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Need to tackle jihadi terror firmly

The UPA government at the Centre refuses to enact any tough pre-emptive and deterrent legislation against terrorism simply for the fear of losing minority votes. On this count, it chose to ignore even their NSA’s and ARC’s reports. Is this how we intend to fight global jihadi terrorism? No wonder, the public anger is on the boil.

Sadly, neither the Centre nor the states follow up intelligence inputs for concrete action. The Navy and the Coast Guard have been demanding induction of a fleet of 40-knots speedboats for over six years to effectively secure the maritime boundary of major ports and metros. However, Mumbai police is running the show with only two rickety boats!

The brave officers of ATS walked into a death trap so casually as if they were up against some local underworld goons. Customs is infested with the worst kind of corruption bug.



The government should wake up at least now and do something drastic to combat terrorism before it is too late. Otherwise, we would be left with Hobson’s choice of kow-towing before the perpetrators of terror.

Why don’t our politicians jettison petty politics, learn to prioritise the national interest and tighten security? Perhaps, the solution lies in electing the right kind of people to Parliament and State Assemblies who can protect us well, ensure justice to everyone and respect the global interest as well.

NARINDER KUMAR BHANGU, Sahid Bhagat Singh Nagar


Increasing terrorist attacks are cause for major concern. It is a threat to international peace. The basic human nature is to live peacefully but some vested interests do not want us to live in peace.

Clearly, we are left with no other option than to remain united. In this era of globalisation, we need to fight against terrorism as we share each other through globalisation.

VASU GARG, Student, Shimla


Our ill-equipped police is no threat to the heavily armed and thoroughly professional terrorists. That’s why the terrorists could hijack a police van, shoot at will and move with ease to their destinations. The hotels too suffer from an appallingly low level of security. There are no automatic warning cameras, internal suvellience with close-circuit cameras. Remote-control door-locking device for all hotel suites will prevent outsiders’ access.

We need well-equipped and trained forces to tackle terrorists effectively. Let us not downgrade security on grounds of paucity of funds.

Wg-Cdr T.L. BHARDWAJ (retd), Chandigarh


The Mumbai attack was audacious and thus different from the earlier ones. The terrorists didn’t cover their faces. This speaks for itself. Clearly, India has been soft on terror and lenient towards Pakistan. Theodore Roosevelt aptly said, “Don’t hit at all if it is honourably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.” We must act tough with Pakistan.

If Pakistan makes a hue and cry and threatens to give us a “fitting reply”, India should follow Bismark’s formula: “When I deal with a friend, I am a friend and half; when I deal with a crook, I am a crook and a half.”

D.V. JOSHI, Bartana (Zirakpur)


The Mumbai attacks were barbaric, senseless and defied conventional wisdom in every sense. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must take concrete steps to combat terrorism.

I want to salute our armed forces and commandos for saving numerous lives. They stood up to their reputation of being a force which is second to none. Nonetheless, the Indian administration needs to work on further shortening the response period for similar retaliatory actions against terrorists.



For the Mumbai attack, we can directly blame the intelligence agencies, Coast Guard and Pakistan. One wonders how the foreign ship carrying the terrorists was not noticed by the Coast Guard.

The Government of India must set up an inquiry commission to investigate the circumstances leading to the terrorist attacks on Mumbai’s hotels and CST station in a fixed timeframe to heal the wounds of every Indian and Mumbaikar in particular.


Check postal delays

Punjab and Haryana Postal Circles, like others, are vying with one another in expanding and diversifying activities to earn more revenue. However, many students, job applicants and other individuals have suffered irreparable losses due to postal lethargy. Postal delays reflect the inefficiency of the department. Electronic means of communication cannot be a substitute for dak carried by India Post.

The Chief Post Master Generals should first change the attitude of the staff and then improve dak handling and delivery systems. Speed Post Service is no excuse. Ideally, dak should be delivered in a day or two if the addressee is in a remote area.




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