Mumbai Attacks: A lucky escape?From the Editor — By Editor on November 27, 2008 at 9:59 AM
The events of last night in Mumbai are all over by now and the terror, horror and absolute shock of these is yet subsiding. While the why, how, and who will now be analyzed, the burning question remains ‘Why is this allowed to happen again and again? And again.’ (News as it happens here).
The deaths of the main police officers is as shocking as it is saddening since these men could be depended upon to fight terror. There are also indicators now that the erstwhile Nariman House (now Chhabra House) is the hub of all this activity and there are murmurs of this having a ‘Jewish angle’ or ‘Israeli connection’. We can’t confirm until there are more details.
For this author, though, this was a close shave. Around 9pm last night (Nov 26), he left along with a colleague from Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course area. About 45 minutes later, as we passed the Kalamboli area and touched the Express Highway, the phones started ringing. Just about 45 minutes prior, we had been close to ‘town’ where the most horrendous of attacks have happened.
Initially, there were conflicting reports about what exactly has happened. One report said of a blast at CST station which has since been confirmed. Another spoke of a Nigerian drug ring bust and firing at Colaba which had culminated in a nearby movie theater.
As time went along, though, the details emerged. A colleague’s brother was around the CST area and he confirmed what had happened.
Of course, such situations often give rise to ‘what if’ pondering. What if I had stayed on for another 20 minutes to meet with some more people at the function I was attending? What if I had decided to stay back for dinner? What if I had gone on for that additional meeting?
Nonetheless, while this author feels lucky to have left at the right time, we strongly condemn the acts of terror. An outfit called ‘Deccan Mujahideen’ has claimed responsibility for the attacks and we cannot help but feel that as a country, we are too soft on terrorism. Extreme steps are called for and security must be the topmost priority for us.
As the story develops, more grim details are emerging. There is still a lot of activity at the Oberoi, the Taj and the Trident Hotels. We can only hope this is over sooner than later.
And please leave Mumbai alone.
Photo courtesy: The Age/Reuters