A-Z collection of insights, opnions and updates of November 2008 Mumbai attack.

Victim's brother speaks out

Musical tribute- to those who died 26/11

Anger into action: What can India do next?

SRK speak out

People get ready

Tackling terror: India's biggest challenge

Moshe

Unconfident Zardari- Look at the way he is answering to Larry King

Indian Muslims Mumbai attackers criminals - 03 Dec 08

Doodh Ka Doodh; Paani Ka Paani

Friday, November 28, 2008

What They Hate About Mumbai

By SUKETU MEHTA
Published: November 29, 2008

MY bleeding city. My poor great bleeding heart of a city. Why do they go after Mumbai? There’s something about this island-state that appalls religious extremists, Hindus and Muslims alike. Perhaps because Mumbai stands for lucre, profane dreams and an indiscriminate openness.
Mumbai is all about dhandha, or transaction. From the street food vendor squatting on a sidewalk, fiercely guarding his little business, to the tycoons and their dreams of acquiring Hollywood, this city understands money and has no guilt about the getting and spending of it. I once asked a Muslim man living in a shack without indoor plumbing what kept him in the city. “Mumbai is a golden songbird,” he said. It flies quick and sly, and you’ll have to work hard to catch it, but if you do, a fabulous fortune will open up for you. The executives who congregated in the Taj Mahal hotel were chasing this golden songbird. The terrorists want to kill the songbird.

Just as cinema is a mass dream of the audience, Mumbai is a mass dream of the peoples of South Asia. Bollywood movies are the most popular form of entertainment across the subcontinent. Through them, every Pakistani and Bangladeshi is familiar with the wedding-cake architecture of the Taj and the arc of the Gateway of India, symbols of the city that gives the industry its name. It is no wonder that one of the first things the Taliban did upon entering Kabul was to shut down the Bollywood video rental stores. The Taliban also banned, wouldn’t you know it, the keeping of songbirds.
Bollywood dream-makers are shaken. “I am ashamed to say this,” Amitabh Bachchan, superstar of a hundred action movies, wrote on his blog. “As the events of the terror attack unfolded in front of me, I did something for the first time and one that I had hoped never ever to be in a situation to do. Before retiring for the night, I pulled out my licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under my pillow.”

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.

And now it looks as if the latest terrorists were our neighbors, young men dressed not in Afghan tunics but in blue jeans and designer T-shirts. Being South Asian, they would have grown up watching the painted lady that is Mumbai in the movies: a city of flashy cars and flashier women. A pleasure-loving city, a sensual city. Everything that preachers of every religion thunder against. It is, as a monk of the pacifist Jain religion explained to me, “paap-ni-bhoomi”: the sinful land.

In 1993, Hindu mobs burned people alive in the streets — for the crime of being Muslim in Mumbai. Now these young Muslim men murdered people in front of their families — for the crime of visiting Mumbai. They attacked the luxury businessmen’s hotels. They attacked the open-air Cafe Leopold, where backpackers of the world refresh themselves with cheap beer out of three-foot-high towers before heading out into India. Their drunken revelry, their shameless flirting, must have offended the righteous believers in the jihad. They attacked the train station everyone calls V.T., the terminus for runaways and dreamers from all across India. And in the attack on the Chabad house, for the first time ever, it became dangerous to be Jewish in India.
The terrorists’ message was clear: Stay away from Mumbai or you will get killed. Cricket matches with visiting English and Australian teams have been shelved. Japanese and Western companies have closed their Mumbai offices and prohibited their employees from visiting the city. Tour groups are canceling long-planned trips.

But the best answer to the terrorists is to dream bigger, make even more money, and visit Mumbai more than ever. Dream of making a good home for all Mumbaikars, not just the denizens of $500-a-night hotel rooms. Dream not just of Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai or Shah Rukh Khan, but of clean running water, humane mass transit, better toilets, a responsive government. Make a killing not in God’s name but in the stock market, and then turn up the forbidden music and dance; work hard and party harder.
If the rest of the world wants to help, it should run toward the explosion. It should fly to Mumbai, and spend money. Where else are you going to be safe? New York? London? Madrid?

So I’m booking flights to Mumbai. I’m going to go get a beer at the Leopold, stroll over to the Taj for samosas at the Sea Lounge, and watch a Bollywood movie at the Metro. Stimulus doesn’t have to be just economic.
Suketu Mehta, a professor of journalism at New York University, is the author of “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.”

Allah Ho

By SUYASHH GUPTA
Published: November 28, 2008

As many (if not even more than) 150 innocent civilians and anti-terrorist commandos were massacred by Islamic terrorist thugs and yet: NO MUSLIM OUTRAGE! NONE!
Here are the following reactions from many Muslims:
1) "We condemn these attacks, but you must note the major discrimination against Muslims by Hindus".

2) "We condemn these attacks, but you must note the warming relations between the Great Satan (USA) and the Little Satan (The Zionist Entity - aka Israel)."

3) "We condemn these attacks. The Zionists and their CIA friends were responsible."
4) "Allah Akbar! We have killed many infidels. ALLAH AKBAR! I will be very happy to be with my camel and goat in bed today, Inshallah. ALLAH AKBAR!"

Allah: Peace Be Upon Him? Are you sure dude?

By SUYASHH GUPTA
Published: November 29, 2008

People often say that terrorists have no religion. Islam and Terrorism are not synonymous. Well that is actually true. But consider this-

  1. Muslims have killed more than 100 million Hindus since they first began their jihad against India, in the 660s AD.
  2. Islamic clerics and other islamic so called jihadists and other adherents of this political ideology, Islam, have invaded, occupied, massacred, and enslaved more than 1/5 of the world in the past 1400 years! MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED MORE THAN 100 MILLION HINDUS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THEIR JIHAD AGAINST INDIA! MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JEWS (in fact, the first non-Arab victims of Muslims were Jews - Mohammad personally beheaded several hundred of them). MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS AND TAKEN COUNTLESS OTHERS INTO SLAVERY!
  3. Even now, when it is OBVIOUS that where ever there are Muslims, there is Islamic fundamentalism/ terrorism (America, Israel, India, Serbia, Britain, Australia, The Philippines, Sudan, Armenia, Greece, Holland, France, Denmark, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, and the list goes on...), we never hear Muslims condemn these acts. We never hear them whine and cry about them. We never them riot or protest against those cowardly jihadi acts.
  4. When America, Israel, India, Serbia, Russia, Australia, Britain, and other non-Muslim countries dare to defend themselves in any way, you start riots and protests; these Islamic fundamentalists start accusing these nations of "racism", "bigotry", "intolerance", "hatred", and God knows what else; they start whining and crying to the UN and leftist Western media; and doing everything you can to get the world on their support.
  5. They kill our women and children and then we kill those of who are responsible. But then we are termed as "imperialists","racists", "bigots" and "Islamophobes"! Yes, Islam followers are victims of "discrimination" and "bigotry"; but not innocent helpless women and children of Afghanistan who are deprived of their basic liberty of that of right to education even when we are in 21st century.
  6. This "peaceful" "religion" is constantly being "discriminated" against so much that the leaders of virtually all non-Muslim countries still let them immigrate to them, call Islam a "religion of peace", and bend over backwards for its followers, while they try to impose their "peaceful" "religion" on everyone. And by the way, just so everyone knows how "peaceful" Islam is and just how this so-called "discrimination" against Muslims relates to the latest attacks against my Mumbai, let me quote the holy book of Islam, the Koran:
  • Koran 8:7 “Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels [non-Muslims] out to the last.’”
  • Koran 8:39 “So, fight them till all opposition ends and the only religion is Islam.”
  • Koran 8:59 “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them. They are your enemy and Allah’s enemy.”
  • Koran 8:60 “Prepare against them [non-Muslims] whatever arms and cavalry you can muster that you may strike terror in the enemies of Allah [non-Muslims], and others besides them not known to you. Whatever you spend in Allah’s Cause will be repaid in full, and no wrong will be done to you.”
  • Koran 9:5 “When the sacred forbidden months for fighting are past, fight and kill disbelievers [non-Muslims] wherever you find them, take them captive, beleaguer them, and lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war”"The unbelievers [non-Muslims] are your inveterate foe."
  • Koran: 4:101 ,Koran: 33.27:And He made you heirs to their land and their dwellings and their property, and (to) a land which you have not yet trodden, and Allah has power over all things.
  • Koran: 47.4: So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates. That (shall be so); and if Allah had pleased He would certainly have exacted what is due from them, but that He may try some of you by means of others; and (as for) those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will by no means allow their deeds to perish.
  • Koran 21:44: Do they see Us advancing, gradually reducing the land (in their control), curtailing its borders on all sides? It is they who will be overcome.
  • Koran: 47.35: And be not slack so as to cry for peace and you have the upper hand, and Allah is with you, and He will not bring your deeds to naught. "Muslims, do not make friends with any but your own people."
  • Koran: 5:51:"It is not fitting for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he has made a great slaughter in the land."
  • Koran 8:67,Koran 5:51 “Believers [Muslims], take not Jews and Christians for your friends. They are but friends and protectors to each other.”
  • Koran 74:31 “We have appointed nineteen angels to be the wardens of the Hell Fire. We made a stumbling-block for those who disbelieve [non-Muslims] and We have fixed their number as a trial for unbelievers in order that the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] may arrive with certainty, and that no doubts may be left for the People of the Book, those in whose hearts is a disease.”
  • Koran 88:1: “Has the narration reached you of the overwhelming (calamity)? Some faces (Jews and Christians) that Day, will be humiliated, downcast, scorched by the burning fire, while they are made to drink from a boiling hot spring.”
  • Koran 9:29 “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or the Last Day, who do not forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, or acknowledge the Religion of Truth (Islam), (even if they are) People of the Book (Christians and Jews), until they pay the Jizyah tribute tax in submission, feeling themselves subdued and brought low.”
  • [Another translation says:] “pay the tax in acknowledgment of our superiority and their state of subjection.”

Why Mumbai???

By SUYASHH GUPTA
Published: November 29, 2008

The Only reason Pak does this to India time and again is coz it is jealous of our country's progress. India's economy has been booming to great levels. These attacks lead to distrupting the economy.The stock market was closed yesterday!! Mumbai is the financial capital of india, they think if they can destroy Mumbai, they wld be able to take into hands all of India. But, they shld fkin digest the fact that their country CANT, AND WILL NEVER reach the heights India has.

I think Kashmir has never been a issue in their minds.They care a f*** about Kashmir, we should give them Kashmir just as a 'trial' and see if they keep their mouths shut after that. I have a feeling THEY WON'T STILL...jst coz the reason that they cant see India progressing. India and pakistan divided at the same time. Look where India is now and where Pakistan is.

I personally an not pissed at Islam. People should not stereotype a religion based on only a few who create terror and actually belong to the religion.Its not Islam, IT'S PAKISTAN that is the problem for us; problem for the whole world (except for China, because China thrives on such opportunities laid out against India, as India is a potential threat to China economy-wise).
Honestly, IT IS HIGH TIME NOW, PAKISTAN NEEDS TO LEARN A LESSON! they cant fuking mess with our country and stay safe. Im not saying we must wage war against its sovereignty, or go nuke Pakistan. BUT ERADICATE THESE MOTHERFUCKING CUNTMUSCLE TERRORISTS!
They need to be killed and packaged to hell from where they never shall get reincarnated!!! as I am sure even Prophet Muhammad would never forgive them.

My opinion

By SUYASHH GUPTA
Published: November 29, 2008

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind"- Mahatma Gandhi

I abide by this quote.
So I think nuclear warfare or any kind of warfare which costs innocent lives to be lost is not any option to go out against Pakistan.But when I hear this-"Tolerance beyond the virtue of ignorance is cowardice"- (by Unknown to me)
So, I feel that we should act now- 'enough is enough'- as made by Shobhaa De.Only peaceful dialogue is not gonna help to curb cross-border terrorism.It is evident that the terrorists came from Karachi, Sind, in Pakistan.A survivor who came out of Taj safely said that he could hear people talking to someone in Karachi.

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