Mumbai has become a living example of how terrorists can come at their will, kill hundreds of innocents, destroy property worth hundreds of crores, instill a state of perpetual fear in those who manage to survive and thereby blatantly spit on the face of Indian sovereignty, time and again. And the best that we can do is offer condolences for the aggrieved, and wait for the next blast to happen. No doubt, we have attained a state of shameless vulnerability and have almost epitomised it. And that is the reason why since the last few years, the incidence of terror attacks has not only seen an unprecedented surge, but has become increasingly blatant, gory and on the face. It is as if a blast or two a year has almost become an annual ritual. And every such blast also blows away into pieces the resolve that our government had taken during the previous attack – calling it a bold step against terror. And the saga continues...

The matter of the fact is that today, not only do we lack political will and stringent comprehensive laws to counter terrorism, our law enforcement agencies don’t even have a proper clue about the same. So much so, the terrorists are better versed about the loopholes in the existing anti-terror laws and abuse it to the hilt. And why shouldn’t they – not only are our laws old and crying to be updated, but they are also laden with loopholes. In spite of trapping the actual culprits, these laws have been used more to settle political and personal scores. Take for instance the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act, better known as POTA, which was used by law enforcement agencies more to arrest people who were innocent rather than actual terrorists. The abuse and misuse of the law was so rampant that the law, for sometime, had to be repealed. For the uninitiated, this law was on the lines of UK’s Prevention of Terrorism Act and America’s PATRIOT Act. However, unlike our law, their laws strengthened the anti-terror operations and aided the counter-terrorism cell. 

The same can be reiterated for the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which, in spite of providing huge strength to counter insurgency operations, failed to reap any fruitful results; on the contrary, the act was seen being abused by police officers in the north-east region of the nation. The next in line is the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act of 1987 (TADA). This anti-terrorist law allowed police to prosecute criminals who have testified to their crime. Out of more than 50,000 people detained under TADA (by 1992, after which the law was invoked on only a few occasions), only 0.80 per cent were actually convicted. The new modification made in these laws post 26/11, and introduction of section 43A has, rather than making the law comprehensive, given more power to police forces. Every time we bring a new law assuming in good faith that the police or the army will use it for the right reasons, we see them misusing the same laws with impunity. Each of these laws, therefore, should come with stringent punishments meted out for their misuse as well.   Read More....

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Md Ali
08/08/2011 11:37am

Our leaders never lose life of any of their relatives in these terror attacks. So, they don't feel its urgency and thus, they don't take the required severe decisions.

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08/08/2011 11:37am

In America, due to computerized system at every place , there is least chance to alter informations for and from common man. Thus, power lies in the hands of common man. But in India, common man is helpless.

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08/08/2011 11:41am

Our leaders are too much afraid of taking strong decisions regarding terrorism in India.

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08/08/2011 11:45am

I am a graduate, but yet I feel very uncomfortable if I happen to read a judicial report of someone. Its words and grammar are very specific. I always wonder is

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08/08/2011 12:03pm

The time has come that we must understand that corruption and cowardness of our leaders are two different things. Their corruption is not that big challenge for Indians but their cowardness is something which needs to be urgently rectified. Our leaders are coward to take severe decisions in context of terrorism in India.

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08/08/2011 12:16pm

We don't have sufficient number of judges in our country to give super fast judgements.

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08/08/2011 1:58pm

In India, security agencies are not free from political interventions.

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08/08/2011 2:00pm

In India, police and other security services treats differently common man, celebrities, politicians, etc. But it is not the case in America.

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manu
23/08/2011 1:44am

Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor said almost all hostages inside the Taj hotel have been evacuated but refused to comment on whether the terrorists inside the hotel have been killed.

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23/08/2011 1:46am

Elite commandoes of the top line security forces from army, navy, NSG and Rapid Action Force were involved in the raging encounter with unspecified number of heavily-armed terrorists in Taj and Trident (Oberoi) hotels where throughout the day grenade explosions have set various floors on fire.

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23/08/2011 1:47am

There is more. After 26/11 we were also told that the press would be kept away from the scenes of terrorist incidents. What did we find this time? The same old vultures swooping down. Mind you I do not blame them. They are out to make money errr sorry inform the public. The responsibility to cordon off blast sites lies with the police and the police’s alone. And why is this so critical?

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23/08/2011 1:48am

The main aim of terrorists, as their name helpfully suggests, is to create terror. And nothing serves that aim better than the Blair-Witch-Project style shaky images of bloodied bodies and weeping innocents that are being beamed to every home, accompanied as they are by the hyperventilating “on-the-ground-breaking-news” voice that exists to prevent us from flipping channels.

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23/08/2011 1:49am

In all, 101 people including nine foreigners and 14 policemen have lost their lives while about 300 people were injured in the worst terror attacks seen in the country in which desperate men fired indiscriminately at people.

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23/08/2011 1:50am

Targeting foreigners, particularly Americans and Britishers, the terrorists said to be five to seven in both the hotels held residents hostages.

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23/08/2011 1:53am

The Mumbai terror attacks were part of a carefully planned and coordinated operation involving several teams of experienced and trained gunmen.

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23/08/2011 1:54am

The first target was in the main hall of Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (CST), where the gunmen fired indiscriminately into the crowd of passengers. The gunmen " then ran out of the station and into neighboring buildings, including Cama Hospital"

Attacks by separate groups of gunmen took place at two of Mumbai's luxury hotels - the Oberoi-Trident and the Taj Mahal Palace, located at the heart of the tourist area, within proximity of the Gateway of India.

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23/08/2011 1:56am

Its sad this happens again and again and we find ourselves helpless repeatedly. I love Bombay and I don’t want to see the city like this. If not for Twitter, I dont know what we would do. I was stuck in a train and was hopeful of making it home safely only because of the tweets people were sending me. You rightly put it as “on the darkest of nights, the light inside us burns the brightest.”

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23/08/2011 1:57am

"The attacks occurred at the busiest places. Besides hotels and hospitals, terrorists struck at railway stations, Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport. Seven places have been attacked with automatic weapons and grenades.

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23/08/2011 2:00am

Casualties, according to reports, are in excess of 150 killed. Most of those killed were Indian nationals, many of whom died in the attack on the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway Terminus.

At least 22 foreigners were killed in the attacks. Fourteen police officers, including the chief of the anti-terror squad, were killed in the attacks.

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23/08/2011 2:05am

On November 28, two days following the Mumbai attacks, Islamabad announced that the recently appointed ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha would be dispatched to Delhi for consultations with his Indian counterparts including National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and the heads of India's external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Intelligence Bureau, responsible for internal intelligence. RAW and Pakistan's ISI are known to have been waging a covert war against one another for more than thirty years.1

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23/08/2011 2:15am

The more I see the ongoing terror strikes, the more I believe that it has to be nipped in the bud. The reason why NY/US didn’t have a single successful strike was not only due to luck, but also the strong intelligence system as well. Osama wasn’t finally killed by waging a trillion dollar war, but more by the intelligence system. We need to pump in the rupees to have a smart and adept security agency which has the sole purpose of interior intelligence (better than NIA). I am sure it wont cost more than the business affected due to the potential terror strikes.

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23/08/2011 2:16am

Five points perfectly captured our national response

- Rahul Gandhi claiming 1% of terrorism cannot be stopped. Fair enough, why exactly did he have people with bomb detectors checking cow dung cakes during his padayatra.
- Our home minister claiming we had no clue, no intelligence, but we will respond. With more soft pedalling rhetoric
- A TV reporter was waving at the assembled policemen to move aside while he captured shots of the investigation team going over the evidence and the cops complied, one actually even waved at the camera
- Deafening silence from the anti-Valentine day, anti-outsider, anti-everything Marathi Manush champions.
- A bystander simply saying, in all these blasts not one politician has been injured/killed

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23/08/2011 2:18am

There’s one adage that, “If you want peace, prepare for war”, and that’s exactly what India needs to do if it wants to deter terrorist activities on Indian soil. The government, in order to be politically correct, keep saying that “don’t equate religion with terrorism”. Even though ideally that’s true, Islamic Terrorism is an undeniable fact. And leave alone Pakistan, even India has number of terrorist groups (like IM and the likes) and terrorist breeding grounds (like the Madrasas where clerics brain-wash young kids’ minds). Religious groups like Hurriyat have the audacity to make anti-India slogans in India, and still the Indian government does nothing about it.

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23/08/2011 2:19am

“but for once Congress should stop thinking about petty politics and start loving the country”

The effort should be to REMOVE Congress and not REFORM it.

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23/08/2011 2:21am

I do not want to undermine the threat of terrorism or the people who lost their lives to the terrorist attacks…… I’m enraged, hopeless (and still hoping against hope) that some day my city will be free of terror attacks.

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23/08/2011 2:23am

Not that i want someone’s death but why only common men,women and children die each and everytime?
Because the Pakistanis are not idiots. The last time politicians were threatened – only threatened, not killed – was during the Parliament attack, and the army was sent to the border for it. If any important politician is killed in a terrorist attack, the Pakistani generals know that it will probably mean war. As for common people, well they are just serfs, the generals know they can get as many killed as they please.

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23/08/2011 2:24am

I completely agree with you in that security cannot be omnipresent and its not always possible to predict an attack. The next to best plausible plan of action would be to spruce up the emergency response efforts. It cant be that difficult considering the dough is already present. It might take eons to get the intellingence right in the present political milieu but the response efforts are doable.

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23/08/2011 2:27am

The security and metal detectors are the same everywhere. In malls and other public places. And its better if our PM doesnt speak actually. Last time, after 26/11, he gave this lacklustre speech like he was scared to death himself. So better for him to keep mum.

Its sad this happens again and again and we find ourselves helpless repeatedly. I love Bombay and I don’t want to see the city like this. If not for Twitter, I dont know what we would do. I was stuck in a train and was hopeful of making it home safely only because of the tweets people were sending me. You rightly put it as “on the darkest of nights, the light inside us burns the brightest.”

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23/08/2011 2:28am

As for the news channels, well what can i say. The best bit was when a news reporter cribbed on national television about how a certain police authority refused to ‘talk to him’ and ‘give any information’. This was after 45-50 minutes of the blast, at one of the blast sights. I think that police guy deserves a medal. I know the reporter’s pay depended on this coverage, but for god’s sake the police were trying to save some lives.

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23/08/2011 2:35am

WE NEED YOUNG BLOOOOOOOOOD, ITS YOUNG INDIA, give retirement to all politicians above 60, they cannot take bold, correct decisions

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23/08/2011 2:36am

i believe i know the reason Arindam... its just simple that our own people are engaged with the activity which provides an easy access for the terrorists..

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23/08/2011 2:36am

Comparing conditions in India with US or Europe can not be justified. The basic difference is in distinguishing and pin-pointing a suspect terrorist among millions of people with similar looks.

Roads in India are most crowded in the world. How many of us take it positively when you find a long queue of vehicles in front of you being checked by police?

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23/08/2011 2:37am

The biggest problem here is the low salary of our security personals, intelligence agency and police force. That is why this important agencies are filled with inept and bribe loving people. To strengthen our nations security we should demand better pay reward to people working in this vicinity. The better and more practical pay to these personals will see the competitiveness of really competent people in this fields and lack of purpose for accepting inducement. We need our intelligence agencies working of national security to amass best of national talent who are more pleased to work in private and corporate sector. Police constables and lower rank officials are not paid enough to meet their family's basic necessities in this high-priced time where monthly fees for high school students in professional institutes is more then their monthly salary. We cannot guarantee our security until we are able to pay enough for our security and government and ministries in this country is not serious or highly reluctant to unravel this natural cause of continuous security failure. Thus making our country one of the unsafest place for common people with scores of vulnerabilities and defenselessness.

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23/08/2011 2:38am

because in US everyone is an american............but in India, someone is hindu, someone is muslim, someone is north indian n someone is south indian

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23/08/2011 2:39am

all this will happen in India because we are weak and any body can say any thing and we say if such things will happen in future we will see you.

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23/08/2011 2:41am

seee taliban was basicalli supported nd financed by d USA onli in de beginnin ...!
dat was during the USA nd soviet union cold war ...!

guess what ...! dere are ennumber of conspiracy theories present on de net ...!
some r bout illuminati ...! how micheal jackson nd 2-pac shakur were murdered by em !!!!! worth searchin !!!

well as india is expandin wid that rate possibli de USA is again fundin taliban to screw our nation up ...!

who knows whatss hapenin ...!
today each nd everii country want their gain nd oderss loss ...!

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23/08/2011 2:42am

I born in this country. But i am sorry to say that after Bhagat singh no one has human power. Our PM president and all other politicians are selfish. They r all coward and corrupt. If i was there i give order to our militry forces to drop 2-3 nuclear bombs in Pakistan.

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23/08/2011 2:43am

I think it would be downright foolish to do that... And as to why India still witnesses frequent blasts where America is almost impregnable... It's because the majority of our country says "...Thank god they didn't hurt our my family" . That's all they really care about. Even if the Americans aren't what you'd call ideal... They defy anyone who dares threaten their national security and while we begin with a rage and sense of revenge to match their own... It hardly takes a few months to dampen it and the attacks are all but forgotten.

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23/08/2011 2:45am

The tragedy of terrorist attacks in India is that you can take a blog-post from three years ago, make a small change here and one change there, and it would seem like I just wrote it. Fresh and hot. That’s the thing. Nothing changes. Not a bit. The same bomb blasts, the same canned responses, the same floundering in the dark, the same impotent social media rage, the same sense of headless chicken-ness.

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23/08/2011 2:46am

Could better “security”, of the kind alluded to by the angry bystander, prevent such incidents? No. It is just not feasible to have eyes everywhere in the country, even if we consent to a Orwellian police state, eyes strong enough to detect every rigged umbrella or booby-trapped suitcase. Though of course one would like the administration to try a bit harder in gathering intelligence. Not that they can get it right every time but at least can we expect them to work as sincerely as they do while discharging their most important function—make sure there are no parties after twelve and girls and boys are not dancing “indecently”.

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23/08/2011 2:47am

It is not so much what happens before but what happens post-blast, each and every time, that gets my goat. After 26/11 we were told that emergency response teams would be ready to roll at a moment’s notice. I presumed they meant ambulance. I presumed they meant trained personnel providing critical care immediately, the kind that can save lives. What we saw instead were injured people, festering in blood and tears thrown together like dying chickens in the back of a truck. Surely, with all that India-shining and everything, we can expect to have a decent emergency response system in place for Mumbai, the highest priority target for our enemies, if not for the entire country? It’s not as if premium emergency services are not available. If one of our politicians gets so much as a hangnail, ambulances rush in, red lights flash and the Red Sea parts. But people, common people, well that’s another thing.

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23/08/2011 2:48am

"These sources have said NATO and the US command have been told that Pakistan would not be able to concentrate on the war on terror and against militants around the Afghanistan border as defending its borders with India was far more important,"

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23/08/2011 2:50am

Good stuff. Only couldn’t agree to just one small thing. “even” George W? EVEN? George W was a great leader…howsoever misguided or misinformed he was…he was one epic bad ass fighting Texan who stood for his country at the hour of need…His Bull horn speech was one of the defining moment of this century.

MMS can not even be compared to the crap of the great man.

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23/08/2011 2:53am

Nariman House, a Chabad Lubavitch Jewish center in Colaba known as the Mumbai Chabad House, was taken over by two attackers and several residents were held hostage.[70] Police evacuated adjacent buildings and exchanged fire with the attackers, wounding one. Local residents were told to stay inside. The attackers threw a grenade into a nearby lane, causing no casualties. NSG commandos arrived from Delhi, and a Naval helicopter took an aerial survey.

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23/08/2011 2:54am

Pakistan initially denied that Pakistanis were responsible for the attacks, blaming plotters in Bangladesh and Indian criminals,a claim refuted by India, and saying they needed information from India on other bombings first.

Pakistani authorities finally agreed that Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani on 7 January 2009, and registered a case against three other Pakistani nationals.

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23/08/2011 3:09am

If there are any doubts about the uniformity of madrasa teaching, one has only to walk into the Madrasa Faizul Ulum Hathishala in Laxmi Nagar, near Delhi Police headquarters. Here Maulana Rehan Ahmad explains: “Khuda himself has determined the punishment (sazaa) of the Kafir. It is to reside forever in hell (jahannum), burn in fire. there are all kinds of horrors there.” He explains that jihad is waged on non-Muslims after “he is invited to join the faith (din ki dawat), asked to place his faith on Allah, when he does not do so, then at that moment the hukm for jihad is gi

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23/08/2011 3:12am

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the Pakistani authorities had not shared any information about American suspects Headley and Rana, but that the FBI had been more forthcoming.

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23/08/2011 3:13am

According to investigations, the attackers traveled by sea from Karachi, Pakistan, across the Arabian Sea, hijacked the Indian fishing trawler 'Kuber', killed the crew of four, then forced the captain to sail to Mumbai. After murdering the captain, the attackers entered Mumbai on a rubber dinghy. The captain of 'Kuber', Amar Singh Solanki, had earlier been imprisoned for six months in a Pakistani jail for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters. The attackers stayed and were trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in a safehouse at Azizabad near Karachi before boarding a small boat for Mumbai.[

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23/08/2011 3:14am

The attackers had planned the attack several months ahead of time and knew some areas well enough for the attackers to vanish, and reappear after security forces had left. Several sources have quoted Kasab telling the police that the group received help from Mumbai residents.The attackers used at least three SIM cards purchased on the Indian side of the border with Bangladesh.There were also reports of a SIM card purchased in the US state New Jersey.

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23/08/2011 3:15am

There were ten gunmen, nine of whom were subsequently shot dead and one captured by security forces. Witnesses reported that they looked to be in their early twenties, wore black t-shirts and jeans, and that they smiled and looked happy as they shot their victims.

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23/08/2011 3:17am

On 9 December, the ten attackers were identified by Mumbai police, along with their home towns in Pakistan: Ajmal Amir from Faridkot, Abu Ismail Dera Ismail Khan from Dera Ismail Khan, Hafiz Arshad and Babr Imran from Multan, Javed from Okara, Shoaib from Narowal, Nazih and Nasr from Faisalabad, Abdul Rahman from Arifwalla, and Fahad Ullah from Dipalpur Taluka. Dera Ismail Khan is in the North-West Frontier Province; the rest of the towns are in Pakistani Punjab.

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23/08/2011 3:18am

Ajmal Kasab was the only attacker arrested alive by police and is currently under arrest. Much of the information about the attackers' preparation, travel, and movements comes from his confessions to the Mumbai police.

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23/08/2011 3:19am

In October 2009, two Chicago men were arrested and charged by the FBI for involvement in terrorism abroad, David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana. Headley, a Pakistani-American, was charged in November 2009 with scouting locations for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.Headley is reported to have posed as an American Jew and is believed to have links with militant Islamist groups based in Bangladesh. On 18 March 2010, Headley pled guilty to a dozen charges against him thereby avoiding going to trial.

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23/08/2011 3:20am

At least 166 victims (civilians and security personnel) and nine attackers were killed in the attacks. Among the dead were 28 foreign nationals from 10 countries.One attacker was captured. The bodies of many of the dead hostages showed signs of torture or disfigurement. A number of those killed were notable figures in business, media, and security services

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23/08/2011 3:21am

The government of Maharashtra announced about INR500,000 (US$11,150) as compensation to the kin of each of those killed in the terror attacks and about INR50,000 (US$1,115) to the seriously injured. In August 2009, Indian Hotels Company and the Oberoi Group received about $28 million USD as part-payment of the insurance claims, on account of the attacks on Taj Mahal and Trident, from General Insurance Corporation of India.

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23/08/2011 3:22am

The attacks are commonly referred to in India as "26/11", after the date in 2008 that they began. A commission of inquiry appointed by the Maharashtra state government produced a report that was tabled before the assembly over one year after the events. The report said the "war-like" attack was beyond the capacity of any police force, but it also found fault with the city Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor's lack of leadership during the crisis

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23/08/2011 3:23am

Pakistan moved troops towards the border with India border voicing concerns about the Indian government's possible plans to launch attacks on Pakistani soil if it did not cooperate. After days of talks, the Pakistan government, however, decided to start moving troops away from the border

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23/08/2011 3:24am

Indians criticised their political leaders after the attacks, saying that their ineptness was partly responsible. The Times of India commented on its front page that "Our politicians fiddle as innocents die.

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23/08/2011 3:25am

Political reactions in Mumbai and India included a range of resignations and political changes, including the resignations of Minister for Home Affairs, Shivraj Patil,Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharastra R. R. Patil.

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23/08/2011 3:26am

The attacks also triggered a chain of citizens' movements across India such as the India Today Group's "War Against Terror" campaign. There were vigils held across all of India with candles and placards commemorating the victims of the attacks. The NSG commandos based in Delhi also met criticism for taking 10 hours to reach the 3 sites under attack.

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23/08/2011 3:29am

Kasab was convicted of all 86 charges on 3 May 2010. He was found guilty of murder for directly killing seven people, conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of the 166 people killed in the three-day terror siege, waging war against India, causing terror, and of conspiracy to murder two high-ranking police officers.

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23/08/2011 3:30am

ndian and Pakistani police have exchanged DNA evidence, photographs and items found with the attackers to piece together a detailed portrait of the Mumbai plot. Police in Pakistan have arrested seven people, including Hammad Amin Sadiq, a homeopathic pharmacist, who arranged bank accounts and secured supplies

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23/08/2011 3:34am

On the first anniversary of the event, the state paid homage to the victims of the attack. Force One—a new security force created by the Maharashtra government—staged a parade from Nariman Point to Chowpatty. Other memorials and candlelight vigils were also organised at the various locations where the attacks occurred.

On the second anniversary of the event, homage was again paid to the victims. Security forces were also displayed from Nariman Point.

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23/08/2011 3:37am

The Mumbai terror attacks were part of a carefully planned and coordinated operation involving several teams of experienced and trained gunmen.

The operation has the fingerprints of a paramilitary-intelligence operation. According to a Russian counter terrorist expert, the Mumbai terrorists "used the same tactics that Chechen field militants employed in the Northern Caucasus attacks where entire towns were terrorized, with homes and hospitals seized". (Russia Today, November 27, 2008).

The Mumbai attacks are described as " India's 9/11"

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23/08/2011 3:37am

The gunmen also opened fire at Café Leopold, a stylish restaurant in the tourist area. The third target was Nariman House, a business center which houses Chabad Lubavitch, Mumbai's Jewish Center. Six hostages including the Rabbi and his wife were killed.

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23/08/2011 3:40am

"Strategic gurus and security analysts in the US and from across the world are examining Pakistan's role in terrorism following yet another terror episode in India ending with fingers pointed at its widely-reviled neighbor.

While initial reports from India suggested the Mumbai carnage was a localized attack by militant malcontents in India because of the "Deccan Mujahideen" decoy that was used to claim responsibility, evidence cited by Indian army and security experts based on phone intercepts, nature of weaponry, mode of entry by sea etc., has quickly focused the attention on Pakistan."

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23/08/2011 3:41am

The Mumbai attacks are said to be intimately related to 9/11. Official US statements and media reports have described the Mumbai attacks as part of a broader process, including the possibility of an Al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack on US soil.

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23/08/2011 3:43am

Immediately following the Mumbai attacks, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put New York City's subway system "on high alert" based on "an unsubstantiated report of potential terrorism here in New York. This report led the New York Police Department to take precautionary steps to protect our transit system, and we will always do whatever is necessary to keep our city safe," Bloomberg said in a statement"

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23/08/2011 3:44am

The terrorists who attacked Mumbai wanted to go down in history for an Indian 9/11, and were also inspired by the bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, media reports said.

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23/08/2011 3:45am

He was referring to one of Pakistan's worst bomb attacks, when a lorry packed with explosives all but destroyed the hotel in Islamabad and killed at least 55 people in September.

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23/08/2011 9:09pm

MUMBAI TERRORIST ATTACK, its beyond terror.Ten terrorists hijack the Mumbai city,its a complete failure of leadership, our nation is vulnerable from all borders,whether its sea,land,air.First it was Kargil War,then IC-814 hijacking,then parliament attack,serial bomb blasts across nation, now mumbai attack.Every attack is a "9-11" in itself, how many innocents have to die? Its time for India to fight terrorism, we cannot be always defensive in our approach to fight terrorism, the time has come to declare & initiate war against terrorism like that of U.S., they don't wait for another "9-11" to happen but declare war against terrorism & elimnate terror groups in their home country, similarly INDIA has to change approach,otherwise time is not far that every citizen will have to wear a bulletproof jacket to go out to work. NO MORE "9-11", INDIA stands united to fight terrorism.

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23/08/2011 9:12pm

This is not the responsiblity of government to fight against terrorism but equal duty of us. We are fools, a person from outside come to our home barks like dogs and we thinking ourselves brave look at them and they run aways destroying our peace. I have learned one thing if a dog barks at me i will not bark or bite him but i will kick him. and the same is to be followed here. Any one who is has plan to fight againt terrorism i am with him. This is unbearable that few rascals can ruin our dream. The people who died in 9-11 attack of mumbai taj attack all are human being and i too and i cry for them. If i get such one then i will kill him

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23/08/2011 9:16pm

The attacks today come at a time of thawing relations between India and Pakistan, with a bilateral dialogue restarting in February. It’s unclear at this point who is behind the attacks, but the fledgling talks would likely collapse if India comes to suspect Islamic militants from Pakistan.

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23/08/2011 9:18pm

“If another Mumbai attack takes place in India, if we are not able to work with India to deflect that attack, it very well could lead to increased tensions and possibly some kind of exchange between these two nuclear nations,” said former US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer in May.

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23/08/2011 9:19pm

Pakistan’s president and prime minister issued a joint statement condemning today’s attacks.

“The president and the prime minister have expressed their deepest sympathies to the Indian leadership on the loss of lives, injuries, and damage to property in Mumbai,”

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23/08/2011 9:21pm

Mumbai has already seen more than half-a-dozen attacks since 1993 that have killed around 700 people. Many have been attributed by Indian officials to the city’s Islamic underworld or the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba

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23/08/2011 9:23pm

Almost two days after terrorists attacked the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, the Indian military is still working to root out the remnants of the assault teams at two hotels and a Jewish center. More than 125 people, including six foreigners, have been killed and 327 more have been wounded. The number is expected to go up, as Indian commandos have recovered an additional 30 dead at the Taj Mahal hotel as fighting has resumed.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/11/analysis_mumbai_atta.php#ixzz1W0stAdkX

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23/08/2011 9:24pm

The Mumbai attack is uniquely different from past terror strikes carried out by Islamic terrorists. Instead of one or more bombings at distinct sites, the Mumbai attackers struck throughout the city using military tactics. Instead of one or more bombings carried out over a short period of time, Mumbai is entering its third day of crisis.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/11/analysis_mumbai_atta.php#ixzz1W0t8Q0w0

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23/08/2011 9:26pm

An attack of this nature cannot be thrown together overnight. It requires planned, scouting, financing, training, and a support network to aid the fighters. Initial reports indicate the attacks originated from Pakistan, the hub of jihadi activity in South Asia. Few local terror groups have the capacity to pull of an attack such as this.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/11/analysis_mumbai_atta.php#ixzz1W0tOZm69

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23/08/2011 9:27pm

While it is early to know exactly what happened in Mumbai as the fog of war still blankets the city, multiple press reports from India allow for a general picture to be painted. An estimated 12 to 25 terrorists are believed to have entered Mumbai by sea. After landing, he attack teams initiated a battle at a police station, then fanned across the city to attack the soft underbelly of hotels, cafes, cinemas, and hospitals. Civilians were gunned down and taken hostage, while terrorists looked for people carrying foreign passports.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/11/analysis_mumbai_atta.php#ixzz1W0tgnB3W

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01/09/2011 2:40pm

economist & management guru Professor Arindam Chaudhuri is an eminent author i read your blog and i think that Every time a new law assuming in good faith that the police or the army will use it for the right reasons, we see them misusing the same laws with impunity. Each of these laws, therefore, should come with stringent punishments meted out for their misuse as well.

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01/09/2011 2:44pm

So much so, the terrorists are better versed about the loopholes in the existing anti-terror laws and abuse it to the hilt. And why shouldn’t they – not only are our laws old and crying to be updated, but they are also laden with loopholes

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01/09/2011 2:46pm

So, why is the US an ally of Pakistan? It is the training ground for terrorists that are attacking Afghanistan and India. They refuse to do anything substantive about the terrorist elements in it's own territory. In fact, elements of the intelligence agency are providing support to them.

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01/09/2011 2:48pm

A recent report by the US State Department released in May 2011 finds that “India’s counter-terrorism efforts were hampered by its outdated and overburdened law enforcement and legal systems.”

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01/09/2011 2:54pm

It is clear that Pakistani Terrorist outfits are behind these attacks. The nations waging the current war on terrorism has to understand the fact that, the so called allies of this war are the people responsible for the deaths of 120 people in Mumbai including 9 US and UK citizens.

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01/09/2011 2:58pm

Terrorism is a main thread to any country. It causes from so many reasons. As for I know the terrorists who are donig illegal works at borders protects by our army But in the society so many persons are becoming naxals due to having poverty, illiteracy, corruption. Actually those all are normal people but due to these claims they are mentally changing there mindset. Our country policies making them in such way so our political system have to change.

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01/09/2011 2:59pm

I hope that the security measures in the city should change after all this. Such attacks will never break the spirit of Mumbaikars and this will bring us all a lot closer than ever before to team up against such anti social elements.

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01/09/2011 3:02pm

An attack on our city is an attack on our country. I don't know whether it's a lapse of security which has lead to such an incident. I mean, how far can the police force protect such a big city like Mumbai?

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01/09/2011 3:04pm

Terrorism is a very despertate attempt to mobilise support for a cause. History is dotted with movements that promoted terrorism and they may have popularised the cause and got some sympathy too but it never has led to a establishing institutions which were credible. It is very easy to play on the minds of vulnerable, deprived, underprivileged people and make them a tool for promoting terrorism.

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01/09/2011 3:09pm

In Mumbai, there has been a pattern of bomb blasts occurring every three years, starting with the 2003 blasts, then 2006, 26/11 was late-2008, and now 2011. I expect terror activity to die down for a while now, at least for a year, as the terror detection system would have been invigorated after today’s blasts once again.

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01/09/2011 3:11pm

Terrorism is a blood sucking creature to society. They are like communities, proper education, financial support, training (mentally, physically) are given. Its like curing disease, we have cure but not the proper solution. They are in large numbers, women, kids, adult everyone take part just on the sake of god. Kasab he too was a minor when he attack on Mumbai. They are a human robot like, we can cut branches but when we think of cutting trees its like impossible. What we achieve ending Osama?

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01/09/2011 3:13pm

There are some similarities between what happened in the train blasts in 2006 and what has happened now. If you look at one of the trains that was attacked in 2006, it was the train that people used to travel to Zaveri Bazaar. And now Zaveri Bazaar has been attacked. A lot of the Gujaratis live and work in Zaveri Bazaar, so maybe this was in retaliation to the Gujarat riots.

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01/09/2011 3:18pm

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew a comparison between the Mumbai terror attacks and 9/11 attacks in the US.

In the message written by her Memorial Tribute at Taj Hotel here she said people of both the countries can be "grateful and proud" of the heroism of the brave men and women whose courage saved lives and prevented greater harm on 26/11 and 9/11.

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01/09/2011 3:24pm

It is a welcoming gesture of empathy shown by the US secretary of state with regard to the acceptance of India being equally a victim of terrorism as U.S.A.Only if madam Clinton had realised that India and especially the disputed state of kashmir was a victim of terror even before 9/11 she would have understood that we as Indians understood what they went through when 9/11 which was the first ever terrorist attack U.S.A. had ever experienced, madam should have not just honoured the bravery of soldiers of 26/11 but also of those of the past and present who are battling terror throughout the country and not just Mumbai

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01/09/2011 3:24pm

Mumbai has become a living example of how terrorists can come at their will, kill hundreds of innocents, destroy property worth hundreds of crores, instill a state of perpetual fear in those who manage to survive and thereby blatantly spit on the face of Indian sovereignty, time and again

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01/09/2011 3:26pm

As tension in the region builds, US Senator John McCain has warned Pakistan that if it didn't act fast to arrest the "Bad Guys" he had personal information that India would launch air strikes on "terrorist camps" in Pakistan and that Washington could do nothing because Mumbai was India's 9/11.

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01/09/2011 3:28pm

When India was attacked on 26th November 2008, news anchors and journalists started calling it ‘India’s 9/11.’ This film examines this terminology and the links between 9/11, 26/11 in Mumbai, Iraq, Afghanistan and Modern terror. The conversations between taxi drivers and their passengers in Mumbai taxis delve into these larger issues.

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01/09/2011 3:30pm

After 9/11 there has not been a single incident in the USA, because as far as the National Security is concerned all political parties are united towards that goal. In India, on the other hand, political parties behave differently only to pamper their vote banks. Unless they unite, the security agencies will not be able to stop such terror attacks

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01/09/2011 3:31pm

MUMBAI TERRORIST ATTACK, its beyond terror.Ten terrorists hijack the Mumbai city,its a complete failure of leadership, our nation is vulnerable from all borders,whether its sea,land,air.First it was Kargil War,then IC-814 hijacking,then parliament attack,serial bomb blasts across nation, now mumbai attack.Every attack is a "9-11" in itself, how many innocents have to die? Its time for India to fight terrorism

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01/09/2011 3:37pm

errorism in India became a big problem. Whenever the attacks are taking place then only every politician appears before the media and tell their opinion on that attack. But I don't think it will help by sitting at home and discussing about what had happened.

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01/09/2011 3:47pm

Terrorism is a like a scar on the forehead of India, the reason for increasing terrorism are.

1. Poverty.

2. Unemployment.

3. Lack of knowledge.

4. Give more priority to personal's interest rather than social welfare by politicians.

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01/09/2011 3:50pm

And every such blast also blows away into pieces the resolve that our government had taken during the previous attack – calling it a bold step against terror. And the saga continues...

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01/09/2011 3:51pm

9/11 was one attack which Americans would never forger, but it learnt from its mistakes and further tightened its internal security with measures like homeland security and much more, and after that there has never been another such attack on US. Ten years is not a small time period to make sure that you get no more such attacks. And they are continuing strengthening their security system.

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01/09/2011 3:52pm

Terrorism- One of the major crisis to be solved in India. No doubt, India has been suffering a lot from this problem since earlier days of freedoms. But today, despite the improvements, we see more and more disasters and assassinations.

As we all are aware about 2008 Mumbai (India's largest city) attacks aka 26/11, one of the major attacks in country by Islamic terrorists.

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01/09/2011 3:53pm

Talking about India’s explosives law would be a matter of further shame. Our explosives act is 127 years old having little or rather no guidelines that can keep a track of the movement of bomb making ingredients. In the US, much personal information, including finger-prints of all individuals dealing with explosives, is maintained and regularly updated.

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01/09/2011 3:54pm

Spreadsheet gave information on blood transfusions, numbers for police, accommodation and offers of help. By Charles ArthurYou imply in your first post that Kashmir is the cause of terrorist attacks in India. By that you are actually implying that Pakistan perpetrates terrorist attacks in India. Because, you see, Afzal Guru is the only Kashmiri ever implicated in a terrorist attack in India outside Kashmir.

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01/09/2011 3:54pm

Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor said almost all hostages inside the Taj hotel have been evacuated but refused to comment on whether the terrorists inside the hotel have been killed.The Mumbai attacks are said to be intimately related to 9/11. Official US statements and media reports have described the Mumbai attacks as part of a broader process

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01/09/2011 3:55pm

Maharashtra crime rate has increased in the last 10 years. Examine from where the people perpetrating the crimes come from. Every time we can not blame the police department or failure of intelligence as it is not possible to control the number of people due to migrants. I trust the Mumbai Police but the influx is so much that there will be intelligence failure and such type of terror attacks would keep happening.

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01/09/2011 4:01pm

I think its so sad for us that our Government is not working at all. They all are not understanding their responsibilty not even they can take any correct decision. We people are not understanding that why our Government is giving protection to the biggest terrerist like KASAB? If government is not able to take any decision for him and other terrerist then hand over them to Public of India. We can take right decision and give him to "FANSI".We need the end of Terrerisim at all.

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01/09/2011 4:06pm

we have attained a state of shameless vulnerability and have almost epitomised it. And that is the reason why since the last few years, the incidence of terror attacks has not only seen an unprecedented surge, but has become increasingly blatant

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01/09/2011 4:07pm

This kind of terrorist attacks are due to our systemic failures. As long as terrorists Afzal Guru and Kasab don't get hanged (despite court verdict), these terror outfits will continue to get courage to make Mumbai-like places as soft targets. It is high time govt wakes up from deep slumber and acts against terrorists in its custody.

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01/09/2011 4:08pm

The more I see the ongoing terror strikes, the more I believe that it has to be nipped in the bud. The reason why NY/US didn’t have a single successful strike was not only due to luck, but also the strong intelligence system as well. Osama wasn’t finally killed by waging a trillion dollar war, but more by the intelligence system

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01/09/2011 4:10pm

It is a bit unfortunate that we as a country are facing hostilities from our neighbouring countries since independence. Pakistan since its creation has always harboured terrorist elements against India with an intention to destabilise our country. China the Big Brother supports Pakistan in their endeavour to divide India. We face threats from Bangladesh and from Sri Lanka in the South. Since we have open borders with Nepal, terrorists use Nepal as easy entry and exit points. Our borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh are porous and not fully sealed. We face trouble on the North -East side with China claiming Arunachal Pradesh. These countries hobnob with these terrorists and have helped them to establish their bases from where they can carry out their evil acts. So all the expertise for planting Bombs on soft targets come from these countries. But not everything can be done from these foreign bases. So they take advantage of the unemployed youth and others who fall easy prey to their indoctrination and create local groups who forment trouble in all cities across India. They take help from some political class and the corrupt officials provide fodder for their entry and exit from India.

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01/09/2011 4:14pm

he Mumbai mood is one of impatience, but it is unlikely that anything will really change. One strong indication of the status quo is that the day after this horrific attack, the former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is also a minister in the Union government, was actually standing for elections for president of the cash-rich Maharashtra Cricket Association.

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01/09/2011 4:14pm

While initial reports from India suggested the Mumbai carnage was a localized attack by militant malcontents in India because of the "Deccan Mujahideen" decoy that was used to claim responsibility, evidence cited by Indian army and security experts based on phone intercepts, nature of weaponry, mode of entry by sea etc., has quickly focused the attention on Pakistan."

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01/09/2011 4:33pm

Chavan also confessed that he could not get in touch with his own police chiefs for 15 minutes after the blasts because all the phone networks were clogged. If this is how rapidly the government responds to an attack, is it any surprise that Mumbaikars are furious with ministers who surround themselves with high security and bodyguards, but have no money to spend on the aam aadmi, the common man?

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01/09/2011 4:34pm

The matter of the fact is that today, not only do we lack political will and stringent comprehensive laws to counter terrorism, our law enforcement agencies don’t even have a proper clue about the same. So much so, the terrorists are better versed about the loopholes in the existing anti-terror laws and abuse it to the hilt.Terrorism is a like a scar on the forehead of India, the reason for increasing terrorism are.

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01/09/2011 4:36pm

Ask this question and you receive a number of “Maybe’s “. Maybe it is Huji, maybe it is LeT, maybe it is Harkat and ofcourse maybe ISI, maybe it is IM etc.. While it is true that the actual perpetrators of terror are these organisations, the actual responsibility from a long term security point of view for lies with the soft UPA government. The common man can understand if the blasts had happened inspite of the government’s strong measures in handling terror. But, here we have a government that is bent upon giving a “safe haven” to the terrorists. The inability to face and anticipate terror is an intelligence failure and the government is squarely responsible.

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01/09/2011 4:49pm

The Mumbai blasts were a remorseful incident, one which keeps on repeating itself in many parts of the country. Despite decades of being on the target, the question that remains pertinent throughout is: How and why terror strikes India again and again?

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01/09/2011 4:55pm

The Mumbai blasts were a remorseful incident, one which keeps on repeating itself in many parts of the country. Despite decades of being on the target, the question that remains pertinent throughout is: How and why terror strikes India again and again?

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01/09/2011 4:58pm

So much so, the terrorists are better versed about the loopholes in the existing anti-terror laws and abuse it to the hilt. And why shouldn’t they – not only are our laws old and crying to be updated, but they are also laden with loopholes. In spite of trapping the actual culprits, these laws have been used more to settle political and personal scores.

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01/09/2011 4:59pm

Every time a terrorist organization attacks our country, the government has nothing more to do than just to condemn the heinous acts, is that enough? The internal security agencies seem as surprised to know about these terror strikes as any other common man! Why does the government fail to implement a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism?

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01/09/2011 5:02pm

The shock of 13 co-ordinated explosions going off simultaneously in the city was unimaginable. The scale of the operation and the audacity with which it had been executed was appalling.

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01/09/2011 5:06pm

India should take a lesson from the West in taking immediate and stringent action to fight against terrorism. It’s high time that terrorists should get the punishment they deserve rather than government offering them million dollar lock-ups and expensive security. Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists who carried out Mumbai 26/11 terror attack that left 166 people dead, is treated luxuriously by the Indian government while the families of the ones who died at his hands still run around government offices, filling up papers.

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01/09/2011 5:13pm

Hospitals were full and overflowing, with Mumbaikars as well as migrants, all of whom still throng into the city seeking their daily bread, or rozi roti. I still cannot forget the terrified eyes of the child labourer whose body was imbedded with shards of glass. Or the mother who wept for her dead child. Or the family that had lost their brother, father, husband.

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01/09/2011 5:15pm

Even media reports have quoted IB statements that prove how “modules in Kerala are always on standby and prepared for major operations. They say that there are several self-motivated modules in the state which can carry out terror attacks. Major outfits like the IM are aware of this and they have never tried to set up their own modules.” Given the fact that serial blasts, like what was executed in Mumbai last week, does not cost more than a lakh or so of rupees; the execution and mobilising of resources are not only easy but quite hassle-free too

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01/09/2011 5:19pm

The terrorist blast in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, requires decisive soul-searching by the Hindus of India. Hindus cannot accept to be killed in this halal fashion, continuously bleeding every day till the nation finally collapses. Terrorism I define here as the illegal use of force to overawe the civilian population to make it do or not do an act against its will and well-being.

Islamic terrorism is India’s number one problem of national security. About this there will be no doubt after 2012. By that year, I expect a Taliban takeover in Pakistan and the Americans to flee Afghanistan. Then, Islam will confront Hinduism to “complete unfinished business”. Already the successor to Osama bin Laden as al-Qaeda leader has declared that India is the priority target for that terrorist organisation and not the USA.

Fanatic Muslims consider Hindu-dominated India “an unfinished chapter of Islamic conquests”. All other countries conquered by Islam 100% converted to Islam within two decades of the Islamic invasion. Undivided India in 1947 was 75% Hindu even after 800 years of brutal Islamic rule. That is jarring for the fanatics.

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01/09/2011 5:21pm

The better and more practical pay to these personals will see the competitiveness of really competent people in this fields and lack of purpose for accepting inducement. We need our intelligence agencies working of national security to amass best of national talent who are more pleased to work in private and corporate sector.

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01/09/2011 5:24pm

Investigation into the July 13 serial blasts in Mumbai has made “important progress” and the probe was on right track, Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said on Thursday.

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01/09/2011 5:25pm

The fact that India has a vast population cannot be used as an answer to these acts. The whole issue is not about blaming the government or the citizens of the country, as all are equally responsible for the safety of one another.

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01/09/2011 5:26pm

Both the central security agencies and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have scanned over one lakh phone calls so far to nab the accused behind the deadly terrorist attack in the country’s financial capital.

Several teams of investigators have been rushed to various states including Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat in a bid to get leads in the case.

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01/09/2011 5:29pm

Newsweek editor and Mumbai native Fareed Zakaria, who narrates the documentary, compares the events in Mumbai to the attacks on September 11, 2001 in the U.S. in terms of national and global impact. In the film he cautions, “The fact that a small group of gunmen was able to inflict so much pain, and the government of the second most populous nation on earth was unable to stop them for three days, should change our sense of the dangers out there.”

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01/09/2011 5:29pm

In Opera House the bomb exploded outside the J K building in the Panchvati diamond chowk area. Pankaj Jain, a diamond trader, was in his ground floor office nearby when he heard the explosion which brought a sleet of shattered glass inside. He sustained head injuries and fled the scene to get admitted to the Saifee Hospital. There were scenes of chaos at both the Saifee and Harkisondas hospitals with relatives and the media thronging the place for information.

Jayant Sanghvi lost his hearing after the explosion. Speaking to The Hindu at the Saifee hospital, he said he had suffered head injuries too. The blast was heard a km away and even two streets down the road. On a normal day there would be 3,000 to 4,000 people in the area.

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01/09/2011 5:29pm

Summary:

1. In India, working places and stores are located near the Indian homes, while in America the houses are separate from work and grocery stores.

2. The way of living in America is expensive compared to India.

3. Education costs more in India than in America.

4. Food is cheaper in India.

5. You can have the best quality of medical care in America at a higher cost, with insurance to pay for the bills. In India medical care is cheaper, and usually paid by cash.

6. Wages in America is higher than in India.

7. Indian marriages are normally based on the social status of the families, while for Americans, it is based on their emotions.

8. Freedom is greatly enjoyed in America, while in India the government is given the top authority to restrict freedom among Indians.

Read more: Difference Between India and America | Difference Between | India vs America http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/difference-between-india-and-america/#ixzz1WkaTm28l

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01/09/2011 5:31pm

The documentary, written and directed by Briton Dan Reed, culls footage of interrogations, video surveillance, audio tapes of cell phone calls between the attackers and their leader in Pakistan, and testimony from the sole surviving gunman.

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01/09/2011 5:34pm

occurred at Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai, a congested part of the city, the second at Kabutarkhana near the Dadar suburban railway station in central Mumbai and the third at Opera House, also in south Mumbai.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, confirming the death toll, said the blasts were a terror strike and the police would get to the bottom of it. He said the blasts occurred at 6.54 p.m., 6.55 p.m. and 7.05 p.m

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01/09/2011 5:35pm

MUMBAI, India — U.S. President Barack Obama will kick off his three-day trip to India with a speech in Mumbai, where Pakistani gunmen held the city under siege for 60 hours and killed 166 people in November 2008.

He will speak at the Taj Palace hotel, one of the main sites attacked two years ago, a move that highlights the “exponential growth” in counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries over the past year, as a senior U.S. government official put it at a recent press briefing in India.

And yet, despite the glowing rhetoric, the U.S. commitment to forging closer counterterrorism ties generates a sense of suspicion and even distrust in India. Security analysts point to the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan and question how America can maintain close ties with Islamabad while developing stronger counterterrorism operations with Pakistan’s main rival, India.

“The United States policy toward India is held hostage by the U.S. policy toward Pakistan,” said Thomas Mathew, the former deputy director general of the Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

There is an inherent “conflict of interest” for the United States as those who are orchestrating the terrorist incidents in India such as the 2008 Mumbai attacks are the very people the United States relies on for its Af-Pak strategy, according to Ajai Sahni, the executive director of the Delhi-based Institute of Conflict Management. U.S military aid to Pakistan is about $2 billion this year.

“America is not able to distance itself from the support and sponsor of terrorism in Pakistan,” Sahni said. “How am I supposed to take your help and also punish you?”

The United States argues that supplying Pakistan with arms gives the country the capability to fight terrorist activity that could otherwise harm India.

“It’s important for both India and the United States for Pakistan to have the ability to fight terrorism there,” a senior U.S. government official said at the recent press briefing.

Sahni, though, argues that this “conflict of interest” prevents a completely open relationship between the United States and India concerning counterterrorism. Instead, there are incident-related times of cooperation.


The Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people died including six Americans, was the first major case in which the United States played a large role during the attacks, investigation and prosecution. The United States helped India intercept mobile phone calls between the gunmen and their orchestrators in Pakistan, and it helped with forensic lab investigations and the deposition of witnesses.

Mumbai’s Additional Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti called the 2008 attacks a “watershed” moment that spurred closer ties between the United States and India on fighting terrorist activities and intelligence sharing.

“This cooperation has come as a natural fallout of the realization that this epicenter [Pakistan] is really, really dangerous and can inflict terrorism anywhere in the world,” he said.

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01/09/2011 5:37pm

Mumbai sees the ugly face of terror yet again as blasts strike at Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House areas within minutes of each other on Wednesday evening.

Some of the pictures of people injured or killed in the Mumbai bomb explosions may cause distress to readers. They are being published to show the horror, the trauma, and the human suffering inflicted by the terrorist attacks.

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01/09/2011 5:40pm

Mr. Chidambaram held an emergency meeting which was attended by Mr. Singh, Mr. Bansal and other senior officials of the ministry where the situation in Mumbai was reviewed as well as internal security situation in the country was discussed. It was decided to sound high alert in all States, particularly in cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi. The Home Ministry was monitoring the situation on a regular basis and putting to use much of crisis-fighting apparatus and practices, like multi-agency centre, put in force after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

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01/09/2011 5:48pm

While the above things happen, they look for the opposition to go ballistic against terror attacks. BJP which evaluated the Congress game plan after what happened in the aftermath of 26/11, was measured in its response and was below the expectation of congress party. But the congress party’s reach is beyond opposition parties imagination. The analysts are of the view that folks like Subramanium Swamy, Rajnath Singh and Varun Gandhi etc., are Congress party’s moles. This time while BJP’s response is measured, using its moles they ensured that some ballistic natured Hindutva based discussion goes mainstream. Subramanium Swamy wrote a typical RSS style article in DNA and Rajnath Singh went ballistic against Digvijay Singh. These are the things that Congress party is eagerly waiting.

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