E.R. RAMACHANDRAN forwards a letter from the people of Bombay to the ‘T’ gang.
Even if you are not reading this we don’t 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 elsewhere, not here.
We are not Hindus and Muslims or Gujaratis and Marathis or Punjabis and Bengalis. Nor do we distinguish ourselves as owners or workers, government employees or private employees. We are Mumbaikars (Bombay-ites, if you like). We will not allow you to disrupt our life like this.
On the last few occasions when you struck (including the seven deadly blasts in a single day killing over 250 people and injuring over 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 targeted.)
Fathom this: Within three 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 didn’t require any more blood.
The next day, attendance at schools and office was close to 100 per cent, trains and buses were packed to the brim, the crowds were back. The city has simply dusted itself off and moved on—perhaps with greater vigour.
We are Mumbaikars 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.
from the people of Mumbai (Bombay)
postscript: 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!