Will we let this pass as well?

It has been over a week since terror struck the financial capital of India. There is indeed much anger felt by the people of the city who gathered in large numbers on December 3, at Gateway of India to raise their voices against the ineptitude governments, both at the Centre and State level. The only good thing about the rally was that people from all sections of the society attended it, though many of the banners forgot to mention the attack at CST. The people gathered in the rally were shouting slogans against politicians and hailing the security forces. At the same time, there were anti-Pakistan sentiments as well.


But, it would be remarkable to see if this anger can be converted into some action. I have been involved in few of the movements before, where the start is just too good to believe but then it becomes more than difficult to sustain the movement. If this is only a knee-jerk reaction or a mere emotional outburst, then I doubt anything will really change. The problem with our people is that they readily give reactions but very few come forward to initiate and support it with actual action.


Even if 0.001 per cent of the people gathered in the rally came forward to convert words into action, we could expect some change. We need to realise that it is futile to form so many groups or forums. I observed that there were more that 10 groups in the rally. The divided numeral groups will not serve the purpose. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. It is thus important that all the citizens come under ‘one banner only’ with the same goal. It is the disunity, which makes our politicians not take our stance seriously.


Politicians know that the resentment in people will die in the next few months. And they have reason to believe so; at every crisis, people come together and then get busy with their own personal lives. As a society, we are selfish, lack concern for fellow human beings and have no sense of true patriotism.


If we want to bring some changes in the system through a movement, then it is extremely essential to stay united, prepare for longer battle, focus on long term goals and be ready to demand our rights each time those are denied to us. We all belong to same human race.


We must feel the pain of others and that should motivate us to continue this battle unless things really get sorted out.


At the same time, it is extremely important that the youngsters who has been in slumber for a long time should wake up and take responsibility in building the nation. We need to demand and stand up for our rights. We need to be an active participant in the revolution that will witness the emergence of India as a better nation in every aspect and then will we be able to call ourselves a super power. It is time for common man to be a rebel. At times, peace does need some fight – a non-violent one, of course.


There is a quote, which reads, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” It is very important that we all use the light coming from fire within and remember that revolution is not a dinner party. For the time being, I am keeping my fingers crossed, hoping we will not let this just pass away.

Rishabh Srivastava

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