With all the worry about the threat of terrorism and the hoopla about fundamentalism, the move towards racial profiling by many Western governments doesn't really come as much of a surprise. The idea hit the mainstream in Britain earlier this month in the wake of the foiled plot to blow up several planes in mid-air using sophisticated liquid explosives. Many in law enforcement and government decided it was time to focus attention on members with certain ethnic backgrounds that some people believe throw up more terrorists than others. Things have come to such a pass that 12 Mumbai residents were detained by Dutch authorities after they were taken off a Northwest Airlines flight in Amsterdam for "behaving suspiciously" on the flight. Should people be judged based on the colour of their skin, their nationality or their faith? Is the fight against terror more important than the fight against racism?RAKESH MEHAR polls Bangaloreans on their reactions to these incidents. I don't think such profiling should be done on the basis of community. But I think it is alright to profile people from certain countries that have shown evidence of terrorist activity. Raj
Software
professional
I don't think the authorities should do racial profiling. That really doesn't provide any sort of evaluation. For example, the case of people detained in Netherlands did not lead anywhere. Prasanth
Software
professional

This is not a good trend. But after incidents like 9/11 and 7/11, you can't really prevent people from doing it. Two or three people are causing harm to the whole community and we should try to stop this. Paramjeet
Student

We need to identify the real threat and solve it rather than prevent people from travelling based on their community. There can be groups anywhere in the world and we need to find the reasons behind them.Kishore
Sales executive
This kind of action will further aggravate the problem because it will divide people on the basis of race. A small minority is not representative of the whole race.
Narayan
Software
professional
Racial profiling isn't totally correct, but since some nations are known to produce terrorists, authorities should focus on them. Individual rights are important, but this is something that has to be done. Suhas
Sales executive
I think it is right. Based on statistics, there is a higher probability of certain people committing terrorist acts than others. A good example of this is our neighbour Pakistan. Nitin
Software professional
Racial profiling should not be done because there isn't so much of difference between them and us. Besides, terrorists are usually deceptive enough to evade such checks and commit the crimes anyway. Prabhu
Student
Why should certain communities be targeted? Random checks should be on the basis of people's individual behaviour rather than what community they belong to. Those who behave in a suspicious manner only should be targeted. Not everyone. Devashree
Student

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