HASHA PRABHU
HASHA PRABHU

Byron resident numbed by Mumbai attacks

BYRON BAY man Harsha Prabhu is in shock over Thursday’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, the city in which he was raised.

Mr Prabhu said the deadly attacks, in which terrorists hit two luxury hotels, a hospital, a railway station, and a Jewish centre in Mumbai’s financial district, had left him feeling ‘numb’ and worried about further violence.

“I was horrified and depressed, just numb when I heard,” Mr Prabhu, 53, said.

“I grew up in South Mumbai, just near where the attacks were. The streets where these atrocities occurred were the playground of my childhood.”

Mr Prabhu, who moved to the North Coast 15 years ago, said his sister and her family, plus aunts and uncles and many childhood friends remained in Mumbai.

“I am extremely worried about the possibility for a belligerent reaction leading to more violence,” Mr Prabhu said.

The attacks, which killed at least 172 people, including two Australians, could become another Iraq, he warned.

“My fear is that it escalates. Both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers. In this hour of crisis it is vital that the Indian state and people do not fall into the fatal trap of the knee-jerk reaction, the desire for revenge.

“Pakistan must also stay calm. We have seen what the opposite course of action can lead to.”


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