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India: War, terror and Mumbai

‘What has struck India?’ is the question at the moment as the world awakes to yet another horrific day in the lives of millions in the Indian subcontinent.  The attacks go far beyond terror; bloggers are certain this is war. What has the Government of India done so far? Is this the time to question or criticize the Indian Government?  Political analysts are speculating on terror groups as they remain unsure.

Desh at Drishtikone, is sure that this is a war and not a religious war at that.

“……I don't want the terrorist angle to be played for long. Yes, these guys spread terror.. but MAKE NO MISTAKE.. this is NOT terror.. this is WAR. It is as much a war as any can be! If we get into this definitions of terrorism.. and then digress into Hindu nationalists should not retaliate and all the rest of the rhetoric of “resilience of Mumbaikars” etc.. then we will MISS the point – which is THAT THIS IS A WAR just as ANY that an enemy could have declared!”


Confusedgatha
at Retributions is questioning Indian political leaders and is not quite happy about it.

“..As the Indian state is engaged in exterminating those who have attempted to cripple India’s financial capital, it is incumbent upon those of us forced to watch from the sidelines to support the state in its need of its hour.Because the state in a modern nation-state is much more than the government. The government is merely its representative facade which may change with each electoral cycle. The state on the other hand carries the collective faith of the Indian people–in many ways embodies the idea of Indian nationhood it self. Questioning the state at this juncture wounds the idea of India.There will be time for recrimination, for angry postmortems; and yes for accountability. But for now, as the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leader of L.K Advani demonstrated, it is time to stand as one.”

Yossarin from Offstumped takes it straight to Prime Minister Singh,

“In a brazen act of shamelessness and crass opportunism the Prime Minister had the audacity to put up the pretense of acting against terror and even when he did so he did not “order it” he did not make a decisive announcement of taking executive action. Instead he reminded us of the spineless wimp that he is with merely making a “suggestion”. When the post mortem of the War on Mumbai is conducted it will be incomplete if it didnt look into how the Government and the media lost perspective from the unfinished war in their eagerness to draw moral equivalences and political brownie points.”

Bill Roggio is quite certain that another group is taking credit for this and he has reasons why.

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  • The terrorist attack on Mumbai is really painful, frustrating and also disgusting. This attack ‘proves’ everybody that we are still vulnerable to such attacks in future. Despite a series of attacks throughout the length and breadth of our country India, the Home Ministry and Intelligence Agency was unable to get the input on the disaster awaiting to happen in Mumbai.

    It’s very frustrating to see people like Raj Thackerey invoking hatred and fear amongst the fellow Indian citizens (read north Indians). People like him are keen to divide India. He should have focussed more on the consequences of the history of attacks faced by Mumbai till date. He should campaign against such terrorist instead of campaigning against fellow Indians. Where is he now? Will he come forward and create an organisation targeting terrorists? Or he still feel North Indians are bigger threat to Maharashtra than the terrorists who are really harming the integrity and progress of the state Maharashtra and also the nation as a whole.

    Honorable Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh is working on a new ‘100 Day’ action plan against the terrorist activities in our country. But what about the next 100 hours? We people are now becoming more and more prone to such activities and its high time that our government start acting instead of just speaking.

    We the younger generation must come forward and save the country by creating unity amongst ourselves. I think its high time we start expressing our views about how we feel about the lots of tragic activities happening in our country as it is ultimately us the younger generation that would be living in the future India, in a future time when the world will witness many such incidents ranging from global warming to building our country to terrorism. It will ultimately be us who will live in such conditions and not the generation who have lived their lives in a pre dominently peaceful world.

    It’s really hard to swallow such dangerously violent situation. We youngsters feel very insecure these days. It’s about time some serious action is taken before we all crumble to these stupid cowards who don’t know the ABCD of life.

  • Dhanesh

    yes our India is live because of God is here.
    If India realy wants free from this terror, they should bring precident rule. Yes our dear and sweet Indian Militry is able to control this all thing 100% in all situation but the politician not ready to leave his chair ! All political party are watching on election only. These all terrorist reached at Mumbai with this very big stock of weapon and not a single service of India (Coast Gaurd,Marine Police,Mumbai Police)can find them or stop them. Who is responcible for this all terror and who is loosing ? India should arrange a meeting with all other nations with Uno and everybudy should decide to attack on the place which birthplace and native place of these terrorist(mainly Pakistan). I don’t know how long we can live ! GOD KNOWS
    Oh God pls save our India.
    Jay Bharat, Vande Matram.

  • Pierre

    Mduit,

    You would be surprised how common this problem is on a global level. In the US, we tend to do the same thing, which is ignore a problem until it festers to the point where is causes a major problem.

    We have plenty of politicians who seek division as a means of making themselves more powerful. I know a little about the tension in Mumbai and the riots that occurred almost fifteen years ago.

    The point that you made about the new generation turning away from violence is important. You can make a difference and not allow anyone to exploit you or your fellow citizens for their own gain.

    India has such great potential to be a leader in the world stage. I have seen such great innovation and strength of character come out of your nation in the past ten years. You cannot allow the challenge to slip through your fingers.

    I hope it all turns out well. A stable Mumbai is essential to a stable region and a stable world.

  • Pierre

    I am sorry I spelled your name incorrectly Mudit. I am not good at typing sometimes.

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