Although strikes by terrorists shifted from the commercial capital, Mumbai,
to the state capital, Delhi, in their latest success story, many facts
remained strikingly the same. Elusiveness of the plan, death of ordinary
innocents, chaotic hospital visits by healthy politicians, condemnation of
terrorism and the appeals for calmness… they all remained the same.
Matching that and planning secrecy, terrorists remained as elusive as
Harrison Ford in ‘The Fugitive.’ As gleefully desired by the political class
denizens repeated the mantra ‘We must remain united,' and tracing ‘We
won’t bow down to terrorism’ even reinvented routine life the next day.
The only fact that unknowingly changed was this: from a national tragedy,
an act of city terrorism inched us towards a law and order problem.
Matching extremism, while a terrorist act just needs a bag, chemicals,
trigger and an innocent crowd at one extreme, it needs a colossal
measure of intension, ideas, cash, trained staff and technology for its
prevention on the other. Unlike the USA, which woke up after 9/11 and
prevented further attacks, controlling terrorism hasn’t been as easy for
India as getting cinematic or constitutional plots from the West. India, for
that matter, lacks most of the needed motivation. With ordinary folks - not
ones with Z security- seeing death, communal killing lessening ‘We will
stand united’ and producing less vocal office going denizens - as if
invoking ‘nothing has happened,' an election not yet there and corruption
ranking higher in scale, less intense attention gets less priority. No
wonder that India found its politicians engaged in a meeting to assess the
recommendations following earlier attacks at the time of the next.
Although not quite lacking in cash, having less in priority resources
doesn't come easily. Even when available, unlike futuristic vision of the
terrorists, incidents, not visions, seem to bring ideas. As an example,
when a state’s Chief Minister was unable to contact his police chief for 15
minutes after an attack, the need for a hot phone line was thought
essential. While trained staff are few and ill equipped, timing of their
presence is after, not before, attacks. Almost matching it and teasing the
state with ‘Catch me if you can’, emails claiming responsibilities flood after
the incident. Before it, even single source spy clues are hard and threat
levels remains unknown, if not closer to zero. But then again, the advice
to be alert is constant and all time. Even when decisions are made,
lacking a central command and control system, as its home minister later
lamented, responsible departments show implementation unease.
WHAT SHOULD INDIA DO?
Although members of its well protected political class are still secure, they
have to realize the facts said above. There has to be seriousness in
intension, allocation of adequate budgets, formation of a centralized
command and control unit, training of a large number of field officers, and
use of the latest technologies to make cities like ancient castles. Equally,
India has to produce ideas. For this, experts should be hired from the
developed countries and terrorism conferences done routinely for
inventory ideas. Technology, not men, should man its porous borders.
Although, if Maoist affected villages and the less reported ‘North East’ are
taken into account, India is already plagued. If terrorism is not controlled
effectively, its cities are going to follow suit. If India does not invest
enough cash to protect itself and this happens, foreigners will not invest
cash in India. In addition to serially losing precious lives, as in Pakistan,
attacks will seriously affect ‘India shining.'
If the ‘Guys next door are hell bent on destroying India’ is given credence
and that making 70% of Punjab adults drug addicts is accepted as gospel
truth, Delhi isn’t far from the end. India’s future increasingly looks gloomy
either way. However, she cannot afford to be in a state as USA was
before 9/11. Not sure if India needs help but because India has much to
offer, the world needs India.
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