Mindset of the people in a sensitive city

What will you do when you see a bag being dropped(probably slipped) from a scooter ahead of you? Particularly if you’re living in a sensitive city like Hyderabad!

Will you pickup the bag and hand it over to the scooterist thereby helping him?
You simply go by your own way neglecting what had happened?

You must hesitate to say “yes” to the first option! Cause: There might be some explosives or ammunition or any dreaded weapons inside the bag..Or you may think you can get trapped Or something bad will happen.

Don’t get surprised! Most of the people here are thinking like that only and they are very scared and their helping nature is going to diminished…That could be due Mumbai blasts or whatevrer the past extremist activities happened here in Hyderabad or anywhere in the country.Police had beefed up security arrangements at key installations here, like Hitec City etc.And I’m not going to tell you about how sensitive the city has become now a days… But I’d like to share my feelings about how people’s attitude changed due to the mishappennings..New mindset of the people!! Not only people of Hyderabad but all those terror affected cities in the world….
Those mishappennings certainly have left a negative impact on public minds; which is, that the state set-up, whether it is being led by a popularly elected government, does not seem to provide them enough security. A feeling that forces people to be scared of moving outside at public spots, of travelling in public and private transport, including trains and buses, as nobody knows when a bomb hidden beneath a seat or in an abandoned suitcase or bag will suddenly explode.
This topic could be debated just depending on what your belief system and tolerance are. Is there such a thing as perfect balance with personal invasion with security measures? I don’t think there will ever be one. Who is to say what that line is?
We may not actually be safer. If someone is really intent on doing damage, they will find a way and do whatever it takes to get the job done. I mean we are dealing with people who are willing to die for their cause at any cost. How does one truly combat that type of mentality? Where do you begin?

Random checking by Police!! Personally I don’t mind the searching of bags.. Is this practice of random searchings likley to extend to other areas of our lives? I’d bet on it. What if the next attack involves some suicide bomber in a cafeteria, hospital, elevator shaft … Are we going to start opening ourselves to random bag checkings wherever the cops want to be? How much are you willing to give up to feel safer? I would rather Police take some action rather then sit back and sit on their caboose. Sure maybe I might be late to my office, dinner, etc…but at least I would still get to my destination. We may not be able to stop them, but shoot…I want to make it as hard as possible to try something. This is where that search comes in.
In a perfect world we would have those x-ray machines like you see good ‘ol Arnold running through in Total Recall, but it’s not. I don’t know what a permanent solution would be, would it be Metal Detectors? Chemical Sensors? Perhaps video cameras on each train, car or bus? Transit police in all trains?
Ok..Fears about acts of terrorism have become prominent concerns in the lives of many individuals.
We are reminded regularly of terrorist attacks in other countries, especially in the Middle East. We are also reminded of the possibility of such attacks in the United States as terror alert levels are reported and warnings issued, and as we witness guards with machine guns not only at our airports but in our cities as well. Newspapers, magazines, and television broadcasts constantly highlight the reality.There is a growing literature defining the characteristics possessed by resilient people, what we refer to as a “resilient mindset.” Not only can we reinforce this mindset in our children, but there are steps we can take to cultivate this mindset within ourselves.
In our day-to-day lives there is little that the average citizen can do to prevent a terrorist act. This does not mean we cannot be more alert at airports or other sensitive locations, nor does it mean that we should deny or ignore possible danger. However, the reality is that most terrorists are not going to advertise their plans. As some experts have noted, terrorists thrive on disrupting one’s sense of security and safety and infusing anxiety into all parts of our lives. In some instances they have succeeded, leaving people less hopeful and more helpless about the present and the future. When this anxious, pessimistic state of mind prevails, the terrorists have accomplished part of their goal.We believe that even in the midst of the threat of terrorism,people can strive to develop a mindset and lifestyle that is rooted in the premise, “I am the author of my own life. There are many areas over which I have control and I must focus on these lest I be swept away by anxiety, sadness, helplessness, and hopelessness.”
The development and maintenance of a resilient mindset is one of the best measures we can take to assume a satisfying, joyful life and not succumb to the psychological assault of terrorism. We must do this for ourselves, our children, our neighbors, and for the future of our country.

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