Tuesday, July 11

Terrorists blow up Bombay trains (updated)

At least 190 innocents were killed this evening by losers shifting their gimpy sights from downtown Bombay (257 killed in ‘93 bombings) to the booming suburbs, including my own. 7 bombs exploded after 6:25 pm on the Western rail line during the evening commute:

A series of blasts took place at Matunga, Khar, Santacruz, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Bhayendar suburban railway stations on Tuesday. All the explosions took place in first class compartments of trains at a time when a majority of Mumbaikars were return home from office. Eyewitnesses said a large number of people were seriously injured and all trains on the Western line route had been suspended. [Link]

“I took out at least 35 dead bodies from the trains,” a middle-aged man told local TV, weeping uncontrollably. “There were people without hands and limbs and we took them to hospital.” A policeman was shown carrying two white, blood-stained bundles of what appeared to be body parts. [Link]

A ToI reporter on BBC World claimed at least one bomb was hidden on a platform rather than a train. The mobile phone network is jammed and working inconsistently. Survivors and those stranded by the rail network shutdown are stuck in heavy rain. Local hospitals are appealing for blood donors. To check on loved ones, try email, SMS and the phone numbers on the Mumbai Help blog.

Stranded commuters walking home

In method, this recalls the Madrid (192 killed) and London (52 killed) train bombings. India remains the #1 terrorist target in the world.

Update: A CNN/IBN reported says policemen he talked to suspect RDX packed in pipes in the first-class compartments.

Update 2: Musharraf has condemned the attack, calling terrorism ‘a bane of our times.’ Heh.

Update 3: Whether by design or by happenstance, BBC World coverage is using mostly desi anchors and correspondents, and they’re pronouncing names and places correctly.

Rail officials are reportedly already looking at restarting trains to get people home. The Central line is still running.

Update 4: The government had some warning or advance intelligence:

Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters that authorities had had some information that an attack was coming, “but place and time was not known.” [Link]

Update 5: It strikes me that majority-Muslim areas don’t seem to have been attacked. Later reports indicate that Mahim, a majority Muslim area, was attacked (thanks, Dilip). Interesting.

Commuters have been complaining on TV that the police didn’t show up at some stations even an hour after the bombings.

Update 6: First-person account from a reporter who was on one of the bombed trains:

Update 7: An unexploded bomb was reportedly defused.

Bomb found at Borivali station and defused (CNN IBN reports on TV) Bomb found in box of nuts and bolts, RDX kind of bomb used. [Link]

The NYPD did some saber-rattling in New York City:

Because of the coordinated bombings of commuter trains in Mumbai, India, the New York Police Department increased security today… transit officers from a morning shift will remain on duty through at least the evening rush, effectively doubling the police presence; officers will increase bag searches in the subway; police boats will escort the Staten Island ferry; and swarms of police vehicles will patrol transit centers, as they did after previous high-profile attacks overseas. [Link]

Update 8: Another first-person account:

At around 6.20 pm, Shah was on a Western Railway foot over-bridge, crossing from Mahim West to the East, when he heard a loud bang. He looked down to see a train moving quickly beneath the bridge, coming to a halt a few seconds later.

At first, he assumed it was a short circuit that led to the halt. When he took a second look, he saw dead bodies flying out of the Borivali-bound fast train. Blood was flowing like a river all around… he ran down to the tracks to help people trapped in the train. The first class compartment, where the bomb was placed, had been reduced to a tangled mass of metal in seconds…

Locals were seen consoling unknown passengers who couldn’t believe their near and dear ones were no more. Some women couldn’t bear the sight and started vomiting on account of the bloodstains on their bodies… “We stopped many cars and Tempos to take the bodies…” [Link]

Update 9: Some Indian intelligence analysts reportedly finger the LeT and Students Islamic Movement of India:

The terror attack on Mumbai trains was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and local Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists and was designed to trigger communal conflagration in the country’s financial capital, intelligence sources said… SIMI… boasts of strong pockets of influence across Maharashtra.

The estimate of intelligence agencies here is derived from the scale of the attack, as well as precise information about the Lashkar’s sleeper cells that have proliferated in Maharashtra. [Link]

Update 10: What it would take to solve the bombs-on-trains problem: money, lots of money. Indian Railways needs to run more frequent trains so they’re not jammed all the time. The stations need to be fully enclosed so entrance can be precisely controlled. And, like on Eurostar high-speed trains, every passenger needs to be scanned for explosives.

Though in India, you might save more lives by spending the same amount on clean water.

Update 11: A list of some of the injured (XLS), via Desicritics.

Update 12: U.S.-listed Indian shares fall:

Indian companies listed in U.S. markets took a sharp dive, with automaker, Tata Motors losing 5.2 percent to $16.09, HDFC Bank slipping 3.6 percent to $51.12, and telecommunications equipment company Videsh Sanchar Nigam falling 5.5 percent to $16.32 as the market still trades.

Two major mutual funds based in the United States were also the target of a sell-off, India Fund lost 4 percent to $41.28, and the Morgan Stanley India Investment Fund fell 4.4 percent to $41.11. [Link]

Update 13: Curious Gawker shreds an American conservative posting wildly inaccurate analysis about terrorism in India:

Here is [Captain Ed's] erudite commentary:

It’s almost as if Captain Ed woke up today, discovered the existence of a country called India… and decided it was time he graced us with his expert opinion…

… Tourist season in mid-monsoon? [Link]

Update 14: Maximum City author Suketu Mehta weighs in:

It is almost impossible to secure those trains, because there are multiple entrances to the stations; people often board the trains right on the railway tracks. Everybody is carrying packages: fishwerwomen with baskets of fish, laborers with crates, people selling everything from toys to underwear… they are the great social laboratory of that city. And today, they became a charnel-house. [Link]

Update 15: A witness believes he overheard some of the bombers:

“Parcel train mey chhodke sab Malad mey milengey.” [After leaving the parcel on the train, let's all meet in Malad, a northern Bombay suburb.] Sandeep Singh, a Ghatkopar resident in his mid-20s, overheard this seemingly innocuous piece of conversation between three men outside the Churchgate station at 5.30 pm on Tuesday… According to Singh’s statement, two of the three men had been bearded and were wearing Pathan suits. All three were carrying similar-looking parcels which looked like gift boxes. [Link]

The trains are already running again on the line attacked:

Western Railway resumed its suburban services almost four hours after the serial bomb blasts in its trains on Tuesday. [Link]

100K commuters were stranded earlier:

Thousands of commuters were stranded on Tuesday after Western Railway officials (WR) evacuated all stations along the route as a precautionary measure… A Western Railway source said, “Nearly 1 lakh [100,000] people who travel after 6pm on the western route were stranded on Tuesday.” [Link]

Taxiwallas pitch in:

On Tuesday, the cabbies of Mumbai rose to the occasion after seven serial blasts rocked the city. They pooled in the victims, kept their cool and braved the traffic and rain and made their way to the nearest hospitals. And, they did not put down their meter…

“Innocent people are killed. It’s unfair. Nobody will gain by this bloodshed,” said an emotionally charged Santosh Jadhav who spent his day’s earnings of Rs. 200 to buy water and snacks for the relatives of the injured and the dead. [Link]

Update 16: Dilip D’Souza was at Bandra station shortly after the bombs went off:

Suketu Mehta wrote once, and famously, of hands unfurling from a packed Bombay train compartment like petals, reaching out to grab that one more commuter and whisk him on board. Here the metal of the compartment is unfurled like some grotesque petals, side and top.

One runs a cold storage. One works for a film producer. One is a pharmacist. One has a mutton shop. One’s a student. All of us, here together on a topsy-turvy rainy tragic Bombay night, waiting to donate blood for our fellow Bombayites hit by this madness… they won’t take our blood. Both of us have donated within the last three months. [Link]

… two young men press glasses of water into my hands… Please, help yourself, they say. And if you’ve got a long way to go, please come in and have some food before you walk on… It’s not even 2 hours since the bombs went off, and these guys are already organized with food, water, tables and shelter. [Link]

… they are trying to get rides for these people. But they won’t force the private cars, they are only asking the taxis. Yet as we watch the men stop a grey Maruti Alto, even push it backwards a few feet, surround it and yell into the windows. [Link]

People posted photos of the carnage on Flickr.

Update 17: Biswanath Ghosh says that Bombay is to Hindi film what New York is to American novels: we’re all Mumbaikars.

Immediately after I landed in the afternoon, I went to the Juhu Chowpatty. I instantly recognised it! — so many memorable songs have been shot there… That’s the thing about Bombay: you don’t have to go to the city to see it. Those into Hindi movies have grown up in it without even setting foot on it. That’s why it hurts even a Bihari or a Bengali when tragedy strikes far-off Bombay. It is the surrogate hometown of every Hindi movie-watcher. [Link]

Update 18: Schools in Bombay remain open today. Trains are back to normal, with some delays on the Western line. speculates on a link to the G-8 summit:

And the timing of the Mumbai attack, just days before the G-8 summit of leading economic powers, parallels the London subway bombings which occurred on the day of last year’s G-8 meeting. [Link]

Somini Sengupta et al update the coverage:

Kalpana Gosalia, 53, a homemaker, rushed out to her balcony when she heard the blast. The sight before her was ghastly: the roof of the train had been blown off and bodies lay strewn on the railroad tracks. As evening fell, she strung a bright halogen lamp to a tree outside her balcony, to help the rescue efforts. Her daughter rushed down to help carry the wounded. [Link]

Naresh Fernandes of Time Out Mumbai pens a opinion piece:

As she jumped out of her compartment, she saw streams of slum dwellers from the bleak shanties along the tracks rushing toward the train with bed sheets. They knew that there would be no stretchers to be found and were offering their threadbare cottons to be used as hammocks to carry victims away. [Link]

The Sensex is up in Wednesday trading:

Indian stocks rose 1.3 percent in morning trading Wednesday, recovering from an early drop, following a series of train bombings that rocked the country’s financial capital. Upbeat earnings from software company Infosys Technologies helped lift the market. [Link]

As of last night, the silence on large American political blogs was deafening: nothing on Washington Monthly, Talking Points Memo, DailyKos or Andrew Sullivan; one pretty good post on Instapundit; some predictable yet ill-informed condemnations of Islamic terrorism on right-wing blogs.

[The Japan earthquake] elicited two weeks of glossy, sympathetic, eight-page stories across American media. It was reported in a manner usually reserved for American disasters, and never accorded to similar earthquakes in India… the real change was in our perception of the Japanese. They had earned our respect as civilized, First World, developed — rich — and we were willing to share in their misfortunes. [Link]

Update 19: A rash of gruesome first-person accounts:

One man, under two dead bodies, raised his head, looked at my lens then died. Another was sitting on the ground, side of his face totally punched inwards, teeth protruding outwards awkwardly and bleeding. He was so emotionless. Totally shocked. Another lay on the tracks, his innards came out through a big cut in his stomach and was just rolling his head… One guy, was in the same position as he was from the beginning of the journey. Sitting, hands supporting head and sleeping. He died in his sleep. [Link]

1) a body with three legs. reason-one limb from some other body got fused to this corpse because of the heat of the blast.
2) beggars looking around to see if they could get their hands on some valuables that must have been blown a li’l further away from the blast site.
3) some bodies lying totally unclaimed because they are so mutilated that you dont know how to collect them together.
4) cement bags being used to carry people’s bodies. reason- lack of stretchers
5) inability to find out the identity of people simply because the identiity cards have melted and the faces are totally disfigured. in some cases there are no faces…

… absolutely nobody took to the first class coach. i got in, left my bag at one seat n went arounnd to examine the entire bogey for any unclaimed baggage. apparently a few people got in but on seeing the bag they got out immediately. [Link]

‘From the window of my house I saw limbs hanging from a ripped-apart coach,” said a witness of the Jogeshwari blast. “When we came closer we found many other mangled bodies inside the ripped-apart coaches. Some injured were crying for help. Lumps of flesh and blood were stuck on the wall of the [train]. . . . It is a horrible scene…”

… the bombs were hidden inside bags and suitcases that were stored on luggage racks. Many panic-stricken passengers jumped off as soon as they heard the deafening explosions, and a few of those died when they were run over by moving trains…

At one blast site, a policeman was found carrying two white bags apparently stuffed with human limbs collected from the railway track. [Link]

Suddenly, after the train left Dadar, the most crowded suburban station in the city, there was a huge noise. I felt that large stones were pelting down on the roof of the train. I could smell smoke too…. whatever bags and things that must have belonged to the commuters in there were scattered everywhere, the sides of that compartment were ripped out like an opened tin can. [Link]

… some kind of gunda volunteers, maybe some party workers along with the policemen were just forcing people into cabs or cars to get them home… [Link]

My friend says commuters standing on the crowded platform were hit as well, by the force of the blast as well as by flying iron sharpnel…. the blasts were so powerful his ears were ringing even four hours later… Between Worli and Bandra (where I live), I must have been offered water and chips by at least 50 people. [Link]

See also: Death Ends Fun, India Uncut, Gaurav Sabnis, Sepia Mutiny, SAJA Mumbai Blasts, Mumbai Train Blasts, Varnam, Metroblogging Mumbai, Global Voices, Flickr photos

Related posts: Bombs bay in Delhi, Madrid on the march, The profiling myth



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  1. 1hairy_d

    this is horrible. From the report it seems there were no fatalities… I hope that is true.

  2. 2manish

    The cops are reporting more than 40 killed.

  3. 3brown_fob

    Very sad situation.
    Last I heard, they reported 7 blasts and 40 people dead.
    MSNBC’s coverage is quite comprehensive as they are virtually feeding CNBC-India’s live-feed for the last 1 hr now.

  4. 4Saheli

    I’m glad you’re okay, Manish. Hope all your friends and loved ones are too. . .so sad.

  5. 5sifox

    I’m so, so very grateful that you are okay.

  6. 6SMR

    This is horrifying. What happened to old-style terrorism when only monuments were blown up? Terrorists NEVER win. Don’t they get it? The nihilism revealed by these acts is frightening.

    I’m glad you’re okay Manish (you’ve become a mascot of sorts in my eyes for my ex-hometown).

  7. 7badmash

    Hey Manish - good to hear that you’re ok buddy!

  8. 8brimful

    Manish, so glad you are okay. I got a chill hearing this news, recalling the bus and trade center explosions over a decade ago in Mumbai. I have family in nearly every station targeted, and my thoughts are with everyone in the Mumbai area now.

  9. 9Ramesh

    Great coverage. I’m in a wifi enabled cafe here in bandra, mumbai and everybody at this cafe with a laptop is checking out this site for the latest coverage or huddling around my laptop. Ramesh

  10. 10Hindu

    useless, there will be no action by the govrnment anyway. see to Israel, as there one soldier is kidnapped there is big trouble for Hamas. In India nothing is going to heppen as politicians will makr this another election issue.

  11. 11DesiPundit » Archives » Bomb blasts in Bombay

    [...] Sepia Mutiny and Ultrabrown (in Bombay) have constantly updated posts on the blasts. [...]

  12. 12DesiDancer

    glad you’re ok, friend. I hope everyone with friends and family there is able to learn of their safety soon.

  13. 13Gauravonomics » MAXIMUM CITY, ANYMORE?

    [...] For updates on the blasts, check out Sepia Mutiny, Vantage Point, Indica Uncut, Ultrabrown and Mumbai Help. [...]

  14. 14Msichana

    Good to know that you’re doing okay, Manish.

  15. 15Counterjumper » Mumbai Train Blasts: Around the Web

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  16. 16Sonia

    Good to know you’re ok Manish. Hope everyone you know there is fine as well.

  17. 17Not Again: Bomb Blasts in Bombay at Nerve Endings Firing Away

    [...] This post might be a tad late but I was busy trying to find updates for DesiPundit after Vikram made a timely post. Amit Varma, Gaurav, Sepia Mutiny, and Ultra Brown are providing regular updates. The Mumbai Help blog has stepped in yet again to coordinate help and establish communications via email and SMS after the phone network went (or was brought) down. [...]

  18. 18The third world view

    Mumbai train blasts

    From my personal experience in Mumbai I can tell that the shuttle train network is the lifeline of Mumbai. 6 Million people commute via this network each day from distant locations to the heart of financial capital of India. And the majority of the c…

  19. 19The Aptly Named, Sam’s Blog » Blog Archive » Bombay blasts

    [...] I was on my short commute today when I got a text message from my father in India. It said, ” … All ok in Mumbai. You may not be able to contact them as lines jammed …”. He was referring to my sister and her family. I didn’t know what to make of this. I thought that perhaps the Sunday incident had flared up. I hadn’t read the news this morning, so I called him and he told me about the bomb blasts. Seven bombs went off in various trains of the western lines within one hour (Mapped locations). For more info and details see Ultrabrown, Vantage Point, Sepia Mutiny, MumbaiHelp, and Metroblogging Mumbai. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this beloved city has been a target. [...]

  20. 20Janeofalltrades

    Manish I’m really happy to hear you are OK. Thank you for this incredible post. For a Newyorker like me with my heart and roots in Mumbai having this information has proven to be far more comforting in a strange way. Be safe.

  21. 21Pickled Politics » Blasts in Mumbai

    [...] Blogs: UltraBrown (warning: graphic pictures) and Sepia Mutiny have lots of coverage and discussion too. [...]

  22. 22Sonu

    More about clueless American TV coverage: I am listening to coverage on Fox news and they are saying that “sectarian violence between Hindus and Muslims” has led to these blasts. Do they have any clue? And MSNBC called the terrorists “rebels opposing Indian occupation of Kashmir”.

  23. 23brown_fob

    CNN’s coverage looks well researchd….esp Anderson Cooper.

  24. 24Mumbai Bomb Blasts at Kyun.org

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  25. 25Amitava Kumar :: Bomb Blasts :: July :: 2006

    [...] Here’s Suketu Mehta in discussion today; Manish Vij has been providing excellent updates; [...]

  26. 26Karthik

    Manish, Glad you are ok. And thanks for the great, great coverage.

  27. 27Kush Tandon


    i am glad you are ok.

  28. 28prakruti

    so sad…so many innocent people killed for no crime of theirs…some of my friends and family in mumbai narrowly escaped the blasts, hardworking innocent people going home after a hard day attacked for no reason…very sad…
    take care Manish..thanks for the coverage and links specially that mumbai help blog moved me to tears anxious parents, children looking for their loved ones. CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 covered the bomb blasts from all angles really well, its just hard to find news channels covering india news that well. I pray mumbai people cope up with this tragedy and hope weather is easy on them to pull out the injured from the trains and hope the injured recover faster..

  29. 29Dilip D'Souza

    Just a note to say I admire your energy in putting all this together and keeping it updated. I did have a reaction to one thing you say, it’s here.

  30. 30aqua

    Ref: “Update 5: It strikes me that majority-Muslim areas don’t seem to have been attacked.”

    As a blog with a considerably large readership, I urge you not to make communally sensitive statements like this. the trains were packed with scores of people…of all religions…terror does not distinguish between religions.

    At a time like this, the last thing we need is communal disharmony.

  31. 31just another pussy

    as long as hindus are going to be pussies they will get what they deserve

    abe oye, just how pussy is it to say this and not leave a name?

    just asking.

  32. 32Global Voices Online之中文版 » Blog Archive » 印度:部落客对孟买炸弹攻击的反应

    [...] Waking up twice 谈论到此时此刻许多人做出的无理假设。 Ultrabrown 针对恐怖攻击以及媒体报导的画面撷取做了注记。The Renegade of Junk 谈到美国右翼部落客沉醉在他们自己设定的标准模式中无法自拔。 许多美国右派部落客试着要将这些炸弹攻击和他们在国内支持的布希愚蠢政策连在一起,像是bongopondit在回响中指出的。其他的则努力地用根本不存在的线索去分析这起事件。例如Captain Quarters部落格的Captain Ed。 [...]

  33. 33manish

    I urge you not to make communally sensitive statements like this.

    The bombs were clearly timed to go off in the suburbs rather than downtown- all went off north of Dadar. It’s certainly interesting to look at whether they were timed to target specific neighborhoods as well.

    terror does not distinguish between religions.

    But terrorists often do. This is analysis of the method of attack, not political statement.

  34. 34los anjalis » mumbai 7.11

    [...] More information (outside of the obvious main news sources): Ultrabrown’s ultraupdated first-hand accounts the mumbai help blog South Asian Journalists Association’s mumbai blast resources   [...]

  35. 35Saurav

    stay safe, Manish. And if you have a sec, delete some comments :)

  36. 36aqua

    Saurav…i agree….

  37. 37Vishal

    Hello world,

    I’m from India and I’m shocked by what has happened at Mumbai same as it happened in Madrid and in NY in recent past…

    One striking thing that grabbed my attention… that no one else has thought of it till now…. In NY, it happened on 11/7 and in Mumbai, it has took place on 7/11 ! Is there any hidden message in this? Are there the same people behind the Mumbai attack as they were in NY attack? Are they trying to send us any message or make us all remember the 11/7 incident or their very brutality aganinst humanity and poor innocent people? At the end, I admit my heart truly breaks seeing all poor innocent people dying in such a manner in London, Madrid, NY and now in Mumbai… Does anyone knows when it will end OR more innocent people still have to wait for their turn to get killed brutally in this way?

    Are all world leaders just concerned about keeping their economies on track? Is there no value of human soul and humanity truly? Who is going to end all this?

  38. 38Ennis

    Ummm … Vishal, in NYC it happened on 11/9, hence American’s talk about 9-11 (which is also the phone code for emergency services)

  39. 39mumbaik

    “Update 5: It strikes me that majority-Muslim areas don’t seem to have been attacked.”

    What an Idiot!

    Bandra, the site of first blast has a huge Muslim population on the east side of the railway tracks and west has a huge Hindu population. I appreciate your efforts in putting this together. But what a moronic statement to make!!! You are expected to be better than Fox news here my friend. Don’t stoop to such depths.

  40. 40manish

    I’m familiar with the masjid (it’s beautiful and hard to miss), but Bandra is not a majority Muslim area.

  41. 41abe oye

    Another pussy
    Is my name important to you, its naresh jindal and the point regarding using a moniker being?

  42. 42Samir

    Though Bandra as a whole does not have a muslim majority but Bandra West around the station, the area around the Junction of SV road and Hill road and also a big part of hill road towards SV road are muslim majority. Additionally Mahim is definitely has a large muslim population.

  43. 43Recurring Decimals….. » Media matters and such….

    [...] I wanted to take this opportunity for a perspective on media coverage of the blasts. For me the best source of reliable information throughout has been the Indian blogosphere. Gaurav Sabnis, Amit Varma and Manish Vij did an excellent job updating regularly about the ground situation in Mumbai. Just plain and simple reporting of as much useful facts as possible - no sensationalizing, no opionionated discourses (Gaurav and Amit have since then voiced opinions as well). On top of all, kudos to all the bloggers at Mumbai Help - they went above and beyond and provided actual help, especially for friends and relatives trying to find news of their loved ones. [...]

  44. 44andrea

    My friend S. was on the train at Bandra, she stepped off and was in the street hailing a cab when she heard the explosion, then seconds later someone came over and told her to get out of the taxi, as they needed to transport injured people. She’s so innocent and so shaken up… but I am glad that she and you, Manish, are okay.

  45. 45suniti


    this is an interesting page. I an glad to know you are ok.


  46. 46Nina P

    Also relieved you’re OK Manish…and writing a novel!

  47. 47RC

    There is a total lack of coverage on the “liberal” blogs. DailyKos ….. nothing TalkingPointsMemo …. nothing JuanCole.com covered it a day later with a small blurb. Shows you how much they care. Thats liberalism for you. BTW, PBS in NewsHour with Jim Lehrer covered it in detail. Thats why thats the only thing worth watching in the US TV. Anyways you probably knew all that, but just in case if you didnt.

    Stay safe and best of luck with your project

  48. 48VadaPavSeller

    Vada Pav != ‘Potato Chutney’ It may be called Potato Sandwich though

  49. 49manish

    Vada Pav != ‘Potato Chutney’ It may be called Potato Sandwich though

    Agreed, the editor didn’t quite get my explanation. By the way, pav supposedly comes from the Portuguese ‘pão,’ or bread.

  50. 50brown_fob

    Thats why thats the only thing worth watching in the US TV.

    Anderson Coopers show (360) at CNN was quite comprehensive.
    Looks like Cooper cares for the real stories..and not just the sensational angle of it.

  51. 51manish

    The vada pav thing is fixed.

  52. 52arZan

    By the way, pav supposedly comes from the Portuguese ‘pão,’ or bread.

    Also the colloqial for a Goan guy is PAO. As in he is a “PAO”. I dont know the exact reason as to why this label came to stick on the goanese. A common reasoning is that they eat a lot of bread hence.

  53. 53VadaPavSeller

    Thats cool!

  54. 54Fidgety Foots » Bomb Blasts in Mumbai

    [...] Update: Death toll now at 185. Keeping my fingers crossed that this incident does not spark communal riots. I think I have said enough about this tragedy, hopefully the authorities will pin down those responsible for it. I have been following some excellent blogs to stay apprised on the situation in Mumbai, some of them are; Amit Verma, Dilip D’Souza, Gaurav Sabnis, Ultrabrown, and of course Mumbai Help Update: Ok, one last post on this topic. Strong op-ed in Washington Post discussing how controlled India’s responses to terrorist strikes usually are as compared to say Israel. It also strongly admonishes Pakistan’s record in curbing terrorist cells emanating from that country, which for a leading Western publication is a very rare stance to take.   [...]

  55. 55A Barbaric Yawp » Blog Archive » What About Mumbai?

    [...] Where we see a distressing lack of coverage most clearly is amongst political blogs in the top 100 list [Thanks Manish]: [...]

  56. 56死去活来:to be, or not to be » Blog Archive » 印度:部落客对孟买炸弹攻击的反应

    [...] Waking up twice 谈论到此时此刻许多人做出的无理假设。 Ultrabrown 针对恐怖攻击以及媒体报导的画面撷取做了注记。The Renegade of Junk 谈到美国右翼部落客沉醉在他们自己设定的标准模式中无法自拔。 许多美国右派部落客试着要将这些炸弹攻击和他们在国内支持的布希愚蠢政策连在一起,像是bongopondit在回响中指出的。其他的则努力地用根本不存在的线索去分析这起事件。例如Captain Quarters部落格的Captain Ed。 [...]

  57. 57K Kalyan

    I think a few comments seriously need to be deleted. Manish, this is a good effort on your part, but i would suggest you moderate the comments for their content as well as language… I must say Munbaikars have a fantastic spirit that leaves the rest of the world spell bound despite the world’s worst attacks on humanity. Hats off!

  58. 58Rahul

    I appreciate the efforts put down by manish and fellows to update the event. But, I would request you guys not to comment anything about religion. It would be rude to say that bombs didnt go off near muslim areas. Just to inform you guys the bombs were not targeted at any specific localities. They targeted the trains which is heart line for all the people of Mumbai, let it be muslim or hindu. Also, if you read the interviews of the kins of those survived and dead, you will find muslims, hindu, and christrians. Also, the people who came to help these guys didnt specifically looked for their religious types to help. Here people helped people, not religion. So, I request you to not to bring in religion in your discussions. Thanks, and JAI HIND.

  59. 59manish

    The blasts had a particular pattern and distribution. It’s worth discussing what that looked like. And it turns out that a majority Muslim area, Mahim, was indeed targeted. That’s interesting.

    Data has no politics.

  60. 60prakash

    Good work Manish in putting this up. We need to keep religion out of this though.

  61. 61manish

    We need to keep religion out of this though.

    Agree. Let the data speak.

  62. 62RC

    Too bad the terrorists couldn’t.

    More like “terrorists wont

  63. 63PK

    I just want to say that the attack was definitely meant to unsettle the ‘Indian’ people.
    And even if a Muslim majority area wasn’t attacked, that does not mean the Muslims in that area were responsible for it!!
    it just means that the terrorists are probably muslim(or to be more specific, think they are muslim even after doing something like this)
    that does not mean anything - u had chota shakeel(hindu) and dawood ibrahim(muslim) workin together at some point of time didnt u..
    these people have no religion or faith of any sort, because for that u need a pure, peaceful heart which they obviously dont have.

    i urge u to stop debating over their religions and focus more on their identity..we all know for a fact that there are muslims as well as hindus in the terrorism business..it does not prove anything

  64. 64Amrita Nawal

    Ppl pl stop it.
    I wanna ask d one who targetted these poor souls ….. dt u have a heart man…
    Come n fight wid Indians face to face if u dont like India… declare a war damn it and then see… wat we can do… bloody
    cowards come face us.. dt target us n conspire behind our bach goddamn…