The Times of India
Every time terrorists hit Bombay, the city goes on its “usual self-congratulatory spree,” said Pritish Nandy in The Times of India. The smoke was still rising from the train bombs that massacred more than 200 people last week when commentators began praising “the indomitable spirit” of Bombay’s citizens, who boldly shrugged off the dangers and packed commuter trains to return to work. “How long will we continue to delude ourselves with such gibberish? There’s a difference between bravery and foolishness, between courage and helplessness.” The truth is, our leaders are doing nothing to stop the attacks. They aren’t going after the terrorists where they are trained, and they aren’t making our transport system safer. “What do they mean when they say terrorism will not be allowed to win?” It is winning, and has won over and over and over. The time has come for Bombayites to stop letting our leaders “monkey around with our emotions by talking about how brave, how noble, how wonderful we are.” We don’t want to be noble anymore. We want to be safe.
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