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Indian media condemn blast
Indian newspapers condemned Tuesday's bomb attacks in Mumbai. Many said the terror strike again exposed India as a state which is soft on terror. Others said India's financial capital would soldier on in spite of the attacks.

The papers splashed pictures of mangled coaches - one paper had a moving photograph of a blood-splattered victim trying to call his family on his mobile phone from his hospital bed.

"Terrible Tuesday", is the headline in The Indian Express - which takes in the explosions in Mumbai as well as in Indian-administered Kashmir.

In an angry editorial, the paper said the federal government led by the Congress party "doesn't quite know how hard it should be on terror."

The message that India will be intolerant of terror and will hunt perpetrators isn't being effectively put out..
The Indian Express

"Something must be seriously wrong with our domestic intelligence apparatus that we almost never apprehend those who kill in the name of politics and faith," the newspaper said.

"Bluntly put, the message that India will be intolerant of terror and will hunt perpetrators isn't being effectively put out..."

"Citizens may soon reach a verdict though. They may argue that while trying to make communal political capital out of terror is dangerous and unsupportable, trying to finesse terror so as to sound ' politically correct' is unacceptable".

'Have terrorists declared war on India?' asked The Statesman.

"Could this be the start of something much bigger? In other words, not terrorism in Kashmir but a full-fledged terrorist war against India?", the newspaper said in a comment piece.

"If that is so, the elements that back the so-called jihadis are making their final, desperate attempt. And they might get much more than they bargained for."

The Tribune was more direct in its editorial.

"While Pakistan needs to be warned against the consequences of abetting terrorism, all-out efforts are necessary to eliminate those who perpetrated the crime," it said.

'Terror At Rush Hour', headlined Hindustan Times.

The newspaper said the blasts came as an attack on the "face of globalising Mumbai", and were planned along a 60km stretch of the city which houses the "city's affluent suburbs".

'Scary, ungovernable city'

'Bombed, Not Bowed', headlined The Economic Times highlighting the spirit of the city's people.

The newspaper said that last year's monsoon floods in the city and Tuesday's train explosions could destroy the confidence of its people.

"Together, they are likely to reinforce Mumbai's growing image as a scary, ungovernable city with creaky infrastructure and even poorer security".

Separately, in an editorial, the newspaper said the fabled "Mumbai Spirit" must prevail in the aftermath of the blasts.

"Police deployment has been stepped up, but fundamentally the links between the major communities, both at an economic and at a human level, are too deep to be rent asunder by the lunatic acts of a bunch of fanatics."

The Pioneer said the nature of recent terror strikes in India had a "clear pattern: destabilise the nation's growth and trigger communal clashes."

But there is also optimism that Mumbai will manage to surmount the challenges it faces.

The Indian Express predicts that Mumbai "choked by a terrible administration, already a target of terrorism more than once, still India's economic capital... will find a way."

"But the government will have nothing to do with it".


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