India might now do well to resist the temptation to behave as the U.S. did after 9/11, and show the world how a responsible and confident Asian power carries itself even when in pain. Haris Gazdar writes in The Hindu.
"This was an attack on India’s syncretic civilisational ethos. This can be defeated only by India united in its diversity. Any cynical effort to draw political mileage and electoral dividends by perpetuating a communal divide can only give a further lease of life to such anti-national terrorists. " says Sitaram Yechury.
The Mumbai attack, many experts feel, is a "mujahideen" response to India's special relationship with the U.S. and Israel.
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.
The Real News Network interviews senior journalist and deputy editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan on the Mumbai terror incidents. RNN discusses the nature of attacks, the probable suspects behind the same, the responses from the broad public and polity in the country and the politics of it all.
Transcript and audio of a December 1 panel discussion with South Asian History professor Vijay Prashad, New York City-based activist Biju Mathew, veteran journalist and commentator Tariq Ali and award-winning activist and journalist from Mumbai Teesta Setalvad on the Mumbai terror attack. Courtesy: Democrary Now
Member of the Central Secretariat of the CPI(M),Nilotpal Basu shares his thoughts on the terror attack in Mumbai. Rebuffing the parochial campaign that has been launched by media and the frenzied right wing apparatchiks , Comrade.Basu highlights the need for a political solution which should include the strengthening of democratic institutions, and which should be distinct from the US directed “War on Terror”.
The Polit Bureau of CPI(M) adopted a statement on the horrific terrorist attack in Mumbai on November 29. The statement’s main conclusion is published below.
India’s “secular” political establishment, barring the Left, has relied on a class of Muslim “leaders,” whose own political interest lies in keeping the community backward-looking,says Hasan Suroor
Disoriented, like a musth elephant, the State seeks easy solutions: more draconian legislation, more fiery rhetoric, and more warmongering.
Vijay Prashad writes in Counterpunch.