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Terrorists hit close to home

It’s happened again, another terrorist attack in India. I am an Indo Canadian, I have been there many times, and must admit the country has a very special place in my heart. These attacks are against my second home.

Just a few months ago another major spot in India was bombed. The blast happened in one of the most popular shopping areas in Delhi. That attack really hit home for me. It just happened to be where several malls stand side by side, next to one of the most famous outdoor shopping markets.

With relatives living near the mall, I picked up the phone and made sure my family there was safe. My cousin had been at the mall early that morning and was convinced that God had saved him.

Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the current attacks. Recent reports say at least 250 people have been wounded and over 100 killed. The terrorists have held many foreigners hostage and at least eleven Indian police officers have lost their lives.

My parents are set to leave for India this week and even they are considering not going. I think they’ll end up going anyway. When the London subway was bombed a few years back, people still rode it when it started working again.

Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye will only end up making the whole world go blind.” Prophet Mohammed also said, “A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he does in this world to his fellow man.” I’m very sure murder and terrorism can in no way be good.

Mangla Bansal is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who has made documentaries in India.

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