The aftermath of the horrific attack seems to be overlapping the attack itself – it is not over. However, information is starting to trickle out in the usual manner. Pakistan, Pakistani-based, ISI, Kashmir-based, “home-grown” are some of the usual suspects before us. I heard/read Somali pirates somewhere which did give me some hope that our script is not as hackneyed as any old Bollywood issue. But no.
These following links are worth your read. Neha at Global Voices is really the place to follow the media coverage. If folks know of other sources, kindly add them in the comments. I will update this, as we go along.
My thoughts and prayers go to the victims.
Who are the Deccan Mujahideen? by Blake Hounshell.
Militant complains of India army abuses in Kashmir – note the reference to “Urdu with a Kashmiri accent”.
Sophisticated Attacks, but by Whom? has Chris Fair using some strong language:
“There are a lot of very, very angry Muslims in India,” Ms. Fair said. “The economic disparities are startling and India has been very slow to publicly embrace its rising Muslim problem. You cannot put lipstick on this pig. This is a major domestic political challenge for India.
“The public political face of India says, ‘Our Muslims have not been radicalized,’ she said. “But the Indian intelligence apparatus knows that’s not true. India’s Muslim communities are being sucked into the global landscape of Islamist jihad.”
“Indians will have a strong incentive to link this to Al Qaeda,” she said. “But this is a domestic issue. This is not India’s 9/11.”
Tariq Ali’s The Assault on Mumbai also points a finger towards India’s internal dichotomy.
“In the crowded suburban trains, you can run up to the packed compartments and find many hands stretching out to grab you on board, unfolding outwards from the train like petals … And at the moment of contact, they do not know if the hand that is reaching for theirs belongs to a Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Brahmin or untouchable, or whether you were born in this city or arrived only this morning. All they know is that you’re trying to get to the city of gold, and that’s enough. Come on board, they say. We’ll adjust.” – Suketu Mehta, Maximum City [via Salil Tripathi's Bombay Can Take It]