[Marxism] Hundreds of Dead and Injured in India Bombings

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Wed Jul 12 08:17:07 MDT 2006

On 7/12/06, Johannes Schneider <Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net> wrote:
> Walter  Lippmann wrote:
> >
> > I'd like to know what are the various tendencies
> > going to say, including the various armed opposition groupings,
> > the trade unions, and so on.
> >
> Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) statement
> http://www.cpim.org/statement/2006/07122006_mumbai%20blasts.htm
> Mumbai Blasts: Foil Heinous Aim of Terrorists

[Below is the news article from "The Hindu", a national newspaper in India
whose politics are more or less center-left.

The BJP (the Hindu nationalist party, some of whose leaders  have been
implicated in violence against Muslims in the past, has predictably blamed
the United Progressive Alliance government at the center (which has the
support of the two Communist parties) for the incident, accusing it of
having been "soft on terrorism".

The BJP is being hypocritical to charge that the 'soft' policy of the UPA
government is responsible for a  spurt in 'terrorism' --  as it is under the
previous BJP government at the center  that the Kargil war took place after
they miserably failed to detect in time the sizeable infiltration from
across the Line of Control in Kashmir. It is also under the previous  BJP
government at the center that the Red Fort and the Indian Parliament House,
and also the Kashmir Assembly building, came under armed assault from
suspected militants.  It is also under their government  that  the
Akshaydham Temple in Gandhinagar had become the site of a prolonged bloody
gun battle between police and suspected militants.]

*Date:12/07/2006* *URL:

 *Parties urge people to stay united, calm *

 Special Correspondent

* Express shock and condemn the blasts *

   NEW DELHI: The Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties
have expressed shock at the series of bomb blasts in Mumbai and urged people
to stay united and maintain calm. In a statement, Congress president Sonia
Gandhi condemned the dastardly and inhuman act and appealed to the
countrymen to "collectively isolate such elements from society." Ms. Gandhi
spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Union Home
Minister Shivraj Patil and asked them to tighten all security measures and
maintain peace. and harmony. She also asked the State Government to
undertake relief measures and apprehend the culprits immediately.

The Bharatiya Janata Party strongly condemned the terrorist violence blasts
in Mumbai. in the strongest possible language. BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Prasad said senior party leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and
Rajnath Singh had appealed to all people to remain calm and maintain peace.
BJP president Rajnath Singh and Mr. Advani would go to Mumbai on Wednesday.

Ever since the UPA repealed the Prevention of Terrorism Act, passed during
the National Democratic Alliance regime, the BJP has charged the Congress
and its allies with being "soft on terrorism." Mr. Prasad made the same
point here on Tuesday. He said terrorism had increased under the UPA, which
had "traded its soft-on-terrorism policy with votes."

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat described
it as a vicious attack on the people of Mumbai. He said this terrorist
outrage should be met with unity and firmness. Describing the terrorist
attack as a "serious matter," CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan said the
culprits should be apprehended as soon as possible and given exemplary
punishment. "Life and security of citizens cannot be held to ransom by a few
fanatics, whoever they be,' he said and hoped that people would maintain
calm, vigil and see that peace was not disturbed in any manner.

Lok Sabha [Lower House of Parliament] speaker Somnath Chatterjee [of the
Communist Party of India (Marxist)] condemned the blasts and expressed
sympathies with those who lost their near and dear ones in the attacks. He
also appealed to people to remain calm and maintain peace.

Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president, condemned the blast
and said the design of terrorists should be defeated by the people by
remaining calm and maintaining peace.

       * *

(c) Copyright 2000 - 2006 The Hindu

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