Amid rumours of Goa being targetted for terrorism, and the government assurances that security is adequate and things are under control, my mind travels to the recent past, where the bomb blasts in Mumbai caught us all unaware.
As helpless, unknowing people, ignorant of the true intentions of horror, we can do little to prepare ourselves from dangers that could strike in any direction. I was just wondering about what we could do as normal citizens to make such situations easier to handle. I came up with a few ideas.
- Curiosity is healthy. It might help to be aware of people around us, and their behaviour. Small things could make a difference. Alert citizens can act as the added eyes of security services.
- As an adventure professional and outdoor enthusiasts, we have a strong network of brave people trained in rescue. We could plan to be alert for situations where we could help, in a bad scenario. Small drops make an ocean.
- Helping maintain calm, and staying tuned to media for information and opportunities to pitch in and help out.
It is sad to see the usually bustling Goa desolate in this season. I wish everyone alert and safe holidays. May our contact be more out of celebration than sorrow.