There is always one statement after every Terror Attack or Disaster that happens in Mumbai, that’s called “The Spirit of Mumbai” . What exactly is this spirit?
Its nothing but the fact of survival, if we don’t go to office the next day of the incident, there might be some one else sitting at your desk. It’s a state of compellation, the fear of losing business, the fear of losing clients, the fear of losing money , the fear of losing position, the fear of the missing opportunity. As every body knows Mumbai has a highly competitive environment, here 40% of people are depending on their daily earnings , they don’t have the leverage of taking off on the next day, a small time share broker cannot take a day’s off, as he has to survive , he needs to invest and re-invest in stock markets on day to day basis.
Given a chance these people are also ready to take rest , their family members are also concerned as much as anybody in any part of the world. But the life goes on, they have to ’sing for their supper’ which leads them on to the streets or to their business locations.
The Politicians view
The politicians exploit this statement “The spirit of Mumbai” , they are pushing it beyond the limit. They use this statement to cover up all their mistakes , they might have already utilized the resources (read: money / funds) for their personal purpose, due to which certain these causalities happened, now they want to cover it up, how? say …”The Spirit of Mumbai”
The tax payments consolidated in Mumbai amounts 40-50% of the entire India’s tax collection. Maharashtra being on the top in tax collection, is due to Mumbai being in their state, check out the gross tax collection of rest of Maharashtra against Mumbai, it will be a minor fraction of the entire value. Even after contributing so much to the state and the country we complain only when some disaster happens, a couple of weeks after that, we forget it till the next incident…this is called “The Spirit of Mumbai”. Being fools and believing in the politicians statements on the media, and expecting some big change is going to come and forget about this in the due course of time…this is the spirit every politician wants so that they can make more money in cricket, buy land in the places like Lonawala, Pune and other upcoming locations, participate in a reality show , divide the people with provocative statements etc., And still we vote for these politicians and make him/her win for the next time…this is called “The Spirit of Mumbai”.
Is this what “The spirit of Mumbai” is all about?
No, the actual spirit of Mumbai is its people, who have come from various locations with various dreams , who speaks various languages live together harmoniously without reflecting any of these differences and being a helping hand to each other when there is a need…this is spirit of Mumbai.
These are the same people who keep Ganapathi at their house regardless their background has the ritual to keep the idol at home. These are the same people who celebrate ID with their Muslim neighbors. These are the same people who try to learn the neighbor’s language. These are the same people who help their neighbor’s son or daughter in their employment or business. These are the same people who will be there for you regardless their busy business schedule…these are the same people who keep the spirit of Mumbai alive.
When a disaster or terror happens in the city, these are the people who helps the security personals with food and snacks , these are the people who update the family with the whereabouts of their loved ones when disaster strikes us, these are the people who will help you with cash and kind as and when needed, these are the people who take care of your children when you are not around or sick. This is called “the spirit of Mumbai”
The current affair..
No matter what ever happens the spirit of Mumbai will be alive, but suddenly everybody started having the feeling that we have been exploited by this statement : “the spirit of Mumbai”. We don’t want resignations of the ministers or the security chiefs. We want results, we want to know the following…
- Who attacked our city
- Why they attacked the city
- How could they enter the city
- Why we failed in protecting our city.
- Why don’t we have a proper planning of the city
- Is our city the only target or are there going to be more attacks in other part of India
- Accountability of the Tax payer’s money spend on the security.
- Now what are the future plans to protect the city (we just need the areas not the information on how you will protect and what technology you use)
- We need to know fool proof your new plan will be ( as we don’t want you to come back and say our security measures were only for the terrorists who come by water or come be train, if they come by plane we haven’t thought about it…)
We also understand terrorism is something we cannot avoid, no matter how ever we try they will still crack us, but our security measures should be in such a way, were by we can reduce the collateral damage during these kind of situations, we can reduce the number of death toll, we can reduce the amount of loss in our assets / property.
We don’t want the government to focus on some corporate project on building rails and roads, when we already have enough infrastructure to move on peacefully, the infrastructure development is causing us to spend more on reaching the destination leave alone the petrol cost and the maintenance cost due to this new infrastructure . We dont want the politicians to escape from the blame by simply resigning from the post. We want results.
Even after these kind of requests and protest in various way to our government , nothing will happen, what ever they want to do , they will do it no matter who raise the voice …they have media partners who are there to cover for them , keep the people’s mind out of these kind of thoughts…make the people believe that they are staying in a safe country…by making some singers sing patriot songs …making some film personalities saying ..”Bharat Matha Ki Jai” ….as fools we will also recite the same….Thats is “The Spirit of Mumbai”….