Spate of goof-ups
The goof-up over the inclusion of the name of Wazhul Kamar Khan — living in Thane — in the list of 50 most wanted fugitives handed over to Pakistan by India was bad enough. Then came the disclosure that another accused, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, is lodged in a Mumbai jail, providing scope for the criticism that India is not serious about handling terrorism. To top it all, came the news of the CBI sending a team to Denmark with an expired arrest warrant to help in the extradition of Kim Davy, main accused in the Purulia arms drop case. All these have exposed the chinks in our security establishment.
The arrival of the CBI officials in Copenhagen with an expired arrest warrant made plain the communication gap among vital government departments. The lackadaisical attitude of our apex investigative body in pursuing a man who could have derailed the sovereign structure of our state has left many speechless. We are shocked, and hope the Union Home Minister will not brush the issue aside saying it is not a “monumental mistake.”
The list of most wanted fugitives has become a huge embarrassment for India. If our investigation agencies cannot even maintain an updated list of anti-nationals, how can we repose confidence in their ability to track down terrorists? Pakistan has always maintained that there are no terrorists on its soil. We have only provided grist for its mill. We may be a rising power but we also prove time and again that we are clumsy and inept in our attention to detail.
The golden rule regarding a mistake is that it should not be repeated.
With the two goof-ups, it has become evident that there is no integration and networking among our intelligence agencies.
I feel the so-called ‘goof-up,' which is being portrayed as a national embarrassment, is not the real embarrassment. It is the media hype, exaggerating things to the maximum possible level and creating a needless buzz around something that can be easily rectified, that is embarrassing.
I only wish the media would try and improve things at their end before asking the system to do so.
The bungling of the fugitive list doesn't really matter. I only wish we didn't make such a big fuss. Pakistan is anyway going to throw the list into the dustbin or wherever it threw the previous dossiers.
The manner in which India reacted to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad has brought embarrassment and disgrace to us. The boast by the army that it has the capability to launch a similar operation, and the goof-up in the list of most wanted terrorists handed over to Pakistan, exposed the lack of maturity in the security establishment.
For Pakistan, these things have come in handy. It got the chance to target India, instead of explaining Osama's presence on its soil to the world and its own people. It is sure to exploit the latest mistakes, just as our political parties are exploiting them. If a mistake has occurred, it has occurred. We should learn from them but we should also stand together.
This refers to the editorial “Rahul in Blunderland” (May 20). Rahul Gandhi continues to engage in one-upmanship over the Congress's opponents and ends up drawing flak. It is quite surprising that the senior party leadership has remained a mute witness to his immature histrionics. It is time wiser counsel prevailed in the Congress. Rahul would do well to take the advice of experienced leaders before trying to play to the gallery.
A person who the Congress is trying to project as the next Prime Minister does not seem to grow up. If he cannot face the domestic media properly and makes irresponsible statements about an elected government, how will he face the international media?
Rahul Gandhi's anxiety to break free from his ‘work-in-progress' image, facilitated by disproportionate publicity by the electronic media, often provokes him to indulge in immature and self-damaging misadventures.
The Congress party's indifference to the simmering discontent of farmers across the country over the forcible dispossession of fertile lands and destruction of traditional livelihoods seems to be the reason it has shown little seriousness in enacting a humane and just land acquisition law.
It was political gain, not sympathy for the farmers' cause, that led Rahul Gandhi to become part of the agitation in Uttar Pradesh. Although some of his ideas are excellent, he is still seen as an “Amul baby” in Indian politics. He should have the facts right before making comments on serious issues.
B. Arun Kumar,
The fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of International Monetary Fund, is really shameful. The charge of sexual misconduct against him, at a time when he was hoping to contest the French presidential election, was eminently avoidable. Reports suggest that he has indulged in such conduct in the past too. Before a person is appointed to the top post of an institution, his or her conduct should be thoroughly studied. Mr. Strauss-Kahn's political dreams have been shattered.
This refers to Kasim Sait's letter (May 20) regarding Nizamuddin Khan's body donation to the Gauhati Medical College. I am impressed by his positive thinking. But while there is no denying that donating one's body to the medical authorities is commendable, how many of us are ready for such a sacrifice? How many of us are willing to donate our bodies? It is easier said than done.