In the begining there were bloggers. And there was a flash-flood of posts on the Mumbai terror strike. Many of them, bloggers, went beyond giving vent to their indignation; beyond fault-finding, finger-pointing, Paki-bashing, and came up with thoughts on steps we need to take not to get caught napping, again.
And then, someone came up with the idea of putting together their thoughts. Based on the collective thoughts of 100 plus bloggers Ashutosh Didwania, a public spirited IT professional, devised an online survey to elicit public opinion. IndiBlogger weighed in with their support structure to promote the 17-point survey.
To be meaningful, each of us, bloggers or not, could do our bit create public awareness about the survey , by spreading the word among our e-mail contacts. Agreed, this online exercise is restricted to the Net-empowered among us. The survey, though limited in its reach, is significant for its scope and content, I reckon.
To give you an idea of the preliminary response to the survey that went online a couple of days back, nearly 75 percent of the first 100 who responded favour diplomatic moves, rather than any military action. While recognising that both people, in India and Pakistan, are victims of terrorism, 68 percent is for people-to-people contacts, online and through other means, in mobilising people’s opinion against terrorist groups. One in every 10 respondants, however, made it clear that they would have nothing to do with those across the border. I wonder, wouldn’t you, how many nay-sayers are there over there.