ATTACKS IN MUMBAI
(11 July 2006)
simultaneous bombs devastated the Mumbai city rush hour as more
than 170 people were killed in an organised terrorist today (11
July 2006). The blasts which occurred over eleven minutes in various
train stations across the city have also left hundreds of people
injured and has crippled the transport system in the city. There
has been speculation in the Indian media that Islamic militants
from Kashmir were behind the blasts, which followed closely on the
heels of the killings of seven Hindus in the Kashmir valley last
week, however, Kashmiri separatists have denied responsibility for
in all its form must be strongly condemned in any part of the world.
The international communities need to take these blasts as seriously
as the London blasts last year," said Ramesh Kallidai, secretary
general of the Hindu Forum of Britain. "India has borne the
brunt of religious terrorism for the last fifty years, although
the West has only woken up to this blot on human society recently.
We appeal to the UK Government and other countries in the West to
rally behind India in its fight against terror."
PARLIAMENT PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR INDIAN GOVT
Tuesday 12th July, Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting tabled an early
day motion in the House of Commons which in unequivocal terms condemns
the terrorist outrages experienced in India yesterday.
EDM states 'That this House condemns the terrorist strikes of 11th
July 2006 in Srinagar and Mumbai, India that have taken the lives
of 190 people and injured a further 800; notes that the spirit and
resilience of India will not be broken by such acts of murderous
brutality; offers its condolences to the families of those slain
and injured in the commercial capital of the world's largest secular
democracy; pledges its support and assistance to defeat terrorism
in all its forms.'
Khan, speaking on behalf of Labour Friends of India said, 'Our thoughts
and prayers are with the families of the bereaved and injured in
Mumbai and Srinagar.'
added 'There can be no justification for such mindless violence;
we reaffirm our commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with India
in the common goal to root out the menace of terrorism.'
Khan visited India in April 2006 with a delegation of Labour MPs
to study the tremendous strides India is taking to become a leading
force in a globalised world. He visited Delhi and Kolkata and met
with the Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary to discuss counter-terrorism
amongst many other subjects.
Pound MP, Chairman of Labour Friends of India committed the influential
parliamentary group to enquiring what measures have been taken by
the Government in assisting the Government of India in dealing with
terrorist attacks of this type since 9/11. He commented 'Terrorism
knows no boundaries, for this reason, we have to encourage governments
to work together for the safety of ordinary citizens.'
added, 'The resilience that Londoner's showed on 7/7 has been magnified
by the grit and determination shown by Mumbaikars in the face of
such adverse conditions. Today, we learn that people have returned
to work in full strength, trains are running, blood banks are full,
attendance at schools is close to 100%. The city has simply dusted
itself off and moved on with greater vigour. Through their actions,
India has sent a strong signal saying that it will not allow disruptions
SERVICE FOR MUMBAI BOMB BLAST VICTIMS
Hindu Forum of Britain is to hold a multi-faith memorial service
to remember the victims of the Mumbai bombings on Friday 14 July
at 7.30 pm at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Watford. Representatives
of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Indian High Commission
and faith leaders will light seven lamps dedicated to the victims
at each of the locations of the blast, after which hundreds of participants
will light candles in memory of the victims. The guests will later
read out a joint-prayer for world peace.
event will be hosted by ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple, at Bhaktivedanta
Manor, Dharam Marg, Off Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, WD25 8EZ
Kallidai, secretary-general of the Hindu Forum of Britain, said:
There has been shock, horror and worry among Hindus, especially
those who have friends and relatives in Mumbai. The wider community
can relate to what happened yesterday as we have just observed the
first anniversary of the London bombings.
special service, in a small way, aims to collectively demonstrate
that Hindus and other faiths will not be deterred by the actions
of the terrorists. It will offer the people from the UK an opportunity
to remember the victims of this awful tragedy.
OFFERS SUPPORT TO INDIA
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), also issued a statement
offering support to India. The statement read "The WTTC is
appalled and saddened by the bomb attacks which occurred on Tuesday
in Mumbai, India. The Council and its Members offer their most sincere
condolences to those affected by this horrific attack."
Baumgarten, WTTC President said: This is yet another example
of terrorist groups attempts to undermine confidence and cause
widespread destruction and chaos, in what has become a global conflict.
a letter to the Minister of Tourism, WTTC commended the Indian security
authorities on their speedy response to the attacks and the Council
has offered its full support to the Indian Ministry of Tourism to
ensure that the countrys Travel & Tourism is able to continue
to grow and that those livelihoods which depend on the industry
added: Travel & Tourism is one of Indias largest
economies, accounting for 2.1 per cent of total GDP and creating
over 24 million jobs. Although the short-term impact of these attacks
on tourism in India may be significant, the long-term outlook remains
light of recent attacks around the world, it is clear that destinations
affected by such attacks, the Travel & Tourism industry on which
their economies are based and tourists themselves, are becoming
increasingly resilient and the Council urges the international community
to continue to travel.