Some Better News From India: Mumbai Muslims Condemn The Terrorism Of Their Brethren
December 08, 2008

No, not all the Muslims of Mumbai. But enough to take notice. And among them elements of the Bollywood elite and city merchants, religious students and the working poor.They came not only to disassociate but to reproach and decry. The report is by Robert Worth in the Times on-line today: "Muslims in India Put Aside Grievances to Repudiate Terrorism." This is not a first in the bitter experience of civilized and innocent to disavow and separate themselves from those who kill--and kill at random.

Is The Media Really Afraid To Say "terrorist"?
December 08, 2008

This Mark Steyn column on the fecklessness of the media when it comes to calling the Mumbai attackers terrorists has been getting a good deal of positive attention. (Marty praises it over on The Spine.) I admit, I don't like Steyn, which is maybe why I didn't take his claims at face value.

Why Israelis Love Chabad
December 04, 2008

Jerusalem, Israel Gavriel and Rivkie Holtzberg, the young Israeli couple who ran the Chabad House in Mumbai and were murdered there by jihadists, died bound and helpless, like those Jewish martyrs disparaged for their quietism by the Zionist ethos. Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the Holtzbergs never served in the Israeli army--yet when they were buried on Tuesday, Israeli society mourned as though they were fallen soldiers. When their coffins arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport, they were draped in the national flag.

Bombay Vs. Mumbai
December 03, 2008

Christopher Hitchens writes:  When Salman Rushdie wrote, in The Moor's Last Sigh in 1995, that "those who hated India, those who sought to ruin it, would need to ruin Bombay," he was alluding to the Hindu chauvinists who had tried to exert their own monopoly in the city and who had forcibly renamed it — after a Hindu goddess — Mumbai. We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta's work for it by using the fake name Myanmar.

The View Of Mumbai . . . From Pakistan
November 28, 2008

The website of Dawn, an English language newspaper in Pakistan, makes for some interesting reading on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, given Indian suspicions of Pakistan's involment. This bit of news, if true, is particularly troubling: Indian security forces arrested three militants, including a Pakistani national, inside the Taj Mahal hotel, the Press Trust of India news agency reported early Friday.Quoting official sources, the agency report identified the Pakistani national as Ajmal Amir Kamal, a resident of Faridkot, Multan.

The Changing Face Of Indian Terrorism
November 28, 2008

Samanth Subramanian is a staff writer for Mint in New Delhi. So much is still so unclear about the mechanics of the Mumbai terror attacks that, even these hours later, we're left only with the images off the television--of the Taj Mahal Hotel on fire, of the devastated waiting hall at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, of the army maneuvering around south Mumbai.

Forgive Me For Being Proud
November 27, 2008

But TNR has performed admirably in covering and explaining the Mumbai massacres. We have no huge staff. But we have informed friends everywhere who want you to know what's going on. Ignore this awful news at everyone's risk.

Mumbai Attacks: A News Round-up
November 27, 2008

At least one British national, a Japanese, and an Australian were among the 104 people killed.Some hostages have been freed, but others--including eight Israelis in a Jewish outreach center--are still being held.The Indian PM claims the attackers were based "outside the country" and says that India will not tolerate "neighbors" harboring such militants.Experts question the existence of the "Deccan Mujahedeen," which has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but caution against jumping to the conclusion that Al-Qaeda is responsible.Speculation about the attackers' identity has centered around

May 21, 2007

MUMBAI, INDIA LAST YEAR, a 25-year-old Mumbai native named Savita went out with her boyfriend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. (The names of characters in this piece have been changed to protect their identities.) The couple chose an expensive Middle Eastern restaurant in Mumbai where, a few minutes into the meal, a group of men burst in and began to verbally harass them. “Why are you celebrating this American holiday?” they demanded before leaving. After Savita and her date finished their meal, they found the same group waiting for them outside. The men beat Savita’s companion badly.

The Ungreat Washed
July 07, 2003

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad By Fareed Zakaria (W.W. Norton, 286 pp., $24.95) I. Midway through Fareed Zakaria’s attack on democracy, one realizes that his animus toward popular government is not only theoretical but also personal, and in some ways it is even quite understandable.