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From the Ashes Rises the Phoenix-Its Time to Act

From the Ashes Rises the Phoenix-Its Time to Act

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Published by ratikanta
bollywood star aamir khan reacts to the recent mumbai terrorist attack
bollywood star aamir khan reacts to the recent mumbai terrorist attack

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Published by: ratikanta on Dec 15, 2008
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From the ashes rises the Phoenix.
I am here in Chennai to meet Shridhar for the last time. Went to his house last night to meet his family whoare in shock and grief. As he lay in the centre of the gathering he looked peaceful, almost as if he were justasleep. I met his parents, brothers, wife and sons who were all very dignified in their moment of deep pain.Shridhar was one of the finest technicians of our industry and a dear friend. We have worked together anumber of times, and very closely during Lagaan. He did the final mix of the film, which is the last and mostcrucial creative process in film making. A close associate of A.R., he has worked together with him on amajority of his songs and background scores. In fact he was in A.R.’s studio until 4am yesterday morningworking with A.R. and Murgadoss on our film. By around 8.30am he had passed away in his sleep.The sudden news of his most untimely death came to me yesterday morning when I was still trying to pullmyself out of the depressive state of mind I had slid into post the attacks on Mumbai. It left me shattered.As I had expected various politicians have tried to use this traumatic and tragic attack to their advantage. Ionly hope that people see through them this time.Quite clearly both the major political parties have failed to tackle terrorism. There have been repeatedattacks on us during both their reigns which neither has been able to either anticipate or deal with well.While what happened in Mumbai recently clearly exposes the incompetence of the Congress, the hijackingof the Indian Airlines flight 814 during the BJP rule shows them in even worse light. They actuallyNEGOTIATED with the terrorists and RELEASED 3 dreaded terrorists from Indian jails. All the 5 hijackersand the 3 terrorists released from India by the then BJP government were allowed to escape to attack usanother day.I think the first lesson to learn from this is that we MUST NOT NEGOTIATE. No matter what, the next timeround around, and lets not fool ourselves we must be alert and prepared for more attacks, we MUST NOTNEGOTIATE. All potential terrorists must get a very clear message that INDIA DOES NOT NEGOTIATE
WITH TERRORISTS. What that means is, that in the future if there is a situation where me or my kids areheld hostage by a bunch of terrorists then I must be prepared to tell our government - to hell with me and mychildren just go in there and kill the terrorists. I am prepared to sacrifice myself and my loved ones for thelarger safety and security of the country but DO NOT LISTEN TO AND NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS.I personally hold both these political parties, and in fact other regional political parties across the country,responsible in one way or the other, for fueling terrorism in the first place. And please remember that thedefinition of terrorism is not restricted to AK 47 toting maniacs. It includes the spread of terror by other means like stone throwing, beating up of innocent people on the roads, and rioting, etc. Any means, in fact,to spread terror in the hearts of ordinary citizens.The other important thing we need to remind ourselves in this time of anger and hurt is to stay calm and takesensible steps, and not give in to thoughtless knee jerk reactions. I heard someone say on television that weshould all stop paying our taxes as a show of protest. Haven’t heard of a more silly idea than that. If we stoppaying our taxes then we won’t have an army and NSG to save us next time around!!! Instead we should allSTART PAYING OUR TAXES. We demand so much of our leaders but are we fulfilling our basicresponsibility? Can we say with honesty that as citizens of our country we are all honestly paying our taxes?If we are not paying our taxes can we blame the government for being inefficient? If we are corrupt then howcan we expect our politicians to be honest?I have a very important thing to say to all the various people going around arbitrarily throwing accusations atthe politicians. These politicians are not from Jupiter or Mars, they are one of us, from our very own society,selected by us through a democratic process. So now think for a moment, who really is to blame? We canonly blame ourselves guys. Half of us don’t go to vote. The half that does vote has selected these guys.In my opinion, you really want to change things? Change yourself. Each one of us needs to take a veryhonest look inwards and rectify and work on what we think is wrong with us. If each one of us does thatindividually then there will be a sea change in our society at large. I have to promise myself that I will not becorrupt, will play my role in society with honesty and sincerity. Doctors, lawyers, judges, people in the IAS,police force, media persons, businessmen, job workers, labour force, everyone. We have to stop thinking of our own individual gain and loss and do what is honest, true and right, and think collective. It calls for personal sacrifice in this time of chaos but from chaos will emerge clarity. Even if we don’t manage toachieve this for ourselves we will achieve it for our children.What I would really like to see emerge from all this is the youth of this country starting a political party. Agroup that stands for strong, clean, honest and fresh leadership. A group that we can all support.And finally, if we really want to make sure that terrorists fail in achieving their end, then these terror attacksshould not take us towards hate but instead towards love. If we react with hate we are succumbing to theseterror attacks, and if we react with increasing love and peace in our hearts then we squarely defeat theterrorists. Allowing love, peace and trust to grow within us is not a sign of weakness but a sign of immensestrength.With appreciation and gratitude to the security forces who acted with courage, and with a prayer in my heartfor those departed.Faith.
Have been watching television since yesterday and to see various locations in Mumbai turned into a war zone is shocking and heart breaking to say the least.My heartfelt condolences to the families of persons killed and taken hostage. I was feeling sick in thestomach when the fire broke out at the Taj. What would the people caught inside be going through. The firefighters were doing their best but my imagination was running wild and I was feeling helpless watching other people trapped in the rooms adjoining the fire.My heartfelt condolences to the family of the brave officers of the Mumbai Police who lost their lives leadingfrom the front to take on these terrorists. Especially Hemant Karkare of the ATS who in the recent past wasbeing targeted by various political parties for the work that he was doing. When will these politicians realize

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