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India has become a soft target for terror attack
The root cause of all terror attacks is lack of cooperation and coordination, which is present between the states’ governments and the Centre. The blaming game should stop and serious steps need to be taken before its too late

SERIAL BLASTS have become a routine affair now in the country. Any terrorist group can play with innocent lives of citizens at his whims and fancies and can easily sabotage peace and communal harmony of the region. On the one hand, now when the anti-India groups are spreading their tentacles in the southern parts of the nation, and have been found involved in recruiting the educated youth of Muslim community in the name of Islam for spreading ‘Jihad’ (holy war) and to destabalise the economy of the nation at the behest of Pakistan’s Inter-ServicesIntelligence (ISI), we must follow some concrete steps coupled with stringent laws to deal with terror groups.

We have reached a point where we can’t follow the ostrich policy to counter terrorism and appeasement at the same time. On the other hand, whenever such an incident takes place in the nation our political leaders begin their blame game. The Centre accuses the state of not taking timely action on the intelligence reports made available to them and the state put blame on the Centre that it was their failure as terrorism is the Central subject as it is operated from across the border.

The root cause of all terror attacks is this lack of cooperation and coordination, which is present between the states’ governments and the Centre. If the Congress rules the Centre, they shift the onus to Karnataka government, which is headed by the BharatiyaJanataParty (BJP) and if it happens in Maharashtra then they don’t play blame game and blame Pakistan and think their work gets over by condemning the attack and the responsibility towards the nation has been discharged.

The biggest problem with the Indian government and the various police departments, including our Intelligence agencies, is that they never work together as a single entity when it comes to counter terror modules. We have not been able to understand how terrorist groups work? How they function and how they plan out their schemes to carry out explosions in different parts of the nation? In short, there has been a total failure in understanding the terror mechanism.

A terrorist organisation in any part of the world, including the Al Qaeda or Harkat-ul-Jihad-alIslami (HuJI) of Bangladesh, works similar to that of a political party. The working of a terror outfit and a political party is quite similar. First of all it needs financial resources. Money is the first thing, which is required to run any show. These terror groups also collect money from various sources. Now that’s the key area. The government should identify those financial sources within the country and outside the nation from where these groups get money and the channel through which the money is being delivered.

Next is to strengthen the cadre at the grassroots level just like a political party inducts youth to manage its political affairs. The terror groups mainly target youth between 16-25 years of age as they are fearless and energetic to carry out their plans. Immature minds get carried away by allurements and the money that is being offered to them.
They also try to attract highly trained professionals like software engineers, pilots, doctors, engineers in their fold in the name of Islam, though Islam never says anywhere that you carry out bomb explosions to please Allah. If these people are real followers of Islam they must shun such weapons and technology as it goes against the principles of Islam.

Now, as we have porous border with Bangladesh and knowing that corruption has taken its toll on the armed forces too, any one can cross into the Indian side by greasing the palms and we all know there has been a large presence of illegal migrants from Bangladesh who have been living in India everywhere from Delhi to Mumbai and from Jaipur to Chennai. In these circumstances when there is every possibility that some members from Bangladeshi community might act as a sleeper cell to these terror outfits providing vital information about the geographical topography and about the prime commercial and public places that can be made target in order to generate fear among the citizens and to slap the government on its security front.

The basic problem with the Indian government is that it does not have a firm policy on dealing with the terrorist organisations. Let us accept this fact candidly that we have become a banana republic. What has happened in the Mumbai bomb blast case -- Sanjay Dutt is a free bird today. In the Parliament attack case, we are still not able to hang Afzal Guru.

There are different yardstick to deal with terror attacks rather we should have one page law to deal with terrorists and that should be hanging in public. There should be no mercy petition to President and no waste of time. A separate court should be made especially for dealing terror related cases, in which there should be a three-judge bench to hear the case. The bench should have judges like one (retd) judge from the Supreme Court, one (retd) major-general or alike from the Army, one retired DGP.

These three should be put together to look after all terror related cases and this will also end the government interference in the cases and manipulations, which it does to bail out influential people.

One cannot fight the menace of terrorism with closed eyes. Let us take up some serious steps before it gets too late to do so.
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