The observation of the anniversary of the brutal terror attack in Mumbai on November 26 last is understandable. It is also the time to take note of how the Americans are doubly careful after the September 2001 attack. No untoward incident has taken place in the U.S. since 9/11, thanks to the extreme caution exercised by its authorities. India, too, should adopt a hard stance on terrorism. This calls for a greater level of commitment from the government and the public. Most important, the criminal justice system should ensure that terrorists nabbed in the act are punished.
We are proud of our national heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect the city from the terror attack. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. The government should speed up justice delivery. That would be the best way to pay tributes to our heroes.
It is as clear as daylight that over the years, terror strikes in India have been actively sponsored, aided and abetted by Pakistan. India should threaten action. Striking terrorist camps in other countries is not illegal. The U.S. has done it. India can at least prepare for the strike. It will put pressure on Pakistan. We also need to launch a diplomatic offensive internationally, the kind seen during the 1971 war. We have suffered enough, it is time to act.
Terrorism is an unconventional form of war on the hapless and the innocent, and its only weapon is the surprise element. Combating it with conventional means will only lead to terrorists anticipating the counter moves and sidestepping them. In order to defeat the terrorists, we need to infiltrate their outfits and use the surprise element as effectively as they do. We need to enlist international counter-espionage personnel in this endeavour. Till such time as we neutralise the terrorists using their own methods, we will have to live by the optimistic philosophy “Until you are attacked, you are safe.”
P. Senthil Saravana Durai,
Sunil P. Shenoy,
Much needs to be done, though, by neighbouring Pakistan — the state from where the attack originated. But its move of indicting seven men, including Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, in the Mumbai attack case is laudable.