Response to text. terror attack 26/11

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Nikhil Lalvani                                             XC

My dear friend, the terrorist- Response 2

Acts of terrorism bring about a feeling of despise, abhorrence and anger not only in the people who are directly affected by it, but also the others who watch & hear the news helplessly. Citizens need not have been through the traumatic experience, nor lost loved ones, to contribute the palpable fear that has spread across the city. The terrorist attack on India’s financial capital, Mumbai was a 60 hour operation carried out by 10 people who were purportedly trained in Pakistan by its army for one and a half years and were a part of a terrorist organisation called the Lashkar-e-Toiba, as suggested by the Indian intelligence agencies. It was a planned operation; the terrorists came to Mumbai from Karachi in Pakistan. They halted at Gujarat where they seized a trawler. The 10 of them allegedly came in five groups of two each and carried explosives such as RDX and grenades. They were armed with AK-47 rifles and managed to partially destroy Nariman house in Colaba, the Taj hotel and the Oberoi hotel. By the end of the attacks, the death toll reached 195 people and 350 people had been reported injured. This was the nastiest act of terror faced by the nation. Nikita Parikh, an IB student of my school, has given vent to her anger and put down her thoughts on the internet for everyone to read.

Nikita Parikh, who evidently seemed to be disturbed and angry with the happenings in her city, wrote down her feelings in the form of a letter to the terrorists and posted it on a social web browsing interface ‘facebook’ at 5:05 on a Saturday morning. The time at which it was posted confirms that she was disturbed, to the extent that she probably didn’t sleep throughout the night and wanted to vent out her anger and disturbance in any possible manner. She chose to put it up on facebook, probably because she was confident that her friends would probably feel the same way about this issue and share the same opinion as her. In this letter she begins with why she probably felt so angry at the incident, and then she employs a very sardonic tone, which reveals her anger. By the end of the letter she condemns these acts and mocks the terrorist by throwing questions at their acts and conscience. She also highlights the fact that she lives in very close vicinity to where the attacks took place which shows the feeling of insecurity.

She begins her letter very formally, addressing the letter and stating its origin. She states the origin of the letter as, “the side of the border where courage prevails”; this not only shows her love, passion and patriotism for the country but shows that she is not expressing the view of one, but all the citizens of India. She believes that India is a courageous nation which should stand up against terrorism. She addresses this letter to the whole of Pakistan, as she believes that they are entirely to blame for the act of terrorism, which she terms as cowardice. This shows her disgust towards the nation. She begins her letter on a satirical note which is “my dear friend, the terrorist”. Clearly the letter is addressed to a terrorist, but since she writes this letter to “the side of the border where cowardice celebrates”. This leads the reader to believe that she generalises the whole of Pakistan to be terrorists. This generalisation is often made by Indians based on the history between India and Pakistan and their previous acts of terrorism. She also starts off by calling the terrorist her friend, which is very ambiguous as she lets the reader decide what to expect from the letter. Either she tries to ridicule the terrorists and condemns their acts or feels sympathetic towards them as the lives of their family are at stake. The title however is very captivating and gains the readers attention quickly.

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As we read on, we start to understand where this letter leads to. She starts off by telling the reader that she used to visit the Taj weekly all through her childhood. This shows that an attack on a place which was a clear favourite for her. The reader understands that the writer probably has many memories associated with the Taj and she can relate to it. She is probably very angry that she can never relive the same childhood memories. The fact that she used to be sent across to a bookstore tells us that she is a voracious ...

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