Why do Mumbai attacks have to be India’s 9/11?

This is the second day when I’ve woken up with a smirk for people who show me the same expression at India’s plight at present. 

The international news channels keep on repeating that Indian intelligence has failed and the way things are being handled is ‘fascinating stuff’. The news readers are literally chuckling while saying that the states of India do not get along well and do not have co-ordinated security measures… 
Well India does have limitations. But where was the intelligence in these parts of the world when 9/11 took place? Has there been no terrorist attacks in UK, Europe or anyother part of the world ever? Why are these people pointing fingers and seem to be driving pleasure out of India’s pain? Australia and Singapore have already officially warned their travellers not to go to India for the possible terrorist activities. As if…

Anywhere in the world is not safe if you look at it that way. And some people have still gone to work on Thursday and are working on Friday in Mumbai too. This can not be taken lying down with that eternal ‘life goes on’ sentiment. Other countries and their mothers can not just send in regrets and supports and smirk cause India is a safe target of these terrorists…
The problem is, everyone is busy driving conclusion right from the top politicos to journos while a common man just loses some friends or our family members feel scared once in a while when these attacks happen. 
I read headlines like ‘Mumbai attacks are the first challenge for Obama’…ha! Have these people forgotten that he is not the president or prime ministor of India? They fetch Deepak Chopra on TV to comment on what? And this brave lady journo from India wants to shout and has put it in everyone’s mouth that ‘This seems to be India’s 9/11’? 
Has India suffered less in the past? especially in past one year with so many attacks on so many cities that we had to wait for something bigger happen to us to call it 9/11? Why are we running around to seek jolts to wake up? If all the terrorist casualties and damages counted in past few years that India has sleep walked through…doesn’t it all surpass 9/11? 
As I fly to India tomorrow, my mind is wandering into all directions. But the thought that tops all of it right now, we need solutions and not random conclusions. India is as safe as anywhere else in the world at present. India’s future is still in the healthy, able, strong, thoughtful hands of those Indians who would work day and night to still keep India to be the country that has tremendous potential, man power and intelligence – it just falls flat once in a while when some religious fantics crowd it, like rest of the world… It is just one corner of India that has taken the hit right now, and this time Mumbai has to be back with a vengence. It is glamourous to call it India’s heart, financial capitol, nerve system or whatever, it is not the only place in India either…
…and if you fear that while visiting or living in India means living in fear of a terrorist attack, travellers and investors are smart enough to know that it could just happen anywhere in the world…
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