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'The ATS is not equipped to handle intense encounters'

December 1, 2008
Reportage and photographs: Matthew Schneeberger

Our time has come and gone; we are spent," said former Maharashtra chief secretary N Raghunathan, motioning to himself and former Mumbai police commissioner Satish Sahni.

"It's now you, the young people, who will become our leaders. You must take up the mantle of India and carry it forward. I'm very encouraged that so many of you have come here, on a Sunday afternoon, for this discussion. It gives me great hope for the future. You are all intelligent, thinking people."

Raghunathan's cause for optimism, even as the city continued to reel under the events of November 26 to 29, is that 20 young adults from around Mumbai, all in their twenties, had come together for a positive, focused discussion on how the city's citizens can move forward, with the aim of improving the country's security apparatus and holding its elected officials accountable.

Under the banner 'Enough is Enough', Karan Nevatia, 27, called together young professionals -- restaurant owners, writers, dancers, industrialists, research analysts, fashion designers and more -- in hopes of creating a cogent, coherent voice out of all the undirected rage and anger that many of Mumbai's young adults have expressed in the wake of such enormous tragedy.

"As horrible as this has been, we must view (the attack) as an opportunity. Because if we don't act now, we never will," said Nevatia. "We cannot afford to sit around and complain for a month, only to forget about this and move on."

Image: Former Maharashtra chief secretary N Raghunathan at the discussion

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