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India’s Tragedy

by Evan A. Feigenbaum
September 7, 2011

A nurse tries to assist as a policeman carries a woman, who was injured by a blast outside the High Court, towards a hospital for treatment in New Delhi September 7, 2011. A powerful bomb placed in a briefcase outside the High Court in New Delhi killed at least nine people and injured 45 on Wednesday, a senior official said, prompting the Indian government to put the capital on high alert. Reuters/Vijay Mathur.

Today’s bombing outside New Delhi’s high court building is a stark reminder of the painful realities Indians have to live with every day of the week. And since it comes just days before the tenth anniversary of “9/11”—America’s own day of tragedy, when New York and Washington came under attack—it’s worth reflecting for just a moment on the bonds that bind together these two open and pluralistic societies.

Buckets of ink, not least in the Indian media, will be spilled in coming days about today’s bombing:  Is India sufficiently prepared?  What’s the state of Indian intelligence and coordination, especially in the wake of reforms introduced by Home Minister P. Chidambaram after the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks?  Who was responsible for today’s bombing, and how should India pursue justice?

Today, however, I think it’s worth simply standing with the people of India.

On “26/11”—the day Mumbai was attacked—this unhappy element of India’s daily reality entered America’s consciousness as never before.  But if 26/11 grabbed headlines, it’s too easy to forget just how many other Indian metropolises were bombed in 2008:  Jaipur in May, Ahmedabad and Bangalore in July, and New Delhi’s most famous shopping area, Connaught Place, in September.

The United States and India share diversity, traditions of community, and strongly embedded democratic traditions that are the lifeblood of any open society.  Today’s New Delhi attack is yet another reminder of the threats open societies still face, and of the bonds of empathy that bind them at difficult moments.


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  • Posted by Sudeep

    Its instructive to see who does not stand with India..
    India’s first conversation in three years with China on counter-terrorism recently failed to make much headway despite New Delhi providing Beijing fresh findings and evidence.

    Not only did China bluntly refuse to re-examine its objection in the UN to proscribing the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Maulana Masood Azhar and two prominent Lashkar-e-Toiba faces, but also firmly rejected looking into details of Chinese arms suppliers provided by Anthony Shimray of the NSCN (IM).

    The counter-terrorism dialogue in Beijing this July, the first such talks after 26/11, was an attempt at reviving this old bilateral mechanism after three years. However, sources said, there was no progress on substantive issues.

    The real problem in South Asia is not the country bumpkins with Kalashnikovs. Its the PLA which props them up.

  • Posted by Sudhakaran

    An India-US alliance is fast becoming an imperative. I hope the Indian leadership has the good sense to negotiate and join the recent NATO deal that was suggested.

  • Posted by vasant pradhan

    india is too close to pakistan and has large illitere muslim population,who are prone to become islamic terrorists.
    these 2 factors will always thwart any soft attempt to banish terrorism,islamic terrorism from it’s land.

    US is just the reverse of this situation and hence it is only a dream to have islamic terrorisst free india.only choice is haerd hitting realstic action.

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