ಪ್ರಿಯ ರಾಕ್ಷಸನಿಗೊಂದು ಪತ್ರ!
ಬೆಂಕಿ ಉಗುಳುವ ಭಸ್ಮಾಸುರರೇ, ಕಿವಿಗಳಿದ್ದರೆ ಕೇಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ, ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳಿದ್ದರೆ ಓದಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ... ಮನಸ್ಸಿದ್ದರೆ ಯೋಚನೆ ಮಾಡಿ... ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಕತ್ತೆ ಬಾಲ... ಕುದುರೆ ಜುಟ್ಟು...Dear Terrorist,
Even if you are not reading this we dont care. Time and again you tried to disturb us and disrupt our life - killing innocent civilians by planting bombs in trains, buses and cars. You have tried hard to bring death and destruction, cause panic and fear and create communal disharmony but every time you were disgustingly unsuccessful. Do you know how we pass our life in Mumbai? How much it takes for us to earn that single rupee? If you wanted to give us a shock then we are sorry to say that you failed miserably in your ulterior motives. Better look elsewere, not here.
We are not Hindus and Muslims or Gujaratis and Marathis or Punjabis and Bengaliies. Nor do we distinguish ourselves as owners or workers, govt. employees or private employees. WE ARE MUMBAIKERS (Bombay-ites, if you like). We will not allow you to disrupt our life like this. On the last few occassions when you struck (including the 7 deadly blasts in a single day killing over 250 people and injuring 500+ in 1993), we went to work next day in full strength. This time we cleared everything within a few hours and were back to normal - the vendors placing their next order, businessmen finalizing the next deals and the office workers rushing to catch the next train. (Yes the same train you targetted).
Fathom this: Within 3 hours of the blasts, long queues of blood donating volunteers were seen outside various hospital, where most of the injured were admitted. By 12 midnight, the hospital had to issue a notification that blood banks were full and they didnt require any more blood. The next day, attendance at schools and office was close to 100%, trains & buses were packed to the brim, the crowds were back.
The city has simply dusted itself off and moved one - perhaps with greater vigour.
We are Mumbaikers and we live like brothers in times like this. So, do not dare to threaten us with your crackers. The spirit of Mumbai is very strong and can not be harmed.
Please forward this to others. you never know, by chance it may come to hands of a terrorist in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq and he can then read this message which is specially meant for him!!!
From the People of Mumbai (Bombay)
13 July, 2006