`Keep your faith with India`

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 11:10

New Delhi, Dec 09: Writer Gregory David Roberts, who immortalised Mumbai and Leopold Cafe in his book `Shantaram`, has appealed to foreign tourists to keep their faith in the country and in the "chaotic beauty" of Mumbai.

"I want to plead with you, to keep the faith with India and the city I love, Bombay.

"If we continue to visit the country and meet the people, if we spend our time in the beautiful chaos and chaotic beauty... If we go on opening our hearts to the best that India teaches us, the people who did this violence can never win," Roberts wrote in an open letter on the website of his famous book "Shantaram".

The Australian writer, who spent many years in the city of Mumbai and considers it his second home, said he was flooded with phone calls and messages by people asking opinion on November 26 terror strikes on Mumbai`s prominent tourists spots, including his beloved Leopold Cafe.

Roberts wrote, "Bombay still suffers, as I write this, even though the security situation in the Island City has improved, and a sense of order has been restored.

"...And while my friends at Leopold`s, Colaba Market, The Taj and the Oberoi are all safe and well, many of their colleagues have been killed or injured, and their businesses have been seriously damaged." He appealed the public to lead a normal life to defeat the motive of terrorists.

"The power held by Jihadists--and all other violent radicals--is very small, up to now. It seems significant and powerful, because people die and suffer, because systems close down temporarily...But it`s really quite small.

"They have the power to kill some people, hurt a lot more people and damage property, but they don`t have the power to change our political systems or our way of life. Only We have the power to do that," said Roberts.

Bureau Report



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