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December 1, 2008
Mumbai attacks provoke blogger response

   

Firemen near the Taj Mahal hotel.

   

A memorial in Mumbai for victims of the attacks .

The Internet has played a role in the coverage and understanding of the recent attacks on Mumbai, as Worldfocus previously reported: Tweets, texts and chats change coverage of Mumbai.

Bloggers from all corners of the globe have weighed in on the attacks from a variety of angles and perspectives.

On the ground

Listen to survivors talk about their experiences here and here.

The “Arun Shanbhag blog” live blogs from the Taj Mahal hotel, the site of one of the attacks.

The “Mumbai Help” blog provides links to emergency information for those in need.

The “ALittleTooFast” blog in Mumbai mourns the death of friend Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, a New Yorker whose religious and educational headquarters in Mumbai came under attack.

“The Rydes in Mumbai” blog, written by members of an American family in Mumbai, writes about the situation of Americans in the city, some of whom were targeted.

Foreign involvement

Initially, a little-known group called the  Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks, though the group may be a front for another organization.

India now claims the perpetrators were all from Pakistan, heightening tensions between the two countries.

The “Teeth Maestro” blog, written by a Pakistani dentist, expresses solidarity with Indian victims but frustration at the “blame game” played by the Indian government.

Blogger “Adil” writes that he is a Mumbaikar in solidarity with those in India.

The “Pakistan Policy Blog” writes that India should look in the mirror and come to terms with its own failing security.

The “2point6billion” blog writes that India and Pakistan must work together to diffuse terrorism.

Pakistan has also seen violence in recent days, and dozens have died in riots in Karachi.

Looking forward

Blogger “Mohyna” in Mumbai writes about lessons learned from the attacks.

A blogger at “An Indian Muslim” doubts that political change will occur, saying no one will look into police reforms.

Blogger “Juan Cole” writes about possible economic ramifications of the attacks.

Photos courtesy of Flickr useres USELESSNANO and zeeble under a Creative Commons license.

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3 comments

#3

Your analysis is thought provoking and forces clear views on the underlying threads of the conflict. Unlike the media it presesnts another look at whose intersts are at stake.Wilma

#2

“Police said Saturday that Kasab, who’s facing a criminal case in the attacks, has written to Pakistani officials to request legal help. In a letter written Thursday, he asked for “legal aid” from the Pakistani consulate and requested a meeting with a consular representative, said Rakesh Maria, Mumbai’s chief investigator. ”

HAND ME ADVANI (Wanted for murder plot in Pakistan), and I’ll get a 70 PAGE CONFESSION of Mission Mumbai & Marriot from him….within 24 hours.

LOSERS…. U GUYS need to have a brain…

#1

http://www.EthicalDemocracy.blogspot.com
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice
By Chithra KarunaKaran
In the context of the Mumbai terror attacks, originating in Pakistan, it is time to take a hard look at 65 years of US policy towards South Asia.

US Strategic Interest in South Asia & the Prospect for Ethical Democracy in South Asia

1. The US has no ETHICAL interest in India or Pakistan or Afghanistan.

2. The US is primarily interested in advancing what the US considers its own narrowly defined, completely self-interested strategic interest in the subcontinental region.
This strategic interest of the US does NOT coincide with the strategic, intra-regional or domestic interests of Pakistan, India or Afghanistan each of whom have mutually overlapping ethical and strategic interests, which are not shared by the US.

3. The US strategic interest benefits from a compliant India, weak Pakistan and weak Afghanistan, ALL of whom can then serve as a base for US ground and air intelligence operations.
India’s alleged “belligerence” against Pakistan, serves the US strategic interest, because the US can then continue to maintain an ostensibly mediating strategic presence on the ground in the region, as well as have a hold on the Security Council in the UN and other intergovernmental agencies, on the question of peace and stability in South Asia.

4. The US strategic interest is part of a longterm, but not necessarily consistent or well-reasoned policy strategy, which began in the State Department of the Eisenhower administration, under Secretary of State John Foster Dulles(1953-1959) with the creation of SEATO and CENTO, to counteract NAM — The Non Aligned Movement, an historic alliance of formerly colonized and therefore oppressed, newly liberatory sovereign nation-states of Africa, Asia and Latin America, with rich natural resources.

5. The US strategic interest in South Asia is to maintain a dominant presence in the region to counteract the influence of Russia and now Iran, on the Western sector adjoining the South Asia region.

6. The US strategic interest in South Asia is to maintain a dominant presence in the region to counteract the influence of China on the Eastern sector adjoining the South Asia region.

7. The satellitization by the US of Pakistan and now Afghanistan is consistent with and linked to the US strategic interest in West Asia, where Israel has been voluntarily satellitized, to confound and impede stability, peace, civil society development and democracy in West Asia (constructed as “The Middle East” first by imperial Britain and now by the neo-imperial US). Middle of What? East of Where? The intentional construction of the Middle East as a non-place serves the US strategic interest, just as in the period of U.S. slavery and plantation economy, the construction of the slave as Negro, made him/her a non-person without a place.

8. Ethical Democracy in South Asia is best advanced by mutual collaboration among India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and all other sovereign nation-states of the South Asia geopoliticalregion.
People-to-people crossborder civil society development exchanges are a vital strategy for the accomplishment of this objective.

Chithra KarunaKaran
http://www.EthicalDemocracy.blogspot.com
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice

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