Coming up to one year now, since a gang of murderous maniacs came off a boat and slaughtered 200 people in Bombay. I remember those 60 hours vividly. I also remember vividly so many calls for us Indians to unite, because finding that unity would be the best response to, the best way to fight, terrorism.
Coming up to one year since those calls, we can look around us to find:
* Some folks refuse to sing a song. Some other folks insist that they, and everybody, must indeed sing it.
* A man pronounces that people who call it "Bombay" must be, and I quote, "thrown out of this city".
* Several newly-elected members of Maharashtra's Vidhan Sabha assault a fellow newly-elected member for taking his oath of office in Hindi.
So you see: coming up to one year since that terror attack, we are united indeed. And we also have in place, didn't you know, the best way to defeat terrorism bar none.
The next time a terrorist comes off a boat and says something while on his way to causing mayhem, I'm sure those members of the Vidhan Sabha will be right there, ready to do what needs to be done above all.
They'll demand that he speak in Marathi.
That'll show the murderous maniacs.