I was perusing CNN.com and news of this explosion in Mumbai came up, must have occured as we were sitting in class discussing the India Pakistan Partition and the effects of such a drastic happening. Mumbai was blasted, a series of explosions occured in Dadar. 20 were killed and 113 injured.
“No organization claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s blasts, though suspicion focused on Pakistan-based militant groups or a homegrown terror organization known as theIndian Mujahedin.
India and Pakistan have recently resumed talks on improved relations that were halted after the 2008 Mumbai attack that targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station.” -LA Times
My thoughts on this? Well, I was thinking of how Gandhi was against the partition and how he wanted one large secular entity to exist as India. Although it would have been difficult and quite painful to endure at the time, in the long run if India and Pakistan/Bangledesh would have remained one country and fought past the ethnic/religious differences, I wonder if problems such as these would be any less. There will always be religious tensions, but seeing the US now as opposed to 50 or so years ago, the segregation of African Americans and the racial hatred has decreased significantly after the gov implemented integration and people stopped looking for differences and a need to stratify.
With the partition, the already divided peoples arnt just Muslim and Hindu, they are Indian and Pakistani. This created more division and in turn is doing the opposite of what would have been ideal. The stratification that haunts societies will never cease to exist with the thick border that already mentally existed many Muslims and Hindus.
When seeing Gandhi’s letter to Hilter in class, it made me feel his foresight was immense. If Hitler would have listened, millions of lives would have been saved. If the same would have occurred and India/Pakistan would have listened and not split, I wonder how different it would be today?