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Ahmedabad Blasts Update July 27, 2008

Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, City, India, Is anyone listening, News, News Reaction , trackback

I avoid writing twice on a news, but this one is disturbing me a lot. It is 3:30 AM in San Jose and the restless me is trying to get hold of the actual number of deaths in the Ahmedabad blasts, 40 to 50 is the range which most of the sites are now talking about.

What are the calculations, the masterminds amongst the terrorists would be doing, 3 per blast is good or bad for them. Numbers matter to all, and more over to those who are in the business of fear. I am sure they would have planned and hoped for 100 per blast, yes hoped. Reading across Guardian, CNN, NDTV, Headlines India, Times of India and BBC one just gets one feeling, media would move on, the Government would move on, the terror merchants and there terror network would move on, even the relatives of those who have died would move on, but these 40 -50 lesser mortals would never move again.

No one is talking about Bangalore blasts today, 48 hours is what it took for everyone to move on, a search on Google for both Bangalore Blasts Suspects and Ahmedabad Blasts Suspects, got an unexpected first result – http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GGIH_enIN234IN234&q=Ahmedabad+Blast+Suspects - Al Jazeera. Yes Al Jazeera network’s english website. No CNN, no BBC, no Times of India, no NDTV. Ruthlessness of the conspirators is demonstrated amply by the fact that they planted bombs near/ inside the hospitals – objective can be nothing but if you survived so far, die now.

Ahmedabad blasts have something more in them, they bring back unpleasent memories of series of communal violence incidents which have been happening  in Ahmedabad and other areas of Gujarat for about a decade now. Gujarat has suffered, it was coming up very well and would have beome number one on per capita income in India in these last ten years. Every blast takes it  back, demotivates some, cautions others, investment climate does suffer.

India as a nation needs to practice zero tolerance when it comes to such acts, we need political will and quick execution. I am sure our police would know the sympathizers if not the accused very well. Just lock them up and hang couple of them after every incident. On the other hand, work towards economic integration of both the communities, economic ties can sometime be thicker than religion.

Thank Usha for a more balanced update: http://blogs.mapsofindia.com/2008/07/27/ahmedabad-blasts-update/

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1. K N Ajit Narayan - July 29, 2008

Lack of state and local level intelligence is one of the primary factors that enable terrorists in India to carry out their nefarious activities at will. The Ahmedabad and Bangalore blasts have highlighted the necessity for building up and maintaining an efficient network of local intelligence in India.

Media reports in India indicate that prior to the bomb blasts, the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, had been convening meetings to discuss the loophole which continues to exist in our internal security system.

Everytime there is a terrorist attack anywhere in the world, a change can be observed in the security personnels who guard the Kolkata Metro Rail System. Usually, they could be found yawning and nonchalantly observing the people that pass by. But after any terrorist attack, they are put on high alert and can be spotted carrying rifles and metal detectors. The same thing had happened after the London blasts in 2005.