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The bomb blast in Delhi, and the rage in people about it ..




Slowly it seems that people in India are becoming insensitive to the problems posed by terrorism. This is a rather unfortunate statement to make, given the shock repeatedly administered to various cities through terrorist activities. As a manifestation of this, consider the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai, followed by the one in Delhi. All of these killed people and injured many others, but if you look within yourself, you would not really feel affected by it. If you are of the more concerned type, then you would be angry at what has happened, but you would forget about what has happened within a couple of days, and only get worried when the next one happens. Consider what has happened to some of the previous blasts.
Most of them do not have any sort of progress in terms of investigation, or finding the culprit, or finding the local support that are required to execute such blasts; yet it does not show up in media columns, or in TV debates, or in the concerns that people exhibit in various forum.

One would think that after the Mumbai attacks from 3 years back, there would be a new concern regarding enhancing the security apparatus inside the country, setting up the right infrastructure, and streamlining the flow of information. However, as recent media reports have shown, even 3 years after the major events in Mumbai, there are gaping holes in some of the areas that were defined. Stuff such as ensuring adequate coverage of the coastal regions, getting a unified chain of intelligence, a huge revamp in the technical abilities for interception of communication, etc, are all still work in progress, or suffering from inter-agency conflicts.
The sense of urgency to get the country on a path towards a much greater ability to be able to sniff out such terrorist plans and nip them in the bud just does not seem to be there, or is not apparent enough. You can feel a sense of rage in the country, but there is no direction for this rage to express itself, so you see scenes such as people protesting against politicians when they go to visit the injured in hospitals (compounded by the irony that VIP’s were allowed inside hospitals while the relatives of the injured were not allowed inside). It is a given that there will be more terror attacks, and in fact, if the current terror attacks do not result in people getting caught and convicted (apparent from statements such as this terrorist commander responsible for such attacks was killed in an encounter), it is also likely to embolden more such terrorists who perceive the state as a soft state.
Even in this case, there are enough signs that the sense of attempting to ensure a higher level of security was not even attempted. Just a few months back, there was a minor (some call it failed) bomb explosion at the same High Court (for which the guilty have not yet been found); and then another bomb blast at the same location (at a different gate though). There were no CCTV’s at the site (which could have helped identify the people behind all this).
And of course policies of the Government over the past years have ensured that if Pakistan is behind all this, it can dismiss any talks about trying to hold Pakistan accountable for all the support they have given to jehadi groups targeting India. When the Indian Government itself holds Pakistan as a victim of terror, rather than the attacker, you know that Pakistan now has an open invitation to continue in its attempts to commit murder and terror in India.




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