On Twitter

Sumants tweets:Dear Indian VIPs, Bill Clinton did not visit tsunami affected areas as it would have distracted relief work. Stay away from #Mumbai, please
fossiloflife tweets: Can we request the VIPs to be just away? half the police force won’t be enough for your securities
manimeow tweets: Back home finally. They asked us to leave early because of the mess Mumbai is in 😦 BUT I WANTED TO WORK!
mrinalwadhwa tweets: mainstream Indian media has been absolutely Irresposible during this whole episode
frNZi tweets: I see a pigeon flying down.. Is this a sign of peace
Sampad tweets:Is thr any forum (Govt. or Non-Govt) whr I cn voice against indiscretionary measures taken by our Media. Pls reply back!

Summary across the Indian blogosphere Desipundit

Amit Varma, India Uncut, spent a night in the war zone. Being a journalist, he wanted to actually hit the battle scene but for the fact that he had people with him. He mentions the good people at Gordon Hotel who gave him and his group a room to stay the night and did not charge a penny for it.

Amit’s follow up post The City with Wide Open Arms where he quotes Sambit Bal’s article on Cricinfo, Prem Panicker, Ramesh Srivats and others.

The heroism they have displayed in the last two days makes it clear that our police can match the best forces in the world in terms of valour and spirit. But it’s time now to back them up so that if terrorists attack Mumbai again, we won’t need to call in the army.” (Of course, – “if terrorists attack Mumbai again”, an event we don’t want but have to accept as a possibilty)
This city is my home not just because I live here now, but because it embraced me when I first came here.

Rahul, Green Channel, describes nightmares and the world into which he and his pregnant wife were bringing in their child.

We hurried home, slowing down only when we reached Andheri. Colaba, 30 kilometers away, felt like a different city. The night felt like a dream.

Manish Vij, Ultrabrown, minute by minute update in simple one-line sentences, a relief from the garrulous inane TV reporters.

Regular cops don’t carry semiautomatic rifles. 11 have died:

Mayank, Delhiwalla, says

All Delhiwallas are Mumbaikars today

Farhan Jhanjua, Global Voices does a compilation of Pakistani blogs on the Mumbai Attacks:

Pakistani bloggers have reacted and strongly condemned the terrorist attacks carried out in Mumbai, India

Neha Vishwanathan, Global Voices does another round of blog compilation

Sonia Faleiro:We thought then it was a gang war,

Anita Bora, Just a Little Something writes,  It’s been numbing to say the least

The Mad Momma writes, The Horror Goes On, Why do we need a doddering old Shivraj Patil to make crappy, ineffectual statements?

Kalachakra asks When will we feel the outrage?, Actually as a nation we are so immune to lack of action by the executive that we have stopped demanding that pubic servants accountable for the security and law enforcement take responsibility and resign.

Live Bloggers list posted on Blogadda.com

Prem Panicker quotes a Thanksgiving piece written by Udayan, the 19-year-old son of journalist Salil Tripathi.

Bombay just blew up, so I’ll take a moment to look back at the city in which I first spoke, stepped, and stumbled and give my thanks this Thanksgiving for diversity. Because diversity: strength in variety, strength in commonality, and strength in sharing experiences is what will pick this city up from tonight’s blood-stained memory.

Hades, Times of Bullshit writes an open letter, Dear Mr Terrorist –

The Indian Muslim doesn’t need people killing in his name. He needs reform. The community is one of the most backwards communities in India, a large part of the blame for which it will have to shoulder itself. I don’t need retarded scum like you to make my life better.  If anything, your barbaric actions will make my life worse. Much worse.

Aamir Khan, Indian film actor, was watching on TV

I was feeling sick in the stomach when the fire broke out at the Taj.

Sidin of Domain Maximus was at the Taj doing an interview with a CEO. He left at 8.15 but he vows to come back

When the Taj returns to business, as it must, no prizes for guessing who will be among the first to go back into that lobby. I must.

Sabu Francis writes on this thing called “systems failure”

Of course there has been a failure but I am more circumspect on how to deal with a failure.
Nobody can prevent failures
So the system designers for response to terrorist attacks should concentrate on setting up methods to deflect the menace during the incident, rather than attempt prevention.  I am no expert on securty systems, so I can only volunteer some unsubstantiated conjectures.  Maybe: alternate ways of escape, defensive measures such as containment, focused attacks after ascertaining all risks, etc. Probably most important of all would be crisis response training to citizens who could find themselves in crucial locations/positions/responsibilities
A nice comparision between St Petersburg airport (they were purely systems driven and they were living in this mechanical, Orwellian world.) and Mumbai airport. (No systems. Real people.)
A system that respects individuals is the only one that I believe in

Pakistani bloggers showed solidarity with India and Mumbaikars Adil Najam says

I, too, am a Mumbaikar today
And so, in prayer and in solidarity, I stand today with Mumbaikars everywhere. In shock at what has happened. In fear of what might happen yet. In anger at those who would be so calculated in their inhuman massacre. In sympathy with those whose pain so hurts my own heart but whose tears I cannot touch, whose wounds I cannot heal, and whose grief I cannot relieve.
Adil and his wife came to Mumbai, they had tea and snacks at the Sea Lounge (Taj Mahal Hotel) and went to the Oberoi hoping to see some Bollywood stars.
I know what living with terror feels like.
I know the pain of helplessness one feels as one stands stunned in grief, wanting so desperately to do something – anything – but not knowing what to do.
This is why, like so many others in the world, today I too am a Mumbaikar.

In the same blog, a selection of lines from the comments (over 130 of them – 0040 hrs, 01 Dec 2008 IST)

Watan Aziz, To the universal lady in the photograph:Your silent cry calls the humanity to enough is enough.
Does the wind not mixes India’s topsoil with that of Pakistan’s? Does the water not mingle at the shores? Does the sun not lightens the same sky? The success and failure of India and Pakistan are now linked in this ever more flat world.

My father’s generation grew up singing Iqbal’s ‘sare jehan say acha, Hindustan hamara’. I grew up proclaiming ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. I must now say, that ‘Jai Hind’ is as important to me as Pakistan Zindabad.
I pray that Indians would proclaim Pakistan Zindabad and Pakistanis can rejoinders with Jai Hind.


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