NEW DELHI, Nov. 27: World leaders have reacted with shock and outrage to the terrorist attacks on India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families.
The US Secretary of State, Miss Condoleezza Rice, called up the external affairs minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, and expressed US support and assistance in the fight against terrorism. President George W Bush later called the PM.
The US President-elect, Mr Barack Obama in a statement said: “These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism. The USA must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks… We stand with the people of India.”
US Ambassador to India Mr David C Mulford offered condolences and all assistance to the people of Mumbai and the government of India following the tragic terror attacks.
British Prime Minister Mr Gordon Brown and foreign secretary David Miliband condemned the attacks.
The Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also condemned the incidents of violence.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said: “We are concerned about the loss of life and consider that acts of terrorism of this type are harmful to the whole international order and are a challenge to humanity.”
The Israeli Vice Prime Minister and minister of foreign affairs Ms Tzipi Livni spoke to the Israel Consul General in Mumbai, who briefed her on last night’s events.
Back home, strongly condemning the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, business conglomerate Tata Group’s head Mr Ratan Tata today urged the nation to remain united to beat the divisive forces. “We must show that we cannot be disabled or destroyed, but that such henious acts will only make us stronger. It is important that we do not allow divisive forces to weaken us. We need to overcome these forces as one strong unified nation,” Mr Tata said in a statement.
Mr Rahul Gandhi today dropped politics from his agenda and preferred to remember the victims and their families affected by the dastardly terror strike in Mumbai. He was scheduled to participate in public rallies and address people in four districts ahead of the state Assembly election but the Congress scion chose to appeal to them to stay united in the fight against terror and also asked thousands of his supporters to observe two minute silence to remember and respect hundreds of people who lost their lives in Mumbai. Rahul strongly condemned the attack and said that it was not an attack on Mumbai alone but against the entire country.
Putting aside their bitter war of words, BJP and Congress today came together in condemning the terror attacks in Mumbai and said everyone should sink their differences and rise above “domestic polity” at this hour.
Senior BJP leaders Mr LK Advani and Mr Jaswant Singh left for Mumbai today for a first hand assessment of the situation in the wake of the terror attacks.
The CPI today described the Mumbai terror attacks “as a colossal failure” on part of the intelligence agencies and said home minister Mr Shivraj Patil should “bear the full responsibility for this failure”.
West Bengal Speaker Mr H A Halim today said time had come to evolve a “national consensus” to control terrorism.
- Statesman (Calcutta)