“All party meet held to discuss terror attacks on Bombay, no consensus on action to be taken”.The above headline on one of the web pages of a leading news channel says it all about terrorism in India.26/11 was yet another instance of terror, what remains to be seen is was that a watershed instance for India or will we still refuse to learn our lessons. India for long has been one of the worst victims of terrorism and for long the debates on the measures to be taken have far exceeded the actual measures that we have taken.
Recently India discovered a new dimension to terrorist attacks in various cities, the involvement of right wing organizations. This to me has raised more questions than answers. The current government took to office more than four years ago and the term is blotted with far too many terrorist attacks to be listed here and yet the government did nothing about it except for a promise of investigations.
The central government seemed clueless about any of the terrorist activities until Ahmadabad blasts following which the state police achieved major breakthroughs and arrested quite a few individuals accused of planting bombs across India. Soon the Maharashtra ATS arrested individuals of right wing organization accusing them of involvement in some of the major terror attacks in India. That these investigations delivered results so close to the elections make me even more skeptical. Was the government aware and then decided to disclose at appropriate time or did the elections pushed the government to deliver something, are some of the few unanswered questions we have in our minds..
Over the years there have been a few fictional writers who have written about terror plots designed by right wing organizations and today with these arrests there has been strange convergence of “facts” and fiction, was there awareness about this in some circles of establishment. Also, what has been interesting is the silence of members of ruling coalition on these arrests, were they more careful after the fiasco of Gujarat election campaign where the chief minister was accused as “merchant of death”.
Terrorism in India has always been judged through the prism of religion, No major political outfit in India can be absolved of this is narrow outlook. The response of the current ruling collation and the one that preceded this has reflected this outlook. So while India has continued to bleed the security apparatus has failed to deliver a suitable response to deter any future attacks. So much so that today almost all of India suffers some or the other form of terror, The Naxals, LeT, IM, NSCN, ULFA, HuJi and so many more at some point or the other are striking at various parts of India.
Terrorism now has moved on from being a political issue to an economic one. That the FICCI has urged the government to draft some stringent anti-terror laws reflects this reality. Some terrorist organizations and institutions backing them are actively involved in flooding the economy with counterfeit currency. The government has been blind to this situation and has failed to respond to this challenge effectively.
Coming back to the recent attacks, some heads have rolled, promises have been made to deliver results, and International community has joined in trying to protect their own interests in the sub-continent. Seems like history is repeating itself, the current tempers remind me of the attack on parliament and the events that followed it. Will this be the watershed moment for India, or will this also pass away is the question.
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