The Hindu writes finally.
The world watched with interest for 60 hours as major TV networks broadcast the terror that unfolded in Mumbai as 10 Pakistani trained terrorists unleashed a hail of terror on Mumbai - which is not just the financial capital of India but the quintessential crockpot that defines a major metro in India. The writer's mom grew up in Mumbai (then Bombay) and his sister and two aunts still live there.
There are several things that come out of the incidents .
1) The Taj and the Oberoi hotels . The terrorists came prepared and asked the residents of their passports and whether or not they were from the U.S. or Britain .
It took a siege and the best trained Indian commandos about 60 hours to finally finish them.
2) The Nariman House and the Jewish Meditation center where they mercilessly killed about 5 people - mostly because they were Jewish. Once again the commandos had to intervene to take hold of the situation.
3) The Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus - where they killed about 83 innocent civilians. The most interesting part about this situation is that this is where one of the terrorist was captured alive and the MOB captured him. Civilians. Not the police, not the commandos , not uniformed authorities of any kind - just a mob of angry mofos who just couldn't take it anymore.
That is quintessential India. When the authorities fail us - as they consistently have - we take charge and make it better. And I say what I have said many many times before 'Salaam India !'.