New Delhi, July 13 : A chronology of recent terror attacks in India:
IANSJuly 13, 2011: At least 21 people are killed and more than 140 injured in three bomb blasts in Mumbai.
Dec 7, 2010: A bomb explodes on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh during evening prayers, killing a a girl and injuring 20 people, including some foreigners.
Oct 14, 2010: At least five people injured in a minor bomb explosion in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh.
Feb 13, 2010: A blast in German Bakery in Pune city of Maharashtra kills nine people and injures 45.
April 6, 2009: A car bomb blast in Guwahati kills six people and injures 32.
Nov 26-29, 2008: Terror attack in Mumbai kills 166 Indians and foreigners.
October 30, 2008: Terror attack in Guwahati kills 61 and injures 300.
Sep 29, 2008: Blast in Malegaon in Maharashtra kills eight people and injures 80.
Sep 13, 2008: Serial blasts in Delhi kill 30 people and injure more than 100.
July 26, 2008: Serial blasts in Ahmedabad kill 40 people and injure more than 50.
July 25, 2008: Nine explosions in Bangalore kill one and injuring 12.
May 13, 2008: Eight serial blasts rock Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 dead and over 150 injured.
Oct 11, 2007: Bomb blast inside Ajmer Sharif shrine during Ramadan kills three and injures 28.
Aug 25, 2007: 32 dead, 60 hurt in Hyderabad terror blast.
May 18, 2007: A bomb at Mecca mosque in Hyderabad kills 14 people.
Feb 19, 2007: Two bombs explode aboard a train from India to Pakistan, charring at least 66 passengers, most of them Pakistanis, to death.
Sep 8, 2006: 30 dead and 100 hurt in twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon in Maharashtra.
July 11, 2006: Seven bombs explode on Mumbai’s trains killing over 200 and injuring more than 200.
(Note: I have updated the figures of the dead and injured in yesterday’s Mumbai blasts from waht appeared in this article.- Gaurang G. Vaishnav)
A very balanced article on double standards of “secular” activists! – Moderator
MADHU PURNIMA KISHWAR, TNN Apr 22, 2011, 12.00am IST
The disdain with which leading lights of the anti-corruption movement – Mallika Sarabhai, Medha Patkar, Kavita Srivastava et al – are publicly threatening to dislodge Anna Hazare from the leadership role because he praised Narendra Modi’s rural development work in Gujarat indicates that the poor man was only being used as a convenient symbol that can be discarded as arbitrarily as he was chosen to lead the ‘movement’.
Human rights activists can retain their credibility only as long as they remain steadfastly non-partisan. To the person killed, it matters little whether the murderous mob was shouting ‘Lal Salaam’, ‘Har Har Mahadev’ or ‘National Unity’ as did the mobs that massacred over 10,000 Sikhs in north India following Indira Gandhi’s assassination. However, the secular brigade shows a consistent soft corner for those who kill under the Maoist or communist banner as well as those who verbally profess secularism.
Narendra Modi’s acts of commission and omission during the 2002 riots deserve the strongest of condemnations. Those crimes need to be impartially investigated and the guilty punished. Just as we are proud that our democratic system ensured a fair trial even for a publicly identified ISI-associated terrorist like Kasab, so also we should let the courts take the Gujarat trials to their logical conclusions.
Those who ask for Modi’s head would do well to remember that hordes of Congressmen in Gujarat gleefully joined the BJP and RSS goons who went around massacring innocent people.
The overall track record of the Congress in this matter is no better, if not much worse, than that of the BJP. In addition to the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in north India, it masterminded numerous other riots through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. None of the killers of politically engineered riots in Meerut, Malliana, Bhiwandi, Bhagalpur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat and scores of others were ever punished. The Congress also injected terrorism into Punjab by its covert support of Bhindranwale’s Khalistani brigades in order to wrest control of the SGPC that presides over well-endowed gurdwaras. It did incalculable harm to the Sri Lankan Tamils by creating a Frankenstein’s monster like the LTTE. The secessionist movement in Kashmir owes its origins and draws sustenance from the Congress party’s penchant for rigging elections to install puppet chief ministers.
Madhu Kishwar is a well known activist who has worked on behalf of street people, minority rights and authored number of books. See her profile at: