Comments on: Heaven rains down tears on Mumbai Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: RAMAKRISHNAN Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:14:49 +0000 the original blog is a poignant writeup and brings the situation at ground ZERO LIVE BEFORE OUR EYES

By: Vijay Thu, 04 Dec 2008 11:28:46 +0000 Hi Paul Raja,

Pls check out this blog entry on the NSG- are they an elite anti-terro squad to handle such situations. ry-commandos-and-soldiers

We need to know that we lack a lot in areas of strategy, equipments, tactics.

By: Nahida Thu, 04 Dec 2008 11:03:14 +0000 The attack on Mumbai was a nightmare which no one would like to be repeated. So many innocent lives were lost just because of a handful of maniac militants.Its a shame that India being such a huge country with so much of its finance spent on the Defense Forces was unable to prevent such act of terrorism. There is no point in finding faults now when the thing is over instead we should concentrate our resources into finding a strategy of avoiding such attacks in future.. Let us all unite together in universal brotherhood and fight terrorism only then can we make this world a peaceful place to live in!!!

By: Ramana Rao Wed, 03 Dec 2008 15:21:39 +0000 This is an act of coward and henious nature on the innocent people including women and children, who doesn’t have any relation to the terrorism. The whole world has to unitedly fight and eradicate this terrorism and to live in peace in universal brotherhood.

By: guruprasath Wed, 03 Dec 2008 06:51:16 +0000 this incident shows that man is in search of security and
in search of identity..and man has miss interpreted the meaning of religion.. so people awake..let us unite together and spread the message of love…

By: Sheena, Scotland Tue, 02 Dec 2008 23:15:45 +0000 These terrorists are now infiltrating every country of the world. We now need to be united against these maniacs.
They are not religeous, as i don’t know any religion where it is written that you must kill innocent people and children. They are not heroes but cowards who shoot and bomb unarmed defenceless people. That is not brave.
The brave are the people put their own lives on the line to bring all terrorist groups down.
We must not argue among ourselves over who is to blame but channel our energy into finding these brainwashed idiots.
Only then can we have peace in this world

By: vishal Tue, 02 Dec 2008 19:25:57 +0000 there are some very thoughtful and intelligent comments in this section. there was one by chander which i thought was ignorant and senseless. this person mentioned how all pakistanis in india should be removed from india. first of all that doesn’t make any sense because if they are pakistanis then they would not be in india to begin with. 2nd most likely you are probably talking about muslims in india and even that is ignorant. let’s not pretend this is the 1st attack that has hit india. we have been seeing these types of attack from not only muslim extremist but hindu extremist parties as well. the BJP sponosored groups are just as much responsible for deaths of many as those invovled in this attack. you can literally see the BJP members eyes light up at the thought of being able to turn this into a hindu-muslim ordeal. that is pathehtic on their part. if anything now is time we show more unity amongsts all the people of our great nation regardless of caste or blame the pakistanis is also lame because they have a terrorist problem that is tearing apart their country as well. we can use this opportunity to work with them to not only mend wounded ties but to also hit these terrorists once and for all and make stronger south asian region.

By: Paul Raja Tue, 02 Dec 2008 18:18:32 +0000 Hi,
I have been watching, reading and listening to an army of young journalists commenting on how long this stand off was, the number of hostages died, that India was ill-prepared.
The criticism that some so called “security” experts from Israel about NSG tactics (who happen to be trained by Mossad) was the last straw.
What strikes me odd is that nobody has bothered to research enough about these kind of stand offs and tried to compare them to past situations like this (good or bad) in India and worldwide to Operation Cyclone.

I only have to point to the success of Operation Black Thunder (only two wounded Black Car commandos) by our incumbent Home Minister Mr. Chidambaram and the massive failure by the US authorities in the Waco, Texas Massacre (ran for 51 days, 6 dead agents dead and 76 civilians dead who were not hostages but treated as such anyways).

Can you provide us with a critique on how any other country could have handled this operation? I think not. In realith the operations finished at a much faster rate than expected because the leadership (no matter how much we hate them) took only one line. No negotiations. If we had started to negotiate it would have ended like IC-814. Where we tamely gave in. If we had resolved that problem like we did during Operation Cyclone. LeT would never have existed and all those incremental innocents across the country would not have died nor what we saw in Mumbai.

I dodnt mean we needed to sacrifice the people on that airplane but we could have done an “Operation Entebbe”. No Western country sided with us that day because Taliban was keeping the Russians out and supplying them gas via Pakistan. They learnt that mistake with striking effect on 9/11 and 7/11.

I can already see your readers Googling all over what I mentioned above. But I hope that somebody, somewhere can re-analyse the effects of those tragedies and help us all make a decision on avoiding those kind of mistakes again.

By: AJ Tue, 02 Dec 2008 18:08:11 +0000 Why should this tragedy be called India’s 9/11?
9/11 is nothing compared to the unfortunate history of terrorism India has suffered.

This is plainly an imperialist outlook. You could be slightly more aware of things especially if you were sitting at India gate! India certainly doesn’t need the sympathy of the US to survive. However, it is understandable if the ignorance [regarding global affairs] in US can be overcome by a statement like that – portray all global events as can be understood by the USA – India’s 9/11 indeed.

By: Sandip Ghose Tue, 02 Dec 2008 10:12:17 +0000 the mumbai teror attack last week was not a tragedy but an apocalypse – which defies description in words.

so do I believe anything will change? Cynical as I may sound, I don’t think so. How many times before have we heard the term “intelligence failure”? Or the assertion that Intelligence Agencies had warned about the possibility of the attacks much in advance – but the police or state authorities did not act upon it.

is there any reason to think that now things will change for good – the nation and political parties will stand together as one – leaving aside considerations of their vote banks – to pledge that we won’t let this happen again? Those who think that this would prove to be a ‘wake-up call’ are being naive. The theory that, this time terror has struck the under-belly of the ‘rich and powerful’ who will make the establishment act – is based on an erroneous premise.

the rot has set in far too deep. The sacking of a Shivaraj Patil or sacrificing a Vilas Rao Deshmukh and R R Patil at the alter of electoral expediency wouldn’t make any real difference either.

nor will the creation of a Central Agency for National Security a la the US Department of Homeland Security or introduction of more draconian laws to curb terror – serve any purpose unless it is backed by political will and bi-partisan and unanimous support across the political spectrum.

what is required is an over-haul of the entire system – which is beyond the capacity or comprehension of our present day leaders who are too busy with their internecine fights to bother about fundamental structural reforms

we will continue to hear only pious platitudes (such as “the guilty will be punished” and “such attacks will unite us rather than divide us”) or indictments from the opposition trying to make cheap political capital out of a national tragedy – until the next one hits us, perhaps with even greater ferocity.

the armed forces remain the last surviving institution in this country. God forbid if even they are politicized, it would mean the end of India as we knew it.