Indian newspapers slammed the government and intelligence agencies for failing to prevent the attacks, saying the country's anti-terrorism forces were ill-prepared for the militants. World media also talked about the massive intelligence failure. The people of Mumbai want their own government to look into the failure of intelligence which allowed the events of this painful week to unfold with such bloodshed. The allegations are surprising yet very true. India has already witnessed several terror attacks at various locations this year. Attack on the capital city of Delhi just over a month back should have opened the eyes of the intelligence and security agencies to remain on high alert. But sadly, it didn't seem so. In addition to this, there was dissatisfaction over the manner in which India fought with the ongoing crisis. An editorial in The Hindustan Times said that "losing our best officers to frontal assaults is a brave but utterly hopeless way of fighting modern terror".
The people initially were saddened by the incident, then a feeling of helplessness prevailed. After the battle is over at the respective places, one can sense anger mounting across the nation thinking of a possible blame game politics. What has happened is just inhuman and barbaric. Every segment of society all over the world has condemned this act. However, the most annoying thing after all the terror attacks is the blame games and political campaigns run on the religion basis. Who should be blamed?: the ruling government, the opposition or the neighbors? why do we have to, all the time, end up taking excuses from all sides. The better speaker may win the debate; but is it a matter of a debate? Are we playing with innocent lives? Is it a part of international conspiracy to create a total unrest in this entire south Asian region?
Now, lets come to the post mayhem surgery of the event. Why every terror attacks are associated with some religion? We all follow a religion for the basic purpose of leading a disciplined, peaceful, and happy life. As far as I know, these attacks are in no way a reflection of any of these aspects. To say that 'Muslims' are responsible for these attacks is just a fanatical remark. Shouldn't we avoid over-heated notion which paints all the people from a particular religion with the same brush when not all are terrorists? The terms like 'Islamic terrorism' or 'Christian fundamentalism' are heard many times in the popular media. Recently, after 29th September bomb blast in the predominantly Muslim town of Malegaon in the western India, the term "Hindu terrorism" or "saffron terrorism" too was hitting the headlines of most of the Indian newspapers as well as electronic media. That was because the police's had arrested some Hindus following the blasts.
How wise is the notion of putting a tag to a religion and all the associated people following such an incident? I think it is irrational to associate any tragedy to some specific religion. It may be short sightedness to make generaliztions and cast blame on any one group, whether based on religion or something else. I think, these activities are related to a specific group of individuals. Most of the times, these people use religion to justify what they have done. History is full of cases where religion was used to justify atrocities and all religions have contributed their share.
The kind of attack on Mumbai is an extremely difficult thing to prevent. A bunch of highly motivated people with some automatic weapons and grenades attack a densely populated civilians area. I believe that a person who is even willing to give up his life can not do so unless he is convinced that the cause for which he is going to die is a good one. These 'radicals' want to do good. But the problem is probably they just have a very wrong idea of what 'good' is! Many people who don't blame the religion as a whole argue that radicals are responsible for actions like this. Extremists, many young boys who have been brainwashed and are sacrificing their own lives for a radical belief. But where are all the moderates? Shouldn't the moderates stand against the extremist? May be, only condemning a particular attack is not enough. The normal people should raise their voices instead of rationalizing or justifying any barbaric acts.
The reason why any religion should not be associted to these senseless wild activities is because the victims don't necessarily belong to any particular religion, caste or group. And the weapons don't discriminate. Hence, lets work towards peaceful solutions and promote acceptance for religious diversity. In this saddest moment I extend my deepest condolence to all those who lost their lives in the Mumbai mayhem. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims’ families. We can't just say it is an exclusive case of India. Lets stand united and pray together. Lets act towards a peaceful and prosperous world.