On March 12, 1993, Bombay was rocked by 13 explosions in different parts of the city. It resulted in 257 fatalities, and over 700 were injured. According to some news reports, the death toll was over 300 and the number of injured stood at 1,500. It is the largest coordinated terror attack to have taken place on Indian soil in terms of the number of casualties. It is also one of the most well-planned terror attacks to have been perpetrated in India apart from the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. It was also the first terror attack on Indian soil in which RDX was used as the explosive material. Twenty-four years later, a special TADA Court found six persons guilty for the serial blasts, including deported mafia don Abu Salem, while one accused was acquitted.
Even as the Civila Aviation ministry is working on the guidelines for a No-fly list for passengers for unruly behaviour, one more MP tried to throw his weight around when not allowed to board a flight because he showed up late.
Two dead bodies. Two sides of the same story. The tragedy from which Kashmir seems to have no way out.
Having established a muscular majority in the country for the first time ever, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to let go of the moment or its chance to create political history by naming a saffron candidate as its President nominee for 2017. After all, the party will have the best shot at having a person of its choice at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The BJP is comfortably placed in this election, yet it will not give up its attempt to divide the opposition, not because it needs its support but to deal a psychological blow to the opposition's efforts at forging a front against the saffron outfit.
Ever since the BJP has eaten up Shiv Sena’s political space, the Mumbai tigers have been snapping at the party and its leader Narendra Modi’s heels. On the ongoing farmer agitation in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh too the Sena has been needling the BJP government. Amit Shah’s meeting with the Sena assumes significance in this backdrop.