Neoliberal economics, globalisation of aspirations and the hype about India as a superpower have all led the Indian middle/elite classes to believe that they now constitute the backbone of the country. They expect politics to reflect their aspirations and respond to their anxieties. They want politics to represent them since they assume that they represent India. This disconnect leads to constant suspicion of and cynicism about the politician. This is what underlies the tirade against politicians after the Mumbai horrors.The new activism may be short-lived, but the danger is that the "anti-politics" sentiment will seep across social classes and strengthen a vocabulary of a worrisome kind.....Writes Suhas Palshikar
According to Pakistani officials, security forces over-ran a militant camp on the outskirts of Pakistani Kashmir's main city and seized the alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook Mumbai last month. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was among at least 12 people in Sunday's raid on the camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba the group reportedly responsible for the attacks. It remains unclear if Lakhvi will be extradited to India. These ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan took place amidst local Indian elections with certain Indian media stations speculating on potential Indian military action against Pakistan. Although the deputy editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan states "that there is no danger of war between India and Pakistan" he believes that "this crisis is pregnant with implications for Indo-Pak relations and the future of Pakistan." Real News Network interviews Siddharth Varadarajan on the developing situation between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Mumbai Terror Attacks.
I FAIL to be impressed by India's 'progress' though by most counts it has done better than the country I live in. It only goes to show how poorly Pakistan has fared.
One of the fallouts of the terror attacks in Mumbai has been an over-the-top reaction from the Indian media and jingoist appeals made in the same by some people connected to the establishment, certain "celebrities" - more fittingly, vacuous and obtuse people familiar to the public, and others. In direct correlation to this has been a reaction of abject denial by several voices in the Pakistani media, mirroring the jingoism in India.
As details emerge about who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week, the evidence points to a militant group and network of associates that can be linked to a number of intelligence agencies, including the ISI, the CIA, and MI6.Jeremy R. Hammond, writes in the Foreign Policy Journal.
There are occasions in history when collective trauma brings a nation intimately in contact with its deepest anxieties. Mumbai 26/11, to use the media shorthand for the horror that began one night in November and carried on for close to three days, was one such. The terrorist attacks that began November 26 and transformed swiftly into a 60-hour long siege of three landmark buildings in India’s commercial metropolis, have deeply transformed the national polity. The true consequences will take a while manifesting themselves.
If politics and emotion do not dictate India’s response, the terrorist strikes in Mumbai could be a catalyst for ending the Pakistani military’s fatal patronage of jihadi groups. Siddharth Varadarajan writes in The Hindu.
Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP) strongly condemns the barbaric and heinous acts of planned murder and destruction carried out by terrorists in Mumbai India. We express our sincerest condolence with all the people who fell victim to this savage crime.
We also salute the entire Indian Left that is doing its utmost to reign in reprisals by Hindu fundamentalist forces against the Muslims of India.
Presented are three statements made in the aftermath of the horrific incidents of terrorism in India's premier city, Mumbai. Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP) of Pakistan, Various Indian and Pakistani journalists and academicians, and other Indian and Pakistani citizens call for peace and justice to the victims of this horrific tragedy. Pragoti presents them in this composite post.