Lending a helping hand to those who fell defending Mumbai
S Yesudas, CEO, RK Swamy Media Group
It has been the most shocking tragedy that Mumbai has ever seen, and this city has had its horrific share of terrorist activities. We urge our friends from the fraternity to come together to help the kin of the brave non-officer ranking policemen on duty and the others who lost their lives at locations like CST/Cama Hospital.
We still can''t get over the fact that a dramatised scene straight out an action movie that normally lasts an hour got enacted in the business capital of the country for over 60 hours and we still couldn''t manage to avert the large scale calamites. And some 10 armed men have managed to do that. It''s a shame. Every time such a calamity took place in the past, ordinary citizens tired to put it behind them with the hope of a better tomorrow and moved on. But, we think this is the worst ever. We see the spirit of the otherwise extraordinary Mumbaikar dying. The atmosphere is gloomy. We see fear gripping the faces of our citizens.
Enough is enough - is what most people are saying. And we see various activities to demonstrate the solidarity among the people of the country. We are sure it will be difficult for the leaders of our country to take us for granted any more if we stick together with consistency.
At the same time, let''s not forget that this calamity has claimed the lives of many who were the sole bread earners for their families. Can we do something to ensure these families don''t come crumbling down? Can we not ensure this by making a monetary contribution to the cause of proper living conditions for the immediate kin of these people who deserve it? Can we together ensure we create a monument at a prominent location in Mumbai for all the men in uniform (we haven''t even heard the names of the ones who are not in the officer ranks) who lost their lives while protecting us?
The banners coming up at nooks and corners of Mumbai city with the pictures of the three officers by various political parties will fade away when their campaigns to capitalise on this issue end.
We, at RK Swamy Media Group, propose to tie up with an NGO to ensure proper implementation of this initiative, with a steering committee consisting of some of us to monitor the progress.
If you would like to contribute time, money or any other resources to this cause, please write in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.