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Pro-active policy to fight terror

The Mumbai attacks had a reflex response from everybody in the country. How did the terrorists manage to carry weapons to elite hotels? Large number of grenades were stockpiled by them in the hotel rooms. This cannot be done in a day and in one go. What was the security staff doing when these weapons were being smuggled into the hotels?

There is need for a national proactive policy to tackle terrorism. The multi-storey buildings such as hotels, government offices, cinema halls and other sensitive public places must have a foolproof security check system.

Government security agencies should carry out surprise checks in such buildings. A national level security force equipped with latest modern weapons and devices, to react quickly anywhere, anytime and at any place in India should be raised. Such forces should have sources at hand to reach the troubled spot promptly.

People have shown courage and unity when the security forces were fighting terror in Mumbai. They have shown that regionalism must not crop up in our minds while fighting for a national cause.

Dr KAMALJEET KAUR SEKHON, Thapar University, Patiala


Whenever there is a crisis or disaster, the government moots more laws to meet the situation. But chinks start appearing before the proposal legislation becomes an Act. Terrorists are not scared of the law because there is no political will to enforce it.

Is there any need of law to deal with Afzal Guru who is convicted and sentenced to death by the Supreme Court? Did Mr K.P.S. Gill need any special law to deal with terrorism in Punjab, which was a challenge? Did the US and UK face a repeat of terrorist attacks? It is the will and determination of the government to deal with the situation that matters.

Let the government give the charge of one town most vulnerable to terrorist attack to the Army for internal security for some time and see the difference. Meanwhile, the disaster management measures must be strengthened. We are so ill-equipped to meet any emergency — be it floods, accidents, earthquake, bomb blasts or terror attacks.

V.S. CHAUDHRI, IAS (retd), Karnal


Pakistan is only a part of the problem. While maintaining our stand and the US pressure on Pakistan, shouldn’t we also find out whether the Mumbai massacre was the result of a systemic failure or a lack  of administrative accountability at the top?

It has not been just the immature diplomatic moves but our weak-kneed protests and demands as also the uncertainty of getting these terrorists punished in Indian courts that seem to have forced our political leadership to look to the Western world to rein in Pakistan.

We need to drastically reform the security apparatus and plug the holes in our justice delivery system at least in such cases of terrorism before we can hope to instill some fear in the ISI and its agents who strike at will.



Look at Israel. With 19.8 per cent Muslim Arab population surrounded by hostile Arab Muslim countries always trying to foment trouble, it still stands like a rock! The reason: its intelligence, hi-tech equipment, surveillance, training, monitoring and the capacity to hit back.

We must work on a similar pattern and strategy, may be, under a new Union Ministry of Anti-Terrorism with highly motivated and trained professionals.

B.M.SINGH, Amritsar

Time to restructure CBI

The CBI is flooded with a huge backlog of cases. The increasing tendency on the part of the states in recommending a large number of cases to the CBI for probe is not a healthy trend.

In addition to doubting the credibility and competence of the state agencies, this affects the CBI’s efficiency. According to a CBI report, 8,200 cases are waiting for trial. The CBI has no adequate investigating officers and public prosecutors.

The state investigating agencies should be empowered with operational autonomy. The CBI should tackle only such matters having inter-state ramifications, cases of transnational nature and those which affect the country’s sovereignty and integrity.

The CBI ought to become the Indian counterpart of the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, as recommended by a parliamentary committee in March 2008.

HEMANT KUMAR, Advocate, Ambala City



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