Over the last few weeks, I’ve been asked by a lot of people to write my views about the bombings in Mumbai. While I’ve felt the same anger and grief as many others, I also have had misgivings about the terminology used in the west as a response to the violence. And then, yesterday, Arundhati Roy came out with an essay in the Guardian. She says: “We’ve forfeited the rights to our own tragedies. As the carnage in Mumbai raged on, day after horrible day, our 24-hour news channels informed us that we were watching “India’s 9/11”. Like actors in a Bollywood rip-off of an old Hollywood film, we’re expected to play our parts and say our lines, even though we know it’s all been said and done before.
As tension in the region builds, US Senator John McCain has warned Pakistan that if it didn’t act fast to arrest the “Bad Guys” he had personal information that India would launch air strikes on “terrorist camps” in Pakistan and that Washington could do nothing because Mumbai was India’s 9/11.”
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