|For the protectors of Mumbai / Bombay|
by Peter Griffin
With respect and gratitude. When: Any time you can. The sooner the better. And as often as you can. Where: Wherever you are. Our brave police, armed forces and firefighters have been putting their lives at risk to bring our city back to normal. Many have died.
We often criticise them vociferously; we probably will do so again. And we should. Later. But now is a good time to show our gratitude and respect for what they’ve done since the night of the 26th. Go over to your neighbourhood police station, fire brigade or army/navy/airforce base. Light a candle or a diya and leave it there. Or leave a card, or a note of appreciation. Or a flower. Shake the hand of any police, armed forces or fire brigade personnel on the spot, say “thank you,” and explain why you’re doing this. Do this whenever you can, wherever you can. You don’t have to be in Bombay. This could have happened anywhere in the world. (People from other countries and Indians abroad: you may want to do this at your nearest Indian embassy or consulate.)