After the Terror in Mumbai

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Fire engulfs a part of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India.
Fire engulfs a part of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India.

It was already India’s most cosmopolitan city, financial center, Bollywood movie hub. Now, it’s a familiar front-page map — a blood-stained city guide of terrorist destruction.

The Leopold Cafe. The Taj Mahal hotel. The train station. The Jewish welcome center. And on, and on.

Today, Mumbai is already back on its feet. But its three days of terrorist guns and grenades are still echoing loudly, dangerously, from India to Pakistan to Washington.

This hour, On Point: After the terror in Mumbai.

You can join the conversation. What did you see in the flames and gunfire and death toll in Mumbai? Who do you blame? And what now?Guests:

Joining us from Mumbai is Somini Sengupta, India bureau chief for The New York Times. She's been in Mumbai covering the story since last week.

From London, we're joined by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury. A senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, he previously served on the National Security Council Secretariat in the Indian Prime Minister's Office.

From Madrid, we're joined by Ahmed Rashid. A Pakistani journalist and author, he's a renowned expert on the Taliban and security issues in Central and South Asia. His most recent book, published this year, is "Descent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia."

And joining us from Washington is Lisa Curtis. A former CIA analyst posted to the U.S. embassies in both India and Pakistan, she has served as a senior advisor in the State Department and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee handling South Asia issues for the former chairman Sen. Richard Lugar. She is now a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

This program aired on December 1, 2008.


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