Just as one political crisis abated, terrorists have struck through two bomb blasts in
On May 18, nine worshippers were killed in a blast at the city’s historic Mecca Masjid, four more were killed when police fired on protestors later. So Muslims are not immune from being targeted. In any case, any attack in a public place in a city with 30 per cent Muslims would have inevitably killed people of the Muslim community as well. The aim is not so much to create a communal divide, but nihilist desire to kill and maim, and of course, set back
In keeping with terrorist tactics, the blasts have been timed with the festival season. August 26 was the best muhurat or auspicious day for marriages in this year. Some 30,000 marriages are to be celebrated on this day in the city alone. On Monday is Onam, Kerala’s main festival. Early next month we have a major festival of Janamasthami, marking the birth of north
Since the mid 1990s you can count scores of incidents that have been planned with a view of disrupting religious occasions and celebrations. The reasons for this are two-fold—as classic terrorism to deprive people of their sense of celebration and joy as well as to find more “soft “ targets of shoppers, revelers and celebrants.
I will put more posts on the subject, including one on the debate over the "dealing with the roots of terrorism" theory.