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Combating Terrorism

Updated: December 18, 2015 11:19 am

A number of Indians from several countries are going to Syria to fight for the Islamic State (IS). However, some experts maintain that India has traditionally not been a major recruiting area for groups such as al-Qaeda and the IS but the situation could change if the dreaded group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shifts its focus to the country. There are a plenty of anti-Indian terrorists like the ones in Kashmir Valley, who hoist Pakistani flags and raise anti-India slogans, apart from giving shelter to IS or Pakistani terrorists. According to a newspaper, two suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, identified as Dujana and Ukasha, who allegedly infiltrated in Jammu and Kashmir through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, following which an FIR was registered, have been planning to attack high political leaders and highly populated cities including the national capital. It is not something new, as previously, the Indian Parliament was attacked and Delhi had been bombed at more than one place and on more than one occasion.

About the attack in USA, Islamic State said in an online radio broadcast on December 5, 2015, that two followers of the Islamist militant group had carried out the attack on a social services agency party in California in which 14 people were killed and 25 were injured. The couple had stockpiled thousands of rounds of ammunition and a dozen homemade pipe bombs in their home, a sign that they might have been “planning further attacks. The FBI is treating the December 2, 2015 incident of shooting as a potential terrorist act. The suspects’ extensive arsenal, their recent travel to West Asia and evidence that one of them had been in touch with people with Islamist extremist views, both in the US and abroad, all contributed to the decision to refocus the investigation. The offenders, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, husband and wife, fired as many as 150 bullets inside the Inland Regional Center, San Bernadino, Californaia and then in the shootout with the police the couple died, officials said.

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The talks on climate has its own priority, but ultimately, it boils down to every man for himself and God for us all. This is exactly what our government at least till know has been doing, Despite the terrorists have been indulging in terror acts with impunity from across our border and our own people providing them logistic support. Seen in this perspective, some states have a huge backlog of vacancies, as the tables show. Ironically, UP has nearly 50 per cent less policemen.

How can one fight terrorism without an effective tool, supported by the strongest possible laws? Regrettably our politicians suffer from verbal diarrhoea and bombastic statements. When it comes to action, the powers that be shudder lest they are considered partisan and non-secular. Our rulers should first rectify the deficiencies in our system to protect our country. India already stands divided on caste, creed and religion. All this has to be ended, instead of throwing mud on each other. The problem is that our powers that be are confusing speeches with movements. The same is being done by the parties that have lost power, which includes the power to indulge in scams and not checking the people, who indulge in it. If we are strong enough to protect the country against terrorism and those, who seek to destroy it, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will not be enough.

It is worthwhile to quote the late US President Kennedy, who once said: “We believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish—where no public official either requests or accepts public instruction on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source—where no religious body seeks to impose its will either directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials—and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

For, while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew, or a Quaker, or a Unitarian, or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that led to Jefferson’s Statute of Religious Freedom. Today, I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you, until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped apart in a time of great national peril.”

There is no point in making a guess that where IS will attack India. The important thing is not to tolerate their use of force. IS or other terrorist groups are not coming to India for pilgrimage or courtesy calls. Their sole purpose is to kill. The government’s duty lies in protecting all Indians irrespective of their religion. By a law, they should be empowered to kill killers, because who dies or is killed first is a difference of a few seconds. Indians having links with the traitors are themselves equally guilty. Only such people should be given the right of a fair trial with the onus on them to prove that they are innocent.

We should not continue the stupidity of giving equal rights even to the non-citizen terrorists, whose motive is very clear. I have my doubts whether this will be done, as a number of busy bodies with no work will argue against it. No law or Constitution is eternal, like no individual. When the Constitution was framed, no body ever heard of the terrorists or terrorism, though Pakistan openly killed non-Muslims and sent trains full of dead bodies. What shall we do with the Constitution if India is decimated in pieces by the terrorists. It is for the Parliament to decide, which reflects the will of the country.

By Joginder Singh

(The writer is former Director, CBI)

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