Why can’t more Hollywood celebrities talk like this about global jihadists who threaten us all:
Shabana Azmi- ‘I was on the phone with a friend in London when she asked me to switch on the TV. It’s a diabolic war waged on our city and country. This isn’t the time to place blame. We need to maintain peace and communal harmony and cooperate with the police. Our condolences to police officers who sacrificed their lives. Terrorism should be struck down with an iron hand.’
Shilpa Shetty – It makes me sad and angry that Mumbai residents are soft targets for such attacks. It’s an unsettling feeling, especially since we seem not equipped to deal with it. This is an open war against humanity.’
Closer to home, in San Francisco, some people are starting to wake up:
Ashwini Surper, a software developer and one of the event organizers, said she has been glued to the television since Thursday, when news of the siege by terrorists began.
“Our message today is that it is not one nation, not one ethnic group, that has to fight terrorism,” Surper said. “People have looked at terrorism as a fragmented problem, or as America’s problem. But it is a global problem.”
Surper, who has been a guest at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, a 105-year-old landmark that was seized by attackers believed to be Muslim extremists, called Mumbai “the pride of India.”
“I am really angry, and I am not an angry person,” she said, shaking her head. “India is a spiritual place. I am spiritual. I am a yoga practitioner who believes in nonviolence and peace. But the world is letting terrorism happen. That’s why I’m angry.”
Madhu Upadhyay, who was born in Ahmedabad, India, and was visiting San Francisco from his home in New York, called last week’s attacks “an ominous sign.” He said that Ahmedabad was the site of another terrorist attack in late July, in which dozens of people were killed.
“The message is, this madness must end,” Upadhyay said. “India must tackle this problem with like-minded nations.”