Human Flower Project

Mumbai, After


After three days of carnage, the people of Mumbai are mourning the dead and caring for the injured.


image

A Rapid Action Force policeman stood guard Sunday,

Nov. 30, outside the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai where

scores of people died in a terrorist rampage. Citizens

of the city paid their respects with flowers outside.

Photo: Saurabh Das, for AP

Wednesday’s attack on innocent people across Mumbai drew the world’s despairing attention. At least 195 people have been killed, and some 300 injured by 10 militants. The murderers had arrived by boat, fanned out across the city to the train station, two hotels, a temple, even a hospital, then began their killing spree. Most of the dead are Indian nationals. Mumbai officials have reported that “about 30 foreigners were killed including nine Israelis, five Americans, two French, two Australians and two Canadians.” Nine of the assailants, all from Pakistan, were killed in a standoff with city police. One was apprehended and has been talking to authorities about the group’s deadly plan.

 


image

Policemen and their families attended a memorial Nov. 30 for officers who died

fighting terrorist-gunmen this week in Mumbai.

Photo: Gautam Singh, for AP

“Mumbai has never lost so many officers in its history,” according to the BBC. “The city’s force of about 40,000 police has dealt with events like the 1992-93 riots and serial bombings in 1993 and 2006 which caused even greater loss of life. Mumbai has also witnessed organised crime for several decades with scores of gangsters being shot in so-called encounters with police or in gang wars….”

image

Members of India’s National Security Guard waited with marigold garlands in New Delhi, Saturday Nov. 29. They came to honor commando Gajendra Singh who died in a gunbattle with terrorists in Mumbai.

Photo: Mustafa Quraishi for AP

But Mumbai’s deputy police commissioner Amar Jadhav told the BBC, “This casualty is far worse.”

image

The body of Mumbai’s anti-terrorism chief Hemant Karkare was carried through

the city to the site of cremation Saturday.

Photo: Gautam Singh, for AP

Among the dead are Hemant Karkare, the chief of Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorist Squad. Karkare’s body was carried through the city and showered with flower petals by mourners standing along the streets and from windows of the buildings along the funeral route. Karkare was shot near Cama hospital.

image

Harish Gohil was gunned down at Nariman House in Mumbai. Relatives bore

his body to the funeral on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Photo: Punit Paranjpe, for Reuters


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/30 at 05:29 PM

Comments

A heartfelt account of the deaths in Mumbai, thank you.

I’ve been wondering about the connection between flowers and death.  I read that flowers were initially used to mask the odor of the decomposing body…

Posted by Georgia on 11/30 at 09:17 PM

Flowers,do spread fragrance…. but,in India,with its deep rooted culture and customs,flowers occupy significant place in dalily life. There are specific flowers for specific functions and ceremonies. In those death releated pics, flowers are showered and garlands are laid as a mark of rejoise for liberation of soul from the body.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/06 at 02:34 AM
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.