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Terror Stirkes India again

I just switched on the TV at 12:30AM today to see the repeat of the Big Fight. But instead, there was a headline saying “Terror strikes Pune”. I was shocked. I immediately picked up phone, didn’t care that it was late in the night and started calling everyone I knew in Pune, to make sure they are all fine. Luckily they all were ok. I was relieved, but I wasn’t happy at all. 9 people had lost their lives and there was no way, I would have been happy about that.

14 months of calm and another terror attack. I was going through the press briefing by the Home Minister today and he says this wasn’t an intelligence failure as they knew the area was on the hit list. The German Bakery, according to him, is a soft target and security had been provided to the so called hard targets and went on to say that the police cannot give protection to every shop. He almost pinned the blame on the waiter who tried to open the bag, since he should have been vigilant. According to him, Indian cities are no less vulnerable to terror attacks than any other city in the world.

I have a few questions for the Home minister:

      1)If this is not an intelligence failure and if it was known that this was a target why were enough measures not taken? This is not something that takes a day or two to plan and execute, it takes a long time. Why did this go undetected?
      2)Was it more important to give security to MINK than places where there was an attack sure to take place? So wasn’t this an administrative failure too?
      3)If Indian cities are no less vulnerable than any other city in the world, why is it that terror strikes seem to be an annual affair in India, wear as there has been no terror attack in the US after 9/11 or in Madrid or London?
      4)Is this going be another case where the people responsible for this act are going to safely get away and hide in Pakistan?

I am sorry sir, with all due respect to you, the intelligence agencies and the state administration, this is a failure. It’s a failure by the intelligence agencies and the administration. Had all the policemen deployed to ‘protect’ the commercial interests of SRK been used to sensitise these soft targets 9 people would be alive today and many more wouldn’t have been injured.

It won’t be long before the political blame games would start and there will be scapegoats. What’s more laughable is that the Shiv Sena and SRK that who couldn’t keep their mouth shut for the past one month are quiet all of a sudden. In a way I am glad they are quiet; there is nothing worthwhile they would have said anyway.

Whatever it is, intelligence failure or not, we the people need to be vigilant too. We do forget about these terror attacks very soon. Have we become way to used to all this? Why do we get all frantic when an attack takes place and then get on with our lives as if nothing has happened? As for the Home minister, I have a lot of respect for him and I honestly feel if there is somebody who can do a good job, it’s him.

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22 Responses to "Terror Stirkes India again"

  1. Shahid says:

    I wanna kill them all!!!!

  2. Tavish Chadha says:

    Shahid
    I know dude… i can understand the anger… but the problem is we forget this too soon and let our political leaders and the government become busy in playing politics and forget these issues.

  3. Tarun Mitra says:

    I can understand the anger..but I have to go with the HM on this…people needed to be more vigilante…

    I remember what i saw in TV during election in South Mumbai..less than 45% turnout…

    Sorry Tavish but I slightly disagree with you in this point

  4. Tavish Chadha says:

    Tarun
    You do have a point Tarun… people do need to be vigilant… i do agree with u on that point… but the security there was undermined to make sure MINK was screened with any problems and that was equally to blame for this attack…

    Thanks for your views…

  5. tmac2271 says:

    That's true, if the US security was as aloof as most of the NYC travelers, NYC would be in ruins right now, because people really take things for granted in my opinion on their phones and ipods in their own little world while they're in trains (one of the most targeted areas)

  6. Tavish Chadha says:

    tmac2271
    Thanks for your views dude… glad to get a american perspective… welcome to the blog! :)

  7. Karthik says:

    A very telling post, Tavish. You've asked the right questions, but the tragedy is they won't be answered and nothing will ever change.

  8. Tavish Chadha says:

    Karthik
    Well I do trust the current Home minister and honestly believe he is doing a good job. I am sure these questions would have risen in his mind too. Only time will tell if these probles wil be rectified and we can finally live without the fear of any other attacks.

    Thanks for the comments bddy.

  9. Tripat "Prerna" says:

    see our whole system is corrupted…no one can help it or on other words no one really wants to change it

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  10. Tavish Chadha says:

    Prerna
    I agree with you Prerna. There are good people there who want to make a change, unfortunately, the bad ones are a lot more.
    Thanks for your views. :)

  11. Neha says:

    This happens always..politicians just pass on the buck..nobody actually does anything..there are hints all the time; still we fail to act..ten terrorists come and shake the whole city killing 200 people..and all we do is play the blame game..

  12. Tavish Chadha says:

    Neha
    I know… its just so frustrating… they are just too inefficient to do anything else except passing on the buck… Chidambaram is the best we have had for a long time and even then this happened… it just makes me feel helpless…

    Thanks for your views Neha…

  13. Lakshmi Rajan says:

    If it was a hotspot as per intelligence report. Why did government make mandatory to have CCTV in hotspots like German Bakery which is close to Osho Ashram and frequented by foreigners? Isn't it lack of foresight?

    If Indian cities are no less vulnerable to other world cities, I fail to understand why there is no major attack in US cities when we have news of students and professors geting easy access to weapons and indulge in campus firing , we don't see US vulnerable for terror attacks. Isn't there something to be learnt from them security and intelligence system?

  14. Tavish Chadha says:

    Lakshmi
    Absolutely agree with you. That's where the whole problem lies. We just dont have a foresight. When the Mumbai attacks happened, the coastal security was strengthened, but the job doesn't end there. They have to think of the million other possibilities. there are way too many loopholes in our security that these terrorists are able to exploit.

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  17. rohini says:

    anger…agony…frustration….sympathy….etc..we are in such a miserable state ..that we can only think …but we hardly react…we discussing here on blog…few discussing at home..in office…but how can we stop all these…our govt is very docile…few days we will think on this..and in a week we forget abt these attacks…we should blame ourselves also for this…

  18. Tavish Chadha says:

    Rohini
    yup you are right, we all have a responsibility. Our responsibility as citizens is to be vigilante and not let our guard down and we must do that with all honesty. But then there is a reason why we have intelligence agencies, the police and the government. It is also necessary to ensure that they do thier job properly.

    Thanks for visiting again. :)

  19. Yemiledu says:

    What can I say?
    May be we all got immune to such attacks along with the govt.

  20. Tavish Chadha says:

    Archana
    Yes it seems to be the case… very unfortunate but yeah its happening…

  21. rohini says:

    y will i nt visit ….i m following you….:-)

  22. Tavish Chadha says:

    Rohini
    :) i know… but most people don't tend to visit more than once… am glad i have a dedicated reader like… makes me feel good! :)

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