India's Train Bombings

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On July 11, 2006, in Mumbai, India, eight bombs in seven rush hour commuter rail cars left more than 200 dead. By the next day, the Indian press had made the 9.11 connection, calling Mumbai's blasts the "7.11" bombings.

Now, al-Qaeda has returned the favor, claiming that it has linked up with the separatist movement of Muslims in Indian Kashmir, and calling on India's 150 million Muslims to "fight for freedom and Islam and choose jihad."

India's Kashmir conflict is old and bloody. The sophistication of the Mumbai bombings and the claimed al-Qaeda link are new and unsettling, coming just as India steps up in a globalizing world.

Hear about India's bombings, and the lengthening shadow of "big jihad."


Anuj Chopra, Stringer for The Christian Science Monitor

Adil Najam, Professor at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy specializing in South Asian Affairs

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Research Fellow for South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and author of"South Asia's Nuclear Security Dilemma: India, Pakistan, and China."

This program aired on July 13, 2006.


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