Within the span of less than six months, three serial bomb blasts in prominent Indian cities once again exposed the vulnerability of internal security in India. The loss of innocent lives is painful aspect of these blasts but what is more painful is the politics on terrorism. It is shameful that at even at the moment of crisis our politicians are engaged in mudslinging.
We had witnessed how Rajasthan government was almost at the battle with the center government after the terrorist attack on Jaipur. The war of words that took place between Rajasthan government and centre government was nothing but to shift blame on one another. Similarly, after the blasts in Bangalore and in Ahemdabad, BJP is attacking the government for repealing POTA. If BJP is to be believed, than terrorist attacks is the result of repealed POTA. Those who are of the view that POTA is a deterrent forget the fact that some of the biggest terrorist attacks ascribe to the regime of BJP led NDA when stringent law like POTA was intact. These attacks include attack on Indian Parliament, which is the temple of Indian Democracy.
Stringent law has its merits and demerits, even if just for the sake of arguments we accept that POTA is necessary for curbing terrorist activities than also the question remains as what about our internal security system. For using POTA we need to arrest terrorists, we need to crack their planning, and raid their hideouts. None of these things is happening in India. Except in Bolloywood Masala Movies Indian Intelligence rarely unearthed any of the terrorist plans. We get clueless after the attack and even fail to get the hold of those who are sending emails before the attacks. This reveals the antique system we have where experts are just have experience but do not have technical knowledge. The age-old techniques used by almost all the state police make them susceptible to such situation. The government hospitals of this nation do not have any special arrangements for such victims and many fatalities are the consequence of lack of medical attention. Majority of government hospitals in India do not have trauma centers and even the medical practitioners lack the expertise to deal with such a situation. There is no centralized task forces which can be airlifted to anywhere within hours to help the victims and guide the others.
Despite our entire hollow claims of being on the verge to become the superpower, Indian intelligence gathering is poor in the world. Our forces are ill equipped and mostly untrained to counter such attacks. On the other hand, the enemies of humanity have most sophisticated weapons and best technical training to carry out attacks with precision and to evade arrest. The terrorist network is much strong than that of intelligence network and they operate easily. India spent major part of its budget on defense and it is one of the biggest buyers of military hardware in the world. There is a problem in this policy and we need to pay attention on our internal security. India needs modern, trained and technical forces to deal with the growing menace of terrorism. Indian military strategy primarily based on external security threats gives fewer importances to internal security matters. Building more missiles is not a need of the hour but drastic improvement in the internal security is essential. It is also wrong to link terrorism always with the external security as it has local and domestic dimensions and need courage to accept our loopholes rather than blaming all on Pakistan for our ills.
Blame game will not going to bring any desired result until every political party realize what is wrong. NDA or UPA terrorism is a reality and it will not end with the change in regime. Consistent policy with political willingness and correctness in approach is indispensable for safe India. Please stop playing politics on terrorism it is not a solution.
About The Writer: A Research Scholar, School of International Studies, Ex-President Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union, New Delhi-67
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