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.