#26/11 : #9/11 moment for India…
It would be impossible for any American who witnessed the #9/11 tragedy to be able to get it out of their mind ever, maybe the generations to come would live with those painful memories. Millions of people across the globe who witnessed it on Television, too are not going to forget it ever.
#26/11 was a similar experience for Indians, Eight years after the tragic events in New York, the demons of terrorism visited India’s New York – Bombay or Mumbai City. 10 terrorist trained and supported by our friendly neighbor Pakistan killed 164 innocent people including some foreign nationals and security personnel. The terrorist specifically focused on burning down the pride of Bombay – the heritage Taj Mahal Hotel which generally hosts a number of foreign visitors to India stay and a Jewish Community center called Nariman House. Also on their target was The Leopold Cafe, another place frequented by tourists.
Our daughter was just one month old at that time, she used to keep us awake in the night, specially my wife, who watched the whole nightmare live on the television as it was happening. The media, specially the private television channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN, controlled by few journalist sympathetic to the Congress Party and a beneficiary of track II diplomacy with Pakistan, played a extremely peculiar role. Neutral analysis after the incidence suggested that the controller of terrorist in Karachi, Pakistan were helped by the live feed provided by these private news channels. Some of these journalist also tried to obscure the glaring facts of Pakistan’s direct involvement in these attacks. How shameful it is that for the greed of few pieces of filthy lucre, these traitors sold off their soul and compromised the security of their own country.
12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks which 4 days (starting at 20:00 hours on Wednesday 26th September 20008 and continued till Saturday, 29th September 2008), across Bombay/ Mumbai, India, carried out by 10 Pakistani terrorist belonging to the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. 9 of the terrorist were killed and only 1 survived. Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, later confessed upon interrogation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan Government’s intelligence agency ISI. The involvement of Pakistan’s ISI was also supported by statements made by David Headley, an U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, killed 164 people, more than 300 people were wounded.
The attacks were mainly targeted around the locations in South Mumbai- Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus, Hotel Oberoi Trident , Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children’s hospital), Nariman House, near Chabad House, the Jewish community center, Metro Cinema and in a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier’s College. There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai’s port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle.
By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces. On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted ‘Operation Black Tornado‘ to flush out the remaining attackers; it resulted in the deaths of the last remaining attackers at the Taj hotel and ending all fighting in the attacks.
The lone surviving terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, disclosed that the attackers were members of terrorist organization based out of & sponsored by Pakistan called Lashkar-e-Taiba. The attackers came from Pakistan and their controllers were in Pakistan. On 7 January 2009, Pakistan’s Information Minister Sherry Rehman officially accepted Ajmal Kasab’s nationality as Pakistani. On 12 February 2009, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik asserted that parts of the attack had been planned in Pakistan. Indian trial court on 6 May 2010 sentenced Ajmal Kasab to death on all the 86 charges for which he was convicted. On his appeal against this verdict, Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011 and Supreme Court of India on 29 August 2012 upheld his death sentence. Kasab was executed by hanging at Yerwada Jail in Pune on 21 November 2012. The other Pakistani terrorist who died during the attached were – Abdul Rehman, Abdul Rahman Chhota, Abu Ali, Fahad Ullah, Ismail Khan, Babar Imran, Abu Umar, Abu Sohrab, Shoaib alias Soheb – all of these guys were poor, illiterate, brainwashed youth from the rural areas of Pakistan who were paid money, trained and sent to India on this suicidal mission by the Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI through the terrorist outfits controlled by them. The actual masterminds of this heinous crime against humanity are still hiding in Pakistan, unpunished. Even though Pakistani Govt. accepted the fact that their own citizens were involved in this terror attack, and arrested some of them initially, it has not apprehended the key conspirators from ISI and the top leaders of terrorist organization. The judicial process in Pakistan is taking its own sweet time to delay the case on one pretext or the other. It seems the natural justice will be delivered to those who have blood on their hand either by India or USA directly.
A US citizen and LeT operative David Headley (born Daood Sayed Gilani) was captured by American Intelligence and put on trial. In his testimony before a Chicago federal court during co-accused Tahawwur Rana’s trial, Headley revealed that Mumbai Chabad House was added to the list of targets for surveillance given by his Inter Services Intelligence handler Major Iqbal, though the Oberoi hotel, one of the sites attacked, was not originally on the list. On 10 June 2011, Tahawwur Rana was acquitted of plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but was held guilty on two other charges. He was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on 17 January 2013. David Headley pleaded guilty to 12 counts related to the attacks, including conspiracy to commit murder in India and aiding and abetting in the murder of six Americans. On 23 January 2013, he was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. His plea that he not be extradited to India, Pakistan or Denmark was accepted.
Here in India also there are some who directly or indirectly harmed India during the terror attack, they were also not punished by the inefficiency and corrupt Congress Govt. led by Manmohan Singh/ Sonia Gandhi, which ruled India in the last one decade. In fact some of the leaders of Congress party, in cahoot with these Media middlemen/women tried to put the blame of the terror attack somewhere else, playing in the hands of Pakistani terrorist organization. People have the right to ask some uncomfortable questions about the role of Media during and after the #26/11 terrorist attack, some of them captured in these twits by @HerrBains this morning:
#26/11 : Remember how a ‘moral compass-less’ anchor gushed on TV after LS results “Terror is not an issue for Mumbaikars”?
#26/11 : Which TV anchor justified the dirty game by saying “We did not break any rules, because there were no rules”?
#26/11 : Which anchor said “NSG commando said there are no hostages in Trident Hotel, but hotel manager said 50 are trapped on the 5th floor” ?
#26/11 : Which TV anchors were revealing the movement of the brave policemen inside the Taj?
#26/11 : Which ‘moral compass-less’ anchor pointed at Kasab’s wrist on the photo and hinted at Saffron terror with a wicked grin on his face?
#26/11 : Which politician went to change his shirt and pink chaddi, while NSG commandos waited for him at New Delhi airport?
#26/11 : Which TV anchor stood near Chabad House and said “People are praising Indian army” when the crowds shouted “Pakistan Murdabad”?
#26/11 : Remember which TV anchors were revealing, where the hostages are located, both in Hotel Trident and the Taj?
There was a blog post written by one Chyetanya Kunte, who was forced to remove it under the legal coercion by a mighty media personality, a stooge of Congress’ Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty. This is what he wrote…
Appalling journalism. Absolute blasphemy! As I watch the news from home, I am dumbfounded to see Barkha Dutt of NDTV break every rule of ethical journalism in reporting the Mumbai mayhem. Take a couple of instances for example:
In one instance she asks a husband about his wife being stuck, or held as a hostage. The poor guy adds in the end about where she was last hiding. Aired! My dear friends with AK-47s, our national news is helping you. Go get those still in. And be sure to thank NDTV for not censoring this bit of information.
In another instance, a General sort of suggests that there were no hostages in Oberoi Trident. (Clever.) Then, our heroine of revelations calls the head of Oberoi, and the idiot confirms a possibility of 100 or more people still in the building. Hello! Guys with guns, you’ve got more goats to slay. But before you do, you’ve got to love NDTV and more precisely Ms. Dutt. She’s your official intelligence from Ground zero. You do not need to be a journalist to understand the basic premise of ethics, which starts with protecting victims first; and that is done by avoiding key information from being aired publicly—such as but not limited to revealing the number of possible people still in, the hideouts of hostages and people stuck in buildings. Imagine you’re one of those sorry souls holed-up in one of those bathrooms, or kitchens. A journalist pulls your kin outside and asks about your last contact on national television, and other prying details. In a bout of emotion, if they happen to reveal more details, you are sure going to hell. Remember these are hotels, where in all likelihood, every room has a television. All a terrorist needs to do is listen to Ms. Barkha Dutt’s latest achievement of extracting information from your relative, based on your last phone-call or SMS. And you’re shafted—courtesy NDTV. If the terrorists don’t manage to shove you in to your private hell, the journalists on national television will certainly help you get there.
One of the criticisms about Barkha Dutt on Wikipedia reads thus: During the Kargil conflict, Indian Army sources repeatedly complained to her channel that she was giving away locations in her broadcasts, thus causing Indian casualties. Looks like the idiot journalist has not learned anything since then. I join a number of bloggers pleading her to shut the f⋅⋅⋅ up.
Update: In fact, I am willing to believe that Hemant Karkare died because these channels showed him prepare (wear helmet, wear bullet-proof vest.) in excruciating detail live on television. And they in turn targeted him where he was unprotected. The brave officer succumbed to bullets in the neck.
Update 2 [28.Nov.2300hrs]: Better sense appears to have prevailed in the latter half of today—either willfully, or by Government coercion, and Live broadcasts are now being limited to non-action zones. Telecast of action troops and strategy is now not being aired live. Thank goodness for that.
Update 3 [30.Nov.1900hrs]: DNA India reports about a UK couple ask media to report carefully: The terrorists were watching CNN and they came down from where they were in a lift after hearing about us on TV. — Lynne Shaw in an interview. Oh, they have a lame excuse pronouncing that the television connections in the hotel has been cut, and therefore it is okay to broadcast. Like hell! I’m thinking coercion, since Government has just denied renewing CNN’s rights to air video today; must’ve have surely worked as a rude warning to the Indian domestic channels