The condemnation of the barbarians who have inflicted this tragedy on thousands of innocent victims and left psychological scars on millions of survivors and an entire nation cannot be too loud.
Our prayers are for the victims and we sympathies with the survivors and families of the victims as well as with the traumatized citizens of America and pray that god gives them strength to overcome this tragedy.
As a citizen of a country and specifically of a city which was similarly traumatized eight years ago in 1993 by a series of bomb blasts that ripped apart many civilian establishments across the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) I am bewildered at the duplicity of US administration and politicians.
For seven years India has been asking that Pakistan, who was involved in planning training and supplying the explosives to the perpetrators of the Bombay bomb blasts, be declared a terrorist state, yet its pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
The main accused in the Bombay Bomb blast, namely Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, are openly sheltered as favoured guests by Pakistan and yet the US does not question Pakistan.
But when similar acts are perpetrated against the US on US soil it immediately gives an ultimatum to the rest of the world "Are you with us?" and asks every one to support what ever retaliatory actions it takes, not only against the terrorist organization but also against the countries which shelter them.
Isn't this duplicity?
Are Victims of Bombay Bomb Blast lesser than the Victims in New York and Washington?
Indians feel bewildered and hurt when they hear that the US is seeking assistance from Pakistan in its retaliatory actions, a country which is not a democracy and which openly sponsors terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and shelters the perpetrators of the 1993 Bomb Blasts in Bombay.
Is the spilled blood of Indian victims any less precious than that of victims in New York and Washington? When the US asks "Are you with us?", we have to ask them "Are you with us?"
(Apart from being the Mahatma's descendent, Tushar A. Gandhi, is also Managing Trustee, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, Mumbai(Bombay), India)