November 26 Mumbai terrorist attack

Photo: Bharat Chronicle.


Nov. 29, 1:15am GMT


Nov. 28, 12 am GMT

Though the latest terror toll read 150, it is likely to go up sharply as more bodies are found from the Taj, Oberoi and Nariman House.  9  of them are foreigners, a number also  likely to increase. New casualties at Nariman House, where at this time of the Indian afternoon the fight is still on.

During the last year, 2700 people lost their life in acts of terrorism in India. According to the specialist Loretta Napoleoni (on today’s L’Unità, p. 29- in  Italian), there was an exponential acceleration during the last 12 months (ignored in the West), and the technique used is similar to Munich.

“For the first time in a long time, you see the use of combatants who take hostages, like the Palestinians in the 1970s,” confirmed to the LA Times  Louis Caprioli, a former French counter-terrorism chief.”They were ready to die, but they were not suicide attackers.” See also the highly authoritative source Jane’, reported below, stressing the novelty of hijacking in India.

The oL page of Times of India now is:

Commandos storm Nariman House; fight on

28 Nov 2008, 1550 hrs IST, AGENCIES

NSG commandos exchange fire with terrorists on the third floor. Two to three terrorists may be holed up in the building, said Mumbai police chief Hassan Gafoor.

Trident Oberoi hotel secure, guests safe

FBI team leaves for India

15 bodies found in a single room of Taj: Commando

28 Nov 2008, 1743 hrs IST, PTI

A top marine commando said the terrorists who struck at Mumbai’s Taj hotel operated with ease and showed no remorse and fired at anyone who moved.

Oberoi hotel secure, all guests safe

2 NSG men killed, 6 wounded while battling terrorists

28 Nov 2008, 1735 hrs IST, PTI

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was martyred while engaging terrorists at Taj hotel. Commando Chander received fatal bullet injuries during gunbattle at Nariman House.

Pay your tributes to Mumbai’s bravehearts


Mumbai attacks highlight India’s jihadist threat

Between 2215 and 2230 (1645 and 1700 GMT), gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenades stormed a series of soft targets in southern Mumbai that are popular with foreigners and wealthy Indians.

The attacks appear aimed at damaging India’s tourism industry and the country’s global economic links. The targets included two landmark luxury hotels – the colonial Taj Mahal in Colaba and the Trident (formerly Oberoi) Towers hotel in the commercial hub of Nariman Point – the Leopold Café Metro Cinema, Nariman House, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) railway station and two nearby hospitals.

Eyewitness statements claim that US and UK nationals were singled out by gunmen when they stormed the Taj and Trident, which still contain trapped hostages. These two hotels and Leopold Café are frequently visited by Westerners. Moreover, Nariman House, a residential complex in which the city’s Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch Centre is located, is popular with Israeli nationals visiting India. Explosions were also reported in other parts of Mumbai, including the domestic airport in Santacruz and Vile Parle, where a hand grenade was hurled at a taxi but few details have been released about these incidents.

Jane’s press release

Analysis From Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report on the Mumbai attacks

Comment from Jane’s South Asia Analyst, Urmila Venugopalan

London (27 th November 2008) — “An unknown group, Deccan Mujahideen, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks via email, although this has yet to be verified.” Jane’s South Asia Analyst, Urmila Venugopalan, commented. “Nevertheless, it has triggered speculation that the group may be linked to the Indian Mujhaideen, which sent email manifestos claiming responsibility for four attacks it carried out between November 2007 and September 2008.”

Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report explained that an examination of the strategy and tactics employed by this new group suggest significant differences to the terrorist violence that has beset India over the past 15 years and specifically over the past year. Attacking international and luxury hotels and other soft targets is not a new phenomenon in the region, particularly in light of the September 2008 Mariott bombing in Islamabad that killed more than 50 people, but the apparent focus on killing or capturing foreign business people, specifically US and UK nationals, has never occurred before, suggesting a wider global anti-Western agenda. This stands in contrast to the national issues that appeared to motivate Indian Mujahideen.

From a tactical perspective most terrorist attacks in India (excluding Indian-administered Kashmir) have been carried out through the use of improvised explosive devices planted on bicycles, motorcycles and cars, and triggered by timers or mobile telephones. In contrast, according to press reports, the attackers involved in the latest Mumbai violence were armed only with Kalashnikov assault rifles, principally, and hand grenades.

Venugopalan further commented, “Until now, terrorist attacks in India have targeted civilians, often in busy market or commercial areas, and in communally sensitive areas with the intention to foment unrest between Hindu and Muslim communities. The taking of hostages, if a deliberate part of the operation, represents another new development.”


Bharat Rakshak

Consortium of Indian Defence Websites

Unseen pics of NSG fighting in mumbai

Click to view photoScroll down this link…second scroll onwards u will be able to see… live pics

Bharat Chronicle, India’s Inernet newspaper



Please note that in this article, for the first time it is taken for given the enemy army belongs to  Lashkar-e-Toiba 

Target whites, Lashkar told its 10 commandos

29 Nov 2008, 0713 hrs IST, TNN


NEW DELHI: THE Lashkar-e-Toiba attackers had an adventurous sea journey before reaching their port of terror destinations in Mumbai. Around 10   


terrorists , all Pakistanis, unarmed, left for Mumbai on November 21 from an isolated beach in Karachi. Their names: Abu Ali, Fahad, Omar, Shohaib, Umer, Abu Akasha, Ajmal (the sole terrorist detained by the Mumbai police), Ismail, Abdul Rehman alias Bada and Abdul Rehman alias Chhota. 

The 10 jihadis travelled some nautical miles before they reached a mid-sea Pakistan vessel on November 22. They left their boat and shifted to the Pakistani vessel — which was already loaded with arms and ammunition to be used for the Mumbai strikes. Once on board, they strapped themselves for action with the terror hardware. 

Of course, careful not to be intercepted by marine commandos or coast guards, the haversack-wielding terrorists hijacked an Indian fishing trawler, M V Kuber, once they entered the Indian waters on November 23. They gunned down four of the five persons aboard M V Kuber, registered in Porbandar, Gujarat, and disposed their bodies before proceeding with their sea journey through Indian waters. 

After travelling with the sole surviving member, Amarjeet, of the M V Kuber crew, they bumped him off closer to Mumbai. The body was later found on an abandoned M V Kuber some 5 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast. 

The terrorists, after abandoning the fishing trawler belonging to Porbandar fisherman Vinod Masani, took a smaller boat and landed at Badhwar near Cuffe Parade on Wednesday and from there split in five different groups and headed for their respective terror destinations. While 2 of them, Akmal and Ismail, went to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, 2 each made their way to Leopold Cafe, Nariman House and Trident-Oberoi . The remaining 4 headed for Taj. 

All the 10 jihadis were well-versed in commando operations, as was evident in the sustained fight that they put up against the security forces. Their brief from their handlers in Pakistan was simple : Target Whites. The commandos were fully aware of the layout of each of the attack sites and used it to their advantage in the guerrilla warfare that followed at Taj, Nariman House and Trident-Oberoi. 

The security forces battling LeT terrorists late into Friday night had expected the operation to be over by noon. The fact that Operation Black Tornado continued late into the night gave enough indication of the huge cache of ammunition that the terrorists had carried along. 



il diario di mara: una nuova pagina

Oggi socialist biopedia si arricchisce di una nuova pagina:

il diario di mara. Lingotto, Torino

che introduce alla lettura, e fornisce  il link di un diario personale:


Siamo felici di presentare il primo “diario personale” su socialist biopedia, che introduce assieme tante dimensioni necessarie al nostro discorso: come quella auto-biografica, diaristica, femminile, intima, della esperienza di  lavoro, e quella quotidiana del ritmo di un blog-diario. Inestricabilemte intrecciate ed inviluppate; narrate con un taglio ironico ed apparentemente, ma solo in parte  light, e divertente,

Ciò rende il tutto facilmente digeribile, oltre che suscettibile di molteplici letture. Lo stesso diario (IL TESTO NON CAMBIA: e’ quello “vero”) viene qui raccomandato nei 2 blog gemelli (deeprecession e socialst biopedia) con due tagli di lettura tra i tanti possibili; qui di una esperienza  biopolitica, là di un case-study di economia  aziendale ed  industriale.


Il mondo visto dal Lingotto, gli HQs FIAT. Ma anche dal cuore e cervello, occhi ed orecchie di un personaggio spesso chiave, decisivo quanto umile, dalle mansioni amplissime (dal basso all’alto, sino al vertice): la segretaria del Capo Supremo, la co-amministratrice del suo tempo di lavoro e del suo sistema relazionale. Mara e’ la segretaria di Sergio Marchionne, l’AD Fiat.

ciao eluana


eluana-englaro-BY-giuglaro_189\2007Dopo una sentenza definitiva ed EPOCALE della Cassazione, Eluana può finalmente lasciare il proprio corpo.

Buddha: “Ricordati che la vita e’ un ponte: non costruirci sopra una casa“.

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let the vital forces rule






Barack Obama’s decisive defeat of John McCain is the most important victory of a Democratic candidate since 1932. Together with the subcrime recession, it brings to a close the Reagan-Friedman era.

It has been manufactured, under David Axelrod’s strategy (already his strategist in 2004 for the Senate), through a unique combination of 3 closely inter-related factors, that will enter future political science handbooks:

1) clear message: please look at  19 October, 2006 “One hour with Charlie Rose” – he was basically saying the same  already in 2004 (video start) and 2006 (interview); but, Packer (quoted below) adds: a kaleidoscope of evolving messages towards different constituencies

2) unprecedented and enthusiastic participation from below

3) use of technology, the Internet and web 2.0.

In order to begin an analysis of times to come, here are some early reading suggestions to start with:


Susstein and Thaler: Nudge

Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor and author, was Obama’s colleague for many years at the University of Chicago Law School. Sunstein’s most recent book, “Nudge,” co-written with the behavioral economist Richard Thaler, tries to find a new path between governmental control and the unfettered free market. “Nudge,” Sunstein said, is about “ways of helping people to make better choices without requiring anybody to do anything. It’s a conception of government that is reluctant to impose mandates and bans but is kind of shrewd about enlisting what we know about human behavior in good directions.” Sunstein added that the book is well known in Obama’s circle; Obama’s top economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, also of the University of Chicago, has read it, and Sunstein has discussed its ideas with Obama. (quotation from Packer)


As Roosevelt did with the New Deal, Obama has represented different versions of moral leadership to different groups of voters.


How the economic crisis can help Obama redefine the Democrats.

by George Packer

Obama made a greater commitment to specific plans than Roosevelt did. Yet he, too, represented different versions of moral leadership to different groups of voters, at various stages of the campaign. (…) 

 there is the “post-partisan” Obama and the “progressive” Obama. Some tension exists between these two approaches, but he will have to reconcile them if he is to fulfill his ambition of bringing profound change to the country.




The best introduction to, and synthesis on the different components of Obama’s biopolitical paradigm is:

GIULIANO DA EMPOLI (2008), Obama.  La politica nell’era di Facebook. Padova: Marsilio.

He observes that for the first time ever, the web 2.0 participants to the Obama campaign could communicate horizontally among them: this is more a Movement than just a Campaign,