Tuesday, 2 December 2008

We salute the Mumbai attack martyrs

Major Sandeep Unnikrishna and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare

Ultimately Mumbai seize ended on last Saturday after a four day long fierce gun battle between our security guards and unscrupulous desperadoes who holed up the old Taj and other hotels of Mumbai to hit the spirit of Indian nation. We bade farewell to our brave security personnel who are certainly real heroes of our nation. To protect the lives of their brethren irrespective of nation, caste, creed and religion, they fought to their life to vanquish the terrorists who were well skilled and well equipped with sophisticated weapons. This unprecedented fidayeen attack has left over hundred dead and injured. Among death was the head of the Maharashtra police's anti-terrorism squad, Hemant Karkare and two other NSG commandos and many other security guards.

No doubt, Mumbai attack has left the Indian people panic stricken and the whole nation paralysed. People aghast with fear glued to their TV sets witnessed the live telecast of this terror encounter and realized how insecure our lives even in our own country. Can any one of the politicians imagine the fright of those who were trapped inside the hotel rooms with little hope of life? Can they assess the intensity of grief and agony that has overtaken the families and relatives of those who lost their lives?

In the same way, last month also 13 serial bomb blasts rocked Assam. Before it, terrorists assailed Bangalore. In the past one year, India has witnessed some of the worst terrorist attacks.

Enough is enough. Could our so called leaders dare to stop all that has happened in Mumbai and in the country in the last one year? Where is Raj Thakeray who created issues out of regionalism? Why so much security lapse on the part of Government? Could old Taj be able to regain its pristine beauty and pride? What we can do except condemning?

After every terror attack, people are being promised to step up the security. But where is the security? Government has still not taken proper preventive measures to combat terrorism. Our leaders only condemn and try to manipulate such sensitive issues to increase their vote banks. These serial terror attacks have revealed the bitter truth that our Government is vulnerable to terrorism. Its machinery has somewhere failed to tackle the challenge posed by the terrorists.

We all salute our security guards who sacrificed their lives to uphold our national pride.

List of martyrs: [not exclusive]

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