Saturday, July 10, 2010

Remembering 11/7 .....

Tomorrow is the fourth anniversary of the train bombings in the city.

I missed the 11/7 bombings by a whisker. I was about to leave my office at Churchgate, at about 6PM that evening, when I had to get into an urgent call with a client. Just as I was getting into the call, I received a call from Delhi. Neeti's Dad enquired if all was well. And I alongwith my colleagues stayed on in office till 10PM, when I took a taxi (I was lucky to get one that night), picked up Neelima from her office and went to Abodh's place where Neeti had come down.

We stayed put in Abodh's place, only to move out at 1AM after the situation seemed settled.

Till now we do not have a clue who was behind the blasts, let alone booking the culprits to justice.

As life goes on, we move on one from one terror attack to another, month after month, year after year. The same story repeats itself all over again, in city after city - Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, etc.
Perhaps, the sole exception of a speedy investigation has been the 26/11 case, but it remains to be seen how long it takes for Kasab to hit the gallows. Our track record on that is pathetic too. Isn't it contempt of the Indian citizen that Afzal Guru is still alive, 4 years on after his sentence?

To me, even the fast pace of the 26/11 trial seems more like an exception, as the system was under immense pressure to act, for high profile establishments had been attacked, known personalities were caught in the crossfire.

Had 26/11 not happened at the Taj and the Trident-Oberoi, but only at CST, etc., Kasab may have gone scotfree.

Sad, but true.....

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