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“More Osamas in the making”

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Citizens feel the recent operation by America may trigger terrorism

A public opinion survey projects that most people are sure of America's encounter of Osama bin Laden but would not like India to follow suit.
A public opinion survey projects that most people are sure of America's encounter of Osama bin Laden but would not like India to follow suit.

Seventy per cent of the respondents in a public opinion survey conducted here in the Capital have said they do not think the world would be a more peaceful place now after the recent killing of Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan. On the contrary, they now expect others to take Osama's place and think the new lot might well be more dangerous than the erstwhile most wanted man.

The survey was conducted by Market Research Services Division of Shyam Vyas MARC Pvt. Ltd, an independent market research firm based here. It covered a widely representative group of 542 adults and analysed 500 randomly drawn responses to gauge public perceptions in the wake of Osama's killing.

Asked if they were sure of Osama's death, 68 per cent of the respondents replied in the affirmative. However, 28 per cent were not sure if the news of his being killed in a raid by the Americans and given a sea burial was really convincing. They believed that there was “something fishy” about the reports.

Also, while a whopping 84 per cent of the respondents approved of the manner of killing, 16 per cent believed that he should rather have been caught and tried in an open court of law and sentenced.

Asked whether India too should emulate the Americans and bring India's most wanted terrorists to justice in similar swift covert operations, the respondents' opinion was sharply divided. While as many as 48 per cent approved of the proposition, a majority of 52 per cent advised caution and said India should be more patient and not blindly emulate the US as such an action could get out of hand and trigger a war.

Asked if they believed that the Indian Government was well prepared to tackle the menace of terror on Indian soil, a goodly majority (68 per cent) said “no”, and when further questioned what major ingredient was possibly missing in India's fight against terror, an overwhelming 84 per cent of the respondents said the political will to fight terror was lacking, while 52 per cent pointed to lack of a judicial system that would sentence terrorists swiftly.


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