shika, Lalit and 60 others died on October 29 last year when terrorists set off three blasts in New Delhi on the eve of Diwali.
Ishika was just eight months old. Lalit's children are 4 and 5. Vinod Poddar lost his son and now lives with an amputated right leg.
We are shocked when terror strikes our countrymen, be it in a Delhi market, in local trains in Mumbai or in Varanasi, but how long do we remember those who become the victims of terror? Those who have lost families and whose lives are changed for the worse because a terrorist planted a bomb somewhere they just happened to be.
As we come back to our work places, schools or colleges after celebrating Diwali and Eid, spare a thought for the loved ones of those who died last Diwali. Those, for whom the joys of a festival has lost all meaning. Forever.
It is important that we remember them because as we live with the reality of terrorism, this could have happened to any of us.
Text: Onkar Singh. Photograph: Sondeep Shankar/Saab Pictures
Image: Policemen at the blast site in New Delhi on October 29, 2005.
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