All over US, Americans pledge
to fight terror with India
By Lalit K. Jha
York, Dec 5 (IANS) It could be memories of 9/11, that six
Americans were killed or just the urgency to unite in the
face of global terror. The reasons are many but the cause
just one - peace - for the scores of prayer meetings, candlelight
vigils and peace rallies across the US in the days since the
Mumbai terror attack.
big cities to small towns, people have come out of their homes
to show solidarity with India and say that Americans were
with Indians in the fight against terror.
Thursday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino led a candlelight vigil
at the Boston City Hall Plaza which was attended by a large
number of people.
heart goes out to the families and friends of all the victims
- Indian, American, British, Israeli," Menino said. "Those
who attacked in Mumbai seek to attack all of us who cherish
diversity, who value freedom and openness, and equality."
what is being said across the US these days, the Boston mayor
said: "We will not be influenced by them. We will continue
to seek the common threads that bind peoples regardless of
race, religion, ethnicity; we will continue to cherish our
as the US' resilience proved itself after 9/11, so will India's
deeply rooted democracy sustain her through these attacks,
least two more meetings related to Mumbai terror attacks are
scheduled in Boston in the next few days.
also saw a vigil in Milpitas, California.
day before Wednesday, students at the prestigious Columbia
University here gathered inside the sprawling campus. "On
this night, we are not members of individual clubs and beliefs.
We are united under humanity, compassion and understanding."
of such meetings are trickling in from all over the country.
University of Southern California, which has a sizeable presence
of students from India, held a multifaith memorial service
and candlelight vigil on Dec 2.
hundred people attended a peace rally condemning Mumbai terrorist
attack in San Francisco over the weekend. Another one is being
held this weekend.
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already attended at least
two condolences and prayer meeting related to Mumbai attack
in the last one week.
Jersey Governor John Corzine and several Congressmen and Senators
are expected to attend a condolence meeting in Edison coming
weekend. Similar gatherings are being held in states like
Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
meetings are being held even in states like Minnesota, Nevada
and North Dakota, where there are not many Indian Americans.
New York, the Asia Society in association with South Asian
Journalist Association (SAJA) has organised a panel discussion
Dec 17 on the Mumbai terror attack that began on a Wednesday
night and ended 60 hours later on Saturday morning with at
least 172 people killed.
event will bring together leading lights from the community
like authors Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie and Suketu Mehta
and analyst Fareed Zakaria.
the usual peace rallies and condolence meetings, coalitions
of progressive South Asian Americans are organising a Peace
Vigil for Mumbai on Dec 6 in San Francisco.
has an event in India attracted the attention of Americans
like the Mumbai terror siege. In the past, natural disasters
like the Gujarat earthquake and the tsunami saw Americans
donate liberally, but this is the first time that they have
come out on the streets.