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National Security and ICT policy of India
India does not have technical resources and expertise as well as legal framework to tackle terrorism and cyber terrorism. Indian citizens must come together in this hard time and provide their valuable suggestions and inputs to the government
NATIONAL SECURITY and cyber security in India is passing through a bad phase. The recent terrorist attacks have unambiguously proved the deficiencies and weaknesses of Indian defence mechanisms. India failed to cope up with both traditional terrorism as well as contemporary technology driven cyber terrorism. The technology has further complicated the situation because we have a weak cyber law in India in the form of Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act, 2000). A weak cyber law accompanied with absence of legal framework for terrorism is coming heavily upon India. Is it that difficult for the government of India to appreciate this bitter truth and act accordingly?

India does not have technical resources and expertise as well as legal framework to tackle terrorism and cyber terrorism. The citizens of India must come together in this hard time and provide their valuable suggestions and inputs to the government of India. One such novel and timely action has already been undertaken. Letters regarding "Constitutionality" of the proposed Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2006 and National Security Policy of India have been sent by Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law, to the Prime Minister of India (Dr Manmohan Singh), President of India, Parliament Members (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), Government of India (GOI), Department of Information Technology (DIT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), CERT-IN, etc. The same has been done before the Parliament’s winter session started so that the suggestions and recommendations contained in them may be incorporated in the National Policies of India. We must also share our responsibility and provide our thoughts, inputs, suggestions, etc for the larger interest of India. If we do not raise a voice now, we may again face another attack of similar, perhaps graver, nature.

According to Praveen Dalal, the Leading Techno-Legal Specialist of India, "The Indian security infrastructure and workforces are not in good shape and require rejuvenation. We need a techno-legal security workforce and not personnel who do not have even the basic facilities and technological means and knowledge. The terrorist attacks have really shattered the deep pervasive false sense of security present in the Indian government mentality. We have to think and act against such internal and external threats by going beyond a "political debate". We can fool ourselves by bragging about India’s capabilities and victories against terrorism and cyber terrorism and keep on facing future attacks and bear the traumatic casualties. Alternatively, we must accept our weaknesses against such attacks and take constructive steps to anticipate, prevent and counter such future terrorist and cyber terrorism activities".

We request the stakeholders and citizens of India to share their suggestions either with the government of India directly or through Perry4Law by sending an e-mail at perry4law (at) yahoo (dot) com. A consolidated reply would be provided to the Parliament of India and government of India so that necessary action may be taken at the top level. Further, the consolidated reply would also be posted at the first and exclusive working group on Cyber Law that has been formed to act as a bridge between the government and citizens of India. We hope to get your full support in this regard.

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