Blasts in Mumbai…again!

Mumbai is the city where I met my husband, it is where I lived and worked for over a year. The financial capital of India, it is undoubtedly the safest city for women in the country. The roads are always battling traffic snarl-ups but it’s a place where hard work and entrepreneurship are appreciated. It has the glitzy trappings of a big city, complete with a real estate market whose rates are among the highest in the world, rubbing shoulders with Tokyo and New York but even then, Mumbai is miles behind from being a world-class city. And it’s not just because of its lack of infrastructure and various shortcomings associated with being in a developing country, it’s because it has become a soft target for terrorists.

I was there in Mumbai during the 2006 blasts and since then, within a span of just 5 years, there has been two more terror attacks. With each attack, ┬ácountless lives are lost. The value of a person’s life is so less in a country teeming with a billion people, that unless the death toll crosses 100, most people in India don’t care. Politicians often spout one-liners like “only 13 people died.”

After the 2006 attack, I saw check-points being set up at malls and railway stations but one look at the sleepy-eyed guards and you know that the whole thing is a farce. The money allocated for amping up security probably fattened a few Government wallets, and all that the citizens were left with was a halfhearted attempt at providing a safer environment.

What strikes me as particularly pathetic is the series of events which follow each attack on Mumbai. The Indian Govt. blames Pakistan, which results in the rest of the world getting all worked up about “warring nuclear powers” in South Asia and after a while, all is forgotten.

That is, till the next blast.

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