the 11/26 mumbai attack
First, thanks to all those who mailed me to find out if I am ok and I realize I should have blogged but then...... its raining, cold and depressingly sick and ..well, never mind ! So although I moved out, half my life is still in Bombay and it was very upsetting to read that Mumbai has been held hostage yet again .... "The most audacious terror attack in Mumbai began Wednesday night, when militants attacked high profile landmarks, including the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Oberoi Trident Hotel, Metro Theatre and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) railway station." says NDTV.
Nothing new that all of these are landmarks especially when the terrorists had ample resources like google and yahoo maps to trace each path of attack and plan maximum damage physically and mentally. This is not just Mumbai's 9/11 as this time the terrorists targeted British and American nationals and not just the aam aadmi (common Indian)..... " The involvement of westerners, including Americans, Britons and Israelis as victims and hostages in the ordeal also ensured greater coverage than usual with US experts trying to connect the dots and link the attack to Kashmir and al-Qaida, and its possible repercussions on United States." says the TOI.
Their planning and accuracy shows the goal was to instill fear and dread
within the Indian economy and business industry. Although Indian lives may be
cheap, its nice to note that the US and EU dont treat their citizens as
dispensable objects. But since I
dont have very high expectations from the Indian
political parties as this terrorist attack will be used as another
vote-garnering tool for the next elections.
I have no great solution or suggestions to a very large problem that is now poised to be a world problem and the US would indeed be smart if it stopped doling out 'development aid' to Pakistan. Its not difficult to see how your Financial Aid Dollars create a (b)lasting impact. Another root cause of all of India's problems and evil is CORRUPTION and until such time that every citizen does not learn ethics and values, to say "NO Bribes", we will accelerate the downward spiral. The same goes for foreign businesses that come to India. Take a stand, say NO to corruption and kickbacks. Life is circular.... and I'm done with Mumbai !!
the title to 11/26, not 28.