Jaipur. Delhi. Bombay. Malegaon. Bangalore. Guwahati. On and on. Some of those places, again and again. Going back 25 years and more.
And now Pune. Eight fellow citizens dead and probably counting. The same dismal counting we've done so many times.
Do we need to get used to the idea -- are we already used to the idea -- that terrorism is here to stay, that murderous scum will kill innocents every now and then and this will go on into the indefinite future?
I'm not used to that idea, and I never will be.
But I believe this that I've said before: until we recognize homegrown terror for what it is -- no less than anything from abroad -- and until we stand against every kind of terror, we will never defeat terrorism.
Sadly, I don't think I see that recognition happening, that stand taking shape.
The reaction I fully expect to this post from some -- the usual spluttering outrage that I can even think of calling murders by Indians (e.g. 3000 killed in Delhi, 1984) terrorism, that I can even think of comparing that to what happened on 26/11 -- that reaction is exactly what I mean in the sentence above that begins "Sadly ...".