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22. December 2008

Archana Kapoor und May de Silva © FoG

Archana Kapoor (right) and May de Silva at the SAVE conference in Vienna in November 2008

Archana Kapoor, one of the SAVE pioneers and Women without Borders India representative on the recent terror attacks in Mumbai

When we were growing up we were always told that the young are the future , they are the tomorrow.

But today when I look around me I wonder what tomorrow are we talking about? A tomorrow full of blood, of death, of fear of unreason. A future where rationality and logic don’t work? A tomorrow that is dividing the world ? Where people are using freedom of movement to build networks of terror and create global terrorists rather than share stories of peace and co existence!

When I arrived at Vienna on the 26th, Wednesday morning-I had left behind a safe place. In 24 hours that safe place - my country had become a target of terror. It had churned into chaos. 183 people had been killed, over 300 had been injured. Women and children had not been spared. The media had become hysteric. Everyone had lost their sense of balance and rationality. Our government was a mute spectator to this and took the simplistic and easy way of blaming ‘the other’.

Pointing fingers only increases the hatred, it only divides further. In my conversation with women from all over the globe, at the SAVE Conference, I realized that we were all passengers of the same train. Our train could either chug along the bright path of peace or take the road to the dark tunnel of violence and terror.

I belong to the media – I know and understand the power of words - which for many are just blots of ink on paper - to me they are powerful. In the conference I experienced how dropping of a word here and adding one there made all the difference and resulted in the inclusion of many.

To me the conference could not have been timelier. It gave me a chance to learn so much- to understand how to cope with violent situations- to gather strength from each other. Though I could not share the grief of those affected by the terror attack in Mumbai, I could share the pain of so many women from across the world who had gone through a similar experience.

To me this conference organized by Women without Borders was very enlightening. I believe in the idea of SAVE and I think it is a unique opportunity for all of us women to take a step forward and ‘take a sad song to make it better”.

 
 

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