Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ich Bin Ein Mumbaikar

I am no Kennedy and this no Berlin, but as an Indian and as a global citizen I am a Mumbaikar today. I really do not care if Raj Thakerys of the world accepts me as a Mumbaikar or not, but I am one today.

Like many others this morning, I was glued to the TV watching the happenings in Mumbai. As the Army and commandos were mopping up @ Taj Hotel, ATS Police Chief Hemant Karkare's final journey was being broadcast live by CNN-IBN. The scenes coming in were heart rendering with thousands ordinary Mumbaikars showing up to pay homage to a brave and upright soldier who led from the front and was one of the first ones to fall to terrorists bullets.

But one thing that angered me was the sight of politicians at such a solemn occation. They came in their spotless white kurtas with their gun toting security to pay homage to an officer whom they were blaming till a few days back as being partisan.

Where was Raj Thakrey when the Army and NSG were fighting terrorists in Mumbai ? Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan & Havildar Gajendra Singh are no Mumbaikars but they laid down their lives for Mumbai and India as Indians.

Where was BJP & Shiv Sena when the ATS chief Hemant Karkare paid the ultimate price by leading from the front. These political outfits were blaming ATS as being partisan and had called for Maharashtra Bandh on Dec 1, 2008. If common sense prevails, they would call off the bandh, but then these politicians and they could still surpirse us.

If there any good that can come of this, it must have to with our political class. They must change and I hope and pray they do.

Ich Bein Mumbaikar