WSU Student From Mumbai Reacts To Attacks

By: Cayle Thompson Email
By: Cayle Thompson Email

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The news from Mumbai is non-stop. Indian television networks have been on for more than 24-hours, and Pravin Ravi has been watching closely from his computer.

"This is a big thing for India," said Ravi. "It's never happened before."

Ravi is from Mumbai. His mother and brother still live there.

"I immedately called up my mom back at home," he said. Ravi's family is safe, but tell him the city is practically under seige.

"I heard of a 16 year old guy who walked out of his apartment complex and was shot," Ravi said. "This is a city in captivity."

Ravi says his family has been told to stay indoors. The commercial capital of India and one of the largest city's in the world, Mumbai's financial district has closed until the unrest settles.

Terrorist attacks are not new to the region, which has endured decades of unrest with neighboring Pakistan. Ravi says the attacks this week in his home city are the responsibility of Islamic militants. They attacked 10 sites in Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon, including a hotel with hundreds of guests held hostage.

Analyst are calling the terrorist attacks the worst in India's history. American news organizations are calling it Mumbai's 9-11.

"There are already 125 people dead," said Ravi. "There are more than 300 injured, and the numbers are increasing even as we speak."

Ravi says India has long enjoyed relaxed security, something experts say could change after this week's attacks.

For now, Ravi can only watch as the events unfold half a world away. But he says he's confident Mumbai will not be kept down. Ravi hopes to visit his family in January.

"The spirit of Mumbai is can do, will do. It will be back in business."

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