Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Black Badge for Bombay

A quick despatch.I have received a lot of feedback about how some could perceive this effort as a Bombay affair. THIS IS NOT. Let me hasten to point out that the users of the VT station, the Taj and Oberoi have as many people who do not live in Bombay as may be from Bombay. It is primarily guests from outside Bombay that use hotels. The train terminus also houses the outstation terminus and there is always significant traffic of people from outside Bombay.Making Bombay safe does not mean making Bombay safe for Mumbaikars alone. Making Bombay safe means making it safe for its several thousand visitors from within and without India. Ours is a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic city. Making Bombay safe by pushing for a multi-disciplinary rescue force situated in Bombay to combat terror strikes and natural calamities involves making Bombay safe for our visitors, our guests, who we pride in attracting here.Therefore, it is my earnest appeal that this movement is not just a movement for Mumbaikars. This is a national movement. This group, for example has a significant expat population. It also has a representation from New Delhi, for example - people who visit our beloved city from time to time and wish to have a safe time here.Please remember, a safe Bombay means safety in commerce, finance, entertainment and various services that this city provides to our beloved nation. When we push for a safe Bombay, we are pushing for safety to an integral feature in the concept of India as a nation state.
Warm regards,
The Black Badge for Bombay
Somasekhar Sundaresan
is wearing the Black Badge. Will wear it until Mumbai ACTUALLY gets a multi-disciplinary rescue force to deal with terror strikes and calamities.

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