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Combating Terrorism

This refers to the article “Wounded Mumbai” (EPW, 23 July 2011). The recurring pattern of serial bomb blasts and deaths of innocent people has become a routine practice in Mumbai. It is really unfortunate that after a massive strike by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists on 26/11 at the financial capital of India, lots of promises poured in regarding modernisation of the intelligence and security system but after the recent serial blasts it proves how vulnerable our security system is even now. The intelligence did not gather a single clue even after a gap of 48 hours. It is an example of a shameless, casual approach by the government along with a lack of will to protect the people. Apart from the frail security system of the country, the judicial process is also corrupted and in a state of procrastination. It deals with some obsolete and old laws and Acts which have made a mockery of the whole conviction process. What the country needs now is a comprehensive Counterterrorism Act which will replace the existing multiple and scattered counterproductive laws and will be able to foil any repetition of the deadly onslaught. We cannot change the system and make India at par with the US overnight. What we, however, need now is for political leaders to overcome their vested interests. We also need a sense of citizenship among the people.

Niloy Kumar Roy

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