Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mumbai blasts of Wednesday evening should be viewed with caution

There is every reason to be careful and not get hyper over the three blasts that occurred in crowded parts of Mumbai like Opera House, Kabutar Khana and Zaveri Bazar on Wedenedsay evening. Union home minister P.Chidambaram has told reporters that 10 people have been killed (Maharshtra chief minister Prithviraj Chauhan has said that figure of the those killed is 17) and 54 injured and that home ministry will make a statement every two hours. It is a good decision because it will keep speculation about the blasts, the number of people injured, including those who have died, is updated.
The TV channels are doing their best to report right from the spots of explosion, and they can be forgiven if they do get hyper when they report.
As many experts have pointed out, it is much too early to say who did it, and why they did it. It is true that these blasts have happened a fortnight before India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks slated for July 26. But it will be necessary to keep the two events apart for the moment. The connections can be made a little later.
Right now what is needed is extreme caution about making sense of the blasts. The injured people should be given immediate medical attention and the families of those who have died must be given the help they need.

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