|TERROR IN MUMBAI: ATTACKS LIKELY TO PROVOKE WIDER UNREST|
|Friday, 05 December 2008 17:52|
The attack on Mumbai shows signs of al Qaeda involvement, and is likely to bring unrest to all of Southeast Asia, says Thomas Baerthlein, expert on Pakistan and India at Deutsche Welle. It is a sad fact that India's big cities have become accustomed to terrorism over the past few years. While Indians have routinely pointed to Pakistan any time there was an attack in the past, it has become clear that there are various home-grown terrorist organizations in India as well. The groups are effectively motivated by domestic policy issues. These include: Indian Muslims radicalized by discrimination and pogroms spurred on by radical Hindu politicians; a variety of separatist groups, from Kashmir to the northeast of the country; and finally, the last weeks have seen the arrest of apparently Hindu terrorists who attacked Muslim targets - including an army officer on active duty.