Open Thread: Mumbai Bomb Blast

UPDATE: This is a Sticky Post for the next 48 hours

What has just happened is abhorable. There are no words to describe the events.

Do you have something to say. Want to pass on advice ?

Did you witness events that will leave a permanent mark on your life?

Any stories of stories of heroism from the common citizenry ?

Or do you want to vent out your feelings and thoughts?

If so please do so on this open thread. Anything and everything related to the bomb blasts is up for discussion.

82 Comments so far

  1. arZan (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    Just heard the Police Chief on TV. He said that he knew that the city was a target on the terrorist radar.

    Well as much as such a declaration is shocking, its also obvious. If terrorist want to create havoc, they will target the biggest and the most important city of the country. They are not going to go and bomb murud janjira, or jhoomritilaiya, are they. No offence to the citizens of these two places.

  2. Anindita (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:44 am

    I am so so sorry. I pray for Bombay and all its people.

  3. Da-Man (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    Very saddened by the loss of innocent life. Everyday people going home from work, victimized due to no fault of theirs. Loved ones and families are left to suffer their loss in silence.
    We can defeat these bloodthirsty terrorists by uniting against them. They cannot let our spirits wane, and in the end they will be defeated.
    As a guy from Karachi living in the US, today we are all Mumbaikars.

  4. Nandhu (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 2:29 am

    In this hour of need, I, on behalf of the Chennai Metblogging team, extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed in the attack. We are all quite saddened by this atrocity inflicted on your city. And hats off to the famous resilence that Mumbai has once again shown.

  5. Eleanor (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 3:53 am

    I have been following this tragic event from my home in London and feel the same gut wrenching shock I felt just 12 months ago here. But London turned around and got back to normal pretty quickly and I sense the same determined spirit in Mumbai. You have a fantastic community that will keep your city alive and determined to get back to normal again. Be strong and continue to care for those who are bereaved and injured, they now need your support the most. With love.

  6. Nilotpal (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 6:01 am

    This is a incident of numbing brutality and impact. I wish to express my deepest sorrow for all those who have suffered in the blasts.

    The show of mutual help and support shown in Mumbai in last two days has been extraordinary. All those who have lent their hands/shoulders out to help fellow citizens are heroes in themselves and one must salute them.

    Lastly, to express my own frustration; being blown up in a Bombay local during rush hour traffic is like being butchered so hopelessly. I am as sad as unsure that all the blood shed on tuesday shall make us ( and our governments) any wiser in future.

  7. anna (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 7:54 am

    Take care of yourselves in the aftermath- SF is thinking about you!

  8. Bhupesh Gohil (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    The Spirit of Mumbai never dies….

    My deepest condolence to all those who were affected by this tragedy! Lets not give up and show them that we are strong and united…no matter what they throw at us!

    Its already bounced back…to show the world…that we believe in truth and fate….
    Fanatics, Losers, Morons like these inhuman evils will come and go to see India march down the victory isle to occupy the throne on the world map as the most Powerful, respected and peace loving nation of all time!

    Salaam Mumbai…I am prod to be an Mumbaiite…

    Bhupesh from Auckland, NZ.

    Long live Mumbai!

  9. All Mumbaikars (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    Dear Terrorist,

    Even if you are not reading this we don’t care. Time and again you tried to disturb us and disrupt our life – killing innocent civilians by planting bombs in trains, buses and cars. You have tried hard to bring death and destruction, cause panic and fear and create communal disharmony but everytime you were disgustingly unsuccessful. Do you know
    >how we pass our life in Mumbai? How much it takes for us to earn that single rupee? If you wanted to give us a shock then we are sorry to say that you failed miserably in your ulterior motives. Better look elsewere, not here.

    We are not Hindus and Muslims or Gujaratis and Marathis or Punjabis andBengaliies. Nor do we distinguish ourselves as owners or workers, govt. employees or private employees. WE ARE MUMBAIKERS (Bombay-ites, if you like). We will not allow you to disrupt our life like this. On the last few occassions when you struck (including the 7 deadly blasts in a single day killing over 250 people and injuring 500+ in 1993), we went to work next day in full strength. This time we cleared everything within a few hours and were back to normal – the vendors placing their next order, businessmen finalizing the next deals and the office workers rushing to catch the next train. (Yes the same train you targetted)

    :::::Fathom this: Within 3 hours of the blasts, long queues of blood donating volunteers were seen outside various hospital, where most of the injured were admitted. By 12 midnight, the hospital had to issue a notification that blood banks were full and they didn’t require any more blood. The next day, attendance at schools and office was close to 100%, trains & buses were packed to the brim, the crowds were back.

    The city has simply dusted itself off and moved one – perhaps with greater vigour.

    We are Mumbaikers and we live like brothers in times like this. So, do not dare to threaten us with your crackers. The spirit of Mumbai is very strong and can not be harmed.

    Please invite others to read this. U never know, by chance it may come to hands of a terrorist in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq and he can then read this message which is specially meant for him!!!

    With Love,
    From the people of Mumbai (Bombay)

  10. Kush Tandon (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    Are any relief organizations/ NGOs trying to help Mumbaikars? Is anyone collecting money? Is anyone pitching for the dead and the wounded?

    Goddammit, Indian Red Cross Society has nothing on their webpage.

    Will they be mercy of Indian Government and their **supersonic speed***.

    Guys, do something.

  11. Virendra (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    Hats off to Mumbaikar! For being such spineless to watch for thirteen years no punishment to the perpetrators of Bombings in 1993. For being such meek to see that the terrorists openly stay in the MLAs hostel. For being so dumb not to perceive a thread between cruel murders of the policemen in Bhiwandi and the bombings three days afterwards.

  12. Jaume from Barcelona (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    I can’t understand why this has happened. Why all this horror? Why all this suffering?

    All the world joins you to moan your victims, which are also ours.

    Sincere condolences

  13. katya (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    Many thoughts and prayers to you and your bustling city. I so admire the strength and resilience you have shown so far – much luck to you all in the weeks ahead.

    ~Katie and the Houston Metbloggers

  14. Shamit (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 2:06 am

    Timesofindia has a story where samajwadi party has given clean cheet to SIMI

    “SIMI is not a terrorist organisation. Some of its members may be involved in terrorist activities and action should be taken against them,” further
    “SIMI was not found to be involved in the two main terrorist incidents in the state,”

    So by that logic Al-Qaeda is also not a terrorist org, since it didn’t affect their state. This is pathetic

  15. Sameer (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 3:09 am

    Hi Guys,

    I thought its just the right time to know your opinoins about the current state of affairs in our democracy. What do you really think about the current status and shape of our politicle society who seems to be enjoying full crdit for creation of billions of jobs due to global outsourcing of jobs to india (and appearently low cost was the only reason why the jobs are here and these politicians have nothing to do with the employment opportunities creation in recent times). The political community is engrossed in maintaining power and corrupt to such an extent that they seem to be totally unaware about the electricity shortage, water shortage and out dated sewerege system of the city.

    To add to this we faced huge floods due to terrential rains last year and also heard that BMC has taken the necessary steps and corrective measures to overcome the issue. All their claims were busted by this year’s moderate rain. Then came the news that our dear Prime Minister’s security was breached just for the want of 6 Scotch bottles (by now, everone knows how easy it is to breach any security as terrorists were successful in attacking the Parliament once). And on top of everything, came the Blasts story. Therefore, i just felt like asking some of our politicle figureheads if they know of any means and ways to collect intelligence about such an incident and willingness to protect the life of innocent common man who honestly pays all the due taxes and elect these men to run our country? Does anyone have any measures orr ideas to make our politics more accountable?


  16. BomBoi (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    Q: “Why did all the cellphone lines go down. This happens everytime there is a crisis. Should the government regulate the cell carriers to have a very large redundancy.”

    A. The carriers are in the business for profit. It does not make any business sense to build even 10 times the normal capacity just in case they might need it as on 7/11 Unless ofcourse everyone is willing to pay 10 times as much for their phone bills.

    The government should educate the citizens to take some personal responsibility and not hog the telephone network immediately after a disaster. The urge to contact everyone on your speeddial is tremendous but you need to realize that there are others who might have a far greater need. A few hours of personal anguish is better than total chaos because all communications have shut down.

    Q. “Why were all the blasts in the first class compartments only, and why male compartments.”

    A. This proves that the terrorists were all MALE so they couldn’t have entered a ladies compartment without immediately arousing suspicion and anger. Since it has now been confirmed that the bombs were placed in the luggage rack, it is probably easier to find empty rack space in a first class compartment (presumably less crowded) than the general compartments.

  17. BomBoi (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    WTF. was the railway minister thinking announcing a 5 lakh payment (paid by the taxpayer, ofcourse) to the next of kin? What kind of insensitive and inhuman response is that, as if the people were on the edge of their seats and couldn’t wait to know how much their dead family members were worth as far as the railways is concerned.

    Hey Lalu, why don’t you explain to the people of Mumbai what steps you are taking to make sure such a tragedy doesn’t occur again. Or do you think you can hide your incompetence and buy your way out of future tragedies at tax payers expense.

  18. Mrs Punjabi (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    Well this is a sad turn of events. But we have to remember one thing… that one is not as strong as all. So we have to be together and fight this terorrist activities. Our spirit should not be broken. Remember what Babu said, “they will talk, they will hit, they will laugh and then they will kill… they will also have my body… but not my obidience…” So we have be together as a nation and not as one particular state. This is a clear sign that “these terorrists” are thinking that India is a soft target, but let us show them that our silence may not be mistaken as our fear but we are humans and not animals as they are. Innocent lives are souls of martyrs and those who take them away will be judged by the great and just allmighty.

  19. vivaBOMBAY (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

    Congrats …you’ve done it again – Bounced back to life and have ridden the punches of the coward faceless terrorist.
    Mumbaikars – you are the admiration of the world.

    Not the Bombay police though – who are institutionally corrupt. This catastrophe was wholly avoidable if only the sakarams do what they are suppose to do, rather than do what they best do – stand at nakas for ‘hafta’. But are they listening – I wouldn’t have thought so ….

  20. Gursharan Sidhu (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

    It is imperative thank those from around the world who have posted condolence messages.

    I agree that cell phones are in business for profit and hence have to maintain only an optimum level of capacity for number of calls. However, the question arises that why does capacity fall short, whether it be in the case of cellular networks or internet connections, only in India?

    I think the answer lies in the fact that in India infrastructure for these services is overloaded even on a normal day, because in India businesses are concerned more about short-term profits more than anything else.

  21. Donald (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

    we pay taxes minimum from 1 lac to 5 lac every year….Amitab pay around 3 crores, i want to know where does my money get spent…. no infrastructure planning during heavy rains no proper physical security to protect us from criminals like mobile pickers pick pocketeers communal riots ignitors lile politicians… 5400 crores in taxes Mumbai gives to the country , 1800 crores alone in Octroi taxes…what are we doing as citizens just giving Votes to these uneducated illiterate item girl dance numbers approvers ….its time we do a non-violence movement and bring the govt down or if it doesnt understand non-violence then we need to form a strong lobby of diplomatic section which has the power to rule over the govt …..

    But after writing this i still say…. we will soon forget this incident after 15 days as we are indians :-) vande materam !!!!

  22. G (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    I would like to know what the government is doing with all the taxpayers money. . .

  23. pooja (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    I am deeply shocked with the bloody act of terrorism…the devil of terror strikes and now amchi mumbai!!!! gosh u blood sucking vampires..when will u stop!!!
    I know mumbai waalas..i know indians..they will be back on the track like spring chickens as did the goes on..but it is time that we indians bring a revolution in the world against terrorism!!|!
    I , a true Indian from Australia,my heart cries with those who have lost their dear ones..may the souls rest in peace!!!!

  24. sara (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

    i am a mumbaikar. i am saddened by the7/11 events.this is not the first time we have had to suffer bomb blasts. the objectives the terrorists have achieved is kill and injure scores. many women and children have lost their loved ones. their pain and curses will catch up on these evil, sick people who committed this mayhem.goodness will overcome evil. history has shown us this.they will not be able to divide the country.we shall overcome. shame on you terrorist. don’t you have a family ? get your head checked. you are sick

  25. Bajju Sharma (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:41 am

    Bombay’s local fanatic militant outfit, Shiv Sena, is hand-in-glove with the Dawood-funded terrorists and has helped the terrorists in the 11th July bomb blasts. The investigation agencies must not overlook this angle.

  26. MANOJ SINGHVI (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    the terrorists involved in the mumbai bomb blast should be nabbed from whichever part of the world they are in hiding.If they are Indians their families should also be punished for the simple reason that the families of the terror victim suffer.

  27. bishan (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:30 am

    It was hurting to see all the series blast in mumbai. my heart cried when i heard that a friend of mine was just in the next compartment were the blast took place. Mumbaikar’s i want to request you that please be aware of any left bags or lugage in any public area and if you find any just make the local police or authority aware.

  28. Syed Javed Zaidi (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

    ‘What ALLAH Values a human Life

    whosoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or making mischief on earth it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and if he saved the life of one it shall be as if he had saved the lives of all mankind (Al-Quraan-Al Maida 32)

    those terrorist who are killing hundreds and thousands of innocent Men, women and children around the world, and believe their Acts as Qur-aanic Edicts and “Jihad-e-Islam” God knows what quraan they talk about and what kind of Islam they Preach and practice, when Que-aan says “The killing of one man is ti kill a whole Human race”

    Syed Javed Zaidi
    Right Path of Islam Association

  29. Stephen Dantas (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    I am one of the fortunate Mumbaikars who watched the entire incident unfold on TV – I could have been one of those who died, had I been on one of those trains.

    While I am amazed at the resilience of us Mumbaikars, I am deeply pained at what is happening to this wonderful city. This incident has forced me into a deeper introspection. It is so easy to blame the police, the government, the system… is so difficult to blame ourselves…..What we really need is an awakening of our conscience – we cannot go on like this….we cannot let ourselves forget this incident…we have to do something about it, but in a positive way.

    If we forget this and move on or if we do anything retaliatory in a fit of rage, we are playing into the hands of the terrorists, and thus will be part of their system. In memory of those who died, we need to get together to build this city, through peace and better governance.

  30. Monil Sawla (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    This is my request to the government.We all Know that has whatever happen has really shocked the mumbaikars. But do you all dosent think of hte people , children or the the dependent family members of the victimised in the incident .
    So my suggestion is to provide the reservation for the victimised persons family in all fieds so that they can have the tilt some what on their side .
    Just think the father of those people those u got killed in the blast , now their children will be suffering for the life tiime. The compensation of rs 5 lakh is going to help them how much??

  31. A guy from US (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 3:58 am

    If the fact is that foreign terrorists caused these blasts then this also shows their frustration or distrust for not being able to recruit Indian Muslims for their dirty cause.

    Indian Muslims should be given credit for that. But they should also openly come out and oppose such deeds vociferously …

  32. Shridutt (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    Inside my mind…….I want to send this email to my president Man mohan singh…..sir you know that we are dying….in the first at kashmir now everywhere….and we know that all these things are being done by pak…still YOU….yes YOU are taking no action…look at the history sir….11september…..BUSH said…”American are brave people and we will destruct who are acting on this terrorism and he did it….whole Afghan…same way Russia worked and Putin Succeed…I just want to ask my Dr. Manmohan…why can’t we destroy terror of kashmir…we can I know we can……please……they are dying…..if there was your mother or your son you would know…..tears………We have got world’s best army……enough weapon…..of what we should be afraid????????……..we don’t need amrica’s help………..we should aim on our progress……terror always intrrupt this…….please sir…okay…i’ve to go now……in the last………destroy all terrorist…………

    if you can’t stop it than you can do nothing

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