Maintaining external security is vital for any nation to repel foreign aggression. In much the same way, internal security is a vital need that requires constant fine-tuning to counter any threat (Editorial, “The sad state of India’s security,” May 3). There should be no ceiling on expenditure when it comes to getting the equipment needed to heighten our vigil. As far as manpower is concerned, the large number of unemployed youth can be trained and given a chance to serve the nation to help maintain internal security.
Unfortunately, the bomb blast at Chennai’s Central railway station has become an occasion for political parties to indulge in a game of one-upmanship. The need of the hour is maintaining composure and non-interference in the investigation. There should be a clear message that our security would not be compromised under any circumstances. The perpetrators must receive severe punishment under the law.
It is astonishing that India, despite being an easy target for terrorist activity, has not put in place a national command centre to coordinate its counter-terrorism activities and policies. When Parliament was attacked in 2001, the government almost went to war with Pakistan. Are the lives of ordinary citizens less valuable than those of the so-called VIPs? Those who oppose the setting up of the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) deserve strong condemnation. No politician, however important, is above the nation’s security.
Keywords: Chennai blasts