Bhikhu Vyas:LOUD THOUGHTS ABOUT BOMBAY BLASTS
(Bhikhu Vyas har tillsammans med sina medarbetare varit Tyresö Ulands- och FredsFörenings (Tuff) främsta partner i Indien. På ett utomordentligt sätt har de använt de många miljoner kronor som Tuff skickat. För de fattigaste av de fattiga har det blivit många skolor, bibliotek, datasalar, skollaboratorier, hundratals brunnar, massor av små dammar, 90 000 mangoträd med mera. Här kommenterar Bhikhu terrordåden i Bombay (Mumbai) 26-28 november 2008):
We are terribly shocked are as if non-plus for the barbaric attacks in Mumbai - significantly the financial capital of India. This is the worst and unprecedented act of terrorism, after independence. We also suffer for the innocent people, who lost their lives. But as social activists we feel that, what ever the motives, in real terms, this is an attack against poor of all communities and the development process. Poverty affects all sections of the society, irrespective of cast and creed. The real issues facing the society are shortage of food as well as drinking water, ill - health, mal - nutrition, illiteracy and deprivation in all aspects of day - to - day life. These burning issues take the back seat and the non - issues come to the surface. We have no role and no power in this drama, which make us all the more miserable. The only saving grace is that, in spite of series of such incidents, the poor and middle class, though not above communal passion are not jumping into rioting as before and there is no noise of war with neighbors. This is the measure of wisdom and conviction that violence and war never solve problems. It seems that the society is not going to be divided on communal lines. Here the terrorists and the elements backing them are failing in their hidden agenda. They are repeating the attacks, perhaps with a hope that one day they will succeed, in dividing the society on communal lines, with all its disastrous consequences. We have to see to it that they do not succeed and the ' Development March ' is not halted. Finally communal forces are not going to make head way, as both the communities are tired of rioting. They want to live in peace & security. Of course, the sane element will have to make their presence felt
It seems, there is nothing like governance in this vast country. We cannot expect better performance from ordinary police as the custodians of law and order; knowing fully well from day - to - day experiences [also from the beauracracy and the political leaders] their level of morality. Unfortunately, the politicians do not miss an opportunity to play politics out of anything and everything, not sparing such humanitarian and sensitive issues. In my opinion, politicians of all parties are to be blamed for this state of affairs. They either are concerned for the political advantage [votes - finally leading them to power] or still more interested in discrediting rest of the parties. Eventually, this leads to political corruption, at all levels. What we vitness is the failure of the system. Our political system has to be cleansed from corruption and unethical means. The terror attack is an off shoot of this situation. It requires political will for communal harmony & against hate.
[Highly upset and not in good frame of mind, at the moment]