Frightfully Tiresome Indian Hypocrisy

Gandhinagar, Sep 24, 2002: 34 people killed in the attack on the Akshardham temple.
Nadimarg (J&K), Mar 23, 2003: 24 people killed in a militant attack by LeT militants.
Srinagar, July 13, 2003: 27 killed and many injured when armed LeT militants threw grenades at the Qasim Nagar market in Srinagar and then fired on civilians standing nearby.
Mumbai, Aug 25, 2003: 46 people killed in two blasts including one near the Gateway of India.
Srinagar, July 20, 2005: 4 Indian Army personnel, one civilian and the suicide bomber killed when a car bomb exploded near an armoured Indian Army vehicle in Srinagar
Srinagar, July 29, 2005: 2 killed and 17 people injured including media journalists Srinagar’s city centre, Budshah Chowk in a militant attack.
Srinagar, Oct 18, 2005: Militants killed J&K’s then education minister and a prominent All Party Hurriyat Conference leader Ghulam Nabi Lone. The assassination resulted in wide-scale demonstrations against the Indian forces for failing to provide enough security cover for Mr. Lone.
New Delhi, Oct 29, 2005: 62 people killed in three blasts at Sarogni Nagar on the eve of Diwali.
Varanasi, March 7, 2006: 21 people killed in three blasts including one at Sankat Mochan temple and another at a railway station.
Jammu & Kashmir, May 3, 2006: Militants massacred 35 Hindus in Doda and Udhampur districts in Jammu and Kashmir
Vaishnodevi (J&K), June 12, 2006: One person was killed and 31 were wounded when terrorists hurled three grenades on Vaishnodevi shrine-bound buses.
Mumbai, July 11, 2006: 209 people killed in seven blasts on suburban trains and stations.
Malegaon (Maharashtra), Sep 8, 2006: 40 people killed in two blasts.
Panipat (Haryana) Feb 19, 2007: 68 people killed after two firebombs went off on the India-Pakistan friendship train – Samjhauta Express.
Hyderabad, May 18, 2007: 12 people were killed in historic Mecca Mosque in the Charminar area.
Hyderabad, Aug 25, 2007: 42 people killed in two blasts, at a Gokul Chat, a popular eatery and Lumbini Park, a public park.
Jaipur, May 13, 2008: 80 people killed in serial bombings.
Bangalore, July 25, 2008: One person killed in a low-intensity bomb explosion.
Ahmedabad, July 26, 2008: 57 people killed after 18-odd synchronised bombs went off within less than two hours.
New Delhi, Sep 13, 2008: 26 people killed in six serial blasts across the upmarket area of the city.
New Delhi, Sep 27, 2008: 3 people killed after a crude bomb exploded in a busy market in Mehrauli.
Modasa (Gujarat), Sep 29 2008: One person killed and several injured after a low-intensity bomb kept on a motorcycle went off near a mosque.
Malegaon (Maharashtra), Sep 29, 2008: 5 people died after a bomb kept in a motorbike went off in a crowded market place.
Agarthala (Tripura), Oct 1, 2008: 2 killed and 100 injured in a serial bomb blast in a crowded market.
Kanpur, Oct 14, 2008: 8 people injured after bomb planted on a rented bicycle went off Colonelganj market.
Imphal, Oct 21, 2008: 17 killed in a powerful blast near Manipur Police Commando complex.
Assam, Oct 30, 2008: At least 50 killed and over 100 injured in serial bombings across Assam.
Mumbai, Nov 26, 2008: Several killed and many more injured by terrorist who came by sea route and struck terror in seven places in Mumbai.

The above is a chronology of the major terrorist attacks across India since 2002. More than 1000 people have been killed and hundreds maimed and devastated in terror strikes in India in the last eight years but none have the publicity and media coverage like the 26/11 Mumbai attack. On Nov 26, 2008, 183 people were killed and over 300 injured when terrorists attacked Hotel Taj, Nariman House, Hotel Trident Oberoi and other public places in the city. In the nationally televised operation which lasted 59 hours, 9 terrorists were gunned down and one caught alive. 20 policeman and 2 NSG Commandos, 23 foreign nationals were among those killed.

While I am not for once undermining the gravity of the attack or trivialising the sacrifices of the Police or the Commandos, I am really surprised hypocrisy of the Indian Media. For the last one week another frightfully tiresome theatrical being enacted by the media. Suddenly the national pastime in India is getting senior journalists and diplomats from Pakistan, abusing and cornering them on prime time television. Television anchors are debating what the Judge M L Tahaliyani should or should not do with the jihadi footsoldier who got caught. The Judge too seemed basking in glory, dramatising the verdict and playing ball to the media.

Fact remains that the 26/11 attack is not the biggest attack on the country in terms of casualty. The series of blasts on suburban trains and stations in Mumbai, July 11, 2006, where 209 people killed, takes the cake for that. But then why is the 26/11 terror attack is the most televised and most debated?

Maybe it is for the first time the terrorists targeted the hangout places of foreigners’and upmarket hotels frequented by Indian elite. Now that the death penalty for Ajmal Kasab is out, likes of Dr. Pronnoy Roy, Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai and Arnab Goswami should look for other entertainment. For one whole week India’s liberal media and viewers sure did get a kick out of becoming a judge and giving their verdict on the lowest level pawn of the Jihadi fiefdom.

Photo Credit : INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images. This combination of file photographs shows Mumbai’s landmark Taj Mahal Hotel on November 27, 2008 (L), a day after attacks by militants, and the hotel pictured one year later on November 26, 2009 (R).

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