Dear Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh,
I write to you today as an Indian citizen. I write as a victim of
terrorism and corruption. I write as a citizen who can not write to
anyone else. I write to you as the voice of youth. I turn to you as
the only hope and as the last resort. I have very simple and specific
questions to which none of your fellow politicians seem to give a
1) Ten men walked into the streets of my city and killed hundreds
before they were stopped. I am an ordinary person who never carries a
gun, I am curious to know how should I defend my life when even law
enforcement officers of my city are outgunned by terrorists. I am an
educated person and my assessment of the failures of 26th Nov 2008 is
grim and leaves me no hope. What is perhaps more tragic is that I have
little hope of justice. Yes, I agree India is a huge nation with a
billion people and as many problems, but are you honestly telling me -
that we as Indian citizens have been deprived of our right to live, to
exist?? I am a kind person and do not remember to have harmed anyone
on purpose - I wanted to know at what point did you decide that I have
2) The security failures, administrative lapses and organizational
break downs that enabled 26/11 to happen are not aberrant instances.
They are the cumulative effect of criminal negligence. I want to know
what was the aggregate result of Indian Intelligence and Law
Enforcement efforts while terrorist networks across the world were
developing sophisticated pipelines of money and recruits. What were
the steps you employed to ensure LeT does not acquire money through
fake masks of charity organizations. I want to know what the Indian
government (irrespective of the party in power) was doing as Dawood
Ibrahim created an infrastructure of organized crime. Did you know
that almost every stream of day to day life is infected with this
poison? From the cable internet provider to the builder of a new
multiplex, from a Bollywood Actor to a successful Doctor, everyone
pays money in extortion to the underworld. Even the simple water
bottle sold at a local railway station for the marked up price is
contributing towards seed money for terrorism. And I as a citizen have
no practical avenue to fight back.
3) I thought of filing a case, against all of these people paying the
underworld, but I have learnt that even if all Indian courts stopped
accepting new cases and worked at their current pace, they would take
300 years to clear the backlog before they can hear my voice, and I am
certain I won't live 300 years. I am curious to know what was the
Indian Government doing as it let the judicial system slip into a
paralysis. At this point, I am citizen with no right to justice, which
I guess matters little since, I am told, I don't have a right to live
in the first place.
4) I work hard eight hours a day and all my taxes are deducted before
I see my paycheck. I have to submit a weekly status of my work to my
superiors who monitor the correctness and pace of my work. I wish to
see the status reports of all the demons running my country. Tell me
sir, where can I find them?
5) As a child, I was taught 'Satyameva Jayate' as our motto. Yet, I
have come to find truth as the rarest commodity in the Indian
administration. Tell me sir is the Anti Corruption Bureau going to
deliver, or is altering school textbooks a better option??
I admit that none of the above was possible without a failure on my
part to act. But there is a difference between making mistakes in the
course of being human and between taking responsibilities for granted
and I have never done the latter.
I am willing if not eager to do anything it takes to help you solve
these problems. I kindly ask you to communicate your challenges openly
and honestly to the Indian people. I urge you to ask the entire nation
to join hands to help.
I come to you in desperation. I come to you with outstretched hands.
Please, please tell me what should I do, and how can I help. Sir, you
have the entire youth of a nation at your beckoning and we are
stretching out a hand, will you meet us half way and lead us on, or
shall we tell others - we have failed - shall we say - "No we can't??"
I honestly believe "Saare Jahan se Achha Hindustan Humara", I believe
in my India - do you??