Life is trying to return to normal in Mumbai. But will all be the same as before… will this event be forgotten as if nothing had happened.
Mumbai attack has definitely left behind lot of bitterness, lot of unanswered questions, and lot of fear. People are no longer taking politicians on face value. They are not accepting pittance for the untimely death of their loved ones. They are no longer accepting condolences but demanding action and answers. Politicians responsible for Mumbai’s security have resigned. But is that enough for an answer?
“But after these recent attacks, people are saying let’s not pretend everything’s all right. We don’t need to make a show of the Mumbai spirit when what we need now is to make sure this will not be forgotten, all will not be normal again.”
India was warned by its own intelligence as well United States. Even before United States Secretary of States, Condoleezza Rice, reached in India, former candidate for Presidency of US, John Mc Cain, has arrived in Delhi to empathise with India. John McCain along with two other senators, Joe Libermann and Lindsey Graham, will be in Pakistan this weekend.
President-elect Barack Obama along with his family has also sent his clear message of support to India.
Who is to blame? Does Indian government have the will more than the ability to prevent or fight attacks like this.
Each new detail that is emerging on this 60 hour ordeal is pointing towards multiple failures on part of Indian security agencies including the failure to intercept and heed, failure to contain the damage. Our security just played in the hands of terror.
But these failures are neither startling nor new. Indian security experts have for decades pointed at the need for a better intelligence-gathering system, from the police post up. And they say India needs more police officers — at the moment, the country has 122 officers for every 100,000 people, against the U.N.-mandated norm of at least 222 officers per 100,000 people. Currently, no more than 1.5% of police personnel are dedicated to intelligence duties.
Mumbai fallout is going to have a lasting impact. India and Pakistan can continue to play the blame game, but entire region is going to face the brunt of this attack and will definitely spread beyond the borders of India and Pakistan.
The scars from Mumbai attacks will take time to heal.