One year later: Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar, and 11 bravehearts from Mumbai Police are dead. Vilasrao Deshmukh is a Union cabinet minister and R.R. Patil is back as the home minister of Maharashtra.
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and the Oberoi Trident are limping back to normal. Leopold Cafe is selling mugs with 26/11 motifs to tourists.
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab’s trial is dragging on. The Lashkar-e-Taiba has grown in power even as the Pakistan government says it wants to crack down on the terrorist organization. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tells The Washington Post, “Every day I receive intelligence reports saying that terrorists based in Pakistan are planning other similar acts.”
The Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are trying to outdo each other. The citizen protests and candlelight vigils have been forgotten as the city embraces amnesia.
This is what Milan Kundera meant when he wrote about the important struggle of memory against forgetting.