Saturday, November 29, 2008
August 15, 2004 - Bomb explodes in Assam, killing 16 people, mostly school children. 16 killed
2005 - Jaunpur train bombing
July 5, 2005 - Shri Ram Janmabhoomi attack in Ayodhya 0 killed
October 29, 2005 - Three powerful serial blasts in New Delhi at different places just two days before Hindu festival Deepawali. 70 killed
March 7, 2006 - Three synchronized terrorist attacks in Varanasi in Shri Sankatmochan Mandir and Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station. 21 killed
July 11, 2006 - Series of 7 train bombing during the evening rush hour in Mumbai. 209 killed
September 8, 2006 - Series of bomb blasts in the vicinity of a mosque in Malegaon, Maharashtra 37 killed
18 February 2008 - - Samjhauta Express bombings
May 18, 2008 - - At least 13 people were killed, including 4 killed by the Indian police in the rioting that followed, in the bombing at Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad that took place during the Friday prayers. 13 killed
August 25, 2008 - - Two blasts in Hyderabad's Lumbini park and a restaurant. The police reportedly managed to find and defuse another bomb in the same area. 42 killed
May 13, 2008 9 bomb blasts along 6 areas in Jaipur. 63 killed
July 25, 2008 8 low intensity bomb blasts in Bangalore. 2 killed
July 26, 2008 17 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. 29 killed
September 13, 2008 5 bomb blasts in Delhi markets. 21 killed
September 27, 2008 Bombings at Mehrauli area 2 bomb blasts in Delhi flower market. 1 killed
September 29, 2008 10 killed and 80 in bombings in Maharashtra and Gujarat bomb blasts.
October 1, 2008 Agartala bombing. 4 killed
October 21, 2008 Imphal bomb blast. 17 killed
October 30, 2008 Assam bomb blast. 77 killed
November 26, 2008 Coordinated attack in Mumbai. 195 killed
This is a post by a member in one of the forums - Intriguing read
I have been very hesitant to post on political topics over here, simply because I have perceived this to be a place to discuss investment/equity market/economic topics and make ourself better informed and well off financially.. but this should be an exception.
At outset, let me say I wholly agree with you. Diversity of our country is our biggest strength and we must all try to maintain this at every cost. Fairplay is needed and crime and terrorism by any group should be treated alike. The little minorities dont really cause a threat to the majority religion, but add value to our overall understanding of our national heritage.
Having said that let me add this. This is purely my perception, apologies if i am wrong . AFAIK, the supporters of BJP/NDA are not all Anti -minorities . There are a number of reasons why people vote for them/support them. One of the foremost one IMHO is the lack of a serious "Non Socialist/Non Leftist/Non Family based" Right of center alternative . Our country was always one of the most well off in the past (notwitstanding our varous social problems , that is why British came here and ruled us). Now 61 years latter, we are very much at bottom of every index globally. We are a third world nation and we are there for too long. Why ? The hard reality is that our socialist and leftist orientation - NAM, Gubberment Micromanagement of economy, freebies, reservation without restraints and selective appeasement of groups (castes/religion/region) ,subsidies for everyone, has led to this. And a big of this mess is due to our current ruling party and family (which has ruled directly or indirectly 52 years and has ruled for almost entire history in some states like Maharashtra). The NDA rule was not a golden era, but they did get us on a different path on some things - NHAI, Telecom reforms and disinvestment and deregulation and Kalam.. for first time we moved forward (or atleast started). No wonder some people vote them, since they are seen as a breath of fresh air from 50 + years of socialist stink.
The culture of leftism that has been forcibly imposed has led to a huge lot of dissatisfaction. It is even now seen as a crime to speak against reservation (without restraints), against free enterprise and against subsidies. It is a crime to speak against women's reservation , against DV bill and like. Add to it the perception of selective favouritsm aka votebank politics - be it UCC or Afzal Guru or Jamia or Haj Subsidy or DV Act or Creamy Layer Politics , Bangla Illegals, 370 Article, Sachar Commission, Classical Language status and selective appeasement and selective importance to some languages, some countries,some festivals and states , you have a huge set of population that gets provoked. Add to it the irresponsible statements by someone most respected like MMS (Minorites get first right on national resources and like ) ...
Wish we had responsible conservative law abiding right of center party, which we dont have. The only thing they fall back on is the BJP/NDA. Poor choice indeed.
I dont say it is right and all... but the lack of alternatives in Indian democracy is sad. Even worse is our English Media, which seems to be obsessed with likes of Arundathi Roy and Pankaj Mishra and Chetan Bhagat and Javed and like people who are most divorced (culturally) from what Indians want for. So you know when all this happens, the elements like BD/MNS and like find a ready audience.
What is the solution? Some genuine alternative to the Identity and Socialist politics that has ruled us for most of our 60 years.Somebody who agrees that excessive government , susbidies, loan waivers, reservation, legal excesses (like Domestic Violence Act), are not the solution. We mus strive to correct our flaws of past (untouchability et al) , but that should go hand in hand with protecting our heritage (festivals, monuments like Sethu). Some party that takes conservative position, strives to protect heritage of our country, our country's identity , puts ahead of national interest (ahead of NAM and other Nehruvian disasters), and at same time accepts diversity of our country. Using tax revenues for well being of not well off is not a crime, but let it done by sensible ways (build more schools rather than IITs, link rivers rather than loan waivers, use more thrift instead of more tax) .And someone who believes that taking revenge on a segment of population because their ancestors were doing wrong, is not the way to build a civilised nation. Someone who believes in worshiping good policies than good personalities.Someone who agrees to limit free speech to curb hate speech and hateful literature (Taslima/MFH etc) because human lives are more important than artistic freedom .
I dont think any of our ruling politicians or our intellectuals or media can understand all this.... Anyway, At an individual level we can strive to follow these good principles . We are a relationship based society (and not a rule based society like west) and so individuals can also play their 2 cent role in understanding each other better and keep hoping things improve.
Please save this for your future reference. Wish we could get similar numbers for all the other cities
Emergency contact numbers in Mumbai for the public:
1. Police hotline 100
2. BMC Disaster Management Cell 22694725
3. Blood Banks 1910
4. Ambulance Services 1298
5. General Complaints 1916
6. Railway Any Emergency 23004000
7. Travel Agents Mumbai 149
8. Airport Police Helpline 28225709
9. Indian Red Cross Society for Blood bank 22663560
10. Missing Persons Bureau 22621547
11. Police Control Room Helpline 22620111, 22151855
12. Traffic Control Room Helpline 24937747, 24937755
13. Mantralaya Nariman Point Helpline 22024243
14. Collector of Bombay 22661231
15. Traffic Helpline 25181717
16. J J Hospital Blood Bank: Dr. Ganesh, Dr.Nair -- 022 23739400
17. Bombay Hospital: Ms Purohit -- 22067676 Extn 216
18. St George Hospital Direct Blood Bank: Tarun - 22620344
19. Taj Hotel: 022-66574322, 022-66574372, 1800 111 825
20. Trident Hotel: 022-23890606
For Blood Donors: Call 922 222 1947 and tell them you want to donate blood. They' ll get back to you when someone needs it OR Send an sms - type BLOOD and send it to 96000 97000, donor will call for donation