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Public vents ire over Mumbai terror in cyberspace

Arvind Sharma in Bhopal | December 01, 2008 17:36 IST

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The horrendous 60-hour terror drama in Mumbai has left left people outraged more than numbed and they are leaving no medium to vent their simmering anger.
    
Citizens are finding cyberspace to be the best way to express their views on the grisly terror act and are not shying away from holding the country's politicians responsible for the situation.
    
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, who had been trying to be the champion of Marathi manoos' cause and leading a campaign against North Indians in Mumbai, have come under severe criticism.
    
Most of the e-mails against the MNS chief were simply titled "Where is Raj?" and people wished to know where he and his comrades had been when the worst-ever crisis struck Mumbai.
    
The hate mail against Raj reached such a crescendo that an e-mailer suggested "there should be no more talk about this politician".
    
A comment, lambasting the Shiv Sainiks and the Bajrang Dal activists, said "These people can use their lathis only on hapless and innocent persons" and if they were so brave, why did they not go to the Taj when it was under attack".
    
Apart from Raj, other politicians who faced the ire included Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh [Images] and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.
    
Amar Singh had demanded an inquiry into the Batla House encounter in the national capital in which a police officer had lost his life.
    
Another politician who came in for criticism was Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal who, according to some reports, suggested that Hindus were allegedly behind the terror attack in Mumbai.

An e-mailer, a Muslim, said, "It will be totally wrong to term the terrorists, responsible for the Mumbai attacks, "Jihadis" since the word had a connotation that does not apply to killing innocent women and children." He said "Jihad" was fought a thousand years ago for a religious cause and added that those who indulge in bombings and killings of innocent people have no right to call themselves "Jihadis". The writer also said there was no need to link any religion with terrorism and suggested that "terrorists should be shot dead without any inquiry whatsoever".
    
The cyberspace also witnessed a lot of traffic with several e-mails hailing the martyrdom of slain Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare and other policemen and National Security Guard commandos, who made supreme sacrifice battling the terrorists.
    
Karkare's sister Neha Harsh, who incidentally lives in Bhopal termed him a "diamond", who made the family as well as the country proud.
    
Some suggested that a memorial be built in honour of those who laid down their lives and opined that the place will become a "pilgrimage for every citizen".
    
"The terrorists achieved what they wanted to and have managed to send out panic waves across the country though they were defeated in the end," said an e-mail.




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