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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