Violence in Mumbai, India


This video is a documentary on the city of Mumbai, India; and gang rape there.

From Craig Murray’s blog in Britain:

November 27, 2008

Mumbai and the World We Created

The attacks in Mumbai are appalling, but the truth is that to date the numbers killed are small by the standards of inter-communal religious violence in India.

But this time Westerners are involved, so there is far more media attention than when it is “Only Indians”.

This is yet another illustration that the “War on Terror” has been entirely counter-productive and has made the World a much more dangerous place for the very Westerners it was supposed to protect. The apparent al-Qaida copycat motivation of the attackers is a further sign that the “War on Terror” threatens to destabilise not just Pakistan but the whole sub-continent.

William Dalrymple‘s excellent “The Last Moghul” details the religous tolerance of old India, and its systematic destruction by the British. These events must be seen in their context, not just of the hideous and violent blundering of Bush and Blair, but of four hundred years of history.

None of which excuses the stupidity of the acts of religiously motivated violence unfolding before us. I am sorry to be obliged to concede that the evidence is strong that we live in a global age of renewed irrationality, where religious impulses can easily be channeled to violence and hate. Important groups of Muslims, Jews, Christians and Hindus seem all prone to the infection. The Christians have commanded the most firepower to date. I do not in the least despise religous faith – it can lead to self-knowledge and to concern for societal good. But Richard Dawkins is quite right about its capacity for evil.

See also here. And here.

Update 29 November 2008: here,

Tariq Ali on this: here.

British media and the Mumbai tragedy: here.

Indian minister condemned for urging probe into killing of police chief during Mumbai: here.

After the Mumbai siege, India-Pakistan tensions rise: here. And here.

Washington exploits Mumbai attack to promote “war on terror”: here.

Tense India-Pakistan standoff continues: here.

The US, Pakistan and the “terrorist” Hamid Gul: here.

2 thoughts on “Violence in Mumbai, India

  1. Terrorist Attack in Mumbai

    The Permanent Secretariat of Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organization was deeply grieved over the terrorist attack in the City of Mumbai. For more than two days terrorists went on killing several inmates in landmark prominent hotels, at the main railway station, a busy restaurant, jewish housing complex and in the street by-standers.

    It was surprising how a band of trained terrorists with external connections have entered the area unaware to the security personnel and smuggled sophisticated weapons inside the hotels. Over hundred innocent people both foreigners and Indian have paid with their lives owing to this dastardly inhuman action. Over another three hundred were injured.

    This is not the first time that Mumbai, the commercial city of India had to face this kind of terrorist actions. The brave commandos who paid their lives to protect the people had performed a noble duty for which the Permanent Secretariat pay homage to them.

    The Mumbai people have come out unitedly against the terrorist carnage which is commendable at this disturbed situation. This certainly will help to defuse sectarian divide which is the most important at this juncture.

    The Permanent Secretariat expresses its profound grief and condolences to the government of India, the people of Mumbai in particular and the Indians in general and to the bereaved families. We also wish that those injured will recover quickly. The Permanent Secretariat stand with the Indian people at this hour of their great agony.

    Nouri Abdul Razzak Hussain Ahmed Hamrouch

    Secretary-General President

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