HRTs around the world will dissect this for LL. no doubt there were mistakes made, but considering how many were hostage and how nuts the terrorists are, the loss of life was far less than it could have been. another wake up call for all. bravo to india for bringing this to an end and killing the scum.
Mistakes were made - like the police standing around doing nothing, the military being slow to arrive and slow to act, and the government ignoring warnings from the intelligence community. The only reason that loss of life wasn't higher is that the terrorists underestimated the strength of the structural columns.
If you are cheering for India now, just wait until the fundamentalist Hindutva parties like the BJP take power. Then there will be more pogroms like the 2002 Gujurat episode, in which Hindu mobs killed over 2000 Muslims. Do you think Christians in India will be spared when the Hindutvas set up the killing fields? Think again: one Hindutva group's motto is “First Muslims, then Christians”. These goons have killed hundreds of Christians in the Orissa region of India this year, and created 50,000 refugees in their campaign of anti-Christian terrorism.
Communal violence in India between Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and other groups is a long standing tradition. The biggest difference is that this time, it happened in a modern part of a city instead of remote villages, and it was carried by the media.