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Oct 30 Assam blasts: A reason to be united


By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

On October 30 in 2008, Assam had witnessed the bloodiest day in its history. Series of bomb blasts in different parts of the state left behind 90 people dead and injuring many. Never before it, had the people of Assam witnessed such calculated dastardly act of terror.

One year has passed. But dreadful memories of the gruesome incident still lingers in people's mind. After one year, the question arises – how we shall remember this day? With anger or grief?  The immeasurable pain that the people of Assam have suffered, forgetting it as another run-of-the-mill terrorist attacks that the country have witnessed, is impossible to go.

Especially for the victims of the bomb blasts, the day will be haunting them every time it will be mentioned, for its sheer horror, for its ceaseless terror that was trailing on this very day. For us who were glued to the television set, it was anger coursing in our veins.

On one hand, the day had brutally revealed the fact how much our lives are insecure in the hands of those who are having the power to protect us, how politicians, the bureaucrats and the system have failed us and our faith. But on the other hand, the day will be remembered for bringing people of Assam together at the time of grief and anguish and standing side by side against divisive politics with a commitment to unite against terrorism.

There are few important questions to ponder upon; are there any recent changes in the Government machinery and in the indifferent attitude of sleeping politicians of the state and the center? Do they awake to their duties towards citizens?

The law is OK in its place. There is no need to change the laws, what is lacking is attitude towards it. The State resources to counter such   instances are inadequate. There is need to overhaul the whole strategy, there is a need to modernize the police force, allocation of sufficient funds, and better coordination of state and center intelligence agencies. Last not the least, establishing a crisis management team which can be pressed to action at the time of crisis.

As a Bishnupriya Manipuri of Assam, where my brethren also fallen victim to the bomb blasts, I would like to remember October 31 as the beginning of a new politics of India and Assam in particular. A politic that looks beyond the policy of hate and divisiveness. A politic that could help us to build up a strong, secure, brave nation unwavering before the scourge of terror. A politic not driven by lies and corruption.    

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