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Bombings in Mumbai November 27, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in life, politics.

I just saw this in the NYTimes:

Coordinated terror attacks struck the heart of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, Wednesday night, killing dozens in machine-gun and grenade assaults on at least two five-star hotels, the city’s largest train station, a movie theater and a hospital.

I was there – visited one of the hotels that was bombed, was in that train station that was bombed, when I was attending the CHEP 2007 conference. The city is fantastic – so crowded it makes New York City look deserted. I loved it and the people. So it is very sad to see something like this happening. I don’t pretend to being to understand the politics in a country as large and diverse as India – but it looks like this attack was particularly confusing (i.e. none of the various new sources I read have any idea what drove this attack). But it sounds like it was much worse than before: American and British hostages. 😦 Best wishes and I hope no one reading this is unfortunate enough to be directly connected with any of the victims; and if you are, I can only wish you best of luck.

N.B. Clicking on the picture brings you to pictures in flickr tagged with “mumbai”. When I look at the list there are a bunch of unrelated pictures at the top (i.e. life goes on). Scroll down to see lots of user generated content.



1. Jay - November 27, 2008

I think the attack is propaganda driven. A clear indication that a body is disturbed by India’s growing economy. The govt’s resolve to prevent any further attack is comendable.

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