The Lessons of Terrorism

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India has been attacked once again. In less than 24 hours, terrorists have struck again in Ahmedabad. Unfortunately, it is not new to our nation. In the last four years, we have experienced more than a dozen attacks in various parts of the country, which include Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Malegaon, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi, Delhi and Hyderabad. The ease with which these terror attacks are being carried out, raises a question: Have terror-strikes become as common as theft?

Terrorism in India has taken the form of an iceberg, and till date we haven’t been able to unearth more than the tip of this iceberg. As the Center for Defense Information, America says, “India has been the victim of more terrorist attacks, both domestic and international, on its territory than any other country.”

The more disturbing thing is the soft approach taken by our government. We have a government that is bent on giving a ‘safe haven’ to the terrorists. The government has completely failed to face and anticipate that these ‘regular’ terror attacks are results of a lack of coordination between the intelligence and the central and state government. The government just uses the agenda of religion as a weapon and tolerance as a breeding ground for terror activities. We, as responsible citizens must question this attitude of the government. India has been a top target for militants, and yet the central and the state government doesn’t take any counter action. It is behaving timidly and relentlessly with such an abysmal, shameless and stoic attitude.

Before naming anyone, the government needs to set its responsibilities right. If there is a lack of coordination among the state and the central agencies then the government needs to address that first. Every time terror attacks take place, the state agencies blame the Centre and in turn, the Centre washes its hands saying that the state government was warned beforehand but no heed was paid to their warning.

What are the ministers doing at the central level? They need to be more accountable. There is more to their job than just condemning the blasts and waiting for the investigation report. And one must not play politics when it comes to the issue of national security.

Have you ever heard of any breakthrough in these terror investigations? I haven’t heard of any (apart from the Parliament attack, but we haven’t been able to hang the guilty yet).

We don’t have the spine to take action against these terrorists because of the politics involved. Senior intelligence officials like Ajay Sinha, Raman, TV Rajeswar have pointed out that over 1.5 crores Bangladeshis are overstaying in India. What have we done till date to look into this serious matter? What is even more surprising is that our home minister is not bothered about how these Bangladeshis could come in from the eastern part of the country and settle in various parts. Rather, he is more bothered about the human rights of infiltrators.

What a pity it is that we don’t have any specific laws dedicated to counter-terrorism. Every major country has such laws but we go the other way around. The government dismissed the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) that was specially designed to tackle terrorism. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is also sitting on the Apex court’s decision to remove the Illegal Migrants Determination by Tribunals (IMDT) Act.

The government has been ineffectual in destroying the sleeping cells and local support for the terrorists. All because it says, “Let us not target any particular community”. Who is asking them to target an entire community? The Muslim community is not a party to terror and only a few people are responsible for it, then why does the government believe that any attempt to nab the terrorists would lead to opposition from the community?

The people who justify these acts should also be dealt with. In India, we have list of such people, who use bizarre logic in the defence of terrorists in cases such as the Babri Masjid case, Gujarat Riots or poverty. Fouad Ajami, arguably one of the most politically influential Arab-American intellectuals of this generation says, “There is another issue that has been brought to the fore by commentaries on the UK bombings: The role of apologists, fellow travellers and grievance peddlers, who exhort us to ‘understand basic issues’ and attend to ‘root causes’, instead of focusing on the challenge of terrorism.”

Rishabh Srivastava


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