One point, which did not get much of a highlight in the media is, why Jaipur was the chosen city to stage the attack. Neither was I much concerned of this fact but the moment one steps into the city, it is impossible to go without noticing the uniqueness of the city, the very fact for the city being the target. “Pink city”, as it is referred is truly pink. Every building inside the city carries on the tradition of the pink city and painting the exteriors pink. Even the mosque, which is generally painted white and green following their traditions, is painted pink inside the ‘pink city’.
If one takes a closer look at the settlement pattern in Jaipur, it offers a whole new perspective of the city and the entire pictures falls into place automatically. The roads cut at right angles and on one road is the ‘Hindu’ settlement and on the other side is the ‘Muslim’ settlement. It becomes more interesting when one sees that the mosque is located inside the hindu settlement and the temple is in the other. Such is the plan of the city that each other respect the others’ practices and approve of it. On the outlook, this must have appeared to be the vulnerability that might be exploited to trigger a crisis. Fortunately it dint happen
The entire attack took place in a stretch of this road at intervals and to inflict maximum damage, the bombs had been planted on alternate sides so that when people take refuge on the other side, they are vulnerable again.
One of the explosions was at this very site, the gate of a hanuman temple.
In spite of everything the city showed remarkable resilience, which, I think, is owing to the unique social structure it has. I managed to get a shot of this person sitting inside the bus. I am not sure what prompted me to click this local teenager (I suppose) but to me his looks seemed to convey a message. Does it to you? Please leave it in the comment