Mumbai ( formerly Bombay)

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. With an estimated population of 13 million, it is one of the most populated cities in the world. Along with the neighbouring suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it forms, at 19 million, the world’s fifth most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai’s port handles over half of India’s maritime cargo.

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India, generating 5% of India’s GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 40% of maritime trade, and 70% of capital transactions to India’s economy. Mumbai is one of the world’s top ten centres of commerce by global financial flow, home to important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies and numerous multinational corporations. The city also houses India’s hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai’s business opportunities, as well as its high standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a potpourri of many communities and cultures.

Taj Mahal Hotel

Taj Mahal Hotel

Coordinated terrorist attacks struck the heart of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, on Wednesday night, killing hundreds in machine-gun and grenade assaults on at least two five-star hotels, the city’s largest train station, a Jewish center, a movie theater and a hospital.

Taj Mahal Hotel on 26/11/08

Taj Mahal Hotel on 26/11/08

Communal and militant forces have joined hands to tear apart Mumbai

Tears and blood satiates their heart…

Peace and harmony fire their ambition…

Its tough test for you ahead Mumbai…

Stand up to these evil forces, never let them reach their goal…

I as an Indian pledge you my support and implore other’s to do the same.


7 thoughts on “Mumbai ( formerly Bombay)

  1. rksadhu

    The Mumbai terror has proven our inefficiency to handle security issues. It is time we Indians stood by Mumbai and work towards saving our nation (thus ourselves) from such horrifying acts.

  2. prityjaiswal Post author

    True Ram, India’s intelligence failure has time and again put the nation’s security under fire. On the other hand terrorism is intended to threaten people, to push them inside their homes so that the terrorists go about having their heart’s way. Its commendable how bravely Mumbai is dealing with it and how whole of India putting aside Raj Thackeray is pledging their support for Mumbai.

  3. Bhamoti

    This only goes on to prove how hapless insecure our systems are – be it important places like the sea routes, national borders of the country or the five star hotels like Taj ….. over 40 terrorists have been reported of penetrating the border and playing havoc all over the city as they have …. look at the way they have planned it all out …. they seemed to be knowing Taj Mahal and Oberoi-Trident like the back of their hands ….. what has Raj Thackeray to say about all that?

  4. prityjaiswal Post author

    @Bhamoti: Not surprisingly, Raj Thackeray has nothing to say, he is hiding safe somewhere under security cover and cares a damn about HIS Mumbai.
    The terrorists have been there in the five star hotels for more than a month now and the MNS members then were on rampage against non Marathis all over Mumbai. The choice of enemies is the irony here and that is what has brought us to witness this “takeover”

  5. rksadhu

    Raj Thackeray!!! On Friday, Pranoy Roy (NDTV) read out an SMS that was supposedly sent to them by an anguished Indian (probably a resident of Mumbai). I’m putting it down in my words as I don’t remember the wording exactly.

    “Where is Raj Thackeray and where have his MNS activists gone when Mumbai is ravaging in fire? Until a week ago, they displayed false pride of being Maharastrians. Mr. Thackeray, mind you, it is not just the Mumbaikars who have killed terrorists and saved hundreds of people. Many of the 200 odd commandoes and police personnel represent North and south India (which you hate). They’ve risked their lives bcoz they believed it was entire nation’s problem. …”

    A bit long though but the guy who sent it had put it perfectly. Shame on those leaders and their followers. They haven’t dared to come out in the need of the hour. What a bloody pity?

  6. prityjaiswal Post author

    I agree with u Ram, all those who have been proud as ‘Mumbaikers’ are in the need of hour hiding in the closets. Whole of India has upsurged with nationalistic sentiment as they take 26/11 as an attack on their nation’s safety and integrity, and thankfully not as on Maharashtra or Mumbai.


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