|This is a Day after the carnage at CST (26/11)|
1. Ajmal Qasab has been pronounced guilty for 26/11
2. Motormen are on the second day of their hunger strike (as a result of which a lot of local trains are not working) - My office too is empty today, looks like I have come to work on a Saturday. It is a matter of debate if this is Gandhigiri or Gundagiri. Even the motormen are not too be blamed. They work long hours (Mumbai locals work for 22 hours daily) with very merge salaries.
I remember post 26/11 there was a lot of seething anger in the city, in its people. It still simmers somewhere.
This is a city that works hard, pays the highest income tax in country and is yet accorded second class status, while all that money generated by the city is used to beautify and build infrastructure in other politically stronger cities. The security system continues to remain lax in the city.
Each time I travel by the local train, I can see fear in people's eyes. Lots of them take a few seconds out and send up a silent prayer when the train starts that they reach home safe. No where is the security that Delhi Metro boasts of. And now that the motormen have gone on strike, the transport infrastructure has collapsed.
Is it because we Mumbaikars have learnt to "adjust", Are our lives any less important?
I don't know what punishment the Court has in store for that terrorist, personally while a lot of people are baying for a death sentence for him, I feel that would be letting him off too lightly. That is exactly what he wants, he was promised jannat after death for his sacrifice.
He, without remorse or humanity, killed more than 150 people at a train station. People who were waiting to board trains, to back home, to their loved ones. He also stored 8 kgs of RDX, the timer malfunctioned, or else it would have razed the entire station and surrounding buildings to the ground.
Personally I feel he should be sentenced to solitary confinement till death and shown images of the horror he wrecked over and over again. Is this harsh? Yes. I know it is. But death is sentence terrorists are prepared for in any case. He needs to be punished, not provided a way out.
But Mumbai needs to be more swift, more lethal now to deal with these things. It is time a signal is sent that we may be the City of Resilience, but we do not take crap.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my City awake.