Hyderabad burns, confirming once again why India loses the most number of people to terrorism after Iraq. Weeping families, burnt and charred bodies, blood on the streets. And drowning out the wailing of the sirens and the cries of agony and loss reverberate the words of a state legislator declaring that he is a Muslim first and an Indian second and of another Hyderabadi politician publicly announcing that it would have been legitimate to kill a dissident author.
Nothing new also in the West’s coverage (or the lack of it) of this massive loss of life—-after all brown men having their heads ripped off in the black hole of India isn’t news. It’s not as if its London or Madrid or even Bali for that matter (large number of foreign tourists)—no need to get the candles out and walk in solidarity for the victims of terror. And you cannot blame them too—after all people getting blown to smithereens in India is about as common as Paris Hilton having sex. So why bother?
But sometimes no news is good news if only to spare us the ever-present tone of suspicion present in media coverage of terrorist acts in India, a tone that is conspicuously absent whenever such acts of terror occurs in the West.
Officials said extremists wanted to foment tension between India’s Hindu majority and its Muslim minority, though they provided little evidence linking Islamic militants to the blasts in Hyderabad. Many Muslims here say Hindu extremists are behind the attacks.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad expatriates in Dubai downplayed the role of foreign forces, reports the Gulf News. Among Dubai’s Hyderabadian community, the general consensus was that the bombings had been carried out for internal political reasons, namely as an attack on the regional government in Hyderabad. “The blasts are politically motivated to bring down the government,” said P.N. Rao, an Indian from Hyderabad living in Dubai.
Again nothing new.
[ As a macabre sidelight: While SIMI backed jihadists walk the land, the UP administration is otherwise occupied: going all out to nail those deshdrohis who dare sullied the name of Madam Mayawati on Orkut.]