Terror Attacks Continue in Mumbai; Ex-PM V.P. Singh Dies

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Nov. 28 – Mumbai is gradually getting back on its feet 36 hours after the city came under attack by a large group of organized terrorists. The stock exchange and some offices in the north of the city are open and trains, buses and three wheeled auto rickshaw’s are back on the streets.

South Mumbai remains under curfew as Marine Drive leading up to Colaba and Nariman Point, the commercial center of South Mumbai,remainsl under siege. The death count rose to 125 people, including six foreign nationals overnight, with more than 327 reported injured. Terrorists are still holed up in the Taj Hotel, the Oberoi Trident and Nariman House, home to the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch. India's elite national security guard replaced the army and set up command posts around Nariman House. The commandos, with the help of snipers and helicopters, worked overnight to flush out the terrorists, storming the Jewish community center early Friday morning.

While terror reigned in South Mumbai, India lost another prominent personality. Former Indian Prime Minister V. P. Singh passed away in a hospital in New Delhi, succumbing to leukemia and renal failure at the age of 77. Singh is best remembered for his controversial plan to sharply increase the percentage of government jobs reserved for poor castes, triggering an outrage within India’s upper castes. Besides serving as prime minister, Singh also served as finance minister, where he relentlessly tracked down tax evaders, and later as defense minister under former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.