The mindless killings that started late Wednesday night in Mumbai are still going on. Current indications are that the perpetuators came in speed boats, spread out and unleashed what the press is calling as the worst terrorist incident in
While our heart goes out to the families who lost their near and dear ones, I am also afraid that it will be business as usual in a few days. Fourth estate will pen eloquently about the so called Mumbai resiliency, Politicians and bureaucrats would move on to next controversy or calamity. It is the innocent Indians who will suffer time and time again.
Are we Ready?
I believe, we as country are very bad in crisis management. We haven’t learnt any lesson despite of going thru the highest number of crisis since independence. Be it the 1989 kidnap of Rubia Sayeed or the 1999 hijack of IC 814, Indians seem to freeze when they need to act and act fast.
But compare this to the aftermath of 9/11 in US. Americans collectively resolved never to let another terrorist incident happen again and have so far succeeded in it. One might not agree with all that President Bush did, but you must give it to him for keeping his citizens safe inside the country. (It is another story that Americans are dying in foreign soil due the ill conceived policies of the same President Bush).
While, no one can promise to prevent all future terrorist incidents,
As usual, fingers are being pointed at