Deepak Chopra went on CNN Wednesday night to give his take on the Mumbai attacks and how to prevent similar attacks in the future, but producers cut Chopra off when he started to get too controversial.
The attacks in Mumbai have produced scores of deaths, though what is scarier is the possibility that this incident may spell danger for India-Pakistan relations at a time when a much-needed thaw seems to be emerging.
These are the places -- the Taj, the Oberoi Hotel, Cafe Leopold -- that are not touched by the religious tensions, the poverty, the harsh realities of a city -- a country, region and world -- that has extremes of every kind.
This hotel is a landmark, as the people on TV are saying. But what they're not saying is that it opened in 1903 because the best hotel in town at that time wouldn't allow Indians to enter -- it was whites only.
There is a deep transformation afoot -- cities seem to be losing the capacity they have long had to triage conflict. Today the search for national security may well become a source for urban insecurity.