My default page for IE is msn.com. When I opened my browser, this is what I saw
Death Toll Rises in Mumbai Terror Attacks
I was stunned for a moment. Only last night msn.com home page was flashing ideas for the holiday season and parenting advice. In just 12 hours, its flashing the news of the death of a 101 people in the commercial capital of India. With a slide show of "the horror in Mumbai". Police suspect its an Islamic group and the rescued hostages say they were targeting Americans and Britons.
Why does the average man become the target of attacks? What's the point the terrorists are trying to make? Why bomb a hotel that houses some law making delegation? Then go on to "spray" bullets at the Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminal? People were asking similiar questions just a few years ago. Why kill hundreds of innocent commuters who are just trying to get home after a long day at office? Why bombs the Mumbai trains?
It doesn't seem absurd to follow different religions. It just reflects that we are all different in our thoughts and beliefs. It just seems damn absurd and silly when we fight over whose ideals are better and whose religion deserves to prevail. When Gandhi was shot, before the confirmation arrived that it was a Hindu who shot him, I bet all the Muslims were ducking for cover because they knew the blame would fall on them whether or not it was their fault. 60 years down the line and nothing seems to have changed. Seriously, why do we fight in the name of religion? And territories? Why are we fighting about Masjids and Ram Mandirs? Don't we realise we are strangling the life out of Kashmir by fighting over it? Why is there a constant clash of the castes in my state? It seems such a pity that blood is shed all over our nation (and all over the world) over things that don't even matter anymore.
We keep fooling ourselves that things are getting better. India sent a rocket to the moon. That's great news. We are advancing scientifically, but why do we stop with that? We boast about a unity that doesn't seem to exist.
Maybe that unity does exist. We saw during the Gujarat earthquake, the 2004 tsunami and other such disasters. The world united to help recover from these natural disasters. Maybe there does.
Major Attacks in India since 2005
Nov. 26, 2008:
Series of shooting and grenade attacks, including two on luxury hotels, kill at least 78 people and wound 100 in Mumbai, India's main commercial city.
Sept. 13, 2008:
At least five explosions in crowded shopping areas kill 21 and wound 100 in New Delhi, national capital.
July 26, 2008:
Some 16 small bombs explode in Ahmedabad, killing 45.
July 25, 2008:
Seven small bombs kill two in Bangalore, hub of India's technology industry.
May 13, 2008:
Seven bombs hit crowded markets and streets outside Hindu temples in Jaipur, killing 80.
Nov. 24, 2007:
Nearly simultaneous explosions rip courthouse complexes in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad, killing 16.
Aug. 25, 2007:
Forty-three people killed by three explosions at park and street-side food stall in Hyderabad.
May 18, 2007:
Bomb during Friday prayers at historic mosque in Hyderabad kills 11 worshippers. Police later fatally shoot five people during clashes with Muslims protesting attack.
Feb. 19, 2007:
Train heading from India to Pakistan torn apart by two bombs, sparking fire that kills 68.
July 11, 2006:
Seven blasts rip through rail stations and commuter trains in Mumbai, killing 187.March 7, 2006:
Three explosions rock Hindu temple and train station in Hindu holy city of Varanasi, killing 20.
Oct. 29, 2005:
Sixty-two people killed by three blasts at markets in New Delhi ahead of Hindu holiday of Diwali.
How am I supposed to believe in unity in the light of this nonsense.
Cancer and AIDS are the least of our problems. Somehow it just seems that after all these years, all these decades and all these centuries, after all the loved ones we have lost at war, after all the dreams we shattered trying to build a new one, after all our sacrifices, after depleting half of our natural resources in war, after everything we have been through...
We still remain divided.