"Terror attack on Mumbai" -- this is the headline on every news channel, be it Indian or foreign since the last few days. People seem to have got accustomed to indiscriminate killings and bombings every now and then, terror attacks have become almost a part of our daily life. Some discussion about the need to combat terror after every attack, some blame-game and finally everything settles down. Everything returns back to normal, until another attack kills a few hundred more. The cycle then repeats. People blames the Govt. for being ineffective, state Govt. will blame center, center will put the blame on state, both will then blame neighboring countries. The drama soon gets over, people forget the incident, Govt. forgets the culprits and things move on.
Go to a mall, restaurant, railway station or board a train, you never know the next moment you might be blown up in several pieces or reduced to ashes. We just hope we are lucky enough not to meet that fate. Each time a massacre happens we thank God, that someone else but not myself was killed.
After every attack, the media talks about the audacity of the terrorists, how a few of them can kill so many. Frankly speaking, it doesn't take much to cause a widespread massacre. Blowing up a mall or hotel or train full of hundreds of people doesn't require much resources neither does it take much effort to spray bullets on unarmed people on the streets.
The persons responsible claim to be waging a "holy" war to eliminate the "unholy", to protect their faith. So deep is their "respect" for their religion, that human life seems too insignificant for them. Islamic jihadis will try to establish their supremacy, Hindu extremists will try to establish "Hindutva", some other religion will try to establish their domination and curb down the power of others.
The simple reason: Each one holds their religion and religious ideas supreme.
The consequence: Ordinary men, who are least interested in any of the extremists' dreams of world domination has to pay with their lives.
The only net thing that religious fanaticism has taught us, since the history of mankind is intolerance and hatred. No matter how much any particular religion bluffs about harmony and unity, deep down it builds up a sense of self supremacy over other religions and the moment one starts valuing religious ideals over humanity, it leads to one and only one consequence - disrespect of humanity and loss of innocent lives. "Terrorists" are like the rest of us, only difference - they have been brought up to hold their so called "religious ideals" over and above everything, even above human lives both of their own as well as that of others.
Given the current state of affairs there is very little reason to be optimistic. All each one of us can do is hope, that the next bullet or bomb does not hit any of us.