Indian bloggers unite against terror

Calling all IndiBloggers!

As a blogger of this great nation, we know you have joined thousands of others in expressing your anger, and calling for action to be taken in order to prevent another attack on our national integrity.

We know this for a fact thanks to this collection of blog posts from Mumbai bloggers, who blogged during the attack, are still blogging today, and will surely be angry enough to be blogging about it tomorrow.

With requests from several bloggers asking us to lead an initiative, the IndiBlogger team realized that we had a moral responsibility and a unique advantage where we could bring a vastly influential community of bloggers together to make a difference. Thankfully, we found that there already was an initiative, an initiative that does not talk about signatures or candles. This is a mission with an agenda, timeline and an end result that this country desperately needs.

The “Rebuild India” Mission

We ask that you all get involved with this mission and help us spread the word by blogging about it. The world needs to know that Indian Bloggers come together when their country needs them.

Below, we have a personal invitation to the members of the IndiBlogger network from Ashutosh Didwania, on behalf of the “Rebuild India” mission.

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Late in the evening on the 26th of November, things seemed normal and peaceful. We all were busy with our night duty (read blogging) when all off a sudden the nation landed in dire straits. Some unknown intruders had penetrated our national territory with a motive of causing mass destruction. By the beginning of the next day, they had managed to do that and much more. Indians worldwide were left with only one thought – “enough is enough”. In the aftermath, the nation was left shattered, wounded and demoralized. We knew we had to build it all up again. We knew we had to initiate the ‘Rebuild India’ Mission – and that’s how it all started.

Step 1

Armed with a very small group of bloggers but ones with huge levels of motivation, we initiated a movement to publicize the voice of the citizen. Bloggers simply wanted to scream out their frustrations. We said we would provide them with a punching bag. Some were up with suggestions based on where things were going wrong and wanting their ideas to be heard. We said we would provide them the stage and the microphone. Gradually everyone starting from key business personalities to socialists were raising their voice. The gap between the elite and the ‘Aam Aadmi’ was erased and that’s how the ‘Rebuild India’ Article Repository was formed.

Step 2

With a huge content base in hand, we were contemplating our options when suddenly it occurred to us that these were the suggestions of bloggers. We needed the general citizens to approve these suggestions, for even a master plan fails without consensus. We got back to the drawing board and came up with a plan to separate the grain out of the chaff for public approval/disapproval.

That’s how the ‘Rebuild India’ Online Survey got going and this is where we are at the moment. At the end, we expect a full-proof case of stats and figures on how we rebuild the nation.

Step 3

This is where the game begins, as this is where everyone gets involved. We alone won’t decide what to do next, it’s the bloggers of the IndiBlogger network who need to guide and support us. In fact, you guys need to carry forward the rebuilding process, and we assure you that it’s not a small responsibility. It’s a responsibility of providing hope to over a billion Indians citizens and many more residing across shores. Tell us what to do and we would be all ears. Raise your hands in support and join us.

Let’s get together and make a difference! Let’s get together and rebuild the nation!

Regards,

Ashutosh Didwania
(On behalf of the ‘Rebuild India’ Mission)

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The “Rebuild India” Mission >

Remembering Mumbai

The crisis may be dying down but the people who lost their loved ones will be unable to forget it for the rest of their lives. The people of Mumbai and Indians everywhere must never forget what happened in Mumbai this week, or it will just happen again and again. We have put up a new badge – please put it up on your blogs to make sure noone forgets.

Nov 2008 - Remember Mumbai

Terror attack in Mumbai – bloggers speak out

Mumbai bloggers speak out on the terror attacks >

Earlier this morning, we sent this email out to all bloggers from Mumbai -

“Dear Mumbai blogger,

Firstly, we sincerely hope you and and all your loved ones are safe and sound. The IndiBlogger team has been stuck to their televisions since last night, and we decided that instead of merely “condemning the attack”, we would rather find out what the Mumbai bloggers have to say about what’s going on, and more importantly – how to stop these attacks from happening.

We are putting up a page on IndiBlogger.in which will contain links to all your posts on the terror attack. Please do reply to this email and let us know if and when you do blog about the situation in Mumbai, so the rest of the world knows what you all have to say.”

And boy, what a response we got – Mumbai bloggers, hats off to you for shouting out, and reaching out. We have put up all the links to the posts you sent across. Please keep sending them in as you blog more on this attack.

Mumbai bloggers speak out on the terror attacks >