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19 July 2011

13/7 bomb blasts in Mumbai: India is the most vulnerable target for terrorists

New Delhi, India

                                13/7 Blast Site

Terrorists have once again attacked India with serial blasts in Mumbai on 13th July 2011 the Wednesday evening. This is a repetition of massacre of innocent Indians in less than three years after the ghastly 26/11 terrorist attacks of 2008. The terrorists blew three time bombs, in a sequence, at 6.30 pm, 6.45 pm, and 7 pm IST, finishing their task in just half an hour flat. They targeted the biggest jewelry market Zaveri Bazaar, followed by Opera House and the Kabutarkhana area of Dadar West. 

Zaveri Bazaar the largest market for gold jewelry and diamonds is adjacent to the iconic Mumbadevi temple after which the city has derived its name ‘Mumbai’. It is shameful for the largest democracy on the earth that Zaveri Bazaar and Kabutarkhana were also targeted in the 1993 serial blasts. The terrorists have felt quite convenient to explode time bombs like  children light crackers on festivals and other occasions. 

India has become a soft target for terrorists who simply walk-in at any venue in this country, plant time-bombs at places of their choice, trigger them off killing dozens of innocent Indian citizens and devastating properties worth millions. They have not even spared the highest seat of power in India the parliament house situated in immediate neighborhood of Rashtrapati Bhawan (Official residence of the President of India) and the North and South Blocks from where the republic of India is ruled by the union government. 

We the common people of India keep observing these ghastly incidents helplessly as the politicians, who are governing this country, come out of their luxury offices and aristocratic residences for announcing inquiry commissions, enumerating statistics about the people killed in the blasts and evaluating the damages to the properties and infrastructures. These politicians usually compare the statistics of the current incidents of terrorists’ attacks with the data available with them in respect of similar killings in the past attacks. 

This happens only in India that senior leaders and spokespersons of political parties enlist dozens of excuses for the repeated terrorists’ attacks on Indian people inside the Indian territories. Let us enlist what all the politicians have spoken as an aftermath of the 13/7 terrorists’ attacks: 

1. One of the most common excuses is that the terrorists’ attacks are sponsored by Pakistan. (Naturally, what can we do with the activities carried out by terrorists in some other country?) By saying so, they divert the attention of the people from the rampant mushrooming of terrorists among the Indian population. The organizations like Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) — the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI) use to get breathing spaces out of the prejudices statements of Indian politicians. The terrorists hiding in the Indian crowd never face fierce threats from the authorities so much so that they should not dare repeating their terrorist activities.

2. What message might have gone to the growing strength of   Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) — the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI) when a senior politician straightaway refuted involvement of these terrorist organizations and accused Hindu terrorism for the 13/7 blasts. Incidentally the politicians who usually raise the bogey of Hindu terrorism are themselves Hindus. 

3. Indian politicians hypothetically relate the terrorist activities with particular religions like Islam and Hinduism. They quote these religions at their convenience keeping their vote-banks in mind. Muslims being a minority community has acquired a prime status as the most sought-after vote bank. This is the reason why many political parties claim themselves to be the well-wishers of the minorities and try to fetch their votes in elections. But the socioeconomic condition of Indian Muslims has not at all improved in the last 62 years. Minorities have been exploited by politicians before elections and ignored for the rest of the time. That is the reason why the majority population of Indian Muslims lives in stark poverty and social discrimination


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