Bomb Blasts in Bengaluru
We arrived back at our hotel from a morning visit to a teacher training center, ate a bountiful lunch, then discovered as we gathered for an afternoon outing that there had been 7 explosions in Bengaluru, the city we are currently visiting. We are all fine and perfectly safe. All 7 blasts occurred within 30 minutes around 1:30 pm our time and were fairly small. The news reports that the blasts were intended to cause panic and not to inflict much actual damage, but 1 person has been confirmed dead and several others are injured. Early speculation is that the blasts are in response to the recent increase in power of the BJP, a Hindu nationalist political party in the region of Karnataka of which Bengaluru is the capital. (As I post this I checked the news, and there were actually 9 blasts and there are 2 people dead, 4 injured.)
I’m not afraid, but I know a couple of the others in my group are worried. I think it’s mostly that people, me included, are shocked that something like this would happen in a place where we are. In the U.S. we have such limited exposure to violence like this. I actually feel like we’re probably the safest right now than we have been because security is being intensified throughout the city. I also have full confidence in our coordinators from Fulbright that they will not keep us in an unsafe situation.
So don’t worry about me. I’m safe. I’m happy. And even this is an opportunity for me to learn something new and for me to be more grateful for the life I have in the United States.