Mumbai Attacker's Photo Haunts Commentator The attacks on five-star hotels in Mumbai, India's commercial capital, have commentator Sandip Roy thinking about the symbolism. He's been captivated by one photo of one of the alleged terrorists. He looks like any ordinary Indian, a young man in jeans and T-shirt, except he's holding an assault rifle.
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The attacks on five-star hotels in Mumbai, India's commercial capital, have commentator Sandip Roy thinking about the symbolism. He's been captivated by one photo of one of the alleged terrorists. He looks like any ordinary Indian, a young man in jeans and T-shirt, except he's holding an assault rifle.

A suspected terrorist is seen with a rifle outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India, on Thursday. Maharahstra Times-The Times of India/AP hide caption

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A suspected terrorist is seen with a rifle outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India, on Thursday.

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

We are in the third day of military operations in the streets of Mumbai, India's commercial capital. The attacks on five-star hotels there have gotten commentators Sandip Roy thinking about the hotel's symbolism, and he's been captivated by one picture.

M: The post-mortem of the act, its political fallout, its connections to the war on terror, will surely come later. But the image of the young man in the T-shirt in five-star Mumbai haunts me. I don't know who he was. He might be an Islamic militant from Pakistan. He might be a frustrated, small, city boy shut out of the IT economy. He might be a village boy who trained in a terror camp somewhere. It doesn't really matter because his message was loud and clear. He said to booming India, pay attention to me.

INSKEEP: Commentator Sandip Roy is an editor with New American Media and host of New America Now on KALW in San Francisco. You're listening to Morning Edition from NPR News.

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