Whenever extremists carry out violent attacks, they bring more harm to their cause. I understand the anger and I understand that this is their way of trying to get the world’s attention. I understand that this is the likely result of people who have felt unfairly treated thoughout history and, even more troubling, when people have become so fanatical in their beliefs and ideologies.

But this is not the way to arrive at a solution.

Bodies poolside at Taj Mahal - Photo by Reuters

Bodies poolside at Taj Mahal - Photo by Reuters

Everytime these atrocities occur, it creates more hurt and anger in the world. It makes people develop stereotypes or increase their negative attitudes towards the innocent citizens or groups in whose names extremists claim to be fighting. They get attention. They engender a sense of fear among people because of their killing. It all has a distressing psychological impact on people.

But do they really get how much it hurts their own people? (I don’t like using terms like “their own people” because we live in a global village and I see us as all being connected as humans, but you get my meaning, I am sure.)

In these Mumbai killings, although the gunmen went in looking for Americans and Britons to take as hostages, they initially went in and indiscriminately killed whoever was in sight. Many were Indians, as well. Again, a life is a life, so their nationality is of little importance to me, but for these attackers, not only do their heinous acts turn Americans, Britons, and the world against them, but it turns their own people against them. Yes, they get attention and create fear and panic, but their real message gets lost…all while damaging their own countries.

I wonder how this will affect India, economically, now. Like China, India is one of the fastest emerging markets in the world and plays an important role when it comes to international business. Many multinationals are doing business in India. Many jobs are outsourced to India. And, yes, multinationals are benefitting greatly from this relationship due to the cheap labour, but so is India’s economy and its people. Indian workers are getting more money from these multinational corporations in exchange for their skills than they would have had they not existed. More money in their pockets allows them to buy more of the goods imported from other countries, which, in turn, stimulates their economies. It’s a symbiotic relationship. However, these killings could jeopardise this to some extent.

My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I was on the phone with a friend when the news of it had broken and she had to rush off the phone in a panic as her flatmate had told her that her (the flatmate’s) brother was scheduled to be in Mumbai for a meeting at one of the hotels where the shootings occurred and they could not reach him. I could hear the panic in her voice as she was explaining the situation to me. Later, I was relieved to hear from them that it turned out that the brother had ended up not going at the last minute and remained in London. That moment brought into sharper focus, just what so many people must be still going through at this moment as they try to locate their loved ones that were in Mumbai.

Famly members comfort each other as they await news on loved ones in Mumbai - Photo by Ruth Fremson of NY Times

Famly members comfort each other as they await news on loved ones at the morgue in Mumbai. - Photo by Ruth Fremson of NY Times

The killing must stop – not just in Mumbai, but wherever there are extremists. The world must find a proper solution…or we shall never know peace.

An eye for an eye and we will all go blind.

– Khalil Gibran


~ by Carol-Ann Simmons on November 29, 2008.

2 Responses to “Mumbai”

  1. This was all so sad.

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