President K. R. Narayanan's Letter to President Bush
New Delhi, India
September 12, 2001
Dear Mr. President,
It is with a sense of grief and great indignation that I convey my condolence
and sympathy for the immense tragedy that has resulted from the barbaric terrorist
attack on the United States. This reprehensible act is a crime not just against
the United States, but against all humanity.
The images of the horror perpetrated in New York and Washington D.C. will remain
etched on our collective consciousness of the world as a signal that terrorism
has become the greatest threat of our times. It is not constrained by distance
and resources, restricted by boundaries or bound by any civilised norms in wreaking
devastation. The world community must rise as one to respond decisively to this
collective challenge to the peace, security and progress of the entire mankind.
I am sure that your Government and the people will address this grave assault
on the United States with sagacity, courage and firm resolve. We stand united
with the American people in this hour of grief.