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News of the Paris attacks hit Indian news networks in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning, with non-stop coverage, while Bollywood stars reacted on social media.
Celebrities took to social media to express solidarity as #ParisAttacks became the top trending hashtag on Twitter.
“So disturbed by what has happened in Paris. What is the world coming to.. What is the point of the violence. #PrayForParis. My heart hurts,” tweeted actress Priyanka Chopra who is currently starring in ABC’s Quantico.
“Looking at the news on the #terrorattacks in #Paris fills me up with anger at this horrible act of #cowardice. Reminds me of the Mumbai attacks,” tweeted actress Preity Zinta.
“Horrified at the barbarism at display in the #ParisAttacks! No ideology can justify destruction of life. We stand with you #Paris!” tweeted actor Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) who also stars as the Indian Jack Bauer in the Hindi remake of 24, whose second season is set to return on Viacom18’s Colors channels.
Some news networks, such as New Delhi Television (NDTV), also featured live reports from its Paris-based correspondents. Given that the news broke quite early in the morning, networks ran wall-to-wall coverage without disrupting any major programming. While the print editions of newspapers were already published without any coverage, the online editions of major papers, such as the Times of India, prominently covered the attacks with regular updates.
Indian media also drew comparisons with the fatal 2008 Mumbai attacks when terrorists, members of Pakistan-based organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to Indian authorities, arrived via sea on inflatable boats and landed at locations in south Mumbai. The terrorists carried out a series of shootings and bombings at various locations across India’s film capital that began on Nov. 26 and lasted four days, resulting in the deaths of 164 people, with hundreds more wounded. The targets included the iconic Taj Mahal hotel across the historic Gateway of India, the nearby Oberoi Trident hotel and the well-known Leopold’s Cafe, among other locations.
The similarity with the Paris attacks, where the latest death toll is at least 127, according to French president Francois Hollande, was highlighted in Indian media coverage. “Mumbai has come to Paris,” said an online report in the Hindustan Times. “The multiple terror attacks against civilian targets across the city of Paris on Friday night … has the Mumbai terrorist attack written all over it.”
“As more n more civilians die world wide in terror attacks, is it not time for political leaders 2 question arms manufacturers?” tweeted director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth).
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