Tuesday, October 31, 2006

History lesson again

A few days back, I had posted on the timeline of the riots which preceded the March 1993 Bombay Bomb Blasts.

Today, in a sombre post, Sonia Faleiro recalls that history while talking about the recent July-06 blasts.

In the aftermath of the bomb blasts, Mumbai’s Muslims feared a violent reprisal from the majority community, mirroring the riots of December 1992-January 1993. The riots followed the destruction of the Babri mosque in the city of Ayodhya by a mob led by Hindu fundamentalist leaders perpetrating the belief that the mosque was built on the birthplace of Lord Ram. The riots killed over 1,000 people, demarcating forever Mumbai’s people and places. Shortly after, on March 12, 1993, fifteen serial explosions, masterminded by members of the underworld and Islamic terror groups, struck Mumbai’s most famous landmarks including the Bombay Stock Exchange, killing 257 people. The blasts were believed to be payback for the riots.

It is not surprising then, that after the attacks this July, Mumbai’s Muslim community was immediately on its guard.

Read her full post here.