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Life after 9/11

The horrific terrorist act of 9/11 has redefined the way we live in the future world. This incident has impacted everybody’s life, directly and indirectly. It’s a fact that with due course of time, we will be used to some of that impacts and will take them as life as usual.

There will be a continuous increasing trend of more background checks, more verifications, more biometric recordings for all people travelling to various countries. Unfortunately, this is currently being applied more on Asians – but I have a feeling that this will spread across other citizens, keeping in view the gradual spread of extreme thinking across countries.

Whenever we do an international travel, we will continue to face additional security measures, liquids in checked in baggages, extra immigration measures and so on. Even we can face sniffer dogs, radioactive searches – nothing will look odd in the modern life.

All names like Khan’s, Ahmed’s’ etc will be subject to more scrutiny and checks. I have even seen one innocent 25 year old TCS employee having surname Aslam denied a US visa just because his name appears to be in a “hot list”. I heard in the consulate that there will be a 4 weeks investigation and background check before his L1 visa can be processed. Because of this delay, he mentioned that his chance in getting into the project will just disappear – but no negotiations on this topic was entertained.

Whether we like it or not, whether we deny or not, we will be eyeing our co-passengers, people across us with suspicion, specially if they carry a brown skin and has resemblance to a particular community. The trust will be lost, we will think ‘is he one of them’ and will try our best to disappear from the near vicinity of those persons.

Any unattended briefcase, luggage will call for a mini panic. We will see sniffer dogs, bomb-disposal squads very soon in those places. And we will again try our best to go as far as possible from the spot where these objects are lying unattended.

All “hoax” terror mails will be treated with utmost importance and will trigger lot of action from the local authorities. This is simply because the qualification of the mail to be a “hoax” cannot be determined at the time when the mail is received.

War on terror will be one of the main focus areas for all countries. There will be more international cooperation in the area of intelligence sharing than ever before. Budget for equipping certain special forces will go up and we will see an increasing growth of arms and weapons market.

Our lives are changing after 9/11 and that will continue to change in the future …. of course, there is a saying that the only thing that is constant in life is change.

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