My Guwahati bleeds again


It’s yet another occasion to lament and another reason to shed tears. The city I was born and brought up in is bleeding. Guwahati, my home town has seen the worst bloodbath ever! Powerful serial blasts rocked the city on Thursday, the 30th of October, 2008; which took the lives of countless innocents and rendered many handicapped for life.

TV channels randomly showed heart rending visuals of charred bodies and wounded being taken to the hospitals. My heart sank.

Being born and brought up in Guwahati, I have been one the unfortunate eye witnesses of such gruesome acts of terror in the past. The ear deafening sound of a bomb explosion and the bloodbath thereafter is something that I pray nobody hears or sees! My heart bled, every time I saw my city burn.

Among the 77 killed and the hundreds wounded in the recent blasts in Assam, we don’t know how many of them were rich and how many of them were the sole bread winners of their families. Above all, we don’t know how many of them were Hindus and how many of them were Muslims, Sikhs or Christians! All were innocent human beings, who had “nothing” to do with the word like jehad. But they lost their lives for no fault at all!

I am least interested to know as to which militant outfit takes the responsibility for this kind of inhuman act. As for me, all of them are equal, “enemies of humanity”, who are unforgivable.

But I feel deeply anguished by the way our political parties (ruling and opposition) react to such incidents. Whenever such ghastly incident occurs they get involved in allegations and counter-allegations.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expresses shock and announces financial aid to the kin of the dead and the injured, while the Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi blatantly denies any “actionable” intelligence report on the serial blasts. The BJP blames the ruling government for its failure to curb terrorist acts, totally oblivious of the fact that the terror attacks on the Indian Parliament, the Akshardham temple, the Raghunath mandir and many others were carried out during the NDA regime.

All political parties make appeals to maintain calm and stay united to fight terrorism, when they themselves are fragmented to the core.

What are these political parties doing for us, besides calling “emergency” cabinet meetings to “discuss” security issues, when it’s actually time to “act”!

At this juncture, there are several questions that haunt my mind.

How long will the militant outfits succeed in their intentions? How long will the innocent people lose lives this way? When will the political parties “rise” above their sick mentality of just winning elections? When will they stop playing their favourite “blame game” and start taking responsibility for their failure to save innocent lives?

Sadly, these questions have no answers today. But the day we get the answers to these questions, I believe we will be in a position to fight against terrorism much strongly than ever.

And for our political leaders: Empty promises are tactics of the past. It’s time to wake up; it’s time to act!

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