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India: First photographs of Mumbai blasts on flickr

The first photographs from Mumbai on flickr are coming up. Vinu from Vinu's Online Cloud has uploaded a lot of photographs from the streets of Mumbai.

MumbaiHelp is back online and offering to make call for anyone who can't get through to their families and friends.

Leave a message if you're trying to get through to pals in the city.

Preferably leave a cellphone number for both yourself and your friends / family, and we'll try and SMS them.

Tip: Suggest you avoid calling. Lines are bound to be screwed. SMS direct instead.

Meanwhile, Gauravonomics writes on “Real Time Citizen Journalism in Mumbai Terrorist Attacks”

The Mumbai terrorist attack is now on the front page of Google News and Mahalo is doing a great job of compiling the story as it unfolds.

The first photos of the Mumbai terrorist attacks are up on CNN-IBN and NDTV and both (CNN-IBN and NDTV) are streaming live video feeds of the unfolding situation.

I’ll be updating this post with more citizen generated resources on the Mumbai terrorist attacks as they are put up.


  • Gabriela

    Hello Pushpa,

    I sit here in Berlin/Germany, read your article and feel the same like you! We all have to stay together against terror in all kinds of possibilities. And I belive, that what we do comes not only to our children but also to ourself, our heart, our soul. And the fundamental condition of religion ist love and peace! So please, people around the world: We can be a present of each other, to get more loving, more knowledge. Not make us close, make us wide! And every life is precious – or maby every life ist not precious, but we all are the same! “Love instead of killing” is the only way.
    (Sorry, my english comes mainly from the dictionary)

  • Ahmed

    Hi, I am from Lahore, Pakistan and I would like to share my sympathies for the families of innocent civilians killed in this awful and cowardly attack. Remember we are also hit by terrorism, more than any other country on this planet and it is really awful to hear responsible journalists on channels like CNN pointing everything on Pakistan. We are also a severe victim of terrorism , please don’t forget that. the ATS chief who was killed last night was interrogating Hindu extremists and planner of melagaon so who would benefit from it ??

  • Falling as they do during Thanksgiving weekend, I hope that these events enter the American consciousness on a day of spiritual awareness when our citizens might be especially receptive to the perspective that “but for the grace of God go I.” These events are happening in India, but post 9-11, my hope is that there is finally awareness that random violence and terror can happen anywhere, including here in the US, producing the kind of empathy that engages us in worldwide efforts to find new ways of relating to each other on a worldwide basis. We’ve got to strive to view this crisis through the eyes of the citizens of Mumbai–and remember that these are people not all that different from ourselves. They, too, feel the same pain and fear that any of us might feel in a similar situation, they bleed the same color of blood, and they grieve for the tragedy of loved ones lost just as we do. And they hold their children just as tight, worried about what all of this might mean for the world they’re about to inherit. Too often, in the past, I think we Americans looked at such events as only happening in distant lands where such events were somehow linked to the inherent societal faults of the people who experienced them. Don’t get me wrong–there’s no philosophical silver lining present in the face of the consequences of this kind of irrational violence. And yet, like Gandhi and King, all who have moved us in the direction of a non-violent world have experienced a place in their journey where they have had to pause to experience and consider the horribly destructive consequences of a world dominated by violence and division. Like 9-11, this is such a moment.

    I hope that, on Thanksgiving Day, our prayers extend to all of the people of India, and that they’re accompanied by a resolve to build a better world together.

    Much has been written about how the Bush administration squandered much of the goodwill and understanding felt by people worldwide toward the US after the 9-11 attacks. Instead, that administration exploited American fears and xenophobia for a military-industrial driven agenda that transformed that goodwill into worldwide animosity toward the US. I tend to agree with that analysis, although I don’t believe it goes far enough, and that it assumes that we’re beyond a point of being to realize the lost potential for positive change.

    Such a desire, I believe, has been there all along just beneath the surface. In the most recent presidential election, a majority of the American people cast their votes in favor of an American foreign policy that seeks common cause with the rest of the world, rather than seeking power through a policy of divide and conquer. And in the wake of that glorious victory of our new president-elect, people worldwide joined in widespread spontaneous celebrations of the possibilities of a new era, led by someone whose family roots and life experience have instilled in him an ethos of respect for the fundamental interconnections that can ultimately serve to bring us together as a world community.

    In my own case, my empathy is also driven by the fact that I have walked the streets of south Mumbai, on a life-transforming trip to India with my mom twenty years ago. For her, it was a return to land that had helped shape her consciousness as a young teacher 35 years before. For me, it was a chance to share in that journey, and to draw my own lessons from a land filled with both unbelievable beauty and unimaginable desolation. Our first meal was in a restaurant in the Taj Hotel, followed by a walk around that neighborhood with our Bombay-based host family, whose missions work included service to the homeless boys who lived in the alleyways that surrounded in the shadow of the nearby Marble Arch.

    You don’t have to have been there to imagine what the people of Mumbai are living through, without the notion of somehow discounting what’s happening, because “those people” have somehow come to expect such violence. It’s true that this is a land that has often experienced destructive civil violence. However, like the US, India is also a land of multi-faceted complexity and seemingly contradictory realities, as a vastly successful democratic experiment where people from radically different backgrounds and cultures manage miraculously, on most days, to all get along. And, of course, it is the homeland of Mahatma Gandhi, whose legacy is directly linked to our own civil rights movement through Dr. King’s own legacy, and therefore to a history that made possible all of the optimistically transformative promise represented by our new president. This is the backdrop of hope against which these horrific events are playing out. I hope and pray that as individuals and as a government we find a way to reach out to our brothers and sisters in India and in every corner of the world where violence, poverty, and injustice intrude. Gandhi’s disciple, Dr. King, spoke of an overarching arc of freedom that transcended the setbacks of the moment. Let’s work together to bend the world away from violence, and toward the goal of social justice for all.

  • Elizabeth in Spain

    The human beings in this world who want to live in peace and prosperity are a majority. The terrorists are a puny and sickly minority. I join with all those who want peace and, although I am not religious, I respect the fundamental messages of all religions. I also have children and must believe in a bright future for their generation. The strength is with us the majority. My most heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their families of this heineous and cowardly attack.

  • TruthApparent

    >>NeutralVoice: “The attackers are wielding Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns..MP5 is a favoured weapon of choice for special forces across the world..How did the terrorists got hold of such a rare weapon??” <<

    Heckler & Koch MP5 is manufactured by Pakistan Ordnance Factories under license. That is quite a big give away.

  • bbd

    India is great, Indians of all religions are great

    Nothing can defeat India – its the last bastian of civility, humanity

    look at how bravely ordinary indians face such attacks

    westerners would have rioted against muslims by now!

  • Liliana

    So pity about what’s happening in this moment in Mumbai , innocent people must not be the targets but the people who’s causing such terrorrism in the country. I’m deeply sorry and sad about this things happening because is seems that all the grieve and sadness from the families of death people will never be enough in order to stop this terrorist attacks. Seems that LOVE, RESPECT AND PEACE is the only words that this terrorist killers don’t know .

  • Rendra at Jakarta

    we all facing the same lunatic enemies
    we all facing the same cowardly people
    there’s none of from any religion told to kill people…
    Indonesia still rage against them
    may GOD help us to erase all terrorist for entire life of human race

    deeply sympathy and condolences for those victim….


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  • Aparna Penumarti

    Mere condolences, Sympathy, words of solace etc…… all thrash…. Stop talking and discussiong about Humanity… Stop blaming other religions.. If Hindus died in the attack… so the muslims died.. Terrorism is not limeited to Hindus or Muslims or Christians.. It can effect any one and I dont think people who kill others on the name of JIHAD are real muslims.. they are CRAVING for POWER and are choosing the name of \RELIGION\ in order to safeguard them selves and hide their greed for power… I feel that we as citizens of the country should find a way to stop all this… We should not be blind folded… \MY REQUEST TO ONE AND ALL- PLEASE TRY TO DISCUSS ON WHAT HAS TO BE DONE RATHER THAN BLAMING ONE ANOTHER ON WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED- I THINK OUR EDUCATION HELPS US IN COMMUNICATING WITH ONE ANOTHER … TRY TO FROM GROUPS AND DISCUSS ON HOW TO STOP THESE BRUTAL ACTS\ Let us all face this problem by supporing one another…

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