I've too much to say about the terrible terrorist attack in Mumbai, but no real solution to offer.
One thing is for certain - the response to the attack was poor, and that's a euphemism!
Over the weekend, a friend mentioned that the rifles being carried by the policemen seemed the same as what he'd used as a student during NCC (National Cadet Corps) training 20 years ago! That, coupled with the lack of a trained SWAT team for each major city, despite 9/11 and the multiple other attacks over the last couple of years, shows that the political, governmental and security fabric in India is still made of khadi! So much for being a "nuclear power"...
I'm not a proponent of military escalation ...I'm a pacifist- but we're talking about the police and emergency response here! The lack of a proper response has been criticized within India and abroad - but even as the government of Pakistan treads gingerly, one Pakistani take (Mumbai fraud) is pretty outrageous!
Terrorism is not an issue with a lack of clarity on ideology - clearly, an ideology that involves killing innocent people and children is flawed! Despite this, the terrorists have been trained to believe that they are doing the right thing.
The only path forward that I can see involves economic upliftment and education.
Religion is just an excuse - religion is a superstition of society!