After the Bombay Attacks – Our Deepest Condolences

We, the ThinkChange India editors, extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the recent atrocities committed in Bombay, India. The most important questions – what actually happened, who was responsible / complicit, why the violence spiraled out of control, and what could have possibly pushed a group of youth to partake in such heinous acts of brutality – have gotten engulfed by the recent flurry of resignations, insinuations, and condemnations in higher levels of government.

We would like to turn your attention to what we believe is at the heart of this matter. These acts have struck at the very chord of what India represents – tolerance and unity – and it is imperative that we, the larger South Asian community, speak out against violence, and come together as one.

Let us see this as an opportunity to sow the seeds of peace and stability in a region otherwise wracked by conflict and communal tension. Let us come together to bridge the divides that bind our collective progress. Let us remember that the pasts and the futures of India and Pakistan are inextricably bound, and it is only through peace that we can prosper.

We urge our readers to come together in the spirit of unity and cohesion during this difficult time, and share their stories of compassion and love with the ThinkChange India community.

In Solidarity,

The ThinkChange India team

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2 Responses

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  2. To all our readers in India, I received this message about rallies that are taking place in several Indian cities on Wednesday, December 3 at 6 pm. (You may want to initiate a rally in your own city if it’s not listed…)
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    At least 195 reasons to be angry, upset and concerned this time. More, if you count the wounded too.

    Last week’s terror strikes on Mumbai left all humanity shocked and stunned. Pained we all surely are, but we must not allow ourselves to become numbed. Each of us needs to wake up from our comatose states to make our individual and collective opinion count. The only way to address this crucial and distressing issue is by becoming a part of the solution. After all, as long as India is ‘of the people, for the people, by the people’ we will be fully responsible for the change that we want to see in her.

    However, this is not a problem restricted to any one particular city or state. One doesn’t have to be a resident of Mumbai to be appalled at the ghastly and murderous acts. If you have witnessed any emotion while you the saw Mumbai burn on your TV screens, then the only way to express it is by taking action for Change.

    India will come together to give expression to the anger and anguish on Wednesday, 3rd December, 2008, at 6:00 pm. The venues are as follows:

    – Mumbai at the Gateway of India

    – Delhi will meet at the Central Park, Connaught Place

    – Hyderabad is meeting at Tank Bund, Telugutalli

    – Chennai will meet at Opposite Government Guest House, Behind M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium

    – Bangalore at Cubbon Park

    – Kolkata at the Maidan

    Indians have great resilience, but please don’t let the recent pain become distant just yet; don’t let the memory fade too soon. Capture your emotion and come to the venue with your form of expression. Showcase it at the venue through a painting, elegy, song, poster, a lit candle, or by just holding hands.

    Take a little extra effort bring those that you care about. Let us become the beginning of Change for India. And, let us start by making a personal commitment for this Change.
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