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Date: Mar 9, 2006 11:29 PM

Press Releases

Hindu Americans Distressed by Serial Bomb Blasts in Holy City of Varanasi

TAMPA, Fl (Mar. 9, 2006) – A series of explosions on Tuesday in the holy city of Varanasi, India claimed the lives of at least 21 people and injured over 62. Two of the bombs were placed in the city's main railway station while another bomb targeted worshippers at the famous Sankat Mochan temple. Officials believe the attackers specifically triggered the bomb at the temple on an auspicious day of the week during evening services to inflict the greatest casualties on Hindu devotees.

Intelligence officials currently suspect that the notorious Pakistan-based Islamist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was behind the attacks. The same group has been accused of masterminding dozens of major terrorist attacks in India over the past 16 years including three in the past year alone. In December 2005, gunmen stormed the campus of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore killing and seriously injuring several professors and researchers. Last October, on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali/Deepavali, bomb blasts in a populated market killed 61 in the nation's capital New Delhi. In July 2005, LeT militants opened fire on worshippers and security forces at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex in the holy city of Ayodhya.

Sheetal Shah , member of the Hindu American Foundation Executive Council said, "The continued attacks on worshippers at some of the most sacred Hindu sites reflect a lapse in the Indian government's duty to adequately protect its citizens and a failure of the government of Pakistan to reign in Islamic militancy."

The Hindu American Foundation asks for Hindus to remain calm, and demands a calibrated response from the state and central governments to these dastardly attacks. For too long, attacks on Hindu sacred places and on Hindus have either led to knee-jerk violent responses by some Hindu groups and/or an apathetic and band-aid response by the ruling governments. It is time to make everyone feel secure and safe in India.

The Hindu American Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-partisan organization, promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism.


Non Carborundum said...

Why should Hindus remain calm?

Sabarish Sasidharan said...

One more in Mumbai got defused in time. 2 Kgs of explosives in a railway station...

After the rocking twin blasts in Varanasi, the Mumbai law and order machinery has defused another 2 kg bomb in a railway station.

Is India safe anymore?

The terror network in India has shown its true capabilities by planting bombs at will all over the country. The law and order machinery is in a frantic attempt trying to patch up the problems. But prevention is better than cure and we are too late now to prevent. We now have to uproot something which we could have nipped off in the bud earlier. And our government, bureaucracy failed us in that respect. And its not the people who made the mistake that are now repenting. Poor people are repenting for the mistakes their elected and non elected representatives have made.

Can people step out to lead a daily life without worrying about safely returning back home at the end of the day? If even sacred places of worship are being bombed (in true old Muslim invasion ways), can we consider ourselves to be in a peaceful and safe country? These iam sure are the current thoughts running in every Indian's mind.

And iam sure the Government does not have an answer to that, an answer that can assure our minds. Iam sure Manmohan Singh of the Congress led UPA Government (for the record) is going to come out with a statement saying India is safe, government will do this and that. But honestly, after having heard him for quite some time now, i don't feel like believing his words at all. Especially on issues like this. And they are dividing the masses further by adopting minority appeasement policies for garnering more Muslim votes.

Sad but true... We are losing our lands to jehadi fundamentalists of murderous intentions. And the political fraternity (yes all of them) is sitting coolly counting the minority votes they make in the process.

Iam sure some Indians right now might even be contemplating moving outside India just to make sure that they are not bombed out of existence by a stupid fanatic.

Ajay said...

Terrorist's arrest foiled attack in Goa

Kalyani said...

A REal must read:-