Various news stories in the US have used phrases like “India’s 9/11” in attempt to contextualize the Mumbai terror for American readers.
Aside from the fact that India unfortunately has endured many previous militant attacks–some of them originating from the same likely suspects, even if not on the coordinated, militarily precise, and mass-terrorizing scale as these latest–there is one overlooked sense in which this horrible incident has already been shown not to be India’s 9/11.
One can learn a lot about a political system from the way it responds to shocks. From India’s recent headlines:
The wave of public anger against recurring terror attacks across the country eroding its popular image, the Congress [Party of PM Manmohan Singh] on Sunday eased out Shivraj Patil, replacing him with P. Chidambaram in the home ministry.
Sure, we all remember the resignations tendered by responsible officials of the US government after its failure to prevent, and its insufficient response to, a massive terrorist strike.