05 September, 2008


Sanjay Kumar

The 25 serial blasts that ripped through Bengaluru and Ahmedabad claiming scores of innocent lives, once again serve as an eye-opener to the grievous state of our internal security. As always the blasts were followed by slick sound bytes by the Union Home minister to convene a CM’s meeting to counter terrorism and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is once again stressing upon the need of a Federal Agency to fight terrorism. With these politically right notes, the compensation to the victims has been announced and the usual allegations and counter allegations between the political parties to outrank each other are underway.

As far as the security of politicians is concerned, it is stepped up after every such incident and they are content condemning such horrendous acts. Not to mention that during the PM’s visit to Ahmedabad along with Smt. Sonia Gandhi and the Home minister, besides the SPG protection available to them, there were two IG level officers, three DIG’s, seven SP’s, and over 400 Police personnel deployed for their protection.

The life after the blasts has begun to come back to track and as after the blasts in Hyderabad, Malegaon, Mumbai and Jaipur, the citizens of this nation will forget the incidents till something else happens to shake them up.

Thus, this write up aims to draw forth some uncomfortable questions before our political leadership, policy makers, and security and intelligence agencies and above all before the citizens of the country so that we all awaken before it is too late. Your views in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Q 1. Have we clearly defined and outlined our policy to fight terrorism even after 60 years of independence, or are simply content with off and on discussions about it? Isn’t it true that the political leadership of this nation makes policies keeping in view their political gain or loss and no party is exception to it?

Q 2. Isn’t it true that the internal security matter was never as grave as now?

Q 3. Why blasts are happening here in India and why after 9/11 and Metro Rail attack in U.K no other terrorist attack has taken place when all the ‘jehadis’/ terrorist outfits are staunchly opposed to U.S and Europe? Are we weaker than Iraq and Afghanistan also?

Q 4. Chechnya was a headache for Russia once, where has problem now disappeared? And can Sikiyang and Tibet ever challenge China? Why Kashmir and North-East and Naxalism have become our nation’s life long problem?

Q 5. Have we not given utterly wrong message to Pakistan and the terrorist outfits by repealing POTA that they can freely operate in our country? According to a report after repealing of POTA the number of terror attacks and the ambit of terror related activities have increased like never before. Notably POTA dealt with not only terror activities but also checked the support to terror activities. Thus we are dealing with terrorism as we deal with general crime activities, which is amply evident in hardly any convictions for terrorism lately.

Q 6. Didn’t we compromise with terrorism during hijack of Indian Airlines plane to Kandhar?

Q 7. Isn’t the main concern of UPA government its vote bank, even if national security and national pride has to be put on stake for it? Otherwise why did UPA repeal POTA? Why is the law made on lines of MACOCA (by Maharashtra government) sought for approval by state governments (of Rajasthan and Gujarat) to fight terrorism pending?

Q 8. Why the Union Cabinet (UPA) under the pressure of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (PDP) decided to provide compensation to the relatives of Kashmiri militants? Aren’t we aware that Mohammad Sayeed is the same man who enacted the drama of the kidnapping of his daughter, Rubaiya Sayeed and got released 3 dreaded militants and all this happened while he held the post of Union Home Minister? The details of this shocking episode has been revealed by a former JKLF terrorist, Hilal War, who was involved in this episode, in his recent book called – “The Great Disclosure”.

Q 9. Isn’t it the glaring example of appeasement that whenever the investigation of blasts reaches a particular community then only the question of vote bank comes up? Likewise, what do decisions like providing soft loans to a particular community and recognizing the ‘Degree of madrasas’ for railway jobs signify? Our leaders have a lot to answer to this nation.

Q 10. Is national security the priority of any political party? Why is it that where one political party takes the case of LTTE another one opposes it? Furthermore why Naxalism is supported by some political parties and opposed by others? It is well known how the former CM of Uttar Pradesh supported the case of SIMI (banned terrorist outfit whose main aim is to destabilize India, currently operating under the name of INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN) chief in Supreme Court and got him released on one occasion. There is speculation in political circles that this former CM might become the Home minister, as reward to help UPA win trust vote.

Q 11. Isn’t it shameful that UPA government had appointed one Bangladeshi national as the advisor in the national security agency and now RAW has registered the report against him and he is absconding?

Q 12. Similarly, the statement of Omar Abdullah in parliament before the trust motion is being so much lauded by certain news channels as ‘stirring speech’, doesn’t everyone knows that his father Farooq Abdullah started Jihad in Kashmir valley and sent Yasin Malik (JKLF chief) and many others for training in Pakistan and later on the same Sr. Abdullah ‘traded power for autonomy’?

Q 13. Isn’t it shameful for us as a Nation that the same people who supported Mao attack on our nation in 1962 are in power? There is no supporter of Bin Laden in U.S but our country is replete with Mao supporters.

Q 14. Surprisingly, the arrested SIMI chief, Nagori, had long back revealed in his Narco test that major cities could be the target; in spite of it, the serial blasts shook the nation. What were our security agencies and intelligence agencies doing? What is the reason till now not even a single case has been cracked down? Why are our intelligence agencies unable to track down the local sleeping modules which aid and abet such incidents of terror?

Q 15. Where does so much of explosive come from? It is very well known that ISI has established a strong network in the entire country and it has expanded its preview of activity much beyond its ‘Mission Kashmir’ strategy. Intelligence sources themselves say that in 9 states ISI has ten thousand spies. What is our preparation to tackle all this?

Q 16. Isn’t it alarming that the number of madrassas harboring anti-national activities is increasing at a startling rate? In Kerala alone, more than 6000 madrasas have come up. According to another report ISI spends about 600 million dollars each year to destabilize India be it through terrorism, havala, narcotics to name a few. As a result a strong and dangerous nexus – Militants-Mullah-Madrasa has come up. Where does this money come from? To top it all, UPA government has gathered all kind of anti-national activists and appointed them as members to National Integration Council and Central Advisory Board on Education.

Q 17. Isn’t it ironical that not an inch of our land seems safe? In some places it is infested with naxal violence, somewhere separatism, and somewhere anti-national activities. And we are brushing it aside by terming the disturbances as ‘foreign hand’? The vital question here is who shelters these terrorists in the country? Evidently, they are being given shelter by some anti-national people amongst us only and some power hungry leaders? Ex-I.B Chief Shri. A.K Dowal reveals that those involved in Mumbai and Hyderabad blasts were caught early on but had to be released due to political pressure and the result is before us.

Q 18. When will our political leaders understand that terrorism is a proxy war and can be dealt as war only and requires a proper counter terrorism strategy? Time and again it has been repeated that India is the most targeted nation after Iraq.

Q 19. Isn’t there a serious need to examine the role and sources of funds and mission of some so called NGO’s? In a book titled ‘NGO’s , Activists and Foreign funds’ Radha Ranjan and Krishna Kak have outlined and revealed ‘programs’ of some Ngo’s and social activists whose main aim is to make India “Hinduless” or without Hindus. The book outlines how Islamabad+ Missionariesism+ Marxism+ Macaulayism = terrorism in India.

Q 20. Isn’t it true that instead of showing some seriousness towards dealing with terrorism, the sole aim of our so-called ‘intellectuals’, is to distort the discussion to some other end best known to them? Absurdly they reason out that because Gujarat happened Mumbai happened; and because Ayodhaya happened the terrorism increased. If terrorism is result of Gujarat and Ayodhaya, then what is the reason behind anti-national activity in Kashmir and North-East?

Q 21. Our political establishment is bringing forth such people on the top who are insincere towards national issues, national interest, unaware of strategic and international situation. Our business community is expanding its economic empire throughout; our scientists, economists, and managers carry impeccable reputation worldwide but why is there a stark contrast when we look at our political leaders?

Q 22. There are about seven lakh villages in India and there are more than 7 lakh saints in our country. Even if one saint adopts one village each can’t they spread awareness about dharma and nation?

Q 23. Sooner or later the citizen of this nation has to understand that the long drawn battle of terrorism is also a part of well planned plot. This battle has led to increase in the so called ‘liberated’ zone of Naxalism. These naxal forces are moving ahead to take shape of state. By being caught up on one front aren’t we giving chance to the other enemy? Likewise when Chang-kai Sheik was busy dealing with Japan then only the Maoist forces became strong in China. Any such expansion of naxals would be our failure as a nation.

Q 24. What about the ‘fourth pillar of our democracy’?

The dramatic way in which the electronic media has portrayed the tragedies proves that it certainly needs a rethinking on the part of media. The zealous anchors hardly realize that they are adding to the trauma of people and creating panic. The way serious discussions are diverted for TRP is really pathetic. Already there is a lack of healthy debate to find solution to the issue and the way the quality of contemporary political debate has deteriorated, it is hardly making our political executive accountable. Total transformation is the need of the hour. So much so that at least the sensitive issue of national security should not be politicized rather it requires a common understanding and common program.

Q 25. Are our political leaders still unable to understand that the serial blasts were not a retaliatory act otherwise why they were timed so perfectly after the trust vote backing Nuclear Deal?

The need of the hour is not only politicians, the citizens too should come forward, as national security is equally their responsibility as well. Even spiritual leaders should come forward to show the way. More than any federal agency, a strong will is required be it political will or the will of the citizen of this nation to fight terrorism.

No doubt the situation is alarming but what is our preparation as a nation and as the citizens of this glorious nation to tackle such state of affairs? These are lot of uncomfortable questions that we need to ask ourselves and our rulers, let alone to use our right to vote judiciously.

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