Monday, December 01st, 2008 | Author:

The Mumbai terrorist attack…52 hours of terror. 52 hours of panic. 52 hours of alarm. 52 hours of shock. Does it end there? What are we supposed to do now? Get back to our everyday lives pretending that nothing has changed? Why is it that I can no longer go to a restaurant or a mall without wondering what it would be like to be shot there?

One corrupt politician is replaced by another. What is that, anyway… a pacifier? How is it that people come into our home, wreck our house and we don’t do anything about it? When will we wake up? When will we stop looking the other way?

I heard this song many, many years ago. It holds more meaning for me now than ever before. Was wondering if anyone else in here feels the way I do.

Blowin’ In The Wind

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

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7 Responses

  1. 1
    romila.s 

    Not fair – I wanted to say the same thing at the same time!!! How spooky is that?

  2. 2
    Priya 

    Well I guess someone else in here does feel the way I do!!!

  3. 3
    Ankit 

    1993 Mumbai blasts ……
    Gateway of india blasts
    Mumbai local train blasts

    and then…
    terrorists realise that blasts hav actually become a part of routine of the lives of common people…..they change their tactic… they besiege Mumbai.

    Please note: they are thinking
    and that is why they are successful…
    People may say, ‘This too shall pass’….but we all are scared now..really
    coz we did not think about it when we needed to

    But, it is never too late

  4. 4
    swapna.s 

    You are right, Priya, this terror has filled our lives, every waking moment. Every time I step out into a mall, or a restaurant, I am afraid that something terrible is bound to happen. We need a strong leadership that would create better awareness and brief us on tackling security threats pertaining to terrorists acts. People of Israel are trained to tackle most such situations without government intervention but it took decades to accomplish that kind of in depth training. I think we need it for ourselves too coz everytime we step out, we put our lives at risk. Worse, we put our innocent kids at risk. That very thought sends the most frightening chills up my spine. I dont even want to think about it. But truth is, we have to wake up now. India has to stay awake, even at midnight now, to stay safe.

  5. 5
    romila.s 

    Jaago India Jaago. Revolution ke din agar aap revolt nahin kar rahe ho toh aap so rahe ho.

  6. 6
    Palash 

    I second all of you here. What bothers me is how kids and teenagers will perceive these events. A survivor at Taj’s infant son reacts candidly,” Mumma, papa died or what?.”

  7. 7
    Maheswaran Gnanaprakasam 

    Hey folks,

    I do not understand what do you mean by waking up? Swapna’s suggestion of training Indians to become Jews is quite disastrous. I do not think any one of us would like to live like those guys in Israel. India is a very laid back country and let it remain for the sake of it.

    Before singing this Blowin’ in the Wind number, Bob Dylan then an obscured artist, spake thus “This here ain’t no protest song or anything like that, ’cause I don’t write no protest songs.” Incidentally, Dylan wrote this song to support the protesters of Vietnam War. THIS SONG DOES NOT SUPPORT WAR

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