A semantic sidelight to the terror attack on Bombay was the ease with which sections of the media, and the urban elite who gathered with candles later, dubbed the unfolding drama as “India’s 9/11”.
Not only were there few parallels, but even the fact that we use the calendar differently (9/11 is September 11 for the Americans, November 9 for us) seemed to provoke a second thought.
On The Guardian, London, the Cambridge professor Priyamvada Gopal addresses an even bigger issue:
“To characterise the tragedy in Bombay as India’s 9/11 is to privilege the experience of the United States as the iconic form of national suffering. The attacks on the twin towers were appalling but the fetishisation of September 11 disregards the experiences of the millions who have suffered as much elsewhere, sometimes at the hands of the US.
“In an India where globalisation has, on some fronts, spelled a relentless Americanisation, a question must be asked. The gated communities, the lifestyles of the rich and the rampant consumerism carry American labels. Should a calamity as well?”
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