Terror strikes Varanasi
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“Terrorism should be outlawed universally.
We should have true international co-operation to combat terrorism.”
(French President Nicolas Sarkozy – Press conference in Mumbai Dec. 7, 2010)
Last evening (Tuesday) a bomb hidden in a milk container exploded at Sheetla Ghat killing a two year old little girl and left many people wounded among the thousands of devotees and tourists who came to celebrate Ganga aarti.
The ceremony is a daily ritual in Varanasi (Benaras), the holiest city in the Hindu religion, during which priests and others light oil lamps, ring bells and chant prayers to worship the Ganges.
The force of the explosion ripped away a metal railing and damaged stones up to 60 metres away.
The Police said they defused two more bombs in the city.
The terror group Indian Mujahedeen allegedly claimed responsibility for the blast in an email to several media outlets.
This attack clearly meant to coincide with the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition a day earlier.
After spending a long time with my friend Dwiraj at the place where the bomb was left we hopefully left a few minutes before the blast.
All of my friends and relatives in the holy city are safe even though I met almost everyone there before the tragedy.
It was the fourth bomb attack in Varanasi in the past five years but no one here seems to be panicking.
Life has to carry on, showing those terrorists that they are nothing but cowards, away from God.
Terrorism only discredits the purposes and expectations of those behind this.
I decided not to show any image of the place where this tragedy happened but to upload this picture shot a few hours ago in my street with happy children smiling.
Those smiles are our future and the best weapon in order to answer this ignominy.