« The White Tiger Wins The Booker | Main | Interview with Literary Agent Debarati Sengupta »

November 30, 2008

Suketu Mehta on the Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

Soniah Kamal

On the 26th of November terrorists attacked various places in Mumbai, India. This is not the first attack on the city but it is the largest and the most well planned. Hostages were taken, civilians were murdered in cold blood, and many are injured. These terrorists are equal opportunity murderers, no one is spared-- all religions, creeds, races, colors are fodder. As investiagtions begin on who and why, Suketu Mehta writes why Mumbai is targetted

Mumbai is a “soft target,” the terrorism analysts say. Anybody can walk into the hotels, the hospitals, the train stations, and start spraying with a machine gun. Where are the metal detectors, the random bag checks? In Mumbai, it’s impossible to control the crowd. In other cities, if there’s an explosion, people run away from it. In Mumbai, people run toward it — to help. Greater Mumbai takes in a million new residents a year. This is the problem, say the nativists. The city is just too hospitable. You let them in, and they break your heart. In the Bombay I grew up in, your religion was a personal eccentricity, like a hairstyle. In my school, you were denominated by which cricketer or Bollywood star you worshiped, not which prophet. In today’s Mumbai, things have changed. Hindu and Muslim demagogues want the mobs to come out again in the streets, and slaughter one another in the name of God. They want India and Pakistan to go to war. They want Indian Muslims to be expelled. They want India to get out of Kashmir. They want mosques torn down. They want temples bombed. read rest here

Posted by Soniah Kamal at November 30, 2008 12:46 PM


Posted by: Anonymous at November 30, 2008 12:46 PM

Post a comment

Thanks for signing in, . Now you can comment. (sign out)

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Remember me?