The terrorist attacks on Mumbai yesterday, have made the headlines worldwide. I will quote some of the reactions of Mumbaiites (expressed at a personal level) in the last few hours since the attacks. While names of individuals are an insignificant issue, it is their sentiments, I think, that speak to the widely-spread, simmering-below-the-surface feelings expressed even by the educated elite of India.
(Sent by Bombayites, the following are emails reassuring concerned friends and family across the world about their safety.)
Going by historical precedence, I am confident that citizens of Bombay will bounce back faster than expected “inspite” of our government.”
“All Ok here with us. My husband, of course, has decided to brave the streets and go to office…”
“Yes with grace of GOD all is well. But the situation is extremely grave”
“All ok.. South Bombay is bad though”
“Feel like going and wiping the XXXXX off the face of the earth