The terrorist bombings are condemned as usual in what have become standard responses. It is being stressed that India would not buckle under terrorism. The spirit of citizens is being praised for their fortitude and their resilience to resume normal life. People were advised to maintain communal harmony.
Then, a few days would pass and the same story will be repeated at some other location and we would hear the same responses.
Now lets see the other side of the coin.
There is no such thing like ’spirit’ of the citizens. We should ask the ones who have lost their near and dear ones whether they are living in high spirit? The victims were certainly not planning to disrupt communal harmony, so why should we advise them to maintain it? It must be directed towards the politicians, who must be trying to take mileage out of this. India will certainly not buckle down under terrorism. We just live with that! The tragedy of terrorism in India is not the fact that innocent lives are lost, but the fact that the government, in the garb of ’terror cannot affect our way of being’ notion, adopts a ‘back to normal’ approach within 24 hours. Since 2004, India has lost more than 3,725 lives due to terror attacks. This, a recent study pointed out, was more than the number of terrorist casualties in North America, South America, Central America, Europe and Eurasia put together.
The Indian government has always been seen wanting after such attacks. It does lack some conviction to fight terror. I may be wrong but it presents such face to the world. They have not talked about the re-emergence of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and strengthening of the Bangladesh based Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) in the last few years. In the last few days, we have seen very timid response from the government on issue of cross-border terrorism. The terror incidents in Kashmir have decreased, but the government is unable to clip the wings of terror in other parts. The porous borders of India in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, North East states and Line of Control (LOC) have never been discussed or dealt with seriousness, as it should have been. Indian political leaders project themselves as incapable of giving strong responses and no proper strategy of attacking the root of terrorism, at least within the country, has been formulated. There is no denying that that it is very difficult to eliminate terror strikes, but at least we should make efforts to stop it and not encourage or boost the morale of terrorists by such timid responses. It is time for the government to wake up from the deep slumber.
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