The Mumbai Seige: Link Diary

A complilation of all the worthwhile links I came across various blogs (like DesiPundit, Smoke Signals, lallopallo’s), newspapers and other internet portals

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Burning Taj: almost has become image of the year

We have all been complaining about the minute-by-minute media coverage of combat operations that took place during terroist attacks in Mumbai. Musician Vishal of Vishal-Shekhar fame has filed a petition about the same. You can go there on his website to sign the petition to show your support to the cause.

All the landmarks of Mumbai were attcked by 10 terrorists, who were armed to teeth. The timely information on Internet portals was well-publicised. Lede blogs updated everyday-progress in Mumbai attacks. Citizen journalists twittered and blogged away. Vinu’s Flickr page, that displayed first pictures of the Mumbai attacks, is being upheld by every blogger and online media.

bhopal_candle_420Candles lit by Bhopal residents for Mumbai victims and late heroes

Vir Sanghvi first ranted about how intelligence failure had devasted us, and then reported back about how we had intelligence reports, but government failed to act on it. It is shocking to know that how telephone intercepts by RAW mentioned ‘sea route” and also named the hotels that were to be attacked. It is said that we have intelligence but no intelligence dissemination and communication capabilities.

Several blog posts of individual condemnation were published. But one that stands out is the impassioned condemnation by this Indian Muslim blogger, who revealed his identity in his blog, and said commented in fury that terrorists were not doing any favour to Muslims with these attacks. But his post made me think many other things. Why do we muslims still feel discriminated when they have to look for houses in our localities? I had read about telly and bollyword muslims actors complaining about it and then making a case of it. But what does Indian muslim common man do?

Fingers started pointing to Pakistan after circumstantial evidence (like phone calls), origins of terrorists like Pakistan (Multan)-born terrorist Amjad Iman, and interrogation of lone terrorist captured. But there are few others like Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid (author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist) who warn against blaming Pakistan without evidence. However, as the evidence piles up and question of addressing the neighbouring country comes up. There are other security agencies analysing the strategic motivations of the attack. Of course, Shiv Saniks have ‘banned’ Pak artistes and cricketers in Mumbai. Watcha Wasim!

A section of Pak media misconstrued facts to conclude that Mumbai seige was all a sham. Here is an blog post by Pr3rna that has links to some of the articles in Pakistani Press.

There are lessons galore in the aftermath. Evrywhere you surf, you will find some suggestions for national security.

To escape public fury, government then sacked Sonia-loyalist home minister Shivraj Patil. This should have been done a year ago. State deputy minister R. R. Patil was next to go, he had earned citizens’ wrath by his insensitive remarks like “Such small incidents keep happening in this city.”.

World press crticized our government and combat action. TimesOnline in UK said Mumbai police was under-equipped. A fact that we can’t deny as we lost our 3 ATS officers in the first five minutes of combat, allegedly owing to sub-standard bullet-proof jackets. A clueless police sub-inspector mistakes terrorists as college kids and dies trying to warn the them! Los Angeles TImes elaborated further about systematic failure in India’s response to attacks.

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NSG commando being air-dropped

But despite systematic failures, we have our individual heroes. I am not only talking about much-talked about NSG Chief Sandeep Unnikrishnan and 3 ATS officers, there were many more. Even the captured terrorist admitted that they were surprised to note that even constables chased them to combat. We lost about 14 constables. Then there were civilians like this Brit who saved 150 Mumbai hostages. Then there are other heroes: fire-fighters of Taj Hotel.

Some like Suketu Mehta said we should handle the aftermath by visiting more and more to Mumbai. Shantaram aka Gregory David Roberts left a message on Leopold cafe opened again. Today Mumbaikars are standing outside Taj for peace vigil.

Images courtsey CNN-IBN
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10 Responses to “The Mumbai Seige: Link Diary”


  1. 1 Nita December 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    A lot of suggestions are doing the rounds as you mentioned, but I wonder what will be the real fall-out of these attacks. I am sure this is a kind of turning point, but makes me wonder at what the govt. will do. They have to take strong action, knowing the public anger. I am still angry, although a little apprehensive as to how our life will change.

  2. 2 Nikhil December 3, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I think it’ll take us all some patience and common sense to find than fine line to stand on where we don’t appear to be too meek and we don’t stoop down to the level of those bastards!

  3. 3 Destination Infinity December 3, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Whatever we do now, including the gathering of people in major cities witnessed right now, it still needs to be backed up by long term measures. If we are vulnerable and most of our govt agencies are reactive, we should first work towards a more accountable system for all the govt agencies including the politicians. Even a road side vendor can be sure what he needs to serve to do good business! But our biggest organizations are left out without accountability.

    Destination Infinity

  4. 4 Princess December 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    the incident has left a mark and now its aftermath is more haunting..
    a well organized post which delivers all possible directions to think about in a situation like this..

    -Aiz.

  5. 6 Amit December 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I just hope something happens. Even a small change will be a big step. We can protest but the final button has to be pushed by the government.

  6. 7 om namoh shiva December 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Is this the stark reality of the world we live in, and can this happen to one of us , is there a tomorrow ?

    We need to join hands and raise our voices to make sure that each one of us can lead a normal life in a safe environment !

  7. 8 Poonam Sharma December 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    @Nita: Well, predictably government hasn’t done anything otehr than sacking few ministers. I was expecting just that. :(

    @Nikhil: So government has chosen a simple path to be just make some appropriate noices and no action. And we citizens are not sure what actionw e can take otehr than be alert.

    @Destination infinity: Accountablily! But how do we make government or law enforcement accountable? They seem to be there to harrass us rather than be for us. Forgive me, I am speaking again from my recent personal experience.

    @Princess: Thanks, you have been generous. :) But writing this post did not give meany kind of solace.

    @Amit: Government it seems can’t see any action button.

    @om nahoh shivoy: This can happen to one of us. It has been happening to us in different ways all the time. :(

  8. 9 PARTH September 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THE HEROS OF MUMBAI WHO LAID THEIR LIFE IN THE SERVICE OF MOTHERLAND HAPPLY.ITS TIME TO REALISE OUR POTENTIAL AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY
    TOWARD COUNTRY . WE THE YOUTH , HAVE TO COME FORWARD AND DO SOMETHING SO THAT OUR FUTURE WILL LIVE IN HAPPINESS AWAY TERRORRISM, AND THESE SELFISH POLITICIANS, WHO HAD FORGOTTEN TO SERVE COUNTRY,RATHER THAN TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY THEK R SERVING THEIR POCKETS AND FAMILY

  9. 10 Aniruddha November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    It’s passed 1 year. Our soldiers sacrificed without any care. And our government is still quite in this case. Bloody hell our India’s government…!!!


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