Like many of you, I spent most of the last 30 hours glued to the TV/computer watching the events in Mumbai unfold. Like some of you, I had family stuck in/around the attack sites (all of whom have escaped safely). Through this period, I went through a variety of emotions – surprise, fear for my family, and anger.
Anger that terrorists have defaced the city that I consider home. Anger that terrorists have killed more than a hundred people who were going about their business. And anger that these terrorists may have been supported by Pakistan.
At the same time, I could not help but think that…
We (India) should respond in kind. Yet, history has shown that bombing other countries is hardly a recipe for success where containing terrorism is concerned
The Indian intelligence agencies failed. We need an FBI like Pan-India agency to fight terrorism. But, the FBI failed to prevent 9/11 and Scotland Yard failed to prevent the London bombings
The police took too long to react. they should be better armed. We need NSG like (India’s elite counter terrorist squad) commando teams in Mumbai ? But India had several dozen cities. How does one decide where to draw the line ?
I could go on and on. We all have lots of questions. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. India will and must respond. Hopefully, as we do so, we will heed the lessons of history, and not over-react to these horrific attacks.
Also, while I know that Mumbai has changed for ever, Mumbai and India will march on.