Disclaimer: My intention was to post on a topic directly concerned with graduate school, however tragic events occurring at the time of posting have conscientiously forced me to publish something more apt. At the same time, I believe that my current geographic location, resulting from my choice of pursuant degree and thereby vocation, contribute greatly to my below expressed opinions.
I woke up today, morning of thanksgiving eve, and went online with two intentions. First was to make my long overdue post about the importance of time management in grad school, and second to look up recipes for the thanksgiving dinner I intend to prepare for my friends & family tomorrow.
As I search through recipes for a vegetarian gravy, I receive an instant message froma friend in Bombay
“bombay under attack……………Commandos storm Oberoi and Taj hotel……bomb blasts in parle and santacruz, firing outside leo polds, cama hospital”
Almost simultaneously I turn on the TV, go to CNN.com ( my dad always told me their international coverage was the best), and dial home. The first two sources have nothing to report about the situation, my sister’s cell phone is ringing…… 4th ring, she answers, she’s home, everyone is fine. A little relief….yet the anxiety persists.
Next I call friends, everyone is fine. They were at a bar celebrating a mate’s birthday when news of the terror attacks started circulating. Thankfully, they abandoned celebrations and headed to a nearby friends house to take cover. I say ‘take cover’ because 6 hours later as I am typing this, the attack continues. I read this at CNN.com
“…gunmen have taken over the Taj Mahal Hotel and Hotel Oberoi, and were holding hostages on multiple floors.
Earlier, A.N. Roy, the police chief of Maharashtra state, said his force was still involved with suspected militants at the two five-star hotels.
IBN reported ongoing gun battles at both hotels. At least two explosions were reported at the Taj.
One witness told local reporters gunmen had tried to find people with U.S. or British passports.
The two hotels mentioned above are apparently still under siege and ‘terrorist’ have taken hostages.”
At times like this its hard being away from loved ones. For now, I know my family & friends are safe.. as for my city, my country, this planet…. about them I am not so sure. I realize though, that this is all part of reason why I am pursuing a US degree in public service and not a more sought after and lucrative MBA.
My mind’s a bit of a mess right now, so forgive me if I am not completely cohesive. When such incidents occur I am reminded of how much work we have to do. By ‘we’ I mean human beings and by ‘incidents’, I mean globally occurring acts of aggression, spurned from actions of inequality and injustice. Actions, thought seemingly distant and insignificant by some, yet bearing consequentially detrimental outcomes for all .
I am giving serious thought to our ‘war on terrorism‘ not solely in Afghanistan and Iraq but in any national that is ‘fighting the terrorists threats’. I ponder a few questions - When we wage one to stop another, who really wins?
We may say we need to fight fire with fire but really isn’t it water that ultimately douses the flames?
For now though it back to my Financial Management Homework. Thanks for reading!