The Terror Blasts and Twiddling Thumbs

Once again, our country is facing terror attacks in Mumbai. And once again, I’m afraid we will fail to do anything. Once again, we will talk of the Spirit of Mumbai, shrug off, sleep, get up and go back to work. Once again, politicians will condemn the attacks, there will an enquiry, a committee, a review, a panel, a report – all to be lost in a filing cabinet in South Block. Once again, the world will cry afoul, issue travel advisories, cancel air tickets and hotel bookings, and then visit next year and get high on dope in Varanasi. Once again, the army will be called into action, after the intelligence system has failed, rescue people, save lives, and go back to training camps. Once again, we will fear the economy, FIIs drawing back money, FDI drying up, and everybody will forget in sometime. Once again, a tour will be called off, security concerns will arise, but they will come back in no time salivating for the money. Once again, lives will be lost, relatives will cry, friends will mourn, death certificates made, a compensation announced, and will be forgotten in history. Once again, the injured will pick up the pieces, perhaps with no leg, perhaps with no eyes, and live a life of despicable cruelty ever after. Once again, …

But for how long? For how long will this sceptre repeat, right in front of our eyes and we will fail to take any action. Hasn’t this list of events become an all too common phenomenon? Hasn’t it become so blaise that many times we hardly even notice — ignore the page 1 and turn straight to page 3? What have we done to improve the situation? Where is the Corrective and Preventive Action? Have we even prepared a document, let alone implement it? Where are the criminals of the past crimes? Have we punished enough? Has our political establishment the balls to hang the perpetrators of terror? Punish them such that nobody will try to repeat this mockery of India?

We can all keep talking. Will we ever do anything? Will we stand up for India?

I just wonder.

I hope we are a part of the solution – so just putting down some thoughts. Start a dialog. Let’s see if we can come up with a solution.

Vote – The biggest responsibility for Indians is to vote. That’s the way we can bring about a change in our country. That’s the way to show your country you actually care what the situation is. JaagoRe is a great effort – kudos to them – and let’s support them. And next time, let’s vote in a single party, whoever it be, so that we are not crippled by our slow democratic process. If we end up with a hung assembly again, in the cacophony of the Parliament, the terrorists will get away again.

Respect – I believe that we don’t respect the people who save us enough. Everytime, after the war situation, there is a flurry of patriotic films, saluting the soldiers, the commandos, but films are not enough. We need to give them more respect in real life. Perhaps a regular feature across TV channels on war heroes and those who laid down their lives for the country. Increase their salaries. For God’s sake – many of us work for foreigners, write code, analyze, sell, buy for MNCs – but these guys lay their lives for unknown men and women of India, who perhaps don’t even give back enough in return. They deserve to be paid more than most others. Give them more repect in social circles. Treat them as heroes. Only then will we want to join the Army, rather than using it as the last resort and career option.

Love – We can’t cure this ill with hate. If we started a revenge propaganda, things will never improve. We can only heal if we treat both Hindu and Muslims with love, and not get swayed by brainwashing. We need to be careful about identifying the perpetrators, and punish them with determination, but treat the others with love. If the retaliation is arbitrary and unreasonable, things will only get worse.

Spend – Let’s spend more money on intelligence. Let’s beef it up. The only way to fight these attacks is by fusing them early, since once a man who cares not for his own death has a gun in a room full of people there is very little anybody can do. We need to find the clues early, nab them and nip them in the bud. Repeating the earlier point, how many people do we hear of who are working in intelligence? For a nation of a billion people, a trillion whispers, a gazelleon hiding spaces, there is hardly enough intelligence personnel.

Revisit – Let’s revisit the past crimes, and keep track of whether we actually punished the guilty. Our media stumbles from story to story, and in 3-4 days we will forget everything that’s happened today. Let’s keep track of these, keep checking what’s being done, and make sure the guilty are given exemplary punishment, and the good given reward.

Reward – Let’s reward the brave. Citizens who have saved the lives of others. Both monetarily and socially. Let people feel that our society actually rewards those who serve others.

Educate – Let’s spend more on education. Typically, the people most succeptible to brainwashing are those who are not so educated – and unable to think and understand themselves.

I think I’m coming to the end of my ideas. Will look forward to receiving more in the comments section.

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7 Responses to The Terror Blasts and Twiddling Thumbs

  1. pantomimosa says:

    I would suggest the country be divided into several clusters and groups need to be solely dedicated to each such cluster and make it terror free. The Malegoan blasts that happened were a diversion. Top cops and intelligence organisations spent their energies to figure out a Malegaon while a Mumbai was waiting to happen. There can be a central body to fight terror, but what about a small cluster in the countryside. We need immediate response, immediate monitoring. We need more manpower. We need even the smallest of shops to have a plan ready to fight terror. We need communication, more interaction, transparency.

    We need security in our porous national borders. We need to get our basics right first! We have to work from the outside to the inside. And apply this to the nation, to states, to cities, to zones, to clusters and cover every part of the country.

    And to a point you made, many terrorists are educated. Many technicians too, actually. Writing codes etc. But they also need to unlearn whay they have been taught.

  2. Anand says:

    Really good insights into the situation and the solutions to the problems we are facing. I would like to reiterate the root cause of the problem. The root cause is still the common Indian. I read sometime back that the biggest problem of India is its population which in turn has become a big advantage in the form of human resource in the current scenario. With such large human resouce, India and Indians can do miracles but still the solution lies in the common man. The state machinery keeps failing every now and then. How can one rely on such a weak administration which keeps On failing every now and then.

    We have to be logical in our approach and I think that you have stricken the right chords in more thank one of your points.

    What more? This is a great post. Wish India moves ahead in the right direction and we value all we have to create a better future.

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  4. @pantomimosa: Yes. I agree. The terrorists have become sophisticated, and many are well educated. But the root of the problem lies in the lack of the education of the majority. They form the bulk of the terror network – and the handpicked ones who might even be very well educated, run the show, or are sent for the operations. We need a better way to take the poor and the uneducated in development, so that the rich wouldn’t be so easily brainwashed.

    As for porous borders, well, I can imagine it would be very difficult to man the full borders. These strikes can not be averted by more security, it can be averted by more intelligence — which at the moment seems to be failing.

    @anand: True. With a billion arms, we can move mountains. But we’ve got to use the billion arms in synergy not in discord. I think thats the key takeaway.

  5. Though the government must be exactly working on similar lines you proposed, something should certainly be done to ensure that Indians don’t feel like they are living on a landmine.

    At the epicentre of every attack is fear. And this time, it has truly scared everyone. The only reason I hate to predict future in a democracy is because everything happens for a vote. I try to believe that this time I am wrong and the next government, whichever it is does something.

  6. chhavi says:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karmayog/message/44249 is the forum Karmayog has started to consolidate these suggestions. Do check it out.

    You made some really good suggestions.

    One area I hope won’t be neglected is the rehab and education of the children of those slain, especially the policemen. The last thing we need is a generation who grows up on hate to revenge the wrongs that visited them in a few years. :( There are all these concerts in the city that have been cancelled. A lot of tickets were pre-sold. Where is that money going? I’m sure the rich folks who paid to see Anoushka Shankar won’t object if their Rs 300 goes to the Defense Fund or for pensions?

  7. Sona says:

    Very thoughtful suggestions, though I am afraid these will be promised and be lost once the new Government takes hold.I agree with what Anand commented about the power of a common man.
    The Government should be answerable about the measures of improvement in internal security to people of India or their representatives (not belonging to any political party)/or any Body formed for this purpose alone .

    Somebody needs to audit the whole situation and takes note of what Government (PM) has done in 1 year, 5 years etc etc with due performance measures in place.

    I completely agree with the solutions suggested with regard to education, voting, rewarding.They are morale boosters but the only problem is they are long term in nature and will take time to show results. What we need is something which can start addressing the situation right away otherwise it will be too late.

    Government has to be quick in taking up some short term as well as long term solutions regarding internal security and to monitor the Govt’s initiatives we have to have a Body/organization to challenge and and measure performance. This should be completely free from any political influences just like our SC.

    There can be many ways of achieving this even if it requires the Constitution to be amended to suit our time and current needs.
    I know I am just writing something which is not very concrete right now, may be it’s an idea too vague to be given shape but to have strict controls in place somebody somewhere has to start.

    As an Indian and more so as somebody belonging to a younger generation we have to ensure that we keep pursuing the media/politicians etc etc about this so that this incident remains and lingers in our memory till we find a solution.

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