CNN audience reacts to Mumbai blasts
Rescuers search for bodies inside the mangled compartment of one of the trains hit in the blasts.
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(CNN) -- CNN viewers and readers from around the world have been appalled at Tuesday's deadly attacks on commuter trains and stations in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai.
Here are some of your edited comments:
I'm staying in the UK but basically from Mumbai. I was really very sad to hear the terrible news yesterday. I am proud of Mumbai and the wonderful people who make the city so vibrant and I am sure they will bounce back and show the world their true character. Vicky R, UK
I am an Indian currently working in Germany. Since yesterday evening all of us have been glued to TV sets, watching in disbelief and shock about what was happening in our commercial capital. Let's all give the people of Bombay a helping hand.
It's been more than 20 years since India has been targeted by forces of terror, but the international community and world leaders seems to be selective in their attack against terror. People should realise that the lives lost, whether in the U.S., UK or India, cause the same damage to every relative of those killed. We have been exercising patience for 20 years thereby making ourselves soft tagets for extremism and the same question comes up again and again, everytime we lose our brothers and mothers. How much is too much? R Kallorath, Germany
It is sad that Mumbai was the target of an apparent terrorist attack yet again! Mumbai has been targeted with remarkable regularity and we know that this is not the last time Mumbai will be the target of terrorists. It is high time that Mumbai administration and Maharashtra government planned and put appropriate measures in place to prevent such attacks in the future. It is high time that we equip our police and emergency services with sophisticated devices to monitor suspicious movements and train them and our citizens to deal with such situations in the future. It is also high time that we replace our local trains with better and more secure trains. We cannot wait for another attack to happen and should start valuing the lives of our citizens. Wake up Mumbaikars and Wake up India ! Umesh, Germany.
I am an Indian presently doing a post-doctoral research fellowship in Porto, Portugal. The Mumbai blasts again showed the gruesome acts of terrorism. There is no place for such heinous crimes in the world. I am sure that all Indians are united and will keep their moral high at this hour of crisis. This is the time to all political parties to sit down, unite and draft stern policies to strengthen the laws against terrorism, instead of indulging in a blame game. Like in the past, Mumbaikars, with their courage and spirit, will overcome the tragedy and stand tall against this disaster. " Kishore Dasari, Porto, Portugal.
It is high time the Indian government implements high tech intelligence and security measures to stop such incidents to happen again. The terrorists are acting in very tactical and pre-planned manner, so the government should also tap their ways and means to stop them once for all. Rajesh Rao and Family in Greenland.
In the wake of th recent attacks on Indian soil it is quite unfortunate that we blame the Indian government for not having proper anti-terrorism laws in place. However I think the Indian law making has added enough laws which, if implemented properly, are good enough to protect us. Rather than the addition of more laws, the need of the hour is more efficient surveillance. Installing surveillance cameras at public places, for instance.
I am Neha Ghanshyam Wadhwani. My dad was in the opposite train and was an eyewitness. The blast occurred at Mira Road which blasted 1st class gents compartment, the blast caused smoke and the whole bogie to become black. The blast was audible from Gaiety Galaxy. Nothing blew out of the compartment. I was in Matunga and while walking back to my house at Sion I could see police officers, tension in the air,and scared people. Those who were injured were taken to Sion hospital. I heard police say they have admitted 50 people and from the gates I could see blood flowing out, being cleaned by workers of the hospital. They were trying to wash out the blood. Neha, Mumbai
I would blame the intelligence networks in Mumbai, which should be developed after such a big blow. The local news channels repeatedly show that the intelligence networks knew about the threat of such blasts, but didn't know the time and place where the explosions would take place. Inspite of having such information, no credible actions were taken which has cost the innocent people of Mumbai dearly. Prathmesh Sant, Mumbai
In a world that is being repeatedly torn apart and traumatised by the vicious acts of fanatical terrorists, it was heartwarming to see the warmth and compassion of individuals in Mumbai towards total strangers.The hostel, for instance, which housed and fed hundreds. Margarita Saldanha, London
As an Indian living in New York and having being born and brought up in Bombay and gone through the bomb blasts in Bombay in 1993 & 9/11 in NY, the world needs to understand that we need to unite if we are to fight a common enemy, which is being brought up on the ideals of terrorism, by educating its people & finding them jobs & showing them that no matter what religion one belongs to, we can all live in peace. My heart goes out to all my fellow Mumbaities; no matter where we live in the world, every life is precious. But Mumbaities are very resilient and we will survive. Shalini, NYC
I was shocked to hear about the Mumbai blasts. It was a loss of innocent lives, but to blame a neighboring country every time something happens in India is wrong and out of order. The world leaders call India a great democracy when it is not really a democracy in all parts of India. People of Kashmir are murdered and raped everyday. Where is the democracy there? The government turns a blind eye. In the state of Turmanado people want independence. People in Assam want independence. People in Indian Bengal want independence. The Sikhs in Indian Punjab want independence. It is all home grown terrorists in India who are to be blamed, in my opinion. Mushtaq Ahmed, Manchester, UK
It is high time that the Indian politicians stop phrasing high sounding words and start fighting terrorism. And the planet Earth should encourage this fight against terrorism. In my opinion, the only weapon that we have and that we can use against terrorism is globalization. The sooner we make this planet Earth flat the safer this planet Earth will be. Sudaman, Copenhagen
Another day of tragedy for the ordinary people who are the worst sufferers of indiscrimate bombing. I do blame the government of India for not having anti- terrorist laws in place which could have prevented some of the attacks.There are sleeper cells and other modules of terrorist organization in various cities in India. I do blame the Pakistan Government for not reigning in the ISI and for letting the terror groups based there, to continue their murderous activities. India has a large Muslim population. Imagine even if 1 percent was influenced by terrorists, their numbers would be huge. Lastly, after the Srinagar and Mumbai blasts of today, the UPA Govt still wants to continue with CBMs with Pakistan; what are they hoping to achieve and who are they fooling? We know the Government of India is weak and are incapable of taking a stand to tackle terrorism. Ranita Ray, Delhi
While watching heart breaking news on TV, while watching very terrible pictures of wounded people because of the series of bomb blasts, again and again the same questions are striking my mind. Where are our security & intelligence services? Can't we do anything about it? Are we going to watch this happening as usual? Dharmendra
It's time we have to make a stand and stop these mad men from commiting such acts. We should increase the budget for the intelligence department and the police and try and shift more of the commercial districts to the suburbs. We as people of the world must be independent and we should stand united and if other foreign nations want to join they must not just say it for the sake (of saying), but mean it.
It's about time that India left its soft and indifferent stand towards terrorism and took some proactive steps which might (be) some strong steps towards neighbours and internal insurgents.
It's a devastation for any country, any religion, any race. The people of Pakistan strongly condemn this act of terrorism and stand strongly on their belief of a stronger better relation with India as it is a mutual interest.
The current series of blasts in Mumbai exposes loopholes in the securtiy system of the Indian Railways. Although being the largest railway system in the world and being a monopoly in India, it should have reviewed the security issues frequently to make changes giving no chance for terrorists to strike at innocent commuters. The railways need to set up security by installing security cameras with round the clock surveillence across trains and stations vulnerable to attacks. It seems that railway authorities seem to be on deaf ears to implement these changes. It should learn from the attacks in London and the security changes it made after the bombings. It is clearly a failure to improve security. Blaming the terrorists is just an excuse, as these attacks are sure to occur in the future unless changes are made.
It's important to note that EVERYONE uses the trains. People of EVERY faith. It is hugely unfair to speculate especially when linking the bombings to other regions. Why are our politicians not being responsible. Please please don't sow the seeds of mistrust.
Wednesday in Mumbai will be business as usual just like it was in London last year after the blasts there.
I was born in Bangalore and am appalled at these latest attacks. World leaders need to acknowledge that terrorism is a world-wide epidemic. It takes desperate, angry people to carry out these acts. Yet, pathetically, it targets innocent people. We need a global conference, and a global consensus reached on all issues of contention: Kashmir, Iraq, Chechnya etc. Ultimately it's about creating a fair society and to minimise the vast disparities in the lives of people across the globe. Going to war against terrorism is futile. How do you fight an idea and a feeling? If we don't have wisdom leading us now, the U.S., London, Bali, Madrid, Iraq, Egypt, Mumbai experience will become commonplace. Can we not see a trend already?
Mumbai is of course a noted extreme case in terms of crowds in public transport which makes it impossible to place even basic security systems, but looking around none of the cities in India have any sort of protection from a coordinated attack of this magnitude. Heart wrenching... anyone who hasn't experienced a local train journey in Mumbai can't possibly imagine what Mumbaikars would have gone through today.
I sincerely feel for the commuters who died in the serial Mumbai blast and would like to thank CNN-IBN network for their active journalism by keeping people all over the world posted about the happenings. Dhwajal Chavan Aachen, Germany
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