Bombay Attacked II

Posted by sepoy on November 28, 2008 · 3 mins read

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]


krishna | November 27, 2008

I am glad Chris Fair has seen fit to give free advice. It is particularly interesting that she chooses to suggest that this is a purely domestic issue at this juncture considering that she is well aware of previous acts of such terrorism perpetrated by "Pakistani backed militants" in India. It is probably convenient to pretend that this was a domestic attack, but the currently available information indicates that this was not the case. The terrorists were from outside, and came in boats. It is also likely that they were from Pakistan. There is a reason why accusing Pakistan is hackneyed-because it has often been true in the past and these accusations are all too often true (see e.g the recent bombings of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, or the attacks on the Indian parliament). Feel free however, to pretend that Pakistan is blameless, and does not train or sponsor any terrorists anywhere, and its state ideology is secular and considers all people and all religious persuasions to be equal.

krishna | November 28, 2008

Omar Ali, That is an interesting analysis. I don't think though that the Govt of India will take any direct military action. Indian governments are generally averse to war and conflict, unless there is a clear and limited objective in mind (which is not the case here). I think this is a reason why they did not go to war after the Parliament attacks, which were at least as great a provocation as the current ones. I also don't think that there will be any riots. Typically in my experience, rioting in India is due to internal events, rather than an externally provoked one-temples in India have been attacked without consequent riots (e.g the Varanasi attacks). If Pakistan does not cooperate, India maybe force to do something on its Afghan flanks though (this seems a possible scenario which will avoid outright war).

Abu Bakr | November 28, 2008

Krishna: Amen! It's about time Manan be called on his stomach-turning apologia.

trish | November 29, 2008

Tariq Ali's piece sounds very similar to a portion of Rohinton Mistry's book "Family Matters".