ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • India & South Asia Political & Social Issues»
  • Pakistan Political & Social Issues

FEAR: One Year Later

Updated on November 26, 2009

Remembering the Mumbai Attacks

Arriving in small inflatable boats, ten gunmen carrying bags filled with weapons and ammunition launched attacks in luxury hotels, a busy train station and the Jewish Chabad House in Mumbai. The siege lasted for more than 60 hours.

At least 166 people lost their lives and more than 300 were wounded in the attacks which occurred November 26-29, 2008. The Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba has been held responsible for carrying out the three-day terror spree during which Westerners were taken hostage.

It's been a year since the people in Mumbai were terrorized and the buildings stand as stark reminders to the bloody rampage. Damage from rockets, grenades and bullets can still be seen in walls and pockmarked floors.

At least 166 people lost their lives and more than 300 were wounded in the attacks which occurred November 26-29, 2008.

Critics complained that the police were poorly trained and outgunned – some of whom were armed only with nightsticks. Some officers fled the scene while others were gunned down by the terrorists. The fear now is this could happen again.

Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, is quoted as saying, "Nothing has changed to alter the vulnerabilities of Mumbai. The only institutions that can protect against terrorism are state institutions. They are failing to do so. As a result private institutions are being forced to spend large amounts of money on largely ineffective security."

Deven Bharti, a top city police official, claims that is not true.

"A whole process has been set in place," Bharti said. "We are much better prepared. We have learned our lessons."

The Israeli government has issued travel advisories and instructed its citizens not to stay in the area without an armed guard.

"There's no guarantee it will not happen again," said Orna Sagiv, Israel's consul general in Mumbai.

On the eve of the first anniversary of the attacks, indictments were handed down on the seven of the gunman in neighboring Pakistan. Another man is on trial in India. The men face the death penalty if convicted.

According to an Associated Press story, Pakistan has admitted the plot originated on its soil and took steps against Lashkar-e-Taiba, but many of Pakistan's officials are believed to remain sympathetic to its anti-Indian cause.

Lashkar-e-Taiba, which means Army of the Pure, operates militant training camps in the Pakistani portion of Kashmir. It was established in the early 1990s to reclaim territories it views as Muslim land, primarily the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was in Washington for a state dinner at the White House when he learned of the indictments, said the planners of the attacks are still free in Pakistan and issued a stern warning to Islamabad to punish the masterminds.

Lashkar-e-Taiba, which means Army of the Pure, operates militant training camps in the Pakistani portion of Kashmir. It was established in the early 1990s to reclaim territories it views as Muslim land, primarily the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir.

The group came into the cross-hairs of the U.S. government recently following the arrests of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana in Chicago (IL). The men, along with two unidentified Lashkar members, are alleged to have been involved in plotting to kill an editor and a cartoonist at the newspaper that published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Muslim protests erupted worldwide.

Mumbai was known as Bombay until 1995. It is India's financial capital and its largest city. As of 2009, Mumbai is also the largest city in the world in terms of population.

Although Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today, it's also important to remember those who lost their lives in this vicious attack and those who are mourning them on this first anniversary.

Citations:

  • Bloggers Unite - Remembering the Mumbai Attacks
  • NY Daily News - Pakistan indicts seven for aiding Mumbai attacks on eve of one year anniversary of massacre in India
  • Boston The Big Picture - excellent pictures
  • Wikipedia - Mumbai
  • Seattle PI - Pakistan charges 7 suspects in Mumbai attacks
  • Statesman - Mumbai still vulnerable 1 year after attack
  • Statesman - Pakistan indicts 7 in Mumbai terror attacks
  • KXAN - 7 suspects charged in Mumbai attacks
  • Associated Press writers Asif Shahzad, Ashraf Khan and Erika Kinetz



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)