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The day after Mumbai

India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle.

Familiar tragedy befell the city of Mumbai last night — three coordinated bomb blasts killed 21 innocent civilians and injured over 100.  My colleague over at Pragmatic Euphony puts across some important questions that deserve answers.  At the time of writing this blogpost, no one is yet to claim responsibility.  And while there were indications that some lessons had been learned by the government since the 26/11 attacks, the two terror incidents can hardly be equated.  The attacks of 7/13 have an unfortunately familiar signature to previous attacks in India — Bombay, 1992; Delhi, 2005; Mumbai 2006; Jaipur, 2008 and Guwahati, 2008.

Had this been a fidayeen attack or a commando-style assault resulting in a hostage situation (like 26/11), we’re not sure what the government’s response might have been. What we do know from previous incidents is that the nature of the attacks in Mumbai align with the modus operendi of two groups — the underworld, and local, but Pakistan-affiliated groups such as the Indian Mujahideen (IM).

India’s track record in bringing to book those responsible for terror attacks on its soil is troubling.  In The Hindu, Praveen Swami points out that despite multi-million dollar investments, India’s investigation into terror attacks since 26/11 have proven inconclusive.  Indeed, despite home minister P. Chidambaram’s claims that our counter-terrorism capabilities have been significantly enhanced since 26/11, we appear unable to even identify where persons on our so-called list of “most wanted” currently live.

It should be troubling to the state and to its citizens that on every occasion where innocent civilians are murdered in India, the narrative of preserving India-Pakistan peace is resurrected from slumber in the Western media. This is a narrative that India needs to arrest.  Like the need for India to talk to Pakistan ranks considerably higher than the value of the lives of innocent men, women and children who have died.  Let there be no “knee-jerk” reaction, they say.  But there’s already been a knee-jerk reaction. And several.

But beyond merely identifying those responsible for the heinous attacks on India, what is the government’s capability to deliver justice to victims?  What is to dissuade those hostile to India from carrying out further attacks in other large metropolitan cities?  If these attacks end up being traced to Pakistan, like 26/11 was, will justice ever be served?

This blog has repeatedly articulated the need for capacity to challenge terror infrastructure where it stood.  If the attack is traced to Pakistan, India has two options — pursuing the matter through political channels, which invariably leads to a cul-de-sac, or military, which appears infeasible given sufficient plausible deniability and international pressure. Now, India certainly has options available that don’t involve either the political or military to put it across to the perpetrators that their actions will not go unpunished.  The question is if India has the political will to deliver justice to victims of terror, by whatever means necessary.

Both within India and outside, those that have conspired against the state continue to act with impunity.  Until  the government can demonstrate that it can act decisively against those that wage war against it, this unfortunate cycle will continue.

India needs no new ideas.  The thinking that needs to be done has already been done.  No new whitepapers are needed.  This country needs doers.

 

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45 Responses to The day after Mumbai

  1. @filter_c July 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    On my blog: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  2. Nitin Pai (@Acorn) (@acorn) July 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    My colleague @filter_c: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://t.co/AENL7kE #7/13 #Mumbai

  3. RT @filter_c: On my blog: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  4. calamur (@calamur) (@calamur) July 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    RT @filter_c: On my blog: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  5. RT @filter_c: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  6. @NilimDutta July 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    RT @pragmatic_d RT @filter_c: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  7. @filter_c July 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    RT @pragmatic_d: On Mumbai blasts, three posts at INI: http://bit.ly/o4TNys || http://bit.ly/nEgrfQ || http://bit.ly/qHnUdp

  8. Who is going to do it ?"@filter_c The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest narrative, break the cycle.http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai"

  9. calamur (@calamur) (@calamur) July 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    RT @pragmatic_d: On Mumbai blasts, three posts at INI: http://bit.ly/o4TNys || http://bit.ly/nEgrfQ || http://bit.ly/qHnUdp

  10. @vivanel July 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    RT @pragmatic_d: On Mumbai blasts, three posts at INI: http://bit.ly/o4TNys || http://bit.ly/nEgrfQ || http://bit.ly/qHnUdp

  11. @prempanicker July 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    RT @calamur: On Mumbai blasts, three posts at INI: http://bit.ly/o4TNys || http://bit.ly/nEgrfQ || http://bit.ly/qHnUdp

  12. RT @prempanicker RT @calamur: On Mumbai blasts, three posts at INI: http://bit.ly/o4TNys || http://bit.ly/nEgrfQ || http://bit.ly/qHnUdp

  13. @aries_ahmaedy July 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

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  14. @KumarSinha July 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

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  15. @23jacob July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    RT @acorn: My colleague @filter_c: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://t.co/AENL7kE #7/13 #Mumbai

  16. @razabpn July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

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  17. @Netra July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

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  18. @pranavno9 July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

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  19. @richa731 July 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

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  20. @complicateur July 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

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  21. @vivanel July 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

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  22. @vivanel July 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

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  23. @vivanel July 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    RT @acorn: My colleague @filter_c: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://t.co/AENL7kE #7/13 #Mumbai

  24. @lpolgreen July 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

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  25. Vidyut (@Vidyut) July 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

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  26. Hasyimah Mohd Amin (@Chimneychim) July 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

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  27. Ameya Dhuri (@Ameya31) July 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

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  28. asgekar (@asgekar) July 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

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  30. Aanchal Kumar (@MischiefMonger) July 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

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  31. Limin Mathew (@liminmathew) July 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

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  32. Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) July 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

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  33. Sunny Singh (@sunnysingh_sw6) July 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

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  34. Wats in a name dawg (@langda_tyagi4) July 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    RT @filter_c: On my blog: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  35. Sudha Kanago (@SudhaKanago) July 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    RT @acorn: My colleague @filter_c: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://t.co/AENL7kE #7/13 #Mumbai

  36. AishwaryaM Gahrana (@AishMGhrana) July 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    RT @pragmatic_d: On Mumbai blasts, three posts at INI: http://bit.ly/o4TNys || http://bit.ly/nEgrfQ || http://bit.ly/qHnUdp

  37. Arun (@asiddh) July 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    RT @filter_c: On my blog: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR #7/13 #Mumbai

  38. Farhat Habib (@far_hat) July 14, 2011 at 5:55 am #

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  39. Rohan Joshi (@filter_c) July 14, 2011 at 7:27 am #

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  40. Vidyut (@Vidyut) (@Vidyut) July 14, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    RT @filter_c: Blogpost replug: The day after Mumbai – India needs to arrest the narrative, break the cycle. http://j.mp/qIA9TR

  41. Really? July 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    “India’s track record in bringing to book those responsible for terror attacks on its soil is troubling.”
    As If our record in bringing any criminal to book is great. Why single out terrorism, our police and investigative agencies suck.

  42. Rohan Joshi July 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    @Really: That’s a different issue. We’re talking about magnitude. 21 deaths yesterday, 200 on 26/11, and those that planned it are honored keynote speakers at Lahore High Court.

  43. Mike July 15, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    Quoting: “the narrative of preserving India-Pakistan peace is resurrected from slumber in the Western media.”

    It is not only the western media which is parroting this line. An esteemed blogger with the nationalinterest address is also advocating the same albeit in a more nuanced way.

    http://acorn.nationalinterest.in/2011/07/14/terrorist-attacks-on-mumbai-a-preliminary-assessment/

    Points 6 and 7.

  44. Rohan Joshi July 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    @Mike: there is more than just a nuanced difference between what the Western media is saying and what Nitin is saying. Point 6 in his blog is his assessment of the logic that will likely drive UPA’s calculations on this provocation.

    Point 7 is a statement of fact. An embattled Pakistani MJC needs a bogey; that bogey conveniently, is India. There is a bit of reading between the lines that’s necessary on that point. You will see that what Nitin says in #7 isn’t far off from what I’m saying in the 3rd to last paragraph of my blogpost.

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