Taj Hotel — November 26, 2008
The nine [bodies] are the Pakistani Muslim terrorists who went on an utterly senseless killing rampage in Mumbai on 26/11 â€” Indiaâ€™s 9/11 â€” gunning down more than 170 people, including 33 Muslims, scores of Hindus, as well as Christians and Jews. It was killing for killingâ€™s sake. They didnâ€™t even bother to leave a note.
All nine are still in the morgue because the leadership of Indiaâ€™s Muslim community has called them by their real name â€” â€œmurderersâ€ not â€œmartyrsâ€ â€” and is refusing to allow them to be buried in the main Muslim cemetery of Mumbai, the 7.5-acre Bada Kabrastan graveyard, run by the Muslim Jama Masjid Trust. (“No Way, No How, Not Here” –Thomas Friedman)
I regularly read Thomas Friedman’s column in the New York Times. His column from Wednesday — titled No Way, No How, Not Here — is just fabulous, not to mention interesting. It explores the Indian-Muslim reaction after last November’s terrorist attacks. Many generalize all Muslims as the same, but this is broad generalization is far from accurate. â€œIndian Muslims are proud of being both Indian and Muslim, and the Mumbai terrorism was a war against both India and Islam,â€ as one Muslim said, interviewed in the article. Read it now; I genuinely recommend it.