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Issue No.: 550 | April 2013

Terror Strikes Again!

Ashok Karnik
Every issue has at least two sides. A wise man examines all sides before coming to a conclusion. This is an attempt to present various sides of an issue so that a considered opinion can be formed.

For us, national security is a mantra to be recited but not to be acted upon. The recitation presumably absolves us of all responsibility. We make good plans and then rest happily thinking that the job is done.

1.   This time it was Hyderabad (February 21)! It could be anywhere. We wait to be hit again and again and then grieve. Nothing is done in the interregnum. We argue and debate while the enemy prepares. When will we learn to do something concrete? Two serial blasts in a busy locality ensured a lot of damage. The Indian Mujahideen are suspected to be the perpetrators. There were arguments about intelligence failure but no unanimity on what to do next. The PM as usual declared that the guilty will not go unpunished. Soon we will be negotiating with Pakistan again, refusing to accept that that country is the real culprit. There were claims that the Centre had alerted the State and the hint that the State failed to act. We are saying this for years without ensuring that the States develop the capacity to act on the intelligence received from the Centre. For us, national security is a mantra to be recited but not to be acted upon. The recitation presumably absolves us of all responsibility. We make good plans and then rest happily thinking that the job is done.  

1.An IM operative in his interrogation in Delhi in October 2012 had revealed that Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad had been recced by him (IM) and was a possible target. Two days before February 21, the Union Home Ministry had received information that an attack was imminent in the next few days. Prior to that there were reports that the United Jihad Council had met in Pak-occupied Kashmir and decided to launch more militant attacks in India to distract the Indian police and render them ineffective in tackling terror. In spite of all this knowledge, we failed to act. Are we incapable of acting in anger? The real problem lies in our unwillingness to fix accountability for acts of omission and commission. All our efforts are concentrated on putting the blame on somebody else. Whatever the preventive mechanism, it will fail unless politicians and officials learn to own up responsibility. Starting from the Union Home Minister, nobody inspires confidence that the job will be done. After 2014 when the Americans withdraw from Afghanistan, we should be prepared for massive terrorist strikes. Is India equipped to deal with it?






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