“This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African American President. And, in a tragic event, that’s a remarkable statement about the country.” – Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour.
Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay (India) suffered another tragic terrorist attack on November 26, 2008. Mumbai is not a stranger to terrorism but this attack on and around the Taj Mahal hotel, a 105-year-old landmark near the water’s edge, which is a national symbol and an icon, has definitely struck a nerve with anyone who’s visited the beautiful hotel. I’ve been to that hotel many times and it was always such a wonderful experience. This is a real tragedy and my thoughts and prayers got out to everyone who lost someone they loved.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out Pakistan was involved in this in some way and I hope this doesn’t turn into communal violence as this will only perpetuate the problem and allow the terrorists to achieve their goal. Let’s all hope and pray for calm, peace and justice.
Here are some pictures I took off the Taj Hotel and the Gateway of India during happier times while visiting India in 2003.