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TERROR Strikes Mumbai again

Updated on December 1, 2008

mumbai terror trail continues

 

Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is yet again under attack. It was around 10 pm on Wednesday when the terror struck Mumbai. The terrorists struck at buzzling places, targetting the historic and renowned Taj Hotel and Oberoi hotel, among others. Indian security forces lost three of its most respectable and decorated officers. ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, Encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and ACP Ashok Kamte gave away their lives in the operation against the terrorists.

As the terrorists, who are hardly 19-21 years old, still hold several innocents, including foreigners, hostage, I wonder for how long such gruesome atrocities will continue, in which innocents will have to lay down their lives.

As 39 hours into the operation after the terrorists entered the hotels and the Nariman House, the security forces have suffered casualties and there is news regarding the killing of more hostages at Oberoi.

Isn't it unbelievable? How many more terrorists are moving freely in this city? It is dangerous...ominous signs for peace in the country.

Finally, the operation ended after 59 hours. Major Sandeep Unikrishnan ( Taj) sacrificed his life for the nation, along with Commander Gajender Singh (Nariman house).

 

India has been on the hitlist of terrorists for long. Due to our lax policies and attitude, we have been bearing the brunt of terror strikes on a regular basis. Be it Mumbai or Delhi or Bangalore or Hyderabad, no city is safe in India. The terror network is so strong that it needs stringent laws and always on the alert security to tackle it.

These days, in India, a debate is going on -- which is strong: Hindu extremism or Islamic fundamentalism? But while fighting over Hindu extremism and Islamic terrorism, we forget that terrorism is terrorism, be it by Hindus or Muslims. Both take innocent lives, both put security at stake, both are a dampener on society.

It is useless to fight over this issue. What is required is a strong support base comprising of the public as well as the government. People need to be ever-vigilant; government needs to be on its tenterhooks always, security agencies need to be equipped with modern artillery to face such gruesome attacks, and also to save innocent lives. Instead of concentrating  over vote bank politics, leaders will have to resolve that they will not raise issues that divide society. They should pledge to come together for an action against terrorism.

India should once again bring in acts like POTA, which really created dread in the terrorists.

Today it is in Mumbai, tomorrow it can be anywhere else. The recent attack is being dubbed as India's 9/11. The 9/11 terror strikes in the United States had changed the face of terror for the world. However, a terror attack, no matter how small or big, spreads terrorism only, along with hatred and fear. Have you ever thought: who are these terrorists fighting? Why are they unleashing terror? What is their goal? What are they achieving in this barbarism?Who is supporting them? Who is backing them? Who is funding them? Who is hiding them? Why do they become so cruel? Who is brainwashing them?

Several people keep asking these questions without getting any reliable answers.

The world needs to stand united against terrorism to wipe it out from the face of the earth, so that no Mumbai becomes a target again.

 

 

 

Taj under attack--Mumbai
Taj under attack--Mumbai
Mumbai again under terror attack
Mumbai again under terror attack
Security n Terrorist
Security n Terrorist
Taj on fire in Mumbai
Taj on fire in Mumbai
ready for combat
ready for combat
guarding precious lives
guarding precious lives
escaped from terror
escaped from terror
narrow escape
narrow escape
tourists being rescued
tourists being rescued
mumbai saviors-- naval commandos
mumbai saviors-- naval commandos
NSG commandoes jumping from helicopter on nariman house
NSG commandoes jumping from helicopter on nariman house

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      Cleanclover 8 years ago from Piece of land!

      yes mr bhalla very deadly attack India should take revenge and shouldn't let pakistan go

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      girlgenius 9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for your post!

      The whole world is saddened by what has happened in Mumbai.

      Your post was very informative.

      I lived in NYC when the terrorists struck on 9/11, so I know what it is like to be in a city filled with fear, flames, and death.

      Please know that many many people are praying for peace and I am one of them.

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      Immediate Reaction is thrash the fellow . Slow reaction is take measures and improve the technology and if possible change mind set

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      ratnaveera 9 years ago from Cumbum

      Dear Neet, First Thanks for this sensible article and real photos. Really I feel bad for the current situation of our country. I think our government need to take immediate crucial steps to hurb the activities of terrorists. Otherwise it will become worse in near future.

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      Ravneet 9 years ago from Delhi

      Yes, u r right Mr Soni. It is very hard to digest the terror strikes.

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      RASHMI 9 years ago

      MAI KEHE NAHI SAKATI KI MUZE KITANAA DUKH HUAA HAI YE DEKH KAR KI MUMBAI MAI JO KUCH HUA HAI US MAI JO LOG SHAHID HUI US MAI ASHOK KAMTE JAISE AFFICENT OFFICER MAARE GAYE........KITANE LOGO KO JAAN GAVANI PADI???????????SUBAH SE I WAS VERY DEPRESSED..........BUT I MUST SALUTE D8 OFFICERS WHO IS DEAD IN TERARRIST ATTACK...........JAY HIND

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      Rajinder Soni 9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Mr. Bhalla this is really unfortunate for Mumbaikars as well as Indians that this has happened again. I watched the live updates and news of all the news channels from 1 to 3 am in the morning and I was not able to sleep after watching that horror. It is really a condemnable act and should be crushed down before anything further happens. I was switching from one channel to another in order to view the latest happenings and when I woke up in the morning and switch on my TV again, there was nothing which was shown a few hours before by the media as everything had been censored by then. I have seen gunshot wounds to the media people, people rushing and fleeing asking for help. There were cries and wounds everywhere............I do not know and I think no one knows when this act of terrorism will end.

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