I saw the news of the Mumbai firing and thought it was one of those stray attacks. Being a working day we switched off the TV set a little early. As we were planning to go to bed, I got a call from a friend. It's only when I listened to him that I understood the sheer scale of the attack. I came downstairs immediately to swtich on the TV once again.
Sad but the images were true. My country was in flames again. But this time it was different. Terrorists came in boats carrying explosives and ammunition that they used at will. No timer bombs in this attack were used, just rifles and grenades. And what places to choose - Taj and Oberoi Trident hotels, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Santa Cruz airport, Cafe Leopold, Metro Adlabs multiplex, police headquarters, couple of hospitals and a dockyard. All centres of late night activity. The sheer audacity of the attack makes it all the more terrifying. The agenda seems to be to target the foreigners and the elite class. 'Deccan Mujahideen' is more like a coverup, the bigger picture could be entirely different.
Whatever the case maybe, the people of India and our foreign guests lost their lives!
It has now become imperative as citizens of India to report any suspected activity to the police immediately. Just yesterday I was hearing a caller on a Dubai radio station mentioning some people who carried some food stuff a day before the attack to the Taj hotel, and how his manager doubted them. I fail to understand why is he mentioning it now, why didn't he report it to the police then? As long as our own home is safe we think everything is allright. My anger is directed to such people also.
Let's not come up with any wild theories at this juncture. It's an attack on the people of India, plain and simple! As for those who want to terrorise this peaceful land, like I always say, "May the curse of Allah be upon you." You have succeeded today but nothing lasts for ever. The sacrifice of our policemen won't go waste. Wait till we catch you!