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Terrorist Attacks In Bombay, Follow on Twitter

Another terrorist attack in India, this time in India’s financial & entertainment capital, Mumbai (Bombay.) I have been following this for a while on Twitter, where people from the city are reporting whatever updates they can get. It is a depressing start to a Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S. You can follow the news here on Twitter, or watch some of the live reports on NDTV and CNN. There are also photos on Flickr.

I am just shocked at the sheer magnitude of the attack, which has left more than 75 dead and 200 injured, along with news of people being taken hostage. The ghastly acts saw terrorists attacking various locations, including busy train station, hotels and hospitals. The shootouts saw some senior cops killed in the line of duty, and the Army has been called in. The shock is so extreme that I am incapable of anger.

108 Responses to “Terrorist Attacks In Bombay, Follow on Twitter”

  1. selfdefensedelhi

    really sad to see it, must say mumbai govt was pathetic to get commandoes to travel in these best buses when they deserved to be in at least limo party bus same as what indian team got when they won the 20-20 icc world cup. pity its india real heroes suffer, and all these fake heroes celebrate :(

  2. A democracy where its failed leadership, in the shameful aftermath of a fallen trust with its fellow countrymen and those of the globe, who paid with their lives for their sheer lack of leadership, have the audacity to talk of communal hailing before the body of leadership when choosing from its own, manipulate their fellow countrymen by sowing communalism in their hearts.

    To say the least communalism has become an election propaganda with almost every party, every candidate and we call ourselves a secular nation …This kind of communal differentiation should not be acceptable in a democracy like ours and must be forbidden by law, we are beings that happen to be Indians and that is all that should matter!

  3. devavrata

    The enemy’s within, not without.India is incapable of firm decisive governance because of its chaotic polity. Remember how the Left was opposing the government on reforms ? And who stood to benefit if they had their way ? Watch out!

  4. Before Pakistan , the role of CHINA & USA should come under scrutiny. Firstly, CHINA inspite of being the most populated country of the world, did not do what the world expected from a country of that stature apart from expressing grief as a mere formality, destroying all its harassing effort of olympic management to lift its image of being a good nation in the worlds eyes. As India is its largest, closest and a potential ally as compared to USA, CHINA should fulfill its social responsibilities in true sense.
    Secondly, the USA looks upon every country as potential customers for weapons(dumped by its army) be it a failed state like Pakistan or a country like India whose very “Idea” is being challenged. Inspite of all odds the US government continues to support the negligible civillian governance in Pakistan, consciously, since time immemorial. The clear majority of world believes, when US government can hang Saddam Hussain why cant anything similar be done with the Military and ISI chief of Pakistan. Doing so will clearly help the democracy in Pakistan at present and send a strong message to the future, consequently relieving the peace loving majority of the world.
    Specially in this time of social, cultural and economical unification(globalisation), the US agenda regarding Pakistan puts a bold question mark on the US think tanks.

  5. To begin with these past few days have been numbing to say the least and today has been no different. What has been unleashed on the night of Wednesday, is one that has shamed our kind yet again.
    It is truly not possible to even begin to comprehend what the people who have survived have lived through and have to live with or of those who passed on in the clutches of such sheer brutality and those who survive them – May the loving lord love them, bless them, protect them, guide them and give them the strength of all his might.
    Each day is and shall be a fight of its darkness; this is not its first and most certainly not the last.
    We as a nation have been in its shadow for far too long and if we let any of its darkness cloud our lives any longer we are doomed.
    We must for once look at the darkness within ourselves as well, as individuals and as a nation for we are equally responsible for what has been and is.
    What is most inhuman is the sheer lack of compassion and sense of duty of those who could have saved so many souls of this suffering, of those whose leadership we trusted.
    The leadership of this country, our country has to take is responsibility of ‘trust’ with its fellow countrymen as its foremost duty.
    Our freedom has yet to truly come; We are still in bondage our masters have changed,
    Today we are bound by those who we have chosen in the name of democracy, our spirit robbed, We live in constant fear – Our freedom an illusion…
    Today we spill out our own fears, that burn within us each day as we see a piece of it unfold before our very eyes, this is not the only fear of ours that has played itself to life, our emotions and rage spoke then as they do now- Our pledge an illusion …
    All that is and has been is one that each of us have seen before, each time with different faces…
    My heart knows of all the illusions but yet is a hopeless
    Hopeful that truly hopes that this time our pledge sees the light – light within light without,
    That this time the leadership
    of our country restores the trust of its fellow countrymen – being true leaders , not masters of the past …

  6. We Indians can never learn

    I see in the TV news channels, the anchors styling themselves as the ‘know all’s commenting and talking about Military Action against Pakistan as if Pak will keep quiet and watch the fun from behind a rope marked as the boundary, like when the media was kept away from Taj Hotel. How ridiculous to even to think in those lines.

    Let me explain.The biggest stupid mistake we commit is to let the Police, in this case the ATS of Maharastra, talk through the media. Knowing their [police] track record, what ever they say about the arrested terrorist is only a speculation. We have seen it in a number of cases. They say that he speaks perfect English but he is the son of a rikshaw puller and the he himself is a daily wage earner, is a contradiction in point.

    Why can’t they shut up and keep quiet and video record the complete interrogation along with other security agencies like CIA/ FBI, UK Police – Scotland Yard and others and present it to the whole world so that there cannot be any denial or rebuttal later on.

    By giving out the information through the media that the ‘killer at CST’ is from Faridkot, they have enabled the ISI to completely make the family of this man vanish into thin air so that Pakistan can claim that there never was any body ever born in Pak as AA Qasab – the caught culprit.

    See my blog http://india-arise.blogspot.com/

  7. THE ATTACK ON MUMBAI WAS HAPPENED DUE TO NEGLIGENCE. OUR POLICEMEN LACKS LATEST
    MODERN TECHNOLOGY, WHICH HAD SEEN BY ALL OF US. POLITICIAN WERE BUSY IN THEIR OWN MOOD. SUCH LEADER IS NOT REQURED BY THIS COUNTRY.
    STRICT LAWS SHOULD BE MADE & SHOULD BE IMPLIMENT AF FAT AS POSSIBLE ALSO.
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  8. THE ATTACK ON MUMBAI WAS HAPPNEND BECAUSE OF NEGLIGENCE REGARDING SEA ROUTE.
    OUR POLITICIANS WERE BUSY IN THEIR OWN WORKS(?).SUCH LEADERS DO NOT NEED OUR COUNTRY. THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND THEIR RESPONSIBILITY.
    PROPER ACTION MUST BE REQUIRED TO STOP THIS ATTACKS. & REQUIRE TO IMPLIMENT THAT ALSO.

  9. I think this whole incident showed the whole world how unprepared India government is for this type of attacks to handle.
    But I think in this attack terrorists made a mistake of killing foreigners and Rich people in India. Just think about this – Today everybody in media, internet, news are talking about people died in Taj, Oberoi and Nariman House but nobody talk about 60 people killed in CST. Why? because they are common poor people who have always died in these terrorists attacks.
    Now because rich and foreigners died in this attack there is global visibility and global pressure on Indian government and because of this Indian Goverment must and should take some actions to prevent it in future.
    Atleast I hope that!

    Otherwise if they had killed only common people in Mumbai then it would not made an impact on Indian Governement to take some serious actions coz they are not important for them.

    How pitiful situation is this? Which world do we live?

  10. India colours

    Its not just Pakistan, even America is equally involved in this. Once again true to their colour they have shown they are actually on the side of terrorist as they have always been. Has anybody noticed how the American politicians and the US media been trying to guard against any mention of Pakistani involvment inspite of all the evidence to the contrary we have provided? I mean we have more evidence of Pakistani high level government involvement in terrorism then America ever had against Bin Laden linking him to 9/11. How much more evidence would be enough evidence to prove guilt? It is craven, shameless and insenitive on their behalf to rush in their politicians to India and to urge Indians to “show restrain”. Havent we shown enough restraint? How much more hits do we take? How much more do we suck it up, take it and move along? I am sorry to say but US is not our friend and not the least our ally. In fact its the result of years of American political support and financial/military aid to Pakistan that we are seeing this day. America has practically subsidized Pakistani jihad against India. In fact you could almost argue that America is a downright enemy of India. Every American policy has been counter productive to our security environment. Every American action has undermined out security interests and emboldened Pakistan to the extent that now Pakistan repeatedly pulls such daring strikes on our cities and so loudly and brazenly denies any involvement at all. Honestly we have had enough with US. We need to show their heartless and craven politicians the door as much as we need to do the same with our own politicians. We need to go ahead and do what we need to do to permanenetly destroy terrorism. If that means we need to so Uncle Sam the finger so be it. We have had enough of their scam WOT. Bush of course was the biggest idiot on the planet, but Barrak Obama may just turn out to be another terror sympathyzer. America si part of the problem it cant be part of the solution.

  11. There is so much anger on the streets of Mumbai, anger all over country. Why can’t we channelize this into positive action? Why can’t we form citizen forums at all levels to demand accountability from everyone; politicians, government servants, friends, foes; from top to bottom? Why don’t we stop giving bribes, stop breaking laws and start caring for fellow citizens. There are countless ways we can work at all levels. Let us start from little things, at grass root level and let this surge for accountability spread from bottom to top. Let us join hands together and demand and say yes we can!!!!

  12. Dr.Shailendra

    I am sorry to say that we the educated people are not taking active part in voting thus leaving the fate of our country in the hands of illetrate/cast/community based people who elect people like them,without vision just working for themselves, enriching themselves just like the British who took riches of our India to their country.Irony is that the politico-beuroctat nexus of India is taking tha riches to Swiss banks.

  13. ‘Man is the only religious animal, In the holy task of the smoothing his brother’s path to the happiness of heaven, he has turned the globe into a graveyard ‘ Mark Twain’s (1835-1910) words were true then and are a testament to what is now.
    What is and what has been is truly void of all that is human .
    The world seems to have been under the spell of so much pain and suffering inflected by those who have lost the only true religion man was born with – Humanity.
    In this time of ours that we seek to unravel all the mysteries of the universe and that of life and the beyond ,like all those who lived before us ,we seem to have been blinded to what is now.
    The past perhaps is the only constant, in our present and in that of our future and If only, we would understand the history of our kind, we could save our collective humanity or what’s left of it and all that is now, for history is repeating itself all over again with a vengeance.
    l do believe, if we come together as one in mind , body , sprit and soul stripping our selves of every other divide we could save ourselves .
    Each one of us needs to take responsibility of what has conspired, for our silence has contributed to this.
    Each one of us needs to take our responsibility as citizens of the globe sincerely and contribute in every which way we must and possibly can.
    Each one of us needs to strive to find our path in this calling, for no effort of humanity is ever in vain.
    This we can, the question is will we?

  14. Indian politicians will only react when their families are butchered in front of their eyes. Even then they may say such things happen in a big country called india and they will go and get married again.

  15. I agreed with Mr Ram that home ministry should be hand over to military or independent agency . I request to press please be resposible .I request to police ,NSG , Milatry to withdraw securties to these politicians and bycote them .So make them feel they are also normal people of india they also feel the heat.

  16. Why cant we just take one simple action against terror, capture & shoot over 200 members of dwadood’s gang including 2-3 politicians, industralists and his sister&family who still live in mumbai with all the dadagiri..

  17. All politicians and media people are doing business with this situation, no one is really concentrating what is the feature of India.
    Three days media celebrated attacks festival, now they are concentrating on politicians.Who will resign and when they will resign.
    Really this is not the matter, now congress is resigning, next BJP or other party will come what they’ll do for country? If the same kind of situations happens congress will ask them to resign. but no one will concentrate on common man.
    The best way complete home ministry should hand over to military, no political influence should on that role.

  18. Human beings are basically animals. How many of our kind have we killed? While as a cave man, while as an imperialist, while as a slave trader, while as a nazi, fascist, communist, as crusaders, as jihadis,..innocent children, helpless women, and just men, we have killed and we keep killing…we will keep on killing. Only that hese days, the lands of death are in west Asia; mass graves of mutilated human bodies uncovered, innocent people by the scores killed as a routine, men beheading weaker men, men severing the hands and feet of their own women, young men made into drug addicts, deprived of the ability to think and made to kill. I am waiting for that day when God will appear before man and with a big, big bomb, finish off entire mankind.

  19. missright

    Mumbai has been the prime target for terrorists time and again and the viscious cycle of terrorist attacks -> mass killing of innocent people -> sacrifices made by security forces seems to be never ending.
    Sources revealed that the same person/organization has been involved in a series of attacks on the city for over 15 years. Why can’t this organization/person be tracked?
    There should definitely be a way to track them down through their family/affiliates/friends even if that calls for some extreme measures. The innocent souls need justice and the rest of the society deserves to be freed from the fear of “terrorism”.

  20. I am aBritish Pakistani who had a holiday with my husband and four children in India this April.We stayed in Mumbai and travelled all over India as I feel the people of India and Pakistan are ethnically the same and our essential culture , language , food are the same.
    I have followed these events, holding my breath in horror.
    Power, religion and greed can produce such horrors in excess,and My deepest condolences and sympathy goes out to all affected in Mumbai and India.
    Who-ever responsible will truly have succeeded if their actions breed more aggression and hatred between Pakistan and India who are ONE people,
    Peace please

  21. THE INDIAN PUBLIC IS FED UP OF THESE INCESSANT TERROR ATTACKS.
    THE POLITICIANS ARE BEING BLAMED FOR BEING INSENSITIVE TO THE CONTINUED TERROR PLOTS EMANATING FROM ACROSS THE BORDER. INSTEAD OF EMPTY RHETORIC THE PEOPLE FEEL THAT THE TIME HAS COME FOR A PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH TO HANDLE THE THREATS.
    THAT 20 YOUTH COULD HOLD AN ENTIRE CITY OF 12 MILLION PEOPLE TO RANSOM FOR 72 HRS SHOWS THE SOFT UNDERBELLY OF THE COUNTRY.
    THE TIME HAS COME TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

  22. Mumbai again is in the grip of terror. So many innocent lives taken by few twisted minded young ,brain washed,misdirected people. How long mumbai and it’s people are going to bear such assault? How long the patience of common man is going to be tested? Do they have to take to streets or take the matter in their own hands before these politicians would set their selfish needs aside and start thinking about the real people. Besides shopping for groceries and normal clothing ,do we really need to start shopping for special bullet proof vests and head gear so as to venture out safely as if we are gong to war instead about our simple daily routine. We now leave for workplace and do not know if we will make it back safe and sound. One never know when and where a bomb would go off or we would be sprayed with bullets. Until we see our loved one back home safe and sound in the evening our mind and heart keep on praying for their safety. What kind of world and times are we living in? Is there any solution or end to this problem? Let all the people join hand together,irrespective of nationality,religion,caste and creed and stand up for ourselves than depend on these petty politicians and try to do constructive for a change. My heart goes for the victims of mumbai 26/27-11 as i have personally seen children orphaned and victims crippled and scarred for life.Words are not enough but atleast that’s how we make a stumbling start.

  23. The two categories of people who don’t make others sleep are
    Terrorists and Politicians.

    Voters don’t have a second choice other than vote one in the list. There should be options like President Rule, Military Rule etc.

    Let the politicians start working on there own other than talking and fighting for there selfishness.

    For a peaceful world Terrorists and Politicians has to be eliminated