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Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Why on earth would the Indian media publicise the blasts as 7/11 ?? In India, atleast when I was there last which is about 4.5 months ago 7/11 would have meant 7th of November. Although I now live in USA I still sign dates as Day Month and year explicity ( 7th of July 06 for eg.) unless i am asked to fill a form in a different format.

This probably stems from a desire to equate in some form the blasts to 9/11. Or perhaps a deep rooted desire to fit some sort of western world phenomenon in our society. Both 9/11 and "7/11" are horrific acts of cowardice by people who dont know any better. But can't we in India simply call its 7th of July blasts? This is not the first set of blasts that Bombay has seen nor the first disaster it has been through. The city that it is it has always risen above its image and stereotypes every single time.

Why equate it ever to NYC? They are both wonderful cities in their own right. This hollywood-bollywood 9/11-7/11 wannabe attitude is a complete put off. We don't have to be "America" to be great. We don't need a 9/11 equivalent to fight terrorism in our own land.

Dont look West. Look within yourselves and find the power to change - yourself, your surrounding and hence in the larger scheme of things, the world - one human being at a time.


  • I think it's extremely funny, given that in the culture whose date system they're aping, "7-11" refers to a convenience store ... famously owned by desis, too ;) ... notoriously, even.

    BTW, who's calling it 7-11? I know of ToI, but there's a tabloid not a credible news source :p

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:05 PM  

  • there is also rediff and the otehr tabloid mid-day.com and one article on ndtv,com as well. I read atleast 4-5 articles on different sites that called it 7/11 somewhere or the other.

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 9:34 AM  

  • I think its an attempt to gain more international attention to terrorist activities in india, remember spain went thru similar blasts during the iraq strikes, but not many remember that today.
    Symbillism has always helped publicise better.

    By Blogger Ashish Amresh, at 6:17 AM  

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