August 26, 2008
I watched the demolition of Twin Tower on September 11 on TV live, while I was eating breakfast in a hotel in Toronto. Like most people I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was in a kind of daze for the whole day. I was sad for the people who died and angry at the people responsible for such a brutal and senseless act. I was also worried for some of friend who used to work in that area of New York. Particularly for my colleagues in American Express who worked out of World Trade Center and World Financial Centre. For me it was a personal tragedy, since 1997 I visited New York every year and lived in either Marriot World Trade Center or Marriot World Financial Center. The evenings I spent with my friends in Battery Park drinking beer and talking about corporate politics for the most part but also other more interesting topics, were passing through my mind after I came back to my hotel room. I realized that those days became bygones in a matter of seconds. But my real shock came in the evening when we went out to a friend’s house for dinner and met a host of people from Bangladesh living in Canada; to my utter surprise I found that many people in the party were happy and they were condoning the act I found so heinous and dreadful. My limited knowledge of history tells me that it is a period of transition that we are passing through, but again it is difficult to find a period as volatile as ours in recent or ancient history. I searched in vein for parallel events and analogous crisis situations during the periods of cold war, World War II or even the Russian and French Revolutions. I think in terms of hostility, mistrust and caginess, the crisis we are going through is affecting the lives of more people around the globe than any other comparable event in history. My comparison is not based on the death tolls or destruction but the psychological impact on both sides resulting into mistrust and total hatred for fellow human beings. This kind of mass paranoia probably was not uncommon in the past, after all we have seen several wars lingering through decades. Enemies were identified during the days of totems and taboos, however the extent of today’s hostilities and the degeneration of humanity and defeat of all values like decency, honesty , sincerity and forbearance, I think is unprecedented in history. We had stepped backwards many times in the past but every time, humanity were able to halt the regression and our species moved forward. I want to be optimistic and wait for the good times to return, I would like to see reason to prevail and the mass delusion to end but I am unable to see a way to that end. The proliferation of malice and viciousness is not only becoming a way of life for us, this harsh reality is going into circle with no one trying to break it.
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I woould like to see and work for a world that is free of religious bigotry, fanaticism, racial and communal strife. I want to know before I die that my daughter will have a rewarding life in a world where she will breathe clean air, and will be able to enjoy the wilderness.
I was born to Muslim parents. None of my parents were very devout and as I realize now it was not a priority for them to raise me as a good Muslim. They were however quite traditional and I am sure now that they did not expect that I would some day b