on roads now, if we were on roads in 2008.

We are being repeatedly targeted, killed, in a manner most heartless. Should we display resilience till someone from our own family is actually a victim of the blast? Are we so callous? What is happening here and why this hypocrisy?

Mumbai was attacked on March 1993, January 1998, December 2 and 6 2002, January 2003, March 2003, July 2003, August 2003, July 2006, November 2008 and yet again now.

We were killed at Gateway, Nariman Point, Masjid Bunder, Zaveri Bazar, Dadar, Bandra, Mahim, Santa Cruz, Vile Parle, Juhu, Jogeshwari, Borivali, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg and Mulund. We were killed on streets, crowded market place, theaters, bus and trains.
What more will it take for this city to understand that we all are victims? We all are not safe.

More, the politicians are making statements that all blasts cannot be prevented. What do they mean?

There is evidence of a support system for terrorists with in the city and entire country. Such orchestrated attacks cannot be carried without logistics, funding and manpower support. Some one has to point out the targets, arrange for stay of terrorists and escape after the blast.

Of course, we can stop the blasts if this support system, which is in our reach and not across the boarder, is crumpled.

In 2008 after the sea-borne attack, the show of solidarity was unprecedented. Following their Bollywood demigods, fans gathered on streets not only in Mumbai but in Jantar Mantar in Delhi, near Cubbon park in Bangalore, War Memorial in Secunderabad and at the Maidan and College street in Kolkata, Lucknow and Chennai.

Posters and placards vividly captured the anger and concern as young and old, women and children thronged the red sandstone Gateway to India opposite the Taj Mahal hotel. Where are they now?

Forget the government and PM. Opposition parties are lame ducks. L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari have not raised the issue of internal support system to terrorists, without which no big terror operation can be executed. There is no seriousness and will among politicians to pursue the matter. They are not under attack and they just don’t care.

We cannot wait for Bollywood to do our bidding. They were all on streets, when the places where they wine and dine were attacked … but not now.

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