Tuesday, December 09, 2008

After Mumbai Attack, people on vigil
Bhupinder Kohli
New Port, US

The ghastly mumbai terror attack has caused an international rage, with people not ready to wait for any government, ngo or politicians to act.
Around a hundred Indians descended at Town Square of Newport (Jersey City) in United States observing a vigil for mumbai terror attack; paying a homage to those innocents who lost lives in 26/11 on Saturday. National song echoed in the streets of United States, with people determined to not collect donation this time but pool in ideas to fight terrorism and act at grass root level, themselves!
Interestingly, this mass procession was not initiated by any of organisations or ngo but a group of ‘14-common Indians’ residing in Newport.They are sick of just mere living room discussions on terrorism every time terror stucks back home, so decided on saying it in morose yet bold voices “…can’t bear it anymore.”
Well! tears rolled down the cheeks of many as they looked at the pictures of victims, while lighting candles in their memory. “To channelise our approach we should sponsor Indians for finest of courses on anti-terrorism,” opines Mandeep Chadha.
They are not a part of any organization nor intend to make one. Their sole goal with this vigil is to remind one and all everyone that even a single voice can make a difference.
“We are group of common men don’t intend to form any committee but fight in capacity of a layman. We want to convey a message that we all (Indians, Americans, Israelis, etc. everyone irrespective of nationality and religion) have to unite and standing against terrorism for a better future,” says Nikhil Kumar, one of the intiators of the mass procession.
This problem is definitely bigger for them the economic recession that each of them is braving every minute on the foreign land. Brijesh Jaggi, a software consultant from Mumbai who didn’t enjoy the thanksgiving party as feared safety of his people, shared his monologue of questions that kept bombarding him for past ten days, “When will we learn to vote sensibly?…. Can’t we develop a blue print to fight terrorism?… Why innocent lives time and again?”
While 25 years-old Sarabjit Kuckreja comes up with a suggestion for Indian government to make one-year army training or atleast self-defense courses compulsory at teenage level. Just after a minute of silence observed by the gathering I even overheard a gal in mid- twenties murmuring in choked voice “Tell me, I can fly down to the very spot and be a part of anti-terror mission.”
Besides the brainstorming of fight terrorism, these Indians abroad conveyed a strong message for the whole country: ‘We may be away from our homeland, but our hearts still beat for India and we will always be there for our nation.”

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